Life at the Heights: March 2021

"How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news..." - Isaiah 52:7
Winter/spring greetings from the Rocky Mountain heights! We are so excited for all that the Lord has in store for camp and for the entire AH family: Outdoor Labs this spring, summer programming, and continued service to parishes and schools here in the mountains of Colorado!

We have so much to share about life at camp, both for the spring and summer!  This issue of Life at the Heights is a long one - but it's packed with lots of good stuff!!  Summer youth and family camps are quickly filling, a Work and Worship Weekend, camp nurse recruitment, Altum Institute Missionary hiring, a letter from executive director Kyle Mills, and much more.  We are so grateful to have you part of the AH Family!  Read on for all the good stuff! 
Register Today for Summer Camp 2021!

Summer Camp is On:
Check out our NEW Summer Camp Promo Above!

Register today for Summer Camp 2021! Like you, we are SO EXCITED for a normal summer of adventure in the mountains with campers - adventure in faith AND adventure in the outdoors!  Spots are filling quickly, so please go on today to ensure your child's spot!  And learn more by clicking the link above!

See below for the full schedule, or click here for more information:

Concerned about how COVID-19 will affect this summer? Rest assured that all registrations are fully refundable with our Camp Fee Assurance Policy!

Register Today for Family Camp 2021!

VERY FEW Spots Remain for Family Camp 2021

The following dates provide the schedule for our three Family Camps during the 2021 summer:
  • Family Camp 1 - Sunday, June 28 - Wednesday, July 1
  • Family Camp 2 - Sunday, July 26 - Wednesday, July 29
  • Family Camp 3 - Friday, July 31 - Monday, August 3
Registration for Family Camps is going VERY QUICKLY, as in there are only a few family spots remaining!  Please do not wait to sign up, or you may not have a spot!  Sign up using the button above.

Upcoming: Work and Worship Weekend 
April 30-May 2, 2021

Annunciation Heights needs your help! Join AH staff and supporters on a weekend of service and prayer, to help in the many projects which need your assistance on the property.

Besides having a weekend of fun and service in the Rocky Mountains, you will also get to share in fellowship with others who share this mission! There will be campfires in the evening, with time for prayer and formation as well. Food and lodging are free! There will NOT be programming specifically for children. If you are bringing children, you will be responsible for their supervision.

Please register to let us know you are coming! In the form below, please note as well if you or any member of your family is a skilled laborer (carpenter, painter, contractor, machine operator, etc.).

Work and Worship Weekend Registration

Camp Nurses Needed!

Are you a Registered Nurse in Colorado?  Annunciation Heights is looking for RN volunteers to serve as camp nurses for each of our 6 weeks of summer camp.  From overseeing camper intake to handling camper and staff medications to responding to the medical needs of campers and staff, camp nurses will spend a meaningful week in direct service to the needs of the AH community - all while having time for prayer and fun in the mountains.  Camp nurses with children in grades 4-12 will receive a free week of camp for their child!

Camp weeks still needing a nurse volunteer are as follows:
  • June 13-18, 2021
  • Jul 18-23, 2021
Interested in learning more?  Please call the office at (970) 586-5689 or email Luke Hlavin at

Director's Corner with
Executive Director, Kyle Mills

Every Tuesday morning, the Altum Institute Missionaries and I have a bible study at camp. Last year we went through the Gospel of John; this year we are studying the Gospel of Luke. I love Tuesday mornings for many reasons. First of all, I get the amazing opportunity to do something I love - study Sacred Scripture - with people I love - our awesome camp missionaries! In my former life, I taught Scripture for many years at the Denver Catholic Biblical School (life changing program that I greatly endorse!) and so to study and teach with our missionaries is a very life-giving hour in my schedule.

