The Cheley Family is dedicated to continuing the tradition of excellence in youth camping started by Frank Cheley, in 1921. Each member brings unique talents and strengths that make the camp what it is today.
Jeff, son of Don, is the fourth generation Director of the camps. He is well equipped to run the camp into the 2000s. Jeff has a B.A. in Business from the University of Texas, Austin. He is an active volunteer serving on the Rocky Mountain Section American Camp Association board as Legislative Chair. He also volunteers for various Denver-based youth organizations that raise funds for youth programs. Jeff and his wife Erika live in Englewood during the winter months. Jeff is an avid athlete, teaching spinning classes in the off-season and participating in Ironman triathlons, downhill skiing and having tons of fun. Jeff started attending Cheley as a camper at age 9. He also worked on staff as a counselor and unit director. Jeff brings a good depth of Cheley experience and business acumen to camp. He is particularly good at digital slide shows and playing knockout.
As part of the fourth generation of camp leadership, Brooke, daughter of Don, is the Director of Camper and Parent Services for Cheley. She lives in Denver in the winter with her husband, Kurt, and their daughters, Ellie, Kate and Sam. Brooke graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Communications. As a former competitor in freestyle skiing, an Ironman triathlete and a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School in Patagonia, Brooke brings a wealth of knowledge to the backcountry program of Cheley. Brooke was a camper for nine summers and on staff as a counselor for three before joining the year round team. She is a devoted, fun mom and treasures the camp experience.
Don is the third generation Director of the camps. He is the son of Jack and Sis Cheley, and grandson of Frank and Eva. Don attended Colorado College and Menlo College, graduating with a B.A. in Business. Don is an enthusiastic volunteer and past President of the American Camp Association. He currently serves on the International Camp Federation as the U.S. Representative, chairs the American Camping Foundation and serves on the American Camp Association board as the ACF Chair. He is the USA representative for International Camp Federation. He works with International Counselors exchange and just about anything connected with camp both nationally and internationally. He also serves on the Board of the First National Bank in Estes Park. Don brings wisdom and great experience to the world of youth camping and is well known and respected in the industry. Don has over 50 years experience attending or working at Cheley.
Carole is Don’s wife and worked with Cheley for past 25 years. She is well-respected in the camp industry. She was a teacher and school counselor for 10 years before joining Cheley. Carole is an avid volunteer serving on the American Camp Association national board as liaison from the Association of Independent Camps where she serves as President. As an ACA Standards Visitor, Carole visits camps for accreditation determination. She also serves on the Children’s Garden Montessori School board in Denver and is a sustaining member of the Junior League. Carole has a B.A. in Fine Arts and a M.A. in Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. She loves Cheley and believes wholeheartedly in the camp experience and what it offers youth today. She brings a warm heart and wealth of youth development expertise.
Austin, son of Don and Carole and a fourth generation Cheley, graduated from Colorado College where he majored in English and Music. Austin grew up at Cheley and was a camper and participated in the Camper in Leadership Training program at Cheley where he spent nine summers. He loves writing, snowboarding, hiking and ultimate Frisbee. Austin enjoys playing his guitar while singing the music he writes to a crowd that always gathers. He is a natural at coordinating large groups of friends for trips to the mountains. Austin has worked at Cheley as assistant deck builder and other odd jobs such as unloading hay trucks and stacking firewood! He loves the camp experience and believes wholeheartedly in what it offers the youth of today.