Camp Directory

We are proud to align with the following high-quality American Camp Association accredited residential summer camp programs. View details below for each camp.

Cheley Colorado Camps (Colorado)

We build the lasting character and resiliency of young people, creating unique life experiences in a challenging and nurturing natural environment. Great things happen when youth and mountains meet.

LOCATION: Located in Estes Park, 75 miles northwest of Denver, Colorado.

GENDER: Boys camp and Girls camp (mostly separate with limited co-ed activities)

PHILOSOPHY: Every summer in a young person’s life is a window of opportunity. Cheley truly gives its campers formative experiences that nourish body, mind, and spirit. In today’s world, school is often synonymous with competition and stress. Students are pushed harder to achieve more. Cheley gives young people time to slow down, to open up and explore.campers become more confident, independent and responsible, more thoughtful and aware of others. Time away from home and apart from family, in a simple setting of awesome natural beauty, provides unique opportunities to build the judgment, insight, and skills that a happy and satisfying life requires.

VALUES: Cheley opens every term with the development of a Code of Living in each camp unit, a personal code of honor that everyone in the unit agrees to follow. Striving for ideals such as fair play, honesty, enthusiasm and good character is a priority at Cheley Colorado Camps – and so is having fun.

Hiking, Backpacking, Riding, Sports, Crafts, Rafting, Target Sports, Climbing, Outcamping, Mountain Biking, Campfires, Challenge Course, Fishing



The experience can change you. You become more independent and self-reliant. You face new challenges and form new relationships. You acquire confidence and initiate the lifelong process of self-discovery. The judgments and expectations that you bring from home start to drop away. You get in touch with your physical self and well-being. Fears are faced and conquered at this unique Colorado outdoor summer camp. Friendships develop and grow at Cheley Colorado Camps.

Cheley campers share this world with horses, elk, marmots and mountain sheep. You climb slabs of rock a billion years old. Blue skies, afternoon rain showers, fresh air and brilliant sunshine are commonplace here at our rocky mountain summer camp.

You learn about trust and support because you give it to one another when it really counts. Camp memories are filled with details that don’t exist anywhere else in your life. A rich history and great people are a big part of what makes the Cheley adventure what it is today-a truly meaningful and unique youth development experience.  Not only is Cheley summer camp an excellent choice for a Colorado summer adventure camp, but a place to develop lifetime leadership and character-building skills, close friends and meaningful relationships.

Campers looking for an educational summer camp, mountain summer camp, or a sporting summer camp will find Cheley intertwines all of this into an experience of a lifetime.  Camp is a time of fun and friendship, of physical challenge and thrilling adventure. It’s a chance to step out of your routine and connect with the natural world. Most campers say that Cheley changes them. You feel more solid, focused and engaged in life. Living in the great outdoors, surrounded by mountain peaks, ancient rock, and huge ponderosa pines makes you feel more alive, more connected, more in touch with who you are.

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Clearwater Camp for Girls (Wisconsin)

 To foster confidence, courage, compassion and community – four points on Clearwater’s compass – by providing a traditional sleepaway camp experience for girls.

LOCATION: Located in Minocqua, WI – 4 hours north of Milwaukee, WI and 5 hours north of Chicago, IL.

GENDER: Girls camp

PHILOSOPHY: At Clearwater, a camper is a special person, one whose parents recognize the values of an extended experience away from home. Realizing this, Clearwater is dedicated to providing that environment which will stimulate the most healthful and purposeful growth toward maturity. It is a place where a camper may learn to interact with her peers, to develop new skills, to venture into the unknown and to succeed.

VALUES: Clearwater values…

The call of the wild as echoed in the loon’s mysterious cry, the beauty and wonder of the natural world around us.

The dip of the paddle, the peace of gliding over smooth waters, and yes, the ache and tiredness that come from a day of battling a strong headwind.

Song around the campfire, the remembrance of many wonderful shared experiences, and the anticipation of the new.

The spirit of the Voyageurs and what it tells us about adventure, resilience, courage.

Their beloved founders, Halokwe and Sunny, and all they taught us about community, camaraderie, friendship.

Each other as companions, counselors, teachers, mentors, and we value ourselves as strong, confident girls and women.


