FOCUS DAY CAMPS

Grow, Learn & Have Fun at Colorado Mountain Ranch's confidence-building outdoor summer day camp. 
We offer a variety of programs for children entering grades 2-12.

Updates for the 2021 Camp Season coming soon!

 

FOCUS CAMP QUICKLINKS: 

HORSE   MOUNTAINBOARDING   GYMNASTICS   TRAILBLAZERS   DISC GOLF   WATER

Focus Day Camps

 

WHO

Rising: 5th-11th Graders for most Focus Camps

Water Focus: Rising 2nd-8th Graders

Counselors-in-Training: Rising 8th-12th Graders 

 

WHEN

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  

 

COST

$555 Weekly Tuition (All Focuses except Horse Focus Camp)

$645 Weekly Tuition for Horse Focus Camp

+ One-time $50 Family Registration Fee for 2020

See our full Payment & Refund Policy Here

 

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!

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Focus Day Camp 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.

WHO

Rising 5th - 11th Graders

WHEN

Weekly sessions from Monday-Friday, June 1-August 14, 2020

 

COST

$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 entire section with your child and discuss the Important Prerequisites (CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW) to confirm readiness for Horse Focus and ensure a valuable camp experience. 

RIDING

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. 

 

ANIMAL CARE

Horse Focus campers also experience hands-on grooming, tacking, health care, daily maintenance of horses, goats, and minis.

 

WESTERN ART

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.

 

WESTERN RIDING

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.

 

GROUNDWORK

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.

 

EQUUS

(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.

 

UNIQUE PROGRAM

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.

 

SAFETY

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. 

 

COURSE FEATURES

The course contains starter and intermediate terrain as well as more advanced terrain, jumps, and other features:

  • 3 table tops

  • 4 jumps

  • 2 rhythm sections

  • Tree course

  • Wallride

  • Rail ride

  • Quarter pipe

 

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.

 

TECHNICAL FREE-RIDE

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

 

OUTDOOR SKILLS

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 

  • Map-and-compass orienteering

  • Low-impact camping 

  • Backcountry first aid

  • Knot tying

  • The healthy evolution of ecosystems

  • What to do if lost in the backcountry

  • Edible and medicinal plant use

  • Survival shelter building

  • Wildlife tracking

 

CAMPOUTS

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 Camp

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.

TESTIMONIALS

“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

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