FOCUS Summer Projects: YMCA of the Rockies 

Looking for a job this summer where you can grow in your faith and make life-long friendships with other Catholic students? For the third consecutive summer, FOCUS is offering students the chance to participate in the FOCUS Summer Project at the YMCA of the Rockies, where we will connect a group of students with jobs at the YMCA of the Rockies and provide those students with faith formation and fellowship.

FOCUS Summer Project: YMCA of the Rockies

The FOCUS Summer Project offers students the opportunity to work during the day at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, and in the evenings and weekends receive formation in the Catholic faith and have fun with other students in the beautiful state of Colorado.


Through the FOCUS Summer Project, not only do students have the opportunity to participate in the dignity of work, but they also are provided with many opportunities to share their faith with co-workers at the YMCA and the many families and individuals vacationing in the area.

Job opportunities at the YMCA are varied, and while FOCUS students who are accepted to the program are guaranteed a job with the YMCA, they are not necessarily guaranteed their first choice of job. The sooner students apply, the more likely they are to receive the job of their choice. Possible jobs include: adventure activities facilitator, horseback riding instructor, food service, and housekeeping, just to name a few. Students will receive a paycheck from the YMCA and will receive room and board in the YMCA staff housing.

Those accepted to the program will earn $180/week plus room and board for their work.

Faith Formation

FOCUS missionaries will be on-site at the YMCA the whole summer to provide formation for the students. Areas of formation will include: virtue, prayer, Catholic worldview, and evangelization among others. 


Who wouldn’t want to spend a summer making friends with other young Catholics in the beautiful Rocky Mountains? Students who attend the Summer Project will find that they form deep friendships with the other students as they work, pray, and have adventures together.

The group will take time each week for different fellowship activities, which could include whitewater rafting down the Cache La Poudre, attending an outdoor jazz concert in Rocky Mountain National park, a day of hiking, or going to dinner in scenic Estes Park.

Dating Fast

All students who participate in the Summer Projects are asked to participate in a dating fast in order to enter more deeply into this time of faith formation. However, if students are already in a dating relationship, they are not prohibited from participating in Summer Projects. Students are simply asked not to begin new dating relationships.


May 27: Students arrive in at the YMCA of the Rockies for orientation by FOCUS staff

May 29: Students receive orientation by YMCA staff and begin work at YMCA of the Rockies

August 2: Students’ last day of work at YMCA of the Rockies

August 3: Students debrief with FOCUS staff

August 4: Students depart


Students must fundraise $2,150 to participate in the program. That amount covers the cost of the FOCUS formation program that they will receive throughout the summer. Once they are accepted into the program, they will be contacted by a missionary Fundraising Coach who will help them to raise the amount they need. (Students also receive pay from the YMCA for their work throughout the summer.)


The Summer Project will take place at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO: 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO 80511 

I want to attend! What are my next steps?

Apply online by clicking the link below. Student applications will be assessed on a rolling basis with student being admitted for the limited slots on a first-come, first-served basis. As soon as you are notified of your acceptance by FOCUS, you will receive a link to fill out the YMCA application, and a missionary fundraising coach will contact you to coach you through the fundraising process. Students who apply earlier will be notified earlier of their acceptance and have more time to fundraise, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.