Reading on Ranches Camp Descriptions 2017

Grade levels are the grade completed.  Children must be age 7 or completed 1st grade to attend camp.  For information on scholarships, click here.  

Updates: Harry Potter Camp, Hatchet Camp, Spy Camp, Little House Camp, Magic Treehouse Camp, Camp Splash I and American Girl Camp are now FULL.  Ultimate Survival Camp in August is full.  You may add your child's name to the waiting list through our registration system. 

Please contact us with any questions.

American Girl Camp
June 12-16
Monday-Friday 8:45am-5pm
Grades 1st-5th
$350- THIS CAMP IS NOW FULL.

This camp takes campers back in time with their American Girl dolls!  We will explore and learn about different time periods through the exciting American Girl series and other wonderful books.  Campers can expect to make new things for their dolls, read and write about history and science, all while playing in the outdoors.   Students will learn about adventurous women throughout history.  We will also learn about the American Girl of the year!  Dolls invited to come along!

This camp does not include a camp-out

Harry Potter Camp
June 12-16
Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-5PM, Thursday Camp-out, Friday pick-up at 1pm
Grades 2-6th
$400- THIS CAMP IS NOW FULL.

THIS CAMP IS NOW FULL.

Back by popular demand, BookTrails’ will again offer its version of Hogwarts this summer at Harry Potter Camp!  Learn magical potions, the healing property of plants, and play quidditch across ranch fields!  Campers will be sorted into a house and win points towards the House Cup.  Expect to dive into the different legends behind werewolves, centaurs, and other magical creatures.  We will read (or for most, re-read!) the Harry Potter books and other supplementary books that explore adventure and magic.   

Magic Tree House Camp
June 19-23
Monday-Friday 8:45AM-5PM
Grades 1-3
$350

 

Calling all Magic Tree House fans!  At this mega-fun camp, we will read many different Magic Tree House books and go on adventures just like Jack and Annie!  Students will learn about what is was like to be a kid during different time periods, just like in the Magic Tree House series!  Write your own Jack and Annie adventure with your fellow campers and transport through time in our own time machine!

This camp does not include a camp-out

Hatchet Camp
June 19-23 and June 26-30
Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-5PM, Thursday Camp-out, Friday pick-up at 1pm
Grade 3-5th
$400

The June 19th session of this CAMP IS NOW FULL.

Try your hand at wilderness survival skills, just like Brian in The Hatchet!  This camp will allow student students to experience many of the skills in the books including shelter building, foraging for edible plants, hanging bear bags, fire safety and basic first aid.  Students will also learn to write their own adventure stories and make primitive crafts, including fishing tackle.  We will read real-life survival tales and discuss different survival strategies.  

This camp includes a camp-out.  Campers are permitted to bring their pocket knives to sign-in on Monday to be collected and distributed during a safe, one-on-one whittling session.  

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Spy Camp
June 26-30
Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-5PM, Thursday Camp-out, Friday pick-up at 1pm
Grades 1-5
$400- THIS CAMP IS NOW FULL.

Do you love to be sneaky and stealthy?  Join us at Spy Camp and learn how to be a nature detective!  Students will read Spy Camp, by Stuart Gibbs, a hysterical book about kids who attend camp to learn how to be the perfect spies.  Expect to learn how to make spy devices, how to write in code, and the stories of different spies throughout history.

This camp includes a camp-out.

Camp Splash I
July 10-14
Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-5PM, Thursday early departure to rafting at 6:15AM Thursday Camp-out, Friday pick-up at 1pm
Grades 2-4
$430

THIS CAMP IS NOW FULL.

This camp is all about cooling down by getting wet!  Learn about the different bodies of water around the world and the creatures that how them home. We'll read a variety of books about water adventures and even have a river rafting adventure of our own!  Campers will explore the waterways in our Yampa River Valley and try their hands at catching aquatic insects and fish.  Before our rafting adventure, students will also learn rafting terms and river etiquette.  

This camp includes an overnight rafting trip with Camp Splash II students.  Students should complete Camp Splash I before Camp Splash II, unless they have completed 4th grade.  We raft a section of the Colorado River near State Bridge, CO with a qualified outfitter.  Let us know if you have questions.  

