An outdoor adventure program...
...that focuses on Biblical principles and the character of Jesus Christ as the bedrock example for inspirational and effective leadership.
With Colorado's spectacular Collegiate Peaks Range as a backdrop, Rocky Mountain High serves as a unique program designed to impart to future leaders the desire and ability to live out their Christian faith within the military community.
The objectives of RMH are:
1. To encourage a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord.
2. To examine fundamental leadership principles as exemplified in the life of Jesus Christ.
3. To impart a clear vision for service and outreach within the military society.
Learn from those who've been there
We invite seasoned Christian leaders with military experience to act as volunteer mentors for each weekly session. These current or retired military officers and NCOs share valuable life lessons as they lead morning devotions and evening instruction periods. The relaxed atmosphere allows plenty of time for questions, one-on-one conversations, and spontaneous praise and worship!
What's a trip to Colorado without an adrenaline rush?
RMH days are filled with high-energy, challenging outdoor activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, whitewater rafting, and a multi-day backpacking trek to a 14,000 foot peak. These high-adventure endeavors provide an authentic Colorado experience and are a memorable backdrop to the fellowship and learning experienced during the week. Our knowledgeable guide staff will safely lead the way and provide instruction if you need it, and much of the gear can be provided by Spring Canyon.
The outdoor activities are a challenge, but the week is filled with practical applications of spiritual principles.
Enjoy God's creation in one of the most beautiful settings in the West
While at Spring Canyon, you'll stay at Camp Buxton – a base camp in beautiful scenery located a few minutes' walk from our main lodge. Eight-person cabins and large, metal-frame tents serve as sleeping quarters, and a fire pit radiates warmth for fellowship on the cool mountain nights – it's the perfect setting to experience some of the best of God's creation! And don't worry, it also features a fully equipped bathhouse with facilities for men and women. Limited laundry facilities are also available. Out on the trek, you'll stay warm and dry in our three-season backpacking tents and cold-weather sleeping bags – or bring your own gear if you prefer…
While specifically designed for college ROTC cadets, midshipmen, and junior officers from all military services, Rocky Mountain High is open to anyone 18 years old or older who desires to learn more about Biblical leadership.
Testamonials from students, Summer '12:
RMH has been one of the coolest and most spiritually relevant experiences of my life!
RMH changed my life! I was debating whether or not to come and I am so glad I committed. I have never experienced the body of Christ like I did this week!
This is such a cool program. It has really made me grow and think about God in a different light. The life lessons on how to be a Godly officer were huge!
In the summer of 1957...
Cleo “Buck” Buxton took two young cadets from the Citadel with him on a “canoe trip” into the Canadian woods. “Frankly, we didn’t do much canoeing,” says Lt. Col. Tom Hemingway (USMC, Ret.), one of the two cadets. Since there was just the three of them – Buck, Tom, and Wylie Watson – fewer than the trip had initially been planned for, they bounced around a little bit, reconnoitering, camping, enjoying the time in the wild.
“When I came back and somebody asked me what it was all about,” says Tom. “What did Buck teach? I didn’t have an answer. All I know is that somehow my perceptions of what service and ministry were all about were totally altered when I came back.”
Back at the Citadel, things happened during the next year. It was a productive time spiritually. Bible studies grew and prayer groups came together. “In that one year the number of Bible studies increased 3- or 4-fold,” says Tom. “All I know is that the level of my commitment and the vision I had from that point on were never the same. They were forever altered by a guy named Buxton, and I’m not sure how he did it."
"About 14 years later I came back from my second tour in Vietnam,” says Tom. "People kept asking me the same irritating question: ‘How did you survive as an officer in the Marine Corps as a Christian?’ After I’d heard that question for the third or fourth time, I stopped right in the middle of a lecture and said, ‘at the risk of alienating everybody, I want to sort out one thing: The purpose of a Christian must never be to survive. The job of a Christian is to serve. The job of a professional officer is to serve. Our example is Jesus Christ, and we have no other choice but to follow his example. Had He come here to survive, He never would have gone to the cross. You and I would still be dead in our sins.' I began to wonder: What could we do? What kind of an experience could we offer that would galvanize people to move out of that survival mode into a service mode."
What Tom remembered was the trip to Canada with Buck, how being outdoors had opened him up to hear things he probably wouldn’t have taken much notice of if they had been presented in a classroom setting. “I concluded that we needed an outdoor format.” This is exactly what Rocky Mountain High is today – a succession of outdoor challenges which young people take on in the company of Christian leaders who are determined to give the experience a spiritual dimension. “We put together Rocky Mountain High with the idea of getting some active duty officers and some solid Christian guys to talk and to lecture and give these guys and gals some insight into what Christian living and serving is all about, with a major objective being to move folks out of that survival mentality and into a service mode.”
1983, first class...
The first Rocky Mountain High was held in 1983 with ten students. Since that time, the program has grown enormously, with hundreds now counted as RMH alumni. Group sizes have ranged from four to thirty, with the average size about ten.