Southern Rockies Retreat Center is currently being remodeled to reach our vision of a multipurpose facility that can be used by people of all ages. Summer Camp changes children's lives!
Our plans.....What we see is a summer camp, with young people running and playing, shouting, squealing and laughing as they play games, work on crafts, ride a “zip-line” through the trees and race on trails. They design rockets out of one and three liter sodas bottles and shoot the rockets filled with pressurized water far into the air to the delight of the designer and observer. Archers go off to conquer the bull’s eye, or the hikers go out to maneuver the trails made by wildlife. Campers climb, hike and become one with the animals on the trail as they learn the flora and fauna of the Sacramento Mountains. Mountain bikers maneuver trails designed by the Forest Service for two-wheel traffic – the camp being the perfect location for the latest craze in BMX. At night, gathered around a campfire, campers participate in stories of the day, songs and the legend of Scott Able, the hero of the mountains.
There are adults involved in art workshops being instructed by artists from across the nation in landscape painting, 'plein air', still life and wildlife art; crafters learning and honing skills that produce family heirlooms. Campers will learn to cook with a Dutch oven giving the site an array of earthly aromas.
Then comes winter..... The camp will transform into cozy winter cabins with wood burning fireplaces that host hunters, families, service men and women who want to snow shoe, sled, tube and cross country ski. How about a three-mile road closed for the winter turned into a downhill playground during the winter season?
Scott Able 4H Camp was built in 1949 by individual donations and run by the New Mexico 4H Foundation for over 60 years. In recent years, the board was unable to generate the resources to do renovations necessary for the aging facility. Bill and Nancy Davis love the opportunity and experiences that can only happen at summer camp so they acquired this historic facility this year in order to save it from demolition.
With their passion for summer camping and 30 + years experience, they have a vision to restore the camp, not limiting it just to 4H campers. As they began their renovation plans they were overwhelmed with the needs and desires of organizations looking for facilities that could accommodate children with life-altering circumstances.
• Special Needs Children
• Diabetic Children
• Youth Cancer Patients
• High Risk and Under-privileged Kids
• Military Families
This is also a perfect opportunity for corporations to sponsor employees kids to camp. What better way to reward your valuable staff members and to invest in our futures.
The camp is located in the heavily wooded forest of the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico. The facility consists of ten 20 x 40 basic cabins with metal roofs, a central bathhouse and a 35 x 90 main lodge with a commercial kitchen. These 1950 structures need a serious facelift. Adding new log exteriors and new insulated windows and doors to the existing 11 buildings would create a cohesive environment with the Aspen trees and giant Ponderosa pines. High in the mountains with an elevation of 8,200-ft., wildlife abounds and the air and spring water make this a perfect retreat to enjoy the 100-mile vistas.
If you would like to sponsor an entire camp or individual campers please contact us for registration details. If you would like to partner with us on the Camp Facelift and Naming Opportunities contact us and specify your area of interest. We will send you the "partnering information".
Near future.... Look for us on Kickstarter.com as we launch a fundraising campaign and help us reach our goal.