Colorado Youth Outdoors (CYO) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was created in 2001. CYO’s mission is building relationships through traditional outdoor recreation. To accomplish this mission, we integrate the phrases Participate, Appreciate, Communicate, and Dedicate into our recreation curriculum. We call this method of integration the PACD Model and incorporate it within all our activities, including fishing, archery, camping, shooting sports, and nature play.

The truly unique gift of CYO is providing time together learning traditional outdoor recreation in an environment that builds relationships.  Our innovative approach of using traditional outdoor recreation as a tool for building relationships has been successful with thousands of participants in our community.

CYO has grown from a school-based evening program to a site based regional program at Swift Ponds in Northern Colorado serving multiple communities. The programming we provide creates fun, lasting memories, and a lifelong love of the outdoors.