Kids hiking on mountain at sunset.

Discovery (School Retreats)

Each spring and fall, we host Discovery, overnight field trips that serve public and private schools for their outdoor education programming. Discovery is designed to take students out of the city and into the great outdoors where amazing things happen daily. These retreats are specifically designed to meet the goals of each school and can be a variety of program lengths depending on the chosen high-adventure activities. Social-emotional learning, community building, and school spirit are essential to Discovery!

Group Rates (minimum 40 students)

DurationRate (per student)
2 day/1 night (4 meals)$160
3 day/2 night (7 meals)$240
4 day/3 night (10 meals)$315
5 day/4 night (13 meals)$420

All meals, activities/instruction, and lodging are covered by the program costs. Students bring a sleeping bag and other items (clothes, water bottles, toiletries, flashlights, etc.) listed on our Discovery Packing List. One adult chaperone is required for every eight students. Any additional adults over that ratio will be charged 50% of the group rate. There is a required $500 deposit and there will be no refunds or reductions for late arrivals or early departures. To inquire, please contact us.


We serve hot breakfasts and dinners and can either provide students with a sack lunch to be eaten on the trail or serve hot lunch, depending on the program. We partner with each school to understand the needs of each individual student and prepare food based on their needs.


Each cabin must have a minimum of two adults staying with students to meet American Camp Association accreditation standards. Cabin coverage will NOT be provided by Cheley staff.

Packing List


  • Sleeping Bag
    • A mummy-style, three season bag with a temperature rating of 20º or lower. It’s a worthwhile investment to purchase a quality sleeping bag as it can last a lifetime.
  • Rain Gear (poncho or rain jacket)
    • A good quality rain jacket and pants (made of Gore-Tex® or equivalent) or a poncho for our mountain rain showers.
  • Day Hiker Pack (school backpack)
    • A medium size durable pack with a waist belt and comfortable shoulder straps. The ideal size is 22 to 30L (e.g. the Recon 18 Backpack by The North Face®, the Approach by Mountainsmith® or the Talon by Osprey®).
  • Two Large Plastic Water Bottles
    • Two or three 32oz Nalgene® style-bottles.
  • Flashlight with New Batteries
  • Wool, Ski, or Fleece Hat
  • Baseball Hat
  • Gloves/Mittens
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, body wash, hair care products (shampoo, conditioner, comb, brush, natural oils, hair mask/creams, silk bonnet/wrap, styling products, etc.), deodorant, face cleanser/moisturizer/wipes, contact lenses and solution, nail file/clippers, period products, shaving supplies, etc.


  • Hiking Boots and/or Tennis Shoes
  • Windbreaker/Jacket with Insulation
  • Heavy or Fleece Layer
  • Shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
  • Blue Jeans and/or Loose Fitting Pants
  • Shorts
  • Hiking Socks (wool)
  • Underwear
  • Winter Weight Pajamas
  • Bathroom, Towel, Washcloth
  • Shower Shoes
    • Flip flops, Crocs™, Chacos®, Tevas®, Keens®, etc. Shower shoes are the best way to protect your feet while showering at camp!
  • Medications

Explore our Activities

Educational programming is a major component and activities may include day hikes to study pond life, biology, mountain safety, geology, flora, and fauna; rock climbing; low ropes course; fire building; group games; and more. During Discovery, some of our groups go on backpacking trips in Rocky Mountain National Park and Indian Peaks Wilderness. Evening times include s’mores, songs and games, skits, dance parties, visits from the Mountain Man, and nature walks.

  • Archery
  • Beaver Pond Exploration
  • Challenge Course
  • Climbing Wall
  • Crafts
  • Fire Building
  • Group Games
  • Hiking
  • Lil’ Ranchers
  • Orienteering
  • Shelter Making
  • Sports
  • and other miscellaneous activities!

Sample 3-day Schedule

Day 1

  • 10:30am: Arrival & Orientation
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1:00-5:00pm: Activity Rotations
  • 5:30pm: Dinner
  • 7:00-8:00pm: Evening Program

Day 2

  • 7:30am: Breakfast
  • 9-11:30am: Activity Rotations
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1:00-5:00pm: Activity Rotations
  • 5:30pm: Dinner
  • 7:00-8:00pm: Evening Program

Day 3

  • 8:00am: Breakfast
  • 9-11:30am: Activity Rotations or Closing Activity
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 12:30pm: Departure

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