Who: Approximately 105 Active-Duty Soldiers and their families across three weeks. Please note: Single-parent families and cases where one spouse is performing official military duties but the other spouse/children can attend, are invited to participate as well.
What: Military Family Camp at Young Life's Trail West. Note: Young Life is a Christian organization, but being a person of faith is not a requirement to attend camp. There will be a nightly program with a short message and sing-a-long songs, as well as numerous recreational activities — for example: horseback riding, pony rides, ropes course, swimming pool, water slide, hot tub, trout pond, basketball, frisbee golf course, playground, 4x4 jeep tours and white water rafting. There will be an itinerary for group activities every day of the camp, but it is not mandatory to participate in all activities. Childcare is available on site during scheduled family activities.
When: Summer 2022, specific dates TBD
Where: Trail West is located in Buena Vista, CO. (Transportation to/from the camp is a family's responsibility.)
Why: To allow Soldiers and their families to get away from the stresses of everyday life, spend quality time together, laugh a lot and be restored.
How Much: Thanks to anonymous and generous donors, you pay only a small registration fee for your entire family for the week. This fee covers all meals, activities and lodging for the family for the week. The fee is based on rank; specifically: E1-E5 – $50; E6-E9 – $75; CW1-O3 – $100; O4 and above – $150.
Visit younglife.org/find/events/ and click on 'Read More' under the Ft. Carson heading, then the 'Apply Now' button. Applications will be accepted beginning February 2022. Space is limited, so apply now! Please prioritize your selection in order of preference as you will be selected for one week. Notification of selection will occur no later than 30 days prior to the start date of camp. In order to accommodate as many families as possible, you will only be allowed to attend Military Family Camp once.
If you are selected to attend, your registration fee (paid at the time of notification) will guarantee your slot. Do not send money with your application.
Unfortunately pets/alcohol are not allowed for this week. Smoking is allowed in designated areas only.
The only things that families need to bring are their personal items (outdoor clothes, swim suits, sunglasses, sunscreen, hats, etc.), snacks if they want, and a willingness to relax and have fun. A complete packing list will be sent to you before your arrival.
The main lodge rooms sleep up to 4 or 6 people, depending on the room. They are configured with one queen bed and either one or two sets of murphy bunk beds, a private bathroom and either a balcony or patio. The main lodge includes a lobby with a fireplace, a game room, fitness center, gift shop, snack bar and coffee shop. In addition to our main lodge, we have condos and chalets that will accommodate families larger than 6 people. They are all located walking distance from our main lodge and will have access to all the amenities of the lodge!
There are no additional charges above the registration commitment fee. Trail West does have a gift shop, snack bar and coffee shop in which you may want to make purchases. This is an individual choice.
If you need assistance, email Cindy Coy at email@example.com.
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