Behind the Programs: The Numbers


2014 Annual Report

Friendships, laughter, discovering who God created us to be. Sonlight is intentional about programming. An independent not-for-profit organization, Sonlight operates with a balanced budget. The tuitions of summer campers, fall retreats and winter ski trips come together to provide funds for all operating costs. Contributions are designated for the Scholarship fund, Program Excellence, or the Endowment.

An easy read- take a look at the 2014 Annual Report to get a good snapshot of the financials, camper and guest numbers behind the programs.


Travels Continued

On to Oklahoma – and a couple days full of connections with friends. Ed Parker has returned from the east coast, and we hope to partner with him and his work with Methodist Camps in Oklahoma for some backpacking. Leo Wideman has done several backpack trips with Sonlight, we enjoyed time with he and his family to firm up plans for them to join our parent/child backpack trip this summer. So good to see Keith and Stephanie Hudson (and Oliver! age 2) and Todd Downham.

Back home again, it’s great to see the mountains and snow. Such good time in Kansas and Oklahoma with so many people.

Travel Journel

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And from the travel journal:  Winston and Mary have admired the flat landscape of Kansas and had some great visits with friends along the way. Time with the Higgins family in Great Bend, KS. Anne was on staff back in the early days, and her daughter Veronica will be on staff  this summer. We highly recommend the lemon cream cheese pie we shared with them at the Carriage Crossings Cafe in Yoder, KS. On to Wichita, we loved our weekend with Covenant Presbyterian Church friends. How good to share meals and fellowship with them.

On to Tulsa, our day was full with a tour of First Presbyterian Church, then an evening with dear friends Warren and Kathleen Muller, and Steve, Dan and Jackson: staff in youth ministries at First Presbyterian. We look forward to their youth staying at Sonlight for their ski trip in March.

On The Road

downloadKansas and Oklahoma: here we come! Winston and Mary have a calendar full of camp families and friends to visit in the midwest next week.  Higgins, Hudsons, Todd Downham, the whole crew at Covenant Presbyterian in Wichita, Leo Wideman, Mullers. It’s going to be a great week. We look forward to some good discussions with ministry staff about backpack trips, connecting with youth leaders who are scheduled to bring a ski group to Sonlight in March. We’ll work on details for the Covenant work trip to Sonlight in May. Thanks Chelsea for taking care of things are camp while Winston and Mary are on the road.

Wintry and White

DSCN7556-2 DSCN7568-310″ fresh snow at camp and how wonderful it is. Everything is white and covered. Roads are plowed, today is “shovel the decks” day and we’re looking forward to the next ski group rolling in. It’s a great for snow shoeing- Chelsea and Mary are headed out for a journey around camp this afternoon!


Winston Blogs : Backpack Colorado


Winston : circa 1979

1979: My love for the mountains and desire to share them with kids inspired me to start Sonlight Adventures Inc. A backpack program designed completely for youth. The early trips were in the Gore Wilderness of Colorado, In 1981 we started guiding trips in the Weminuche Wilderness, in the San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado, which led to building Sonlight Camp – originally a base for the backpack program.

Now 36 years later, we’ve guided hundreds and hundreds of kids up peaks, through valleys, up and down trails all over these mountains. It’s been a great journey, and a privilege to do what I love.

Today it’s January. My big challenge this winter is to fill the 8 backpacking trips Sonlight has scheduled for summer 2015. We are open to youth groups from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and church youth groups. Get your non profit organization together and come to Colorado for a week long backpacking adventure in the Weminunche Wilderness. Go to the web site (sonlightcamp.org) and click on the “backpacking” button for all the information, rates and dates. $ 195….what a deal! Call Winston at 970.264.4379 for more info.

” The mountains are calling … and I must go”

- John Muir quote

Wintry Days

It doesn’t get better than an afternoon of snow shoeing with friends at Sonlight!

Molly, Sarah, Mary

Molly, Sarah, Mary

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Don’t Miss The Awesomeness

IMG_3935-16January 2015! Registrations for summer camp are open, and camps are starting to fill. The usual pattern is camps being full by the end of March (with a few exceptions) so don’t delay getting your registration in so you secure a spot in the camp of your choice. Summer 2015 will be amazing, so don’t miss out!

Camps and Dates

Register Now

2015 Summer at Sonlight

IMG_0933placesyoullgo-300x222Sonlight is waiting for you!

Camp registration opens January 2 at 8am Colorado time

* NEW * for 2015:

  • Now 3 weeks available for Adventure campers (kids entering 6th-7th-8th grade in the fall)
    • May 31-June 6
    • July 12-18
    • August 2-8
  • Discovery Campers (kids entering 4th-5th-6th grade in the fall) have the choice of two weeks:
    • Sunday June 28 – Friday July 3 — this is a shortened week
    • Sunday August 9 – Saturday August 15 (the traditional full week)
  • Bring a friend to camp (who has never been to Sonlight before) and you’ll receive a free video and photo download for your week of camp
  • Camp tuitions are holding the SAME as they have been 4 years! New for 2015  – all camp rates will increase by $25 on April 1st.
  • Stay posted for additional new things we’re planning




A bit of fresh snow on the flowerpots this morning – wintry looking at camp!