THE RANCH
10063 Gold Hill Road
Boulder CO 80302
phone: 303.442.4557
fax: 303.417.9114
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CAMP ACTIVITIES

The Adventure Camp offers introductions and practice in ALL the Camp Activities during the course of each week. 

 

The Focus Camps allow for Specialty Curriculum AND choice of all the other Camp Activities, too. 


Instruction is individualized in both the Adventure and Focus Camp programs, so multi-week Campers continue practicing and building on their skills.

Adventure Camp and Focus Camp Activities

Teambuilding Challenge Low Ropes Course

 

Teambuilding Challenge is the foundation for both the Adventure Camp and Focus Camp programs.Campers build team skills while expanding their comfort levels as they open to accepting and supporting others, just as they themselves are accepted and supported. Warm-up games and initiatives on the Challenge Field progress to more complicated challenges on the Low Ropes Course. These strengthen and test balance, confidence, trust, communication, and problem-solving skills. Campers accept and support each other's strengths and weaknesses in truly meaningful Fun! Every camper group visits the Challenge Field and Course at least once each week; older-aged camper groups build on their experiences with even more Challenge time.

Horses

Our amazing Colorado Mountain Ranch horses and horse programs contribute hugely to the iconic status of CMR.  The authentic relationships built with horses by all ages of people are some of the most special connections ever.

 

  • Western Riding. Horseback riding in the Adventure Camp program is the perfect way to start out with horses. Our horses are gentle and responsive, and they take care of first-time and less-experienced riders. Ride time includes group and individualized instruction and a trail ride through the meadows and forests of the Ranch property. Campers model the wranglers to learn how to be kind to the horses, pay attention to how a horse communicates, and build a foundation for a trusting partnership with the horse.

 

  • CMR Horse Philosophy. To learn more about our philosophy and value of Horses in the Colorado Mountain Ranch children programs, read about the Horse Focus Camp. Participation in Horse Focus becomes the goal of many children who are introduced to horses and riding in the Adventure Camp.

 

  • Horse and Animal Care. In addition to riding, Adventure campers also participate in Animal Care for hands-on experience with colors, breeds, tack, grooming, health care, and daily maintenance of horses, goats, and minis.

 

  • Equus (Latin for "horse"). Campers learn more about horses, including different horse breeds, history, and riding styles.

 

  • Roping and Western Art.  Roping "cattle" with names like Bertha and Tofu and drawing and painting horses are also on the agenda offered by the wranglers.

As an extension of the Nature program, Outdoor Living finds the fun in building a sustainable future. These programs prepare campers for exploring, hiking, and camping in the Indian Peaks wilderness. Games and projects promote appreciation of the life systems and their elements - air, water, sun, and earth. Campers learn firsthand the value and skills of recycling, maintaining ecosystems, living outdoors, and being "light on the land" as they prepare for wilderness experiences and have fun. A favorite part of learning about survival and shelter is working on the shared Camp Community Fort in the nearby woods.

Outdoor Living Skills

Campers become aware of natural wonders through games and exercises focused on increasing multi-sensory awareness. Less-structured outdoor explorations also delight campers. Local mountain pine and aspen forests and wildflower meadows are rich in flora, fauna, geology, and weather systems. Our location at the northwest corner of the Fourmile Fire burn area gives children the chance to experience first-hand the ecological changes brought on by wildfire. Immersion in nature is basic to all other camp experiences. Weekly optional excursions to outlying natural features, streams, and lakes are a highlight.

Nature and Hiking

This is a time for campers to lead the way.  Exploring is guided by the campers on our 160-acre property with the senior staff member supporting the group during the walk. Campers are encouraged to find and share different things they find along the way by getting off the usual track to follow a path of interest, intrigue, a birdsong, or the trail of a wandering squirrel or insect. This activity also includes build time on a community fort, allowing kids to work together to build a shared structure.  

