Colorado summer camp

Specialty Camps

Family Summer Camp

In response to the frequent request from parents, “We want to go to camp too,” we opened our first family summer camp in 1985. More than three decades later, we continue to operate this fun and rewarding Colorado specialty camp. Families with children age 6 and older can experience our 5-day family camp in August after our regular summer season concludes. Family summer camp activities include day hikes to lakes, waterfalls, and mountaintops, horseback riding in the ring and on trails, technical climbing, fishing, crafts, target sports and games. Evening campfires are a favorite, with family skits, songs, creative program reports, and hilarious fun. Family Camp is very popular and always fills, so enroll early!

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Cheley/Children’s Burn Camp

The Cheley program was expanded in 1984 to include the Cheley/Children’s Burn Survivor Summer Camp for children who are healing from a burn injury. The 8-day camp welcomes burn survivors from all over the world. Together, they experience the Cheley magic with a group of peers. The Burn Camp program includes day hikes, backpacking, technical climbing, horseback riding, crafts, fishing, evening campfires, songs and games, and sports. Cheley staff members provide the camp program and counseling expertise while The Children’s Hospital team provides expertise in burn injuries and emotional/social issues. In addition, firefighters from Denver and Estes Park and burn nurses from other countries join the staff to help provide a spectacular experience for everyone. All campers attend on scholarship, thanks to the fundraising efforts of many compassionate groups and individuals, including The Burn Foundation, Rotary Club, Firefighters, Cheley parents and alumni, and Tahara Mountain Lodge. The Burn Victims Summer Camp is held in August, following the completion of our summer programs.

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Air Force Reserve/Air National Guard Teen Summit

This special leadership camp, hosted at Cheley since 2010, is an opportunity for high school with a parent involved in the Air Force Reserve or the Air National Guard to spend five days in the Colorado Rockies. The Teen Summit aims to empower students with leadership skills to impact their community at home and school. The participants of the program are often called upon to be the man or the woman of the house when one of their parents is called away to active duty. Cheley Camps is honored to host this program.

The Discovery Program

Each fall and spring, Cheley hosts an outdoor education program. We serve both public and private schools. Discovery is designed to take students out of the city and into the great outdoors where amazing things happen on a daily basis, including a special bonding among camp participants. Educational programming is a major component of the camp. Students take day hikes and study beaver pond life, biology, mountain safety, geology, and flora and fauna. Some groups go on 5-day backpacking trips. Evening times include visits from the Mountain Man, slide shows from Rocky Mountain National Park, history, games, songs, and nature walks. For more information, contact the camp office (303-377-3616 in the winter and 970-586-4244 in the summer) and ask to speak with the Discovery Program Director.

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