How are we creating an impactful Summer Camp?

“Dear young people, let yourselves be taken over by the light of Christ, and spread that light wherever you are.”

St. John Paul II

Step 1. Rooted in Tradition

Over a 100 years ago (in 1916!), Msgr. Joseph Bosetti, started to bring Catholic boys from the newly opened Cathedral parish in Denver to the 160 acre property later named Camp Saint Malo – only two miles down the road from Annunciation Heights. For nearly 70 years Catholic boys and girls of Northern Colorado (and beyond) were able to experience summer camps that were genuinely Catholic, appropriately challenging, and offered a life changing experience of authentic Christian fellowship and community. Many today still attest to the impact those summer camps had on their lives.
In 1993, during the World Youth Day events in Denver, Pope John Paul II withdrew from the throngs of pilgrims for only a day and visited the renowned Chapel on the Rock that Msgr. Bosetti built. Both men were avid mountaineers, both were men of superb magnanimity, of immense culture and intellect, and both men invested great amounts of energy in their love for and belief in youth. The camps at Annunciation Heights will build upon the legacy by designing camp programs that will build faith in the context of spectacular beauty, confidence through participation in great adventure, and friendships that will last a lifetime!

Step 2. Understanding Youth Culture

Identifying the crisis in youth culture today doesn’t take a professional adolescent psychologist or sociologist. We all can see that, at every turn, youth are bombarded with various troubling aspects of our culture. There is hope.
Kids today are smart, ready to act on a call to greatness (and wanting to know what that actually means and looks like), hoping for something more, and truly hungry for an authentic experience of life and faith – even if they are unaware or unable to express these desires.
In other words, kids are no different than the rest of us – we all, in the deepest recesses of our hearts, long for LIFE in abundance, a true and noble pursuit of authentic humanity in relationship with the true God. As Christians, we believe that Jesus, who is God made man, is the only one who can reveal our own humanity to us.
When it comes to creating a youth camp in the mountains of Colorado, we seek to design programs that support the growth and formation of our campers. Summer camp at Annunciation Heights will provide an opportunity to unplug from technology and experience the created world in a new and intentional way.
Summers at Annunciation Heights will be rooted in friendship with Jesus, therefore creating authentic happiness and friendship with others. We seek to hire counselors who authentically love campers and communicate God's love for them.

Step 3. Be Authentically Catholic

We strive to create the opportunity for friendship with Jesus which brings authentic happiness and friendship with others.
Our counselors are genuine and love their campers. Their aim is to communicate God’s love for each camper.

Step 4. Have Fun

Great camps are great for many reasons, but at the core, they offer an experience which is a ton of fun (and safe!) supported by counselors who love their campers. Campers are surrounded by other kids who will be friends for years to come.