The YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado is steeped in history, tradition and global culture. This year, they are bringing the world to their massive 850-acre family resort and conference center, coming together to share their mission, make a world-wide impact, and reconnect in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Estes Park. Our guest blogger, the YMCA of the Rockies shares the meaningful impact this unique conference will bring to youth across the globe:

The YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park will host more than 1,300 YMCA delegates from over 80 countries during the 18th World Council Event this summer. The event will be held from June 29 - July 5 and will be centered on strategically planning how to impact young people around the world today.

The World Council first began meeting back in 1855 and occurs every four years to collaborate with other YMCA leaders worldwide. The council will be hosted in North America for the first time since 1981.

"This is an incredible event that brings together people of all languages, cultures, backgrounds and histories for a common civic and faith-based goal," said Kent Meyer, President and CEO. "For the worldwide YMCA movement, this is like the Olympics - one of the single most important international events that will take place in the next four years. For Estes Park, this huge conference is a much-welcomed infusion of international visitors to the community. We are prepared for a fantastic week of collaboration, inspiration and youth empowerment."

During their stay, delegates will gather for a week of inspirational speakers, hold executive committee and officers elections, and collaborate on the YMCA's global priorities for the next four years: "Empowering Young People" and how the YMCA Movement can impact the 1.8 billion young people living in the world today. Over 200 "Global Change Agents" between the ages of 18 - 30 will lead group sessions every morning and return home to empower youth in their community.

Delegates will also engage in various civic activities around Colorado, ranging from volunteering in Rocky Mountain National Park, visiting the Colorado State Capitol to meet with Youth In Government ambassadors, or working with YMCA officials in Longmont on Hispanic youth engagement.

"These excursions are a critical part of the overall World Council experience because they offer the YMCA delegates a chance to enact the YMCA mission in local communities," continued Kent. "The Colorado YMCAs have been essential is helping us make these connections across the state for our delegates."

To learn more about the 2014 World Council taking place June 29 - July 5 at the YMCA of the Rockies at Estes Park, please visit