What better place to learn mountaineering than in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains! The A/U Ranches Mountain program introduces campers of every age to backpacking, the low, middle and high ropes course and rock climbing, as well as mountain biking. Each major provides activities specific to the needs and abilities of the age group.
Conquer the Rocky Mountains
There has always been a natural progression of skills in the Mountain program between Sky Valley Ranch for 2nd – 8th graders and Round-Up Ranch for 9th – 12th graders. You’ll love being challenged year after year through a variety of activities for your grade and skill level.
The A/U Ranches are located in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area of the Rocky Mountains. Our property is at the base of many of Colorado’s famous “fourteeners” (mountain peaks at or above 14,000 feet). Therefore, we offer unparalleled opportunities for both the beginner and advanced mountaineer, and don’t forget mountain biking! For training purposes, we operate an onsite state-of-the-art, indoor rock gym and outdoor rock wall. In addition, we have a low, middle and high ropes course that is sure to challenge you, whatever your skill level. And, we are literally across the road from a great natural climbing area called the Turtle Rocks!
SVR = Sky Valley Ranch · RUR = Round-Up Ranch
Click on the majors below to get a complete description of each program
|SVR||Explorers||2 – 4||All|
|SVR||Mountaineers||4 – 6||All|
|SVR||Challengers||6 – 8||All|
|SVR||Challengers Outcamp||7 – 8||2|
|RUR||Mountain Mosaic||9 – 12||All|
|RUR||Conquerors||9 – 12||2|
|RUR||Limitless||9 – 12||3|
|RUR||Mountain Biking||9 – 12||2 & 3|
SVR Explorers (2nd – 4th graders)
Welcome to camp! There is so much fun stuff to do here. You can study nature, play games, and go hiking. Go swimming at the waterfront or learn about horses. You also get to learn about Native American traditions and mountain legends. And you get to go on your own camping trip where you’ll stay in a teepee! back to majors list
SVR Mountaineers (5th – 6th graders)
Mountaineers of all skill levels will find this program has plenty to offer. You will experience the adventure of rock climbing. You’ll feel the thrill of breaking through limitations on our ropes and initiatives course. And you will get a unique opportunity to explore the Porcupine Caves. Then, conquer a 14,000 foot mountain peak on your three-day backpacking trip! How awesome? back to majors list
SVR Challengers (7th – 8th graders)
This program is designed especially for our oldest Sky Valley Ranch campers. As the oldest campers in Sky Valley you are really like leaders of the Sky Valley Ranch. As such, you’ll take backpacking, rock climbing and ropes course to the next level. You’ll also get to experience rafting on the Arkansas River. You will also participate in a service project as part of a focus on developing leadership and teamwork. back to majors list
SVR Challengers Outcamp (7th – 8th graders)
This program will have you spending a good deal of your time away from camp. Designed for those who are comfortable outdoors and confident backpackers, this program lets you spend more time exploring the Colorado wilderness. The first part of the session will include team building and backcountry skills instruction. Put those skills to work on a seven day trip of backpacking, peak climbs and even a solo experience. back to majors list
RUR Mountain Mosaic (9th – 12th graders)
This program offers a variety of activities that make of the core of the mountaineering major. You will also get to explore area caves, do some mountain biking and have a chance to go whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River. During the second session, Mosaics will spend more time in the backcountry and take a four-day backpacking trip. back to majors list
RUR Conquerors (9th – 12th graders)
If you’re an experienced mountaineer looking to be challenged, Conquerors is a great option. You will take our core mountain experiences to higher levels of rock climbing and mountain biking. Then spend 5-days in the backcountry attempting to peak several 14,000 foot mountains. back to majors list
RUR Limitless (9th – 12th graders)
Are you ready to push yourself physically while learning to rely on Spirit for your energy, power, endurance and joy? The physical intensity of this program will be significant, but that just means the success of conquering a challenge will be that much more glorious. And it’s great fun too! Some of the challenges you will be faced with include running a triathlon, climbing a technical rock wall, racing a 10-18 mile trail, mountain biking up to 50 miles, and using ropes and gear to ascend a 14,000 foot peak. Join us for the excitement and you will not be disappointed…or bored! back to majors list
RUR Mountain Biking (9th – 12th graders)
Explore the Colorado Rockies on two wheels and under your own power. Are you a novice or experienced rider? It doesn’t matter because mountain biking is an activity that adjusts to your level of riding while constantly pushing you to improve your skills. In this program you’ll build or improve a basic set of skills while riding jeep trails and single-track, and then put those skills to test on local pump and jump tracks. Your 4-day trip will include riding from the A/U Ranches to a chosen campsite while hauling your own gear a good portion of the way. back to majors list
Youth Program Highlights
Summer Youth Camp is for Christian Scientists in 2nd – 12th grades:
Sky Valley Ranch (SVR): 2nd – 8th grades
Round-Up Ranch (RUR): 9th – 12th grades
Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program: 16 & 17 year olds
2017 Youth Summer Camp
(Camp United / All camper ages at Sky Valley Ranch)
Early Enrollment Discount – reduce the following rates by $50 when you register by Dec. 15, 2016!
2 week session = $1,695
1 week session = $1,035
For discounts, deposits and fees, click here.
Register for Youth Camp at the A/U Ranches. The application will take between 10-15 minutes to complete, so plan accordingly. Please be prepared with the following information:
- Name of both parents’ employers, including addresses, and work phone numbers
- Name of your child’s Sunday School teacher
- Practitioner’s name, phone number and email address
- Payment information – either credit card or e-check
Financial assistance is available for children who would not be able to attend our Youth Programs without support. To apply for a grant through the A/U Ranches Campership Fund, one Campership application needs to be completed per family. Campership Applications are not considered until the Youth Camp form and $200 deposit have been received.
Youth Campership Application (pdf download – 2016)
Other forms that need to be completed to finish the registration process include: