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iGovern West

Imagine a verdant mountain paradise, where GenJers can escape from the stress of life and relax among the sandstone cliffs. Alas, not all is well in paradise. There are decisions to be made, a nation to govern, and bad policies to fight. Amidst the towering trees, bills are drafted and debated, national and international policies are formulated, and a presidential election hangs in the balance.

You will be responsible to govern the nation wisely with other GenJ campers, make decisions, and live with the rewards—or consequences. It is not all work, though. There is rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, volleyball, Bear Trap’s rescue course, and more! You will work among the natural monuments of the Rocky Mountains and experience the mild summer of the American West. With all of these activities, coupled with your work in the iGovern Congress, and your involvement in (or opposition to) the strong political parties, you are sure to keep busy and find yourself begging for more.

It is iGovern West: GenJ politics high in the mountains of Colorado.

Program Overview

So much to do, so little time! Each day at the Generation Joshua iGovern camp is jam-packed with activities. Whether it’s an uplifting chapel service, listening to inspiring speakers, strategizing on how your candidate can win the mock presidential campaign, drafting legislation to win support in the campaign, or participating in any number of recreational activities, the GenJ iGovern camp promises to keep you busy!


Each day, the drama of the simulation pauses as staff and students gather for worship and a message from one of our camp speakers during Chapel sessions.

Over the years, Chapel has become the single most highlighted aspect of the week in camper feedback forms and testimonies. Life-changing ministry takes place as students are encouraged and inspired by the truth of God's word and the hope of the Gospel.

At the end of each day, students have the chance to ask questions and dive deeper during small group devotions led by the camp counselor in their wing.

Lectures and Speakers

At iGovern, participants will hear from prominent conservative leaders and thinkers. Past speakers include:

  • Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States

  • Ben Sasse, U.S. Senator

  • Cory Gardner, U.S. Senator

  • Virginia Foxx, U.S. Congresswoman

  • Tom McClintock, U.S. Congressman

  • Dr. James Dobson, Founder of Focus on the Family

  • Wendy Wright, Former President of Concerned Women for America

  • Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity

  • Lila Rose, President of LiveAction

  • Ryan Bomberger, Founder of The Radiance Foundation


At camp, you will have an opportunity to draft bills, create legislation, debate in Congress, and gain hands-on experience for what it would be like to run a country. You will figure out what it takes to rub shoulders with high profile lobbyists at our annual formal Gala. In addition, during our mock presidential election, you'll have a chance to run for President or Vice President, or help elect another member of the party to this coveted position.

Fun and Games

iGovern gives you the chance to connect with old friends and make new ones during our packed, week-long program. You'll connect over shared interests and causes, and develop these friendships as you work and play together. In addition to the lectures you'll attend and the causes you will support, iGovern West gives you special opportunity to enjoy all types of fun outdoor activities -- rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, and more!


Eligibility & Pricing Guide

Generation Joshua tries to make its camps as affordable as possible to teens and their families. Toward that end, our prices are often below the costs of comparable camps. We encourage all of our potential participants to start saving today. Camp is more affordable than you might think!

Eligibility & Age

iGovern West is open to any Generation Joshua member between the ages of 14–19 (Note: this is different from iGovern East and iGovern Statecraft). If you have questions regarding this please contact us.


The cost for the entire week of camp is $745. If you register before February 1, you will be given a $75 registration discount. Registrations between February 1 and April 5 will receive a $50 registration discount. Registrations after July 12 will be charged a $60 expedited processing fee.

A $50 discount is available for HSLDA member families.

As a thank you for your service, we are offering a $200 discount to children of parents in full time or retired ministry or active/retired military.

Pricing includes transportation from the Colorado Springs airport (COS) to camp and back, lodging, food (17 meals — Sunday evening through Saturday morning), access to all activities, and a great time!

Cancellation Policy

Your camp registration includes a $100 non-refundable deposit. Of the remaining amount the following applies:

  • If you cancel on or before July 1, you will receive a full refund.
  • If you cancel on or before July 12, you will receive 50% of your refundable deposit.
  • If you cancel after July 12, you will not receive a refund.

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Transportation Information


For arrivals at the start of camp, a shuttle will be provided to transport students from Colorado Springs Airport (COS) to iGovern at Bear Trap Ranch. Shuttles will run from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon. At the end of camp, on Saturday, the shuttle will run from 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. There are no exceptions to arrival and departure times.

If a camper is traveling as an unaccompanied minor, there is a $50 fee. Also, they must arrive during our shuttle times, and we must know in advance. Airline policies require GenJ Camp staff to sign paperwork stating that we have picked up the passenger and require us on departure to wait with the passenger at the gate until they have boarded the plane. Thus, the departure must occur prior to 12 p.m. on Saturday so that our staff can return on the last shuttle.

GenJ has partnered with United Airlines to provide discounted airfare for your travel to iGovern. To take advantage of this discount, click here and enter code ZJTQ747849 in the "Offer Code" box. 


Registration is 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Dinner is offered at 5 p.m. If you want to take advantage of that, arrive earlier to ensure adequate time to settle in. All campers must depart Saturday before 11 a.m.

The Camp will be held at Bear Trap Ranch, located 30 min from downtown Colorado Springs. The address is 8655 Old Stage Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.