Fact Sheet for Fort Riley

Quick facts and frequently asked questions regarding Family Camp at Trail West for Ft. Riley Soldiers.

Quick Facts

Who: Approximately 35 active-duty Soldiers and their Families. Please note: Single-parent Families and cases where one spouse is performing official military duties but the other spouse/children can attend, are invited to participate as well.

What: Military Family Camp at Young Life's Trail West. Note: Young Life is a Christian organization, but that is not a requirement to attend. There will be a nightly program with a short message and sing-a-long songs, as well as numerous recreational activities — for example: horseback riding, pony rides, ropes course, swimming pool, water slide, hot tub, trout pond, tennis courts (rackets and balls available), basketball, sand volleyball, disc golf course, playground, 4x4 jeep tours and white water rafting. There will be an itinerary for group activities every day of the camp, but it is not mandatory to participate in all activities. Childcare is available on site during scheduled Family activities.

Childcare is available on site during scheduled family activities.


  • August 9 - 15, 2015

Where: Trail West is located in Buena Vista, Colo. (Transportation to/from the camp is the family's responsibility.)

Why: To allow Soldiers and their Families to get away from the stresses of everyday life, spend quality time together, laugh a lot and be restored.

How Much: Thanks to anonymous and generous donors, you pay only a small registration fee for your entire Family for the week. This fee covers all meals, activities and lodging for the Family for the week. The fee is based on rank; specifically: E1-E5 – $50; E6-E9 – $75; CW1-O3 – $100; O4 and above – $150.

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How do I apply?
    Visit militaryfamilycamp.younglife.org and click on a date under the Ft. Riley heading. Applications will be accepted beginning March 17. Space is limited, so apply now! If you are available to attend during more than one of the weeks listed, please submit your application for the earliest week you'd prefer. You'll be considered for other weeks as well. Notification of selection will occur no later than 30 days prior to the start date of camp. In order to accommodate as many families as possible, you will only be allowed to attend Military Family Camp once.

    If you are selected to attend, your registration fee (paid at the time of notification) will guarantee your slot. Do not send money with your application.

  2. What about pets, alcohol, and smoking?
    Unfortunately pets/alcohol are not allowed for this week. Smoking is allowed in designated areas only.

  3. What should I bring?
    The only things that Families need to bring are their personal items (outdoor clothes, swim suits, sunglasses, sunscreen, hats, etc.), snacks if they want, and a willingness to relax and have fun.

  4. What are the lodging accommodations like?
    The rooms are like hotel rooms with two queen-size beds and a private bath with either a balcony or patio — minus the television and telephone. The main lodge includes a lobby with a fireplace, a game room, gift shop and snack bar.

  5. Do I need to bring/plan for additional expenses beyond the registration commitment fee?
    There are no additional charges above the registration commitment fee. Trail West does have a gift shop, game room and snack bar in which you may want to make purchases. This is an individual choice. Additionally, any individual who wishes to fish in the trout pond will be provided poles, but bait must be purchased.

If you need assistance, email Debi Nancarrow at dnancarrow@mcym.org. ​​​​​​

The information that appears in this flyer is intended to inform Soldiers of special offers provided to them and their families and is not intended to constitute an endorsement by Ft. Riley, the United States Army or the Department of Defense.  It is strictly intended to be used for informational purposes only.  ​​