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Enrollment packet is here.

EAGLE is an out-of-school program at the Gilpin County Community Center. We provide FREE extracurricular opportunities for youth in 6th-12th grade. All activities and field trips are planned by our youth program assistant and youth leadership team with the support of our adult program coordinator.

This summer, we are open Wednesdays & Fridays for drop-in from 12 to 4 at the community center. On Thursdays we go hiking from about 10 AM to 2 PM (we can pick up and drop off youth from locations within Gilpin). On Saturdays & Sundays we are running field trips in the afternoon. Reservations are required for hikes and field trips, and will be capped at 13 participants. Hiking reservations can be made up until the day before. Field trip reservations close a week in advance. For details specific to each day, see our reservation form.

Youth must complete the enrollment packet prior to attendance. Please send to when complete. Paper copies may be obtained at the community center.

How to participate

Participation is free unless stated otherwise for a specific field trip or event. We will never turn away a participant for inability to pay. We welcome all youth in 6th-12th grade (or the equivalent age, if homeschooled or out of school), whether they are Gilpin residents, live in the greater Peak to Peak, or are visiting from elsewhere.

Youth may participate once they have returned their enrollment packet to the EAGLE Program Coordinator.

Download the packet here and send to when complete. Printed copies of the packet may be obtained at the community center.


COVID-19 Guidelines

COVID-19 Guidelines (updated June 9, 2021):

Staff and youth participants wear masks when indoors or in the van, regardless of our individual vaccination statuses or local guidelines (if on field trips). Masks are not required when outside if we can maintain six feet of physical distancing (unless local laws/policies say otherwise). Please discuss with your young person if you would like them to take additional precautions.

In the community center pool, masks must be worn while not actively in the pool or shower. More information about the pool guidelines can be found here.

We will continue to monitor and adapt our policies according to Gilpin County and CSU 4-H guidelines.


Adult Program Coordinator

Katherine Harvey –

Katherine grew up in the Peak to Peak and spent her childhood raising chickens, reading fantasy books, and riding her horse with Gilpin’s 4-H Club. She has worked in youth development since she was sixteen, starting at TEENS, Inc. in Nederland. She spent two years in Denver at the state health department, a summer in Wyoming at a Boys and Girls Club, and used to work the front desk at the Gilpin County Community Center. In December 2019, she wrote the grant application to start EAGLE.

Katherine has a BA in English and is pursuing a Master’s in Public Health, but is most likely to tell you about her certifications as a Wilderness First Responder and a Positive Youth Development trainer. She currently serves as an officer on Gilpin’s Public Health Advisory Board and co-leads the statewide Youth Employee and Leader Empowerment Training System. Outside of work, she backpacks, bakes, and hangs out with her donkey.

Youth Program Assistant

Cassidy Wood –

Cassidy spent most of her youth in Gilpin County. She loved (and still loves) bike riding, camping, skiing, and many more outdoor activities. Cassidy is new to working with youth development but is learning quick and finding much joy in it. She now attends Gilpin High School and spends most of her free time doing cheerleading as well as spending time with her family. 

Leadership team

The EAGLE Youth Leadership Team is recruited on a semester basis and is composed of Gilpin youth ages 12-17. The leadership team is paid for their work in planning, participating in, and advertising activities.

Current leadership team

We had 10 folks on our inaugural team for the spring 2021 semester, with leaders from 5 grades, 3 schools, and a wide variety of interests. Kari, Robert, Jiselle, Liam, Aucklynn, Will, Maddi, Lili, Brian, and Emma are THE BEST! Many of them will be returning for our fall cohort.

How to apply

We will recruit several new youth leaders in August! Please email if you would like to be notified when applications are live.

Why bother applying?! Here’s what past youth leaders have to say:

“The biggest perk of being in the leadership program is definitely getting to make new friends and getting to go places and do things that we may have not done before.”

“It’s a fun and easy way of getting a bit of money.

“I think getting leadership experience and volunteer hours was a huge deal for me because it will definitely help me later on applications and for things like the Honors Society.

“It keeps me from getting bored.”

“I think overall this was really fun. What really drew people in was the fun and diverse activities that they otherwise might not have gotten to do. So that and being allowed to hang with friends was definitely the best part of this.”

“Get paid to have fun!”


We’re lucky to be a part of a network of mountain folks that serve young people! We partner with organizations and individuals to offer a variety of activities, field trips, and opportunities for EAGLE participants. Some of our partners include:

If you are interested in partnering with us to bring more opportunities to Gilpin youth, please email Katherine:

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