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Duncan Park is an Episcopal camp and conference center, owned and operated by the Diocese of West Texas, in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, 20 miles west of Boulder, Colorado. Existing completely off-the-grid with solar panels providing electricity, no cell phone service, and water from its well, this facility captures the rugged beauty of the surrounding mountains and allows for a true respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Although many miles from our diocese, Duncan Park is at the heart of the Camps & Conferences Department's mission to provide spaces for people to gather, creating opportunities for people to deepen their faith, experience the love of God in community, and feel empowered to share this grace with their home parishes and neighbors.

Summer Camp at Duncan Park offers opportunities for people with a variety of ages and experience levels with sessions for high school youth, college students, and adults. Summer Camp sessions include round-trip airfare from San Antonio to Denver, where an Adventure Guide will meet the group and drive them to Duncan Park.

Duncan Park is also open for retreat reservations from churches, families, and other groups to host a retreat where participants can reconnect with each other, with the beauty of God's creation, and with their relationship with Christ.

Contact Katie Young, duncan.park@dwtx.org, for more information about Duncan Park's calendar, retreat options, and facilities.

Duncan Park Facilities

Main Lodge

Camp main lodge

The Lodge is the main gathering site on campus. In this big red building, the front door opens into a large living room complete with comfortable couches, tables for dining, a ping pong table, and best of all, a fireplace. To the left of this living room is the spacious kitchen, ready to provide nourishing meals. On either end of the lodge are the Bunk Houses, equipped with a half bathroom, which can hold up to ten people (5 twin bunk beds per Bunk House).

Platform Tents

Camp platform tent

‌Located throughout Duncan Park's main campus are six lovely, platform tents - perfect for your glamping ("glamour camping") experience! Each are equipped with two REI Co-Op Kingdom Cots 3. More bedding can be added, as requested, and additional Duncan Park camping tents are available to set up a "kids' tent" next door to your own.

For a personalized camp experience, bring the family tent or borrow from Duncan Park's supply of camping tents (3-person & 4-person sizes available). Sleep by the creek or under the stars and still enjoy access to all the amenities!‌

Summer Cabins

Camp summer cabins

‌Duncan Park has four Summer Cabins - perfect for individual families. Witt and Calvert Cabins overlook the St. Vrain River as it flows through camp and are equipped with two twin bunk beds and one double bunk bed each. Folts and Duncan Cabins are tucked among the aspen trees and have three twin bunk beds each.

Deluxe Cabins

Duncan Park has two new cabins, Lisa and Sally, connected by a shared deck and nestled into the hillside amongst the ponderosa pines. Each cabin is heated, has a private bathroom, and sleeps up to four people with a double bed and a twin bunk bed.

Archibald Cottage

Camp archibald cottage

This quaint cottage includes a small kitchen, living/dining area, 2 bedrooms (one with double bed and one with a twin trundle bed for 2), and its own individual bathroom with miniature sink and shower.

Bathhouse

Camp bathhouse

‌Our bathhouse will provide you with the hottest showers of your life! There are two sides, one for men and one for women, and each side has two showers, three toilets, and four sinks.

Outdoor Chapel

Outdoor chapel

The chapel is in a clearing facing the South Saint Vrain Creek. It is one of our many spots for prayer and reflection, including a prayer labyrinth created by Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church (Rockport), St. George's Episcopal Church (Austin), and Church of the Resurrection (Austin) in 2017.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp at Duncan Park offers opportunities for people with a variety of ages and experience levels in sessions for junior high and high school youth, college students, and adults. Summer Camp sessions include round-trip airfare from San Antonio to Denver, where an Adventure Guide will meet the group and drive them to Duncan Park. Select from the Upcoming Events below to register today!

Activities include hiking, rock climbing, camping, team-building challenges, group games, crafts, Bible-based teachings and devotional times, camp fires, fishing, and more.

Leadership at Summer Camp is provided by paid and volunteer staff, all of whom complete a rigorous selection process including background checks, reference checks, and face-to-face interviews. All summer staff must attend a thorough training session before camp begins. Chaplains who are clergy or lay leaders from the Diocese of West Texas help guide each session.

Duncan Park seeks to provide opportunities for young people to encounter transforming relationships with Jesus Christ. Every camper and staff member is nurtured and cared for as a valued member of the Body of Christ.

