Tuesday, March 21, 2017

They're ALL open for registration- sign up now!

All of our remaining 2017 retreats are now open for registration!

Sign up today to join us for an opportunity to
spend time in the mountains, fellowship with other believers, renew yourself with God, and have fun!

We have retreats for all ages. Bring your family, or come up with your best guy or girl friends! Join us for our Work & Worship weekend or spend Labor Day Weekend here at Family Camp!

Have questions about our retreats? Let us know! We hope to see you at one or more of these great weekends!

See information about all of our retreats here!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Standing Stones Progress Update

It has been an amazing year for the Standing Stones Campaign! When the campaign began, we heard testimony after testimony about how God has impacted people’s lives here at Covenant Heights over the last 70 years.  After looking at our facilities and lots of prayer, it was determined that improvements needed to be made in order for those moments to keep happening, and The Standing Stones campaign is all about creating spaces and times for God to reach into people’s lives and make an impact! In the Bible, when God would meet and impact a person or persons, a stack of stones was created so that future generations would look and remember how God came and impacted lives. In another 70 years, we want future generations to be able to continue the stories of God reaching down and impacting their lives.  

In 2016, we were able to complete construction on the New Waste Facility and we can now “flush with confidence!”

The new state-of-the-art facility brings Covenant Heights up to 2016 standards, and will be a huge part of keeping Covenant Heights strong in the coming years.  With phase one of the campaign complete, we are celebrating God’s faithfulness even in the “icky” things…..

Phase Two is well under way!  During Phase Two, we will update camper lodges, construct the Summit House Activity Center, and move the maintenance shop to the south end of camp, reclaiming valuable land for a possible new camper/adult lodge.  We have started construction on Winter Lodge, updating and improving the bathrooms. Even in the snow and ice, we are making progress.  The new bathrooms will have private showers and be more accessible to our disabled guests.  Our guests have been very gracious as we work on the bathroom, and they are looking forward to seeing the project completed in 2017.

Summit House Activity Center is on the horizon!  We have finalized architectural plans and we are now doing a cost analysis to see what our final cost is going to be. Check out an architectural video HERE.  Summit House Activity Center has been a dream of campers, guest groups, outdoor education groups, and staff for many years.  The excitement is mounting at the thought of breaking ground in 2017.  Would you like to be a part of the excitement?  Generous, excited donors have given over $500,000 so far to Phase Two. Will you join them?  Every little bit helps!  

We are currently about 60% funded for Phase Two.  We need to raise between $400,000 and $500,000 to complete this phase.  Would you consider a gift?  If you have any questions, or would like to chat about the Standing Stones Campaign, feel free to call or email Scott or AmandaThank you for joining us in praying over, donating to, and supporting these great projects! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Work As Worship

God is good.

Here at Covenant Heights, we have the privilege of being engaged in year-round ministry, outreach, service, & worship. People come to our grounds every day of the year- to attend a retreat, host their own event, participate in Outdoor Education courses, be a summer camper, deliver mail, ask to use the phone, and for so many other purposes.

But our God has a greater aim for each of our lives and days than we may initially see in the physical tasks & purposes, and we at The Heights are so grateful to have the opportunity to partner with Him in this, as we create space for encounters with Christ, have conversations that encourage growth, provide services that bless, and participate in the lives of all who enter camp's sphere.

One of my favorite weekends of the year, where we get to see Christ's Bride truly live out our calling, is our Work & Worship Weekend.

Our annual May weekend is an amazing opportunity to interact with other believers, utilize time & skills for the enhancement of Kingdom work, and experience growth & encouragement in our own walks with the Lord. To me, it often feels like a microcosm of the Christian walk & purpose, as His people gather together for a common goal, worshipping Him through work, fellowship, and sacrificial service. It is a mix of imperfect people serving through various jobs & efforts the bigger purpose of His work and loving on each other in many ways.

