Safe Space • Brave Space • Sanctuary
A La Foret, youth and children are empowered to be their truest selves. Trained counselors create a safe, brave space where kids know that they will be unconditionally accepted and loved for who they truly are. And because we say out loud and up front that we embrace everyone regardless of their class, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, affiliations, religion… many kids who experience exclusion elsewhere feel fully included and supported here. We believe that an unconditionally loving community leads to empowered kids and transformed lives. That’s what we do here at La Foret.
Registration, information and tutorials can be found below.
Spring Retreat (6th-12th Grade)
March 17-19, 2023
An exciting weekend for Middle and High School youth to explore their beliefs and strengthen friendships within their church and the Rocky Mountain Conference (UCC) community! This experience normally includes games, outdoor exploration, music, art, a dance, and all kinds of fun that relate back to a faith theme for the weekend. All middle and high schoolers are welcome!
June 30 - July 2, 2023
We are so excited to offer this special experience this summer, as the last months of distancing have been especially hard for grandparents and grandchildren. Enjoy fun summer camp activities and create lasting memories together. Read the safety plan here.
Peace Warriors Camp @ La Foret
July 4-8, 2023
Partnering with The Rock Center of Aurora to offer mindfulness, art and mentoring to deepen the focus on resilience-based character and virtue development focused on attachment, self-regulation and competency.
July 9-15, 2023
(Campers entering grades 2-4)
At Pioneer Camp, first-time campers will play, swim, hike, sing, eat, make crafts, hear stories, and make new friends in the Black Forest at La Foret! Trained counselors and staff will keep campers safe and show them new ways to have fun outdoors. It’s gonna be great! Pioneer camp is designed with first-time and young campers in mind.
July 9-15, 2023
(Campers entering grades 4-6)
Explorer Camp provides youth entering grades 4-6 with an opportunity to be part of an incredible community! Under guidance from trained counselors and staff, campers will explore the Bible, faith, nature, friendships, and their own beliefs... all while focusing on having as much fun as possible! The week's activities will include campfires, swimming, arts and crafts, outdoor games, free time, ropes course, and worship.
July 9-15, 2023
(Campers entering grades 6-8)
At Voyager Camp, youth are invited to come with an open mind, a fun spirit, and a friendly attitude. During the week, trained counselors and staff will set the stage and hold space for amazing friendships and growth to occur! We seek to create a memorable week filled with laughter, music, reflection, self-exploration, and don't forget the ropes course! It's the perfect environment for preteens to play, explore, and grow. Youth will form memories and friendships they'll hold dear for the rest of their lives!
July 16-22, 2023
(Campers entering grades 9-12)
Our theory at Music, Art, Drama, and Dance (MADD) Camp is that we can get in touch with God through the arts. However, all artistic skill-levels are present and welcome at MADD Camp. Along with engaging youth in intellectual faith conversations, we attempt to get them “out of their heads” and into experiencing the transcendent through creativity, nature, friendships, self-discovery, games, activities, and LOTS of fun. We find these moments to be the most powerful in helping young people to develop a lifelong faith.
Fall Retreat (6th-12th Grade)
Oct. 20-22, 2023
An exciting weekend for Middle and High School youth to explore their beliefs and strengthen friendships within their church and the Rocky Mountain Conference (UCC) community! This experience normally includes games, outdoor exploration, music, art, a dance, and all kinds of fun that relate back to a faith theme for the weekend.
Theme: Folklore & Wisdom - Finding Our Truth in Ancestral Story
Covid 19 Policies
Our #1 Priority is keeping your child safe during their camp experience. Safety First, Fun Also First. We are creating a "Culture of Care" between staff, counselors and campers to ensure that we are doing the best we can for one another.
" When I first came to La Foret in the summer of 1994, I was lost. In many ways, I still am, but age 12 was especially rough. I'd just moved to Colorado Springs from Ventura, CA, and was sad and lonely and probably filled with angst. I had zero friends and zero idea of how to feel at home. So, my parents signed me and my sister up for camp.
Six years later, I was a MADD Camp Senior, and I couldn't imagine having never discovered La Foret. It's no exaggeration to say it was the single-most important experience in my youth. I'd forged extremely close friendships that I maintain to this day. I'd been inspired to follow a path that would lead to Doane University (née College), counseling & directing MADD Camp for 10 years, and eventually returning to work at the RMCUCC as Director of Communications.
Most importantly, I'd been affirmed, which is no easy task for a teenager. Before La Foret, I was deeply insecure and terrified of not being accepted. Going to camp there taught me that I didn't need to pretend to be someone else to be cared for; I could be loved for who I was, and could even grow even become a leader. (That's the secret of the place; adults may program and watch over, but the youth set the example that matters.)
The truths I learned there guide me to this day, and I am glad to give back to this transcendentally spiritual and developmentally meaningful place. "