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Frequently Asked Questions
What time is Check-in and Check-out?
Check-in is on Sundays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Check-out is on the following Saturday from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. We cannot accommodate early drop off requests and if you need to pick up early it must be done by Friday at 7:00 PM.
Minicamp check-in is from 2:30-4:00 PM and check-out is from 4:00-5:00 PM.
Where will my camper be staying while at camp?
Campers could stay in a range of sleeping spaces. Follow this
to see our updated camp map which shows the different lodging options we have.
Are cabins separated by gender?
While camp remains divided by gender identity, we understand that not all staff or campers fall into binary gender identities. Our South Village, Wild Bunkhouse and Monarch Village have historically been the space for female-identifying campers and staff, and our South Village along with the Woods Lodge have historically been the space for male-identifying campers and staff. We welcome campers and staff to choose which village we should place them in for summer 2023, based upon their gender identity.
Can my camper be in the same cabin as their friend or sibling?
We can accommodate one MUTUAL bunk mate request per camper so long as they identify as the same gender and are within a year apart in age. Both campers must request each other on their ‘Bunk Request’ form in their CampInTouch Account under Forms and Documents.
One-week campers can only request other one-week campers. Two-week campers can only request other two-week campers.
Are there bathrooms in the cabins?
The older campers will live in rustic cabins with two centrally located toilet/shower facilities, one designated for those who identify as male; one designated for those who identify as female. The younger campers live in bunkhouses, which contain a built-in bathhouse for each cabin group. Our newest set of cabins is set for our middle-age female-identifying campers and contains a shared stand-alone bathhouse. All bathhouses include sinks, toilets, and individual showers.
Is there electricity in the cabins?
All cabins have electricity. Campers registered for Leadership Training Programs will be living in Wilderness Village, which does not have electricity.
Do the cabins have heating and/or air conditioning?
The Wild Bunkhouse and Woods Lodge are heated. We recommend sending your camper with a sleeping bag made of synthetic fibers or down (not cotton) and rated to 20 or 30 degrees. Any campers who are cold are encouraged to tell their counselor so that we can provide them with another sleeping bag or blankets.
What if campers need to use the restroom in the middle of the night?
We follow the rule of three for all movement including bathrooms at night. Campers will be given a safety orientation and counselors will explain the protocol for using the restroom at night based on the type of cabin they are in. Counselors have a separate sleeping area within the cabin so that campers can wake them up if needed.
What time is bedtime?
Please follow this
for the daily schedule of overnight camp.
How do I check my camper’s waitlist position?
Please call (970) 887-2648 or email (
) the CCO office to check your camper’s waitlist position.
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes, we accept scholarship applications on a rolling basis. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship please contact
When are payments due?
Parents can choose from multiple payment plans on their Camp in Touch Account under ‘Financial Management’. We require all camp fees to be paid in full 30 days before their camper arrives on their first day of camp.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
If we are required to limit or cancel your camper’s session you may donate, or be fully refunded all monies paid. If you decided to cancel your camper’s registration:
30 days or more prior to your camp session, you may donate or be fully refunded all monies paid minus the deposit.
Less than 30 days prior of your camp session no refund will be issued at all.
How do I change my camper's registration page?
Please contact the CCO office for any changes to your camper’s registration at 970-887-2648 or email@example.com.
What other paperwork do I need to complete for my camper(s) to attend camp?
Please follow this
for more information on your camper(s) required paperwork. If this paperwork is not completed by check in, per our childcare license, we will not be able to take in your camper(s) for their camp session.
What are my chances of my camper getting a spot if I am a first time CCO participant?
It is difficult to say what the chances are of your camper getting a spot if they do not have early registration priority for returning campers. We recommend getting registered as soon as possible to maximize your chances. Traditional one-week programs (ages 7-12) have more movement on the waitlists since they have larger capacities. Programs with smaller capacities like trips see less movement. If your camper is on a waitlist, please contact the CCO office to discuss your options.
Do you offer transportation options?
Bus transportation is offered on the opening and closing day of each overnight camp session from Golden/Morrison, CO. We also offer airport transportation from Denver International Airport (DIA). For more information about transportation options, please follow this link.
What does a typical camp day look like?
Please follow this
to see what a typical day at camp will look like.
What activities will campers participate in?
Campers will participate in a variety of outdoor based activities. Below is a list of possible camp activities: Archery, Arts & Crafts, Birding, Camp Dance & Carnival, Camp-out Night, Campfire, Campfire Cooking, Canoeing, Ceramics, Climbing Wall & Rocks, Dance, Dinner over a Fire, Drama, Fishing, Gaga Ball & Carpet Ball, Hiking, Low Ropes Course, Mad Science, Outdoor Survival, Riflery, Sports & Games, Swimming, Talent Show, Ukuleles
Will bunkmates stay together for all activities?
