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Rockies Rock campers celebrate their hike up Ball Mountain

GOL! SOL July 2018



July 2018

As we near the end of another gorgeous Lake County summer, we reflect on the many achievements we've shared with Rockies Rock campers and colleagues these past several weeks. Often the immediate focus is on the tangible outcome of the endeavor - celebrating when we bike the whole trail, summit the mountain, or hook the prize fish. Yet we know the true successes are not always the most evident ones. Rockies Rock experiences transcend just the triumphs of the day and our campers leave with more than the memories of fun times together outdoors. They come away with the confidence to tackle daunting challenges, curiosity in the face of the unknown, stronger connections to the environment and community, greater self-reliance in their knowledge and skills, and excitement about exploring new places and spaces and activities together. These are the true, lasting achievements we applaud the most. (Though, yes, summiting Mt Sherman and riding a bike without training wheels for the first time are pretty darn cool accomplishments in and of themselves, too!) Thank you for letting GOL! be a part of these many successes - both seen and unseen - with your amazing kiddos this summer.

Incredible gratitude goes out to our many partners who have helped make this summer's GOL! programming so great. Special thank you Lake County School District, Colorado Mountain College, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, Cloud City Conservation Center, High Mountain Institute, Leadville Fish Hatchery, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Mt Massive Golf Course, Lake County Recreation Department, Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, National Forest Foundation, and US Forest Service for all your efforts and support!

As we transition into the new school year and embrace the different adventures it will hold, we hope our campers and junior counselors translate the confidence, curiosity, perseverance, teamwork, and patience strengthened this summer to challenges in all aspects of life!

Happy trails,
--the GOL! Gang


Rockies Rock Adventure Camp

Rockies Rock Adventure Camp has been 7 weeks of non-stop fun and adventure. These past sessions we celebrated two terrific milestones. A group of campers summited a local 14er, Mt. Sherman (14,036’), the first successful Fourteener climb in Rockies Rock history! We are also proud of our Junior Counselors who collaborated to plan and lead all activities for the end of session celebration. They facilitated a festival of field games, relay races, new songs, and even cream pies in the faces of a few willing (and beloved) crew leaders!  We’re looking forward to a fun and full fourth session to wrap up this year's camp!

It’s not too late to join us for the Boom Days Parade this Saturday, August 4th. We’ll meet up at Huck Finn warming hut at 8:30 for bike decorating, then head over to the parade around 9:15. Parent volunteers welcome, as are siblings of campers!

We’d also love to have you at our Summer End Celebration at Huck Finn Park on Thursday, August 9th at 5:30 p.m. where we will celebrate all the awesome experiences that this big Rockies Rock family has had this summer.


Rockies Rock campers celebrate reaching the summit of Mt Sherman at 14,035'!


Even as the summer reaches a crescendo, we are gearing up for the 2018-2019 school year. There is great outdoor programming in the works for students and we're excited to welcome all back to enjoy some more field work this fall!

On August 10th, we’ll be hosting an a la carte outdoor teaching professional development extravaganza. We hope teachers, administrators, and staff who are excited about outdoor learning will join us for either the morning or afternoon session or both! Stipend and professional development credits offered.

Family Events

GOL!, Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, GARNA, and the US Forest Service partnered for a weekend of family camping and trail exploration on July 21nd-22nd. Participants enjoyed hiking, birding, and trying their hand at trail work together. Huge thanks to the National Forest Foundation for supporting this inaugural event and moreover for helping champion the stewardship of our beloved national forest lands and trails here in Lake County! Check out NFF's Find Your Fourteeners campaign to learn more about this big initiative to protect our most popular Forest Service lands and trails.

Gear Library/Hub

Exciting things are coming to the gear library! After 3 jam-packed days at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market connecting with gear manufacturers and retailers, we are eager to bring in even more outdoor equipment! Thanks to Outdoors Empowered Network for . We are looking forward to expanding our fleet of camping gear, youth soft goods, and backpacking equipment just in time for Fall. Youth Serving Programs and their leaders who have completed a Taking Kids Outdoors workshop and Gear Library Orientation will have access to this gear as the school year begins. Reach out to Jackie Radilla, our Hub Coordinator, for more information!

*If you’re an educator or youth/family program provider and haven’t had a chance to take TKO and the Gear Library Orientation, join us on August 10th for the morning session of the Outdoor PD Extravaganza!


Get in on the fun - GOL! has some upcoming volunteer opportunities. Cisco at or 719.293.0445 for more information

  • Rockies Rock crews are exploring fly fishing, fly tying, and stream ecology with GARNA, and younger groups will be fishing with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Key days are to help are August 8th (10a-3p) & 9th (9a-noon). A fun way share your love of fishing with our next generation of anglers!
  • Boom Days Parade. The more the merrier to help with the Rockies Rock Bike Bonanza as we rock & roll down Harrison Ave. 8:30a-~11:00a
  • Rockies Rock End of Summer Celebration. BBQ set up, clean-up, and general help to make this a great community gathering. ~4:30p-8:30p (or portion thereof)


  • Boom Days Parade ~ GOL! Biking Bonanza!

    • August 4th; meet at Huck Finn warming hut at 8:30a to decorate bikes, then we'll roll up to the parade together around 9:00!

    • Contact Cisco Tharp for more info at or 719.293.0445

  • Rockies Rock End of Summer Celebration

    • August 9th, 5:30-8:00p at Huck Finn park ~ all Rockies Rock campers & families, staff, and programming partners welcome! Join us for a BBQ and showcase of learning

    • RSVP in advance to Cisco at or 719.293.0445 so we have enough food

  • Bat-apalooza with USFS and US Fish & Wildlife Service

    • August 15th, 6-9p at the Leadville Fish Hatchery ~ learn about bats & help USFWS biologists count them!

    • Contact Andrea Kurth for more info at or 719.486.7418 

  • Rockies Rock Adventure Camp (Mon-Thurs)

    • Session 4: July 30th-Aug 9th

  • Lake County Youth Corps

    • Service Learning Crew Hitch 1: Aug 6th-Aug 10th

    • Service Learning Crew Hitch 2: Aug 13th-Aug 17th

  • LCSD Outdoor Education Professional Development Day - August 10th
  • GOL! Fall Programming info - August 20th & 21st
    • Stop by GOL!'s table at LCSD's Orientation Days at WPE, LCIS, and LCHS for info on this fall's Adventure Days, Afterschool Clubs, and Learn-to-Ski programs and to learn more about what GOL! is doing with Crews & Cornerstones this year!


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