The Challenger program is for our oldest Traditional campers (ages 13-14). This program allows more freedom by letting the campers choose their schedule for the week. It also allows the campers to join in traditional camp games and a few other set activities (climbing 5th Peak, Challenger night, etc.).
This group stays in larger cabins of 20 campers with 3 staff for each gender. They spend the week together learning without electronics. This face-to-face interaction builds campers social skills, confidence, and independence.
The campers will be under the watchful eye of our counselors who are all 18 or older. Each staff member is background checked (fingerprinted, FBI/CBI, Trails, Sex Offender Search), receives 10 days of intensive training for working with different age groups and goes through child abuse prevention trainings through Darkness to Light, The Redwoods Group and Praesidium.
We strive to ensure that every Camp Chief Ouray camper has an impactful experience. We offer scholarships to help make the experience affordable for all families.
Mission: YMCA of the Rockies puts Christian principles into practice through programs, staff and facilities in an environment that builds a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Our goal is to offer challenging experiences to build leaders through life-long skill development in a safe, imaginative, natural setting. We instill confidence through independence and interpersonal skills. We challenge our campers to discover their true selves.