First Grade fall expedition

Thursday-Friday, Sept. 20-21
departs campus 8:15 am Thursday, returns NOON Friday

For their fall expedition, the First Graders will be camping, hiking, and bouldering at Chapman Campground above Ruedi Reservoir. Outdoor Education program director Collette Newell leads this trip with the First Grade teachers. Also accompanying this trip are our own Middle School assistants – one or two older students who have been selected as role models for the younger children. Aspen Country Day's mission is to develop mind, body, and spirit via our program in academics, arts, and outdoors. Students take two trips per year on their journey through the grades at ACDS, and each trip deepens their understanding of the school’s core values: character, respect, responsibility, community, and perseverance.

Outdoor Education is an integral part of our curriculum, and all students are expected to participate. There is no provision for students to remain on campus while their class is away. The cost of this trip is included in the annual comprehensive activities fee.

Objectives for the trip
  • learn to set up and take down a tent
  • learn to play safely in the outdoors
  • learn to dress appropriately for the outdoors
  • learn seasonal changes and plant and animal survival
  • learn safe bouldering techniques
Packing list

in one bag
large enough to allow your child to close the duffel and stuff their own sleeping bag. Please label all items and pack the bag with your child so she will be able to identify all the equipment inside.

    • sleeping bag with waterproof stuff sack
    • sleeping pad (best are the ridged foam kind that don't need to be inflated)
    • change of clothes (including shoes)
    • warm clothes for the evening (jacket, warm pants, hat, gloves, boots)
    • stuffed animal or doll
    • bathing suit and towel
    • toothbrush & travel-size toothpaste
    • sunglasses
    • headlamp or small flashlight

in a small backpack

    • ONE LUNCH for the first day, and SNACKS FOR TWO DAYS. All other meals will be provided. NO CANDY is allowed on the trip.
    • wide-mouthed water bottle (plastic, Nalgene-style, filled)
    • rain gear (waterproof jacket with hood and pants)
    • warm jacket

NO ELECTRONICS, please, except a headlamp: this means no cell phones, no iPods or iPads, games, etc.

Remember: we leave campus at 8:15 am Thursday, and return to campus at NOON Friday. To have your child picked up at Basalt 7Eleven (Thursday, 8:45 am) or dropped off at Basalt 7Eleven (Friday, 11:30 am), please let the teacher know in advance. Any questions, please contact program director Collette Newell at

ACDS Outdoor Education operates under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest

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Phone: 970.925.1909
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