Junior CampRising 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 1:00 – 2:00 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*
- (read more about our subsidized camp tuition)
- Sonlight aims to keep camp affordable to all even as operational costs continue to increase.
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
For 43 years, Sonlight has sought to live out Christ’s mission and empower youth to become all that God intends them to be. Inspired by our mission to “Be With Kids, and Show them God”, we are so grateful to be able to provide a space away for youth.
The Sonlight leadership team is diligently working on creative and innovative ways to make this summer the best one yet for both our new and returning campers. We continue to seek ways to remain faithful to Christ’s mission in raising young people for God’s reign. Whether for a weekend retreat, backpack trip, or week long camp – we hope to make Sonlight a place of God’s rest and blessing for whoever might want to avail themselves of this ministry.
Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your children and youth—Sonlight continues its ACA-accreditation so that our programs and facilities will be the best that they can be. We are blessed by the continual commitment of campers, parents, guests, and donors who consider Sonlight to be a home away from home.
We look forward to greeting you soon with a warm “Welcome home!” and of course, offering you fresh-baked cookies.
Mary, Claire and Winston
Sonlight Office – 970.264.4379
Banquet Night Theme
Banquet night theme to be announced!
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
- Frisbee golf
- Themed meals (i.e. Mario’s Italian Dinner or Wild West Burger Cookout)
- Fort building
- Campfire skits and songs
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.
Arrival / Departure and Packing List Coming soon