30 years + 30 days + 30 kids + you = free summer camp!

For 30 years Dr. Bud Wilson has worked a miracle - giving his all to provide a month-long transformative ranch and wilderness summer camp for any child... tuition free.  

This summer 30 lucky campers will make the Sangre de Cristo Youth Ranch Summer Camp their home away from home.  

For 30 days they will be beaming out sights, sounds, revelations and stories from camp.

We'll be live on this site on June 21 - the day camp starts.  We want you right there with us - doing the deeds, singing the songs, in on the jokes, and up on the peak.

the Light at the End

During the last week of school most students are just biding their time, watching movies and eating junk food in class, playing hooky, yearning for summer break...  At Roots & Wings Community School, Passage is a time for deep reflection, relaxation, celebration, friendship and fun - this is what the most important week of the year looks like:

Students Shine on Earth Day

Joan Long and Claire Cote increase ridership on NCRTD (free blue bus) public transit with youth created artwork

On April 22 – Earth Day, there was a full house at OCHO Art + Event Space in Questa. Bursting with youth creativity, color and light, the “Luz es Vida Earth Day Youth Performance Café” was full to capacity in more ways than one!  Five large, brightly painted banners as well as some wonderful smaller works greeted guests as they entered the gallery space . Each one reflected the “Luz es Vida – Light is Life” theme in its own unique way through the creativity of the many youth hands (over 220!) that worked on them...READ MORE

Snow Day

Kyle Totman, Alex Keltner, and Cade Harris stand tall in their newly dug quinzee while instructor Scott Laidlaw inspects

Syd Slater studies the snowpack depth

Everybody loves a snow-day!  For students at Roots & Wings Community School, a public charter school in Questa, the term snow day has new meaning.  On the morning of March 2nd, with the much of the county still digging out from under a record snowfall - most area students were hoping to have the day off.  Meanwhile, middle scholars at RWCS were up early and busy packing up with classmates to head out into the snow for an epic adventure...READ MORE

Roots & Wings students head out to school in Bull of the Woods pasture in the newly protected Columbine Hondo Wilderness

Roots & Wings students head out to school in Bull of the Woods pasture in the newly protected Columbine Hondo Wilderness

Summer Season - Epic

The sun is swinging lower and winter is sinking into the bones of our mountain with each chill gust of wind.  Now is the time to catch up on inside work.  Localogy sure covered some ground with our youth programs in 2014.  Here are the pictures to prove it - just in time to show off to your loved ones over the holidays!  Thanks to all you summer campers and school kids for living every day with us to the fullest.  Thank you people who aren't pictured in any of the galleries below, but who were equally a part of the adventures with your donations and support.  This is all you:

You Can Fit In

We know you are one of a kind.  Now you can be one of the kind people who donate to the good work of Localogy.  As a camp parent pointed out, not everybody can just click on that paypal button to make the big donation.  When it comes to giving - one size does not fit all.  So by popular demand... we give you two new ways to share with the kids:

  1. Automatic recurring payment.  Take a moment to sign up and a robot will automatically donate a dollar amount of your choosing at a regular time interval that fits your budget.  Giving has never been so painless.  And of course you can make it stop at any time.
     
  2. Stock donation.  We can now receive direct donations of stocks.  Instead of contributing your earnings to the capital gains tax, send those old stocks to Localogy and we'll make some real-world gains.  Contact us for more information.
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TISA Ranch Style

Thanks to hard working teachers, Lenny Foster's face, and some other creative fundraising, the 2nd and 3rd grades from TISA (Taos Integrated School of the Arts) got out on the ranch for spring field days.  I've never seen such a happy dish line.

The World is Run by Those Who Show Up

The Planmasters get their priorities straight at the May 10th planning retreat.

The Planmasters get their priorities straight at the May 10th planning retreat.

Due to overwhelming demand for Wild Camp (Sangre de Cristo Youth Ranch for young adults) the Planmasters youth council has wisely chosen to split the 1 two-week session into 2 one-week sessions.  In other words - we've condensed the session to serve twice the 13-15 year old people with a higher quality small-group experience.  We'll still get to hike a 14er (large mountain in Colorado) and have lots of laughs.  Campers were divided between the two sessions at random.

The Planmasters (a group made up of youth) is also scheming on having events throughout the year beyond summer camp for young people who won't wait around until they are adults to make an impact in the world.  You don't have to be a camper at Sangre de Cristo Youth Ranch to make the plan.  Contact Daniel to get involved.

