We’re excited for another great summer of Rockies Rock! Look for 2020 enrollment to open in late April**. 

**We have postponed opening enrollment for Rockies Rock from late March (originally published) to late April. COVID-19 precautions in recent weeks have not allowed us to be as ready for enrollment as we hoped by late March.


In the coming week, GOL! staff will be calling the families of past Rockies Rock participants to find out if any need support with online enrollment during this period of social distancing. Our enrollment process is entirely online, which helps in times like these! However, we want to be sure to support any families who may need help in access to technology for their enrollment process. If you anticipate needing help in this regard, please give us a call/text/email!  

GOL! intends to operate Rockies Rock as planned this summer. However, we cannot anticipate what – if any – COVID-19 restrictions may still be in place in June or beyond. GOL! will continue to take guidance from Lake County’s Public Health Department to ensure that Rockies Rock programming prioritizes camper and staff well being and safety, as well as social responsibility.

Rockies Rock Session Dates for 2020:

All sessions are two weeks, Monday – Thursday, approximately 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Session 1: June 15 – June 25
  • Session 2: June 29 – July 9 
  • Session 3: July 13 – July 23
  • Session 4: July 27 – August 6th

 For more info, please reach out to Francisco Tharp, GOL! Healthy Kids Director: or 719-293-0445. Se habla español.

2019 Camp Info

Did you participate in Rockies Rock 2019? We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback!

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At Get Outdoors Leadville! we believe summer camp is about more than just having fun together outside. It’s also about developing a life-long love of nature, challenging yourself to try new activities and grow your skills, developing and strengthening friendships, living a healthy active lifestyle, and learning about yourself and your passions along the way. And, yes, we do have a lot of fun outside together in the process, too! At Rockies Rock Adventure Camp we do all this and more!

The teamwork, outdoor confidence and technical skills we help develop are truly life skills for our region and beyond. We teach kids to mountain bike, to fish, to swim, to climb, to hike and backpack and responsibly recreate in myriad ways, and ultimately, to challenge themselves and expand their passions and self-reliance. We explore and celebrate the “7 Habits of a Learner” that guide our local schools: Perserverance, Compassion, Craftsmanship, Respect, Responsibility, Curiosity, Collaboration. In each session we introduce special topic programming on local history, environmental education, navigation, wilderness safety, and sustainable high-altitude agriculture, among others.

  • Rockies Rock is an entirely outdoor-based day camp for youth aged 6 to 13 (rising 1st graders through rising 8th graders). Session 4’s Farm to Table camp is open to rising 9th graders, too.
  • Camp runs Monday – Thursday, approximately 8:30a-3:30p (specific schedule details to come upon enrollment)
  • Transportation to and from camp is available within Lake County at no additional cost
  • Daily snacks and lunches are provided at no additional cost
  • Camp sessions run for two weeks at a time, for four sessions.
  • Campers can participate one to all four camp sessions (2-8 weeks total). Minimum enrollment is one 2-week session.

    2019 Tuition

    Cost per 2-week session includes optional bus transportation, morning snack and lunch, 1 camp T-shirt per summer, and accident insurance for all participants . There are 3 tuition levels for in-county Lake County campers, and 1 option for out-of-county campers. Monthly payment plans are available for no additional cost! A $10 (in-county)  or $50 (out-of-county) non-refundable deposit is required per camper per session to reserve a camper’s spot. If you have an outstanding balance with GOL! we will also require that 20% of your balance be paid at the time of enrollment, in addition to the deposit.

