McAuliffe Manual develops and implements several travel opportunities for students to experience the greater world. These include Outdoor Education Camp (YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch), 8th grade trip to Washington D.C., and travel abroad (for example, Costa Rica in 2018).

YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch Spring Trip

Each May, McAuliffe Manual plans and facilitates an annual experiential learning trip to Snow Mountain Ranch (near Winter Park, CO). Students participate in outdoor activities such as archery, downhill tubing, rock climbing, community building around the camp fire and free recreation time. To get a glimpse of the activities available, click here to view last year’s master schedule.

An announcement will be made later in the year with details about the trip.

Costa Rica in May 2018

costa ricaEnroll now – Space is limited! Visit and create your account. Enter trip ID 18103 and our group leader´s name, Escobar Coral. For more information, call or email: Trip and billing questions: 866-313-2577,


Easy, No-Cost Fundraising for YMCA Camp!

McAuliffe Manual partners with King Soopers and Safeway/Albertsons to help families raise money for our camp trip. Safeway returns 3% of your purchases back to McAuliffe Manual, and King Soopers returns 5% of your purchases back to McAuliffe Manual. There is no cost to you; support your Thunder student simply by doing your normal grocery shopping!

We will track your contributions from the King Soopers and Safeway/Albertsons cards and apply it to the cost of the trip for your student. To get started:

  • Purchase a $5 reloadable gift card from Mrs. Valerie Almodovar Cortez in the main office
  • Load the card at any King Sooper and/or Safeway/Albertsons’ customer service counter or the register for any amount up to $500 BEFORE purchasing your groceries. You can use cash, check or credit cards to load your card.
  • Use the card to pay for groceries, in-store Starbucks, gas, lift tickets, and sporting or event tickets.
  • Continue to load the card to pay for groceries every time you shop at King Soopers and/or Safeway/Albertsons.

Want to raise even more money? Just buy a gift card for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and neighbors to use so that a percentage of their grocery shopping will also be used toward the cost of your student’s trip.

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