Water Activities – Canoeing, Fishing, Kayaking, Sailing, Swimming, Water Skiing & Wake Boarding

Land Activities – Archery, Campcraft & Outdoor Cooking, Mountain Biking, Nature Exploration, Sports, Tennis, Arts & Crafts, Creative Writing, Drama, Music Photography, Pottery.

Packouts – Once a week groups of campers “packout” for the entire afternoon on a special trip. Packouts can range from a long ride on a nearby trail to strawberry picking to sailing across the lake. In the evening, campers cook their meal over an open fire. Packouts are a way to appreciate an activity for a longer, unhurried period of time, enjoy the camaraderie of fellow campers and practice campcraft cooking skills for longer, out-of-camp trips.

Trips – The trip program is at the heart of who they are as a camp, believing in the value of out-of-camp trips that they make it part of the program for every camper. Campers are part of a group working towards a common goal, building independence and resourcefulness and connecting with the natural world in the best possible way. Trip groups are small, usually eight girls and two counselors. Trips are all about the journey, taking time to appreciate the natural world as well as the group of people on the trip. Each small trip group helps plan the trip they take. Trips may be canoeing, backpacking, or sea kayaking, and may be for two or three days along one of the many northern Wisconsin waterways. For skilled, older campers, backpack trips of up to ten days are taken to Isle Royale or the Porcupine Mountains or by canoe to the Boundary Waters of Canada and Minnesota and by sailboat or kayak to the Apostle Islands. Returning trippers compose a song which they share after a meal. Many of these songs have stood the test of time, becoming part of Clearwater’s songbook, and are sung by generations of campers.

PROGRAM LENGTH: 3.5 week and 2 week (first time campers up to 4th grade) programs


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Colvig Silver Camps (Colorado)

To facilitate the development of caring, thoughtful, and responsible human beings.

LOCATION: Located in the Red Creek Valley just outside of Durango, Colorado.


PHILOSOPHY: Environmentally oriented and non-competitive, and the choice based format is designed to develop self-esteem, leadership skills, responsibility, and teamwork. They believe that the challenges of outdoor education, fun, and adventure provide some of the best opportunities to achieve this goal.

VALUES: CSC remains committed to teaching today’s youth the value of outdoor ethics and a respect for our natural world. They pride themselves on fostering personal growth, self-esteem, and leadership in a non-competitive environment through challenges in and out of the traditional camp setting.

PROGRAM LENGTH: 2 & 4 weeks


PROGRAM OPTIONS: With the choice based format, campers are able to tailor their summer activities to their interests. Each day in camp, our creative staff will offer a variety of activities from which the campers can choose. These may include more “traditional” camp activities such as arts & crafts, riflery, archery, or lake activities to activities that stem from our staff’s areas of expertise and creativity. These have included African dance, thistle bashing, yoga, algae monsters, and the “Great American Egg Drop”.

Out of camp trips, ranging from 1-5 days in duration, are the highlight of each term at CSC. Campers from every age choose from a variety of expeditions appropriate for their age group. The opportunities inherent in wilderness travel to inspire self-confidence and independence are unmatched. During each day on the trail, campers are responsible for setting up camp, preparing meals, and keeping their gear together and mess kits clean…all of which require a cooperative yet individual effort fostering self-reliance and group awareness.

The Four Corners region is ideal for wilderness exploration due to its diverse geography. Within a three-hour ride, campers can be rafting the Gunnison River, exploring Anasazi ruins in Utah, discovering a ghost town near the Continental Divide, or climbing a lofty peak in the Weminuche Wilderness.

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Camp Kawanhee for Boys (Maine)

To provide boys and young men with experiential educational opportunities designed to encourage self-sufficiency and teamwork and an appreciation of the natural world.

LOCATION: Located on the East shore of Webb Lake, in Weld, Maine.


PHILOSOPHY: The program consists of a summer session that promotes cooperative living in a safe and nurturing environment. It is their hope that members of the Kawanhee community will return to their everyday lives as better, more productive citizens of the world.


A Caring Community – A network of supportive interpersonal relationships are the foundation for all we do. We show the value we place on succeeding generations by establishing for them an environment of acceptance and belonging and by mentoring in the values of fellowship, mutual respect, and service to others.