During our 2016 Work & Worship Weekend, I was reminded of the overwhelmingly-miraculous nature of how that in all that we do, we a part of eternal consequences, effecting others' lives forever.

In all that we do, we are a part of eternal consequences, effecting others' lives forever.

While we moved rocks, dug ditches, insulated buildings, and worked on so many other projects, we set the stage for interactions of counselors with their campers, mentors with younger staff, camp personnel with delivery men, and more. The beautiful depth is that while we were setting the stage for these future moments of ministry, we were also doing our own Kingdom work- both in the physical service and in the interactions with others we had while working that weekend.

Our theme of the 2016 Work & Worship Weekend came out of our speaker's welcome sermon:

"May we hear what You have for us and quickly act on it"

I believe the collection of His people who gathered to serve that weekend lived this out with abandon. I saw families travel to camp with the pure intent of serving outside of themselves (even on one couple's anniversary), a man stop his busy task to help a challenged young boy put his shoe back on with dignity, a father pour into his adult daughters with intentional time & conversations, a skilled laborer taking time to teach young men how to do a task well and with full effort, and so many others live out their love for God by helping others & building into His Kingdom.

My prayer is that, in and with Him (for what has value or fulfillment without Him!), each of us in continuing to live this out, in our daily service, in our relationships, through our work, and in all aspects of our lives. There is more to be done in His Kingdom, and we are called to "make the best use of [our] time" (Ephesians 5:16). Our earthly lives are but "a mist that appears for a little time and vanishes" (James 4:14), but the mark we make on eternity can be broad.

May your heart be afire for the movement of God in your life, community, and world. May you serve Him whole-heartedly in whatever ways He calls you.

If you would like to join us for a weekend of Work & Worship, where you can build into His work and grow closer to Him, check out our website and ask us any questions. And please pray for this year's weekend- for safety of workers, cooperative weather, supplies to arrive, equipment to work, productivity to happen, hearts to be bent on serving Him & preparing the way for others' eternal appointments, good conversations, deepening of relationships with & understanding of Christ, and all that God has for us to partner with Him in.

May you worship God in your day today, in all of the wonderful ways He has created for us to worship Him.

For He is Good.

Jessica Drogowski
director of marketing

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

We're so excited for WTB 2017!

Just the other week we went out to the sledding hill with cardboard sleds in hand to test their sledding capabilities. In my office, art supplies are strewn everywhere as I prepare this year’s winter craft. Outside, snow is falling as I think of snowball fights and broom-ball. Winter Trailblazer is coming up soon! 

The anticipation is hard to bear as I think about how much fun we have each year at Winter Trailblazer Camp. When asked what I am most excited for at Winter Trailblazer this year my answer is everything. I look forward to the amazing campers and volunteers, I can’t wait for the new activities and old classics out in the winter air, and I eagerly anticipate the work that God is going to do throughout the weekend. 

I like to think of Winter Trailblazer Camp as

“a cool time to get serious about God.”

Throughout the weekend we will be having awesome chapel sessions with music led by Michael Harris Jr. (of Christ Community Covenant Church) and messages prepared by Brandon Alverson (of Grace Place, our covenant church in Berthoud). Combined with each chapel session, we will have small group discussions designed to help every camper draw closer to Christ. Throw in some cardboard sled races, capture the flag games, and a massive party complete with a human-size foosball field and you’re bound to have a great time! Want to see what a winter weekend at camp can look like? Check out last year's video and know we anticipate much more snow this year!

Registration for Winter Trailblazer is open now, so be sure to sign up your campers soon! Also, anyone interested in volunteering at Winter Trailblazer can send me an email for more information. I hope to see you there!

Ethan Dixon
program director

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Covenant Heights . . . Just an amazing place to be."

Covenant Heights . . .  Just an amazing place to be. I mean you have the Rocky Mountains, fresh pine trees, deer, elk, moose, games, ziplining, dogs and I mean it has everything anyone would want in a camp setting. But what sets Covenant Height aside from any other camp or any other place I worked at were the people.

