Chalutzim, or ‘Pioneers’ are our youngest campers, many of them experiencing camp for the first or second time. While living the adventure dream down at the Ranch, they are making new friends, challenging themselves in new and exciting ways, and growing as a part of our Ranch Camp family.
Chalutzim is split up into two tiers – the Mini program and the Youngest program. Mini Campers stay for a week at a time; while Youngest campers stay for the entirety of the session.
Sample Activities: Art & Design, High Ropes, Swimming, Sports, Horseback Riding, Specialty Track Options in Session 2
Traditional vs Specialty Tracks
Session 1 and Session 3 – In these sessions your child will form deep bonds with their cabin mates as they spend each morning participating in 3 scheduled camp activities with their cabin group! In the afternoon, campers get to experience Chuggim. Ranch Camp believes in the power of choice and in giving young people the chance to follow their own interests. Each afternoon has 2 Chuggim options such as: ropes course, water polo, in-depth art projects, theatre, hiking, etc.
Each evening the entire camp comes together for evening programs! These camp favorites range from high-energy, competitive activities (Capture the Flag, Bombardier, Gold Rush) to classic camp experiences such as campfire, talent show and lip sync battles.
Session 2 – Session 2 Specialty Tracks are perfect for campers wanting to pursue specific camp experiences and for those who want to not only have a cabin full of friends but spend time with more campers who share their passions! Campers will spend a 3-hour block each morning in their Specialty Track. After lunch and menucha (rest hour), campers will have one Chug followed by daily cabin program.
Specialty Tracks are available to campers in Chalutzim, Metapsim and Toshavim. Mini Campers (2nd – 4th graders, 1 week session) will participate in the Traditional Track so they can experience as many activities as possible, to let them experience as much of camp as possible (Exception – Beginner Horsemanship open to 4th graders).
*Due to COVID-19 we may or may not be able to run our Track Programs. We intend to run our Track Programming as usual during Session 2, however, at this point we lack sufficient guidelines to determine if we are able to mix cohort groups (i.e.. cabin groups). We will communicate with families if we are able to run Tracks during Session 2 or if it will be a Traditional program like Sessions 1 and 3.
Dates and Rates
7:15am – Wake Up
7:45am – Degel and Morning Circle
8:00am – Breakfast
8:50am – Cabin Clean Up
9:20am – Activity 1-3 (OR Specialty Track Programming)
1:15pm – Lunch
2:00pm – Menucha
3:45pm – Chug* 1-2 (OR Cabin Activity/Chug 1 for Track Sessions)
6:00pm – Closing Circle
6:15pm – Dinner
7:15pm – Evening Program
8:30pm – Lila Tov (Youngest/Mini Campers)
9:00pm – Lila Tov (5th and up)
*Chug is Elective Programming
What are meals like at camp?
Food is a key part of the camp experience and we eat three meals together each day as a community. We also have snack twice per day in between meal times. We can accommodate a wide range of dietary restrictions including but not limited to: vegetarian, gluten free, celiac diet, corn free, dairy free and a wide variety of specific food allergies. Please contact our office in advance of the summer to discuss your campers food restrictions or dietary challenges and we will be happy to work with you to develop a plan that will have your camper eating healthy, balanced meals to keep there energy up for the fun stuff!
What makes you unique among other Colorado camps?
There are dozens of residential camps in Colorado to choose from – here are a few things that make Ranch Camp unique!
- Judaism – Our goal is that your camper walks away being proud to be Jewish! We do this through creating accessible Judaic programming that is blended in seamlessly with daily camp life. We foster and build a kehillah (community) that is caring and sensitive to where everyone is on their personal and Jewish journeys. We also have an amazing Shabbat experience! Starting Friday afternoon we dress up to enjoy a Shabbat service filled with music followed by an incredible dinner together alongside a night of singing and dancing! On Saturday your camper will participate in a Torah service at Eddie’s Corner and then spend the day choosing their favorite activities as we build towards Havdallah.
- Water Activities – Not every Colorado camp is able to offer access to a pool! The pool if one of the best places to hang out at camp on a warm day – we offer organized swim, free swim, water polo, pool parties and more!
- Quality Horseback Riding – For decades Ranch Camp has been known nation-wide for our equestrian program and with good reason. We offer an advanced riding program (EQ program) where campers get to work with the horses for 4 activity periods each day. We now also offer a Beginner Horsemanship program for younger campers where campers ride/learn all morning! Our staff are highly qualified and must complete a rigorous week long intensive certification process.
- Program Diversity – As campers grow at Ranch Camp so do the challenging nature of their programs! Beginning in 7th grade campers become eligible for different trip camp programs that take them on 4-day, 9- day and 21- day adventures. These programs are designed to forge life-long friendships and to help teens learn and grow within their community and themselves.
How do scholarships and financial aid programs work?
It is important to us that money not the be determining factor that prevents a child from experiences Jewish summer camping. Each summer we support families through scholarship programs to make camp possible for as many children as we can.
How will my child be kept safe at camp?
The emotional, physical and spiritual health, safety and well-being of our campers is our primary focus.
Supporting our these key needs at Ranch Camp:
- On-Site Mirpa’ah (Health Center) staff including a registered nurse or physician available 24/7
- Multiple Daily Health Calls (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 45 minutes drive
- Flight for Life 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 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 checks
- Staff are given continuous performance evaluations throughout the summer
- 10 – 17 days of Pre-Camp on location Staff Training with pre-camp distance learning component.
- Accredited by the American Camping Association
- Annual Compliance with State Fire Inspection, State Licensing and Health Inspections.