A capital campaign for Camp Chief Ouray’s second century
Construction for the phase one expansion of camp continues with work in the Monarch Village! Five camper cabins, the bathhouse and pavilion are all well underway. Thanks to generous supporters we will be able to serve 660 more campers by July 1, 2022 than we did in 2019.
Monarch Village construction
OUR GOAL: EXPAND OUR REACH Since 1908, Camp Chief Ouray has welcomed children and teens to camp and offered them opportunities to build lifelong friendships, discover their potential, and tackle challenges that help them gain confidence and resilience. More than 2,200 campers attend our camp each summer, but another 400 potential campers miss these opportunities because they are on the wait list.
That’s why we launched our ENDURING TRADITION — INSPIRED FUTURE capital campaign. We want to maintain and build for the future and ensure we can serve even more children and teens on their journeys to adulthood.
What We’re Building
Camper Hub – The new Camper Hub (dining hall), located in close proximity to the villages and bunkhouses, is more than a place to serve meals. At 15,700 sq. ft., it is a place for the whole camp to come together to connect – where the history and traditions of camp can be celebrated and shared. It is the center of camp activities and theme weeks. It effectively doubled the capacity of the current dining hall (built in 1986) and will provide much-needed year-round program space.
Cabins – The cabin is the heart of camp. Together with their counselor, campers share the experience of camp as a team. By adding a new 5-cabin village housing 50 campers, CCO will not only serve more kids, but also group campers more effectively by age, enhancing their experience. The cabin additions will enable CCO to serve over 500 more children each summer.
Bunkhouse – Home to our youngest campers, a bunkhouse is essentially three cabin groups, showers, bathrooms and a shared community space under one roof to accommodate 30 young campers.
Why It Matters
THIS PROJECT WILL:
Improve comfort, safety and relevance of camp to allow us to serve campers well into the future.
Provide life-changing camp experiences to more campers each summer and reduce waiting lists. Our goal is to gradually increase camp capacity from 270 to 510 campers per week.
Improve the camp experience by grouping campers together by age. This allows small villages to build culture and community.
Bring all campers together in a Camper Hub to reinforce camp culture and traditions.