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CU Science Discovery Summer Classes
A program of the School of Education, Science Discovery classes are held on the CU Boulder campus and offer unique, hands-on, activity-based science, math and technology classes in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Small class size, fun and experienced teachers. Ages 4 to 16. See all classes and register online at www.colorado.edu/sciencediscovery.
iD Tech Camps
DU, Colorado State University
Hands-on weeklong, day and overnight technology summer camp for ages 7-17. During the week-long course, these digital kids film and edit digital movies, produce stunning blockbuster special effects, create 2D and 3D video games, model 3D characters, experience game modeling, design websites, twist and warp digital photos, program robots and more. With one computer per student and an average of six students per instructor, campers are given the attention they need to excel.
Keystone School & Discovery Camp
1628 Sts. John Rd.,
For 33 years, Discovery Camp has combined science, adventure and fun for an overnight camp experience where children play, learn and grow in wild, high-altitude Colorado. Each summer, Keystone Science School welcomes new and returning campers, ages 6 to 17, to their historic campus in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Many will experience this unique and wonderful alpine environment for the first time. While housed on Keystone Science School’s 23-acre campus, male and female campers are split into separate modern, log-cabin-style dormitories, with campers grouped according to age.
Summer Study Programs
CU campus, Boulder
Summer Study Programs offer students a unique 3- or 5-week summer opportunity. Summer Study Programs offer the “total pre-collegiate experience.” Activities include: college credit and enrichment classes, SAT prep, sports, recreation, exciting nightlife and weekend travel adventures.
SuperCamp and Quantum U
Kids and teens love SuperCamp at Colorado College. They love discovering their own greatness and realizing they can accomplish anything they put their minds to. And they enjoy every action-packed minute with SuperCamp’s dynamic staff. Parents love the results — more positive, confident and motivated students. SuperCamp is a learning and life-skills camp offering three programs: Junior Forum (10 days) for students entering grades 6-8; Senior Forum (10 days) for students entering grades 9-12; and Quantum U (8 days) for incoming college freshmen. Visit the website today at www.SuperCamp.com, or call 800-285-3276. Programs fill up fast.
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This camp is located 10,000 feet above sea level in the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. The spectacular scenery of the backcountry base camp is the perfect site for your wilderness experience. Activities include: backpacking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, inflatable kayaking, fly fishing, climbing tower, orienteering, adventure racing, day hikes, peak ascents, leave-no-trace ethics and more. Christian-based camp adventure programs available.
JCC Ranch Camp
The Ranch Camp and Mini Camp programs tap into the imaginations of the campers. Campers get to know each other intimately and support each other as they learn and grow. Some activities are Western horseback riding, swim instruction, archery, arts and crafts, barbeques, basketball, campfires, camping, drama, football, hiking, climbing, mountain climbing and more. Sessions begin June 7. Call or visit website for more information.
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Adventure Quest Overnight Camp
Ages 9-16, July 7-10. Be the hero of a mythical quest! Active outdoor Renaissance-themed questing games. Solve mysteries and riddles, brainstorm creative solutions to puzzling dilemmas, swashbuckle with foam swords and negotiate peace treaties.
Anderson Western Colorado Camps
7177 Colorado River Rd., Gypsum
The Colorado adventure camp programs have non-stop activities. Campers choose morning and afternoon activities including horseback riding, whitewater river rafting, mountain biking, rappelling, trap shooting, fishing, archery, climbing wall, ropes course, and hiking. The summer camp experience kicks into high gear. Each camper goes on a number of overnight and all-day trips. The first trip of each session is a three-day cabin camp-out. This trip is not co-ed. Another trip is a 4- or 5-day extended trip. Each camper makes an individual choice according to his or her interests. The extended trip choices include caving, mountain climbing, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting. This summer the wrangling staff at Anderson Camps is offering a horse emphasis program for campers. Those campers enrolled in the program will spend one portion of their day working with the wranglers and horses, not only riding but acquiring horse-care skills and horse-safety knowledge that will last a lifetime. For ages 7 to 17.
Cal-Wood Summer Camp
2282 County Road 87, Jamestown
A residential camp 30 minutes northwest of Boulder at Cal-Wood Education Center for kids ages 9 to 13. Activities will include high-ropes course, horseback riding, outdoor skills, nature discovery, fishing, arts and crafts, night hikes, campfires and even an overnight campout. July 20-25. Ages 9-13. For more information, visit www.calwoog.org.
Camp Chief Ouray/YMCA of the Rockies
Camp Chief Ouray is a traditional overnight camp for kids ages 7-17. Campers live in cabins with two counselors and six to nine other children of their own gender and age. Each cabin is under the direct leadership of a college-aged counselor. Counselors receive extensive training at camp prior to the campers’ arrival. They maintain a staff-to-camper ratio of 1:5 or lower. For nearly a century, Camp Chief Ouray (CCO) has been the adventurous playground for boys and girls from around the world. Located on 5,100 acres of mountains, valleys, streams and meadows — boredom is simply not an option.
