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WELCOME TO CAMP!
Everything you need to know about the best week of your summer.
Welcome to EXCURSIONS!
We're so excited that you have chosen one of our challenging adventure programs here on our beautiful overnight property, which we've seen God uniquely bless and use to transform lives for over 60 years.
As soon as you drive into camp, the adventure begins. Our highly trained staff have designed programs that encourage campers to step out of their comfort zones and into new levels of personal achievements.
Even more than making camp fun, our desire is to inspire Christ-centered love in the heart of each camper. Our counselors equip your campers to grow spiritually through intentional conversations, group Bible study, and by modeling what it means to walk with Jesus.
MOST importantly to us, though, is your camper's health and safety. We've spent the past two years strengthening and refining our camper safety policies and procedures, along with our staff training. Furthermore, with the unprecedented challenges that have come with the advent of COVID-19, we've worked hard to create adaptable programming so your camper still enjoys the fun and excitement of camp, but we have the ability to implement best practices like cohorts and social distancing if needed.
Thank you for choosing Eagle Lake Excursions Camp! We're so excited to see what God has in store for all of us this summer.
Mark Heffentrager, Director of Eagle Lake Camps
Sarah Greenstreet | Customer Experience Director
Sarah joined the Eagle Lake full-time staff in 2018. You can find her most frequently in the office on the phone with parents like you! She spent her first summer as the Overnight Office Administrator and is now leading the Customer Experience Team.
Meet The Team
Kyle Bourgault | Programs Manager
Kyle began his time at Eagle Lake as a Crew counselor. He spent four years working with the Boys and Girls Club before joining Eagle Lake full-time staff as a Day Camp On Location Director in 2015. In 2017, Kyle returned to Overnight to direct the Crew program. Since 2018, Kyle has been overseeing (REZ)ident, Crew, and Kitchen as the Programs Manager. He enjoys relaxing at home with his two daughters and son!
Collin Russ | Director of Overnight Camps
Collin started out his time at Eagle Lake in 2008 and spent four summers serving on the (REZ)ident program and Crew. He took a short break with our sister property, The Glen Eyrie Conference and Event Center, but rejoined Eagle Lake in 2015 as full-time staff. Now, he directs our Overnight Camps property and eagerly awaits sending his own kids to camp!
Josiah Neumann | (REZ)ident Director
Josiah started in 2016 as a (REZ)ident counselor and then became a Program Coach for 2017 and 2018. In 2019, he was the Assistant (REZ)ident Director and has been our (REZ)ident Director for 2020 and 2021! Josiah is part of our Emerging Leader Program.
Mike Wenger | Director of Maintenance and Facilities
Mike worked in Construction Management in his five years before joining the Eagle Lake full-time staff team. He has been the Director of Maintenance and Facilities for Eagle Lake since 2014. When Mike isn't solving a technical problem or using power tools, he likes taking his three kids for a stroll to the beach at camp!
Sean Upshaw | Excursions Director
Sean began his time with Eagle Lake in 2016 as a counselor. on Excursions He returned as a Program Coach for Excursions and has served multiple summers as the Director for Day Camp at Glen Eyrie. Sean is part of our Emerging Leader Program.
Overnight Camp Staff
Whitney Garcia | Crew Director
Whitney started in 2017 as a (REZ)ident counselor and then served on the Overnight Crew team in 2018 and 2019 as a Crew counselor and a Program Coach. In 2020, Whitney directed a team for our On Location program. This summer, she is excited to return as the Crew Director. Whitney is part of our Emerging Leader Program.
Kiera Hemphill | Customer Experience & HR Specialist
Kiera joined Eagle Lake as a (REZ)ident counselor in 2017. She spent the following two summers serving as a (REZ)ident Program Coach and joined full-time staff in 2020. She currently serves on the Customer Service Team and as a liaison with the HR Department. In the summer, Kiera is our Overnight Office Administrator!
