colorado overnight camp

Camp Chief Ouray’s “Camp Magic,” a mom at play and your family’s own camp experience!

My husband Jamie and I have been parents for 10 years and we have never been alone together at our home for more than one night since having kids. So it was a shock for me when we dropped them off for week-long Camp Chief Ouray at YMCA of the Rockies located between Grand Lake and Winter Park. But not for Jamie. As we were walking away from my daughter’s cabin, we followed the procession of parents to their cars.  “Do you know what all these parents have in common?” he observed. “They’re all smiling.” And so were the kids. While Jamie and I reconnected with nightly dates, Hadley and Bode had the time of their lives at Colorado’s longest-running overnight camp for boys and girls ages 7-17 where they stayed in rustic cabins as they did archery, ...

Important ways to know if your child is ready for overnight camp

If you are a first-timer to camp there are many things that I, as a camp director, would want you to do in preparation for your child’s summer camp adventure.  First and maybe most importantly, is choosing the right camp.  There are questions that every parent should ask before deciding on a camp for their child.  Is the camp accredited by the American Camp Association? If not, why not? Is the camp a licensed childcare provider? How long has the leadership staff been in place? What is the process for interviewing and hiring counselors? Is every staff member subject to a background check related to criminal history, professional experience and competence, and personal character? What are the ratios of staff-to-camper for the camp? Often times when parents pepper me with these...