Most activities are done with individual cabins or cabin groups (a group of multiple cabins) with the exception of FOCA (Freedom of Choice Activities). Cabin groups may include both femaleidentifying and male-identifying cabins of similar ages for daytime activities. Campers will sign up for the FOCA activities they are interested in at the beginning of the week.
What is the camper to counselor ratio?
Overnight camp has a 5:1 camper to counselor ratio. We also follow the ‘rule of three’ at all times; meaning no camper will ever be alone with another camper or staff member.
Will campers need to complete a swim test?
When visiting the pool, campers will complete a swim test (Treading water and 1 lap of the pool without stopping). Campers will receive a wristband indicating the pool areas they are allowed to access by lifeguard discretion. Campers who do not pass or are not interested in taking the test will need to remain in the shallow end of the pool. The pool is run by Snow Mountain Ranch and we need to follow their guidelines for safety in regards to lifeguards available. If they do not have the lifeguards, we may not be able to offer swimming.
Are there age requirements for Additional Options?
Yes, one-week traditional campers must meet the age requirements below to participate in the additional options listed.
High Ropes Course – 12 years old o Rafting – 9 years old
Level 2 Horseback Riding Lessons – 9 years old
Level 3 Horseback Riding Lessons – 10 years old
Level 4 Horseback Riding Lessons – 11 years old
Level 5 Horseback Riding Lessons – 12 years old.
How do I add additional options to my camper’s registration?
If an additional option still has spaces available, you can add it to your camper’s registration under Forms and Documents in your CampInTouch account. If the additional option you want is not available, please contact the CCO office to be added to a waitlist.
How often will my campers be horseback riding?
Campers who are registered for the horseback riding program will go to the barn each full day of camp. Campers registered for the beginner tailride will ride one time during their session.
What kind of footwear is needed for horseback riding?
Campers registered for horseback riding instruction should bring boots or shoes with a sturdy heel (hiking boots okay). Campers registered for the beginner trail ride may wear tennis shoes.
Who is the outfitter for the optional rafting trip?
We raft with Mad Adventures in Kremmling, CO.
What class rapids will they go on?
All rafting trips are on class 1-3 rapids.
Will you open up more rafting spots if there is a long waitlist?
We are limited by the vendor to the number of campers we can bring rafting each week.
What should my camper bring?
We have separate lists depending on which program they are enrolled in. Please follow this link to the packing lists on our website.
Where do campers keep their personal belongings while at camp?
Campers will mostly keep their personal belongings in their suitcase or luggage. It is important campers only bring what they will need at camp to keep an organized space. Campers will keep their suitcase or luggage in the cabin for the duration of their stay at camp.
Do campers need to bring money to camp?
We do not recommend traditional one-week campers bring money to camp. There are no activities or products they could buy while at camp. There is a camp store only open during check in and check out. At the camp store we sell CCO branded shirts, hats and water bottles and can charge the parents account for these items.
Can my camper bring a pocket knife?
Campers are prohibited from bringing weapons to camp.
Can my child bring a cell phone or smart watch?
We strive to offer children a unique outdoor experience, unplugged from electronics as much as possible. Please help support us in this mission by not allowing campers to bring cell phones, smart watches, tablets, iPads or electronic games as they detract from the experience.
Can my camper bring food/snacks/candy/etc. from home?
Campers are not allowed to have food in their cabin, we don’t want to attract animals and wildlife.
Do you provide journals or should the campers bring one?
If your camper would like to write letter or journal, please send them with journals, paper, envelopes, stamps, and pencils/pens.
Can my camper bring a reading light?
Absolutely! Many campers use headlamps or flashlights to read before bed.
Can my camper bring a camera?
Campers may bring disposable cameras. While digital cameras are allowed, we encourage you to keep them at home, as we are not responsible for any lost or damaged items. Please label all cameras with their full name. We strive to offer children a unique outdoor experience, unplugged from electronics as much as possible. Please help support us in this mission by not allowing campers to bring cell phones, or tablets.
Health & Medication
Can my camper bring vitamins?
Any medications your camper takes, including but not limited to, any maintenance medications; behavioral disorder medications; antibiotics; herbal/homeopathic medicines; vitamins; eye/ear drops; inhalers; epinephrine “epi” pens, etc. must be listed (including dosage) on the Physician’s Exam and turned in to the nurse. Any prescribed medication or non-prescription, over-thecounter medication MUST be noted properly in the Physician’s Exam. Please send all medications to camp IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER noting the RX number and physician name.
