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Camp Chief Ouray
Granby, Colorado

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970-887-2648 Fax: 303-648-5949
PO Box 648
Granby, Colorado 80446-0648

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TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.


BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Camp Chief Ouray is where nature meets nurture in an adventurous playground for boys and girls from across the country and internationally. Whether your camper is a first-timer or a seasoned camp vet, CCO provides a unique experience with the opportunity for independent development in a breathtaking outdoor setting. Campers spend the week living in cabins under the leadership of trained and experienced counselors with a staff-to-camper ratio of 1:5 or lower. With over 5,000 acres of mountains, valleys, streams, and meadows to explore, boredom is simply not an option.

Dance, Theater, Fine Arts/Crafts, Horses/Equestrian, Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Team Sports, Science, Adventure, Travel, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Archery, Skits, Cabin Adventures, Hiking, Arts & Crafts, Climbing Wall, Carpet Ball/Gaga Ball, Low Ropes, Swimming, Canoeing, All-Camp Dance, All-Camp Game (Capture The Flag), Riflery, Sports & Games, Dance, Drama, Outdoor Survival, Mad Science, Cooking, Intro To The Trail Department, Rafting (ages 9+), High Ropes Course (ages 12+), Horseback Riding Instruction, Beginner Horseback Ride

TOP COLORADO SUMMER CAMP: Camp Chief Ouray is a Top Summer Camp located in Granby Colorado offering many fun and enriching camp programs. Camp Chief Ouray also offers CIT/LIT and/or Teen Leadership Opportunities, too.

CAMP LOCATION: Camp Chief Ouray is located on the 5,000 acre Snow Mountain Ranch (elevation 8,750 feet above sea level) approximately 80 miles or 1 .5 hours northwest of Denver, Colorado. Plan on 2 to 2.5 hours of driving time from the Front Range area.

CAMP FACILITIES: The youngest campers live in a lodge while older campers live in rustic camper cabins. Teen campers may stay in teepees or platform tents. Everyone eats in the camp dining hall. There is an indoor swimming pool & a small reservoir for canoeing & fishing, low ropes course & high ropes course complete with a zipline. Other facilities include outdoor rifle range, archery range, gaga ball pit, climbing wall, horse barn and more.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Our camper-to-counselor ratio ensures that your child will receive personal attention in a family-style cabin environment. Camp Chief Ouray conducts an intensive multi-part interview process for counselors. This includes multiple criminal, professional and personal background checks on each applicant to ensure we have the best possible staff working with your child.

As Colorado's longest running summer camp, we have more than 100 years of tradition and experience that will ensure your child has a positive camp experience. Our programming offers a wide variety of activities and our "Freedom of Choice" programming allows each camper to create their schedule. Our Leadership Training Programs for teens are among the best in the country. With 5100 acres of mountains, streams, meadows and trails we really are nature's playground and a great place for your child to learn all that the outdoors have to offer.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: LIT is the first step in the program, and it is for students who have completed the 9th grade, but have not yet turned 18. During two weeks at camp, each group of LIT's will venture out on a 4-day/3-night backpacking trip, participate in activities around camp, live in a tipi village, complete a service project, and work with our day-camp program.

The SIT Program provides campers who have completed the 10th grade (but are not yet 18) with an incredible opportunity for skill development in an outdoor setting. The participants will embark on a 5 day/4 night backpacking trip in the Rocky Mountains, a 4 day/3 night rafting trip on the Upper Colorado River, and mountain biking adventures in Fraser, CO while gaining valuable skills and instruction. Like the LITs, SITs live in the Tipi Village while they are at camp. Participants will complete 1-2 service projects around camp or in the community.

The CIT program is for participants who have completed the 11th grade and are genuinely interested in acquiring the skills necessary to be a camp counselor. The group will participate in a 4 day/3 night backpacking trip in Rocky Mountain National Park, a one day raft trip on the upper Colorado River, a CPR/First Aid certification course, a Leave No Trace certification course, and a week long training program similar to our staff training. The final two weeks are spent observing and assisting in the leadership of regular camp programs.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: YMCA of the Rockies is dedicated to providing a scholarship to 10% of our campers. Camper Scholarships are available on the basis of financial need. You can download the application on the Camp Chief Ouray website.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): Round up the family and get away to the beauty of the Colorado Rockies and the good ol' days of summer camp! Parents, grandparents, teens and children enjoy traditional camp activities. Together you'll learn new skills, bond through teamwork and create lasting memories. Bring the entire family for a good dose of summer camp magic!

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Check out Camp Chief Ouray's website for winter camps, Wilderness First Responder/Wilderness First Aid courses, Women's Adventure Camp, Active Older Adults Camp, Family Camp, and Volunteer Day.

OTHER CAMP INFO: Camp Chief Ouray has always been a place of strong bonds and relationships. We have a leadership team that cares deeply about camp and giving each child the experience of a lifetime. Camp Chief Ouray is staffed with a year-round Camp Director, Assistant Director and a Registrar. They are joined on a seasonal basis by college graduates and students to fill many important roles in the counseling and specialist positions.

Camp Chief Ouray understands the importance of positive role models for today’s young people. We carefully recruit, select, and maintain staff for their enthusiasm, maturity, skills and ability to display wholesome values for our campers. Staff members are chosen through a detailed application and interview process. All staff backgrounds are checked against the Central Registry for Crimes Against Children and the Colorado or Federal Bureau of Investigation in accordance with Colorado licensing requirements.

A well-trained, enthusiastic staff is crucial to an exciting and unforgettable camping experience. Each staff member undergoes an extensive and professional training program together in preparation for our campers’ arrival. We emphasize group dynamics, child development, teaching methods, outdoor living skills and safety, and health including certification training in First Aid, CPR and Wilderness First Aid.

Traditional camp is good ol' fashioned camp. Days wills be spent hanging with friends, learning new skills and having fun. Check out this seasons dates and fees at: Our Camp Website Link:

Camp Chief Ouray is looking for great people to be a part of our summer staff!

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Making a difference in the life of a young person and gaining lifelong friends in the process is a great way to spend your summer! See more at: Our Camp Website Link:

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