JUNE 25 – JULY 1
Divine Redeemer Catholic School
This camp is a “Next Level” Catholic HEART Workcamp. It is open to those entering the 9th grade in the fall of 2017 and older.
Director: Jason Wiemelt
- To Be Announced
Colorado Springs experienced two deadly and devastating wildfires; one in 2012, then another in 2013. Over 800 families lost homes. 40,000 acres burned. Then, in the fall of 2013, the floods hit. Colorado received twice our annual rainfall in one week. The compromised soil conditions from the fire exasperated the flooding. Our community still needs fire mitigation, restoration, and flood prevention.
Campers selected to serve in the mountains/forests, will be involved with building trails, log erosion barriers, planting trees, clearing slash, and noxious weed eradication. These type of projects have a great impact to the community as a whole. They will experience God’s glory not only through their service, but also by witnessing the beauty of the Colorado mountains, streams, and forests.
If a person does not want to work in the mountains/forest CHWC in Col Springs will provide “traditional CHWC service projects” such as painting, yard work at homes or work at food distribution/homeless shelter.
Most teams will be serving in the mountains/forests involved with fire prevention projects. Therefore, CHWC strongly recommends youth groups travel to Colorado Springs in a SUV/Minivans and NOT in a MOTOR COACH BUS. BUT if a youth group travels in a bus to Colorado Springs, the following protocol will be followed……
- The coach will drive the distance between 20-50 miles one-way to transport teams to the projects.
- The driver and coach WILL need to stay at the worksite through the duration of the project. (Safety protocols require the work teams serving in the mountains/forest have access to transportation for immediate extraction in the case of wildfire, weather, or flash flood).
- The restroom on the coach WILL be needed for the campers.
- The campers will be filthy returning to the camp after a long day clearing burnt logs. Buses MAY get dirty.
Colorado Springs is at 6,500 feet above sea level. Worksites may be as high as 8,000 above sea level. Altitude Sickness (AS) is a reality and campers need to be prepared and acclimate. Please consider this reality before registering. Each year, several campers went to the ER with symptoms of AS. www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/altitude-sickness-topic-overview
FREE DAY ACTIVITIES
If you choose to white water raft or take the COG Railway www.cograilway.com, we recommend you buy your tickets EARLY!
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo mountainside zoo, located 15 miles southwest of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado on Cheyenne Mountain .
Colorado Springs signature outdoor park, free to all. Outstanding rock formations and hiking. Segways are available for rental
Colorado Springs is home to the US Olympic Committee, tours are given.
America’s Mountain. Drive up, train up, or hike up and take the train down 13miles, 8500 elevation gain. Rent bikes and bike down.
The Arkansas River will be running at optimal flow July 4th. We recommend the outfitter called Noah’s Ark, not only for their Christian, family friendly atmosphere, but also because they give an outstanding break to their fee’s to volunteers of CUSP. 100 miles
Colorado is home to many national parks, such as Great Sand Dunes and Rocky Mountain National Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, all about 150 miles away. Also hundreds of mountains even closer for hiking and picnicking. Take your group on a hike to a waterfall or an alpine lake.
Elitch Gardens Amusement Park – 25 rides, shows, restaurants
Red Rocks Amphitheater – A rock structure near Morrison, Colorado, where concerts are given in the open-air amphitheater.