Character Development – We do not preach leadership; we practice it. We consciously strive to enhance the self-awareness and self-esteem of all whom we serve. We provide opportunities for the kind of personal growth, leadership development and personal enrichment that comes from prudent risk-taking, good sportsmanship and perseverance toward the achievement of a worthy goal.

Integrity – We accept personal responsibility for our words and actions. When we give our word, we honor it. We finish what we start. We treat each other directly and fairly. And we build trust in the community of those we serve by delivering on our promise to provide quality in everything we do.

Environmental Consciousness – Our programs reflect our belief that to appreciate the natural world one must experience it, directly, personally and authentically. We are committed to fostering a sense of personal responsibility toward the natural world and, when appropriate, to taking a hand in preserving what we can.

Freedom Within a Framework – Personal safety is our priority. Within this framework we provide a flexible, open environment rich in self-challenge and self-discovery where all are encouraged to seek out, find and gain acceptance for their own personal best. The lessons learned are for life, and we recognize that some of life’s best insights and memories come from so-called idle hours spend in ideal settings in the company of close friends.

PROGRAM OPTIONS: Athletics, Waterfront, Wilderness Living, Shop & Arts, Choice Time & League Play

PROGRAM LENGTH: 2,3 or 4 weeks


At Kawanhee, a boy can step outside of his fast-paced, everyday routines and experience life and relationships in a brand new context. He can remake himself if he desires, try on different aspects to his developing identity or simply express and expand those characteristics and behaviors which have served him well. A Kawanhee camper does this all within the context of a cohesive and supportive community, where each and every child and adult is considered a valuable member and individual differences are respected.

During activity times, boys gain specific outdoor living and athletic skills. Every camper is encouraged to try every activity that is offered and then, after several weeks of scheduled activities, is allowed to sign-in and out of activities depending upon what he has learned his interests to be and how far he elects to pursue his participation and achievements in that activity. Campers gain memories from climbing Tumbledown Mountain, canoeing down the Androscoggin River or camping out on Skookamee or on Monhegan Island. They also gain respect for the natural world as they become comfortable within it and carry forward a desire to care for it.

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Kooch-I-Ching (Minnesota)

To inspire the growth of young men through fun, challenging, wilderness adventures that promote self discovery, teamwork, and service to others.

A residential summer camp for boys set in the heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near International Falls, Minnesota, offering an opportunity for your child that offers growth, lifelong community, safety, challenge, adventure and the chance to be fully immersed in a true wilderness setting.

Kooch-I-Ching has the ability to offer an intimate experience, making the quality of program their number one priority. With a camper to staff ratio for our younger campers ranging from 2:1 to 3:1, they focus on building a strong foundation so campers can grow from year to year. Each summer brings new challenges, skills, and lessons creating more substance to their overall experience.

LOCATION: Deer Island, Rainy Lake, International Falls, MN 



Be Kind – building a sense of community and putting others first

Be Brave – gaining confidence through the struggle of difficult challenges

Be Strong – achieving independence by doing tasks your own way

Be Helpful – pitching in to do one’s share of the work

Be Reverent – learning to respect ourselves, our camp, and our surroundings

Be Joyful – developing lasting connections that support our life-long community

PROGRAM LENGTH: 2 weeks – 4 weeks


PROGRAM OPTIONS: Base camp centers on an instructional program that offers individual and group instruction in more than a dozen areas. A graduated educational approach, which places an emphasis on ‘standards of achievement’, offers beginning, intermediate, advanced and expert instruction in classes that challenge.

Wilderness trips are a central part of the program for 2 main reasons – because of the fun, adventure and challenge; and because they believe the experiences have a positive impact that lasts for years.

On-site community service is an integral part of the program. It is their goal to encourage all campers to embrace the notion of teamwork and service.


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Ogichi Daa Kwe (Minnesota)

To empower the strong spirits of young women and their families through wilderness tripping and lifelong community


A residential summer camp for girls set in the heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near International Falls, Minnesota, offering an opportunity for your child that offers growth, lifelong community, safety, challenge, adventure and the chance to be fully immersed in a true wilderness setting.

Ogichi Daa Kwe has the ability to offer an intimate experience, making quality of program their number one priority. With a camper to staff ratio for our younger campers ranging from 2:1 to 3:1, they focus on building a strong foundation so campers can grow from year to year. Each summer brings new challenges, skills, and lessons creating more substance to their overall experience.

