In the Early Beginnings
In July of 1907, 23 YMCA men met in Grand Lake, Colorado, to discuss incorporations of the Western Conference of the YMCA. While there, they scouted for possible sites for a summer school to be held the next year, 1908.
Finding nothing appropriate, they decide to travel over the continental divide to Estes Park. A group of six men, led by William E. Sweet, hiked from Grand Lake, stopping overnight at the Wind River Lodge. The beautiful setting and views of Mt Ypsilon were just what the men were looking for. Ninety-three men attended the 1908 summer school and it was considered to be a rousing success. That success prompted the purchase of the Wind River Lodge property to ensure a permanent home for YMCA summer school.
In response to increasing popularity over the next 20 years, family lodgings were built and family programs were started. The Depression nearly brought an end to the association, but the Directors persevered.