Author Archives: Brooke Cheley

A Summer Break

“Those on the outside don’t understand it and those on the inside can’t explain it.” This is the expression I use when trying to explain camp to my family and friends. It’s hard to put into words what camp means … Continue reading

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Inside the Bubble

Summer. Children giggling, horses trotting, fires blazing, tie dye splattering, bikes whizzing by, sneaky whispers at rest period, and chants of encouragement are all too-familiar sounds during my summer. For the past five years, I’ve dedicated myself to working at … Continue reading

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2012 Video

2012 Video

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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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Can We Really Trust Every Doctor

Doctors have often been seen as some of the smartest members of society, and with good reason. It takes years of training, constant retraining, and a lot more than just book smarts to be a good doctor. But they are … 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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