Family Camp I

(all ages)

 

July 14-19, 2024

Arrival: 4:00–5:00pm Sunday
Departure: 9:00am Friday

Family Camp I

(all ages)

 

July 14-19, 2024

Arrival: 4:00–5:00pm Sunday
Departure: 9:00am Friday

Family Camps offer the perfect opportunity for your family to enjoy quality time together in the mountains. Activities are family oriented so that kids and adults can participate together. Be as relaxed or as active as you choose during this fun and meaningful week.

Group devotions, hikes, rock climbing and rappelling, river tubing, arts and crafts, kayaking, sports, boat races, and free time are just a sample of activities during the week. Evenings include family recreation and a fireside worship along with the late night snacks and games.

Daily Worship

Each week of Family Camp, a camp pastor cares for the spiritual growth of all participants. Morning devotions and evening campfire worships give families the opportunity to explore their faith and be encouraged in their faith journey. While teachings are Bible-based and from a Mennonite perspective, campers of all faiths are respected and welcome to attend.

  • Program Directors: Jacob and Chelsey Miller (Denver, CO)
  • Camp Pastor: Ben Rheinheimer (Goshen, IN)
  • Music Leaders: Dave Foncannon (Pueblo, CO) & summer camp staff (RMMC)

Activities

A few examples of the activities to experience during the week at camp. View camp activities page.

Hike in Pike National Forest

easy, medium, and hard destinations including Pikes Peak

Crafts

Recreation

Rock Climbing & Rappelling

Childcare

(based on staff availability)

Monday to Wednesday mornings
ages 2-6

Thursday Free Day

Create your own family adventure! Options include whitewater rafting on Upper Browns Canyon, hikes, horseback riding, or your own idea.

See more photos and videos on our Facebook page.

Schedule & PAcking list 

Schedule (proposed)

SUNDAY
4:00-5:00 Registration (DH/Lodge Patio)
5:30-6:15 Supper
6:30 Camp Tour (Lodge Patio)
7:00 Worship and Family Introductions (Chapel)
8:00 Kettle corn (DH/Lodge Patio) 
Evening Free time
10:30 Quiet hours start

MONDAY
8:00-8:45 Breakfast
9:00 Morning Devotion (Lodge Patio)
9:15 Kids Camp (Bern DH)
9:15 Hikes:

  • Easy: Old Wagon Road (Front Steps) 
  • Med: Solution Pools (Bear)
  • Hard: Raspberry (Lodge Patio) 

12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:30-2:00 Trading Post 
2:00-5:00 Tie Dye ($) (The Hut)
2:00 Carin Building (DH/Lodge Patio) 
3:00 Disc Golf (Ball Field) 
4:00 Photo Scavenger Hunt (Bear)
4:00 Acrylic Painting “Skies & Mountains (Bern)
5:30-6:15 Supper
6:30 Rec: Borrow the Balls (Ball Field)
7:30 Worship (Goldmine/Chapel for inclement weather)
Evening Free time & snack
10:30 Quiet hours start

TUESDAY
8:00-8:45 Breakfast
9:00 Morning Devotion (Lodge Patio)
9:15 Kids Camp (Bern DH)
9:15 Hikes:

  • Easy: Overlook Trail (Front Steps)
  • Medium: Pig Rock (Bear) 
  • Hard: Old Baldy (Lodge Patio)

12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:30-2:00 Trading Post
2:00-5:00 Rock Climbing and Rappelling (The Hut) 
2:00 Friendship Bracelets (DH/Lodge Patio)
3:00 Goldmine Tour/Panning for Gold (Gold Mine) 
4:00 Nature Walk (Nature Center)
4:00 Acrylic Painting “Skies & Mountains (Bern)
5:30-6:15 Supper
6:30 Rec: California Kickball (Ball Field) 
7:30 Worship (Goldmine/Chapel if raining)
Evening Free time & snack
10:30 Quiet hours start
10:30 Quiet hours start

WEDNESDAY
8:00-8:45 Breakfast
8:30 Crags and Pinnacle hikers leave (first in line breakfast)
9:00 Morning Devotions (Lodge Patio)
9:15 Kids Camp (Bern DH)
9:15 Hikes

  • Easy: Aspen Ridge Nature Trail (self led)
  • Med: Crags (Bear) 
  • Hard: Pinnacle (Lodge Patio)
  • Tubing: Happy Meadows Campground

