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A Day in the Life of a Camper

High Peak Camp is a Christian camp operated by The Salvation Army Intermountain Division that offers a wide range of resident camps during the summer months. It is available for youth ages seven to sixteen from all different walks of life. Sessions vary in program theme, but all are foundationally Christian.

The mission of High Peak Camp is: “To use nature and the great outdoors as a setting to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, teach environmental awareness, encourage prosocial behavior, and safely provide an opportunity to every camper for fun and adventure.”

During summer camp at High Peak, campers will experience personal growth, learn about the importance of teamwork, become more confident and independent, conquer fears, grow closer to God, and form friendships that will last a lifetime. 

High Peak Camp Daily Life

The daily camp schedule is planned with intention, and staff members are trained to carry out High Peak’s mission and create positive camp experiences for all. Here is a sneak peek into some of the essential elements of a camper’s day at High Peak Camp:

1. Rise and Shine

In the morning, the college-aged counselors will guide campers as they prepare for the exciting day ahead. While younger campers may need reminders to apply sunscreen, brush their teeth, and pick out clothing that is appropriate for the weather, teen counselors may choose to start the day off on a positive note by sharing a short devotion with the group. 

2. Meal Times

Upon arrival at camp, campers are divided into small groups based on age. This model allows for the development of deeper, trust-filled relationships. Throughout the week, these small groups will eat together, participate in activities together, learn how to work as a team, and worship together. 

During meal times, campers can get to know one another better while enjoying a variety of delicious foods that will help provide the energy and nutrition needed for the busy, fun-filled camp days.

3. Activities

Camp High Peak offers a variety of activities that appeal to each child’s unique interests, including the following:

    • Fishing: There are six trout ponds on campus, so campers can fish while enjoying beautiful views of Mount Meeker, Longs Peak, Mount Lady Washington, Estes Cone, and Twin Sisters.
    • Hiking: Adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park, High Peak boasts several beginner hiking trails on campus with scenic views and ample opportunities to catch a glimpse of the area’s abundant wildlife. 
    • Frisbee Golf: This is a sport that combines elements of golf and Frisbee throwing. The objective of the game is to throw a flying disc into a target in as few throws as possible.
  • Arts and Crafts
  • High Ropes Adventure Course: Our new high ropes adventure course features 24 elements, testing both balance and bravery as you traverse your way through the course. Participants are geared up with “Click-It” harnesses which use magnets to clip you in and out of the course’s safety wires, allowing all participants to navigate through the different elements on their own.
  • Climbing Tower: This 40-foot climbing tower can accommodate two climbers at a time.
  • Athletics: Campers can engage in friendly competition through a soccer game on our state-of-the-art astroturf field, volleyball on our sand court, or gaga ball with friends.

4. Cabin Activity Time

During this time, cabin groups can decide upon an activity that they can enjoy together. No matter what activity they choose, cabinmates can use this opportunity to get to know one another better, creating a sense of cohesion among the group. 

One of the most impactful aspects of camp for many campers is the counselors who serve as role models and mentors, which is another reason dedicated time spent together as a cabin group is so important.

5. Campfires

The campfire circle serves as a gathering place for campers multiple times throughout each week when campers will sing camp songs, do camp skits, roast s’mores, and be invited to worship. Campfire time is memorable because all the campers come together and experience community with one another.

Worshiping around the campfire circle is a one-of-a-kind experience because of its simplicity and the lack of distractions. The sounds of an acoustic guitar, other voices joining in worship, and the surrounding nature can lead campers to meet with God and listen for his voice.

6. Nightly Devotions

Each evening, counselors will lead devotions for their cabin group. Devotion topics vary depending on the age group, but this is always a dedicated time for campers to learn from God’s word, ask questions, hear the testimonies of their counselors, and talk about faith in a safe and supportive environment.

Register Your Camper for Summer Camp at High Peak

Each day at High Peak Camp is filled with adventure. Our overall purpose is to serve the total person physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. The camping experience aims to foster within each individual a deeper understanding of our relationship with God and our fellow human beings. It also helps individuals appreciate and respect God's creation and humanity's responsibility for proper stewardship.

Contact us with any questions or for more information. We look forward to seeing your camper at High Peak this summer!