Author Archives: Brooke Cheley

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A Life is Precious

Our little Samantha started to crawl last week.  She quickly moves towards  shiny beads, tiny Barbie accessories and board game pieces that get left on the floor by her older sisters.  Now it is time to make sure the baby … Continue reading

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As the seasons change, so does the staff at Cheley Camps

We often joke about the comments we get when we are out in the world and we tell someone that we run an overnight summer camp.  Often the response is, “Wow, how fun, so what do you do in the … Continue reading

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Update from Cheley

The High Park fire has continued to grow but is not moving in the direction of the Trail’s End Ranches or the Land O Peaks Cheley property. The fire has impacted some of our program areas.  Our rafting program is … Continue reading

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Our mission

Dear Cheley family “We build the lasting character and resiliency of young people, creating unique life experiences in a challenging and nurturing natural environment.” “Great things happen when youth and mountains meet.” Our mission guides us everyday.  We realize we … Continue reading

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The Seasons of a Camp Director

It’s March 1st. I can’t believe it is March 1st.   Almost daily, I think, where is the time going?  I never feel like I can fit it all in.   I always want it to slow down just a touch or … Continue reading

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Ann McCollum’s trek in Nepal

After six years as a camper and four years as a backpacking counselor at Cheley, in 1988 I signed up for a course with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) to broaden my experience, to get beyond the Rocky Mountains … Continue reading

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Halloween Candy and the Empowerment of Choice

The fall is flying, and it has now been two weeks since Halloween.  I have to say, I am proud of my girls and how they have handled the bag-full of candy that hangs on a small hook in our … Continue reading

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The Dreamers, the Doers and those in between

In 1883, an engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a bridge connecting New York to Long Island. But bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to … Continue reading

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It is not about the curtains

We always get a chuckle when it’s time to explain to the pre-camp crew what their assignment is for the day.  “What? You want me to rake and redistribute these pine needles and move around these large rocks into a … Continue reading

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