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Middle School Camping Trips

Camping trips are $300/week (scholarships available!) and open to middle school students ages 11-14 years old.

Campers will stay overnight for these 4 day, 3 night adventures.

Boys Outdoor Explore – Lost Lake

June 17th-20th

Middle School boys who are interested in learning the basic skills of camping with a gentle introduction to backpacking, this one’s for you. Nature Connection’s Outdoor Explore camp teaches middle school boys the basics of camping with the intention of increasing their knowledge of the skills it takes to go on a full backpacking trip. While enjoying the outdoors, we will be learning and applying Leave No Trace land stewardship principles as well as how to cook, camp, work and communicate cohesively as an expedition team. This all outdoor four day, three night trip is great for campers who have little or no experience camping, but are interested to give it a try. It is also great for campers who love to be out camping, but maybe aren’t sure about a full backpacking trip yet.

We will set up base camp at the Lost Lake area, which is a great nearby and friendly place for an introduction to the West Elk mountains. From base camp, we will have daily excursions and adventures in nature. Campers will learn how to make decisions in the backcountry, problem solve and work together as a team through the natural challenges that arise. Join your Nature Connection trip leaders, David and Ruston, for an unforgettable outdoor experience while getting to know your wilderness backyard much better. This one’s for the boys (ages 11-14).

Girls Outdoor Explore – Lost Lake 

June 24th-27th

Middle School girls who are interested in learning the basic skills of camping with a gentle introduction to backpacking, this one’s for you. Nature Connection’s Outdoor Explore camp teaches middle school girls the basics of camping with the intention of increasing their knowledge of the skills it takes to go on a full backpacking trip. While enjoying the outdoors, we will be learning and applying Leave No Trace land stewardship principles as well as how to cook, camp, work and communicate cohesively as an expedition team. This all outdoor four day, three night trip is great for campers who have little or no experience camping, but are interested to give it a try. It is also great for campers who love to be out camping, but maybe aren’t sure about a full backpacking trip yet.

We will set up base camp at the Lost Lake area, which is a great nearby and friendly place for an introduction to the West Elk mountains. From base camp, we will have daily excursions and adventures in nature. Campers will learn how to make decisions in the backcountry, problem solve and work together as a team through the natural challenges that arise. Join your Nature Connection trip leaders, Steph and Arlyn, for an unforgettable outdoor experience while getting to know your wilderness backyard much better. This one’s for the girls (ages 11-14).

Boys Backpacking – Boots to Roots 

July 8th-11th

Our classic backpacking trip will take middle school boys on a four day, three night backpacking trip in the Gunnison National Forest. They will get the experience of hiking in mountainous terrain for miles a day with everything they will need on their backs for the 4 days and 3 nights of the trip. They will also learn many wilderness skills including how to use teamwork to thrive in the backcountry and how to connect with themselves and the natural world around them.

If you’re looking for an epic adventure this summer and would like to hike 20 plus miles through beautiful mountains and meadows with a big backpack on, come be a part of our expedition team and spend the week with your Nature Connection trip leaders, David and Ruston, in our gorgeous wilderness backyard, while discovering how capable you are of doing challenging things! This one’s for the boys (ages 11-14). 

What does a normal day of backpacking look like?

Girls Backpacking – Girls In The Wilderness

July 22nd-25th

Our classic backpacking trip will take middle school girls on a four day, three night backpacking trip in the Gunnison National Forest. They will get the experience of hiking in mountainous terrain for miles a day with everything they will need on their backs for the 4 days and 3 nights of the trip. They will also learn many wilderness skills including how to use teamwork to thrive in the backcountry and how to connect with themselves and the natural world around them.

If you’re looking for an epic adventure this summer and would like to hike 20 plus miles through beautiful through mountains and meadows with a big backpack on, come be a part of our expedition team and spend the week with your Nature Connection trip leaders, Steph and Arlyn, in our gorgeous wilderness backyard, while discovering how capable you are of doing challenging things! This one’s for the girls (ages 11-14).

What does a normal day of backpacking look like?

Delta Day Camp

Confluence Adventure Camp

Camps are Monday through Thursday, 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Ages 7-11 (with a two month grace period on either end)

Location: Monday – Wednesday at Bill Heddles Rec Center in Delta

Thursdays at Sweitzer Lake in Delta

Cost: $225/week. Scholarships are available!

New this year: FREE LUNCH is available! Sign up when you register

Kids ride mountain bikes at the Crossroads bike park.

