Our Middle units cater to both first-time campers and campers returning from our Lower units. You’ll have many opportunities to test your wings while enjoying the pure fun of camp life and time with one another. In order to nurture these ideals and principles, campers in our Middle units are treated like young adults. They develop a Code of Living and participate in activities that offer adventure and a definite sense of accomplishment, which will make you more confident about who you are and what you’re all about.
For Boys 12 to 13 Years Old
As a young male teenager, we know that fun, friends, and food are everything to you. Ski Hi provides the chance to experience the independence a teenager longs for, in a supportive environment. Rigorous physical activity is an ideal outlet for your boisterous energy. The sense of accomplishment that comes with trying a new, perhaps challenging program contributes to a healthy and realistic sense of self.
Ski Hi focuses on building the strong friendships that are so important during your teen years. We treat you like a young man, nurturing the ideals and principles that you help to develop in your unit’s Code of Living, a code that encourages you to live life to its fullest while you’re at camp.
Ski Hi is about forming healthy friendships and solidifying a stronger sense of self. There’s plenty of time to hang out in Ski Hi Lodge and share stories about the day’s adventures. Maybe you’ll play a game of foosball on the Porch, take your turn at the piano, or volley with a friend at the ping-pong table. Boredom will never enter your mind.
We offer opportunities to step up and lead daily. Maybe you talk a fellow camper through the last steps of a tough hike to Andrews Glacier, work together on the challenge course, or help your backpacking partner set up his tent at Boulder Brook. Ski Hi will encourage your personal growth through fun and adventurous activities with caring and knowledgeable counselors.
Skit practice, Square Dance with Chipeta, get to know you games, mingle games, captains coming, capture the flag, Dutch auction, spa night, movie night, Shark Tank, Zumba, skit in a bag, tradition campfire, warm and fuzzy, dodgeball, counselor impersonation, vespers, recognition campfire, scavenger hunt, skit night, Mario Kart, and more.
Arapaho, Cheyenne, Pawnee, Ute
Explore Our Activities
Ski Hi campers get to choose from a wide range of activities designed just for you.
- Challenge Course
- Climbing Wall
- High Ropes
- Horseback Riding Trips
- Horseback Ring Rides
- Horseback Trail Rides
- Lil’ Ranchers
- Stand Up Paddleboarding
- Technical Climbing
- And miscellaneous activities, like Finer Things, Water Wars, Random Acts of Kindness, 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.