The Ranch Program, the flagship program of the Ranch Camp, is jam-packed with non-stop high-energy fun from the minute campers wake up in the morning until long after the sun goes down! Through traditional activities and those they never even dreamed they might try, campers test their personal limits. In the nurturing camp environment, kids learn to shed others’ expectations of who they should be and become at ease with who they are.
Program varies depending on what session and what unit you are in, but there is a few constants across the entire summer – campers will be the best versions of themselves at camp
UNITS & ACTIVITIES
The Ranch Program is split up by grade groups into units. These units are the families that campers get to know best outside of their cabin group. They’ll do program activities with friends from their unit, sit with their unit at meals, and be grouped with peers from their unit for all camp activities.
Units, again, are split up by grade, as follows:
CHALUTZIM – 2nd, 3rd & 4th graders
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.
During Session 2, Chalutzim go to rotating activities with their group rather than picking a track – this way they are able to experience more of camp and get a variety of program under their belt before choosing a direction to go in camp. More about this below!
Sample Activities: Art & Design, High Ropes, Swimming, Sports, Horseback Riding, Track Options for 4th graders in Session 2
METAPSIM – 5th & 6th graders
Metapsim, or ‘Climbers’ are the middle unit of campers at Ranch Camp. They are ready to take on new aspects of the program, such as mountain biking and zip lining; and the 6th graders go on a day trip Castlewood Canyon State Park. They do a number of adventures with their peers, such as a campout at the Metapsim campsite, pool parties and more!
Metapsim stay for the full duration of each session – leaving with a family of friends that they never knew they could have.
Sample Activities: Zip Lining, Swimming, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Track Options in Session 2
TOSHAVIM – 7th & 8th graders
Toshavim, or ‘Residents’ are the oldest members of the Ranch community. They’ve been around the block a few times, have seen what Ranch Camp does, what makes Ranch Camp special, and are the models of that to the community. Even if someone joins Ranch for the first time as a Toshavim, the community of campers in this unit is fast to welcome them in and make them feel like a part of a family.
Our 7th grade Toshavim go on a 3-day camping trip, and our 8th grade Toshavim go on a 4-day backpacking trip. These two trips are noticeably different – the 7th grade trip is just outside of Salida and is an intro to multi-day camping; while the 8th grade trip, out in Red Feather Lakes, is an intro to backpacking.
Sample Activities: Zip Lining, Trips, Mountain Biking, Israeli Culture, 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 elective 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 staff hunts.
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 in the morning in their track. After lunch and menucha (rest hour), campers will have one Chuggim (see Activity Options) followed by a staff led cabin program.
Specialty Tracks are available to campers in both Metapsim and Toshavim. Chalutzim get placed in a Traditional Track to get them as much time in front of as many activities as possible, to let them experience as much of camp as possible (Exception – Beginner Horsemanship open to 4th graders).
Dates and Rates
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.
Tell me about Safety and Security at Ranch 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.