YMCA CAMP CARSON
MORE THAN AN ACTIVITY
Through intentional use of our ACE concept, we strive to ensure that while campers are at program areas, they are learning so much more than just an activity.
Throughout their participation, they are also learning life skills such as teamwork, communication and problem solving. We also focus on increasing camper understanding of the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.
READ MORE about how ACE is interwoven at activity areas.
GETTING TO ACTIVITIES
While camp covers a 300 acre property with over 7 miles of trails, the core camp activities are located in the heart of camp. Lots of open space makes it easy for campers to identify their destination as they move from activity to activity - spending more time "being there" not "getting there".
Campers also travel from activity to activity with a buddy or a "truddy" (two buddies) which could be another camper or a program team member. Program team members are stationed in all areas to ensure that campers find their way to their next activity destination.
CHALLENGE BY CHOICE
Our "challenge by choice” philosophy encourages campers to stretch their comfort zones and discover they can do so much more than they imagined. Campers receive lots of encouragement to "go for it" but in the end, it's always the camper's choice to take on the challenge before them.
AGES 8 and up
HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDING
Available to Overnight campers.
AGES 11 and up
55 'ALPINE CLIMBING TOWER
MOUNTAIN BIKES Feet must touch the ground while seated on the bike.
DIRT BIKE TRAIL RIDING
Available to Overnight & LIT campers after completion of First Year Dirt Bikes at Camp Carson.
To become a band swimmer, campers must be able to swim 25 yards with their head out of the water and no doggie paddling. Campers must also tread water for 30 seconds.
ARTS & CRAFTS
ALL AGES 7-16
Offsite Canoe trips for Ridge Top cabins.
* Must be a band swimmer, passing swim test.
** Can sail with a staff member.
TOM SAWYER SWING