Summer Celebration

A series of weeklong retreats featuring outstanding programs for the whole family.

The cornerstone of Spring Canyon programs, Summer Celebration is a series of weeklong retreats featuring outstanding programs for the whole family. Enabling families to leave behind the weight of deployments, separations and relocations, husbands and wives are able to reconnect in a romantic setting through time together, vibrant teaching and small group sessions led by respected speakers. Teens and children have the opportunity to grow in their faith and build lasting friendships through exciting age-appropriate adventures under the guidance of our exceptional teaching staff. Each celebration features a different speaker and theme focusing on relevant spiritual topics, family and faith.

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A Typical Celebration Week

Every Summer Celebration is designed to provide our guests with a refreshing balance of scheduled activities and plenty of free time. During your stay, you can expect:

  • Delicious home-cooked meals served family-style in our historic Hartley Holmes Lodge three times daily.
  • Lodge & cabin accommodations with wood-burning fireplaces & gorgeous mountain views for seven nights.
  • Walking access to the Colorado Trail, scenic Cottonwood Lake, our very own beaver ponds & more.
  • Discount passes to local attractions & a variety of outdoor activities.
  • Exciting, age-appropriate programs for children & teens with Biblically-sound curriculum.
  • Outstanding seasonal & full-time staff members devoted to serving you.
  • Vibrant teaching & small group discussions for adults.


Children’s Program

Our children’s program, features wilderness-based educational activities rooted in Biblical truth. We hire incredible young teachers from across the country each summer and strive for a teacher-child ratio of 1:5 at all times. All teachers must be CPR and First Aid certified. Children are grouped by ages (0-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) and activities include arts and crafts, exploring God’s creation, archery, horseback riding, fishing, and indoor rock climbing.


Teen Program

The teen program at Spring Canyon is intended for ages 13-18 and features Biblical discussions, exciting group activities, team challenges, and outdoor adventures. The teen program leaders are selected from members of our outdoor programs guide staff and are CPR and Wilderness First Aid certified. Teen activities include team building, wilderness fort creation, high ropes course, overnight camping and more.


Additional Childcare

Additional childcare is available by request during your stay at Spring Canyon. Childcare is provided by our seasonal teaching staff and can be scheduled at our main office in Hartley Holmes Lodge. We kindly ask that all childcare requests be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance for scheduling purposes. Childcare is offered at an additional cost.

TOPIC | Homeschooling Week--Classical Conversations Practicum SPEAKER | TBD  GUEST AMBASSADOR | TBD Make a reservation

Summer Celebration Week 2

June 13 - June 27

TOPIC | TBD SPEAKER | TBD GUEST AMBASSADOR | LTC Jim and Christina Harbridge, USA (Ret.) (This week is open to anyone, but if you are part of the Leavenworth OCF Ministry this is the week designated for you. This week starts after the CGSC Graduation. If you can't make this week all of the other weeks are [...]

Summer Celebration Week 3

June 20 - June 27

TOPIC | Marriage SPEAKER | CH (CDR) Jim Ellis, USN (Ret.) GUEST AMBASSADOR | TBD Make a reservation

TOPIC | Everyone on the Wall! SPEAKER | Dr. Bob Ewell GUEST AMBASSADOR | TBD Make a reservation

TOPIC | TBD SPEAKERS | Chap (Maj Gen) Dondi Costin, USAF (Ret.) GUEST AMBASSADOR | TBD Make a reservation

Summer Celebration Week 6

July 11 - July 18


Summer Celebration Week 7

July 18 - July 25

TOPIC | TBD SPEAKER |  Pastor Keith Peck GUEST AMBASSADOR | TBD Make a reservation (After 40 years of pastoral ministry in the Presbyterian Church in America, Keith recently retired as pastor emeritus of Broadneck EP Church in Annapolis, Maryland where he served for 27 years.  During that time, he ministered to and with the Navigator, Cru and [...]

TOPIC | TBD SPEAKERS | Roc Bottomly GUEST AMBASSADOR | Dr. (Col) Arnie Ahnfeldt, USA (Ret.) and Dr. (Col) Jeff Ginther, USA (Ret.) Make a reservation

  • The maximum any family will pay for Summer Celebration is $2900 for food, lodging, and program fees. This does not include taxes or items/activities purchased at the retreat center. Note that a family per this policy is defined as any parent(s) with dependent children (20 years old and younger). This discount will be applied at check out.
  • For full weeks, please call our reservations desk to be placed on a waiting list!

2020 Summer Celebration Rate Information

Adults/Teens (13+) // $658 plus tax

Youth (6-12) // $358 plus tax

Child (3-5) // $198 plus tax

Infant (0-2) // Free

Deposit Policy

A non-refundable deposit is charged at the time of registration to secure your reservation. This advanced deposit allows us to meet early program expenses including speaker travel, seasonal staff salaries and teaching materials. This one-time payment of $165 is applied toward your final bill and is not an additional fee.

Scholarship Policy

As a non-profit, it is always our goal to provide modest rates for all of our guests. We know that traveling as a family can be expensive, and that cost can still be a deterrent for many of our families. Thanks to generous sponsors, discounts are available for families that qualify. Please call (719)395.2328 to inquire.

Cancellation Policy

Reservations may be cancelled at any time. Cancellations made before 31 days prior to arrival will be eligible for a full refund minus the $165 non-refundable deposit. If a cancellation occurs within 30 days of your stay, additional penalties may apply. If you are cancelling due to military orders, the non-refundable deposit and any subsequent payments will be returned in full.

Discount Policy

A 10% discount is available for company grade officers (O1-O3). A 20% discount is available for enlisted members, midshipmen, cadets and other military undergraduate students. An additional 5% discount is available for families of currently deployed or recently-returned (within 6 months) service members. There is a maximum of 20% discount when combining available discounts.  A special program is available for widows of service members through OCF.

Celebrate Your Way

We know just how valuable it is to spend time together, especially for the military family, and we want to make sure that you are able to get the most out of your Colorado vacation during your stay. This is why extended free time is built into every day of Summer Celebration, enabling our guests to partake in all that the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Many activities can be enjoyed right here on our 107-acre property, or within minutes of Spring Canyon. We are happy to make the reservations for you when you enroll in one of our Summer Packages featured below. Featured here are just a few of the many additional opportunities available to you during your stay at Spring Canyon:

Available at Spring Canyon:
  • Explore the Colorado Trail
  • Hike to Cottonwood or Ptarmigan Lakes
  • Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Guided Outdoor Climbing & Rappelling
  • Mountain Biking
  • High Ropes Course
  • Challenge/Leadership Course
  • Kayaking and Canoeing in our High Alpine Ponds
  • Fly Fishing in Cottonwood Creek
Available in Buena Vista:

Activities are optional and may involve additional fees.

“Thank you for an exceptional experience! You provided us with wonderful time to spend together as a family. This was life-changing.”