Nestled into 8,200 acres of wildlife conservation property just south of C-470 on Santa Fe Drive, Camp Backcountry is the spot for a build-a-fort, hike-just-to-explore, and don't-forget-your-binoculars kind of summer for your kids.
As campers grow with us each summer, so do their adventures. Mini and Nature Camps mix learning about ecosystems with traditional camp games and adventures. Expedition Camps include bigger hikes, overnight campouts, and excursions like rock climbing and paddleboarding. Camp Backcountry is also the spot for youth with specific interests like art and horseback riding.
If you have a teen, check out our Leader-in-Training program — a multi-week mentorship program that gives students training and real-life experiences while earning volunteer service hours.
No matter which session fits your kid, we want them to leave Camp Backcountry with a passion for the outdoors that drives them to want to protect and conserve it for generations to come, just as much as they want to escape to the mountains and forests to play.
Mini Camps (Ages 5-6): This three-hour day at Camp Backcountry is the perfect launchpad for kids entering kindergarten and first grade to take in a pint-size version of our full-day nature camp adventures. Mini Camp will follow the same theme as nature camp, and each session will focus all its activities and experiences around that theme.
Nature Camps (Ages 7-13): Base Camp is just the beginning for our Nature Campers! Whether it's their first introduction to the outdoors or they're a certified wild child, our Nature Camp sessions give campers opportunities to hike, build, create, explore, and adventure — all in the fresh summer air.
Horse Camps (Ages 7-13): Let your kid live the ranch life. Campers will find themselves immersed in learning about the equine species through groundwork, animal science, games, and riding in the arena or on the trails. Horse camp veterans and first-timers alike will be lassoed into a summer they'll never forget.
Art Camps (Ages 7-13): Everyone sees nature's beauty through their own lens. Your artist (no experience needed) can turn their vision into a work of art using all kinds of mediums, from painting and sketching to land art and more. Excursions to unique Backcountry destinations will provide access to the perfect outdoor studio.
Expedition Camps (Ages 11-13): Expedition Camp takes our Nature Camps to the next level: bigger excursions, water adventures, and digging deeper into environmental topics! Campers test their outdoor know-how and willpower on adventures (think: summit hike, rock climbing, stand-up paddleboarding) that they'll be talking about long after the summer sunsets.
High Adventure Camp (Ages 14-17): All adventure, all week! Campers will head out on extensive hikes, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and more as they indulge in a week's worth of wilderness and leadership immersion. Each itinerary has a focus on leadership development taught through different adventure activities.
Leader-in-Training Program (Ages 14-17): The Leader-in-Training (LIT) Program is a mentorship program for high school students that focuses on leadership development and prepares them for future jobs, whether as a counselor at Camp Backcountry or elsewhere. Throughout the week, LITs will participate in special activities, leadership training, and exclusive programming designed specifically for teens to sharpen their organization, social, and responsibility skills while earning volunteer service hours.
Dates and Times
- Sessions run May 31-August 5
- Hours are 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
- Extended Care Hours are 7:30 AM–6:00 PM
Pricing and Discounts
- Mini Camps: $185-$195/week
- Nature Camps: $370-$380/week
- Horse Camps: $530-$550/week
- Art Camps: $340-$400/week
- Expedition & High Adventure Camps: $410-420/week
- Leader-in-Training Program: $80-$90/week
- Before Care: $10 per day | After Care: $13 per day
- Friends of Backcountry receive 10% off each session
“With how much kids are indoors and on screens these days, I loved that my kids were outdoors all day in nature!”
“My daughter comes home dirty, tired, and happy!”
"My son had a great time learning archery and survival skills, seeing wildlife, and taking part in the zombie campocolypse!"