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


IN the Field:

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!

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

Afternoon Activities:

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

Mountain Kids Academy, LLC

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

-Mhendi and Marsh McConnell

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

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

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 24 years of experience coaching and inspiring kids, including 17 years as the PE Teacher at Aspen Elementary.

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.

ON the Field:


- Charla Belinski

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!!!

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.

- Kim Popish

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!

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.

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