Grow, Learn & Have Fun at Colorado Mountain Ranch's confidence-building outdoor summer day camps. We offer a rewarding teen leadership program for rising 8th-12th graders.


Teen Leadership



Rising 8th-12th Graders 



$555 Weekly Tuition for 8th graders 

$495 Weekly Tuition for 9th graders

$435 Weekly Tuition for 10th graders

$375 Weekly Tuition for 11th graders

Tuition-free for 12th graders

+ One-time $50 Family Registration Fee for 2020

See our full Payment & Refund Policy Here

Optional Campouts and Overnights - $75 for All CITs


Don’t know what to do with your teen this summer? Want peace of mind as to what they are up to? Send them our way for our special Teen Leadership Program to become a Counselor-in-Training (CIT)! Teenagers thrive on feeling important. At the Colorado Mountain Ranch, they not only feel like it, they really ARE stars! Teens work and play with peers in a fun, wholesome outdoor setting.



Teens work directly with senior staff members as their mentors as they learn how to lead and teach activities to younger children. The CITs also have their own Teen Time lead by the CIT group supervisor. Workshops led by the CIT supervisor include values clarifications, team-building exercises, leadership seminars, and feedback sessions. CITs also build team on the ropes course and help with day-to-day ranch projects.



In addition to time gaining experience as leaders of young children, there are more opportunities for documented community service such as trail building, children's fort maintenance, and continued landscaping around the Ranch. 



Optional overnight campouts are offered on Wednesday nights for the Counselors-in-Training. Look for the Campout Information email sent out on Monday afternoons. Teens bring their sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush, change of clothes and one lunch. All other equipment and food are provided. They may return to North Boulder Park at the regularly scheduled time the following day or choose to spend another night at the weekly Thursday night overnight at the Ranch that is open for all campers.



Early registration is not necessary. Just send your teenager with their overnight things. Your card will automatically be charged if your camper does spend the night(s).



The cost of the CIT program reduces as the camper grows in age and maturity.  We see our CITs as true leaders within the Colorado Mountain Ranch community. We also understand that it takes time for leadership skills to develop.  As the camper gets older and more capable we see them as contributing more and more to the camp community. As their school grade and contributions go up, the cost of the CIT program goes down.  


Counselor-in-Training Program details



The objectives of the program are for each teenager to gain personal competence, confidence, resilience, and a sense of responsibility in today’s world. Goals for the CIT are to compare and contrast various leadership styles, to learn how to interact with others in a positive way, to train to become a children’s group leader, to develop skills in teaching various activities by assisting, and to feel the satisfaction of community service. The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program at The Colorado Mountain Ranch offers teenagers the opportunity to work and play with other teens in an upbeat, wholesome, active and fun outdoor setting within a supportive community.



An experienced and mature senior staff counselor with a "teen-friendly" personality supervises and guides the group of teenagers. This director is both a specialist in working with young adults and an instructor in nature immersion, outdoor living skills, and team enhancement. Through exercises and games in sensory awareness of nature and environmental appreciation, the teenagers become more comfortable in their places in the natural world. The director serves as facilitator in team-building ropes course activities, as well as goal-setting and evaluation. There are also weekly workshops in leadership skills development, values clarification, and the experience of real community. 



Every week, each CIT works directly with a mentoring senior staff member. The CIT learns to assist either with a group of younger children or with teaching an activity. New CITs usually orient to the camp and programs by beginning with a group counselor as mentor. This involves working with a consistent group of younger children, experiencing the whole variety of camp activities, and meeting the whole staff. During subsequent weeks, the CITs choose their mentors and areas of assistance. The week culminates with feedback and assessment of individual performance and growth. The CIT program brings young people a step closer to taking on job responsibilities and moving into the future with purpose.



Teenagers benefit from the balancing effect of less-structured time in nature as they maintain trails and go along on the mountain hikes and optional overnight campouts each week. Hiking challenges their physical and mental abilities while they enjoy activity outdoors with peers. The campouts give first-hand experience of a community working together for a successful time outdoors. They work collectively to pitch tents in the woods by a stream or lake and cook over an open fire or camp stove. Benefits include practicing safety and survival skills. Games, stories, music, and friendship around the evening campfire are highlights.



Some of the horse program personnel (wranglers) may be available to serve as weekly mentors. Mentoring a wrangler gives the CIT the experience of every aspect of working with the animals. Although riding time is much less than as a Horse Focus Camper, the CIT learns to help and actually assists with all facets of daily care, including grooming, tacking, and mucking. For those teenagers who do mentor wranglers, experiences in relationship with horses can offer self insight and comprehension of real-life interaction with all other living things. They often discover that horses are unique in how they mirror human feelings and characteristics, including their own.



At the end of each person’s participation in the program, all CITs receive a documentation of service hours for their time spent assisting mentors, usually 10-14 hours per week.

Schedules for CITs



7:45-8:30 Check-in time and games at North Boulder Park

9:15 Busses arrive at the Colorado Mountain Ranch for the Morning Gathering, introductions, flag raising, songs, and announcements

10:00 Activity Period

11:00 Activity Period

12:00 Lunch with peers in the Main Lodge with senior staff (CIT’s bring their own Lunches.)

12:30 Open time for visiting, the camp store, games, music, stories, and gymnastics

1:00 Activity Period

2:00 Activity Period

3:00 Afternoon CIT Meeting for a debrief of the day

3:30 Flag-lowering

3:45 Bus leaves The Ranch

4:30-5:15 Games and Check-out at North Boulder Park




10:00 -12:00 Group introductions and Ice-breakers; CIT orientation, overview, and expectations; goal-setting for the week; discuss weekly options for excursion, camp-out, overnight, mentors

1:00-3:00 Returning CITs with mentors

1:00 New CIT Camp tour 

2:00-3:00 New CITs with Mentors



10:00-3:00 All day with Mentors

2:00-3:30 Leadership Learning and Values 



Choice Full day with Mentors, Excursion, or High-country Day Hike

3:00-3:45 CITs camping out pack and Load out 



CITs not Camping spend full day with Mentors 

10:00-12:00 CITs return from Campout, unpack, and clean up

1:00-3:00 All CITs with mentors

Overnight Optional overnight with in-camp evening special event



8:00-9:00 Overnighters help with upkeep

10:00-11:00 All CITs with Mentors

11:00-12:00 All-Camp Capture-the-flag game

1:00 - 2:30 CIT Reflection on the Week, feedback, evaluations, and future planning

2:30 All-Camp Weekly Honoring Gathering


August 3, 2018 To the Walkers - Every time I am here I have the time of my life. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be here. This is a beautiful place with so many beautiful people. Thanks you for being so welcoming. This week was the best I will have all summer! It was a blast… I can’t wait to come back and I haven’t even left yet! Thanks a million, I love this place and these people.

–Liv Duda, out-of-state camper/CIT

“He really enjoyed the Counselor -in -Training program. He felt so important and was able to understand a side of himself he never knew before.”

10063 Gold Hill Road
Boulder CO 80302
phone: 303.442.4557
fax: 303.417.9114
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