Adventure Day Camps
Variety! … The Adventure Day Camp Program is the perfect introduction for those going into grades 2-8 and for those who would like to participate in our whole array of camp activities. The Adventure Day Camp introduces first-time campers and those through age 13 to traditional summer camp at its best! Many children may prefer the chance for new adventures every day. Within the course of each week, the Adventure Day campers have the opportunity to participate in each activity at least once.
Camper Groups … Each group is arranged by age and length of enrollment for continuity within the group. Old friends are placed together, and those coming looking for new friends are grouped together for more opportunity to meet others. Each group has its own counselor who is always with the group, working closely with each child, guiding, supervising, participating and assisting the activity instructors.
Activities … Each activity has its own specialized
instructor or team of instructors who present safe, supervised and progressive
instruction in a fun and supportive atmosphere.The activity ares are spread out around Main Camp and separated by a 1-5 minute walk across trails through meadows and forest.
Choice! … Adventure Campers may communicate to their counselor or directly to the schedule-maker about their personal favorites or request to repeat activities. We always try to personalize and keep the kids happy! Another way to individually choose from all the camp activities is during the extra-long free-choice activity time before dinner on the Thursday night overnights. (And of course, the Focus Camps offer more opportunity for specializing for those going into grades 8-11.)
Traditional Summer Camp Adventure Programs
and Skill-building Activities
Parents who went to camp as children will recognize the Colorado Mountain Ranch as traditional summer camp, with the same spirit and many of the same activities they may remember from their own camp experiences. It's always an adventure!
Western Riding and Horse and Animal Care … Horseback riding in the Adventure program is the perfect way to start out with horses. Our horses are gentle and responsive, and they take care of first-time and less-experienced riders. Ride time includes group and individualized instruction and usually a trail ride through the meadows and forests of the Ranch premises. In addition to riding, Adventure campers also learn particpate in Animal Care to experience hands-on about colors, breeds, tack, grooming, health care, daily maintenance of horses, goats, and minis.
The Corral... Western Art - specifically drawing and painting horses - and Roping "cattle" with names like Bertha and Tofu, add to the agenda offered by the wranglers.
Gymnastics and Trampoline … Children explore their own strength and balance through the use of a variety of gymnastics apparatus. The session always begins with fun warm-up games, light stretching exercises, and spotting practice. The gymnastics instructors and counselors demonstrate and supervise various tricks on the mats, mini-tramp, balance beams and trampolines.
Archery … Hand-eye coordination improves as archers practice target shooting with bows and arrows. At the Archery Range, there are four lanes for four archers to work on their aim at a time. Those waiting their turn may play quiet games or work on crafts while the others are shooting. Wrist guards and bows for various pull strengths allow for comfort and success.
Arts & Crafts …At the Arts & Crafts shop, a wide variety of art materials is always available for individual and group projects. Typical activities include sketching, painting, forming clay, and creating sculptures with paper, natural materials, and glue. Making decorations, costumes, and props for events and weekly themes is a favorite. Campers make meaningful creations using recycled materials and those found on nature walks.
Native American Indian Lore …At the Tipi on the hill facing the rising sun, campers discover first-hand the history and culture of mountain and plains Indian tribes. Games, legends, songs, dance, and crafts such as beading, braiding, and pictographs bring to life the way of life of the local Arapaho Indians and other tribes.
Nature and Hiking … Games and exercises heighten sensory awareness and less-structured explorations of the outdoors delight campers as they become aware of natural wonders. The Camp's mountain setting in the pine and aspen forests and wildflower meadows is rich in flora, fauna, geology, and weather systems. Our location at the northwest corner of the Fourmile Fire burn area gives children the chance to experience first-hand the ecological changes brought on by wildfire. Immersion in nature is basic to all other camp experiences. Weekly optional excursions to outlying natural features, streams, and lakes are a highlight.
Mining History … Our area on the ridge west of Gold Hill features abundant natural and cultural heritage. Since Boulder originally began as a supply town for the mining activities in the local mountains, the Gold Hill area is full of mining era reminders. In the forest just below the Archery Range, campers explore the grounds around the old Happy Thought Mine where they still shout 'Eureka!' when they find bits of fool's gold (iron pyrite).
Innovative Summer Camp Adventure Programs
and Skill-building Activities
Earth and Outdoor Living Skills … As an extension of the Nature program, the Earth, and Outdoor Living programs find the Fun in building a sustainable future. Games and projects promote appreciation of the life systems and their elements - air, water, sun, and earth. Campers explore the value and learn the skills of recycling, living outdoors, and maintaining ecosystems while having Fun! A favorite part of learning about survival and shelter is working on the shared Camp Community Fort in the nearby woods.
Eat Real! … Ever heard the expression, "You are what you eat"? Learn how to gather wild foods, grow hardy herbs and vegetables at altitude, and tend our friendly goats! Enjoy salads you grow organically yourself using compost for fertilizer and techniques such as companion planting to combat pests. Discover the value of using a cold frame to protect seedlings and extend the growing season.
Yoga... Campers are surprised to discover the fun of stretching into poses (often as animals), quietly reflecting, and playing movement games designed for children's yoga. The Harmony Hut is a beautiful place to slow down, set at the edge of a wildflower meadow which meets the birdsong-filled forest where a trickling stream emerges.
Mountainboarding … Imagine snowboarding on wheels down gentle dirt slopes and trails. Navigate over jumps to get some air. Learn to "powerslide" to a safe stop. Mountainboarding on the terrain park in the north forest of the Ranch is a thrill for all, and some campers become masters after just a few times on the hill. The rest of us just have a lot of fun!
Challenge … Warm-up games, initiatives, and more-complicated challenges await at the Teambuilding Challenge Low Ropes Course. These strengthen and test balance, confidence, trust, communication, and problem-solving skills. Campers accept and support each other's strengths and weaknesses as they work together. This is truly meaningful Fun!
Optional Thursday night overnights … Every week on Thursdays, campers may bring along their bedding and overnight things for a taste of resident camp. Before dinner in the main Lodge, campers have a choice of all the regular camp activities and some unique activity offerings, too. After dinner in the main Lodge dining room, the evening brings a special event with a theme, costumes, props, and appropriate activities. The excitement winds down at dark when the counselors gently settle the children into their bunks for lights out. On Friday, those who spent the night are served a scrumptious breakfast and lunch from the Camp Kitchen! The food and the activities are always a big hit with those who stay the night. Children who do not spend the night are transported to Boulder on the Camp Bus which stays on its usual schedule.