LOCATION: Rainy Lake, International Falls, MN


PHILOSOPHY: The camp abides by the Law of the Woods which emphasizes the following attributes:

Be Clean – both yourself and the place you live in

Be Strong  – understand and respect your body. It is the temple of the spirit

Protect all Harmless Wildlife – and be ever ready to fight the wildfire in the woods

Speak True – word of honor is sacred

Play Fair – foul play is treachery

Be Reverent – worship the Great Spirit and respect all worship of him by others

Be Brave – courage is the noblest of all attainments

Be Silent – it is harder to be silent than speak, but in the hour of trial it is stronger

Obey – obedience is the first law of the woods

Be Kind – do at least on act of unbargaining service each day

Be Helpful – do your share of the work

Be Joyful – seek the joy of being alive

PROGRAM LENGTH: 10 days – 4 weeks


PROGRAM OPTIONS: Ogichi’s camper program is both a traditional in-camp experience and a graduated wilderness tripping experience. Through the stability and traditions of the in-camp environment, girls learn about supportive community living. They build skill sets and take risks through elective classes, cruising school and all camp activities. Through the tripping program girls learn to deal with the unknown, to deal with change, and to learn to ration limited supplies. Tripping mandates teamwork and teaches through real consequences. Girls have opportunities to develop friendships through their cabin group, tribe group, and trip group, as well as around the table at mealtimes.

The components of the camper program include elective activity classes, all-camp activities, reflective activities, balance time, ceremonies, and wilderness tripping. Wilderness trips are an essential part of the program, and vary in length and distance:

10 day session – 3 day trip to Voyageurs National Park

3 week session – 10 day trips

CITs – 10 to 14 day trips

Intended outcomes of these programs include: Community Service, Hard Work / Resilience, Helpfulness in the Community / Teamwork.

Water Activities – Canoeing, Fishing, Kayaking, Sailing, Swimming.

Land Activities – Rock Climbing, Archery, Woodsmanship, Athletics, Tennis, Projects, Arts & Crafts, Indian Crafts, Sports.

Trips – The trip program is extensive and an impactful component of both camps. In many ways this help to shape their identity. They believe that the trips create fun, adventure and challenge; but moreover, the experiences gained in the wilderness have a positive impact that will resonate for years. They demand the utmost in group cooperation, and everyone shares in the planning and preparation. Campers are able to discover their areas of strength and challenge within the support of closely formed groups. These groups are formed according to group dynamics, camper strength, number of years of experience, age etc. Campers progress in trip length, distance travelled, length and difficulty of portaging, distance from base camp, and a decrease in camper-to-staff ratio. Trips are taken into Canada and the Western United States. The trips include canoe, kayak, hiking and climbing in nature.

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Sanborn Western Camp (Colorado)

To live together in the outdoors, building a sense of Self, a sense of Community, a sense of the Earth, and a sense of Wonder through fun and adventure.

By giving children the tools to better understand themselves, they develop problem solving skills. independence, confidence, and strength of character. By teaching children how to love and work in a community, they learn to manage themselves in complex social situations, put others’ needs before their own, and to work with other strong individuals from all over the United States and the world. By helping children value the earth, they become stewards of the natural world and, in turn, value the efforts made by themselves and others to preserve, protect and appreciate the immeasurable gifts of the outdoor world. And, by imbuing these actions with a deep sense of wonder, children grow to see and appreciate the beauty, magic, and possibility within themselves, others and the world.

LOCATION: High in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, on the west side of Pikes Peak, Sanborn Western Camps owns 6000 acres of wildflower-filled mountain meadows, open pine forests and rocky bluffs.

GENDER: Girls Camp and Boys Camp

PHILOSOPHY: Grounded in their mission, Sanborn’s philosophy for the last sixty years has been to provide a quality, safe experience for children in the outdoors.  As youth development professionals, we teach life skills that are necessary for the creation of healthy, productive adults.

PROGRAM LENGTH: 2 & 4 weeks


High Trails Ranch – Summer Camps for Girls

The warmth and friendliness of the all-girl community at High Trails camps is evident from the first moment you step into the Lodge.