Do we need to use the immunization form provided or can I submit the one from my camper’s doctor’s office?
Childcare Licensing requires camper’s immunization record be on the provided Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Certificate of Immunization form even for out of state campers. Dates may be written on the form provided in your CampInTouch account or a copy of your camper’s official record may be uploaded.
Can my camper self-carry their epi-pen or rescue inhaler?
The nurse will review all medications at check-in. If campers are able to self-carry as identified on their medication forms, they will be allowed to carry them in their backpack. Health Center staff will indicate the pocket of the backpack in which it is stored with a brightly colored ribbon for staff to easily find in the event of an emergency.
Can I speak to the nurse ahead of my child’s camp session?
Please contact the camp office at 970-887-2648 with specific health care concerns.
Can I send my camper with over-the-counter medications just in case they need it?
Over the counter (OTC) medications for the common cold, stomach ailments, headaches, cuts and abrasions are stocked in our Health Center and administered by our Health Center staff according to our camp physician’s standing orders. Please call the camp office if you need more specific information.
How do I submit my camper’s physical from last year?
Colorado state law requires each camper to have a physical within 12 months of your camper’s last day at camp. The physical form must be completed, signed and dated by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner including the examiner’s address and telephone number or by state law the camper cannot attend camp.
Will you help my camper remember to apply sunscreen?
Staff will regularly remind all campers to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day. The healthcare authorization form allows parents to sign off for permission of staff to assist campers in applying sunscreen.
How are food allergies addressed?
A well-balanced, varied menu is served to accommodate the majority of food preferences and restrictions. Dietary needs and restrictions (i.e. vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, etc.) should be documented in the camper’s online Health History and the Physician’s Exam. We print this off and hand it to our Kitchen team a week prior to the arrival of those campers so they can best prepare menus and staff for the week approaching. We take all allergies seriously, for campers and staff members, and this is the best way to get the information our Kitchen team. We do not cook with any nut oils or sesame oil, nor do we offer anything with peanut butter, we have separate utensils/cookware/areas to handle gluten free diets and do everything we can to educate the campers when they have questions. If you have a question on food, please reach out to the office for further conversation.
What will my camper be eating?
Please follow this
for a sample menu.
What do meals in the dining hall look like?
We sit in the dining hall according to our cabin groups. Our service is Family Style meaning we bring out food for the table and all campers/staff share what is being served. Each cabin will be assigned to help set tables and clean the dining hall during their time at camp as well.
What is my camper is a picky eater?
Be sure to work with your camper on trying new foods. We also appreciate it when campers speak up about their food needs so staff can be sure they are getting enough to eat. No camper should leave the dining hall hungry!
How can campers contact me, friends or family members?
Campers can write letters which the CCO office staff will collect to mail out. We recommend sending your campers emails through your CampInTouch account by purchasing Camp Stamps. These emails are printed each day at 11:00 AM MST and handed to the counselors to disperse among the campers after lunch if they are on property. Campers on trips that leave property will receive their parent emails once they return to camp. Please do NOT tell your camper they can call home if they are homesick.
Are campers allowed to call/text their parents?
Please help us with our request that your camper not bring their cell phone to camp. Additionally, please do not tell your camper to call you if they are homesick! We understand that for many parents/guardians (if not all), it is an expectation to have instant access to communicate with their camper. We ask that you help us help your camper develop the independence that comes with a session of camp.
Our staff are trained to help build relationships and overcome homesickness. We will contact you if we need support on any camper concerns. You may call the office any time if you need to speak with your camper and we will work with you on the best way to connect with your camper.
Can I send my camper a care package?
Due to a lack of space in the CCO office, please do not send your camper care packages. If you do bring a package at check-in you will be asked to give it to your camper for them to hold on to it.
Can campers send physical letters?
Campers may write physical letters and give them to their counselors to be mailed. Please provide paper, envelopes, stamps, and pencils/pens.
Are staff WFA/WFR certified? CPR and First Aid Certified?
All staff are CPR/First Aid certified. Staff who are hired to lead Challenger, Adventure, Trekker, or Leadership Training Programs have Wilderness First Aid certifications at minimum.
How are staff trained to watch for kids who might be feeling left out, bullied or alienated?
Each staff member undergoes an extensive and professional training program together in preparation for our campers’ arrival. We emphasize group dynamics, child development, and physical and mental health through hands-on teaching methods. Training sessions cover what to look out for and how to assist campers to ensure they are successful at camp.