Grant Soderstrom | Activities Manager
Grant started on the Excursions team as a counselor in 2013 and 2014, then returned in 2017, joined our full-time staff, and became the Excursions Director. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and has an Association for Challenge Course Technology certification. He has four years of experience in Wilderness Guiding and Rock Climbing Facilitation and Training!
How to Pack
Eagle Lake Camp's property is located 9,000+ feet above sea level; participating in physical activities at this altitude offers a cardiovascular challenge. We recommend pre-camp conditioning so that your camper is able to meet the physical demands of the program.
Our desire is for campers to have the best experience possible, and making the effort to prepare can be one of the easiest ways to help your camper enjoy the activities and overall experience.
Recommended Activities Include:
Hiking while carrying weight
Campers should increase conditioning prior to their arrival at camp, participating in aerobic/cardiovascular activities for 30-60 minutes, 2-3 times per week, at least 6 weeks leading up to the program.
The best way to dress for summer hiking/backpacking in the mountains is to layer, as weather is unpredictable and often changing. Synthetics and wool blends are the best fabrics, as they keep your camper warm even when wet. Avoid 100% cotton and jeans because they hold moisture and can cause a person to become cold quickly. The goal is to stay warm, dry, and comfortable. Buying synthetic and wool blend layers is recommended, but NOT required.
Note: there are no laundry facilities available. When hiking off site, extra clothing and gear is kept at Eagle Lake in the base tent.
Need help choosing the right gear? Give us a call!
Program Specific Packing:
What NOT to Bring:
Electronic devices (phones, etc.)
Pocket knives (or weapons of any kind)
Rocky Mountain Challenge
Backpack with an internal frame (50-70 liters) *available to rent at check-in
One outfit and shoes that can get very dirty
Do NOT bring a camera
Disposable camera (no phone cameras)
Portable camp chair
Rental at check-in for $8!
Rock climbing shoes
Rental at check-in for $5!
It is necessary to have good quality boots for hiking and backpacking. Be sure to break them in before arriving at camp. It is not necessary to buy an expensive set of heavy, all-leather boots; lightweight hiking boots with adequate support will work great. However, a stiffer sole is better for the kind of rocky terrain at Eagle Lake.
Work boots, running shoes, or cowboy boots are not acceptable, as they do not provide the comfort or support required for long weight-bearing hikes in rocky terrain.
Note: high quality tennis shoes are sufficient for Excursions 1 and 2 campers.
What to Bring:
Sleeping bag (20 degrees or warmer)
Pants for hiking (no jeans)
Shorts (2 pair)
Long sleeve t-shirts
Light jacket (for brisk camp nights)
Warm hat and sun hat
Day pack (school backpack size or larger)
2 water bottles (small water bottles are not very useful)
Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
Set of nice clothes for Banquet Night
Swim suit (girls: one-piece only)
Athletic shoes/tennis shoes
Hiking boots (athletic shoes will do if you are in Excursions 1 or 2)
Bible, pen, and notebook
Excursions 3 & 4 | Dad + Teen Trek
Backpack with an internal frame (50-70 liters) *available to rent at check-in
Secure sandals with heel strap or water shoes
Excursions 3 raises the stakes (literally!) as campers begin to camp out, spending several nights on the trail, in expedition-style programming while building on the skills they learned in Excursions 2. Campers will be challenged by 4 day-long adventures: mountain biking, rock climbing, low and high ropes initiatives, and white-water rafting.
A gently-paced introduction to challenging mountain sports, Excursions 1 is the perfect program for campers ready to grow out of our (REZ)ident program. Using our property as base camp, campers will spend their days rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, and enjoying free time at the beach, and sleep in cabins at night.
In Excursions, we offer a scaffolded program experience, with a basecamp-style approach that allows for a more laid back introduction to outdoor adventures for younger campers, and an expedition-style approach for our older campers who are ready for a more intensive program.
Check out the different descriptions below to see which of our Excursions programs is the best fit for your camper!
