“Gates of Lodore” Raft Trip (Finished & a huge success!)
Couples Retreat I (Finished and phenomenal!) July 15 – 19, 2015
Here’s a testimonial from this retreat – “Nearly two years after returning from a one year tour in Afghanistan, my injuries reallybegan to take a toll on my marriage and family. A close friend convinced me to apply for the Challenge Aspen Military Opportunity program and I must say that it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. My wife and I attended a summer marriage retreat and during this time, I feel that our relationship had improved tenfold since before my deployment. Not only did this program help my marriage, but it also help my own well-being. Nearly two years of medical treatment has no comparison to the self-confidence and time to reflect that the C.A.M.O. program provided. The Challenge Aspen program has proven to be better than any medical treatment, counseling or drug that has been prescribed to me. There are alternate solutions. I will forever be grateful and recommend that all injured service members have the opportunity to attend a C.A.M.O. retreat.”
XXXXXXXX , MSgt, USAF (Retired)
Women’s MST Survivor Retreat (Finished and amazing!)
Aspen Fall Colors Retreat (This retreat is filled)
Mark Christine Fly Fishing Retreat (This retreat is filled)
CAMO/ESTES PARK FALL RETREAT (This retreat is filled)
Join us for another fantastic few days in Estes Park! Enjoy the spectacular Aspen leaves as they turn gold, the thousands of bugling elk and the incredible activities planned for this 3 day retreat in the serene beauty of Estes Park, Colorado. You will be enjoy incredible four-wheeling and challenge yourself with rock climbing! At the end of each day, sit back and chill on your patio or relax in the hot tub. Simply put (and attested to by everyone who’s ever attended!) this retreat is one of the best CAMO programs!
Summer CAMO programs offer an opportunity for recreation and relaxation in the stunning beauty of the Roaring Fork Valley. Whether fly-fishing, white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, or simply relaxing by the pool, there are always incredible opportunities to learn and grow.
New this year are the Couples Retreats. In an effort to include the spouses and partners of injured military personnel, CAMO created programs that can strengthen relationships effected by injuries sustained during a soldier’s deployment. Very few programs offer the opportunity for husbands and wives to share in the wonderful experiences offered through Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities’ programming.
We are excited that there is great demand for this winter’s ski and snowboard programs. We continue to pursue funding sources to create more opportunities, but our programs fill very quickly. I am sorry all of the opportunities for this season are filled.
We do have waiting lists for each of the retreats and encourage anyone interested in participating to fill out the application, the Participant Intake Form and the DSUSA waiver. Potential participants who have submitted their paperwork are placed at the top of the waiting list.
Family Retreat (This retreat is filled)
November 27th – December 1st, 2015
Thanksgiving is opening day for skiing and snowboarding on Snowmass Mountain! Thanksgiving is also a time for families to be together for fun, bonding and learning! This retreat is open to any military family where a parent (or both) were injured in combat and they have a child (or other family member) diagnosed with a cognitive or physical disability. The retreat will be open for 5 families to attend.
Women’s Mountain Retreat (This retreat is filled)
December 4th – 9th, 2015
The focus of the Women’s Retreat is bonding, sharing and making new, life-long friendships! Recognizing the specific needs of newly injured service women, C.A.M.O. offers a specifically designed program that includes both daily snow-sports and wellness activities in a fun, retreat style setting. Wellness sessions will include: yoga, breathwork and sleep therapies. Please keep in mind CAMO staff and instructors may include males. The retreat is open to any woman diagnosed with physical and/or cognitive challenges. Applications are being accepted to fill 16 spots.
Learn to Ski/Snowboard I (This retreat is filled)
December 12th -17th, 2015
Learning to snow-slide is one of the most freeing opportunities available! Join our expert PSIA certified adaptive Aspen Skiing Company instructors for 4 days of fun on the slopes of Snowmass Mountain. Whether you’re a level 1 beginner or a level 6 intermediate, this is your chance to join your fellows in a great learning experience. This retreat will be open to 20 participants.
Couples Retreat I (This retreat is filled)
January 5th – 9th, 2016
The strains of deployment and injuries can be devastating to couples. This retreat offers recreational and educational opportunities to couples in which one (or both) individuals have been injured during their military service. Using skiing/riding as an opportunity for physical and mental health, our facilitators will provide sessions to build and strengthen relationships. This camp will be limited to 8 couples.
Learn to Ski/Snowboard II (This retreat is filled)
January 11th – 15th, 2016
The 2nd in the “learn to ski/snowboard” series. No matter what snow-sliding ability level you are, come join our world renowned adaptive professionals to develop new skills and techniques. In the evenings, you will have the opportunity to break bread with other men and women experiencing similar life situations; this is a chance to share stories and solutions.
