News & Events


Looking Forward to Summer 2021
September 2, 2020
 Camperships

August E-Newsletter
August 14, 2020
 Newsletters

We are pleased to share our August 2020 edition of our monthly E-Newsletter which shares some of the highlights of our summer programming. Click here to view the newsletter ...


Summer 2020 Newsletter
August 14, 2020
 Newsletters

We are pleased to share our 30th Anniversary edition of our Newsletter featuring our first ever camper and our 1,000th camper. Click here to view the newsletter online or use...


Camp-To-Camp Hike
July 9, 2020
 News & Events

This summer we did not want a pandemic to stop us from making it to camp. So we created a virtual Camp-To-Camp Hike for our 105 campers, their families and mentors, our alumn...


Jack Cheley Endowed Campership
April 10, 2020
 Fundraising

We are very excited to announce a campaign to establish a brand new fund – the ‘JACK CHELEY ENDOWED CAMPERSHIP.’ This $150,000 fund will ensure that a deser...


Introducing Our New Identity
March 30, 2020
 Branding

As we prepare for the summer of 2020, our organization’s 30th summer issuing Camperships, we remember our heritage and the milestones that have shaped our journey from ...


The Dream That Sparked A Thousand Summers
February 20, 2020
 News & Events

Watch a video presentation marking our 30th anniversary and ‘The Dream That Sparked A Thousand Summers’....


Thank You For Changing Lives
November 8, 2019
 Camperships

A selection of the kids on our Campership Program share their appreciation for your support as well as what they hope the summer at camp will hold....


First Summer Camper, Nia Shares Her Impressions of Camp
September 4, 2019
 Camperships

During a recent visit to Clearwater Camp for Girls, Executive Director, Tim Lucas spoke with Nia about her experiences of camp after only her first couple of weeks of her fir...


In Memoriam – John Boylan
July 9, 2019
 Uncategorized

We are deeply saddened by the unexpected death of John Austin Cheley Foundation trustee and former Board Chair John Boylan who passed away suddenly on July 3 at the age of 52...


Capstone Project: Valerie – Toy Donation
July 3, 2019
 Capstone Projects

Capstone Project: Cesar – Nathaniel Witherell Service Project
July 3, 2019
 Capstone Projects

Capstone Project: Jade – Kickball Drive
July 3, 2019
 Capstone Projects

Capstone Project: Jose – A-Chord
July 3, 2019
 Capstone Projects

Capstone Project: Zahir – The Journey of Health
July 3, 2019
 Capstone Projects

Capstone Project: Jean – Helping People In Need
July 3, 2019
 Capstone Projects

Capstone Project: Emma and Emilee – Kids for Kids
July 3, 2019
 Capstone Projects

Capstone Project: Bashwyn – Mentorship
July 3, 2019
 Capstone Projects

Introducing Our Newest Trustees
July 3, 2019
 Uncategorized

We are very excited to welcome four new trustees to our governing board. They each began their first three-year term of service on July 1, 2019, and bring important skills to...


Capstone Project: Alayna – Walls & Stalls
June 27, 2019
 Capstone Projects

The Simple Pleasures of Summer Camp
June 7, 2019
 Impact

Homesick and Happy
June 7, 2019
 Health

If you have children going to camp for the first time (or if you were ever a first-time camper yourself), you know that homesickness is very real. Dr. Michael Thompson, a sch...


Camp Kooch-i-ching
June 7, 2019
 Associate Camps

Getting Ready For Camp
May 6, 2019
 Newsletters

Over 100 kids from across the country are getting excited about new friends and new experiences at camp this summer! Karen Smith, JACF Director of Programs, has been busy mak...


“I Can’t Wait” – Help Send 4 More Kids To Camp
March 11, 2019
 Camperships

If You Go – You WILL Grow!
February 13, 2019
 Impact

Central to our belief about summer camp is that if you go – you WILL grow! And what’s more, we believe the MORE you go – the MORE you will grow. One of the ...


The ‘A to Z’ of Why I Send My Child To Camp
February 11, 2019
 Impact

Millions of children attend thousands of overnight camps throughout the United States each summer.  If this was ever your experience, or is one that you lovingly provided to...


What Camp Means To Me – Elle’s Story
January 25, 2019
 Impact

What Camp Means To Me – Joshua’s Story
January 25, 2019
 Impact

In 2018 the Foundation funded 104 month-long high-quality summer camp experiences for kids whose families cannot afford such an impactful opportunity. These kids each have a...


How Campers Become Leaders
January 11, 2019
 Impact
 Youth Development

Camp gives kids the chance to immerse themselves in nature and get away from the technology that often occupies them. The benefits are numerous, including personal growth, te...


Hetsia Promotes 2018 Week of Giving
November 28, 2018
 Uncategorized

Wishing Everyone A Happy Thankgiving!
November 19, 2018
 Impact

In Memoriam: Jack Chalender – Founding Trustee
September 11, 2018
 Uncategorized

Jack Chalender of Estes Park, CO, formerly of Overland Park, KS died in Estes Park on September 1. Ralph Evan (Jack) Chalender was born August 7, 1925 in Wellsville, KS to Ra...


JACF ‘to the nines’
August 15, 2018
 Impact

Capstone Project: Isabella – Time Well Spent With Bessie
July 27, 2018
 Capstone Projects

Capstone Project: Willow – Kids On Top
July 27, 2018
 Capstone Projects

Capstone Project: Dominic – Fishing Clinic
July 27, 2018
 Capstone Projects

Capstone Project: Jade – Spreading Love Suicide Prevention
July 17, 2018
 Capstone Projects

Capstone Project: Naeema – When Song Meets Dance
July 16, 2018
 Capstone Projects

Capstone Project: Krystal – The Hydration Project
July 16, 2018
 Capstone Projects

Capstone Project: Elle – Shiloh House Benefit Bake Sale
July 16, 2018
 Capstone Projects

Capstone Project: Bella – Food For The Homeless
July 16, 2018
 Capstone Projects

Honoring the Memory of Founding Trustee – Pat Tuohy
July 3, 2018
 Uncategorized

Patricia Jane Tuohy (Pat) 84, of Denver, Co died peacefully June 25th in Santa Fe, NM. Born in Chicago, IL, Pat was the daughter of the late Walter J. and Mary (Curry) Tuohy....


Gathering Evidence for the Impact of Camp
February 6, 2018
 Impact

Honoring the Memory of Former Trustee – Bill Goodwin
January 29, 2018
 Uncategorized

Bill Goodwin served as a Trustee to JACF from 1996 to 2002. Bill passed away on January 27, 2018 at the age of 81. William A. Goodwin was born and raised in Des Moines, of pi...


Why I Still Choose Camp
November 21, 2017
 Impact
 Youth Development

Welcome to my life: I am a high school senior who could easily spend my summer getting a job or an internship – or as my family would call it, “real world experie...


Campers and their Parents Share their Stories with our Board of Trustees
November 21, 2017
 Impact

Evidence for the Impact of the Camp Experience
September 28, 2017
 Impact
 Youth Development

Nine Amazing Campers Share Their Experiences At Nine Incredible Camps
August 28, 2017
 Impact

Capstone Project: Kai – Community Clean Up
July 20, 2017
 Capstone Projects

Kai Robles has attended Kawanhee Camp as a JACF camper for 5 years.  Kai is 15 years old and lives in Denver, CO. Kai attempted to coordinate clean up days in his commu...


Capstone Project: Hetsia – Beautiful Faces
July 20, 2017
 Capstone Projects

https://athousandsummers.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Beautiful-Faces.mp4   Hetsia Leon has attended Colvig Camps as a JACF camper for 3 years.  Hetsia is 15 year...


Capstone Project: Savian – Strawberry Fields
July 20, 2017
 Capstone Projects

Capstone Project: Skyler – Care and Share
July 20, 2017
 Capstone Projects

https://athousandsummers.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Care-and-Share.mp4   Skyler Gilliam has attended as a JACF camper for 2 years. Skyler is 15 years old and lives ...


Capstone Project: Evelyn – Cards For You
July 20, 2017
 Capstone Projects

https://athousandsummers.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Cards-for-You.mp4   Evelyn Benitez has attended Colvig Camps as a JACF camper for 2 years. Evelyn is 15 years ol...


Capstone Project: Dylan – Bye Bye Birdie
July 20, 2017
 Capstone Projects

https://athousandsummers.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Bye-Bye-Birdie.mp4   Dylan Tripp has attended Cheley Camps as a JACF camper for 5 years.  Dylan is 15 years ...


Capstone Project: Isabella – Inside the Child’s Mind
July 20, 2017
 Capstone Projects

https://athousandsummers.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Inside-the-Childrens-Mind.mp4   Isabella has attended Cheley Camps as a JACF camper for 3 years.  Isabella is...


Capstone Project: Bodhi – Classroom Artwork
July 20, 2017
 Capstone Projects

https://athousandsummers.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Classroom-Artwork.mp4   Bodhi is 15 years old, lives in Boulder, CO and is a 6th summer camper at Cheley Colorad...


The Rookie: The Epic Quest of a First Time Camper
June 15, 2017
 Youth Development

Experiences OF and FOR a lifetime… Kayla Gallegos, from Chicago, IL can’t wait! She’s going on an epic quest this summer, where she will have adventures and make me...


In Memoriam: Homer Clark Evans – Founding Trustee
June 13, 2017
 Uncategorized

Homer Clark Evans, 89, of Prairie Village, KS, died June 9, 2017 after a short illness. He was born December 5, 1927 in Pittsburg, KS to Faye and Homer F. Evans and lived in ...


A Letter From A Grateful Mother
May 21, 2017
 Impact

To The John Austin Cheley Foundation, I am writing this letter on behalf of my 17-year-old son Devin M, whom received a scholarship from the Cheley Foundation, to attend the ...


In Memoriam: John Tucker Lamkin Sr. – Founding Trustee
May 17, 2017
 Uncategorized

John Tucker Lamkin Sr., died Mother’s Day a few weeks before his 95th birthday. Jack, as he was more familiarly known, was born June 11, 1922 in Cape and was a lifelong...


Building Community – The Ogichi Daa ‘Kwe’
April 13, 2017
 Associate Camps

RAINY LAKE — It’s early afternoon on the shores of Frank’s Bay, International Falls, MN and a lunch bell starts to ring. From all directions, campers and staff descend...


Camp Offers Significant Physical Activity To Campers
April 5, 2017
 Health

The reduction in the amount of daily activity children are exposed to is commonly reported. Recess is under threat in schools, parents are less inclined to allow their childr...


We are booking flights for our campers…
March 24, 2017
 Uncategorized

Our Campership Program Director, Karen Smith loves this time of year, it makes her feel as though summer is just around the corner because…she is busy booking flights f...


Leadership – By Madalyn English
December 23, 2016
 Youth Development

Katherine E. Gannett Honored as 2016 JACF Volunteer of the Year
December 1, 2016
 Uncategorized

Katherine has been involved with JACF since 1992 and has worked tirelessly to help 29 children attend camp for an amazing 1,638 days! The youth she sponsored went to various ...


5 Reasons Why Every Child Should Go To Summer Camp: #3 – Take Safe Risks and Create Challenge
November 22, 2016
 Impact
 Youth Development

Teens thrive on risk. Thanks to recent findings* about the unique attributes of the teen brain, we now understand the reason for the “mortality bump” for 17-year-old boys...


The Power of the Camp Experience
November 15, 2016
 Impact
 Youth Development

We are convinced that kids need camp. Today, like never before, teens and pre-teens are under tremendous pressure. Self-doubt, peer pressure, and a host of other harmful inf...


Summer 2016: A Journey Unimagined
November 3, 2016
 Impact
 Youth Development

In Memory of Andy Pfeiffenberger – former trustee (1928-2016)
October 4, 2016
 Uncategorized

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Andy Pfeiffenberger, former JACF trustee and Cheley Colorado Camps camper. Andrew Rodgers Pfeiffenberger died peacefu...


5 Reasons Why Every Child Should Go To Summer Camp: #2 – To Develop Character
July 27, 2016
 Impact
 Youth Development

Employers want it in their employees, employees want it in their bosses. We all want it in our kids. What is it? It’s called character. So what is it and why is it importan...


5 Reasons Why Every Child Should Go To Summer Camp: #1 To Improve Interpersonal Skills
June 10, 2016
 Impact

In an interpersonal world we are often faced with issues involving communication, empathy, understanding, self-awareness—or more precisely, a skill set associated with emot...


Dr. Charles Godwin – former JACF trustee (1931-2016)
May 13, 2016
 Uncategorized

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Charles Godwin, former JACF trustee (1984-2004), Cheley Camps staff member (1960s and 1970s). Dr. Charles “Chuc...


Going to a Residential Camp As A Kid Might Prepare You Better for College
April 4, 2016
 Impact

Here’s a more fun way to prepare for college than studying: Go to overnight camp. Summer camp may not help you ace your college calculus class, but experts say being aw...


Why I’m Thankful for Camp Thunderbird
March 16, 2016
 Associate Camps

We are very fortunate to partner with some amazing summer camps, offering incredible and life changing experiences for their campers. Every now and again we are able to share...


Learning Resilience and other Critical Skills at Camp
March 9, 2016
 Youth Development

While traditional definitions of “at-risk youth” focus on the socioeconomically under-served, others seem to point to a broader perspective. At-risk.org, a resour...


Most of life’s greatest lessons are learned outside the classroom walls
February 1, 2016
 Impact

Camp is one of the most enjoyable ways for kids to spend the summer. But is it only about enjoyment, or can summer camp be a place where some of life’s great lessons c...


The Value of the Mentoring Relationship
January 22, 2016
 Youth Development

When you were young, did you know how to study for a test or make plans for college? Do you remember wanting your first car or looking for a part-time job? Simple things tha...


