Defy Limits. Define Yourself.

Whether this is your first or fifth summer, we welcome you as a part of our JCC Ranch Camp family and community.  

Summer 2024

What should I pack? How do I get to camp? What are the COVID policies? What if I miss home? You have questions and we have answers!

Got questions? You can email, call, or schedule a meeting with one of our staff members today. 


Phone: 303.316.6384

Schedule a meeting!

Check out the Summer Handbook and First Time Camper Guide

The Summer Handbook is the best resource in helping you prepare for summer and includes everything from transportation to packing lists and the First Time Camper guide will help your kiddo prepare for the transition from home to camp. 

JCC Ranch Camp Summer 2024 Handbook

First Time Camper Guide

Pre-Summer Events and Information

Town Halls

Join our Zoom Town Hall as we gear up for an epic summer at JCC Ranch Camp! Whether you’re a seasoned camper or it’s your first time, our session covers everything from packing tips to program highlights, ensuring you’re fully prepared for the adventure. If your camper wants to join, we’ve got a special First-Time Camper Orientation on May 6th. This session will be recorded, and both events cover the same info, so you only need to attend one.

Register here for a Town Hall: 5/2/2024 or 5/14/2024

First Time Camper Orientation

Embark on your camp adventure with our First-Time Camper Orientation on Zoom! Tailored for newcomers and families, this session offers a warm welcome and all the info you need for a smooth transition into camp life. From introductions to insider tips, our director team is here to ease any pre-camp nerves. Join us for an engaging session and get ready for an unforgettable summer at JCC Ranch Camp! Note: We’ll have separate break-out rooms for campers and caregivers, so please join from two devices.

Register here for the First Time Camper Orientation: 5/6/2024

Summer Kick-Off Open House

Get ready to kick off Summer 2024 with a bang at our Open House and Alumni Shabbat Celebration! Mark your calendars for Friday, June 7th, and get ready for a day packed with camp fun. Current and prospective families, join us bright and early at 9:30 AM to meet our awesome summer staff, dive into exciting activities, and enjoy a delicious lunch before heading out by 1:30 PM. The day kicks off with a warm welcome to camp at 10:00 AM, followed by tours, activities, and plenty of time to mingle. Don’t miss out on the start of an unforgettable camp season!

First Time Camper Grants

First-Time Camper Grants – $700 – $1,000

The OHC grant is a first-time camper incentive grant awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to families who meet the following criteria: 

  • First time attending a Jewish residential camp.
  • Attending for a minimum of 12 days.
  • Identify as Jewish.

Those who meet the above qualifications are welcome to apply here:

Learn more

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Jewish life like at Ranch Camp?

Ranch Camp strives to connect children to their Jewish heritage and community, and natural world around them—through mind, body, and spirit. To do so, Ranch Camp provides campers with innovative Jewish programming, giving them the freedom to define their own Jewish identities.

What safety protocols and features do you have?

Our #1 priority is the emotional, physical, and spiritual health, safety, and wellbeing of our campers.  
  • On-Site Mirpa’ah (Health Center) staff including a registered nurse or physician available 24/7. 
  • Multiple daily health calls (during open clinic hours) 
  • Air-conditioned Mirpa’ah with overnight capacity 
  • Urgent Care facilities 25 minutes away in Falcon, CO, with open hours every day. 
  • Several major hospitals (St. Francis Hospital, Colorado Springs; SkyRidge Medical Center, Denver; Children’s Hospital, Parker) within a 45-minute drive. 
  • Flight for Life is available, 24/7. 
  • Local ambulance support within 10 minutes. 
  • Camp entrance monitored by video surveillance camera. 
  • On-site security presence with a professional security guard. 
  • All spaces at camp are equipped with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. 
  • Staff and campers review and practice emergency procedures within the first 24 hours of each session. 
  • All staff are trained on emergency procedures, lost camper, major injury, intruder, active shooter, and disaster preparedness as well as CPR/First Aid certified. 
  • Staff are background checked through multiple agencies, screened through personal interviews, and reference checked. 
  • Staff are given continuous performance evaluations throughout the summer. 
  • Staff participate in 10 – 17 days of pre-camp, on location, Staff Training with a pre-camp distance learning component.  
  • Accredited by the American Camping Association. 
  • Annual Compliance with State Fire Inspection, State Licensing, and Health Inspections. 

What is the best way to get more people from my community involved in Ranch Camp?

Schedule a Ranch Camp House Party!

Hosting a community house party is easy and fun!

  • Contact RC staff to discuss your event idea and set a date. We are happy to drive/fly to your location.  
  • We will help you create an e-vite or email invitation to send out to your friends/community for your camp-themed event!  Collect RSVPs and encourage people to attend. 
  • On the day of the event, a Ranch Camp staff member will run the entertainment of the day, providing food, drink, activities, and a family presentation about camp! 
  • You will receive $250 off your camp tuition for every family that registers through your event. 

Contact us at 303.316.6384 or via email to talk to us about hosting an event in your home or community!

What is the best way to get my child to Ranch Camp?

  • Ranch Camp Pick Up/Drop Off:  Families are welcome to drop off their children at Ranch Camp for our open house-like experience where you can see all that Ranch Camp has to offer. We also invite families to pick their campers up at the end of their session, and enjoy an informational tour led by your camper!  
  • Bus to Camp: This year, we are happy to offer arrival day busing to camp from Denver. If you sign up for bussing on arrival days, you will get more information via email.

If my child is coming from out of state, what is the best way to get them to Ranch Camp?

Out of State

Flights into Colorado

We can accommodate camper pick-up and drop off for flights arriving and departing from Denver International Airport (DIA). 

  • We ask that families plan arrival and departure times between 9:30 am MST and 12:30 pm MST. 
  • Southwest has the most flexible approach for unaccompanied minors. 
  • It is important that your camper is never left alone in the airport at any time. We will arrange for a staff member to accompany them from the moment they step off the plane to getting back on it, by using escort passes to go through security and meet campers directly.  
  • Most airlines consider ages 17 and under as unaccompanied minors and will be required to fly with a special tag that costs an additional fee. Southwest airlines allows children over 11 to pass this requirement. Unaccompanied minors MUST designate this on their travel forms and ask you to provide contact information. Please call us for this temporary contact information, which you will need to update 48 hours before the flight. 

Driving to Colorado

Those living in neighboring states might choose to drive instead of fly. We recommend using Google Maps or the driving directions listed in the parent manual, as we’ve ensured these both are correct.  

Accommodations: There are no hotels within 30 minutes of Ranch Camp in any direction. Here are the nearest hotels: 

  • Castle Rock: Best Western Plus Castle Rock, Castle Rock.  This hotel is near the exit for HWY 86, which will take you east to Elbert. 
  • South Denver: There are hundreds of hotels in Denver to choose from!  This option is best if your camper is planning to take the bus from Denver Jewish Day School down to Ranch Camp.  Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Denver Tech Center is just off the highway and 15 minutes away from the bus pick up/drop off site.