“Lower Sky High”
Lower Ski Hi
No matter how much or how little outdoor experience you’ve had, our Lower units are a time for our youngest campers to enjoy camp life and learn the fundamentals of a wide range of activities. For many, it’s their first time at summer camp so we provide our Lower campers with the special attention they need. It’s a chance for campers to set goals, develop a Code of Living, live in a caring community, and become more self-reliant.
For Boys 9 to 11 Years Old
If this is your first summer at Cheley, Lower Ski Hi is the perfect beginner overnight summer camp experience! You’ll explore the mountains, play a pick-up game of knockout, learn how to handle a horse, and train a colt. You’ll cook over an open fire, roast marshmallows under a sky filled with stars, and camp out in a treehouse. Camp life is tons of fun, with new friends and a great adventure to fill your days.
After dinner, you’ll sing in Hidden House, the lodge, and play games with your friends in the Clubhouse. Two nights a week, you’ll enjoy a special cookout, and every morning, you’ll start your day with breakfast in the dining room. The counselors in Lower Ski Hi are your buddies. They create a family feel at camp and will be there for you.
Skit practice, Square Dance with Lower Chipeta, vespers, recognition campfire, cabin night, Disco with Senior Chipeta, scavenger hunt, trivia night, traditional campfire, cabin mafia, shark tank, Dutch auction, dodgeball, circle game, Zumba, skit night, Mario Kart, and more.
Apache, Comanche, Navajo, Omaha, Winnebago
Explore Our Activities
Lower Ski Hi campers get to choose from a wide range of activities designed just for you.
- Challenge Course
- Climbing Wall
- High Ropes
- Horseback Ring Rides
- Horseback Trail Rides
- Lil’ Ranchers
- Stand Up Paddleboarding*
- Technical Climbing
- And miscellaneous activities, like Imagination Station, Finer Things, Dam Building, Water Wars, and more!
*During the summer, campers may have the opportunity to participate in the designated activity; however, it is not a regular offering.
What is a Unit?
Our 27-day program, Summer Camp, is divided into eight units, organized according to age & gender. Each unit offers the same renowned Cheley Experience staffed by 15-17 enthusiastic counselors. Lower Ski Hi has a capacity of 59 campers.
Each unit has its own well-maintained lodge, boathouse, and living spaces. We are a large camp, but this setup ensures individualized attention for each camper. Six of our eight units are located at Land O’Peaks (LOP), while the other two are located at the Trail’s End (TE). Campers at Cheley participate in program and campfire with their unit, although some cross-unit social opportunities do occur, including Chapel, All-Camp Campfire, and Play Day.
What is a Go-To Counselor?
Each camper is assigned a counselor in their unit (typically, someone also in their cabin) who is responsible for them in terms of general camp life. They are your mentor, advocate, and “go-to” counselor throughout the term. This means they are checking in with you daily to see how your experience is progressing. They are getting to know you and what excites and scares you. They are watching you every day, and because of your relationship with them, can tell when things are going well and when they need extra attention. In essence, they are your big brother or sister. To support you and your Cheley Experience, your go-to counselor is there for you to:
- Create family! They are reading your blue camper/parent information form, encouraging letter writing home, writing weekly reports, meeting and greeting parents on visiting day, and saying good night.
- Know your program! They are advising, monitoring, and advocating for you during sign-ups to make sure you are getting the programs you want and completing your goals during the camp experience. Assisting and advising in appropriate clothing and equipment for the day.
- Encourage personal responsibility! They are helping you keep track of your belongings. Assisting in packing and unpacking, monitoring borrowing and lending, creating an honest environment, helping with lost and found, and supervising laundry preparation.
- Nurture your physical and emotional health! They are monitoring and assisting with personal cleanliness, encouraging physical conditioning and challenge, escorting you to the Health Center for medication or illness/injury, encouraging adequate sleep and rest, and more. Encouraging self-reliance and independence. Talking with you, listening to you, playing with you, and reading. Being available.