Watermark in Estes Park is a trip for families and singles at Watermark Plano to get to know others in our body. Over the first 12 years of Watermark, we took several groups to the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. The spiritual and relational growth that occurred during those weeks together made a significant impact on how we loved and served each other as a church family. This is a week filled with activities for adults and children together as well as apart. Leadership believes this is the right time for our campus to share this amazing experience.
Registration is open. Register now.
Prices will increase by $20 per person on December 1, 2018. The last day to sign up and pay your deposit is March 30, 2019. The remaining balance is due no later than April 30, 2019.
When is the trip to Estes Park?
June 2-8, 2019 (check-in is at 4pm on Sunday, June 2), and the week is full of activities for adults and children together as well as apart.
Where will we stay while in Estes Park?
YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center
Who can attend the Estes Park trip?
The only requirement is that you are currently a Watermark member (or fully intend to complete WM membership in 2018) and regularly attend the Plano campus.
How can I reserve a spot?
Registration and a $300 deposit are required (per household or individual) to hold your spot. Registration is open. Register now.
Can I get my deposit refunded if I have to cancel my reservation?
The $300 deposit if fully refundable through November 30, 2018. Between December 1, 2018 and March 15, 2019 only $200 of the deposit will be refunded. Cancellations made after March 15, 2019 will result in loss of the entire deposit.
Will we eat all of our meals together?
All meals are covered with the cost of the trip. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided Sunday evening through Saturday morning, and will be enjoyed together as a group in the Estes Park Dining Hall.
Will we have any free time?
Yes, free time is built into the schedule each afternoon. Also, Wednesday is a FREE DAY with no childcare.
What is the daily agenda while in Estes?
A typical day consists of worship/activity for adults and kids (separately) in the morning, lunch, free time in the afternoon, dinner together, and then another worship time in the evening. When kids are separated from adults, they are part of their own children’s or student ministry programs. Wednesday is a FREE DAY in Estes, so you and your family can do as you please – many families choose to go into downtown Estes Park, others hike, etc. There will not be any children’s or student ministries events on this day.
A more detailed agenda (with exact times) will be sent out in March/April 2019. You can access a sample agenda from our 2012 Estes Park trip here.
How old do kids need to be to attend the Estes Park trip?
Children as young as 2-4 months have attended Estes Park in the past. There will be children’s ministry for kids 0-5 years. Kids in Kindergarten – 5th grade will participate in the ‘Adventure Club’. Also, approximately 3 weeks before camp, Watermark will have a ‘How to Survive with an Infant at Estes’ meeting for families taking small children.
What kind of accommodations are there? Will we get to choose our own rooms?
As far as accommodations go, we will be in one of the central lodges at YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center. We assign rooms, and our hope is to group families based on the ages of their kids (or as singles, if without kids). On the registration form, you can request to be by another individual/family and we will do our best to make it happen. Each room has 2 queen beds, a pillow futon, a full bath, and wireless internet access. Linens and towels are also included. The YMCA allows a maximum of 5 people per room.
What other expenses will we incur (other than the initial cost per family)?
The expense for the trip covers food and lodging (and most other activities on our group itinerary) while at camp. You are responsible for your travel expenses (some fly, some drive). The Denver International Airport is about a 90 minute drive from Estes Park.
YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park has activities such as horseback riding, mountain biking, fly fishing, etc. If you are interested in booking other activities during your stay, you are responsible for the scheduling and payment. Information about availability, pricing, and scheduling can be found here.
Many families choose to eat in town on Wednesday which is at your own expense.
Do people caravan?
You are more than welcome to arrange to caravan with others, but we will not be organizing it.
Approximately how many people will attend the Estes Park Trip?
We are expecting around 300 people to attend.