Honoring the Camp Colton experience with our alumni!

Honoring the Camp Colton experience with our alumni!

1979 Marshall Elementary School Camp Colton alumni and lifelong friends Ward Brykit and Adam Holmes.


“Camp Colton is one of the big memories of my youth growing up in Flagstaff in the 70’s. A big part of it was that all of us in our 6th grade class went – 6th grade was the top class in elementary school then. So we all knew each other really well and it was so amazing having these experiences with close friends as well as with new kids that joined from one other school – they used to send one class from two different schools. Being in the forest and away from home was monumental at that point. It was less structured back then, and that was incredible for me. You had to deal with so much new input, socially and otherwise. Looking back, I think it was one of the most important weeks of my entire childhood.”

– Ward Byrkit


“Camp Colton was a critical part of my Flagstaff educational upbringing.  My experience there ignited a deep personal relationship with our priceless natural environment and a lifetime appreciation for the opportunity to grow up in Flagstaff. Camp Colton ignited a lifetime interest in natural science and provided an unprecedented opportunity to study nature with true experts.
Most importantly, Camp Colton established a common respect for nature in all of us who shared the experience. Camp Colton strengthened the “Flagstaff way” of thinking in me: our natural surroundings are priceless, belong to all of us, and must be shared and protected by everyone.”

– Adam Holmes

Letters from Camp Colton


Dear Camp Colton Staff:923.15 CC peaks fr pond SMS 2

I am writing you because I loved the classes you taught. You made them fun. Thank you for teaching us. The two classes I liked best were survival and geology. I had a great time going geocaching and learning how to use a compass. I liked geology because it was my first time going in to the Lava Tubes and I learned a lot. It was also very fun when we all turned off our headlamps and were completely silent. You made these classes fun because you explained things very well and it was easy to understand. Before Camp Colton, I had no idea how the Lava Tubes formed or how to use a GPS to go geocaching. Thank you for teaching awesome classes and helping out at Camp Colton. -Nicholas


Dear Camp Colton:

Thank you for everything … for the food, dancing, camping, playing and learning. –Louie


Dear Camp Colton Staff:

All the activities that you have are fun and amazing. And I like that you are all about nature. I love nature. Thanks for being the greatest camp ever! -Colin


Dear Camp Colton Staff:

Thank you for giving us the opportunity of coming to camp. I enjoyed learning outside, square dancing, all of the classes, and the crafts! Someday I really hope to come again because I loved doing all of the night activities too. The food was really good andthe staff (you guys!) was super nice. I hope youcan keep campgoing and give other kids the experiences we had! – Abby