Colorado summer camp

Specialty Camps

Family Summer Camp

Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Mountain Wonderland, Cheley Camps is a special place to experience the unique opportunities that the great outdoors has to offer. Cheley has provided fine camping experiences for boys and girls from all over the world since 1921. At the overwhelming requests of adults and families to experience Cheley Camps, in 1985 we started Family Camp so families can capture the magic of summer camp together.

Families with children age 6 and older can experience our Family Camp for five days of quality family time. At our Boys' Trail's End Ranch, near Glen Haven – located a few miles from Estes Park –, Family Camp occurs in August after our regular summer season concludes and is both rustic and beautiful. Sleeping accommodations are covered wagons, which will sleep a family of four, but arrangements for larger families can easily be made. Each wagon has drawers and hanging space. Bathhouse facilities, which families share, are located within close proximity to the wagons. Boys' Trail's End Ranch also has its own lodge with a huge fireplace, dining room, riflery and archery ranges, craft shop, a string of 30 horses, and a beautiful stream.

Families can choose to spend the day together riding horses or the parents may head to Rocky Mountain National Park for a day hike while the children stay in camp and participate in crafts or riflery. A special childcare program is available for campers eight and younger. At night, everyone will meet in the dining room for a wonderful family-style meal. From dinner, the counselors will promote the next day's activities and campers will sign up for what they want to do the next day. The day is concluded with an evening campfire. The highlight of campfire is watching each group conduct a skit to demonstrate what they did all day. The laughter each night during campfire is contagious and prepares you for a good night’s sleep full of wonderful dreams. You wake up the next day ready to do it all over again. 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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Teen Summit:

Air Force Reserve/Air National Guard 

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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