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Senior High Wilderness Camp II

(ages 14-17)

 

July 31-August 5, 2022

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

 

Senior High Wilderness Camp II

(ages 14-17)

 

July 31-August 5, 2022

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

RMMC offers an affordable wilderness experience with a unique blend of destinations and activities. Each camp is limited to 10 campers. Campers participate in rock climbing and rappelling on Monkey Rock, backpack a few miles to the destination, experience the beauty of remote wilderness areas, play games, set up a campsite and learn skills of camping outside.

Campers of all physical abilities and skill levels are encouraged to come, as no previous experience is necessary. RMMC provides all technical equipment unless a camper has personal gear they wish to use. It is recommended that each camper is capable of carrying their own pack, is able to follow instructions provided by the staff, and has a desire to make the most of the week.

Faith Formation

2021 Worship Theme: TBA

Each week of Wilderness Camp, staff will provide time for campers to journal about their experiences on the trail as well as explore their faith by sharing stories and insights. While journal prompts and stories are Bible-based and from a Mennonite perspective, campers of all faiths are respected and welcome to attend.

God's love and compassion are never out of reach for any of us even when God’s plans do not fit our expectations. Journey with us as we explore the story of Jonah and how God's perspective can challenge us to love and forgive, even in the unexpected places.

"You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity."

— Jonah 4:2

Activities

A few examples of the activities campers can experience during their week at camp.

Rock Climbing & Rappelling
at Monkey Rock

Cancelled for 2021

Mountain Biking at the Crags

Inflatable kayaks (duckies) at Lower Browns Canyon

3 Day Backpacking Trip to Lost Creek Wilderness

See more photos and videos from previous year’s on our Facebook page.

registration fees

Online registration opens one year prior to the camp. Register before June 1st to receive a discounted price for registration. After June 1st, interested campers need to contact RMMC directly for availability.

Online registration opens one year prior to the camp. Register before June 1st to receive a discounted price for registration. After June 1st, interested campers need to contact RMMC directly for availability.

good rate

After May 31

$535

Better rate

March 1–May 31

$515

Best rate

Before March 1

$495

REGISTRATION FAQ

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

Payments

Payment options available through online registration include payment in full, $50 non-refundable deposit with remaining balance due at camp, or $50 non-refundable deposit and remaining balance paid in monthly installments. We accept cash, checks or credit cards. 

Discounts

Sibling Discount: when siblings attend one or more youth camps, each camper is eligible for a $10 discount off each camp. This discount is automatically applied during registration.

Multiple Camp Discount: when one camper attends multiple camps in the same season (ie: Resident and Wilderness camps) you may select a $10 discount off each camp during registration. 

Camper Scholarships

Scholarship funds are available to help ensure that finances are not a barrier to attending camp and to help cover registration and coordinated transportation fees from Kansas and Colorado Springs. For scholarship assistance please contact the Executive Director, Corbin Graber (719-687-9506 or [email protected]).

Transportation

While families are responsible to make arrangements for getting campers to and from RMMC, camp offers the following transportation options as part of online registration:

VAN TRANSPORTATION LOCATIONS
Hesston, KS

  • Price: $95 round trip per camper or $55 one-way per camper.
  • Location: Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 S. Main - south canopy entrance

Salina, KS

  • Price: $95 round trip per camper or $55 one-way per camper.
  • Location: Spangles Restaurant, 1720 W. Crawford St

Colorado Springs, CO

  • Price: $25 round trip per camper or $55 one-way per camper.
  • Location: REI (1376 E Woodmen Rd

Sunday Itinerary
7:00 a.m. – Load vans at Hesston Mennonite Church (Central Time)
7:30 a.m. – Depart for RMMC
8:15 a.m. – Pick up campers in Salina, Kansas (Central Time)
2:45 p.m. – Pick up campers in Colorado Springs, Colorado (Mountain Time)
3:45 p.m. – Estimated arrival at RMMC (Mountain Time)
4:00 p.m. – Camp check-in

Friday Itinerary
9:30 a.m. – Depart RMMC (Mountain Time)
10:30 a.m. – Estimated arrival in Colorado Springs, CO (Mountain Time)
6:45 p.m. – Estimated arrival in Salina, KS (Central Time)
7:30 p.m. – Estimated arrival in Hesston, KS (Central Time)

Register by May 15th to guarantee a space in the van. After May 15th, any remaining spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. A deposit is required to save your space.

OTHER VAN INFORMATION

  • Masks are required for all individuals in vehicles along with ventilation which makes it possible to offer van transporation this 2021 summer!
  • Arrive at pick-up/drop-off locations 1/2 hour prior to listed itinerary times to maintain schedule as best possible. Cell phone updates from campers and/or van driver can be offered as needed.
  • Campers should have money for scheduled meal stops and/or are encouraged to bring water bottles and snacks for the journey.
  • Health details from from online registration will be used to care for campers as part of the trip.
  • Pack efficiently as space in the van(s) will need to hold both passengers AND belongings (i.e. bag, sleeping bag, pillow).
  • Grade 3 camp and Sr. High Wilderness Camps I & II are NOT currently served by van transportation.

OTHER TRANSPORTATION

Colorado Springs CO Airport (COS)
Antlers Hotel
(4 South Cascade St) shuttle stop for Groom Transportation which serves Denver International Airport - DIA

  • Price: $25 each way per camper

Documents & forms

Please submit the following forms to camp before June 1st.

