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Teens/Pre-Teens

Camps & Programs

Summer Teen/Pre-Teen Programs

We are looking forward to offering as many of our teen camps as we are able to this summer!

Summer Fun

Teen/Pre-Teen Summer Camps

Each of these camps meet at the Ranch House and utilize our 14-passenger mini-bus to go on each of the camp’s adventures! Each camp must meet minimum enrollment 3 weeks prior to its start date to run. Please take note, due to the current circumstances all camps are subject to change.

Registration opens for these camps on March 24 for In-District Residents and March 29 for Out of District Residents.

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KEN-CARYL THEATER CLUB
Fees:
  • Resident: $155
  • Non-Resident: $186

Grades: 6th – 9th

Dates: June 1 – 4 (Tue – Fri)

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join our experienced and KCR alum instructor, Lauren for this four day intensive workshop with a focus on writing and performing original monologues with tons of theater games and exercises mixed in along the way. This is a great opportunity for students who are new to theater or those wanting to expand on previous experience! At the end of our workshop, students will perform outside or record their performance to be shared with their audience virtually. All materials will be provided at the start of the camp. It’s time for some fun to kick this summer off right!

ROCK ON! ROCK CLIMBING CAMP
Fees:
  • Resident: $320
  • Non-Resident: $384

Grades: 6th – 9th

Dates: June 7 – 11,  July 12 – 16 (Two 1-week sessions)

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Have you ever seen rock climbers scaling cliffs and rock faces and wished you could be doing that? Do you love to be outside and try new, daring adventures? Now is your chance! Come learn the ropes, literally, in our Rock On! Camp. Our staff and the Front Range Climbing Company will teach you the basics about gear, knot tying, belaying, and climbing techniques. Before you know it, you will be a true rock climber!

COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (CIT) CAMP
Fees:
  • Resident: $125
  • Non-Resident: $150

Grades: 7th – 10th

Dates: June 14 – 18, June 28 – July 2 ( Two 1 week sessions)

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Do you like working with a team, being a role model for kids and having a blast while doing it? Then Counselor-In-Training Camp is perfect for you! You will gain experience in teamwork and leadership techniques, leading group activities, and assisting counselors with program operation. Develop your leadership skills as you help the Summer Camp staff each day.

BACKCOUNTRY SKILLS CAMP
Fees:
  • Resident: $340
  • Non-Resident: $408

Grades: 6th – 10th

Dates: June 21 – 25

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Backcountry Skills Summer Camp will teach campers 6th to 10th grade the skills necessary to thrive in the Ken-Caryl Ranch backcountry. From orienteering with a compass, to learning and applying the principles of Leave No Trace, to shelter building in the woods, and more. In addition to learning on site, the team will explore some off-site wilderness locations throughout the week to practice and learn skills in real-life scenarios. Our experienced instructors will guide campers in building strong relationships and a supportive team environment all while gaining new experiences in the wilderness. As a culmination to the week, a comprehensive skills test will challenge campers to put the wilderness knowledge they have gained to the ultimate test.

TASTE FOR ADVENTURE CAMP
Fees:
  • Resident: $320
  • Non-Resident: $384

Grades: 6th – 9th

Dates: July 6 – 9

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join us for a four-day adventure camp full of learning and playing outside while we partake in rafting, rock climbing, paddle boarding and hiking! This is the perfect experience for those who want a taste of what our great outdoors have to offer! (activities are subject to change)

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MIDDLE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP CAMP
Fees:
  • Resident: $365
  • Non-Resident: $438

Grades: 6th – 8th

Dates: July 19 – 30 (Mon – Fri)

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Are you tired of the typical summer camp experience? Are you ready to do something meaningful – to really make a difference? This is the place for you! During this two-week long camp meet new friends, develop leadership skills and have fun while helping out in the community! This camp has two focus topics: human needs and environmental needs. Each camper will experience opportunities in both of these important need groups while developing an ethic of service in this fun-filled program.

We hope to travel to and volunteer at senior centers, state park, food banks, animal shelters, and parks for service. We plan to enjoy a fun trip to a special activity each week to reward the hard work our campers put in!