12:30-1:15 Lunch
2:00 Watercolor Painting (Umbrella Patio, Bern) 
3:00 Ball Court Games – Pickle ball, 4 Square, Volleyball (Ball Courts) 
4:00 The Great Boat/Duck Race (Chapel Bridge) 
5:30-6:15 Supper
6:00 Pikes Peak Hike Orientation (Lodge Patio)
6:30 Rec: Borrow the balls (Ball Field)  
7:30 Worship (Goldmine/Chapel for inclement weather)
8:30-9:00 Trading Post 
Evening Free time & snack

THURSDAY
5:45 Pikes Peak (odd years) / Sentinal (even years),  hikers pack lunches
6:00 Breakfast for early activities

  • Whitewater Rafting (on your own)
  • Pikes Peak / Sentinal (extreme) 

8:00-8:45 Breakfast
9:00 Morning Devotion (Lodge Patio)  
9:15-5:00 FREE DAY (sack lunch option)

  • Eleven Mile Canyon Picnic with the Millers

5:30-6:00 Supper  
6:30 Rec: Capture the Flag (Chapel) 
7:30 Worship: Hymn Sing, end of week slide show
8:30 Smores and Fire (Goldmine) 
9:00 Glow in the dark games (Ball Field) 
Evening Free time
10:30 Quiet hours start

FRIDAY
7:30 Polar Plunge (Pond) 
8:00-8:45 Breakfast
8:45 Closing Devotion & Farewell
9:00 Trading Post open

For 1st choice of same or new accommodations next year, register before you leave!

Packing list

SUMMER WEATHER – Each day offers a sample of the seasons: spring in the morning; summer in the afternoon; fall in the evening. Even winter can be represented in early June with snow! Rain and hail storms can also come at a moment’s notice just to keep things interesting. Being prepared with appropriate clothing is the key to enjoying the variety of weather the Rocky Mountains offer!

What to bring

  • Clothing Items
    • Warm casual clothing (sweatshirts, jeans, etc.)
    • Light coat/jacket
    • Rain gear (a must!)
    • Cap or hat for sun protection
    • Comfortable hiking shoes or boots (2 pairs of shoes if possible)
    • Warm sleepwear
    • Water shoes (8th & 9 th Graders – shoes must have heel strap for tubing)
    • Swimsuit (one piece or tankini for females and swim trunks for males; for Polar Bear activities, tubing for 8th & 9th Graders, and water activity for Senior High)
  • Bedding / Personal Items
    • Good sleeping bag and pillow
    • Bathroom items (soap, shampoo, towel, etc.)
    • Shower “shoes” or flip flops

    • Other Items
      • Bible, notebook & pencil
      • Day pack or backpack
      • Flashlight
      • Sunscreen and chap stick
      • Sunglasses
      • Water bottle
      • Cameras
      • Instruments/talent for talent show
      • Money for Trading Post (camp store)

    What NOT to bring 

    • Cell phone and electronic devices
    • Pets
    • Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana
    • Illegal substances
    • Fireworks
    • Firearms
    • Dirt bikes or Four Wheelers
    • Drones
    • Clothing with drug/alcohol/tobacco references or log

    registration fees

    The price for Family Camp is based on accommodations and includes meals and program activities. Please note that children age 3-11 are half of the adult price and children age 2 and younger are free.

    Registration opens one year prior to the camp. 

    The price for Family Camp is based on accommodations and includes meals and program activities. Please note that children age 3-11 are half of the adult price and children age 2 and younger are free.

    Registration opens one year prior to the camp. 

    $276

    Adult

    $138

    Child

    Campsites 1–8

    $350

    Adult

    $175

    Child

    Chickadee, Chiming Bell,
    Columbine, Juniper, Pine Cone,
    Ponderosa, Porcupine, Spruce

    $376

    Adult

    $188

    Child

    A-frame, Aspen,
    Edelweiss, Heidi,
    Jungfrau, Tall Timbers

    $446

    Adult

    $223

    Child

    (two people per room)

    *Pleiades is reserved to better serve family campers age 65 and older and/or those with limited mobility through December 31st then available to all families for reservation January 1st.

    *Pricing for staying in a Ridge Cabin during Family Camp is available on request.

    REGISTRATION FAQ

    Here are some of the most frequently asked questions as it relates to registration.

    Deposit

    A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at registration. This represents our promise to save you a space to attend (and turn away or put on waitlist) in exchange for your promise to come!

