Summer Prep

Colorado Overnight Camp

We cannot wait for you to drive through our gates this summer!

This page contains all the need-to-knows for summer programs: Quest Colorado, Sigma Junior, and Sigma Senior

Pre-Camp Checklist

    Follow this list and you will have everything you need by the time camp rolls around! 

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    • Log into your Online Account:
      • Confirm your account is paid in full.
      • Complete your Health Form, Terms & Conditions.
      • Answer the “Additional Questions.”
      • Pre-Order Shirts, Skypacks, and Snack Packs.
      • Add funds to your Store Card.
    • Set up a doctor appointment for your camper:
    • Sigma Senior Only

     

    Two weeks before camp
    • Check the packing list.
    • Prepare Camper Mail & Care Packages.
    • Download the Bunk1 App and log in using your Sky Ranch account information. Make sure notifications are turned on to receive important updates about camp.
    • Sigma Senior ONLY - Complete the City of Golden Community Graden Volunteer online form, if you haven't already.
    • Noah's Ark off-camp adventure!
      • In addition to uploading the Colorado Immunization Form and the Physician's Form, you will also need to sign waivers for your Sigma camper so they can participate in the Noah's Ark off-camp experience. 

     

    One week before camp
    • Plan night event outfits.
    • Camper Medication must be in a labeled prescription bottle. Learn more about medication and health policies here.

     

    Day before camp
    • Make sure you have everything ready to go (check the packing list again)
    • Check your email for the Health Questionnaire. (It’s required!)
    • Facial Recognition - upload a clear photo of your camper’s face to the Bunk1 App to be notified when new photos of your camper are uploaded!

     

    Day of camp
    • Parents bring your driver’s license to check-in. It’s required.
    • Fill out your camper’s Sky Ranch luggage tags and attach them to your camper’s luggage.
    • Don’t forget your camper mail/care packages.
    • Head to your favorite place on earth! (Sky Ranch in Van, TX!)

     

    During camp
    • Send your camper emails and view photos with the Bunk1 App. (Expect to see a handful of photos of your camper throughout the first week. For Sigma, the second week will be off-camp so there will be fewer photos during that time.)
    Packing List

    What to Bring

    Clothing

    • Please make sure that you clearly label all of your camper's belongings.
    • Daily temperatures average about 75 degrees. Nights can dip to 30. Campers will need warm clothing for nights, as well as warm layers for mornings and evenings. Please pack enough clothing for the trip, as there is no laundry service during our time together!
    Jacket or fleece - very necessary Hand sanitizer
    Rain jacket or poncho - very necessary Hat and sunglasses
    One-piece swimsuit for water activities Both pants and shorts
    Sturdy shoes for hiking Socks, underwear, pajamas
    Older pair of tennis shoes for daily use T-shirts/tops: both long and short sleeves
    Lip Balm Night event costumes
    Water shoes - either sandals with back straps or shoes that can get wet Money - for bus ride meals ONLY.

     

    Camp Life

    • Warm bedding - we recommend a 20 degree rated sleeping bag and a pillow.
    • Flashlight/Head lamp and watch.
    • Snacks for the bus ride and $20 for breakfast on the way up and back. Campers cannot use Ranch Bank funds during travel.
    • DON'T FORGET your Bible, a journal (spiral notebook is fine) and a pen.
    • Sunscreen, bug spray, and toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, etc).
    • Disposable camera (phones will not be allowed).
    • Stationery and stamps.
    • Two towels (for shower and the river).
    • **Water Bottle** As campers move into the mountains, drinking plenty of water will help avoid altitude sickness. Please make sure your camper arrives with a large, full water bottle or at least two bottles of water. 
    • For Sigma Seniors: Top of the World is an amazing hike and outdoor campout. Warm clothing will be very important for this. Also, bring your "My Story" wood round you started at Sigma Jr. last summer. If you have lost it, we will provide another one for you.

    Care Packages: Make sure to read up on guidelines for bringing care packages. Sky Ranch also offers the option to purchase pre-made SkyPacks for on-camp delivery. See options and purchase pre-orders in your Online Account.

     

    What NOT to Bring

    Any web-enabled devices Cell phones Alcohol
    Tobacco products iPads/tablets Fireworks
    Handheld video game systems Computers Bikes
    Paintball guns and gear Skateboards Illegal drugs
    Skeet shooting equipment Wake boarding equipment Climbing gear
    Weapons (including pocket knives and multi-tools) Money Archery equipment
    Personal sports equipment Pets  Scooters

     

    Any electronic device that can access the internet breaches our security policy. If discovered by a counselor, it will be collected and stored until the end of the camper's session. Sky Ranch cannot be responsible for lost or broken articles. Please do not bring anything that would break easily or cause loss if misplaced.

