Junior Camp

Rising 3rd and 4th graders


Sonlight is intentional with our programming, so a camper’s first experience is fun and positive. Creative activities emphasize free play in nature, cooperative living with others, and sharing our faith through all the activity of camp. Sonlight is purposefully small, enrollment limited to a maximum of 56 kids per session.

Junior Camp is for rising 3rd and 4th graders

Please note that drop off and pick up times are unique for this camp only:

  • Arrival time is 8:30 – 9:30 on Thursday
  • Pick up time is 8:00am on Saturday. We’ll have a short closing program with a highlight video of our week

July 25-27, 2024

Tuition: $345 / $275*

Financial Aid: Payment Plans Available

Additional scholarships available based on financial need – contact Mary Marugg, Director, to apply. 970.264.4379. [email protected]

*4th Graders may choose to attend Junior or Discovery Camps, or both!

About Junior Camp

Junior Camp is specifically designed for first time campers going into 3rd or 4th grade. An abbreviated week, this three-day camp is a great time for kids to take developmental steps toward building confidence and maturity, while getting a good dose of the outdoors.

Campers benefit from a low counselor to camper ratio (1:4) and have the opportunity to play, laugh, and just be kids in a safe and supportive environment.

With 44+ years of camp experience in our pocket, Sonlight believes that camp is a powerful experience in whole-child and faith development, a safe place to try new things, a place to unplug from our digital world, and an opportunity to be surrounded by supportive and caring role models.

Letter From The Directors

Celebrating our 45th year, Sonlight has sought to be a community that lives out the Gospel in all that we do. Inspired by the mission, “Be with kids, and show them God”, we are grateful to be able to provide a space away for youth to simply be who God intends them to be. The Sonlight leadership team works diligently to provide creative and innovative ways to make this summer memorable, for both our new and returning campers, by thinking outside the box and learning more about current youth needs. Whether for a traditional resident camp or a Sonlight Adventures backpacking trip, we hope to make Sonlight a place of rest and joy for all who call it home. Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your camper – Sonlight continues its ACA accreditation so that our programs and facilities will be the best that they can be. We look forward to greeting you this summer with a warm “Welcome home!” and of course, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies!

Mary, Claire and Winston

Meet the Sonlight Leadership Team

Sonlight Office – 970.264.4379

Banquet Night Theme

“Come As You Are” 2024 Banquet Night Theme

This summer, instead of asking you to dress up as something or someone else, we are simply inviting you to “come as you are”! We think our campers are pretty neat for a multitude of reasons but are consistently blown away by the varied talents, hobbies, and interests that our community engages in during the other 51 weeks of the year. While these things by no means define you, we want to celebrate the ways in which you are able to live more fully into who God has called you to be.


Some ideas:

  • If you’re an artist, a smock and paint palette

  • If you play/enjoy a sport, a jersey or uniform 

  • If you’re passionate about the outdoors, your best nature day fit

  • If you’re a fan of gaming/esports, fangear

  • If you’re a dancer or actor, a costume from a previous performance

  • If (fill in the blank) interests you, a thematic graphic tee 

  • If you’re involved at school, spirit gear 

  • If you love your furry friends, wear pictures of your pets

  • If Taylor Swift dominates your playlist, an Eras inspired outfit


Is Junior Camp a good fit for my child?
A short week, Junior Camp is intentionally programmed for younger kids who have not been to camp, or spent much time away from family. Sonlight realizes the unique challenges parents face when sending their young child to summer camp. Both camper and parents can feel anxious about time away from home. We design our summer camps specifically for this age group to be fun, enriching, innovative, and memorable.

How do you hire and train your staff?
We hand-pick college students through our selective hiring process. Pre-summer, our staff go through an extensive 10-day orientation and training. Our summer staff are fully trained in areas such as child development, homesickness, bullying, behavior management and safety. You entrust us with your child and we do not take that lightly. We want your child to have the best summer camp experience possible.

Still have more questions? Call us!  970.264.4379. Visit American Camp Association’s www.campparents.org for advice, how to choose the right camp, the impact of summer camp on child development and helpful information. We believe in the benefits of summer camp. We hope you will too!


Our Junior Camp activities are intentionally programmed for the development, enjoyment, and safety of these younger campers. Some examples of our Junior Camp activities:

  • Shortened nature hikes
  • Meadow games and parachute games
  • Bouldering wall and climbing walls (with harnesses specifically designed for younger children)
  • Sonlight’s famous “Messy Games”
  • Arts and crafts
  • Foam slip n’ slide
  • Daily worship and small group times
  • Geocaching
  • Frisbee golf
  • Themed meals (i.e. Mario’s Italian Dinner or Wild West Burger Cookout)
  • Dodgeball
  • Archery
  • Fort building
  • Campfire skits and songs
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Cancellation Policy

Should you cancel your registration, there will be a $150 cancellation fee. If you cancel your registration within 14 days of the start of the camp and we are unable to fill your child’s space there are no refunds. There are no refunds or pro-rated pricing for early departures or late arrivals.


Sonlight is Accredited by the American Camp Association


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