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2015 Theme Weeks

  • Session 1 - Harry Potter
  • Session 2 - Jurassic Park
  • Session 3 - Frozen
  • Session 4 - Rodeo Roundup
  • Mini Camp 1 - Neverland
  • Session 5 - Pirates vs. Ninjas
  • Session 6 - Big Hero Week
  • Session 7 - Spy Week
  • Session 8 - Shark Week
  • Session 9 - Hunger Games Week



Safety is a priority to us at CCO. We are committed to keeping campers and staff safe and will follow guidelines from our local, state, and federal entities. CCO will make adjustments to our protocols along with advice from our attending physician and other health care providers. The ultimate goal is safety, which we were able to provide in Summer 2021 through adjustments to the program to minimize mixing of large groups, hand washing, regular cleaning, and masks.

We will be utilizing and maximizing NPI’s (Non-pharmaceutical interventions like masks, distancing and hand washing) throughout the camp week for maximum safety.


Camp Chief Ouray is committed to protecting the health and safety of our campers and staff and continues to closely follow both state and local guidelines related to COVID-19 protocols and vaccines. CCO will continue to monitor the potential for vaccine requirements for campers. Should we move forward with requiring vaccination, CCO will work with families who do not feel comfortable vaccinating their camper to issue a full refund. Thank you for working with us to keep our campers and staff members healthy.

Please see our past newsletters and Zoom recordings for information from summer 2021. We will be offering these again for Summer 2022. 


Family Zooms: recordings of our family zoom meetings leading up to May.


The biggest request we have is to be patient. Our systems are designed for maximum safety, not necessarily speed. In addition, we have updated our refund policy for summer 2021 to help give peace of mind. Click here for the 2022 Refund Policy.

The following are subject to change as we approach summer based on recommendations from state and local health agencies.



  • For the 2-weeks leading up to your campers session, we ask them to stay as isolated as possible. Do not visit people outside the household or visit crowded places if possible.
  • Do not travel out of state/out of the country.
  • If there is sickness in the immediate family or with the camper within 72 hours of camp (fever, upset stomach, dry cough, etc.), please stay home. We will first look to adjust the week your camper is coming so they can still have a camp experience, if that is not an option we will refund you according to our refund policy.
  • We encourage you to get the vaccine if able.
  • We encourage you to get tested no later than 72 hours prior to arriving at camp and bring results with you.

General Info

  • Masks must be worn when interacting with any staff.
  • Masks must be worn when inside for activities or outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained or the activity is high exertion.


  • At Bus Stop
    • Temperature of camper will be taken, if a temperature over 100.0 degrees the camper will not be allowed on the bus
    • There will be health screen questions for each individual camper
    • Prior to getting on the bus, camper needs to stow their bag in the back of the bus and hand medications to staff
    • If possible, we will wait outside the bus until we are ready to leave
    • Campers and staff will allow distancing while riding the bus
    • Windows will be down as much as possible to allow for good ventilation
    • Masks must be worn on the bus
  • At Camp
    • Temperature of camper will be taken, if there is a temperature over 100.0 degrees you cannot stay at camp.
    • All campers without COVID vaccination cards on file or with them during check-in will be tested on arrival.
    • Health screen, lice checks, and paperwork will all be handled at the car.
    • Campers will get their cabin assignment at the health check, luggage and camper can be dropped by the appropriate sign.
    • If you need to see the nurse to drop off medication or speak with the nurse for any reason, you will be pointed to the dining hall. (Handing in medications in original container, any other information needed).

During Camp

  • Masks will be worn when doing activities inside, or outside when cohort distancing is not achievable (opening campfire, etc.)
    • Exceptions: eating, sleeping, brushing teeth, showering, swimming
  • Cabins will be placed in coed Family Groups (cohorts) of no more than 25 campers by age range for the week
    • Family Groups will do activities together.
    • Family Groups will eat together (outside and distanced when possible).
  • A potential case during camp (staff or camper).
    • A case in a cabin will result in that cabin isolating as a group from the cohort, the nurse will be notified
    • Contact tracing will begin, and anyone who did not follow protocols for safety will isolate with their cabin as well
    • Anyone vaccinated will not need to quarantine unless symptoms appear (then it will be isolation).
    • Parents will be contacted of all campers.
    • Staff will have to get a COVID test and await results prior to resuming work
    • Grand County Public Health will be notified


  • Please have on your mask and your photo ID ready when you pull up.
  • Once the ID check has been completed, you will be directed to the area where your child(ren) will be waiting for pick up.
  • We will follow up on the week with an email and survey link.

Post Camp

  • If you notice symptoms of COVID up to 2 weeks after camp, please notify the office as soon as possible (camper or parents)
    • 970-887-2648


  • Cabins
    • As better information becomes available, we will update these numbers and pull from the wait list
  • Meals
    • Current guidelines limit the number of people indoors, we will be monitoring these as we approach summer for best protocols
    • As we receive updated information we will update families
  • Sleeping
    • Bunks will be configured head-to-toe to allow for maximum separation of campers


Our Diversity, Inclusion and Global Innovation Statement 
The YMCA of the Rockies will reach out to and welcome all people and organizations of good will and ensure that the rich gifts of diversity are reflected and respected at all levels.

Our Commitment to All People:
We will serve a diverse population, inclusive of all people of good will.  Reflecting our Christian Mission, we will be inclusive and welcoming of all people of good will.  Our activities and facilities will be inclusive, accessible, and available to the diverse worldwide community we serve.

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.