Rocky Mountain High

Rocky Mountain High Decision (posted 05.13.20) :

For everyone involved in Rocky Mountain High 2020, we thank you for your patience during this time of discernment. 


The Synod of the Heartland youth ministry is committed to both providing opportunities to grow in Christ and making those opportunities as safe as possible for students and their families. Given the current circumstances in our communities and the restrictions given by the state of Colorado, it is with great sadness that we have made the difficult decision to postpone Rocky Mountain High 2020 and reschedule the event for the summer of 2021. 


The decision was made after working through many scenarios, consulting with YMCA Camp leadership, state authorities, and church leaders, and waiting for distancing restrictions to potentially change. We are aware that this outcome is hard for everyone involved, but by making this decision we hope to secure the safety of our youth and their families.


Your needs and concerns are of the utmost importance to us. Regarding registration payments, full refunds will be sent out to the churches in the first two weeks of June.


Though Rocky Mountain High 2020 is postponed, we are already working diligently toward keeping the tradition of Rocky Mountain High strong as well as our commitment to provide multiple opportunities for the youth of our churches. 


Rocky Mountain High will be rescheduled for July 31 - August 4, 2021. However, due to our planning circumstances, there will be a few differences compared to previous plans. At this point, we do not know how large Rocky 2021 can be, but we do know all of these decisions are being made with the participants in mind. 


We understand that the loss of Rocky Mountain High 2020 has hit this year’s seniors the hardest.  There is, however, a dynamic new event being planned for next summer that will be available to the class of 2020.  You’ll hear more about this exciting opportunity in the next few months.


On behalf of the Synod of the Heartland office, the Rocky Mountain High Organizing Team, the Synod Youth Team, and everyone else who has worked toward this significant event for the youth, we sincerely hope you will be able to join us in 2021 for the opportunities ahead.


Rocky Mountain High is an event held every three years. It is geared towards high school students (grades 9-12) and their adult leaders.

This event is held at the YMCA Camp of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO. It is nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by nature and the sheer beauty of God.

Our goal is to provide a large group encounter with the transformational truth and love of Jesus for students and leaders.


Saturday, July 31
Registration TBD
Dorm Check-In TBD

Wednesday, August 4
Check-Out & Departure at 8:00AM

2021 Theme: You Are, I Am

Promotional Materials TBD


Rocky Mountain High registration will open in November 2020 for high school juniors and seniors of the 2020-2021 school year. After a certain period of time, the registration will open for sophomores and freshmen.

YOUTH PASTORS: Group Registration and group payment may not be submitted until February 1, 2021.

YOUTH PASTORS: For students to register for the events, you will need to TURN ON the event registration form. See the Youth Leader Account page to learn more about this.


  • Water bottle!!!!!
  • Casual clothes
  • Sweatshirt or jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes (there will be LOTS of walking!)
  • Personal toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc)
  • Hat
  • Bible & pen
  • Flashlight (it gets dark at the camp at night)
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Swimsuit & towel (for pool)
  • Mission offering
  • Spending money (for snacks, souvenirs, t-shirts)

Towels and Linens
The YMCA Camp will provide linens (bedding) and one towel per person.  Although you will have the opportunity to receive a clean towel(s) during the event, you may wish to bring an extra towel along.

Recreation PLUS
If you will be participating in a recreation PLUS option, please bring appropriate items for your activity.
For example: if you are assigned golfing – bring your golf clubs; if you are assigned water world – bring your swimsuit and towel.

To see a specific packing list for your assigned activity, please see below:

National Forest (Alluvial Fan & Trail Ridge)
Good Shoes (for optional hike)
Water/Water Bottle

Water/Water Bottle

Climbing Wall
Good shoes
Water/Water Bottle

Golf clubs or money to rent golf clubs

Hallett Peak Hike
Good hiking shoes/boots (NOT flip flops)
Water/water bottle
Rain jacket
Small pack to carry these items

Horseback Riding (Jackson & Sombrero)
Casual clothing
Jacket for rain
Items not to bring due to possibility of spooking the horses: NO backpacks | NO ponchos | NO water bottles

Jeep Tour
Weather appropriate clothes

Mountain Hiking
Good hiking shoes/boots (NOT flip flops)
Rain jacket
Small pack to carry these items
Water will be provided

River Rafting
Tennis shoes or water shoes – close-toed required!
Nylon wind breaker (no cotton-liner)
Shorts (quick-drying)
Change of clothes (dry clothes for the bus ride back)

Rock Climbing & Rappelling
Hiking shoes/boots
Water/water bottle
Rain jacket
Small pack to carry these items

Water World