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

Camp Major Grade  Session(s)
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

*Note* Registration isn’t open quite yet, but will be very soon! Thank you for your patience while we’re setting up the enrollment process, and check back soon.


100 Elk Day Camp
Session 1: July 6-10
Session 2: July 13-17
A/U Ranches Day Camp
Session 3: July 20-24
Session 4: July 27-31
Session 5: August 3-7


Youth Day Camp Core Cost = $300/child/week

If your middle or high school aged child would like to participate in a specialty program for the week instead of the core camp activities, the additional cost is:

  • +$50/week for rafting
  • +$80/week for horse program
  • +$25/week for mountain
  • +$75/week for mountain biking if renting our bike; +$25 if you bring your own bike


Christian Science campers can still apply for financial aid through our partner, The Campership Fund. (If you had already applied for a campership for overnight Youth Camp, those funds will automatically be applied to Youth Adventure Day Camp when you sign up.)