    • In-County Full Tuition Rate: $300 (Suggested for those who aren’t eligible for free or reduced school lunches)
    • In-County Reduced Tuition Rate: $180 (Suggested for those who are eligible for the reduced school lunch program)
    • In-County Minimum Tuition Rate: $40 (Suggested for those who are eligible for the free school lunch program)
    • Out-of-County Rate: $420

    To check your Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility click here. (Information in English)

    Para verificar su elegibilidad para comida gratis y reducido dentro de las escuelas, haga clic aquí (para información en español) 

    Reduced and minimum tution qualificaiton is SUGGESTION only, and we do not require income verification. We ask that each family choose the highest tuition rate that they can afford to support access to Rockies Rock for many years to come. We offer monthly payment plans with no interest, and custom tuition levels if desired. For example, you may be able to afford more than one level but less than the next.

    There are two ways for a camper to qualify for “In-County” tuition: 1) A camper is enrolled in Lake County School District; 2) The primary residence of a camper’s legal guardian is within Lake County

    For any questions or enrollment help, or if finances are a barrier to participation, please contact Cisco Tharp: 719.293.0445 or habla español. 

    We strive to make all programming diverse and inclusive so all community members feel welcome and comfortable. We balance financial sustainability with financial accessibility to ensure no camper is turned away due to cost.

    What’s new in 2019?

    After-camp programming from Lake County Recreation and Library
    Lake County Recreation and Library will both be offering daily post-Rockies Rock programming until 5:00 p.m. for families looking for a full day option. Campers can bus directly from Rockies Rock to either the Library or the Rec program site each day. There are only 20 spots available in each program, so sign up early! The Library program will be free, and includes reading, writing, art, experiments, movies, and more! The Rec program will have a small fee, and includes an assortment of sports and games. Registration is per session, just like Rockies Rock (two 4-day weeks, Mon-Thurs). Sign up for Library through the Rockies Rock Enrollment process. Rec department program enrollment info is coming soon!  Please note: there will not be bus service home from the Library and Rec programs.

    Expanded age range
    We have expanded our age range to include rising 8th graders in each session, and rising 9th graders for the 4th session Rockies Rock Explorers Farm to Table Camp (see below for more info on Rockies Rock Explorers)

    Rockies Rock Explorers for 6th-9th graders
    Rising 6th-8th graders will have two enrollment options for each session: 1) Classic Rockies Rock (the tried and true assortment of outdoor fun and learning that makes Rockies Rock rock!); or 2) Rockies Rock Explorers, a new, in-depth exploration of special outdoor topics with some classic Rockies Rock elements mixed in. The cost and schedule are the same! Explorer crews are limited to 12 participants and are first-come first-serve, so sign up now! Special Explorer Topics are:

    Session 1 – The art of nature…and the nature of art!
    Join the brand new Twin Lakes Art Center for eight days of finding and creating art in the natural world. Activities include: Andy Goldsworthy-inspired landscape art; found object art; pencil and pastels; and more!
    Session 2 – Mountain Navigation and Environmental Service Projects
    Want to master the way of finding your way in the mountain environment? This Explorer session couples 4 days of in-depth map, compass and landscape navigation with 4 days of environmental service with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. This session includes an optional overnight camp out on the last Thursday evening.
    Session 3 – Environmental Service Projects and Fishing
    A second week of environmental service with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps kicks this session off, and then participants dive deep into the world of trout fishing in our lakes and streams. This session includes an optional overnight camp out on the first Thursday evening.
    Session 4 – Farm to Table Gardening and Cooking (the only group open to rising 9th graders)
    Want to cook your own delicious snacks and meals? Curious about what makes the food we eat? In this special session you will take part in growing food then take those ingredients into the kitchen and make dishes! Farm to Table camp is a two-week Rockies Rock session only for rising 6th – 9th graders (this special session of Rockies Rock is open to rising 9th graders). This camp will give you a taste of what it is like to do a summer-long paid internship at the Cloud City Farm or enroll in the Culinary Arts Program, in case you are curious about one of these programs in the future.

    GARNA Connecting to Nature Curriculum
    Our partners at the Greater Arkansas River Naturalists Association have developed a custom Rockies Rock curriculum for connecting to the natural world, and practicing conservation in our everyday lives.