Sky Ranch Spotlight

the rein brothers

By Luke Rein (Left) and Joe Rein (Right)

Between the two of us, we have been lucky enough to spend seven summers at Sky Ranch experiencing the sheer joy that comes from sharing the joy of Christ in an outdoor setting. We have seen the transformation that happens both at camp and on trail. When groups arrive at camp for a week of backpacking there is often a clear sense of excitement and nervousness overshadowed by a particular anxiety about this whole pooping in the woods thing. There are weeks where campers are cold, wet, tired, and smelly.  And yet at the end of the week it is always the same: they don’t want to leave Sky Ranch. Over and over again, we have witnessed high school students come out of these trips with a newfound sense of community and a newfound sense of themselves.

Along with the campers, Sky Ranch has been transformational for us. At camp, we have grown in our leadership abilities, challenged while leading groups hiking to Emmaline or backpacking to Brackenberry. We have grown in our faith, leading others in Bible study, worship, and probing conversation. Overall, the nature of our experiences provides a profound sense of care and responsibility for a place we’ve come to love and a community of brothers and sisters that we will be a part of for the rest of our lives.  Out of this has grown our desire to care for this everlasting family that shares the same passion for outdoor ministry.

Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp is situated in an incredible location for its backpacking and adventure programs. This program allows for trained staff to take groups of high school students on multi-day backcountry adventures to experience the beautiful creation that is Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. The Mummy Range and Rocky Mountain National Park provide an unparalleled setting for students to grow closer in intentional, Christ-centered community, while overcoming the many challenges associated with backcountry travel. As staff, these trips are truly unforgettable as well. We all want to see programs like these continue to thrive.

Working as offsite guides and coordinators, we have experienced first hand the well used and sometimes outdated gear that is sent out on trail. As we have both moved beyond college and into careers, we realize that we now have an opportunity to give back. As Sky Ranch prepares for another full summer of offsite programs, we hope to keep the Off-Site program running at full capacity. As part of the 2016 gear drive, we are committed to giving $3,000 towards the purchase of a new set of internal frame backpacks.

Sky Ranch has been a transformational outdoor ministry resource for 53 years. Many things have changed over these years, new facilities, directors, staff and more. While these changes occur, the mission of Sky Ranch has remained timeless. Join us in supporting this great ministry and ensuring the next generation experiences their own Encounter with Christ on the Mountaintops.


Each month we will highlight a story from a camper, staff, adult sponsor volunteer or guest on their experience at Sky Ranch. 

Our spotlight this month is Joe and Luke Rein. Joe currently serves as an English teacher at Mountainview High School. He has been on staff the summers of ’11, ’12, ’13, and ’15, and will be returning this summer as an offsite coordinator. Luke works for the Colorado Water Conservation Board. He served on staff the summers of ’12, ’13, and ’14. 

Past Sky Ranch Spotlights

Joe and Luke Rein

Haley Plucheck

Dave Kiel

Robin Lutjohann

Katharine Ritzi

Ben Fulton

Meagan Murphy

Kaari Von Bernuth

Doug Hill

Caitlin Almer