The camp was wonderful! Our kids learned more than mountaineering skills -- they learned that they had endurance and strength, and in the end had such a sense of pride for all the miles they logged on the trails. But most important, they had fun! They can't wait to get the whole family backpacking together. Thank you so much!

THE WORD ON THE STREET

Join us for an unforgettable experience this summer. Sign up for one or more sessions and get outside with Mountain Kids Academy! 

Based out of Aspen, Colorado with up-and-coming extension camps throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, Mountain Kids Academy currently offers three, week-long multi-sport sessions, and a two-night backpacking session. 

Get Outside!.. ON the Field & IN the Field!

A CAMP FOR ALL

Thank you to the Aspen Elks for their continued support in helping me to ensure all kids who want to participate are able to.

Our backcountry experience is one-of-a-kind. Through hiking and camping, Mountain Kids Academy teaches orienteering, safety, basic first aid, and the principles of Leave No Trace. More importantly, our time in the backcountry helps to build interest, mindfulness, confidence, and positive self-esteem.

In addition to Baseball and Basketball in the  afternoon participants will have access to activities such as Archery, Wilderness Survival/Backcountry Safety, Rocket Building,  and PE Games.

Through the team sports of Lacrosse, Soccer, Basketball, Rugby and Softball/Baseball, our awesome coaching staff uses a progressive learning approach for instruction, moving from skill work and foundations to game play and strategy. The main focus, however, is the value of positive attitude, sportsmanship, teamwork, and fun.

Come join us for sports on real grass this year. NO more hot plastic  fields for us.

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Mountain Kids Academy was so great!  The kids love and respect Jared so much and he is so concious of the kids needing water and suncreen and snacks, the fun they have and skills they learn are wonderful!  Miles cannot wait to go back next summer!  Thanks Jared, you're awesome!

-Mhendi and Marsh McConnell

This camp was excellent! Both of my boys are highly active and sports-oriented. They came home every day after camp happy and very tired. The counselors were fun and helped make all of the sports a challenge. I would highly recommend this camp to any child.

-Allison Daily

- Kim Popish

Matthew had a great time at your camp. To date it was the favorite thing he did this summer!!!!  You introduced him to LaCrosse which he now loves!!!

- Charla Belinski

Mountain Kids Academy is a dynamic summer experience, offering fun practice in a variety of sports and backcountry skills. Our mission is to foster team-building, confidence, connections, and enthusiasm for life within and beyond our beautifully unique mountain home.

MKA owner and director, Jared Thompson brings 22 years of experience coaching and inspiring kids, including 14 years as the PE Teacher at Aspen Elementary.

Building a positive foundation for a lifetime of physical fitness and lasting friendships through sports and backcountry education.


Mountain Kids Academy
Created and Directed by
Jared Thompson, MAT WFR

Mountain Kids Academy, LLC