Focus Day Camps
Rising: 5th-11th Graders for most Focus Camps
Water Focus: Rising 2nd-8th Graders
Counselors-in-Training: Rising 8th-12th Graders
Weekly sessions from Monday-Friday, June 1-August 14, 2020
HOW TO GET TO CAMP
Transportation provided to and from the Ranch from North Boulder Park
Drop Off: 7:45-8:15am
Pick Up: 4:30-5:15pm
$555 Weekly Tuition (All Focuses except Horse Focus Camp)
$645 Weekly Tuition for Horse Focus Camp
+ One-time $50 Family Registration Fee for 2020
THE CAMP DAY
Focus Campers spend half of each day participating in their specific curriculum guided by specialized instructors and counselors. The other half of the day is spent either in teambuilding at the Challenge Course or in other activities as chosen by the group. Please see our FAQ for information on what campers should bring to their Focus Camp every day.
THE FOCUS CAMPER
Focus Camps are designed for kids who know exactly what activities they like best. In many cases, Focus Campers have previously attended Adventure Camp and have discovered their favorite activity among the Ranch's offerings.
THE FOCUS PROGRAMS
Each Focus Camp has two consecutive activity times in the Focus area or two separate activity times, morning or afternoon. The specialized staff guides progressive curriculum at each camper’s own pace.
Explore our many Focus Camps and find the one that’s right for your child!
Focus Day Camps Activities
Horse Focus Camp
For the horse lover! This program offers the chance to “just get out and ride.” Horse Focus Campers also learn and grow in their riding skills, knowledge, and appreciation of horses.
Rising 5th - 11th Graders
Weekly sessions from Monday-Friday, June 1-August 14, 2020
$695 Weekly Tuition for each additional week or sibling - additional weeks and siblings can be in the same session or over multiple sessions throughout the 2020 summer
NOTE: Allow for flexibility in Horse Focus Campers’ Transportation Schedule
IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE REVIEW THIS WHOLE PAGE WITH YOUR CHILD and DISCUSS THE "IMPORTANT PREREQUISITES" TO CONFIRM READINESS FOR HORSE FOCUS and A VALUABLE HORSE FOCUS EXPERIENCE
This is the horse lover's dream... Riders spend a double-long activity time on horseback every day. More of the day fills with other horse experiences and learning more about horses, building relationships with the animals, caring for them and working with them from the ground up.
Horse Focus campers also experience hands-on grooming, tacking, health care, daily maintenance of horses, goats, and minis.
specifically drawing and painting horses - and Roping "cattle" with names like Bertha and Tofu, add to the agenda offered by the wranglers.
THE CMR HORSES
The Colorado Mountain Ranch horses are well-trained and are treated with kindness. Therefore, they generally have good dispositions and a liking for people. They are strong and steady, come in all colors and sizes, and are kept shod for our rocky terrain. Our horses belong to us, so each horse is like family - old friends with us and the campers year after year. The local mountain country is wide open for exploring the pine and aspen forests and wildflower meadows in "Old West" style. At the Colorado Mountain Ranch, folks can still just "get out and ride."
GENTLE APPROACH AND MIKE WALKER
Mike has directed the Western Riding programs at The Colorado Mountain Ranch for over 35 years. His gentle, natural approach emphasizes communication, respect, trust, balance, and enjoyment - for both horse and human. Mike has developed his own eclectic "horse-whisperer" approach to training and riding, through practice and study with famous trainers beginning with originals Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt. He builds a partnership rather than dominates, works with horses rather than breaks them, and builds a unity of mind, body, and spirit with the horse. His ways with horses are similar to those popularized by the "natural horsemanship" approach of Pat Parelli and Buck Branaman. Many horse people today refer to Mike as "the best horseman" they know. One of Mike's special gifts is sharing his horsemanship knowledge and abilities with others, especially children.
THE ROUND PEN
Horse focus campers may get a chance to observe Mike working in the round pen with a horse who's just starting out or could use a "tune-up." Mike's often humorous ongoing commentary introduces the Horse Focus campers to Mike's and CMR's way of respectfully communicating with horses and people of all ages, children included, of course!
THE WRANGLERS AND HORSE FOCUS INSTRUCTORS
2020 boasts a high returnee rate among our riding staff who are familiar and practiced in Mike's way with horses. Update details later:
Progression... All Horse Focus Campers are assessed on Mondays to determine the best fit for ride groups. When friends wish to be together, they are usually both placed in the slower-paced ride group, unless both are already very comfortable in the saddle and skilled in loose-rein partnering.
Riding is casual and comfortable for riders who find that treating the horses gently readies them for partnership. Ride time includes some group and mostly individualized instruction and usually an "open-range free ride" off trails through the meadows and forests of the Ranch premises, with loping at the end of rides. Expect coaching on individual skill development, games on horses, obstacle courses, trail rides, and practice riding at various gates and speeds.
RIDE LIKE THE WIND!
Riders gain confidence with riding each gate progressively, starting with the walk, then the trot, then the lope. Each rider canters his or her horse on a designated stretch of trail or road one at a time for safety and to receive individualized pointers.
Longer Rides... For Horse Focus campers, horseback ride times are generally two hours every day. When rides are scheduled for a ride group, those campers do not participate in the daily morning or afternoon gatherings for flag-raising and flag-lowering, songs and sharing. Instead, they just head on over to the Barn in the morning and stay out longer for their afternoon ride.
includes relating with the horses, routine health care, grooming and daily maintenance of riding horses, draft horses, mules, our mini horse Tina, and goats. Become competent in catching, leading, bridling, and saddling horses.
(Means "Horse" in Latin) Sit around at the barn and share interesting facts about horses. Learn about breeds, colors, conformation, and history of horses, as well as various riding styles and events.
