If you like getting wet and staying cool, the A/U Ranches Water program is the answer for you! Besides having several lakes on our property and a Junior Olympic size pool, we are a short distance from the Arkansas River, with a full range of rapids and a world-class riding park. Whether you’re swimming, canoeing, whitewater rafting, kayaking or taking part in other water-related activities, each major provides instruction appropriate to the needs and abilities of the age group.
River, pool, lakes – we’ve got them all!
There is a natural progression of skills in the Water program between Sky Valley Ranch for 5th – 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.
SVR = Sky Valley Ranch · RUR = Round-Up Ranch
Please click on the majors below to get a complete description of the program
|SVR||Waterfront||5 – 8
|RUR||Whitewater Rafting||9 – 12
|RUR||Whitewater Kayaking||9 – 12
SVR Waterfront (5th – 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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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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RUR 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
2018 Youth Summer Camp
(Camp United / All camper ages at Sky Valley Ranch)
2 week session = $1,745
1 week session = $1,065
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
After you have registered your child(ren) for camp, please go into your CampInTouch account and complete these additional items:
- Campership Application – Financial assistance is available for children who would not be able to attend camp without support. One Campership application needs to be completed per family. Campership applications are not considered until Youth Camp registration has been completed and the $200 deposit has been received.
- Transportation Information
- Camp Store Account Setup
- Medical Exempt Forms
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