     

    Helpful Hints

    • You are traveling by bus, so space is limited. Each camper is limited to one large duffel bag or suitcase (not to exceed 50lbs), a sleeping bag, and a carry-on backpack. NO TRUNKS, please.
    • We have special guidelines for care packages. Be sure to check them out.
    • Don't buy a lot of new clothing - this is camp, and we will most likely get wet and dirty!
    • Use ziplock bags to waterproof items.
    • Don't send anything that you consider irreplaceable.
    • Clearly label all of your belongings.
    • Strapless clothing, mini-skirts, or t-shirts with large cut outs are not allowed.
    • All shorts must be a modest length (fingertip length) and we have a NO ROLL rule.
    Arrival & Departure

    Opening Day

    The best week ever starts before you even drive through the gates! Download the Bunk1 App and turn on notifications before you arrive.

    Though our Quest Colorado, Sigma Junior and Sigma Senior campers are ultimately destined for Colorado, all will start at our Van, TX location. Many camper families show their Sky Ranch spirit by decorating their car for the trip to camp. Window paint and streamers are some of our favorites! 

    The gates will open at the times designated below for each program. For safety and scheduling purposes, there will be no one to assist you or care for campers before the start time. If you cannot arrive during these times, please share that information with us in your online account.

    Sunday Arrival Schedule

    Multiple campers? You are welcome to arrive at the earliest time.

    • 2:30pm-3:30 pm
      • Sky 1
      • Sky 2
      • Young Riders
      • Sky Fillies 
    • 3:00pm-4:00pm
      • Sky 3
      • Sky 4
      • Morph
    • 4:00-5:00pm
      • Quest Van
      • Quest Colorado
      • Sigma Junior
      • Sigma Senior

     

    Upon arrival, Sky Ranch staff guide you through camper drop-off. This will include:

    • A Health Check and questionnaire before entering camp.
    • Providing your driver’s license - it's REQUIRED for camper check-in.
    • Dropping off meds and mail.
    • Finalizing any registration details with Guest Services.
    • Sigma - Filling out any additional forms for our Colorado Ministry Partners for Week 2 of Sigma.
    • Visiting the Corner Store.

     

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    Camper Pick-Up

    Campers will not be released to an individual for any reason without following the check-out process.

    1. Show your driver’s license or camper release card to their counselor.
    2. Sign the camper check-out form.
    3. Turn in your pre-reg form if you haven’t already (Sigma Junior only!)
    4. Get your camper!

    Important Info: You may authorize additional people to pick up your camper in your online account under Additional Questions prior to camp. We cannot release a camper to anyone who is not on this list.

    Closing Show Details

    Quest Colorado:

    Day: Tuesday - Week 2

    Where: Citizen's Church - Plano, TX

    When: Begin arriving at 4:00 PM for preliminary check-in, and Closing Show will start at 4:30!

    Sigma Junior: 

    Day: Saturday - Week 2

    Where: Sky Ranch - Van, TX

    When: 10:30 AM as a part of the Sky 3, Sky 4, Morph, and Quest Closing Show!

    Sigma Senior Brunch:

    Day: Saturday - Week 2

    Where: Oak Haven Dining Hall at Sky Ranch - Van, TX

    When: 8:30 AM. Join us for an incredible time of sharing as we celebrate the accomplishment of completing Phase 2 of the Life Map. 

    Track the Bus
    Campers travel by Charter Bus

    After checking in at Van, they will depart for Colorado:

    • Quest Colorado – Frontier check-in. Campers will have dinner on camp, attend the Opening Show, spend Monday on camp and depart Monday evening for Horn Creek.
    • Sigma Junior – Activity Center check-in. Campers will have dinner on camp and depart Sunday evening for Horn Creek.
    • Sigma Senior – Activity Center check-in. Campers will have dinner on camp and depart Sunday evening for Ute Trail.

     

    Track the Bus

    Parents will be able to track the bus during camper travel. Please check back closer to your camper’s session for updated bus tracking information.

     

     

    Delays

    Leadership staff on the bus will contact the Leadership Camp Manager if there are any serious delays in travel due to weather, emergencies, or other unforeseen situations. Parents will be notified if there is any emergency involving the bus. Head counts of campers and staff are taken many times during stops.