Dad +Teen Trek
One of our most impactful programs, Dad + Teen Trek combines adventure, relational connection, and spiritual growth for dads and their teens! There's something special that happens when dads and teens are 'forced' to overcome obstacles and face challenges out in the wilderness together. Year after year, dads and teens share how powerful this program was on their relationship!
Excursions 4 is a comprehensive, ambitious outdoor program for high school students ready to brave the wilderness through a variety of demanding mountaineering activities. This 12-night program provides all the challenges in Excursions 3 but with greater breadth and depth, while also allowing campers to backpack in Colorado's amazing National Forests.
A continuing education in outdoor mountain sports, Excursions 2 builds on Excursions 1 with new activities and greater challenges, like our premier 60' high ropes course, for campers ready to grow in their outdoor skills! Although still based in cabins at Eagle Lake, campers will spend more of their time exploring the forest around our property on full-day excursions.
Rocky Mountain Challenge
Our classic, "old school" wilderness challenge program, Rocky Mountain Challenge has for decades stretched campers beyond what they believed to be their limits to find God and His provision in ways they never knew possible. It is by far our most challenging and most transformational Excursions program.
FORMS & MEDS
The Camp Store is a favorite destination of campers during free time! Here campers may purchase snacks, ice cream, camp gear, clothing, and other fun items. Our camp store is also open during check-in and check-out.
Log in to your online registration account at eaglelakecamps.com to deposit money into your camper's store account prior to your arrival at camp. Monitor and manage store funds and purchases throughout your camper's week by calling our Main Office at (719) 272-7453.
Love the idea of a care package but don't want the hassle of the post office? We offer Excursions-specific care packages through our Camp Store! Simply log on to your account by the Thursday before your camper's week and select 'Pre-Order.' We'll take care of the rest!
Please note: we do not accept cash. At the end of the week, any remaining store credit over $3 is refunded back to the original credit/debit card used to make the store card deposit.
Cabin Parties: If multiple cabin parties have been purchased for one cabin, only one is thrown and the cost of the cabin party is equally divided between all parents who chose to purchase a cabin party. An email notification will accompany the refund.
T-Shirts: $12 - $15
Please submit your required online camper forms (along with any payment due) at least two weeks prior to camp. Login to your online registration account eaglelakecamps.com to complete all camper forms.
Forms to Upload to Your Account Prior to Opening Day:
Immunization Record (if you have chosen not to immunize your child, please provide a written statement of exemption.)
Physical Examination Form (within last 12 months)
The Physical Exam Form is required by the State of Colorado for camper attendance and must be signed by a licensed medical physician or nurse practitioner. Please upload your completed form prior to opening day.
(including prescription, over the counter, vitamins, and supplements):
Due to Colorado State Law, medications must comply with the following rules.
All medications may only be administered to a camper with written authorization and instructions given to Eagle Lake by the camper's physician.
All medications, including vitamins, must be in the original container or will not be accepted (including inhaler boxes).
All medications, including vitamins, must be listed on the Eagle Lake physical form by the prescribing doctor.
All medications must be within their expiration date.
We do not allow any camper to keep medications on them unless specifically requested by the physician.
Eagle Lake provides over the counter medications (cold medication, allergy medication, etc.)
All documents from prior years are archived following the summer months and are irretrievable.
Stuffed Animals: $7 - $12
Hats: $15 - $20
CONTACT YOUR CAMPER
Sending Emails to Your Camper:
You can purchase a one-way email pack to send to campers daily while they are at camp. Emails are printed and distributed to campers each evening at dinner. Campers cannot respond to emails, but they love to hear from you!
This service is only available for Excursions 1 & Excursions 2.
Please allow up to 36 hours for delivery.
Sending Mail to Your Camper:
When mailing letters or packages, please allow up to 7-10 days for delivery. Use the format and address below for optimal deliver.
Eagle Lake Camps
First & Last Name, "Camper," Week #
PO Box 6819
Colorado, Springs, CO 80934
Note: You are welcome to bring mail during check-in to be distributed during camp.
