Shinecation

WHAT IS SHINECATION?

SHiNEcation is just one way we practice what we preach when it comes to being about MORE than fitness. We value connection and love creating events with positive environments and loads of stress-free fun built in. (We know how to do FUN really well – like REALLY, REALLY well – so be prepared for an unforgettable experience!) SHiNEcation happens every other year as an opportunity to see old friends and get to know new faces. Our goal is to make a lasting impression on our attendees and leave them feeling seen, fulfilled, inspired and empowered to live their most full lives when they return home.

SHINECATION 2024

WELCOME TO CAMP SHINE!

The 2024 SHiNECATION event is not just a vacation, it is an EXPERIENCE that you will not ever be able to duplicate. Camp SHiNE is your opportunity to bring back your sense of childhood before life became cluttered with schedules, deadlines, and worries. Through new experiences, new friendships, and of course lots of SHiNE, let us help you to remember and recreate those childhood feelings. You’ll have opportunities to try all of the traditional camp activities from hiking to crafts as well as those not so usual activities like roller skating and dancing. Reserve your spot today and we will save you a seat around the campfire.

ALL THE DEETS

LOCATION

  • YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park Center (2515 Tunnel Rd, Estes Park, CO 80511)
  • 850+ acres of ponderosa pines and spectacular vistas. Surrounded on 3 sides by RockyMountain National park
  • 30+ activities to keep you busy

DATES
May 2-5, 2024

  • Arrive Thursday, May 2nd – we will have a social gathering that evening (S’mores and campfire)
  • Event officially starts Friday morning and ends on Saturday night
  • Check out is Sunday morning

***Complete agenda and event details will be available closer to the event***

WHO’S INVITED

This is open to ALL of SHiNE nation – instructors, students, online members, YouTube Subscribers, etc. Attendees must be 16 or older to attend our event.

ACTIVITIES

There will be no shortage of things to do while staying at the largest YMCA Camp in the country!

The Activity Schedule will be released by the YMCA Estes Park 3 weeks in advance, at which time you can start registering for activities. Here’s a glimpse of the available activities:

    • Free activities: disc golf, miniature golf, horseshoes, gaga ball, etc. Equipment will be available for rent in the Sweet Memorial Building.
    • Sweet Memorial (close to Longs Peak Lodge – Hours: 8:30 am – 6 pm): Available activities will be in the Activity Schedule, which is released 3 weeks prior to our event. Examples are trivia, survival bracelets, knots, bingo, flag football, etc. There’s a game room in the basement with ping pong tables, foosball tables, shuffleboard tables, a pool table, and a basketball game. You can sign out games, puzzles, mini golf equipment, sports equipment, and more!
    • Hiking: A Guided Hiking schedule will be in the Activity Schedule, which is published 3 weeks prior to our event. The YMCA has guided hikes that you have to register for but there’s no cost. Hikes leave from the Mountain Center. All equipment will be provided for gilded hikes requiring specialized snow equipment, such as snowshoes or microspikes. Please dress in layers and be prepared for snow and cold temperatures. SHiNE will also organize a guided hike on Friday and Saturday during the afternoon activities. 
    • Lula W. Dorsey Museum: learn about the history and creation of YMCA of the Rockies. Guided tours available, no registration required.
    • Maude Jellison Library: Grab a good book, a hot cup of coffee, and get cozy by the fire
    • Craft & Design Center: Drop in crafts available everyday, prices and availability vary. Glazed ceramics must be finished by 2 pm and glass fusion must be finished by 3 pm to be ready for pick up the next day. We recommend doing crafts on Friday so that they can dry and be picked up on Saturday. A class schedule will be in the Activity Schedule, which is published 3 weeks prior to our event. Registration required. 
    • Indoor Swimming Pool: Heated to 83 degrees. Lap swims and open swim times are available. You can sign up for an Aqua SHiNE class in the Attendee Survey.
    • Bob Ecker Roller Rink: Open skate hours. Roller skates provided.
    • Longhouse Gym: Stop by the gymnasium for a game of volleyball or basketball. There are 3 outdoor tennis courts with pickleball lines.
    • Indoor Archery: located at the Indoor Archery Range in the Roller Rink. Archery  sessions allow beginners to learn the basics, while experienced archers get a chance to practice their skills. Registration required. Up to 12 people per session. Cost is $12 per person.
    • Aerial Challenge Course: Test your limits by navigating through the brand new course. Each session lasts about 1.75 hours and includes 30 minutes of instruction with a guide. You can book up to 2 weeks in advance.
    • Nelsen Family Indoor Climbing/Bouldering Wall: located at the Mountain Center, the indoor climbing wall is modeled to look and feel like real rock! Climb to the top of the 25 foot wall or stay low to the ground on the bouldering wall. Registration required. Up to 8 people per session. Cost is $12 per person.
    • Massage Therapy: Homegrown Yoga & Massage offers state-of-the-art massage therapy services in a serene mountain cabin located on the grounds of the YMCA. You can text Laura at 720-218-1953 to schedule an appointment. 30, 60, 90, and 120 minute massages are available. Prices range between $65 and $200.