Staff members and campers are energetic, fun, and enthusiastic about their adventures. Campers are justifiably proud of their accomplishments which include climbing Colorado’s highest peaks, five-day wilderness backpacking trips, other exciting trips and program challenges. The girls camps also offer a concentration on horseback riding – including overnight riding trips for those with a passion for horses, as well as a wide variety of other activities from which to choose.

The spirit of High Trails is most evident when watching the girls warmly engaged with each other, laughing together and helping one another.  Sanborn camps foster authentic friendships that can last a lifetime.  The 12,000 acres of Rocky Mountain wilderness is the perfect setting for our overnight summer camps. Sanborn provides the perfect combination of outdoor adventures, fun, friendships, relaxation, and life skills development.

The philosophy of Sanborn camps includes free choice, new challenges, free play within the natural world and a strong sense of community and cooperation. This builds self-esteem, self-reliance, self-confidence and leadership initiative. The growth we see in our campers in terms of personal development, authentic friendships and taking responsibility is inspiring.

Big Spring Ranch – Boys Summer Camp

Big Spring Ranch is the boys summer camp, offering a variety of activities such as backpacking, riding, canoeing, fishing, swimming, plus incredible trips, including the adventure of climbing a 14,000 peak and camping overnight in the Rockies.

of all ages thrive in the enthusiastic, energetic summer camp community at Big Spring Ranch. They spend their days building confidence, strength and resourcefulness in fun, challenging adventures. Sports are played in a non-competitive environment emphasizing teamwork. Teenagers thoroughly enjoy themselves and our SOLE leadership experiences.

Proud of their accomplishments, the boys learn an appreciation for the outdoors, themselves and each other in a 12,000 acre natural mountain wilderness.

The boys summer camp offers a great deal of freedom, allowing campers to discover their own preferences, initiative, resourcefulness and self-responsibility. The facilities are comfortable, the food and staff are great, and important social and emotional skills are developed at the same time. The camp is definitely a maturing experience, even though the focus at the camp is on fun.

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Camp Thunderbird (Minnesota)

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LOCATION: Located in the Minnesota Northwoods on beautiful Lake Plantagenet. The two sleep-away camps are a few miles apart.

GENDER: Boys Camp and Girls Camp (operating independently with a spirit of cooperation).

PHILOSOPHY: Child-centered philosophy providing kids with a safe, nurturing, non-competitive environment where they can challenge themselves and gain independence. They provide the attention and support necessary to help each child cultivate his or her individuality and enhance self-esteem.

VALUES: Group living helps instill values like compromise, teamwork, respect, and tolerance. Their goal is for campers to leave Thunderbird with a sense of independence, a respect for nature, and a collection of life skills that will carry them into adulthood.

PROGRAM OPTIONS: There are over 30 activities to choose from, every day including:

  • Wilderness Adventure Trips
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Waterskiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Windsurfing
  • Tubing
  • Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
  • Horseback Riding
  • Target Sports
  • Softball/Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Gymnastics
  • Volleyball
  • Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Farm



Camp Thunderbird for Boys – a place where you can be yourself and expect your summer to be full of excitement and adventure. Your days are filled with amazing activities like rock climbing and mountain biking, soccer and basketball, arts and crafts and blacksmithing. At the waterfront, you can fish while sailboats, paddleboards, canoes, and water skiers enjoy our secluded bay. But there’s always time at Thunderbird during the day to laugh, play and get dirty or just relax and listen to music with friends and cabin mates.

At T-bird, they play sports daily and frequently compete with other camps but in a way that emphasizes good sportsmanship and teamwork. Whether we’re in a match, fine-tuning our skills or scrimmaging, playing hard and working together as a team is winning.

Lifelong friendships are forged during free time at T-bird. You can hang out on the beach, play water basketball or simply spend time in your village after dinner playing gaga, cards or just sitting among friends. You’ll discover that boys who live a state or an ocean away share remarkable similarities and become as close as brothers. Sound like a great place to you? T-bird boys think so and that’s why they call Thunderbird their second home.


Camp Thunderbird for Girls – From Strong Young Girls to Proud Women where girls support and accept one another. At T-bird, they encourage you to get dirty, be silly, go on adventures and let the real “you” show. They celebrate each other for trying new things, showing kindness, accomplishing what they put their minds to, and for being themselves.

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