A mix of past and present Camp Chief Ouray
Camp Chief Ouray, YMCA of the Rockies’ overnight camp in Granby, CO celebrated its 110th year of impacting lives this year! Camp alumni celebrated with their families over Labor Day Weekend, and it was a great mix of CCO past and present! Below is a letter from Camp Director, Sully. Here’s to another 110 years!
A letter from CCO Camp Director, Matt “Sully” Sullivan
One of the highlights of the 110th celebration was a walking tour of the original Camp Chief Ouray site organized by CCO alum Wes Brown. With a mix of new CCO families and alums who remember attending camp at the original site, it was fun to reminisce and learn about the old traditions. We toured the original red barn near the river and the lodge that held the camp office. Walking through cabin square, we could visualize where the tiny wooden cabins used to stand. Next, we continued up the hill to the church and a 15-foot hand-carved totem pole. Visiting the old rifle range, we found camp graffiti dating from the 1950s through the 1970s, and it was touching to see all those names from the past. On our way to the horse barn, Fred Brooke found a sign he made when he was the barn director in the 60s! We ended the weekend back at the current Camp Chief Ouray site (at Snow Mountain Ranch) with the flickering of a campfire and the singing of taps with old and new friends. I thought it was the perfect way to bring a close to CCO’s 110th summer.
Thanks to all that have contributed to CCO’s camp magic!
In the spirit of camp,
Matt “Sully” Sullivan