Camp Splash II
July 10-14
Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-5PM, Thursday early departure to rafting at 6:15AM Thursday Camp-out, Friday pick-up at 1pm
Grades 4-6
$430

This camp is specially designed for kids who attended Camp Splash 1 last year or have completed the fourth grade.  This follow-up camp will focus primarily on water issues and how they impact people in the west.  Camp Splash II will concentrate less on the biological elements of water and more on the social impacts and problems facing water as a resource.  Students can expect to learn about the first explorers of the Colorado River, the different dam projects throughout history, and the issues facing our community concerning water.  We will also learn new ways to conserve water in our own lives. Before our rafting adventure, students will learn rafting terms and river etiquette.  

This camp includes an overnight rafting trip with Camp Splash I students.  Students should complete Camp Splash I before Camp Splash II, unless they have completed 4th grade.  We raft a section of the Colorado River near State Bridge, CO with a qualified outfitter.  Let us know if you have questions.  

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Camp
July 17-21
Monday-Friday 8:45AM-5PM
Grades 1-5
$350

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Camp will explore the hysterical series and other fantastic comics.  Campers can expect to learn and tell a lot of jokes, participate in comic construction, and play in the outdoors.  

This camp does not include a camp-out.


Ultimate Survival Camp
July 17-21 and August 7-11
Monday-Friday Full Week Overnight, Drop-off at 9AM on Monday and Pick-up at 2pm on Friday.  
Grades 5-9
$600

Campers will get to stay at our newly constructed overnight site— The Reading Ranch! Ultimate Survival Camp will spend the week learning advanced survival skills such as building your own survival site, foraging and cooking food, and many other pointers to master outdoor survival. We will read many books together during the week, including new books such as A Series of Small Maneuvers and classics like My Side of the Mountain.  Campers will also get to participate in hikes to neighboring peaks and swim in Steamboat Lake, which is a 5 minute trip from our site.  

This camp includes five full days, and four nights at camp.  

Pirate Camp
July 24-28
Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-5PM, Thursday Camp-out, Friday pick-up at 1pm
Grades 2-5
$400

This camp is for kids who love learning about pirates!  Read the classic book, Treasure Island, and other exciting pirate stories. Campers will learn about the seven seas and the different creatures that call them home.  Children can expect to play a lot of capture the flag off the deck our ship-shaped barn!  

This camp includes a camp-out.

Land of Stories Camp
July 24-28
Monday-Friday Full Week Overnight, Drop-off at 9AM on Monday and Pick-up at 2pm on Friday.
Grades 5-7
$600

Imagine you're Alex and Connor Bailey while reading the exciting Land of Stories series!  We will jump into your favorite fairy tales and travel through the kingdoms of camp.  Try to decipher the clues left in journals from campers before you!  This camp is sure to bring adventure!

This camp includes five full days, and four nights at camp.

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Ranger's Apprentice Camp
July 24-28
Monday-Friday Full Week Overnight,
Drop-off at 9AM on Monday and Pick-up
at 2pm on Friday.
Grades 5-7
$600

Dive into this exciting series at camp as we read about the stealthy Rangers.  Learn skills to combat enemies during your own Apprenticeship!  Imaginations will thrive as you pretend to be Will on your own journey against the Wargals. 

 

This camp includes five full days, and four nights at camp.

Little House on the Prairie Camp
July 31-Aug 4th
Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-5PM, Thursday Camp-out, Friday pick-up at 1pm
Grades 1-5
$400

THIS CAMP IS NOW FULL.

If you love the Little House on the Prairie series, this camp is for you!  We will read the first Little House book together and get to try some of the homesteading skills like outdoor cooking, reading maps, and primitive crafts.  Learn about the first settlers who traveled west with their families and the adventures that they experienced.  

This camp includes a camp-out.

Camp Mystery
July 31-Aug 4
Monday-Friday Full Week Overnight, Drop-off at 9AM on Monday and Pick-up at 2pm on Friday.
Grades 5-7
$600

This new Middle School camp is all about mystery.  Campers will read mysterious stories and get to try writing their own tales.  Learn about the different western mysteries surrounding the Yampa Valley and Colorado.  Use your detective skills to find signs of wildlife in the forest surrounding camp.  Books TBA.  

This camp includes five full days, and four nights at camp.

 

 

 

 

Camp Half Blood- Lightning Thief Series
Aug 7-11
Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-5PM, Thursday Camp-out, Friday pick-up at 1pm
Grades 3-6
$400

From Rick Riordan's popular The Lightning Thief series, this is your chance to experience Camp Half-Blood as the children of the Olympians did themselves!  Take part in epic games of capture the flag on local ranches and learn more about Greek Mythology.  Campers can expect to participate in intense battles, missions, experiments, and plenty of nature exploration.  We'll also spend some time exploring the new Magnus Chase series!

This camp Includes a camp-out.