Colorado Springs Program
CYO celebrates 11 years in Southern Colorado
Wednesdays have become the best day of the week for the students and parents involved with CYO in the Pikes Peak Region. It is not surprising! Whether we are at an archery range, putting together a survival kit, mastering a new fly, or at the trap range, Wednesday nights are special.
Colorado Youth Outdoors has begun its eleventh year in the southeast region and like our parent organization in the northeast region, the southern Colorado program is committed to providing an opportunity for families to build relationships while coming together to enjoy traditional outdoor activities. It has been a wonderful addition to our community and a positive experience for all of the participants.
The Colorado Springs program is lead by two longtime District 11 teachers, Jeff Neumeyer and Jim Keating. Jeff is an award-winning Crystal Apple recipient who teaches Architecture and Engineering at Doherty High School. Jeff is a passionate shooter and Olympic certified archery instructor. Jim directed the CU Succeed, Advanced Placement, and Gifted Education Programs at Coronado High School. Jim is an avid fly fisherman and enthusiastic wing shooter. Jeff and Jim have over 60 years of combined teaching experience. Each of them have been involved with some remarkable programs; however, neither of them have been part of any program that brings students and parents together like CYO. It has been magical to witness the enthusiasm, camaraderie, friendly competition, and family commitment that take place during our evenings together.
CYO in Colorado Springs does not have a state of the art outdoor education center like Swift ponds; however, we have taken advantage of many wonderful partnerships to provide an exciting blend of outdoor opportunities. We would like to thank the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Pikes Peak Gun Club, Pellegrino’s Archery Hut, the AFA Archery Club, The Colorado Boys Ranch, and the Colorado Springs Chapter of Safari Club International for helping us bring CYO to the Southeast Region.