September Coffee and Conversation

coffee_wpSeptember 29th: International Coffee Day.

Sonlight is celebrating coffee, camp and conversation. A contribution to the Endowment fund in September, and we provide the coffee. We’ve had a great month, enjoying hearing from some folks we haven’t heard in a while, and though we’re not in cities all over the west to share the coffee, we’re enjoying sending the coffee to our friends. The limited edition stoneware mugs have arrived, and they are impressive! We appreciate the generosity, and most of all are celebrating a community of folks coming together to contribute what they can to Give Sonlight to the Next Generation. Gifts this month to the Sonlight Endowment have ranged from $10, to $10,000. It’s not the size of the gift, but the heart behind it that means so much to each kid in the next generation.

“Thank you for having Sonlight! Keep doing it forever and ever! I can’t wait to go for a whole week next summer!”

- 2014 camper

Along The Way

DSCN7269-1Along the journey of life we don’t really know what is next, despite our planning. To walk with God, and hear His call is our quest, above all we seek to know Him.

There comes the baffling call of God in our lives also. The call of God can never be stated explicitly; it is implicit. The call of God is like the call of the sea, no one hears it but the one who has the nature of the sea in him. It cannot be stated definitely what the call of God is to, because his call is to be in comradeship with himself for his own purposes, and the test is to believe that God knows what he is after.

(My Utmost for His Highest, emphasis added)






The leaves, they are a changin’ – Just barely!


What The Kids Say

From the 2014 Summer Evaluations –  favorite activities:

Best Activity Wordle

Jack’s Shack

jack hudsonA huge thank you to Keith and Stephanie Hudson, who contributed funds to Sonlight for a rec shed – “Jack’s Shack” in memory of Jack Hudson. Or titled more appropriately as Jack would have called it:

A Waterproof Recreational Equipment and Tool Storage Facility in Memory of a Great Counselor and Father.”

Jack Hudson, an engineer at Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque, volunteered as a counselor at Sonlight for years. His first motivation was to come to camp with his son Scott, who needed a bit of assistance because of limited mobility from muscular dystrophy. Jack jumped in fully as a counselor, willing to give to kids and staff as needed.

Jack’s Shack holds “all things program” – giving us great organization for equipment and supplies we use every day for camp. The foam machine, teams course equipment, messy games, theme props and all the rest are now easy to get to and easy to store. Thanks Keith and Stephanie- we appreciate you guys! We miss you Jack, your spirit of joy lives on.


Camp. It’s better here.

CampSeriously, things are just better because of camp. The air is clear. You know somebody is ready to laugh with you. The food is good – and the cooks are so joyful when they serve it to you. A mug of hot chocolate and bananagrams is a great way to finish your day. All you campers and staff- remember that we. love. you.

Sonlight 2015


2015 Sonlight summer camp dates are posted! Registration opens January 2, 2015 – be prepared for some fun.

*  New * for 2015:

  • Rates hold the same as 2014 if you register by March 31. Every camp goes up by $25 April 1. This is our 4th year with no tuition increase!
  • Plan to register in January. Looking at projected campers vs. weeks of camp, we know that some camps will be packed. There just isn’t another week of the summer to add more camps. Plan to register in January to be sure you get a spot.
  • Sonlight is offering a ‘short’ Discovery camp: Sunday June 28- Friday July 3. A great option for younger kids who may not want a full 7 day camp.
  • As always, scholarship funds are available, so all kids have the opportunity to come to Sonlight! Contact Winston if you need a bit of help with Sonlight camp tuition for 2015.

Fall In The High Mountains

Lake Ann“Late in August the lure of the mountains becomes irresistible”


Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

“In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world – the great fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.”


Photo of Lake Ann, near the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Conejos River. South San Juan Wilderness. Late August, 2014.

Coffee : Conversation : Endowment : Next Generation



Give Sonlight to the Next Generation, and enjoy a cup of coffee on us.

September 29th is International Coffee Day. Join us in celebrating coffee, conversation and camp by Giving Sonlight To The Next Generation. Make an endowment donation in the month of September and we’ll share the coffee!

Gift the coffee to a friend: You may make a donation and we’ll send the coffee to your friend or loved one . Enjoy great coffee yourself, or share with a friend and do good things for kids along the way!

$35 contribution:  Coffee is on us, we’ll send you or your friend the Sonlight blend of Pura Vida coffee.

$350 contribution: The coffee is on us, and  with it we’ll send a limited edition Sonlight stoneware mug (May be contributed $35/month for 10 months)

$3500 contribution: We’ll send coffee and a limited edition Sonlight stoneware mug to you, and to 6 people you love. You  name the date, and we’ll ship the coffee and mug as a ‘welcome to college’ gift, birthday gift, Christmas gift or anytime gift! (May be contributed $350/month for 10 months)






50 Years of Wilderness

wilderness 50 years logoSeptember 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines “Wilderness” as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain.


Sonlight Adventures, Inc.  Sonlight began guiding backpack trips in 1979, only 15 years after the Wilderness Act was established. We have guided hundreds of people in the last 35 years, our trips have spanned the Weminuche, Gore and South San Juan wilderness areas. We have watched the wilderness change under the impact of nature: wildfire, dought, beetle kill, new growth and erosion, to list only a few of the significant impacts we have observed over the years. It has been a unique opportunity for our guides to walk the same paths in different seasons, and year after year. To see an area minimally impacted by man is unique in our world, and we are grateful to have wilderness in our back yard.

Weminuch Wilderness / South San Juan Wilderness: Located in southwest Colorado, these two wilderness areas combined are more than 500,000 acres. The Weminuche is the largest wilderness area in Colorado (three quarters the size of Rhode Island). Both areas are visible from the Sonlight meadow: our backyard.