Week 1 – Wheels Down

June 3rd-6th

You know what would be wheelie fun? A week of biking at Nature Connection! This week is full of opportunities for beginner bikers and advanced riders all the same. Campers will pedal their hearts out on trails and pump tracks of Confluence and Crossroads Parks as well as the trails at Spring Creek in Montrose. They will learn about basic bike maintenance and safety, and play games to improve their biking skills.

Young boy interacts with an exhibit at the Eureka Museum.

Week 2 – Discover-ology

June 10th-13th

Geology! Paleontology! Archaeology! Anthropology! Our Discover-ology week aims to invoke curiosity and prompt campers to find connection to the natural world through science, art, and play. During this week, campers will explore scientific concepts and anthropological discoveries at the Eureka! Science Museum in Grand Junction and the Ute Museum in Montrose. Hikes and hands-on activities are focused on discovering the world around us and our place in it. 

Kids hiking in the woods in a line. One boy looks up at the trees.

Week 3 – Skills Adventure

June 17th-20th

Nature Connection’s Skills Adventure week is exactly that–a week to explore a wide range of outdoor skills. Campers will test their strength at the Cedaredge climbing wall, practice their aim with archery, and learn hands-on survival skills such as building solar ovens, shelter building, orienteering, and more! This is the perfect week for campers who want to try a bit of everything.

Week 4 – Nature of Art

June 25th-28th

Nature of Art offers a chance to explore the beautiful places we live and connect with your inner artist. Campers will get creative on the Grand Mesa creating art and sculptures with what they collect while out on a hike; craft and create at the Grand Mesa Art Center, and practice their plein air painting at Sweitzer State Park (while stand-up paddle boarding too!). Join nature and creativity together through this week of artistic imagination.

Week 5 – Climb Time

July 8th-11th

This is a week for anyone interested in being challenged, making new friends, and having some fun! Campers will problem solve different routes at the Cedaredge climbing wall and learn bouldering basics, practice teamwork at the Cedaredge high ropes course, and build confidence while testing themselves through low-ropes activities. Climb to new heights this week!

Kids walk towards the lake while holding their paddleboards.

Week 6 – Wet Planet

July 15th-18th

The best place to be during a hot summer day is on, near, or in the water. Campers will start the week learning about the importance and unique qualities of our local watershed via interactive games, and then get out on the water stand up paddle boarding at Sweitzer and rafting down the North Fork of the Gunnison with Western Slope SUP. This week is all about the best parts of a western slope summer–being outside and playing in water. 

Young girl holding a fish on a line that she's just caught.

Week 7 – Somethin’ Fishy

July 22nd-25th

Fishers and outdoor enthusiasts, this one’s for you! Campers will spend the week learning how to fish with Trout Unlimited and trying out their new skills fishing along the Gunnison River. We will learn how fish are raised and stocked in Colorado’s rivers, lakes and streams at the Hotchkiss USFWS National Fish Hatchery that produces and stocks over two million trout into regional waterways. And we’ll round out the week practicing our patience with some catch and release fishing at Sweitzer State Park. 

Girls work on friendship bracelets

Week 8 – Vintage Vibes – Summer Camp Edition

July 29th – August 1st

Picture this: Tie-dye t-shirts. Friendship bracelets. Scavenger hunts. Camp out. S’mores for dessert while watching the talent show you and your fellow campers have been preparing for. This week is THE classic summer camp! Campers will have fun Monday and Tuesday with outdoor activities and preparing for their campout. On Wednesday they will head up to Lost Lake to hike and camp out for the night, returning home on Thursday. Campers will learn basic camping skills, play team building games, and sleep under the stars!

Monday & Tuesday: 9:00AM – 3:00PM at Bill Heddles Rec Center

Wednesday: morning drop off time TBD at BHRC. Camp out for the night!

Thursday: afternoon pick up time TBD at BHRC.

Hotchkiss Day Camp

North Fork Adventure Camp

Camps are Monday through Thursday, 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Ages 7-11 (with a two month grace period on either end)

Location: The Nature Connection 397 Miners Way Hotchkiss 81419

Cost: $225/week. Scholarships are available!

New this year: FREE LUNCH is available! Sign up when you register

Week 1 – Skills Adventure

June 3rd-6th

Nature Connection’s Skills Adventure week is exactly that–a week to explore a wide range of outdoor skills. Campers will test their strength at the Cedaredge climbing wall, practice their aim with archery, and learn hands-on survival skills such as building solar ovens, shelter building, orienteering, and more! This is the perfect week for campers who want to try a bit of everything.

Week 2 – Wheels Down

June 10th-13th

You know what would be wheelie fun? A week of biking at Nature Connection! This week is full of opportunities for beginner bikers and advanced riders all the same. Campers will pedal their hearts out on trails and pump tracks of Confluence and Crossroads Parks as well as the trails at Spring Creek in Montrose. They will learn about basic bike maintenance and safety, and play games to improve their biking skills.

