More Information and How to Apply

First Ascent Youth Leadership provides a one-week intensive experience for 9th and 10th graders at CMC’s Leadville campus

The First Ascent Leadership program is a free, five-day residential program. This year, students will have an opportunity to stay at the dorms at our Colorado Mountain College in Leadville. Students engage in outdoor physical activities such as rock climbing (including climbing Mt. Elbert, the highest mountain in Colorado), rafting and hiking. Students will complete a challenge course, designed to teach and develop team-building, empowerment, communication skills, conflict resolution and consensus building.

In addition to outdoor activities, academic subjects such as environmental science, land and water conservation and orienteering are introduced.

Evening sessions bring students together to explore the elements of effective leadership through small group discussion led by the camp director and counselors. First Ascent alumni and students in Colorado Mountain College’s Outdoor Recreation Leadership program assist throughout the week.

How to Apply

Download the counselor/teacher reference and application forms below, or contact your school counselor beginning in February. You must be in the 9th or 10th grade and enrolled in a school within the Colorado Mountain College District. Students are chosen for their potential to become leaders and successful students.

Download the following forms to assist you in applying to the First Ascent Program:

Application Form

Application Deadline

Friday, May 29, 2015

Become a First Ascent Student Counselor

Student counselors work with staff and are mentors to First Ascent participants. Download and complete the Student Counselor Application and Reference forms.

Only students who have already graduated from the First Ascent Program may apply to become student counselors.

Student Counselor Application Form

Student Counselor Reference Form

For more information regarding First Ascent, please contact:

Paul Edwards