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Dates & Tuition

Thank you for your interest in Cheley Colorado Camps! We use a staggered enrollment system as detailed below along with more information about the enrollment process. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Then, a waitlist is created. Although it’s impossible to generalize as it changes each summer, some Summer Camp units fill sooner than others. Quarter B-4 and Family Camp also tend to fill quite quickly.

We try our very best to accommodate every camper. That being said, our camp units do have varying capacities, so we rarely recommend waiting to enroll. For more information about our availability, please contact our Enrollment Manager, Peggy.

Summer Camp 2023

Our 27-Day Program for 9 to 17-year-olds

The Cheley Experience has a distinct beginning, middle, and end. Traditionally, we are a 27-day overnight summer camp, offering two unique sessions: First Term and Second Term. We strongly believe that this is the necessary amount of time for our campers to unplug and settle into their time in the Colorado Rockies. It also gives campers time to create meaningful relationships that will last a lifetime while developing new skills.

For campers interested in Cheley, but either too young or not quite ready for four – or even eight! – weeks, we have Quarter B-4, a five-night overnight summer camp experience. This is a wonderful way for 7 to 10-year-olds to dip their toes into camp before jumping into 27-days. However, for those families who will want their child to remain a short-session camper indefinitely, we are not the right camp. Once campers are 11 years old, they must attend Cheley for four weeks (27-days). If you’re unsure what session length is the best fit for your camper (or you, we understand!), contact our office!

First TermJune 13th to July 9th$6950$1000
Second TermJuly 11th to August 6th$6950$1000
Full SeasonJune 13th to August 6th$13900$1000

Quarter B-4 2023

Our 5-Day Program for 7 to 10-year-olds

Pikas 7 & 8 year-oldsAugust 8th to August 13th$1150$500
Marmots 9 & 10 year-oldsAugust 8th to August 13th$1495$500

Family Camp 2023

Our 5-Day Program for Families

Wagon of 4August 8th to August 13th$3000$1000
Each additional person$500

Terms and Conditions

Staggered Enrollment System

Enrollment typeStarting Date
Current Camper Re-EnrollmentAugust 6th, 2022
New Campers from Camp FamiliesSeptember 15th, 2022
Open EnrollmentOctober 1st, 2022


If you register before November 1st for Summer Camp, you will receive a $200 early-bird discount. Siblings, not including the first child, will receive a $150 discount for Summer Camp and a $50 discount for Quarter B-4.

Payment Schedule

We encourage families to use ACH payments (eChecks), which draft directly from your checking or savings account. As such, we offer a 2.5% discount for payments made with check or ACH (eChecks) via our online portal for Summer Camp only.

 DepositJanuary 1stMarch 1stMay 1stTotal
Single Term$1000$1984$1984$1982$6950
Full Summer$2000$3967$3967$3966$13900
QB4: Pikas$500$325$325$1150
QB4: Marmots$500$498$497$1495
Family Camp$1000$667$668$665$3000

Cancellation Fees

 Summer CampQuarter B-4Family Camp
Before January 1$300 per term$200$400
January 1$500$200$400
February 1$700$300$600
March 1$900$400$1,000
April 1$1,200$500$1,600
May 1Full TuitionFull TuitionFull Tuition


Once Summer Camp, Quarter B-4, or Family Camp is full, then a waitlist is created in the order that we receive applications. There is no deposit required to join the waitlist. For Summer Camp, waitlists are per unit per term. For Quarter B-4, there are waitlists for the Pikas and for the Marmots.

Again, thanks for wanting to join us this summer! We know that being put on a waitlist can be challenging. It is our goal to make this process as easy and straightforward as possible. Know that there is still hope for a great summer and that we give our waitlist thoughtful attention. Between now and the start of camp, our enrollment is bound to change as families change their summer plans. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict exactly how many spaces will open for a given unit and/or term. When this happens, and we can move a camper off the waitlist, we do it immediately. We will both email and call using the information from your waitlist application on CampBrain if we have a spot available for your camper.

Unfortunately, we are unable to increase our capacity primarily due to occupancy restrictions, space in our dining halls for meals, programming, and more. We wish we could provide space for every interested camper, and we appreciate your understanding of the constraints.


Do you offer financial assistance?

If you are in need of financial assistance, please visit A Thousand Summers, previously the John Austin Cheley Foundation (JACF), which was established in 1989 to honor the memory of John Austin (Jack) Cheley to help fulfill his dream of making a summer camp experience available to deserving youth who could not otherwise afford it. Since 1989, the Foundation has provided over 1,400 camperships valued today at over $8 million.

Camperships are open to youth from families whose financial circumstances would mean that a high-quality residential camp experience would be unattainable without external financial support. The specific financial circumstances of a family will determine whether they are eligible for Full Support or Partial Support as defined in the JACF Income Eligibility and Family Contribution Table.

The JACF establishes relationships with youth-mentoring, non-profit organizations, and schools as well as independent volunteers to help them identify great applicants interested in a summer camp experience at Cheley or one of their other partner camps. These Mentors play a critical role in guiding a child and family through the application process, assisting award recipients in preparing for camp, advising through the Capstone Service Project requirements, and helping the Foundation with follow-up after camp.

We invite you to join us in honoring Jack’s vision and the wonderful work of A Thousand Summers by supporting the ‘JACK CHELEY ENDOWED CAMPERSHIP’ fund that will ensure that a deserving camper attends Cheley Colorado Camps every year in Jack’s name, in perpetuity, developing lasting character and resiliency for the recipient through challenging experiences in a supportive and natural environment – just as Jack intended. To donate to A Thousand Summers, please visit this link.

Are there any extra costs?

Tuition includes board and lodging and the complete camp program. All expenses are included except personal expenses. These expenditures, such as sleeping bag rentals, treats, personal items, store items, travel arrangements, bus transportation between Denver and camp, and baggage handling are handled through CampBrain and are not part of tuition.

Is there a camp store?

Yes! The store is open for 45 minutes each morning for campers to purchase needed supplies and equipment, as well as gift items and clothing items. Each afternoon the store is open for one hour for ‘treats.’ Treats is a chance for campers to buy a snack and hang out with their friends in a relaxed setting. Campers in Lower Chipeta and Lower Ski Hi can purchase one treat per day ($1.50 or less) while campers in other units may purchase two treats. Campers also have the opportunity to rent a sleeping bag and pad ($30) from the Camp Store. The average camper spends $125 to $175 at the Camp Store during a term.

The camp store does not accept cash. During the enrollment process in the Store Form, you will have the option to add a Camp Store Deposit, which adds money to your camper’s spending account to be used at the Camp Store. You will also have access to your camper’s wallet, including balance and purchases. During the summer, if your camper’s balance reaches below $20, we will contact you to see if you would like to raise their balance. While your camper may exceed their initial deposit, your approval will be required first. Once camp ends, your camper’s wallet will be settled (balanced to $0) and you will only be charged for your camper’s purchases, not their entire deposit. At the end of each term during Final Weekend, families may visit the camp store at Land O’Peaks and the TEs or browse online – credit card is accepted at both.

The camp store provides a great opportunity for campers to learn responsibility and work on decision-making skills. We recommend you sit down with your camper(s) and discuss the camp store and using credit. A conversation about budgeting and only getting what is needed can provide a valuable lesson.

Next Steps

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