Summer Camp Programs
The Salvation Army is dedicated to touching the lives of our youth. One of the ways we accomplish this is through the summer camps. Each summer we have children and teenagers from all walks of life come and experience God at High Peak Camp.
At camp, we offer many daily activities for each child’s interests. The daily activity rotation includes:
- Kayaking/paddle boats
- High ropes course
- Low ropes course
- Camp-wide activities
- Capture the flag
- Arts and crafts
- And much more.
We also included in the daily schedule is:
- Cabin Activity Time: A time set aside for cabins to choose an activity as a cabin group. During this time the cabin may decide to go fishing, go on a hike, do archery, play sports, do a craft, practice a skit, go on a canoe trip, and etc. This is a great chance for cabin-mates to get acquainted as they have discussion, choose an event and participate together in it.
- Campfire Program: Every night that the campers are here we have Campfire Programs. Campfires are perhaps one of the most memorable parts of summer camping. During a Campfire the campers sing strange songs, participate in skits (each cabin is responsible to do at least two skits during the week), watch (and frequently participate in) dramatic presentations with strong moral lessons, sing devotional songs, listen to stories around the campfire, and sing taps together. Some other events that happen at Campfires include; Cabin and Individual Challenges (one cabin or individual challenges another to a contest, maybe mustard eating, or sit-ups, or…), Theme Nights (Game Show night, Movie night, etc.), Vespers (week ending camping with lots of powerful drama and songs).
- Nightly Devotions: Each night counselors are responsible to have devotions with their campers. The devotion time can be interactive (questions or games), it is sometimes Christian videos, stories, and more. Devotions are themed and geared toward the ages of the campers in the cabin. Older campers may learn how to deal with tough issues (lots of interesting discussion here), while younger campers (at our main camp) will probably have stories about Bible heroes and miracles.
Rocky Mountain Youth Camps are the staple camps at High Peak Camp, offering a host of exciting activities and electives for the campers to enjoy. Rocky Mountain Youth Camps sessions last five days, beginning on Mondays and ending on Saturdays. Campers in this program range in age from 7 to 12 and are split up into older and younger units. The Campers spend their days continuously engaged in activities like canoeing, swimming, ropes course and climbing the rock wall. Every day we host chapel sessions that proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and give our campers the opportunity to learn more about who God is.
SAY camp is our one week camp specifically for those youth who attend various Salvation Army programs. Many of our SAY Campers either attend a Salvation Army Corps, or are members of a Salvation Army Youth Group. During the week the youth have the opportunity to grow in their faith, learn more about God, and develop new friendships. They will also have a fun, exciting week experiencing new activities and God in a new way. This camp runs along the same schedule as the Rocky Mountain Youth Camps, but in place of electives the campers have a chance to earn emblems. SAY camps extend the age range from discovery camps to 8 - 18.
The Salvation Army's music ministry teaches children of all ages how to read music and play brass instruments, while emphasizing the importance of God's love and learning to use musical talent as part of Christian life. Whether it's playing in a Salvation Army band on Sunday morning, or volunteering to play your trombone outside a Salvation Army kettle at Christmas time, The Salvation Army music ministries combine musical and spiritual excellence.
This eight-day camp provides everything from basic music instruction for beginners to advanced skill building for more experienced singers and players. In addition, students learn theory, vocal, instrumental, drama and related skills. As with local music groups, Music Camp also provides an extended opportunity for spiritual and social growth.
Wilderness Camp is for any teen 13-16 years old who wants to experience an exciting outdoor camping week that involves hiking, cooking outdoors, rock climbing, and sleeping in tents. During this excited five-night program, camp will also focus on spiritual growth, developing teamwork skills, and appreciation of the outdoor environment. At least two of the five nights will be involving low impact outdoor camping in sleeping bags and tents. Due to the high energy level of this camp program, we encourage parents to discuss with their teens the potential physically strenuous activities that will take place. Camp Staff will constantly watch for any medical or heath concerns and will not require any camper to do something that would be harmful for them.
Teen Sports Camp is a specialty camp where we teach teens team work building and the basic sports skills of basketball, soccer, flag football, freesbie and softball. Campers ages12-18 will come from various locations (Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming). The Salvation Army will provide guest staff to lead sports classes. Summer staff will attend and help as needed.
For more information regarding any of the camps above, contact your local Salvation Army.