Week 3 – Wet Planet

June 17th-20th

The best place to be during a hot summer day is on, near, or in the water. Campers will start the week learning about the importance and unique qualities of our local watershed via interactive games, and then get out on the water stand up paddle boarding at Sweitzer and rafting down the North Fork of the Gunnison with Western Slope SUP. This week is all about the best parts of a western slope summer–being outside and playing in water. 

Week 4 – Nature of Art

June 24th-27th

Nature of Art offers a chance to explore the beautiful places we live and connect with your inner artist. Campers will get creative in Dark Canyon creating art and sculptures with what they collect while out on a hike; model creatures at the Creamery Art Center’s ceramic studio, paint alebrijes with driftwood, and practice their plein air painting at Crawford State Park (while stand-up paddle boarding too!). Join nature and creativity together through this week of artistic imagination.

Week 5 – Climb Time

July 8th-11th

This is a week for anyone interested in being challenged, making new friends, and having some fun! Campers will problem solve different routes at the Cedaredge climbing wall and learn bouldering basics, practice teamwork at the Cedaredge high ropes course, and build confidence while testing themselves through low-ropes activities. Climb to new heights this week!

Week 6- Discover-ology

July 15th-18th

Geology! Paleontology! Archaeology! Anthropology! Our Discover-ology week aims to invoke curiosity and prompt campers to find connection to the natural world through science, art, and play. During this week, campers will explore scientific concepts and anthropological discoveries at the Eureka! Science Museum in Grand Junction and the Ute Museum in Montrose. Hikes and hands-on activities are focused on discovering the world around us and our place in it.

Week 7 – Wet Planet II

July 22nd-25th

Just when you thought the summer couldn’t get any hotter, campers can cool off with water games, a rafting trip on the Gunnison River with Western Slope SUP, paddle boarding at a local state park, and playing and swimming in the water all day every day. There is no better way to experience a hot summer day than on the water!

Highlights: Raft, SUP, Swim, Water Games

Campers sit around the fire on a beautiful starry night.

Week 8 – Vintage Vibes – Summer Camp Edition

July 29th-Aug 1st

Picture this: Tie-dye t-shirts. Friendship bracelets. Scavenger hunts. Camp out. S’mores for dessert while watching the talent show you and your fellow campers have been preparing for. This week is THE classic summer camp! Campers will have fun Monday and Tuesday with outdoor activities and preparing for their campout. On Wednesday they will head up to Lost Lake to hike and camp out for the night, returning home on Thursday. Campers will learn basic camping skills, play team building games, and sleep under the stars!

Monday & Tuesday: 9:00AM – 3:00PM at Nature Connection

Wednesday: morning drop off time TBD at NC. Camp out for the night!

Thursday: afternoon pickup time TBD at NC.

Cedaredge Day Camp

Surface Creek Adventure Camp

Camps are Monday through Thursday, 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Ages 7-11 (with a two month grace period on either end)

Location: 845 SE Deer Creek Dr, Cedaredge, CO 81413

Cost: $225/week. Scholarships are available!

Week 1 – The Delta County Amazing Race

June 3rd-6th

Explore some of our favorite places in Delta County for our Amazing Race week! Each day campers will explore a different location in Delta County and have a different set of challenges to complete for each day’s location. This is an awesome week for campers to make friends, stay active, get outside and discover parts of Delta County they haven’t before!

Week 2 – Creative Campers

June 10th-13th

Creatives and those willing to get their hands a little dirty will love this week of artistic and scientific exploration. Campers will get creative on the Grand Mesa creating art and sculptures with what they collect while out on a hike. They will discover more about the natural world while stand-up paddle boarding, climbing, and crafting. Connect to nature and your creativity through this week of imagination.

Week 3 – Adventure Camp

June 17th-20th

Calling all adventurers! This week offers a wide range of outdoor activities ranging from difficult endeavors to more mild activities. Late June is just about when we start really feeling that summer heat so campers will spend a day escaping the heat on the Grand Mesa and paddleboarding at a local state park. Campers will get to challenge their strength rock climbing and practice their patience with fishing. This is the perfect week for campers who want to try a bit of everything.

Boy hikes in the woods with two big walking sticks.

Week 4 – Survival Week

June 24th-27th

Ever wondered what it takes to survive the wilderness? Campers will spend the week learning basic survival skills like knot tying, how to start a fire, and natural navigation skills. Campers will put everything to the test when they are tasked with creating a shelter before the “storm” comes. This week is not just about surviving the wilderness, but having fun playing in it too, as campers spend the week outside!

 

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