Raising Rippers

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.

The Best Outside Summer Camps: Avid4Adventure, California and Colorado

Photo: Courtesy of Avid4Adventure

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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