Connect with Duncan Park

Duncan Park Staff:

Katie Young, Director
Lisa Wray, Registrar

Office Contact Information:

Phone (year-round): (210/888) 824-5387
Fax: (210) 824-2164; Attn: Duncan Park
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6885; San Antonio, Tx. 78209
Street Address: 2992 James Basin Rd; Ward, CO 80481 (Duncan Park does not receive mail at our street address; please contact Katie Young for questions about sending mail to Duncan Park.)
To find Duncan Park on the map and see a bird's eye view of our campus, input our latitude and longitude into your preferred GPS system or map: 40°05'27.7"N, 105°31'34.7"W

Social Media:

www.facebook.com/duncanparkco
www.instagram.com/duncanparkco

Facilities Rental

Duncan Park lends itself to spiritual retreats, conferences, seminars, reunions, and much more. Welcome to this special place, where the power of nature's bounty nourishes, restores, and rejuvenates.

Duncan Park is located 20 miles northwest of Boulder, Colorado and sits on 19 acres at 9,600 feet elevation, adjacent to the South St. Vrain River and surrounded by the Roosevelt National Forest and Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. Existing completely off-the-grid with solar panels providing electricity, no cell phone service, and potable water from its well, this facility captures the rugged beauty of the surrounding mountains and allows for a true respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Duncan Park would love to host your small conference or retreat. For rates and availability, please contact Katie Young, Director, at duncan.park@dwtx.org. Programmatic planning assistance is also available, at request, for any event.

How to Request Scholarship Assistance

Step 1: Register camper or family for desired session.

In order to confirm your registration, the site will require a deposit payment. This deposit will count towards the family portion of your camper's registration fee. If you need assistance with this amount, please contact the Duncan Park office, at duncan.park@dwtx.org. Registration is not confirmed until the deposit has been taken care of. Even if all registration forms are complete, your camper's name will not show up on the session roster until you speak with an administrator or pay the deposit.

Step 2: Parent fills out the scholarship form.
  • Duncan Park Scholarship Form (PDF; DOC)
Step 3: Take your form to priest to approve and sign.

Decide together whether you or the church will submit completed form to the camp office. If you do not attend an Episcopal church or would like to request a different scholarship arrangement, contact the camp office directly.

Step 4: Send completed form to Duncan Park.
  • By email: duncan.park@dwtx.org; Attn: Duncan Park Scholarships
  • By fax: (830) 995-2393; Attn: Duncan Park Scholarships

Please complete one form for each camper (or family if applying for Family Camp scholarship). Scholarship applications for other diocesan camping programs should be sent to their respective camp offices.

Questions about scholarship amounts, session remaining balance, or registration status? Contact Lisa Wray at lisa.wray@dwtx.org, Katie Young, at duncan.park@dwtx.org, or Rob Watson at rob.watson@dwtx.org.

Duncan Park Store

More information coming soon about t-shirts and other items to show your love for Duncan Park.

Seasonal Camp Staff Positions

Searching for a meaningful, fun, and adventure-filled summer job? Look no further than the summer camp programs at Camp Capers, Mustang Island Conference Center, and Duncan Park. Each camp has a variety of seasonal positions caring for children and youth campers, serving at family camp, leading wilderness adventure trips, and helping the year-round camp staff make 2020 the best summer yet!

  • Click here to complete a job application to serve on Summer Staff 2020 at Camp Capers, Mustang Island Conference Center, and/or Duncan Park. See more detailed instructions below.

For questions about Duncan Park job descriptions or application status, the job applicant may contact Katie Young, Duncan Park Director, at duncan.park@dwtx.org.

Be prepared to complete the online form in one sitting, or save your progress as you go along. The each application has several pages: the 2020 Application, DWTX Camp Staff Expectations, and three Reference Invitation pages. Before you begin the application, choose three references who are not related to you and have their phone numbers and email addresses ready to enter as part of the application process.

All applicants are considered for positions with the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and by extension Duncan Park without regard to race, religion, color, gender, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Camps Scholarship Fund

Camp Capers, Mustang Island Family Camp, and Duncan Park are wonderful and life changing places to learn, deepen faith, and experience God's love. We never want financial need to prevent a camper or family from participating in our programming. Each year one-third of all campers rely on partial or full scholarship assistance to attend. The Camps & Conferences Department believes that no child should miss out on a camp experience because of financial limitations, and our staff are continually humbled and grateful for the faithful support of this diocese and our camp community.