This past week we studied the “Sermon on the Plain” in Luke’s gospel (specifically Luke 6:20-36).  Here Jesus says some very—dare I say—outrageous and difficult things to absorb. For example, He says, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you (6:27-28).” As we discussed this statement, the missionaries and I pondered whether Jesus was speaking in hyperbole, like He does on other occasions (e.g. Matthew 5:29-30) or if He was actually speaking literally on this occasion. We explored the historical setting in which Jesus gave these exhortations—the extremely brutish Roman occupation of Israel in the years leading up to and following the public ministry of Jesus. And we therefore decided that He was, in fact, speaking in a plain and direct way, that His statements were not exaggerations to make a point. This was an uncomfortable discovery because it meant that we had to consider it in the context of our own lives. This is one of the moments where our Christian faith becomes more than a set of religious maxims or ancient philosophical musings: it is real, it is raw, it is deeply personal – and it is very difficult! When it comes right down to it, the act of actually loving our enemies (willing their good) and praying for our abusers (seeking God’s grace in their lives), we are struck in the face with the state our own hearts. Do we really want God’s abundant love, grace and forgiveness to “happen” to that person (fill in the blank) who did this or that (fill in the blank) to us? It’s real question.

The missionaries and I discussed why Jesus said this at length. To what end is this a good thing for the Jews of the first century or for us in the twenty-first? This is where the conversation became even more real - because it was apparent to all of us that we could each “fill in the blank”, or picture an actual person who have wreaked so much havoc in our lives. Through some wrestling, we concluded that ultimately Jesus wants his people to be free and that’s the real meaning of his enigmatic words. If not free politically, then free in our hearts from anger, brokenness, resentment, bitterness. Free to love, serve, be joyful. One of the missionaries brought up Romans 12:20-21: “No, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Freedom. Jesus wants us to be free. The problem is that freedom is not itself free.  It costs us a great deal to forgive our enemies. But freedom is nevertheless His desire for us. Can’t you feel it too? Do not you wish to live a free life?

Freedom. It just so happens that this is the theme of our summer programs this year.  We invite you, your children, your families to come to camp and journey with us into that freedom Christ offers - freedom in the mountains, freedom in our relationships, freedom in our hearts - freedom of the sons/daughters of God!  See you at camp this summer!

JPII Outdoor Lab at Schools This Spring!

Even amidst the unique times brought about by COVID-19, Catherine Wurts and the JPII Outdoor Lab team has been able to host programming at schools along the Front Range.  From programs held with classes at local parks, to outdoor team-building done on school premises, the team has remained on mission, with a desire to still convey the beautiful interplay of Faith and Reason even with field trips being limited.  Learn more about all that JPII Outdoor Lab is doing here.

Altum Institute Missionary Program: 
Male Applicants Needed

Do you know any young men who don't know what to do after graduation?  Maybe they are looking to give a year in full-time missionary service while living at 9000 feet in intentional faith community?  The Altum Institute Missionary Program is still in need of MALE MISSIONARY APPLICANTS.  Missionaries receive room and board, spiritual formation, and a monthly stipend.  Pass this information on today to those you know!  And find more information here, including directions how to apply!

Apply for the Altum Institute Today!

Meet a Missionary:
Eric Frederick

Eric is from Wayne, PA, which is outside of Philadelphia. Some of his favorite things include chocolate, climbing, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He also loves reading, playing the drums, and backpacking. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland.

Eric’s favorite part of Scripture:
The Book of Hosea

Eric’s favorite quote:
What you do matters – but not much. What you are matters tremendously. – Catherine Doherty

Altum Institute Pilgrimage - Catholic Sites of CO and NM
See the pilgrimage adventures of our missionary team as they journeyed through Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico! From shrines, to sand dunes, and hacky sack everywhere in between, the team encountered our Lord and each other, and came back more energized and excited to continue on their mission at camp.

Support AH

We are always in need of financial and volunteer support.  Please know that we are always looking to expand the AH family.  Find more ways to get involved at the Heights here.

Escape to the Mountains?

Do you have a parish group, school group, or retreat that you are looking to host?  Annunciation Heights is the perfect place for your event.  With open weekends year round, we are always open to hosting weekend and weekday events on camp.  For more information, please don't hesitate to call the Camp Office at (970) 586-5689.  
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