    Payments

    Payment options available include payment in full, deposit with remaining balance due at the retreat, or deposit and remaining balance paid in monthly installments prior to the retreat. We accept cash, checks or credit cards. 

    Scholarships

    Scholarship funds are available to help ensure that finances are not a barrier to attending camp. For scholarship assistance please contact the Executive Director, Corbin Graber (719-687-9506 or [email protected]).

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What guidelines are in place to help keep children safe?

    We want families with young children to enjoy their time at camp and stay safe. Children age 8 and younger should be kept within visual sight at all times or their parents or adult supervisor. When by the water (i.e. pond or stream) adults are asked to supervise children and be able to respond as needed. Life jackets at the pond should be used by everyone. During activities, children should be observed to avoid them wandering off and getting lost, although we trust everyone is kind and will step in to assist, adults are asked to remain aware of their needs. Children age 8 and older should be aware of where their parents/adult supervisor are with appropriate boundaries for for your individual children. We aim to keep camp safe and welcome suggestions for care for all.

    Who are your summer staffers and program leaders?

    Summer staff members are typically students from Mennonite colleges and universities. A week of staff orientation focuses on the well-being of campers to ensure their physical and emotional safety while at camp. Program hike leaders and wilderness staff receive Wilderness First Aid training along with CPR/AED certifications. Rock climbing and rappelling staff are trained and certified by a professional instructor.
    Camp program leaders are identified for their gifts in ministry and facilitating retreat and community while here. Many are part of a Mennonite Church congregation from near or far.
    For youth camps, our child care license requires an application and three references along with a criminal background check. For program leadership (i.e. camp pastors and program directors), individuals are required to fulfill self-disclosure requirements and checks with the sending organization or conference to ensure the pastor’s credentials have never been suspended or terminated due to sexual misconduct on an annual basis. The screening process is intended to ensure that no pastor who has been found to have committed sexual misconduct is invited to a leadership position at RMMC.

    Where can I learn more about my stay at RMMC (i.e. accommodations, altitude, creation care).

    Please visit the "Reservation Guide" page of the website for "YOUR STAY WITH US", "MOUNTAIN LIVING" & "CREATION CARE" information.

    How can I see photos from a specific camp week?

    To see photos from camp be sure to check out our photo albums on our Facebook Page.

    How does the waitlist work?

    In efforts to create a fair system to take requests and cabin switches for Family Camp, we have a few guidelines we are implementing for the registration process. The steps below are the order we will work through the requests and waitlist.

    Step 1: Those who attended the most recent Family Camp

    1. May re-reserve their current accommodation/room by the last day of camp.
    2. Un-reserved spaces will be offered to others beginning the Saturday after camp.
    3. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required for each participant.

    ​Step 2: Those who attended the most recent Family Camp

    1. May request a different accommodation/room for the next year.
    2. Family unit names will be randomly pulled from a hat and offered available accommodations in that order.
    3. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required for each participant.

    Step 3: Those who did not attend the most recent Family Camp (additional family/friends of registered participants who wish to come and need separate housing, those still on the waitlist from the previous Family Camp, and any new interest.)

    1. May register by the last day of camp and placed on the waitlist.
    2. Family unit names will be randomly pulled from a hat and offered available accommodations in that order.
    3. Multiple family units can be grouped (Grandma/Grandpa, Son's family, Daughter's family, etc) as part of the name draw.
    4. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required for each participant once offered a space.

    Step 4: Those who did not attend the most recent Family Camp

    1. Names received on the Saturday after the last day of camp will be put on the waitlist on a first come, first serve basis.
    2. As accommodations become available, families will be contacted in order of the waitlist.
    3. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required for each participant once offered a space.

    Exceptions:

    1. Room 3 in Pleiades is intended to be used by those individuals with mobility issues. Those staying in room 3 will not have first choice if a participant needs the space for ADA reasons. If unreserved for those needs by January 1, room will be offered to anyone age 65 or older first, and then anyone else interested in the space. There will not be a guarantee to re-reserve that space for the next year.
    2. Families with other health concerns resulting in cancellation (ie: untimely illness) will be considered on a case by case basis and may have the option to reserve the same accommodation for the following year. The cancelled accommodation will be offered to those on the waitlist without the guarantee to re-reserve that space for the next year.

    Do you have to be Mennonite to attend camp?

    While teachings are Bible-based and from a Mennonite perspective, campers of all faiths are respected and welcome to attend.

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