Colorado summer camp

Parents Want to Know...

At Cheley Camps, we know how important it is for parents to gather all the information they can to make an educated decision in finding the right summer camp for their children. Therefore, we have included a set of Cheley Colorado summer camp FAQs below. You'll find Colorado summer camp information and frequently asked questions about Cheley Camps. If you have further questions, please contact us anytime.

Here are some of Cheley Camp Colorado summer camp FAQs...

Should my child help to decide if he/she goes to camp?
Youth need to have a say in the decision to attend camp. Making this decision together gives your child a healthy sense of self-direction. Once the decision has been made, relaxed family conversations can help children set realistic goals for their camp experience.

How much down time do the campers have?
We follow a daily schedule that provides routine and comfort, particularly for first-time campers. But within that schedule, there’s flexibility with ample time to hang out, step back and experience the moment. It’s one of the beauties of camp. We don’t hurry to get to the next thing. We have time to enjoy one another and, most importantly, to have fun. For a closer look at the daily schedule, click Camp Life.

What is the age range of the counselors?
Cheley counselors are at least 18 years old. They have completed at least one year of college; many are college graduates. We refer to them as youth development professionals. Each counselor undergoes 8-10 days of thorough training prior to the start of camp, covering topics such as safety and risk management issues, team building, counseling skills and communication and teaching skills.

Will my child be in large groups for the activities?
Our activities are geared to the developmental needs and interests of each age group. We protect the quality of the experience by limiting the number of participants in each camp unit, and limiting the number of campers who sign up for each activity. Smaller, more intimate groups create better bonding. People really get to know one another and counselors are better able to manage the experience.

What if my child gets homesick?
It's not unusual for children, especially younger ones away for the first time, to feel homesick the first few days. Most get over it quickly and go on to have a wonderful time. We provide structure and keep campers busy from the moment they arrive, which helps to shift their focus away from home to new friends and having fun. By the end of the first week, the routine is familiar and the homesickness has passed for the majority of campers. If the first letter from your child is about feeling homesick, don't be alarmed. Letters are usually written during quiet time or in the evening when those feelings are most common. In the rare instance that a child is truly struggling, we will contact you.

Is it okay to send letters to my camper? Are there topics I should avoid?
Everybody loves to get mail. Even though we limit care packages to no more than one per camper, we welcome cards and letters. And you can also send an e-mail, one way from you to your camper. We suggest no more than 3 times a week. Avoid writing about how much fun the child is missing while away from home; you might stir up an unnecessary case of homesickness. Encourage your child to have fun and to make the most of his/her camp experience. A simple note to stay in touch is all that's necessary. Information on how to e-mail your child will be sent in a spring mailing to parents.

When can I enroll my child? Is there a waiting list?
Current campers can enroll for the following summer during final weekend. Campers wait-listed from the prior season can enroll beginning September 1st. New campers from camp families can enroll September 15th. Enrollment opens for everyone on October 1st. And yes, in some cases, there are waiting lists. To get the session and the camp unit you want for your child, enroll early.

What does tuition cover?
Tuition covers all activities, evening programs, transportation during the camp term, lodging, meals and equipment usage. We provide tents, stoves, cooking gear, backpacks, helmets for climbing and riding, and bedding (sheets, towels, blanket). The eight-week tuition, for campers attending both terms, also includes an exciting three-day mid-term trip. Campers should be provided with some additional money (through your deposit in a camp bank account) to cover purchases at the camp store, and personal laundry. Tuition does not include transportation from your home to Cheley.

My son will be flying in from out of state. How do we get him to Cheley?
Cheley counselors and staff supervisors, dressed in red shirts and blue kerchiefs, converge on Denver International Airport to meet and welcome campers on arrival day. They help campers collect and load their gear into comfortable transportation for the two-hour ride to camp.

Will there be other kids who are new to camp?
Cheley welcomes campers from all over the world.  We normally have campers from over 40 states and 10 foreign countries.  Each year we have new campers join us in each unit. Making friends is a focus at Cheley, so being new is just another excuse to make a new friend.

What's the weather like?
Colorado is known for its beautiful sunshine. We have around 300 sunny days in the yearly calendar. We also have rainy days, hot days, thunderstorms, and sometimes warm summer snowfall! Our typical days at camp are in the low 80s and evenings in the 50s and 60s. In the high mountains, we get all kinds of weather, so pack warm clothes for the high mountains. Follow the packing list for all the essential clothing for camp.

Do you accommodate campers with special needs?
If your camper has a special medical need, please contact our office prior to enrollment to see if Cheley would be a good fit for your camper.

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