Welcome Home Montrose (This retreat is filled)
January 22nd – 26th
Thanks to the Herculean efforts of the founders of Welcome Home Montrose, Montrose, Colorado has become one of the most accessible, Veteran-friendly communities in the United States. CAMO is partnering for this retreat with WHM to bring ten veterans to participate in a 4 days of adaptive ski and snowboard adventure!
SOCOM – United States Special Operations Care Coalition (This retreat is filled)
February 1st – 6th, 2016
Estes Park Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Adventure (This retreat is filled)
February 8th – 12th, 2016
One of the longest running, successful and fun CAMO retreats! Thanks to our partners in Denver and Estes Park and our dedicated CAMO volunteers and ski pros, you can cross country ski and snowshoe in one of America’s national treasures – Rocky Mountain National Park. This retreat offers the best in activities that include: wellness sessions, great lodging, fabulous food and the best in “chillax”!
Couples Retreat II (This retreat is filled)
February 10th – 15th, 2016
The 2nd of 3 opportunities this season for couples to relax, reunite and recommit. Military service can be extremely difficult on a relationship – long periods of separation and a change in physical or cognitive ability upon return can be tough on everyone. Join Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities for where the focus is re-bonding and rediscovering the strength and value in your relationship. Join us for 5 days of rest and relaxation, a chance to feel the wind on your face on the ski hill, wonderful wellness sessions with Emily Hightower (www.ondalu.com) and great food. Enrollment is open to 8 couples.
9th Annual Golshim L’Chaim – Ski to Live (This retreat is full)
February 23rd – 29th, 2016
CAMO, the Chabad Jewish Community Center and UJA Aspen Valley join forces for one of CAMO’s most successful camps! Approximately fifteen Israeli soldiers injured in service to their country travel to the United States and Aspen/Snowmass for a jam-packed week of recreational, educational and cultural activities.
Couples Retreat III (this retreat is filled)
March 3rd – 8th, 2016
The 3rd and final opportunity for couples to recreate, bond and grow through skiing and snowboarding instruction. Sharing an athletic endeavor can be extremely beneficial for a couple. Couples have a wonderful chance to share their experiences with other couples in similar situations. “Apres ski” activities include yoga, breathwork and sleep therapy sessions. Enrollment is open to 8 couples.
Learn to Ski/Snowboard III (this retreat is filled)
March 19th – 24th, 2016
Come have fun in the sun and snow with some of the best ski and snowboard instructors in the entire United States! We promise this trip will help break down barriers, provide new learning opportunities, and open doors to interesting skill development. No matter your snow-sliding skill level, our pros can take you to the next one!
Aspen Mountain Advanced Ski/Snowboard Retreat (Open to servicemen and women who are Level 6 or above riders – Monoski, ski or snowboard. 7 spots available)
April 11th – 15th, 2016
Aspen Mountain, one of the world’s greatest ski mountains, is the last of the four Aspen/Snowmass ski resorts to close for the season. Join our expert adaptive professional instructors on Aspen Mountain to bump up your game!
CAMO Winter Application Form
CAMO’s winter programs focus primarily on ski and snowboard instruction. Our Challenge Aspen/Aspen Skiing Company professional instructors coach all levels; so whether you are a total beginner snowboarder, an intermediate mono-skier, or an amputee who wants to learn to “three-track”, our pros will have you snow-sliding safely and joyfully in no time!
CAMO offers both “0pen enrollment camps” and private groups. Open enrollment is for any veteran (active duty or retired) who was injured in combat and wants to join us on snow. Private camps are booked out by rehabilitation centers, adaptive ski groups and other outside organizations in partnership with Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities.
Why ski or board? One word: Freedom!
Skiing is the “Great Equalizer”. Out the hill, we’re all the same. We’re unified in the common goal of enjoying the great outdoors and challenging ourselves to grow, learn and test our abilities.
Snowmass Mountain, home to CAMO camps, is the second largest mountain in the state of Colorado and offers fantastic diversity. From long, mellow groomers to steep, narrow chutes Snowmass has it all.
Thanks to our incredible partners, Aspen Skiing Co. and Aspen Sports, winter programs focus primarily on ski and snowboard instruction! We welcome all military personnel injured during service to apply for winter retreats. Retreats, usually 5 nights with 4 days on snow, also offer holistic therapies including yoga, breathwork and sleep management. Programs cater to a broad range of physical and cognitive injuries, utilizing our professional, fun and passionate adaptive instructors. Daily recreation and wellness activities, group meals, and educational sessions provide participants with the opportunity to acquire new skills, knowledge, and resources to cope with their injuries, while forming and enjoying new relationships in a fun, safe and healing environment.
All retreats are open to male and female military personnel injured while in service to our country, unless stated otherwise.
** If you are a recreation therapist, adaptive sports program manager, community organizer, or organization and would like to speak to us about CAMO hosting your group of injured military personnel, please call for more information.
For more information about all of our veterans’ recreational programs, contact John Klonowski