Cheley Colorado Camps
A summer at Cheley Colorado Camps means spending your summer hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and playing in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Wake up each morning to fresh mountain air, views of peaks that soar to 14,000 feet and the laughter of your fellow campers. Since 1921, the Cheley Family has owned and operated Cheley Camps located in Estes Park, Colo. They welcome children ages 9-17. First session begins June 17.
Colorado Youth Program
3970 Broadway, Suite 2B
• Mountain Summer Camp
For kids ages 11 to 16. CYP changes boys and girls lives and empowers them to make a difference in their world. Campers study wildlife, forests and weather. They breathe the fresh air and revel in the beauty of their natural surroundings. Furthermore, through CYP’s unique Environmental Hero Projects, campers are taught the value of conserving our natural resources and making the world a better place. Of course, CYP campers have fun, too, as CYP leads them in exciting outdoor activities from whitewater rafting and playing in alpine snowfields to preparing their own meals and sleeping under the stars. Campers enjoy a very personalized camp setting consisting of just 12 kids and four counselors per campsite, so each camper plays an active role in helping the camp run smoothly on a daily basis. CYP operates two campsites simultaneously, situated about 1/2 mile apart. This intimate setting ensures that each camper’s needs are addressed and that everyone is a highly involved part of a tight-knit community. Sessions begin June 7.
• Teen Adventure Camp
Colorado Youth Program’s Teen Adventure Camp offers the same CYP quality — small group size, professional staff, beautiful Rocky Mountain setting — yet is tailored for older teens seeking to increase their level of adventure and outdoor skills. Join fellow CYP campers at Camp Tahosa where students will work on becoming a team, challenging the group’s ability to cooperate mentally as well as physically. Once everyone is functioning well together, you'll get outfitted with gear and prepare for an early morning departure to the trailhead. Aug. 2-11.
Deer Hill Expeditions Inc.
Deer Hill provides a safe yet challenging atmosphere in which people can grow as individuals and be an integral member of a small group. Students from the United States and the international community engage in activities including whitewater rafting, backpacking, rock climbing, inflatable kayaking, mountain biking, canoeing, surfing, leadership development, cross-cultural living with Native Americans, and conservation projects with the U.S. Forest Service. Spanish language immersion is central to our Costa Rica expeditions. You don’t need previous experience. As long as you are physically fit and eager to be part of a dynamic group, you’ll have the adventure of a lifetime. Grades 7-12, ages 13- to 18-years-old. Sessions/Dates: July 2 to Aug. 7. Costs vary based on program.
Fire Mountain Camps
Jamestown and Allenspark
Fire Mountain’s mission is to inspire kids, teens, adults and families to live life with passion, presence and power by awakening confidence and leadership. In their programs, high-impact, challenging (and fun) events create profound enduring transformation. Each camp or program mirrors real life as participants learn to break through obstacles, banish fear and emerge with the tools to lead more courageous, passionate and fulfilling lives. Warrior Camp and Warrior Goddess Camp are from June 24-27 at Cal-Wood in Jamestown. Super Hero Camp is July 21-25 at Highlands Presbyterian Conference Center in Allenspark. Warrior and Warrior Goddess camps are $697 per camper. Super Hero camp is $1197 per camper. Siblings and cousins receive discounts. Payment plans are also available.
Flying “G” Ranch
Program focuses on enhancing self-esteem, developing leadership skills, building relationships and community. Open to girls ages 6-18. Camps either one week or 13 days with three camp options available. Call for information.
Gates Camp for Boys and Girls
This Boys and Girls Club nonprofit camp offers a week-long camp experience for inner-city youth who don’t get a chance to come to the mountains for summer camp. These campers are ethnically diverse, many of whom come from tough environments and just need a place to have fun and to escape their realities at home. Gates Camp offers many traditional camp activities such as rock climbing, challenge course, canoeing, fishing and horseback riding.
Girls Wilderness Program Adventure Camp
Women’s Wilderness Institute
Wilderness-based courses specifically created for girls age 8 -18. Have a blast backpacking, rock climbing, learning outdoor skills and expressive arts in a fun, “girl-positive” program designed to build confidence, leadership skills and solid friendships. Four- to 12-day overnight and day-camp sessions in Colorado and Wyoming, plus parent-daughter adventures. Tuition is $490-$1,420 and includes food, gear and clothing. Generous scholarships available. Jun-Aug. AEE Accredited. Camps include: Wilderness Expedition, Wild Art, Wild Moves, Wild Voices, Rock Camp, Latina Girls Course, Leadership Course, Adventure Days, Daughter-Parent Fly Fishing and Daughter-Parent Rock Climbing. Call or email more firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and details.
High Peak Camp
Camps for children ages 7-16. Activities include hiking, arts and crafts, fishing, paddle boats, discovery center and Bible study in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Horizon Adventures Inc.
A private independent camp for young men and women ages 13-17. In addition to teaching technical skills, each course stresses backcountry safety, wilderness education, environmental awareness and, most of all, fun. The 9-12 day courses offer activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and 14,000-ft. peak ascents.
Kid’s Natural World
Colorado Trail, San Juan Mountains
Need an opportunity to spend time with your kids while hunting for butterflies, searching for rocks during a hike up a beautiful peak or learning to use a compass? Come along for some fun and adventure and maybe even a few stories. Call or log on for more info.