The Camp Scholarship Fund is raised through various donors and fundraising efforts. It allows families needing financial assistance an opportunity to experience the Diocese of West Texas camping programs, and is designed to pay approximately 1/3 of the tuition for its recipient. The expectation is that the camper's home church will pay another third, and the family will pay the remaining balance. Exceptions based on hardship will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We encourage all parents to talk with the priest at their church about attending a camp program and explore ways that their congregation might help.

Click here to donate to the Camps Scholarship Fund.

Duncan Park Policies

Cancellation Policy
  • If a reservation is cancelled more than three weeks before session start date, a refund of the amount paid minus the $100 deposit will be given.
  • If a reservation is cancelled less than three weeks before the session start date, no refund will be given in most cases.
  • If a reservation is cancelled due to a medical condition or family emergency, a refund of the full amount paid will be given, pending approval of Duncan Park Director.
  • If a guest has received a scholarship from the diocese, those amounts will be refunded in full. If a guest has received a scholarship from their church, and the church requests refund, it is a special circumstance to be approved by the director.
  • Refunds are given either as an online credit for any of our camps programs or by check in the mail.
Health & Safety Policy

Duncan Park, licensed by the Colorado Department of Health, is highly committed to excellence and safety. Each camper's health and safety is an extremely important part of camp, and we strive to provide safe, healthy living facilities for your child and provide the best possible leadership and supervision.

For the health and safety of every camper, a current health information form must be completed online. Our staff review all forms and will see all campers at check-in.

Camp Property Policy

Responsible care of beds, doors, windows, trees, etc. is expected of all campers. Articles willfully destroyed will be charged to campers or their parents.

Privacy Policy

Sensitive information such as credit card or checking account information submitted via the website is automatically encrypted. Duncan Park personnel are not able to retrieve this information. This information is not shared with any other party. We do everything in our power to protect off-line user information in our offices. Only authorized employees trained to handle information properly are permitted access to personal information. These employees are subject to Diocese of West Texas guidelines in the handling of personal information.

For purposes of camp management, we may disclose general information within the camp community such as the name, phone number, email address, and address of campers. This allows our camp community to remain in contact with one another, continuing the relationships built at camp.

We may be required to disclose information during the investigation of fraud or illegal activity. For example, we may disclose personal information in response to a subpoena, warrant, court order, or other legal process.

Parent Information

Registration

All registrations for Duncan Park Summer Camp, Family Camp, and other camp programs take place online, through Ultracamp, our registration website. Click here to access your account; if you have lost your registration username or password, click here to retrieve or reset it.

The first time you register for a session at Duncan Park, or other diocesan camp programs, you will need to create an account and list yourself as the Primary Contact. Camp Capers staff will use this information to contact you with pertinent session information or in case of emergency. Contact Lisa Wray, Duncan Park Registrar, for Ultracamp or registration assistance.

Airfare

The following session registration fees include roundtrip airfare: All Youth Camps, Veteran Family Camp, and Renew, Reflect, Connect (Adult Camp)

Preparing for Camp

Review the Packing List for your session:
Click here to print a page of Frequently Asked Questions.
Follow Duncan Park on social media, @duncanparkco on Facebook and Instagram.

Wildlife in the Mountains

Duncan Park is surrounded by the Roosevelt National Forest, which is home to many different species of animals and plants. Larger mammals living in this region include moose, elk, bears, and mountain lions. All of these animals stay away from human contact as much as possible, and so, are not a threat to our campers or guests. The bears that inhabit this region of the country are Black Bears, which are passive until provoked. On the rare occasion that one of our furry friends walks through camp, we get to observe them from a respectful, safe distance. The Duncan Park orientation teaches everyone how to properly interact with these majestic creatures.To help encourage good behavior from our wildlife neighbors, no food or snacks are allowed in any sleeping quarters. Local wildlife have a keen sense of smell and a curiosity to match.

What are meals like at Duncan Park? What about food allergies or special diets?

The Duncan Park cook and other staff prepare nutritious meals, served buffet style. We believe in providing our campers and guests with healthy and nourishing meals. Special dietary requests and food allergies can be accommodated, with at least seven days’ notice, to allow for menu planning and provisioning. NO FOOD OR SNACKS are allowed outside of the kitchen and dining areas (see Wildlife in theMountains section below). Campers or guests may bring special food from home to store in the kitchen on a case by case, DP Director approved, basis. The kitchen is always accessible to adult guests, and campers will often bring a small snack (granola bar, fruit, trail mix, etc.) on hikes.