All service sites are safe places that have extensive experience working with youth. Transportation will be provided to and from each of the service sites on our 14-passenger mini-buses driven by our experienced camp staff. (service sites will be dependent on availability)

Awesome Courses

Teen Summer Courses

TEEN SUMMER KNITTING COURSE
Fees:
  • Resident: $165
  • Non-Resident: $188

Ages: 13 – 18

Dates: June 3 – July 15

Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

This course is instructed by the very talented and experience Sonia! Sign your teen up to learn how to knit fun and colorful projects. This class will cover all the basic techniques to get participants started on the way to becoming skilled knitters. Projects include a headband, a bunny, a tote bag, rucksack or a hat. You will be amazed at how much is accomplished in this short class. A kit is provided and included in the registration fee that contains all the yarn, tools and patterns needed to complete the class. The class is laid back, fun and focuses on all of the good things that knitting provides. This course takes please at the Ranch House in the Bradford Room.

TEEN SUMMER ACRYLIC PAINTING COURSE
Fees:
  • Resident: $85
  • Non-Resident: $102

Ages: 13 – 18

Dates: June 7 – 29, July 12 – Aug 3 (Two 1 week sessions)

Time: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The Ken Caryl Ranch house is excited to present Acrylic Painting for Teens! The class is perfect for both beginning artists and those who already have experience in acrylic or other types of painting.
Our intrepid instructor is Leslie Miller, who has been running the adult acrylic class for the last two plus years. Leslie will demo each part of the painting process so students can watch and learn, then create their own painting. Her philosophy is that painting should be fun and fulfilling, and she is excited to help students develop their own styles and talents! A supply list will be provided to you after registration. This course takes please at the Ranch House in the Colorow Room.

BABYSITTING CLINIC
Fees:
  • Resident: $80
  • Non-Resident: $96

Ages: 11 & Older

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This course is instructed by the very talented and experience Sonia! Sign your teen up to learn how to knit fun and colorful projects. This class will cover all the basic techniques to get participants started on the way to becoming skilled knitters. Projects include a headband, a bunny, a tote bag, rucksack or a hat. You will be amazed at how much is accomplished in this short class. A kit is provided and included in the registration fee that contains all the yarn, tools and patterns needed to complete the class. The class is laid back, fun and focuses on all of the good things that knitting provides. This course takes please at the Ranch House in the Bradford Room.

AT HOME ALONE
Fees:
  • Resident: $60
  • Non-Resident: $72

Ages: 10 – 13

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This course is designed for the 10-13 year olds who will be left home alone for short periods of time. Outlined in course: Safe decision making, constructive time management and personal safety. The basics of firstaid treatment and prevention for burns, cuts, fractures/sprains and choking will be covered.

Please contact Lizz Brock at lizzb@kcranch.org or 303-979-1876 ext. 132 with any questions.

Family, Teen & Adult Nature Programs

BACK-COUNTRY SKILLS IN THE FRONT RANGE

***New Start Date Pending***

The Backcountry Skills in the Front Range program, being offered through KC Nature starting in the fall of 2021, will teach students 10-14 years old the skills necessary to thrive in the backcountry and front country as well as address many of the challenges that being completely immersed in nature can bring. From orienteering with a compass, to learning and applying the seven principles of Leave No Trace, to shelter building in the woods and more, our team of experienced instructors will be putting the participants of this program to the ultimate test of wilderness knowledge while building a strong, supportive foundation during the transition from adolescence to young adult.

During these crucial tween years, 10 through 14-year-old individuals are beginning to develop their distinctive view of the world and their place in it. They are beginning to think more like adults, evaluating topics and developing opinions with more advanced reasoning skills. Peers become an incredibly important part of their identity as well as the groups they choose to be in. Creating a place where these young individuals can come together, discover and grow while cultivating a unique set of skills is something KC Nature is incredibly proud to offer. We hope the young adult in your life will join in the adventure as we explore the Front Range.

Please stay tuned for program and registration information!

For questions about KC Nature programs, contact Ashley Hanlon at 720-599-3223, or via email at AshleyH@kcranch.org.
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