Covenant Heights is more than just a camp and a job, it is a family. A family that will welcome you in with open doors and open arms and make you one of them. Shortly after working at Covenant Heights I went on an abroad trip to Uganda and it was there I learned the importance of community and at that time I finally appreciated the community that Covenant Heights had to offer. As I reflect-back to my time as a counselor, I had many hard and challenging days with my campers, but I don’t remember it being all that bad. This was because somehow someone I worked with helped me find the motivation to make that week the best week of my camper’s lives.

I can’t say if I made the same significant upbringings to my co-worker’s rough days but, because of my amazing co-workers being so compassionate with me, they helped me make a difference in my campers’ lives. Since working as a camp counselor, I receive cards from my campers expressing their excitement to come back in the following summer. I cannot take the credit for that all alone, but Covenant Heights is by far one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. I still communicate with many of the amazing people I worked with and some of us have even met up for coffee and lunch occasionally.

Covenant Heights is a magical place for all who come and surly God dwells there. However, to conclude I am a young adventurous adult from Southern California and after just one short summer in Colorado, I now have a family there and they will always be there for me- even if I am a thousand miles away.

Vincent Luna
summer staffer, 2016 & returning this summer!

Want to be on staff with us this summer? Apply today!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What A Volunteer Can Do

As we move into a new year, we are grateful to reflect on the past years of camp and those who have sacrificed of themselves to make camp what it is today. Camp was founded by men & women volunteering their time, tithe, and talents in order to move something bigger than themselves forward in advancing The Kingdom.

Today, our many volunteers carry on that proud tradition, impacting camp and all the people who pass through our property. In these past months, we've had our mobile missionaries (VMMers), weekly Keepers of The Heights volunteers, YMCA interns, Denver Street School boys, and more here helping to improve camp. These volunteers have accomplished so much:
Winter Lodge Expansion
  • framing and pouring the foundation and laying the flooring for Winter Lodge's expanded bathrooms 
  • cutting, splitting, hauling, and stacking massive amounts of firewood
  • staining and painting camp buildings
  • putting in many hours in the construction of the now-completed waste plant!
  • maintaining and repairing camp vehicles
  • renovating and preparing Storm Peak (staff house) for the upcoming, new executive director and family
  • cleaning & organizing Westside (maintenance storage & supplies)- a BIG project!
  • refinishing camp picnic tables
  • improving staff homes (for which staff are very grateful!)
  • washing windows
  • performing slash mitigation (fire prevention/brush hauling)
  • updating camp fire pits with new wood boxes
We are so grateful for all these and other volunteers have done for camp and we look forward to partnering with them in the future as we seek to keep moving camp forward!

Interested in bringing yourself or a team up to camp to volunteer? Contact Tom Hoskins to get started!

You can also come up to camp during this year's Work & Worship Weekend (May 19-21) to fellowship and serve alongside other believers. Learn more HERE!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Director’s Reflections

Looking back on this past year, once again I see and feel the grace and provision of a loving God. We have been privileged to be a part of a ministry that affects the lives of so many people of all ages.

As I near the end of my time as the Director of Covenant Heights, my fondest memories will be of all the campers, retreaters, summer staff and full-time staff members that have walked these blessed camp grounds. While we serve in a blessed mountain area and have seen God provide exciting new features to this camp, it is the people, both campers and staff that define what Covenant Heights is all about.

Knowing lives have been changed and affected for good, will always be the best that God has given us.

I have been grateful for all the volunteers who have come along side and made this camp a better place to minister to campers. They have sacrificed time and resources to improve the facilities that better accommodate and serve folks of all ages. As camp looks to the future with the provision of the new Activity Center, it is my prayer that our faithful friends and supporters will embrace our new Executive Director, Scott Shaw, and make him feel as blessed and encouraged as you have made me feel over the past 19 years.

May God bless you for your part in this ministry and bless Covenant Heights for many years to come.

Tom Cousineau
executive director