Camp Chief Ouray

Whether you're looking for a job as a camp counselor, wrangler, backpacking & adventure leader, office position, media specialist - we have something for everyone. Hiring for May - August, 2024.

Camp Chief Ouray is the residential camp for kids at YMCA of the Rockies. Making a difference in the life of a young person, learning skills that will help you throughout future jobs, and gaining lifelong friends in the process is a wonderful way to spend your summer. Join us! All positions listed on our website under About > Work at CCO.

Only 20 minutes to Rocky Mountain National Park, Camp Chief Ouray offers scenic views in every direction. The camp is located on the property of Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colorado.

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About Camp Chief Ouray

Camp Chief Ouray is the longest running summer camp in Colorado. Each year between May - August, hundreds of campers travel to Colorado for a week of adventure. Located on over 5,100 acres of beautiful mountain terrain, Camp Chief Ouray is one of the most scenic summer camps in the country. Only a 20-minute drive to Rocky Mountain National Park, staff have the one in a lifetime chance to live, work, and explore the mountains while making a difference in the lives of children. 

The Employee Experience

Working at Camp Chief Ouray will help you develop and fine-tune skills that all employers look for; communication, collaboration, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking to name just a few.

Hiring consists of us learning about your prior experiences and how you have put another’s needs before your own. Once hired, your success is our success. We are in this together and want to help you realize your best self.

What is the culture at CCO?: When you work at Camp Chief Ouray, you become part of something bigger than yourself. You become a key player in helping cultivate an environment of healthy living, youth development, and community impact. As an employee, you will meet people representing all dimensions of diversity, and will live each day with a greater sense of purpose. You’ll learn to lead with heart and measure success by the impactful moments you’re able to create for campers, families, and fellow staff. This is a place where nature inspires and quality time happens naturally. Our serene surroundings of Rocky Mountain National Park provide moments of tranquility throughout our days and remind us how lucky we are to grow our careers in such a beautiful and supportive workplace.

Do I have to work the entire summer in order to be on staff at CCO?: It is extremely important for all of our CCO staff to attend Staff Training in order to learn about our program, build rapport with the CCO staff team, and gain valuable certifications/trainings. Though we prefer staff to be present for the entirety of our summer schedule, we are flexible with staff schedules throughout the summer and this should not be a deterrent to applying.

Do you have to be Christian to work for CCO and the YMCA of the Rockies?: No! YMCA of the Rockies is an organization founded on Christian principles, meaning we serve our mission through caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith. You do not need to be Christian to work for CCO or the Y.

Ideal Candidate

Camp Chief Ouray staff are expected to create a safe space for all campers, families, and staff while allowing development and growth for all. They should possess the social and emotional skills necessary to build rapport and positive relationships, putting camper needs first. Responding to camper and customer requests for service, troubleshooting problems, and developing solutions in a patient and respectful manner is an important aspect of our work. All staff should contribute to a cooperative and positive camp community, and take responsibility for the upkeep of the camp facility and cleanliness of camp. 

Room and Board

Cabin Counselors stay in cabins with campers.

All other positions (Office Assistants, Media Specialists, Day Camp Counselors, General Counselors, Wranglers, Facilities Coordinators, Assistant Directors, etc.) live in dormitory-style housing. 

Employee Perks

Benefits for Camp Chief Ouray Staff:

  • Weekly or hourly pay (depending on the position)
  • Room and board
  • Laundry on-site
  • CPR/First Aid and/or Wilderness First Aid certification
  • Diverse and global experiences
  • Welcoming and inclusive team environment
  • Free and/or discounted program rental
  • Close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park and additional outdoor recreation areas
  • Discount on summer camp registration for immediate family members
  • Transportation funding support to get to camp

Getting Here and Getting Around

Camp Chief Ouray is located about 1.5 hours west of Denver. If you are unable to drive, flying into Denver International Airport (DIA) and catching either a shuttle or the Amtrak to Fraser, Colorado. 

For Fun

  • Rocky Mountain National Park for hiking, sight-seeing, and wildlife viewing
  • Visiting the town of Grand Lake for boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, or fishing.
    • Grand Lake is the largest natural body of water in Colorado
  • Winter Park Resort for going on the summer alpine slide, scenic gondola rides, and enjoying the town of Winter Park.
  • National forest for hiking, biking, camping, and more!

How to Apply

View all positions and apply here:

Camp Chief Ouray - Summer Job Openings

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