Ascendigo’s Summer Adventure Camp is the premier camp for athletes on the autism spectrum. Our model and teaching methods are centered around athletic growth and fostering independence. Programs take place in Colorado’s beautiful Roaring Fork Valley which features some of the best outdoor adventure sports venues in the state! Our participants get the opportunity to try rock climbing, wake-boarding and wake-surfing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and much more! Our residential program is located at Colorado Mountain College- Spring Valley Campus, and is designed to help promote independent living while fostering friendships and social skills. Our highly trained staff make individualized lesson plans for your athlete, designed to create a unique experience and help each participant achieve their goals! All Ascendigo programs are designed for athletes anywhere on the spectrum, ages 7 and up! Sports include:
Alpine Sports: Our Alpine program involves both indoor and outdoor rock climbing. Campers will learn life long skills of independence, follow through, and critical thinking skills by practicing proper pacing, hydration/nutrition, safety procedures, tying knot techniques, etc. Our highly trained rock climbing specialists and coaches will help alleviate anxieties and positively motivate participants to push to the top of the rock wall!
Lake Sports: Our lake program provides participants with a variety of water sports including, wake-boarding, tubing, knee-boarding, and wake-surfing. Anxiety often prevents individuals with autism from gaining a variety of experiences from life. We use multiple strategies to push past the anxiety, in an encouraging and positive way. The fun starts at the dock and continues all day!
Ranch Sports: Our Ranch program is where participants can become true equestrians as they gain skills and knowledge in all realms of horses. Participants get to experience the western division of the sport (including trail rides, rodeo events, and gymkhana games), the English discipline vaulting, and care for horses such as grooming, feeding, and training. Participants leave the Ranch eager to continue their horseback riding skills, and a new found sense of self worth and responsibility from caring for and connecting with the horses all week!
River Sports: Our River Program includes whitewater rafting, tandem and solo inflatable kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding. Participants develop confidence with techniques from basic flat water and whitewater paddling strokes, to swimming and essential river rescue procedures. Participants will be planning routes through rapids while working with others as a team on the river!
For more information please call (970)-927-3143, or email Lauren Cantone at LCantone@ascendigo.org.