Traditional camp is the camp for kids 8-13 years of age. The program consists of swimming, canoeing, hiking, low ropes, and archery. Then, there are the FOCA activities.
Traditional camp is the camp for kids 8-13 years of age. The program consists of swimming, canoeing, hiking, low ropes, and archery. Then, there are the FOCA activities. These activities are basically just camper choice. Some of the choices to choose from are archery, riflery, arts and crafts, outdoor survival, mad science, and many more. Parents can pay extra for their kids to participate in horseback riding, rafting, or a trail ride.
The cabins are divided into boys, and girls. There is a Boys’ Village on one side of camp, and Girls’ Village next to it. There are 9 girls’ cabins, and 9 boys’ cabins. They also divide them by age. This past year, I was in the cabin Miami. There is one girls bathhouse, and the same with the boys. The 3 cabins with the youngest kids, stay in Little Bear, a heated cabin with indoor plumbing. On Tuesday night, all the cabins camp out at different sites around the camp. Both weeks that I went (this year and last year), the weather was bad, and we had to stay in. But, my brother got to camp out, and he says that it’s pretty fun, as long as you’ve got LOTS of bug spray on. So, the cabins are fun to stay in, and I made lots of new friends, that I’ll have relationships with for the rest of my life.
The Challenger program is the part of the camp for kids ages 13 and up. They have their own cabins- Dakota for girls, and Teton for boys, and in that program, the teens hike, bike, and much more. They have their own camp-out night, and tend not to interact and do the all-camp activities. The only time I saw my brother at all, was during meals. The Challenger program is great for older kids, but is definitely difficult.
Camp Chief Ouray is a YMCA of the Rockies camp that I would definitely recommend to every kid who loves the outdoors and wants to make new friends. For more details, go to www.campchiefouray.org.