The Locals Make It Big

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Tuesday May 6th is your chance to give Localogy a big lift.  Bud will match your dollars for 24 hours.  Join the first annual National Day of Giving - get your friends in on it and check back here on Tuesday.  Let's see what we can do together...

The Singing River

Where do you find the Singing River?  It lives in the hearts of many in Questa NM, Taos Pueblo, and beyond.  It was a sanctuary of joy and wonder.  From 1999 through 2003, Singing River Field Center was a day camp located on the pristine sun-dappled banks of the Rio Cabresto.  It was a vision of Maggie and Aron Rael and friends for soulful environmental education.  And, in 2014 Singing River Field Center Day Camp is real again!

Local 8-11 year olds can once again mingle happy voices with the Singing River for two week-long day-camp sessions June 23 - 27 and June 30 - July 4.  Camp runs from 9am to 3:45pm Monday through Friday with a campout Thursday night.  Transportation is available.  Learn more and sign up here.  Spread the word and donate to the scholarship fund.

Oh the Places We've Been

Oddly enough, when I went to post the camp pictures, I found my collection consisted mostly of this character hamming it up. Here he can be seen rock climbing in the Crestone area (perhaps the most spectacular of the Rocky Mountains). Other Summer Campers also made it into a few good shots, including the teenagers who hiked here.

Oddly enough, when I went to post the camp pictures, I found my collection consisted mostly of this character hamming it up. Here he can be seen rock climbing in the Crestone area (perhaps the most spectacular of the Rocky Mountains). Other Summer Campers also made it into a few good shots, including the teenagers who hiked here.

Having brought together extremely photogenic summer campers doing interesting things around spectacular scenery, I can now proudly present to you the absolute finest Sangre de Cristo Youth Ranch Summer Camp pictures.  As usual, we took it to the next level with our activities and destinations, and the results will amaze!  Click here to see.

The residents of this nest chose to construct and populate it in the Bud cabin during Session 1. The camper who shared this bunk didn't seem to mind

The residents of this nest chose to construct and populate it in the Bud cabin during Session 1. The camper who shared this bunk didn't seem to mind

Youth Springs Eternal Food

These people look younger than the average farmer (57 years old).  That's good - I plan on eating for some time to come.

These people look younger than the average farmer (57 years old).  That's good - I plan on eating for some time to come.

It has never been a harder time to be a farmer.  Cultural and economic forces have devalued the profession, eroded rural landscapes and communities, and sent a whole generation of would-be farmers fleeing an inheritance of toxic industrialized debt and drudgery in droves.  Most of the holdout farmers ain't spring chickens.  And when they go, our food supply will have really "bought the farm" as well.

Meanwhile, all kinds of observant youngsters are fired up about farming the right way because they know our lives depend on it.  Next to movie star, it's the hippest vocation to aspire to.  But with the cost of land, equipment, labor and other inputs - in the context of a society that does not value food - the serious young producer has a near impossible row to hoe before the first seed hits the soil.

Enter Cerro Vista Young Farmers.  Last year Daniel Carmona gave some young apprentices a 30+ year head start with the benefit of his experience, while they gave the biggest local produce producer the benefit of their focused labor.  At the end of the season, they embarked on their careers growing our food with some savvy in the ol' tool shed and some cash in the pocket.

Lama Mountain Internship

An LMI Pioneer shows a camper how to card wool from a sheep he tackled and sheared

An LMI Pioneer shows a camper how to card wool from a sheep he tackled and sheared

Five college-age students participated in the first-ever Lama Mountain Internship (LMI) in 2013, Residential stays ranged from 1-3 months, and interns spent 30 hours a week engaging in activities related to homesteading in the high desert—from sheep shearing to food preservation, from composting to construction.

Shepherded by charter school founders Todd Wynward and Dr. Stephanie Owens, LMI was of significant benefit to both the interns and the host community. The individual interns gained new knowledge, deep friendships, improved skills, and clarified personal values from a “time apart” characterized by healthy localized living, meaningful work, wilderness experiences, group discussions and opportunities for deep reflection. The Mountain at large benefited significantly from the labor interns brought to projects—cultivating community gardens, caring for sheep and goats, installing a drip system, building a greenhouse and sustainable housing, and practicing youth leadership with SCYR Summer Camp and Roots and Wings Community School.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2014 internship season.  College credit may be available to participants.  Contact Todd for more information.