     
    Bus Rules

    All campers are required to follow the guidelines and rules explained by the bus driver for the charter bus company and implemented by the Leadership Camp staff.

    Night Events

    What is a night event and what does that mean for packing?

    Camper Mail & Care Packages

    Mail from friends and family is one of the highlights of camp! Here’s everything you need to know!

    The DIY Method

    • Delivery
      • Due to limited space on the bus, please only send one package to your camper - no larger than a shoebox. Make sure your camper's name is legibile on the top!
      • Do not send mail through UPS, FedEx, or USPS. Mail often does not arrive in time due to the mobility of Quest Colorado, Sigma Junior, and Sigma Senior and the delay in mailing between states. Instead, the Bunk1 app is a great option to send your camper a note during their first week.
      • We deliver any number of letters in flat envelopes every day, so feel free to write a few kind words for your camper and let us know which day to deliver it!
    • What goes inside a package?
      • Snacks, a journal, small trinkets or games, or just a sweet note. Food must be sealed. Please do not send gum! For the safety of all campers and staff, do not include snacks with common airborne allergies such as peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, etc.
      • Please package all food in a resealable container.
    • Drop-off
      • On Sunday, drop off your letters and packages when checking in your camper.

     

    The Kick-back and Relax Method

    We offer amazing pre-made care packages (SkyPacks and Snack Packs) that can be purchased through your online account (select Pre-Orders) and delivered directly to you camper while they are in Colorado!

    Health & Wellness

    While we recognize that trips to the health center are not completely unavoidable, we work diligently to minimize any time spent away from camp activities. This means that we take a proactive, holistic approach to caring for your camper. Ways that we do this include, but are not limited to, focusing on the importance of:

    • handwashing
    • bug spray
    • sunscreen
    • hydration
    • rest

    Our health centers are staffed by licensed health professionals as well as health care assistants. A physician acts as the medical director of each site, providing yearly review of our policies and treatment protocols.

     

    Health Tips for Camp Prep

    A healthy camp starts at home! As you prepare to send your child to camp, here are some ways that you can ensure they have a wonderful experience:

    • Prevent the spread of illness:
      • If your child shows signs of illness, please keep them home. This greatly reduces the spread of illness at camp.
      • Teach your child to sneeze in his/her sleeve and to wash hands often at home and at camp.
    • Staying Hydrated: Send a reusable water bottle so it can be refilled frequently during the week
      • The altitude of our Colorado Camps can lead to Altitude Sickness if you are not proactive about being ready for Colorado! Drink plenty of water in the week leading up to camp to prevent feeling unwell while there!

     

    Medications

    Commonly Used Medications 

    Each location stocks commonly used medications, such as tylenol, for as-needed use.

    Bringing Medications

    If your child takes medication on a regular basis, the medication will be stored in our health center and dispensed by a licensed health professional. All medications (both prescription and over-the counter) must be checked in when you drop off your camper.

    **No camper should have any medication with them in their personal belongings.**

    To help expedite your check-in process on Sunday, please follow the instructions below:

    • Original packaging required for all medications
      • Both prescription and over-the-counter medications are required to be in the original packaging and contain only the medication identified on the container.
      • Do not put medications in pill containers.
    • Legible prescription label
      • If your child requires a prescription medication, the prescription label must be legible with the camper’s name on it.
      • Do not use old bottles or those belonging to another family member as they will not be administered per state law.
      • Prescription label instructions will be followed. If your child’s doctor has recently changed the timing or frequency of the medication, make sure the prescription label is up to date.
    • Non-FDA approved medications need an order by a licensed provider
      • Non-FDA approved medications include most vitamins, oils, and dietary supplements and will only be accepted and administered to your camper if accompanied by an order that is signed by a licensed provider (MD, DO, NP or PA).
      • This order must instruct us on when and how much to give. This is to ensure the safety of your camper and to comply with the Nurse Practice Act.
    • Check the expiration date: Expired medication will not be administered per state law.
    • Rescue Inhalers and EpiPens
      • The ONLY medications that are permitted to be kept with the counselors are RESCUE inhalers (along with spacer) and EpiPens. These are the only medications that our counselors are trained to administer. Campers are not allowed to keep rescue medications themselves for safety reasons.
      • A counselor that has your child’s rescue medication will be with your child at all times. The counselors are allowed to keep glucometers.
      • If you have any questions, please contact our Healthcare Director prior to camp.
    • Picking up medication:
      • All medications can be picked up by parents on the last day of camp.
      • Medications that are not picked up will be disposed of so please be sure to stop by our medication return table.
      • If your child has a rescue medication kept by the counselor (EpiPen or rescue inhaler), it is your responsibility to obtain these from your child’s counselor when you pick up your child from camp.

