River, pool, lakes – we’ve got them all!

There is a natural progression of skills in the Water 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 designed for your grade and skill level.

The high alpine lakes, Arkansas River and Junior Olympic pool all provide wonderful venues and varying challenges for the different majors in the Water program offered at the A/U Ranches. Campers will continue to develop new skills and more confidence in their water activities. Each of the water majors has its own overnight trip that tests and focuses on the skills they’ve been learning.

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SVR = Sky Valley Ranch · RUR = Round-Up Ranch
Please click on the majors below to get a complete description of the program

Camp Major Grade  Session(s)
SVR Waterfront 3 – 8
RUR Whitewater Rafting 9 – 12
RUR Whitewater Kayaking 9 – 12

SVR Waterfront (3rd – 8th graders)

This major teaches a range of swimming and waterfront skills. Planned activities are appropriate to your skill and grade level. In this program you will learn swimming strokes and technique, and will gain basic “camp” water polo skills using our Junior. Olympic size pool. Everything you learn will be showcased in the Water Olympics on the final day of camp. At the waterfront you will be furthering your skills in canoeing and kayaking on one of the camp lakes. This will be great practice for your significant three-day challenge trip paddling across Turquoise Lake. Everyone will visit the Arkansas River to participate in Jump Rocks. 7th and 8th graders will have the opportunity to try whitewater rafting.
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Whitewater Rafting (9th – 12th graders)

This major givse you plenty of time on the water to help develop your whitewater rafting skills and learn the ways of the Colorado River.
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RUR Whitewater Rafting (9th – 12th graders)

You will be rafting on the most popular whitewater in Colorado – the Arkansas River. Our counselors are all certified River Guides by the State of Colorado and will teach you all about rafting safety and technique. You too have the unique opportunity to learn how to become a raft guide. But rafting is not a solo job. You will paddle as part of a “rafting family” while learning how to read the river. Develop your rafting skills and confidence by captaining the rafts themselves!
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Whitewater Kayaking (9th – 12th graders)

Our kayaking major is perfect for campers comfortable with the river and ready to step up to the next level. You will start off on the camp lakes and in the pool as you learn paddling techniques and rolling lessons, eventually moving on to the Arkansas River. Local river parks provide perfect venues for developing river confidence. You’ll then move on to moderate sections of the river and culminate your kayaking experience with a run on Brown’s Canyon.
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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

2016 Youth Summer Camp

Session 1:*
(2 weeks) June 23–July 7 | (1 week) June 23–June 30
* All age campers are at Sky Valley. Learn more.
Session 2:
(2 weeks) July 9–July 23
Session 3:
(2 weeks) July 25–Aug 8 | (1 week) July 25–Aug 1

2 week session = $1,675
1 week session = $1,025

Deposit = $200 non-refundable

Surcharge for all Horsemanship programs = $175/per Session
Surcharge for Mountain Biking program = $150
Charge for stay over between Sessions = $100

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:

Transportation Form

Store Account Form