Electronics and Cell Phones

There is zero cell phone service at Duncan Park; Duncan Park staff have access to back-country communications devices at all times, in case of emergency on site or during an off-site hike. During Family Camp and adult camp, we ask that everyone leave your cell phone in your suitcase while on site and embrace this opportunity to rest from technology.

If a family member, dependent, or others need to contact you from home, incoming calls can be directed to the diocesan offices in San Antonio (888/210-824-5387), Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If it is non-urgent and after hours, use the phone directory by last name to leave a voicemail for Rob Watson, who can address your call during the next business day. In case of an emergency call Rob Watson’s cell phone (210-837-2788), and he can get in touch with you or Duncan Park site staff quickly.

Weather in the Rocky Mountains

To view current weather conditions at Duncan Park, enter the following location information into your preferred weather website or phone app, such as www.weather.com: City - Ward, CO; Zip Code - 80481; County - Boulder County. Nearby landmarks are Brainard Lake State Natural Area and the intersection of Hwy 72/Peak to Peak Highway.

  • June weather in the Rocky Mountains is like late winter in South Texas, with cold nights (30˚-40˚ F) and warmer days (40˚ - 60˚ F). Expect rain showers in the afternoon.
  • July weather in the Rocky Mountains is like spring in South Texas, with cool nights (40˚ - 50˚ F) and warmer days (60˚ - 80˚ F). Expect rain showers in the afternoon.
  • August weather in the Rocky Mountains can range from 50˚ - 70˚ F during the day and 40˚ - 60˚F at night. Expect rain showers in the afternoon. Consider bringing wool socks and base layers (long-johns) for sleeping.
  • September weather in the Rocky Mountains is a mixture of autumn and winter in South Texas. The leaves start changing as do the temperatures. During the day it is anywhere from 40˚ - 60˚ F with 30˚ - 50˚ F ranges at night. Expect rain showers in the afternoon, which can transition into light snow storms in the second half of September. Bringing wool socks and base layers (long-johns) for sleeping.
Altitude

Duncan Park's elevation is 9,530 feet above sea level. For comparison, San Antonio's elevation is 650 feet above sea level, Laredo is about 450 feet, and Corpus Christi is about 7 feet. Even the Denver Airport is only 5,430 feet elevation.

  • High altitude (8,000 feet+) effects every body differently, regardless of fitness level, age, or gender. Within 12 – 24 hours of arriving you may experience headaches or stomach aches, feel sluggish, and have a hard time catching your breath. These are normal symptoms.
  • To counteract altitude sickness, pack an empty water bottle in your carry-on bag, so that you can refill it inside the airport and stay hydrated during travel, take it easy the first day or two at Duncan Park, and consider exercising (daily walks, bike ride, etc.) regularly leading up to your trip.
  • If you have outdoor allergies, asthma, or health conditions that can make it hard to walk or breath in South Texas, bring the medicine you use to combat symptoms with you to Duncan Park.
Camper Photographs - SmugMug

Groups of camper photos will be uploaded at least twice during each camp session, and any remaining pictures will be added the week after a session.

  1. Go to dwtx.smugmug.com/capers on any mobile smart device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  2. Enter the password provided during Check-In and click the “Let Me In” button.
  3. Select the session your camper is attending to view and browse photos of camp.

If you need assistance, contact the summer Media & Marketing Coordinator at ccapers.photos@gmail.com, or the Camp Capers Office at camp.capers@dwtx.org.

Camp Check-In

On the first day of Summer Camp, meet with the group at the San Antonio International Airport, at least 2 hours before departure time. A parent or guardian must accompany the camper into the Luggage Check area, to complete a final 24 Hour Heath Check-In form. After the full group arrives, a Duncan Park staff member will guide the group through checking their bags, security, and to the terminal. The journey to Duncan Park has begun!

Departure Procedures

On the last day of Summer Camp, a parent or another adult authorized to pick up the camper will meet the group inside Baggage Claim to sign out each camper. Changes: If the designated pick-up person must change, Duncan Park must receive written instructions to that effect, including the name and phone number of the new Authorized Pick Up person, or verbal instructions via phone.

Unauthorized Pick-Up: If there is any reason to suspect a person may attempt unauthorized pick-up of a camper, please notify Duncan Park in writing using the above fax number and call the office at (210) 824-5387.

Lost and Found Items: 

Duncan Park will hold lost and found items for 30 days after the final summer session; then all unclaimed items will be donated to a local shelter. Duncan Park is not responsible for items left behind.

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