L’DOR V’DOR, FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION
Since 1953, the JCC Ranch Camp has been creating Jewish memories and friendships that last a lifetime. Located in Colorado’s magnificent Black Forest, the Ranch Camp provides children entering grades 2-11 with a truly western Jewish experience. Over the last 60 years of operation, JCC Ranch Camp has established a strong tradition of community that is built around and devoted to our campers. It is a place where life-long friendships are born, Jewish identities are discovered and nourished, and children are challenged to grow in mind, body and spirit.
Brian Niven began his camp journey in 1989 as a camper and ended his camp journey in 2002 working as a Unit Head. Brian loved going to camp so much so that he donated his Bar Mitzvah money to build the infamous Niven field. He remembers going to camp with Daniel Farber, Joshua Garfein, Ben Rubin, Jane Gerber, Rebecca Feferman, Brin Schwarz, Allson Hyatt, and Shana Gardenswartz.
One of his favorite camp memories was hiking up to Stumpy’s cave. He remembers rebuilding the trail to Stumpy’s and then walking to Mushroom Rock to play pine cone baseball. That night, they camped out under Mushroom Rock where Josh Lake and Brandon Light told them Stumpy’s story. They spent the entire night awake waiting for Stumpy to come to their campsite.
During Brian’s junior year of high school, he lived in Israel for six months on a NYFTY program, and after finishing high school he moved back to Jerusalem for his freshman year of college where he attended Hebrew University.
Brian now works as a criminal defense investigator, catering to the indigent population of Colorado through the Alternate Defense Counsel. He is excited to attend Family Camp this year with his two daughters Madilyn and Ireland, who are hopefully future campers! Over the last year, Brian has been working with the J on ideas for fundraising for Ranch Camp and for the Niven Field.
Dear Ranch Camp Alumni, In my second summer as Director of Ranch Camp, I am still becoming familiar with the breadth of our history and the depth of the roots in our community. Nearly everyone I meet is familiar with Ranch Camp and everyone wants to share their connection. Every interaction underscores the weight of my… Read more
My wife, Lauren, wears a JCC Ranch Camp vest just about every day, and everywhere she goes, people are eager to share their connection to camp with her. Upon finding out that we just moved to Denver with our two-year-old twins, these conversations are usually followed by sincere offers of help and support. Our social… Read more
Written By Gina McReynolds; Assistant Director, JCC Ranch Camp My greatest hobby (and addiction!) was developed at the age of seven in Ms. Fitch’s first grade class…..reading! After being awarded 2nd place in the first grade year-long reading contest (losing to Neal P. who out-read me by 3 books for a total of 266 books!)… Read more