Estes is a trip for families and singles at Watermark Plano and Frisco to get to know others in our body. In 2019 we took a group to the YMCA of the Rockies in much the same manner that was done in the early years of Watermark. The spiritual and relational growth that occurred in 2019 was significant, and we are excited to do it again.
When: June 6-12, 2021
Where: YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado
Registration Cost per Person:
(Group based on grade just completed.)
A $500 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration.
Registration is now open. Adult registration cost will increase by $50 per adult beginning February 1, 2021.
It’s June 6-12, 2021 (check-in is at 4 PM on Sunday, June 6), and the week is full of activities for adults and children together as well as apart. Our last camp activity will end Friday night, June 11, at 9:30 PM. Some families leave that night to get a head start. Most others will leave after breakfast Saturday morning.
Registration and a $500 non-refundable deposit are required (per household) to hold your spot. Registration opens Thursday, October 1, 2020. We have a limited number of rooms reserved for our group. Once those rooms fill up, we will put others on a waitlist.
The last day to sign up and pay your deposit is March 30, 2021. The remaining balance is due no later than April 30, 2021.
Because this trip is the second week in June (rather than the first week as in 2019) our YMCA costs are higher. The price increase is simply to absorb that additional cost. However, the later schedule helps us avoid Memorial Day in 2021 and the large youth camp that occupies the YMCA during the first week of June most years.
It is our desire that everyone who wants to, be able to attend Estes Park. If finances are the one thing that will keep you from joining us, please do not stop there. Discuss the opportunity and your financial situation with your community group. If your group agrees this would be a wise choice for your family, then please email Gigi Masonand request our application for financial assistance.
Our desire is to have families seriously consider all the aspects of this week before making a commitment through registration. We understand that some who register will have unforeseen circumstances that may impact their ability to attend, and those situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If COVID regulations require Estes Park Family Camp to be cancelled (#pleaseLordno), all monies will be refunded.
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. Also, 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, others hike, etc. There are no children’s or student ministries on this day.
A more detailed agenda (with exact times) will be sent out in March/April 2021. Our 2019 Estes Park camp schedule will give you a glimpse of our week together.
Children as young as 2-4 months have attended Estes Park in the past. There is children’s ministry for kids 0-5 years. Kids having finished Kindergarten – 5th grade participate in the ‘Adventure Club’. Also, we will have a 'How to Survive with an Infant at Estes’ meeting for families taking small children approximately 3 weeks before camp.
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). We allow registrants to request to be by another individual/family and we will do our best to accommodate each request. Each room has 2 queen beds, a pillow futon, a full bath, a refrigerator, and wireless internet access. Linens and towels are also included. The YMCA allows a maximum of 5 people per room, so families of 6 or more will be assigned two adjacent (but not connecting)rooms.
The expense you pay for the trip covers food and lodging (and most other activities on our group itinerary) while at camp. You are responsible for your travel accommodations (some fly, some drive). The Denver International Airport is about a 1.5 hour drive from Estes Park.
Other activities are available while at YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park. Information about availability, pricing, and scheduling can be found at the YMCA website. If you are interested in booking other activities during your stay (horseback riding, mountain biking, fly fishing, etc.), you are responsible for the scheduling and payment. Many families choose to eat in town on Wednesday which is at your own expense.