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 Executive, Summer Camp Director, Leadership & Trips Director and Business Manager. 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.
Mike is no stranger to YMCA Camp – he comes to us from Akron, OH where he was part of YMCA Camp Y-Noah for 15 years and got his start as a part-time Outdoor Education Instructor! He has been with Camp Chief Ouray since late April 2015.
Mike loves to keep active both physically and mentally (which is great, ‘cause he and his wife Kyle have two young children) and knows that the mission of the YMCA and the impact of camping programs on future generations is immensely important.
Jeni came to Grand County for just one winter to learn how to ski. She never left. Jeni has been with Camp Chief Ouray since October, 2011. Along with all the local outdoor sports and activities, Jeni loves to crochet hats. “The best part of camp is checking first-time campers in all wide eyed and shy, then sending them home all confident and sassy.”
Alison has a long YMCA background working at YMCA Camp Birkett as the Director and YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin as the Senior Program Director. Her first day was January 6, 2021 and she is very excited to be part of the future of Camp Chief Ouray.
Leadership & Trips Director
Ian’s last day at Camp Chief Ouray was January 1, 2020. We are in the process of interviewing candidates for this important position with a potential start date in February 2021.
Chad started in the kitchen way back in 2016 and has been a fixture every year since. You may see him in his Chef gear, or his chain mail for Medieval Week, we don’t know what to think but we know we will have great food and an entertaining atmosphere in the dining hall!