The Cheley Staff
We invest a lot of energy in recruiting and training our counseling and support staff, and it shows. In total, we have more than 220 seasonal staff each summer. In annual evaluations, Cheley Colorado Camps counselors consistently receive high marks from campers and parents, who describe them as friendly, happy, knowledgeable, caring, and really fun to be around. Campers grow to love every staff member they meet as each contributes wholeheartedly to the feeling of community that is so prevalent at Cheley.
We refer to our staff as Youth Development Professionals. Our 8-10 day on-site staff training devotes special attention to safety and risk management issues, team building, counseling skills, and communication and teaching skills. Chosen because of their love for the outdoors and preference for community living, our staff are here to have a positive impact on our campers.
Well over half of our staff returns to camp the following summer. This continuity encourages greater expertise and further development of skills and knowledge of The Cheley Experience. Many of our staff members grew up at Cheley as campers, which gives them a crucial and unique perspective as counselors. They have experienced the "Cheley Magic" and return to camp on staff to give back to the community. Regardless of position, our entire staff spends their summer at camp, creating a vital, close-knit camp community.