Additional Activities Provided by SHiNE:

  • Daily SHiNE Classes
  • Motivational Workshops
  • Organized Games
  • Connection Opportunities Galore

CAMP REGISTRATION

CAMPER REGISTRATION FEE:

  • EARLY BIRD PRICE: $499 – available through NOVEMBER 30, 2023. 50% Deposit($249.50) to reserve a spot.
  • REGULAR PRICE: $549 – price increase starts on DECEMBER 1, 2023. 50% Deposit($274.50) to reserve a spot.
  • All remaining balances are due by January 31, 2024.
  • Cancel by January 31, 2024 to receive a full refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. Norefunds will be issued after January 31, 2024.

CAMPER REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES:

  • Event Activities (SHiNE Classes, Motivational Workshops, Organized Games,Connection Opportunities, etc)
  • Swag Bag filled with Goodies!

FOOD + LODGING

Book your Food and Lodging, ASAP, to guarantee a room in the Longs Peak Lodge with the other SHiNE campers.

All SHiNE Campers will bunk in a lodge, but still benefit from the privacy of having our own room that feels like a hotel. So no squeaky bunkbed and sleeping bag to worry about!

  • Lodge Amenities: Wi-Fi (available in all buildings), Mini-Fridge, Linens/Towels
  • Lodge rooms are heated
  • Check-In*: 6:00 pm / Check-Out: 10:00 am

           *May be able to check-in early based on room availability.

Your Conference Lodge Room Package includes:

  • Lodging and Meal Plans are booked together for all Campers staying in the same room. The person making the room reservation will indicate how many Campers (list names in the Special Remarks section of the reservation) are in the room and then need to be reimbursed by the others. At time of the booking, only a 35% deposit is required.
  • Accommodations: Each lodge room has 2 Queen Beds and can accommodate up to 4 people. It is your choice if you want to share a room and with how many people. The Room Rates for each night are Thursday: $104, Friday: $144, Saturday: $144, plus 9.2% tax. If you are unsure of whom to room with, a great way to find roommates is through the SHiNEcation private Facebook Group you’ll get access to with your Camper Registration.
  • Each camper will need a Meal Package, which is only $93 total per person, plus 3.7% tax. This meal package will automatically be added to the lodge room fee when booking the room and includes 6 buffet-style meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on both Friday & Saturday) in the Aspen Room. Additional meals can be purchased on-site as needed. The first person that checks-in to the lodge room will receive a packet with room keys and meal tickets for all of the campers staying in the room. 
    • Meal Plan tickets (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Friday and Saturday) are only accepted in the Aspen Dining Room which is an all-you-care-to-eat, buffet-style dining hall. Choose from a wide assortment of hot and cold menu items, including vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian dining options, and much more. All meals include salad bar, entrees, dessert, and beverages. If you have an allergy, please note that all food is cooked in the same kitchen. Service Hours: Breakfast: 7 – 9am, Lunch: 11:30 am – 1pm, Dinner: 5 – 8 pm
    • Rustic Café is open from 7 am to 2 pm (hours may be extended). It’s great for a quick bite of something to grab and go. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it serves up coffee, hot and cold beverages, and a selection of based goods, as well as soups, salads, and snacks.
  • Please list all Campers staying in your room in the Special Remarks section of the reservation. Any subsequent reservation updates can be made by calling the YMCA Central Reservations desk at 888-613-9622.
  • On-site Recreation: miniature golf, basketball, volleyball, tennis, indoor swimming, hiking trails, library, and many programs. Archery, horseback riding, and craft projects are available on-site for a nominal fee.