Horse Focus Camp is the only program of its kind in the Boulder area. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. Register early as sessions do fill up!
THE SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN AND THE HORSES IS THE HIGHEST PRIORITY
Mountainboarding Focus Camp
Here at the Colorado Mountain Ranch, we don’t need to wait for snow to go boarding. Dirt never melts! Mountainboards are like snowboards with fat tires for riding over forested trails and on the terrain park. Boarders learn to maneuver at different speeds over varying terrain and master turns and jumps. Balance, confidence, and thrills grow bigger with practice. Whatever your experience or skill level, from beginner to advanced, the terrain park and instructors at The Colorado Mountain Ranch will help you find your best ride! No previous experience is necessary.
Mountainboarders receive progressive instruction and build skills one upon the other. Each boarder always uses the provided protective safety gear: helmet, leather gloves, and elbow, wrist, and kneepads.
The course contains starter and intermediate terrain as well as more advanced terrain, jumps, and other features:
3 table tops
2 rhythm sections
TERRAIN AND DESIGN
The full course line is about a 1/4 mile long from the very top to the bottom. The lower segment includes a smooth gradual incline for beginners as well as the most technical portion with it's rhythm sections, table tops, and jumps. The experienced rider starts at the upper table top which drops into the first rhythm section followed by our split-top. This route then breaks off into two lines, intermediate and advanced. The intermediate line starts from the lower side of the split-top and drops into a small kicker (manageable for kids) followed by the last rhythm section. The advanced line drops from the upper side of the split-top to our advanced table top followed by a four foot kicker. At the bottom of the main course, there is a wall ride/kicker combo quarter pipe, stabilized with an added rail/coping. There is another ramp with a grind rail. The open course ends at the beginning of the tree course.
The end of each week may feature an off-site free ride on rougher terrain in the mountains. Instructors may take riders off-trail to carve their own paths.
Gymnastics Focus Camp
Members of this focus group learn new skills and practice routines. They have an individually- coached 2-3 hour daily workout using equipment of choice. Pieces of apparatus include tumbling mats, bars, beams, mini-tramps, vaults, and trampolines. As tricks and progressions become more challenging, skills, grace, competence, and confidence soar! Gymnastics Focus Campers set personal goals and work on their own and with coaching to develop form and skills. Groups of campers often gather around to watch the Gymnastics Focus Campers practice and perform. No gymnastics experience is required, just a passion to learn and a willingness to try.
Trailblazers Focus Camp
PLEASE NOTE: $75 Fee for optional Wednesday night campout
Trailblazer experiences foster connection with nature through ecological awareness and environmental appreciation. Campers learn to respect, enjoy, and survive in the wilderness while gaining historical perspective through outdoor living skills, hiking, and archery. This focus covers important outdoor basics like:
Camp stove use and outdoor cooking
Building and maintaining a safe campfire
Backcountry first aid
The healthy evolution of ecosystems
What to do if lost in the backcountry
Edible and medicinal plant use
Survival shelter building
After two days of nature immersion while learning outdoor skills, light-on-the-land techniques, and wilderness ethics, Wednesday presents the chance for a backcountry hike and optional campout. Trailblazers find themselves along a high ridge with breathtaking vistas, enjoying quiet, solitude, wildlife sightings, and unconfined recreation in the high country. The U.S. Forest Service provides educational materials and special-use wilderness hiking permits. On Thursday, campers can either return to North Boulder Park for regular dropoff or spend that night at our weekly camp overnight.
To go on an overnight, campers must bring a warm sleeping bag pillow, toothbrush, change of clothes, and packed lunch for Wednesday. CMR provides all other equipment in addition to snacks and dinner for Wednesday and lunch for Thursday.
REGISTRATION FOR CAMPOUTS
Parents authorize campout permission at initial registration, and campers let us know their intent on Tuesdays. If your camper wants to attend the Wednesday campout, have them arrive at North Boulder Park on Wednesday morning with all the required gear. They'll need to check-in at the sign-in table at North Boulder Park to confirm the plan. You may send a check or log into your online CMR account to pay the overnight fees. Your card will automatically be charged if your camper does spend the night(s).
Disc Golf Focus Camp
Does your child love frisbee golf? Want to improve their disc skills? Playing on our 18-hole forest course is a blast!
Disc golf requires strategy and skill. The disc golf course is unique in its setting among the forests and wildflower meadows of The Ranch. Our course has nine baskets, each with two separate tee-offs, for a total of 18 different approaches. Campers develop aim and coordination while outdoing their earlier scores. They play with partners or form teams for intramurals. Time in the woods has never been so much fun!
Water Focus Campers spend half their time at a pool in Boulder or in nature at a stream or lake, and then the other half of the day experiencing camp activities. They travel to and from The Ranch only once each day for their half-day of mountain Camp activities.
Swims at local Boulder pools include personal swim lessons with our own instructors and lifeguards who meet each swimmer at their own level from beginner to advanced. Through water games, strength training, and practice, each swimmer is challenged to improve their stroke technique, style, strength, speed, stamina, and water safety.
Water Focus Camp
“We now know what a truly wonderful camp we have in our very own backyard! My daughter loved your camp and is looking forward to more mountainboarding this summer! When I came up to visit on the last day of camp, I was astonished at the beautiful setting, the expansive area, the deep charming character of your camp! Thanks again, we are truly honored to spend time there.”
BS – Parent
Miller in his 4th year at CMR and first time in House Focus declared, “it just keeps getting better and better!” Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful and safe space for our children to have an authentic and real camp experience. We love you all!”
Brooke Davison, Parents of Miller & Chase