How far will campers be backpacking?
This depends on the program and the permits that are secured each calendar year. To get a general idea, some average distances are:
Adventure Backpacking: 2-5 miles/day
4-days, 3-nights o Adventure Odyssey: 1-2 miles (SMR property)
Once during their week
Trekker Teton: 2-4 miles/day
Trekker Hike to Climb: 3-6 miles/day
Trekker Wind River: 3-6 miles/day
7-days, 6-nights o Trekker Surf n Tur: None. Campers should be prepared to day hike with small backpacks (school-sized)
Trekker Marrowbone: None. Campers should be prepared to day hike with small backpacks (school-sized)
Leader in Training: 4-6 miles/day *varies for base camping sessions
4-days, 3-nights o Specialist in Training: 3-5 miles/day
5-days, 4-nights o Counselor in Training: 4-6 miles/day
5-days, 4-nights o Backcountry Leader Training: 3-6 miles/day
10-days, 9-nights o Wilderness Leadership 4-9 miles/day
14- days, 13-nights
What are the requirements for backpacking trips?
Adventure Backpacking – camping and hiking experience
Adventure Odyssey - camping and hiking experience
Trekker Teton – camping and hiking experience
Trekker Hike to Climb - camping and hiking experience
Trekker Wind River - camping and hiking experience
Trekker Surf n Turf - camping and hiking experience
Trekker Marrowbone - camping and hiking experience
Leader in Training - camping and hiking experience
Specialist in Training - camping and hiking experience
Expedition Leadership - camping and hiking experience
Counselor in Training - backpacking experience
Backcountry Leader Training - backpacking experience
Wilderness Leadership – backpacking experience
Where will campers in the trips programs store their personal belongings?
Groups will have any required items for their camp program with them at all times (not including medications). Campers’ additional luggage will be stored on open shelves inside one of our camp buildings - this space is not locked. Campers who travel by plane will be able to store their cell phones, IDs/passports in the Director’s locking office cabinet. Other expensive items that are not needed for trips should stay at home.
Where will campers sleep when they are off property?
Both on and off property the groups will be sleeping in tents. On property, Adventure and Trekker groups sleep in either 3-person or 4-person camping tents. Leadership Training Program groups sleep in 8-person platform tents. Off property all groups sleep in either 3-person or 4- person camping tents.
Will siblings see each other during camp?
Siblings who are enrolled in the same program will likely see each other during meals and other all-camp activities. If they are of similar age, it is also possible that they are within the same cabin group for daytime activities.
Are there laundry options for my camper staying more than one week?
There is no laundry for one or two-week campers except in cases where an item is needed. For those campers who are staying more than two weeks laundry service will be offered and we supply laundry detergent.
What types of animals are in the area?
Camp Chief Ouray is located in the Rocky Mountains where a variety of wildlife can be found. Common animals we see at CCO include deer, fox, marmots, rabbits, and many types of birds. Other less common animals that could live in this environment include moose, black bears, and mountain lions. All staff are properly trained on local wildlife and safety protocols for wildlife encounters and will give safety briefings to campers.
Will there be campfires?
We will follow all local regulations regarding fire safety. If there is no fire ban, campfires may be held within designated fire rings and supervised by staff at all times.
Is there any poison ivy in the area?
What does the check-in process look like for parents on site? For example, see cabin? Meet assigned counselors?
Check-in is drive-through, parking to drop off campers at their cabin. Will meet counselors and other cabinmates, able to meet nurse and other leadership staff members
Is there late check-in / check-out?
If you are late, please contact the CCO office at 970-887-2648.
Pranks: Encouraged, tolerated, or discouraged?
Pranks happen, however staff have expectations and training around what is allowed versus not acceptable. We do not allow individuals things to be touched by anyone else at CCO, so personal belongings are never to be involved. We also expect safety of campers, buildings, and the land to be considered in decisions.
How many kids are in each session?
We are a licensed program through Colorado Child Care Licensing. Our capacity per week is 350 campers, as long as we have the proper staffing ratios to take that many.
Will counselors learn and respect everyone’s pronouns?
Yes, however nobody will be forced to share if they are uncomfortable.
How are Christian principles lived out at camp?
Our job is to ‘prepare the soil’ for whatever may grow there. We offer simple singing graces prior to meals, we offer a prayer to end the day, and we have some specific programs (rags and leathers) that campers can sign up for if they want to explore their spirituality more with staff who are comfortable having those conversations.
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