Facilitating a love for Colorado's great outdoors
Future skateboarding pro
Avid4 Adventure helps kids and teens like QuiQui acquire the skills and confidence to choose active outdoor lifestyles through summer day camps, overnight camps, school programs and events. The company transports campers to local recreation areas and engages them in activities like rock climbing, biking, paddling, hiking and more.
QuiQui was adopted from China at 11 months old and became interested in Avid4 Adventure at age 5 when she saw one of the biking camps learning how to ride down the steps at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder. She asked the instructor to help her learn, and he gave her a few tips.
“Within an hour, my 5-year-old was descending the steps on her bike like a champ,” Larkin says. “She had only just given up her training wheels. I got her into her first Avid4 mountain-bike camp later that summer.”
Since then, QuiQui has gained rock-climbing, kayaking, SUP, skateboarding and survival skills through Avid4 Adventure’s programs. Every sport she learns gives her new levels of confidence and joy — which Larkin credits to the company’s dedicated staff.
“We've been so impressed with the staff and instructors, their training, expertise, respect for the natural world and their kindness,” she says.
Avid4 Adventure was founded in 2003 by David Secunda, a national advocate for outdoor recreation’s positive effects. His goals include ensuring the future caretaking of our planet by encouraging kids to appreciate nature and unplug from modern technology.
From multisport day camps for kids in kindergarten through 7th grades in cities like Boulder, Denver, Castle Rock and Colorado Springs to the overnight Colorado Mountain Camp for 1st through 11th graders in Bailey and Evergreen, the company strives to teach a new generation of adventures to assess risks, use sound judgement, believe in their abilities and flourish in Colorado’s natural landscapes.