Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hi Parents and Friend of Durango Mountain Camp,

Hi Parents and Friend of Durango Mountain Camp,

What a high energy, productive, and energetic last week!  The weather has been great with enough thunderstorms to keep the temperatures cooler, the grass green, and the trails firm, but not enough to cause us to cancel our outdoor activities.  The academics are humming along.  The campers know that there are not many more academic sessions, and that each session is important.  We’ve notice a more diligent effort by the campers to put extra effort in.  Hopefully solid progress is being made.  Along with regular academics, we had our first round of Academics Olympics and the 80’s Cabin dominated and were rewarded with a giant communal ice cream sundae.  They looked like a pack of sharks in a feeding frenzy as they devoured huge amounts of ice cream and toppings.

This past weekend was full of camper/counselor choice activities.  About half the camp spent the day tubing, wake surfing, rock jumping, boating and beaching at Navajo Lake.  Other activities including the ABC’s – which was cliff jumping Adrenaline, Bakers Bridge, and Cascade.  While another group challenged the side spiraling bike trails at Star Wars.  We are so fortunate to have so many great outdoor pursuits so close to DMC.

We will be heading to the Rodeo this Friday night! And all campers/day campers/parents/friends are invited.  We’ll leave camp at @ 6:20 and will plan on meeting everyone at the Fairgrounds Ticket Office at @ 6:45, when we will purchase the requisite tickets with a group discount.  DMC will pay for all campers/day campers/staff.  And parents/friends are welcome to join us at their own expense.  Ticket prices are $6.00 for 14 and under and @$10 for 15 and older.

Saturday and Sunday will feature our Extreme Weekend where campers can experience a more adventurous level of outdoor pursuits.  We’ll have a group attempting an overnight summit of 14,000 ft. Handies Peak, another group will traverse the high cliffs of Via Ferrata near Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride, while others will zing the zip line and play in the lake at Cross Bar X Ranch.

Then next week is our final week, which will be full of “Chop Suey” outdoor pursuits, academics, testing, Academic Olympics on Wed., the camp Luau on Friday, and Closing Ceremonies on Saturday.

As a heads up, On Saturday August 2, DMC opens at 9 AM for parents to pack up their campers.  We’ll have a good brunch at 10 am, followed by our Closing Ceremonies at 11, and this should finish up at @ 12:30.  I hope that you can come.

Here are a couple of things that we need to know:
Let us know if you would like us to take your camper to the airport.
We can have your campers bike packed up and shipped home if needed – the cost is usually @ $135.
Please send me an email back and let me know if you are coming to the Saturday brunch and how many.

That’s it for now.

Zane Bilgrav
970-749-5640 (cell)

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