Fort Building and Exploring

Young archers practice safely instructed and supervised target shooting with bows and arrows to improve their hand-and-eye coordination. At the Archery Range, there are four lanes for four archers to work on their aim at a time. Those waiting their turn may play quiet games or work on crafts while the others are shooting. Wrist guards and bows for various pull strengths allow for comfort and success.

Archery

Imagine snowboarding on wheels down gentle dirt slopes and trails through the woods. Navigate over jumps to get some air. Learn to "powerslide" to a safe stop. Mountainboarding on the terrain park in the north forest of the Ranch is a thrill for all, and some campers even become masters after just a few times on the hill. And everyone just has a lot of fun!

Mountainboarding

Children explore their own strength and balance through the use of a variety of gymnastics apparatus. Sessions always begin with fun warm-up games, light stretching exercises, and spotting practice. Campers practice various tricks on the mats, mini-tramp, balance beam, and trampoline as demonstrated and supervised by the Gymnastics Instructors and Counselors.

Gymnastics/Trampoline

Whether a camper is the theatrical type or not, all will be laughing harder than ever before! The safe environment created at dramatics allows for campers to explore their imagination, creative expression, and on-the-spot acting skills.

Dramatic Games/Improv

At the Arts & Crafts Shop, a wide variety of art materials is always available for individual and group projects. Typical activities include sketching, painting, forming clay, and creating sculptures with paper, natural materials, and glue. Making decorations, costumes, and props for events and weekly themes is a favorite. Campers make meaningful creations using recycled materials and those found on nature walks.

Arts and Crafts

At the Tipi on the hill facing the rising sun, campers discover first-hand the history and culture of mountain and plains Indian tribes. Games, legends, songs, dance, and crafts such as beading, braiding, and pictographs bring to life the way of life of the local Arapaho Indians and other tribes.

American Indian Lore

Experiences in sustainable living are essential to caring for the Earth.  Ever heard the expression, "You are what you eat"? Campers gather wild foods, grow hardy herbs and vegetables at altitude, and tend our friendly goats! They organically grow and enjoy eating salads, using compost for fertilizer and techniques such as companion planting to combat pests. They design beds for the efficient use of sun and water and use a cold frame to protect seedlings and extend the growing season.

Earth/Garden

Campers are surprised to discover the fun of stretching into poses (often as animals), quietly reflecting, and playing movement games designed for children's yoga. The Harmony Hut is a beautiful place to slow down, set at the edge of a wildflower meadow which meets the birdsong-filled forest where a trickling stream emerges.

Yoga

Our area on the ridge west of Gold Hill features abundant natural and cultural heritage. Since Boulder originally began as a supply town for the mining activities in the local mountains, the Gold Hill area is full of mining era reminders. In the forest just below the Archery Range, campers explore the grounds around the old Happy Thought Mine where they still shout 'Eureka!' when they dig in the dirt and find bits of fool's gold (iron pyrite).

Mining History

Focus Camp Specialty Curriculums

 

In-depth curriculums in the above activities come together in the specialty Focus Camps.  Focus Camper groups also choose from ALL the other activities to round out their days. 

HORSE FOCUS CAMP

Specialty time - combines daily Daily Western Riding, plus Horse and Animal Care, Roping, and Western art.

 

TRAILBLAZER FOCUS CAMP

Specialty time -  combines Outdoor Living Skills, Nature, Hiking, Exploring, and Archery.

 

MOUNTAINBOARDING FOCUS CAMP

Specialty time - combines boarding on the Mountainboard Course Terrain Park and the Forest Trails.

 

GYMNASTICS FOCUS CAMP

Specialty time - combines Gymnastics mat and floor work and Trampoline Tricks.

 

DISC GOLF FOCUS CAMP

Specialty time - combines Games and Intramurals on the 18-hole Disc Golf Course

 

WATER FOCUS CAMP

Specialty time - combines Swimming, Wading, and Water Play at local Recreation Center Pools and Reservoirs, and at Mountain Streams and Lakes.

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