HOW TO BOOK FOOD & LODGING:

  1. Click on the RESERVE MY LODGE link below
  2. Select your Arrival and Departure Dates (May 2-5, 2024)
  3. Enter the Group Code: 1083217
  4. Enter the number of Adults (Campers)
  5. Please list all Campers staying in your room in the Special Remarks section of the reservation.

Please note that a 35% deposit (for Rooms and Meals) is due to the YMCA when making a reservation.  When checking out, the total will be shown but you’ll only pay the 35% up front. Full payment is due upon check-in at the YMCA.

If you would like to enjoy the beautiful mountain location beyond the dates of the event, please make your reservation on-line first for the dates of the event by clicking on the link below. Then call Central Reservations at (888) 613-9622 to add additional nights to your existing reservation. Have your reservation number handy.

If you have any questions, or need to change the amount of campers in your room, please contact the Central Reservations Office at (888) 613-9622, and refer to the “Camp SHiNE” group.

ARRIVAL, DEPARTURE, AND TRANSPORTATION

  • Airport: Fly into the Denver Airport (DIA)
  • Airport Transportation: It’s about a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from the Denver Airport to the YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park Center
  • Estes Park Shuttle is a great option for Round-Trip transportation and they’re offering a 10% discount for SHiNE Campers!
  • AFTER you book your flight, click on the ‘SHUTTLE FLIGHT INFO’ button below to input your flight information. Estes Park Shuttle will plan shuttle transportation accordingly. The cost for the regular shuttle is $121.50, per person, ROUND TRIP. However, if several attendees are arriving at the same time, they’ll be able to utilize a larger vehicle and the cost will be lower.
  • So that Estes Park Shuttle can book the appropriate size vehicles, the deadline to enter your flight information into the Shuttle Spreadsheet is March 11!
  • Below are shuttle times, which may be adjusted if there are several attendees arriving or departing at the same time.
    • Denver Airport to Estes Park (times starting on May 1, 2024)
      • 8 am / 10 am / 1 pm / 4 pm / 7 pm / 10 pm
    • Estes Park to Denver Airport (times starting on May 1, 2024)
      • 5 am / 7 am / 10 am / 1 pm / 4 pm / 7 pm
  • Planning Arrival: Thursday, May 2, 2024 is an arrival day with the pre-event starting in the evening with S’mores around the campfire.
  • Planning Departure: Event activities will end the evening of Saturday, May 4, 2024 with Sunday, May 5, 2024 being a departure day. 
    • Departure Recommendation (Estes Park to Denver Airport): Estes Park Shuttle recommends allowing at least 4 hours between the departure of the shuttle and the departure of the flight. This allows 2 hours to get to the airport and 2 hours before departure to get through the airport.
  • Transportation into the Town of Estes Park: If you would like to explore the Town of Estes Park or need to run to the grocery store, Colorado Shuttle Service provides 24/7 shuttle service in the area. You can call or text (970-614-8669) or make a booking on their website. The cost is $10 per person, per direction and can be paid via cash, credit card, or Venmo. There are 2 grocery stores in the area. Country Market is a small grocery with good quality food that is located down the street from the YMCA. There is also a Safeway grocery store that’s a little farther.
  • Altitude Sickness: Estes Park Center is 8,000+ feet above sea level. Give your body time to adjust by limiting physical activity for the first 24 hours. Drink plenty of water and minimize sugar and alcohol intake. The YMCA sells Oxygen in the General Store.

RELIVE THE LAST SHINECATION

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If you’d like to learn more about partnership opportunities, please submit the contact form via the button below for more details!

We love to partner with brands who’s vision and purpose align closely with our own, and we’ve collaborated with several established brands on previous events to bring the very best experience to our attendees. Some previous partners include: