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
(Camp United / All camper ages at Sky Valley Ranch)
Thru Dec. 31, 2019
Includes an A/U Ranches t-shirt +
EXTENDED – Now through April 30, 2020
Includes an A/U Ranches drawstring bag!
Up until camp
15 Day Session $2,145 | 8 Day Session $1,300
For discounts, deposits and fees, click here.
The A/U Ranches Youth Camp 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
- Emergency contacts – name, phone number and address
- Payment information – either credit card or e-check
Next Steps – Additional Information
After you have registered your child(ren) for camp, please log into your CampInTouch account and complete these additional items:
- Transportation Information
- Camp Store Account Setup
- Medical Exempt or Immunization Forms
Within 10 days of your child coming to camp you will also need to fill out the Health Form (no physical is needed). It will be online in your CampInTouch account 10 days prior to camp.
Next Steps – Financial Aid
We believe a camp experience should be affordable to all, including multiple sessions. Financial aid is available through the Campership Fund – an organization that supports individuals going to all Christian Science camps. Simply fill out their campership application after you’ve enrolled in camp. (Note: please request the full campership amount you need from the Campership Fund. They will meet up to 75% of tuition costs, and if your needs exceed that, the additional amount is automatically passed along to us. There is no need to fill out a separate campership form for the A/U Ranches.)
If travel assistance is also needed, please log into your Camp InTouch account and fill out the appropriate form.
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