Educational Camps

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Day Camps

Camp Invention
Longmont, various locations
800-968-4332
invent.org
A confidence-boosting STEM summer camp where kids build creative inventions and lasting friendships. Led by certified local educators, our camps offer new and exciting hands-on activities every year.

Camp Oonie Koonie Cha Presents: Jungle Jive
Boulder
303-413-1711
campokc.com
Join us on an animal safari though songs and science, exploring the African plains, the Amazon and rainforests. Camp OKC is an early childhood music camp that blends a variety of musical experiences with art, instrument construction, science, dramatic play, a xylophone orchestra and a final performance into one amazing week. Camp is June 5-9, M-F, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. An optional lunch bunch is offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Ages 4-8+. Registration is nonrefundable, but tuition is refundable until
April 1.

Chess Wizards Camps
Boulder
866-949-4386
chesswizards.com
Join us this summer for tons of challenging chess lessons, exciting games, and cool prizes. You’ll improve your chess skills, meet new friends, and work out your brain! Our camps include fun team chess games (like bughouse), recess time, snacks, tournaments and puzzles. Each camper receives a T-shirt, trophy, and puzzle folder.

Chess Wizards Online
Online
866-949-4386
chesswizards.jumbula.com
Enter into the magical and exciting world of chess with Chess Wizards online! You will participate in epic chess games, fun and interactive lessons, tournaments, team matches, trivia and more! Our specialized classes are a blast for everyone 6-12. Whether you have been playing chess for your entire life and want to improve, are brand new to the game, or you just want to have a fun experience with your friends.

CU Science Discovery
Boulder
303-492-7188
colorado.edu/sciencediscovery
CU Science Discovery offers a wide variety of K-12 summer camps and high school classes on the CU Boulder and CU Anschutz campuses and at various nature areas in Boulder County. Full and half-day programs offer unique summer experiences that cover a wide range of STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) and cater to a number of interests and experience levels. Full-day programs provide free lunchtime supervision. Instructors include CU faculty and graduate scientists and field experts. Programs run from June 5-Aug. 4.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Summer Camp
Denver
303-370-6000
dmns.org
Each week, campers will take amazing journeys throughout the museum as they experiment, create, build, ask questions, and learn — but most of all have fun!

Denver Rocky Mountain Chess Camps
Denver
303-770-6696
coloradomasterchess.com
29th Annual Denver Rocky Mountain Chess Camps held on June 5-9 and July 5-7. Full and half-day options, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Participants will be taught scorekeeping, etiquette, tournament preparation, logical-thinking and strategic planning for all phases of the game. Learn from National Chess Master and international best-selling author Todd Bardwick.

Denver Zoo Summer Safari: Zooper Heroes
Denver
729-337-1400
denverzoo.org
Provide the perfect adventure for your young animal fanatic! Camps feature animal experiences, zoo expeditions, and hands-on, camper-driven exploration. Camps are for K-8th grade and run weekly.

Food Lab Boulder
Boulder
303-953-8364
foodlabboulder.com
Ages 6-12. Cooking camps all summer long, starting the week of May 30, through the week of Aug. 7. 9 a.m. to noon, and 1-4 p.m. sessions. Camp themes: Latin, Baking, Asia, Italy. $365/week.

Friends School Summer Programs
Boulder
303-499-1999, ext. 258
FriendsSummerCamp.org
For preschool, elementary, middle school students, ages 3-14, week-long morning and afternoon sessions. Programs include Preschool Backyard Camp, theater, cooking, science, art, sports, and more. Licensed and accredited.

Growing Gardens — Children’s Peace Garden
Boulder
303-443-9952
growinggardens.org
Spend an active week gardening, cooking, and creating on our one-of-a-kind urban farm! Learn about sustainable agriculture, pollinators, and ecosystems through hands-on learning and exploration. We’ll engage all of our senses through farm-to-fork cooking, art & science projects, and games. Instructors are experienced educators trained in CPR and first aid. Early bird discounts are available before March 15. Ages 5-11. Full-day camps, M-F, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

iD Tech Camps
University of Denver, Colorado State University
888-709-TECH
internalDrive.com
Create iPhone apps, video games, movies, and more at week-long, day and overnight programs held at the University of Denver, CSU-Fort Collins, Stanford, Princeton and other universities. Small classes for ages 7-18 in a fun and challenging setting. Also two-week, teen-only programs held at the University of Denver, Stanford, Yale, Harvard and others: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking & photography).

Junkyard Social Club: SCIENCE + ART
Boulder
junkyardsocialclub.org
Campers explore life-size science and art on our adventure playground. Our structures are the foundation and “loose parts” (tarps, clamps, pipes, and rope, etc.) are the tools to execute ideas. Campers will create gondolas with ropes and pulleys, design mini-golf holes, build fort villages, and launch DIY parachutes off our play structures.Ages 6-12. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 5-Aug. 11. $95/day; use the code CAMPBO for 10% off a full week.

Keystone Science School Summer Camp
Keystone
970-468-2098
KeystoneScienceSchool.org
Experience the Rocky Mountains of Colorado this summer with our adventurous and traditional day camps. Campers, aged 5-12, will create lifelong friendships, explore and learn about the natural world, and gain leadership and wilderness skills. Our 23-acre campus nestled in the mountains along the Continental Divide has served the perfect basecamp for a summer full of adventure and fun in the outdoors. New theme options each week.

Kids & Critters Summer Camp
Longmont
303-772-1232, ext. 289
longmonthumane.org
mckenna@longmonthumane.org
WANTED: Children ages 7-12 who love animals! Longmont Humane Society is holding animal care summer mini-camps, with five half-day sessions of three days each to choose from, MTW. June 5-7, June 12-13, June 19-21, June 26-28, or July 10-12. Campers enjoy a PAWS-itive summer break while expanding their knowledge of animal care, welfare, and safety through interactive animal-themed games, activities, and guest presentations.

Kids Camps at Butterfly Pavilion
Westminster
720-974-1861
butterflies.org
Butterfly Pavilion camps are designed to provide memorable experiences that connect kids ages 5-12 to nature and encourage an appreciation for science. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. All Butterfly Pavilion camps feature
Hands-on activities
Opportunities to explore Butterfly Pavilion
Fun and exciting topics representing a range of STEAM disciplines.
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and experienced counselors

KidzToPros STEM, Sports & Arts Summer Camps
Boulder, Broomfield, Thornton, Denver and suburbs
877-202-1554
kidztopros.com
KidzToPros camps provide the perfect opportunity for kids ages 4-14 to develop valuable skills in a fun, creative and safe environment. KidzToPros will ignite your child’s creativity and passion for learning. KidzToPros STEM Camps prepare kids for the tech-driven future. Innovative, project-based camps teach kids how to program robots, design video games, create websites and develop 3D models.

Longmont Museum Summer Camp
Longmont
303-651-8374
longmontmuseum.org
Join us and discover history, art, music, culture, science, and more in these hands-on camps. Most camps average $12/hour or less! Scholarships available. June-July, Monday-Friday, ages 5-13. Local history, arts & crafts, museum and theatre, STEM, Hogwarts and fantasy, outdoor exploration, and more!

Play-Well TEKnologies
Boulder
970-645-6075
Play-well.org
Play-Well TEKnologies provides project-based programs designed to teach principles and methods of engineering to K-8th graders utilizing LEGO® products. Utilizing over 100,000 pieces of LEGO® for each camp, we strive to build students’ problem-solving skills, foster a greater appreciation of how things work, and encourage the qualities of inquisitiveness, self-reliance, and self-confidence in children.

Space Voyage Space Camp
Littleton
303-985-3143
spacevoyage.com
Space Voyage is a STEM program that celebrates “the arts.” Students ages 6-16 are immersed in “thinking like an Astronaut” as they work hard and then play hard in our programs. Dr. Palmere, the program founder, continues to find new technologies, new resources and new edible lessons to keep the program as fresh and fun today as it was in 1987. Our summer camp continues to allow our Cadets and Interns to gain the experience necessary to work on staff as a Certified Instructors and Camp Counselors.
STEAMrollers Half-Day Camps (YMCA of Northern Colorado)
Boulder and Loveland
303-443-4474
ymcanoco.org
The Y offers STEAMrollers morning and afternoon programs that help children build their confidence — while having fun, getting creative and discovering their talents. The morning camp encompasses all areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. The afternoon camp focuses on visual and performing arts. Financial assistance available.

Summer Fantasy Writing and Gaming Camp
Online
720-300-2216
druidawn.org
druidawncreations@hotmail.com
Druidawn is an interactive, creative writing and RPG site. Our focus is fantasy writing for creative and imaginative students. We also specialize in learning disabilities including dysgraphia, dyslexia, ADHD, and autism. These workshops are open to ages 7.5-17 and are available June 19-July 28.

Sunflower Preschool Summer Camp
Boulder
303-494-2012
sunflowerpreschoolboulder.com
The Sunflower Preschool Summer Camp emphasizes the joys of summer with lots of time for: water play, gardening, walks, outdoor projects and child-directed exploration of our multi-dimensional play areas and gardens. During the summer months we study bugs and insects, tropical rainforests, oceans, ocean animals, and the natural environment. In addition to the child directed classroom setting we have a science room designed as a hands on children’s museum for further discovery.

Overnight Camps

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions
Albuquerque, New Mexico
550-248-0563
cottonwoodgulch.org
Cottonwood Gulch sponsors educational wilderness expeditions and outdoor programs in the American Southwest that promote personal growth, scientific, historic and cultural discovery as well as a knowledgeable environmental ethic among all those who participate.

Global Works Travel
Boulder County-based with trips to domestic and international destinations
303-545-2202
globalworkstravel.com
For over 30 years, Global Works has been providing exceptional community service, summer enrichment and adventure travel programs for students and groups. Choose from programs that focus on community development, language immersion, ecology and wildlife, civil rights, and public health/ medicine. Choose from destinations like Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Fiji, France, Spain, Peru, Nepal, the American South, and the Pacific Northwest. We partner with communities and organizations to select and implement grassroots service projects that make an impact. Global Works offers summer service adventures for high school and middle school students and custom group travel for schools and organizations.

iD Tech Camps
DU, Colorado State University
888-709-TECH
internalDrive.com
Small classes for ages 7-18 in a fun and challenging setting. Also two-week, teen-only programs held at the University of Denver, Stanford, Yale, Harvard and others: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking & photography).

Keystone Science School Summer Camp
Keystone
970-468-2098
KeystoneScienceSchool.org
Experience the Rocky Mountains of Colorado through traditional overnight camps or the excitement and adventure of our traveling expeditions. Campers will create lifelong friendships, explore and learn about the natural world, and gain leadership and wilderness skills. Morrison pick-up and drop-off available. New theme options each week.

Sanborn Western Camps
Florissant
719-748-3341
sanbornwesterncamps.com
Sanborn’s fun, relaxed atmosphere and caring staff provide a supportive environment for individual growth in self-confidence, independence and awareness of others. 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.