Sanborn Western Camps
Since 1948, Sanborn Western Camps have been creating outdoor experiences of exceptional quality and depth. Sanborn’s fun, relaxed atmosphere and caring staff provide a supportive environment for individual growth in self-confidence, independence and awareness of others. Each child’s contributions are valued in a community based on mutual respect and shared adventures.
Surrounded by spectacular wilderness areas and stunning peaks, Big Spring Ranch for Boys and High Trails Ranch for Girls lie at an elevation of 8,700 feet in the center of Colorado, 35 miles west of Colorado Springs. The camps own more than 6,000 acres of open pine forest, wildflower meadows and rocky bluffs, an unparalleled setting for outdoor adventures.
Sky High Ranch
At an altitude of 8,200 feet, Sky High Ranch is an 880-acre camp in a beautiful rustic setting. During the summer, an international camp staff helps girls explore the wilderness. Girls ride horses, canoe, dabble in the arts, backpack with llamas, learn camping skills, rock climb, play an assortment of sports, put on plays, hike, sing and make new friends. And that is just the short list! Program begins in June. Call or visit website for details.
T.U.N.E. — The Ultimate Nature Experience
2282 County Road 87, Jamestown
A residential camp 30 minutes northwest of Boulder at Cal-Wood Education Center for kids ages 12 to 17. Activities will include outdoor survival, flyfishing, shooting sports, archery, wetland biology, dog training and much more. Campers will have the opportunity to explore various conservation careers. July 11-July 14. For more information, visit www.calwood.org.
Wild Bear Science School
PO Box 3017, Nederland
Wild Bear’s Mountain Program provides a full day of fun in the mountains for ages 5 to 12, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. based at Nederland Middle Senior High School. Wild Bear’s Chautauqua Mornings program provides a half day of fun on the grounds surrounding Chautauqua. Other programs include Nederbugs, Wild Naturalists and Montane Rangers. Call or visit website for more information.
YMCA Camp Santa Maria
Pike National Forest
303-413-9622, ext. 4450
Camp Santa Maria provides an overnight camp experience created with a focus on youth development. Campers will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including hiking, backpacking, climbing, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, swimming, art, drama and sports. Our goal is to provide campers with experiences that support their growth and help them develop relationship, leadership and decision-making skills.
YMCA Camp Shady Brook
Each morning campers engage in progressive skill development. Afternoons are spent enjoying activities together with their cabinmates, including time at the lake. Other activities include, horseback riding, swimming, archery, high-ropes course, trip and travel camps and much more. June to August. One- to two-week sessions, ages 6-17 years.
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Rock and Roll Camp
Boulder sessions take place at the CU campus and are from July 26 to Aug. 1. Young musicians age 12-18 will get the opportunity to play in a band, make a video, record a CD, meet a touring band and perform a concert. This camp teaches the understanding necessary to succeed in the professional music industry.
Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp
Camp Shady Brook, Deckers
Session is Aug. 9-16 for fiddle, piano, guitar, cello, bass, mandolin, harp, singing and dance. Camp is open to adults and children of all ages and levels of ability. There will be world-class workshops and classes by day and jams, concerts and dancing at night. Call or visit website for more information.
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Colorado Center for the Blind
The Summer Youth Programs at the Colorado Center for the Blind are designated to enable blind students to obtain the skills needed to achieve success in school, interact with peers in a variety of social situations, gain a knowledge of the working world and build self-confidence and self-esteem.
Colorado Lions Camp
Residential camp for persons with visual and/or hearing and/or speech impairments, mild cognitive and/or physical challenges. For ages 8-18, 19-30, and 30-plus. Separate week-long sessions for each age group throughout the summer. Activities include horseback riding, swimming, nature studies, storytelling, astronomy, high/low ropes, fishing, Western re-enactment and open campfire. Not wheelchair accessible. Financial sponsorship available.
Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center
11968 Mineral Rd., Longmont
The CTRC servies children and adults with a wide range of special needs, such as cerebral palsy, developmental delays, learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, stroke, mental health issues and behavior challenges. Summer sessions start June 8. Summer camps run Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from several different options.
Easter Seals Colorado Rocky Mountain Village
Easter Seals is a residential camp offering recreational opportunities to people with disabilities. Their program focuses on promoting equality, dignity and independence in a safe and fun environment. Traditional camp activities as well as horseback riding, swimming, photography, zip line/climbing wall, travel and more are offered.
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Alexander Dawson Summer Camp
10455 Dawson Dr., Lafayette
This camp program offers the following sports activities for kids age 5-18: basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and swimming. For academics, they offer: writing, science, literature, Spanish and technology workshops. In the arts, there are courses in photography, ceramics, jewelry, knitting, improv, woodworking and more. Camps begin June 8 and vary in price.
Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures
Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures (SMBA) is the leader in junior development mountain biking. Established in 1993, SMBA provides programs for riders of all abilities, beginner to expert racer, ages 7-18. The low coach-to-rider ratio and curriculum allow individuals to excel with confidence in every facet of the sport.
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