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The Best Outside Summer Camps: Avid4Adventure, California and Colorado

Childhood is the perfect time to solidify your kids' love of the outdoors. These camps are here to help.

Studies show that preschool is the best time for kids to get interested in outdoor adventure. Problem is, there is a dearth of summer camps willing to let your toddler loose on a climbing wall.

Not any more. With a handful of day camps in Denver and Boulder, Avid4Adventure puts kayaking, climbing, and biking within reach of three-and-four-year olds. Preschoolers learn to paddle hardshell whitewater kayaks in a two-foot-deep tank, top-rope on an artificial climbing wall, and shred an off-road Strider balance bike course,  using top-of-the line gear from Jackson kayaks and Specialized. With five different adventures in five days— leave-no-trace exploring, arts and crafts, and yoga round out the week—the camp's goal is to create well-rounded outdoor enthusiasts who, by the time they're seven, have graduated to real rock, rivers, and singletrack. Five-day sessions for kids ages 3-12, $375.

Bonus: Avid4 recently partnered with Outside to launch Outside Adventure Kids, a series of adventure day camps which will launch with a pilot program in Marin this summer for kids aged 7 to 12.

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