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Last Updated on February 6, 2023 by OCF Communications

As you consider whether our Summer Celebration Work Week is a good fit for you or your family, please review the details below. You’re welcome to contact our Guest Services team with any additional questions: (719) 395-2328 or [email protected].

Work week volunteers must be 14 years or older, and should be physically able to work at least 8 hours each day, completing manual labor tasks such as fire mitigation and wood splitting, exterior building staining and repairs, climbing ladders for roof repair, etc. We will schedule a half-day off for all volunteers, with optional activities like whitewater rafting (additional cost), indoor climbing wall, etc. Volunteers, guests, and staff will gather each evening for engaging teaching sessions with our guest speaker.

We will offer a limited children’s program for ages 0-13. Two of the evening teaching sessions will include separate children’s program sessions; the other sessions will not include a children’s program. We will also offer optional babysitting (additional cost) on two separate mornings.

About the cost: For volunteers (ages 14 and up) who work the full week, there is no cost! Volunteers still get the scheduled half-day off.

For all other guests who are not working the full week, we offer a 20% discount from our standard Summer Celebration rates: Adults (14+) $608, Youth (6-13) $365, Children (3-5) $183, Infants (0-2) $0. No other discounts are compatible with these rates.

If you plan to attend Work Week, please register online, then email [email protected] and let us know whether members of your family or group will attend as volunteers workers or guests. This will help us accurately plan and organize our work projects.

Thanks for considering giving your time and energy to help us tackle some larger projects at Spring Canyon, your home away from home!

COL Kevin Bouren, USA (Ret.): “Having the Mind of Christ: Thinking Like Christians in 2023”

About the speaker: COL Kevin Bouren, USA (Ret.), is a Soldier in the Lord’s Army and served as a front-line ambassador for Christ while wearing the uniform of our Nation’s Army for more than 30 years. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, he is a 1997 Graduate of West Point, commanded Soldiers in combat in Iraq, and served in numerous combat and peacekeeping operations around the globe. Kevin is passionate about making disciples and helping them to fulfill the Great Commission. His service to the Nation and our Lord is enabled and enhanced by a thriving marriage to Adra, his lovely wife of 25 years, who changes the world one child at a time as a homeschool mom to their four delightful children: Kayla (20), Brady (17), Annalise (8), and Luke (6). They enjoy the outdoors, mentoring officers through Officers’ Christian Fellowship, and using their gifts to serve together on film sets as they proclaim Christ to the world.

Kevin and Adra have been actively involved in OCF since Kevin’s Plebe Year at West Point, and they have continued to lead small group Bible studies while staying connected to the OCF community through White Sulphur Springs and Spring Canyon. Having just retired from the Army in October 2022—where they lived at 17 different addresses encompassing 9 states—the Bouren Family is now traversing the country in their RV. They are continuing their passion in Christian filmmaking and pursuing God’s next calling, which includes building a multi-generational vision for their family in the context of great Christian community, four seasons, and snow!

About the topic: Every day, our world sends tidal waves of messages in opposition to God’s Word. Christians are vulnerable to the slow drift of culture if they do not stay grounded in His Eternal Word and actively fight the current. God’s Word tells us that we have the “mind of Christ” to discern these lies; that we must “be transformed by the renewal of [our] mind[s]” to discern God’s will; that we should “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit” with Christ-like humility; and that by thinking about “whatever is true… honorable… just… pure… lovely… [and] commendable” we will experience God’s peace.

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