    To serve your family with excellence, we follow the regulations for Colorado and Texas Youth Camps and subscribe to the American Camp Association standards.

     

    Special Dietary Requirements

    We will gladly work with you regarding special dietary restrictions and food allergies. When completing online registration for camp, please complete the portion related to food allergies and dietary requirements. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact our food service department directly by emailing FoodService@SkyRanch.org.

     

    Required Physical Form

    All Colorado campers must have a Sky Ranch Colorado specific physical form. A general school or athletic physical form will not be accepted.

    Based on Colorado State Law and the requirements of the Colorado Department of Human Services, every medication that the camper brings to camp, including over the counter medications, must be listed on the hard copy physical form and signed by a provider.

    Noah's Ark

    Noah's Ark requires a waiver signed through their online system. Please fill it out for your Sigma Junior camper and your Sigma Senior camper. 

    On-Site Nurse

    A nurse is on site at our Colorado Camps, however a nurse is not present for all of the off-site activities that occur during these programs. If you have specific questions regarding this, or if your Colorado camper has specific health-related needs, please contact our Healthcare Director, Jennifer Watters at JenW@SkyRanch.org to discuss further

    Bed Bug Prevention

    Bed bugs have become more common in the United States and worldwide over the past few years. Sky Ranch takes several precautions to ensure facilities are free of these pests, but as with all hospitality businesses we have no control over the potential of guests bringing in bed bugs.

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    Schedule

    Each day is jam packed with activities, fun, food, night events, and rest! Here's the general schedule for our time together!

    Quest Colorado:
    • Monday
      • Spend the day in Van participating in the awesome activities there, then head to Horn Creek Monday evening!
    • Tuesday Afternoon - Monday Evening
      • Time at Horn Creek. Activities, fun, small group time, awesome night events! The possibilities are endless!
    • Monday Night
      • Depart for Dallas. Pick-Up details coming May 1st!

     

    Sigma
    • Sunday Evening
      • Depart for Horn Creek and Ute Trail
    • Monday Afternoon of Week 1 through the following Monday Morning of Week 2:
      • Time together at in the mountains!
      • Sigma Senior will hike to Top of the World all day on Friday to camp out and catch the sunrise on Saturday morning! Be sure to bring your 20 degree-rated sleeping bag!
    • Monday Afternoon through Tuesday Afternoon of Week 2:
    • Tuesday - Thursday of Week 2
      •  More details to come!
    • Friday Morning of Week 2
      • Head to Sky Ranch Van, TX! Sigma Junior will participate in Closing Show and Sigma Senior will have Sigma Brunch to commemorate their time at Sigmas and their experience with Sky Ranch. Closing Show!

    Camper Photos & Parent Emails

    Photos - See camp in action!
    • Because of the remote area of the camp and limited access to the internet, there are fewer photos, and they are not uploaded as frequently as our other camp locations.
    • You can expect to see a handful of fun pictures of your camper participating in activities and posing with their cabin throughout their experience.
    • Pictures are uploaded as internet allows to the Bunk1 App for you to view, purchase, and share.
    Emails

    In the Bunk1 App, you will also have the opportunity to use Credits to send your camper an letter during the week. Update them on what's happening at home, their favorite sport's team, or a funny thing the dog did! We'll print it out and give it to them. Letters are printed at 10:00 am each day, so be sure to submit it through the app before then!

    Bunk1

    To view photos and send your camper emails while they are at camp, download the Bunk1 App and log in using your Sky Ranch account information.

    Bunk1 Information

    Roommate Requests

    Skip the Roommate Requests for our Colorado campers! The counselors at camp will assign them their bunks!

    Store Account AKA Ranch Bank

    Each camper will be given a wristband that is linked to their Store Account (Ranch Bank). We do not allow campers to carry cash on camp, so they use their Ranch Bank to purchase snacks, souvenirs, gifts, books, apparel, and much more.

    We recommend depositing $75 for Quest Colorado and $120 for Sigma Junior and Senior. This can be done at any time through your online account by selecting Store Account from your camper’s itinerary. Unused Ranch Bank funds can be donated to the Sky Ranch Scholarships Program. If not selected as a donation, any amount over $5 will be refunded two weeks after their session of camp.
     

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