Summer Field Studies 2022 Trip

Summer Field Study is a class offered within the curriculum of Roncalli High School. The program is one part academics, one part adventure, and one part retreat. Students hike, climb, camp, cook, swim, raft, backpack, play, and pray in a uniquely challenging program that teaches students to respect themselves, to become leaders, and to work to achieve their dreams. Most importantly, students learn to read from the Book of Creation that God has given us to make known His grandeur, wisdom, and love for each of us. Over 3,000 students have participated over the past 40 years.


BaseCamp - San Juan National Forest Located in Southwestern Colorado, this spectacular snow-packed mountain range is home to an abundance of wildlife, majestic waterfalls, and glaciated peaks. At the heart of the area is Mount Wilson. At 14,246 feet, it stands as the highest peak in the San Miguel Range.

Auxiliary Adventure - Each student will have the opportunity to personalize their Summer Field Studies experience by choosing from one of the following auxiliary adventures:

Mountaineering - Students who choose this adventure will climb Mt. Sherman and an additional 14,000 ft plus mountain in the greater Leadville, Co area. During this time students will climb above the treeline, across snow fields, and through boulder fields to reach the summits.

Canyoneering - Students who choose this adventure will spend time in the greater Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument exploring various slot canyons oftentimes that open to dynamic waterfall pools at their termination.

Capitol Reef National Park - Students who choose to visit Capitol Reef will explore natural bridges, canyons, cliffs and valleys carved out by weathering and erosion over thousands of years. The park is also rich in historical human settlement.

BackPacking - Students who choose this adventure will complete a multiple day backpacking loop trail over mountain peaks, on the shores of alpine lakes and through high elevation wild flower valleys. The trip will be based in the San Juan Mountains.

Canoe Trip - Students will navigate the Green River through the northern half of Canyonlands National Park and as it meets up with the Colorado River. The trip ends outside the park's south end on the Colorado River. Students will stay multiple nights along the river banks.

Ouray Springs - Every student will visit the “Switzerland of America”, Ouray Colorado and have the opportunity to soak in the natural springs of the area.

Noah's Ark - Every student will have the opportunity to explore the high ropes adventure course as well as complete a whitewater rafting trip with Noah’s Ark at the end of the trip. Noah’s Ark is located just outside Buena Vista, Co and at the north end of the Arkansas River carved out Brown’s Canyon.

Dates - JUNE 13 - 26, 2022

Cost - $1,900 – The tuition covers all transportation, food costs, backpack, sleeping pad, camping and park admission fees, rafting fees, laundry, showers, and lodging expenses. Students provide their own sleeping bag, daypack, and tent.

Trip Add Ons: -
Rock Climbing: $200.00 (Any student choosing to Mountaineer (24 max Climbers) must complete Rock Climbing) - Due May 6, 2022

Canoeing: $200.00 - Due May 6, 2022 (Limited to the first 24 students that requests this trip)

Payment Schedule -
November 21, 2021 - Preliminary Deposit Due - $300.00 - Check made out to Roncalli High - Please put student name and SFS on the memo line. (Fully refundable until March 11, 2022)
March 11, 2022 - Confirmation Deposit Due - $700.00 - Check made out to Roncalli High - Please put student name and SFS on the memo line.
May 6, 2022 - Final Balance Due - $900.00 - Check made out to Roncalli High - Please put student name and SFS on the memo line.