: Glen Eyrie Conference and Event Center
If Arriving By Car:
Driving directions are available at eaglelakecamps.com/directions. Cell phone service is not available along much of Rampart Range Road; it is a good idea to print directions rather than rely on your smart phone’s GPS.
In Woodland Park, turn RIGHT on Baldwin Street (just before McDonald's)
Stay on Baldwin Street for 2.5 miles (through 4 stop signs)
At the fork in the road, veer RIGHT onto Loy Creek Road
Follow Loy Creek Road for 1.5 miles to Rampart Range Road
Turn RIGHT onto Rampart Range Road (dirt road)
Follow Rampart Range Road for approx. 8 miles to Eagle Lake. Each time the road forks you'll turn right until you reach camp.
Eagle Lake's road is on the left side.
Please Note: Rampart Range Road is a winding, rough, gravel road. Please allow at least one hour of drive time from Colorado Springs to Eagle Lake.
If Arriving By Plane:
Eagle Lake offers complimentary shuttle accommodations to and from the Colorado Springs (COS) airport.
Reserve your shuttle by logging into your account at eaglelakecamps.com
Eagle Lake cannot transport campers without a confirmed shuttle reservation. be sure to include exact flight information. Please schedule your flight to arrive between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM on opening day, and depart between 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM on closing day.
Pick Up Authorization:
Eagle Lake will only release campers to the parent/guardian who registered the child for camp. Please log in to your online registration account and complete the Pick-Up Authorization section and authorize a second parent/friend/family member to pick up your child from camp.
Next, you will be directed to our Med Staff who will take any camper medications and special health instructions. Here your camper will also complete a brief medical evaluation.
When you arrive, you will be greeted at your car by our friendly summer staff who will take your luggage to your cabin!
Check in times are based on last name:
A-C: 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
D-H: 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
I-M: 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
N-S: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
T-Z: 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
OPENING DAY *subject to change
We'll take care of the rest! Have an incredible week, and we'll see you again on Friday between 8:30 and 10:30 AM.
From the parking lot, head to the upper level of the Dining Hall. Here you will meet our Registration Team who will help you with your camper forms.
Finally, visit the Excursions check-in table to rent any gear you may need. After completing this process, head down to the lawn where you can meet your camper's counselors and cabin mates!
Chicken and steamed veggies
Cheeseburgers & fries
Grilled cheese & tomato soup
BLT's with chips & veggies
Pancakes with syrup
Biscuits & gravy with sliced fruit
Eggs & bacon
CLOSING DAY *subject to change
Please note: these items are an example of food options at camp, not a set menu. Subject to change.
While Eating at Camp:
Campers sit with their cabins during meals. We eat meals family style, so we make about 8-10 servings per table. If campers would like more food, they need to raise their hands and a Crew camper (high school campers that help serve meals) will come, greet them, and grab them more food.
Note: this extra food won't always be what the camper wants seconds on.
Campers with dietary needs will also raise their hands and we will make sure to provide a suitable alternative. The dietary needs we cover are: Gluten Free, Diary Free, vegetarian/Vegan, Nut Free, or any combo of those.
Some of the more difficult needs, like Corn Free, we ask you provide meals or snacks to help supplement your camper's experience.
While Eating on Trail (Off Property):
Campers will have either a sack lunch style meal (for example: wraps and sandwiches) or backpacking style meal (for example: cheesy beans and rice or trail pizzas).
Dietary restrictions can and will be accommodated on trail.
- 10:30 AM
Our gates open at 8:30 AM on closing day. Campers should be picked up between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM on Friday. When you arrive in the parking lot, Eagle Lake staff members will greet you and direct you to the upper level of the Dining Hall to check-out. From there we will connect you with your campers and carry your bags to your car!
Things to Remember Before You Leave:
Have your PHOTO ID available as you check-out. Our staff will check to make sure it matches one of the names on your Pick-Up Authorization Form.
Retrieve your camper's leftover medication(s) from our Med Staff.