PHYSICAL EXAM - a current (within 24 months) health physical is required to attend all week-long youth camps. This must be completed in order for your camper to attend camp. The physical may be sumbitted on any form but must include the camper's name, date of the exam, camper's condition and the physician's signature (electronic signature is ok).

COLORADO CERTIFICATE OF IMMUNIZATION - Immunization information must be provided on the Colorado form and is required for a camper to attend camp.

PHYSICAL EXAM - a current (within 24 months) health physical is required to attend all week-long youth camps. This must be completed in order for your camper to attend camp. The physical may be sumbitted on any form but must include the camper's name, date of the exam, camper's condition and the physician's signature (electronic signature is ok).

CORONAVIRUS PARENTAL AUTHORIZATION FORM - Please complete this form for campers to be tested should they display coronavirus symptoms.

What to bring to prepare for a week at camp.

View a sample schedule to see what the week of camp looks like.

Frequently asked questions

What does registration look like on the first day?

Upon arrival, campers go to the Dining Hall/Lodge patio (look for umbrellas) to check-in. Check-in smoothness and efficiency will be directly related to help with the following details before arrival:

  • online payment of camp fees
  • online deposit of trading post spending money for the week
  • uploaded physical exam form
  • uploaded Colorado certificate of immunization
  • uploaded authorization for medication

During the check-in process, campers willl first meet the health director and staff for a health screening and to turn over any medications for the week.

Next, required camper infomration will receive one final check (i.e. pick-up authorization info., etc) before receiving their cabin assignment and meeting a staff counselor.

The staff will accompany campers to get their belongings from their transportation (typically). After a farewell to family and friends, the staff and camper will make their way to the cabin area and move into their accommodation.

How are grades considered in selecting a camp session?

 The grades for camps listed represent the grade campers will be going into for the next school year. To offer campers and families more options when selecting a week of camp, we have expanded the camp sessions to include an age range to permit campers a grade above or below the listed grade level to attend. Select the camp session that works best.

What if my child gets sick or has an injury?

A qualified Health Supervisor (RN) is on duty throught the week to care for campers and staff. Emergency care is available within 15 minutes in Woodland Park at Pikes Peak Regional Hospital. For the Wilderness program, staff have training and RN oversight while out on the trail. A satellite GPS device is along for communications with camp and if needed emergency assistance. 

How does Trading Post work?

The camp Trading Post is stocked with T-shirts, sweatshirts, flashlights, mugs, snacks, drinks and much more. Youth campers have the opportunity to purchase items during their week of camp. Please visit our online Trading Post to see what your camper might be interested in. Camper purchases are recorded offering a detailed record of purchases and running balance. Campers can use any unused balance at the end of the week as follows:

  • Spend before leaving camp on last day of camp.
  • Move balance to another camp of the camper OR to a sibling going to a future camp.
  • Donate remaining Trading Post balance to the RMMC Camper Scholarship Fund which helps ensure that money isn't a barrier to another camper enjoying a summer camper experience here at Rocky Mountain.
  • Be refunded to camper as spending money for the ride home (i.e. those on the Kansas vans).

Who are your Summer Staff and program leaders?

Our summer staff are typically students from Mennonite colleges and universities. We run background checks on all of our summer staff and require an application and three references which guide our hiring decisions. A week of staff orientation focuses on the well-being of campers and staff to ensure their physical and emotional safety while at camp. Hike leaders receive Wilderness First Aid and medication administration training. Rock climbing and rappelling supervisors are trained and certified by a professional instructor.
Summer staff members are typically students from Mennonite colleges and universities and beyond. A week of staff orientation focuses on the well-being of campers to ensure their physical and emotional safety while at camp.
Camp program leaders are identified for their gifts in ministry and facilitating retreat and community at RMMC. Many are part of a Mennonite Church congregations from near or far. 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 (annually). The screening process is intended to ensure that program leaders found to have committed sexual misconduct is not invited to a leadership position.

Can campers bring electronic devices?

We ask that electronic devices not be used and either left in the camper's bag or left at home. Our hope is to offer a unique experience away from the normal routines of life in the beauty of God's creation. Devices will be taken, stored in the office, and returned at the end of the week if a camper chooses to not follow this policy. Lost or stolen items are not the responsibility of RMMC. 

 

How can I keep in touch with my camper?

Family and friends are encouraged to write to their camper through mail or email ([email protected]). Campers can send letters and postcards through the camp mailbox.

Do first time campers get a free t-shirt?

All first time campers and the friend they come with will receive a t-shirt as a thank you for coming to RMMC. T-shirts will be given to campers during the week of camp.

What about correspondence with my camper?

CORRESPONDENCE – Family and friends are encouraged to write to their camper through mail or email ([email protected]). Campers can send letters and postcards through the camp mailbox. Wilderness campers will receive all letters and emails on the days they are on camp property. 

STAFF & CAMPER CORRESPONDENCE – All camp staff are encouraged to be a positive role model to the campers during and after camp. All communication after camp should be initiated by the camper and with permission from their parents. Staff are instructed to view all post-camp communications with campers as if they were still present at camp. 

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.

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.

Can you accommodate special diets?

Our foodservice is able to accommodate special diets. It is important to include this detail as part of registering for camp. Our Food Service Director is available for questions and concerns.