OK, Friday evening and we're all finally here at Frontier Ranch, a large Young Life camp in the mountain foothills SW of Buena Vista.
I think it was supposed to be a sorta surfer/Hawaiian theme! :)
Let me show everyone now, although this shot was taken just before we departed on Sunday afternoon.
Front row, L-R: Abby, Suzi, Sam, Leah, Joe & Bill (me)
Back row: Zakk, Laila, Missy, Caleb, Nate, Emily, Kelsey, Cheyenne & Kat.
Friday evening: our first group session (Group equals about 200 youth from around the diocese plus numerous youth leaders).
Parish groups generally sat together. I think we were the only group from Colorado Springs.
Syncopating to the music.
Each session included a Surf Report from various celebrities.
I think that's Sponge Bob on the left; you'll have to help me with the character on the right - maybe Patrick!
Joe looks his best in purple and green.
Getting ready to create our group's name and poster.
Right - our group is now ALOHA!
Trust me: these elaborate costumes are handcrafted and custom-fitted, and no expense was spared.
This is our males dorm room, which we shared with 4-5 other youth and two other adults.
All the bedding was provided. We all slept very well - after the boys eventually quieted down! :)
The adults scored on getting the lower bunks!
Early Saturday morning and the Leaders' Meeting.
Right - everything was actually planned out in advance!
YES - time for a great breakfast of cereal and Denver omelettes, etc.
There was never a shortage of good food.
OK - Session Two. Surf Report by weight-lifters Hanz and Franz, who were here to "pump you up."
The guy on the right needed special padding under his suit!
[That screen above was always there for various videos, images and songs.]
Hmm - looks kinda serious or something.
Getting ready for thumb-wrestling.
Caleb represented our group on stage. That's Joe going down on the left.
This is Curt Clonniger, from Atlanta, GA. He was the featured presenter at all the sessions, acting a variety of parts (like the nerd here)- but pretty often representing various views about Jesus.
Writing down our guesses to one of several quizzes.
Late Sat. morning, I ran back up to the parking lot to get something out of my car.
Note: that's Mt. Princeton (a cool 14er) standing tall back there.
Frontier Ranch, started as a Young Life camp in 1951, is below the face of the rocky slope, hidden by the trees.
The ranch is a very large complex of numerous buildings.
Part of the heated pool shows near the center of the shot.
Before lunch, engaged in a variety of team competitions.
Kelsey and Emily demonstrating their sandcastle-building talents.
Having lived most of my life near So. Cal beaches, I was amazed to discover that sandcastles existed in Colorado!
The main Game Room, where a lot of the guys hung-out during free time.