Pre-register for next summer to secure your camp/week of choice at the best possible price.
Browse the Lost & Found table to rescue any lost items.
Double-check to ensure all bags (and sleeping bags) made it to the car.
FOOD AT CAMP
Camp balance is due, in full, on APRIL 1st.
If Eagle Lake needs to cancel camp for any reason, we will give you a full refund.
If you have to cancel your registration due to COVID-19 (positive test, symptoms in camper, ct.) we will give you a full refund.
If you need to cancel for any other reason, our cancellation policy will remain the same
If you cancel anytime before two weeks out from your start date, we will give you a full refund, minus the deposit
If you cancel anytime within the start of two weeks out from camp, you will not receive a refund
No refund will be made for dismissals due to disciplinary action, or for late arrival or early departure.
All medications (including prescription, vitamins, and supplements) must be check on opening day with one of our camp Med Staff, along with written instructions from the camper's doctor. To best protect your camper, our Med Staff keeps all medications (with the exception of inhalers and epi pens) and distributes them at the time they need to be taken by the camper. You do not need to bring over-the-counter medications as our infirmary is sufficiently stocked to meet the demands of most headaches, coughs, and scrapes. If you have specific questions, please contact the Eagle Lake office.
Note: when campers are on trail (away from camp) in our Excursions program, medications will be administered by trained counselors.
Injury or Illness:
In the event of an injury or illness, your camper will be treated to the best of our abilities. If Eagle Lake determines that a camper's condition requires treatment beyond our medical team's abilities, Urgent Care or Emergency Room treatment will be sought. In the event of a serious injury or illness requiring Emergency Room treatment or hospitalization, you will be contacted immediately. If you express concern or disapproval regarding the use of outside medical care, you may chose to come pick up your camper form Eagle Lake within three hours of first contact. If you cannot pick up your camper within three hours, Eagle Lake will continue with the course of action that we determine is in the best interest of the camper.
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Please do not bring personal food to camp as it attracts wild animals. If a camper has special dietary needs that require them to bring additional food to camp, it will be kept in a secure building and accessible through his or her counselor. All other food and snack items can be purchased at the Eagle Lake store and can be eaten during free time. Gum is not permitted at Eagle Lake.
Cell Phone Policy:
We request that campers do not bring cell phones or other electronic devices to camp. We want to give them a chance to unplug for the week and experience God in His creation! If a camper does bring an electronic device, we will keep it safe for them in our office until Friday morning.
We do understand parents want to stay in touch during the week with their camper. However, our property does not have a cell phone service. If you want to connect with your camper during the week, feel free to purchase an email pack so that you can keep them updated each day!
Eagle Lake Camps recognizes and defines bullying as "a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort through physical contact, verbal words, or social actions." Manifestations of bullying includes but is not limited to: hitting/kicking/punching, spitting, tripping/pushing, taking another's belongings and/or breaking them, make rude gestures, teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, threatening to cause harm, spreading rumors, purposeful exclusion, or embarrassing someone in public.
Bullying Discipline Process:
Step 1: Conversation with counselor
Step 2: Conversation with Program Director and call home
Step 3: Dismissal from camp
*Eagle Lake Camps reserves the right to dismiss a camper from camp with or without notice based on the severity of the bullying behavior manifested.
Visit the Eagle Lake website at www.eaglelakecamps.com for the most current information on programs, staff, dates, prices, and other frequently asked questions. If you would like to speak with someone, the Eagle Lake office is open Monday-Thursday 8:00 - 4:00 PM and Friday 8:00 - 12:00 PM (MST).
Address (Eagle Lake Main Office):
Eagle Lake Camps
PO Box 6819
Colorado Springs, CO 80934
Colorado Department of Human Services:
Eagle Lake Camps is a licensed child care provider by the state of Colorado.
Colorado Department of Human Services
Division of Child Care:
1575 Sherman Street, 1st Floor
Denver, CO 80203
CDHS Phone Number:
CDHS Fax Number: