Passing the Torch

As we move into another chapter at YMCA of the Rockies, I can’t help but reflect on our rich history.

The YMCA of the Rockies opened our doors in 1907 and has served countless guests, members, conferences, volunteers and staff over that time. Many have come back year after year, generation after generation. While our Association has gone through many updates, we continue to provide the type of experience that stands the test of time: time with each other away from the distractions of everyday life in an amazing mountain setting.

The comments following in these pages were passed along to us from people who have been touched by their experience at our YMCA. I hope these stories sound familiar to you and your loved ones, for they are the common thread that has run through our Y family for over 100 years.

Looking to the future, I am proud to take the helm of the Y that has long been my home. As a YMCA of the Rockies employee for 33 years, I have seen the impact we have had on guests, members, staff and countless others. With the help of our generous donors, my goal is to pass these special experiences to the future generations who visit our YMCA.


Julie Watkins, President/CEO

Steve Goldmann, Board Chair


A stable  home
passing through childhood

Thank you for letting us come to the YMCA. I had a lot of fun. I am saving my money to come back this year so I can see anumals and do more fun things.

– Coreyn


passed along

When I was 19 years old, I came by myself on the train from St. Louis to work for the summer. Since that year in 1951, I have thought of the Y Camp as my spiritual home.



Passed down

Our family first visited the YMCA of the Rockies Camp over 20 years ago when the Camp was one of the few places we could afford to vacation with our young children. We fell in love with the beauty and simplicity of the Camp, its Mission, and the wonderful family memories it provided each time we visited. Thanksgiving Cabin is donated to show our deep gratitude.

– Pat & Janna


2015 Stories Passed to Us



My family has been coming to SMR since 1983. All the kids have grown up enjoying the mountains and outdoors! My grandparents traveled with us all the time to Colorado. Now my parents are the grandparents enjoying our great memories.

This year was a special year with dad turning 70 and my son graduating from high school. There aren’t many times you can get my mom & dad, brother, sister and our families together for a week long trip!

– Garrett


Don’t pass
up any fun

We LOVE these YMCA Camps!! This was our first time in Estes Park, usually we go to Snow Mtn. Ranch. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time! The kids get to be kids again without all the distractions of home. The adults get to slow down and experience life again.

We laughed, loved, and got to know each other all over again. Thanks!!

– Shane & Samantha

Planning for the future



Increase in Net Assets $ 2,830,279
Year ending December 31, 2015

Diversity Inclusion &
Global Initiatives

The Board of Directors of the YMCA of the Rockies embraces the goals of the Y-USA diversity movement through our YMCA of the Rockies Outreach and Inclusion Initiative. In our long-range plan, our Board states as a goal: We will serve a diverse population, inclusive of all people of good will and special needs. The YMCA of the Rockies will reach out to and welcome all people and organizations of good will and ensure that the rich gifts of diversity are reflected and respected at all levels.


As part of this goal, the YMCA of the Rockies entered into a partnership agreement with YMCA of Russia in 2013. The YMCA of Russia represents 16 local YMCA organizations across Russia, with a strong focus on youth and families and is an experienced and leading organization in youth development, strengthening communities and building civil society. The mutual commitment that built our partnership benefits our members and enhances our ability to fulfill the YMCA mission.

In August 2015, 15 YMCA of the Rockies members, volunteers, staff and Board members traveled to Russia for the

inaugural visit to our partner YMCA. In addition to touring some of Russia’s best-known sites, the group experienced Russian culture through dining, music, religious services and more. The group also met with YMCA of Russia leadership in order to mutually learn and share about programs and community impact.

Of particular interest was the YMCA of Russia Dacha, a complex that is ideal for holding business meetings, seminars, retreats, study of Russian culture and recreational programs. The Dacha gives guests a chance to experience traditional Russian hospitality in a pristine natural setting.

Our partnership with YMCA of Russia is a special way to fulfill our Mission while strengthening our respective YMCAs. Learning from each other allows us to develop effective ways to positively impact the communities being served by each YMCA, in addition to promoting cross-cultural understanding, broader community engagement and greater inclusion.


It’s about time


As a single mom of three amazing kids, and a public school teacher, I don’t have enough money for extras like vacations. I make sure my kids have everything they need, but it’s hard to give them the fun stuff that we all want. Our membership and visit to YMCA of the Rockies through the Connect 50 program gave us time to spend with each other and make amazing memories. Thank you!

– Susan


Passing along
camp magic

My time here at CCO has given me some of my most cherished memories – from “cinnamon roll hugs” in Yuma, to hiking Flattop Mountain as a Leader In Training (LIT). I would not be the person I am today without Camp Chief Ouray and for that I will be forever grateful.

– Morgan


Passing time
as you wish

Each day was full of activites for everyone – sports, music, crafts, bowling, horseback riding, drumming, hayrides, hiking, mini golf and MANY more!!

Everyone had something to do whenever they wanted.

– Alejandro

A legacy for
the future

On February 1, 2016, 30 years to the day after he started working for the YMCA of the Rockies, Kent Meyer retired as President and CEO. Kent began his career as the Program and Camp Director for Snow Mountain Ranch and Camp Chief Ouray, two years later became the Center Director for Snow Mountain Ranch and in 2001 became the President and CEO for the YMCA of the Rockies.

A true servant-leader, Kent has left his mark on our YMCA for generations to come. Under Kent’s leadership, the YMCA of the Rockies significantly advanced our Mission, created a culture of philanthropy, expanded and improved programs and facilities to create an even better guest experience, established Camp Chief Ouray as one of the best summer camps in the U.S., celebrated our Centennial, transitioned to a governance Board model, hosted the 18th World Council of YMCAs, and renewed our commitment to the core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.

Kent’s 30 years of service to the YMCA of the Rockies, and 40 years of service to the YMCA movement, has been tremendous. His legacy will continue to serve our YMCA well as we transition into the next chapter in our history.


What changes
and what endures

We hope this will be the first of many family gatherings here at the YMCA of the Rockies.

– Amanda