Bridging the Summer Achievement Gap
January 11, 2016
 Youth Development

To a certain extent all children experience learning loss during the summer months when the school year ends. The temporary cessation of formal classes provided by the school...


How to Make All The Difference
January 7, 2016
 Fundraising

While giving is usually considered a selfless act, giving is often more beneficial for the giver than the receiver. In other words, providing social support of any kind can a...


Brain Development, Teens, and Summer Camp
December 16, 2015
 Youth Development

Summer Camp has a significant role to play in managing the growth and development of the campers who enjoy the program and environment summer after summer. To understand quit...


‘Expanding Our Impact’ Camper Contest – RESULTS ANNOUNCED
October 27, 2015
 Fundraising

Announcing the JACF #ExpandingOurImpactGivingTuesday Camper Contest!! Want to help the John Austin Cheley Foundation and earn great prizes at the same time that will help you...


Introducing our ‘Expanding Our Impact’ CROWDFUNDING campaign
October 26, 2015
 Fundraising

Get ready for #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving, on December 1, 2015. As part of this year’s Annual CAMPaign, “Expanding Our Impact”, we are launching a series ...


Perhaps the Safest Place to Make Mistakes…and Learn From Them
October 9, 2015
 Impact

Risk aversion can give rise to undesirable behavior later in life. The University of Sydney’s Playground Project states that a consequence of risk aversion is that childre...


Chicago Reception & Fundraising Event
September 2, 2015
 Fundraising

Branding, Marketing and Communications Survey Results
August 31, 2015
 Branding

What Kids Need to Succeed As Adults
July 14, 2015
 Youth Development

Strong academic skills are important, but they are not the only thing a child needs for success in life. What else is necessary and how can it be cultivated? A new report, F...


Nature Deficit Disorder: Why modern kids need old-fashioned freedoms
July 14, 2015
 Youth Development

Do you ever feel you and your family spend too much time connected to technology and not enough time outdoors enjoying everything nature has to offer? Read More: Nature Defic...


Making the Argument: Camp Creates Advantage
April 28, 2015
 Impact

Over the last five years a growing tidal wave of research makes it clear that there are a certain set of skills that predict for long-term success in life — and those are t...


Spring Board Retreat – Focus on Impact
April 28, 2015
 Impact

Impact of a summer camp experience on at-risk middle school youth
February 24, 2015
 Impact

In 2012 the Open Journal Of Occupational Therapy published the findings of a study entitled ‘Effects of a Summer Camp Experience on Factors of Resilience in At-Risk You...


Camp Teaches 21st Century College, Career and Life Skills
February 23, 2015
 Impact

Annual CAMPaign – Join us for CO Gives Day
November 25, 2014
 Fundraising

Colorado Gives Day is coming up soon on Tuesday, December 9, and for the fifth year the John Austin Cheley Foundation is participating.  COGives Day is a crowd funding even...


#channelyourinnercamp
November 10, 2014
 Fundraising
 Impact

The JACF Annual CAMPaign is a movement to reconnect with your inner camp and share your stories to raise awareness of the impact that summer camp has had on you. With your su...


25th Anniversary Gala Photo Gallery
November 3, 2014
 25th Anniversary Gala

Summer 2014 Photos
October 20, 2014
 Impact

Click here to view photos sent in by our 2014 Campership winners!...


Campership Winner Speaks at Big Brothers Big Sisters Event
October 20, 2014
 Impact

Student Council President, Eagle Scout and 2013 and 2014 JACF Cheley Camper, Roger D. recently spoke at BBBS event about the challenges he has overcome, the support that he ...


Starry Nights Gala Videos
September 30, 2014
 25th Anniversary Gala

Our 25th Anniversary Gala was a storming success. Our sincere thanks to the Denver Botanic Gardens, our special guest speakers Rue Mapp, Jason Ritter and JACF camper Luis Och...


Starry Nights Gala
September 23, 2014
 25th Anniversary Gala

Registration is closed as we make final preparations for the 400+ guests who will join us in celebrating our 25th Anniversary on September 27th at Denver’s Botanic Gard...


Read the Latest ‘Camp Matters’ Newsletter
September 7, 2014
 Newsletters

Click here to open the September 2014 version of the “Camp Matters’ newsletter.      ...


Summer 2014 – it’s official…it’s a HIT!
September 3, 2014
 Impact

96 JACF campers completed their summers at our 6 associate camps and the photos and reflections are pouring it. We are so grateful to our amazing Mentors for all of their har...


Camp Visit to Sanborn Western Camps
August 29, 2014
 Associate Camps

Members of the JACF staff and Board of Trustees recently conducted a visit to Sanborn Western Camps in Florissant, CO and what an experience it was! As a part of our ongoing ...


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