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Summer Camps 2011: Overnight Camps

Mile High Mamas has the biggest, baddest round-up of overnight camps in Colorado. Be sure to use this this search tool to narrow down your options. Also, don’t miss our extensive listing of summer day camps.

Academic Treks

June-August: College-accredited summer adventures abroad with hands-on learning, community service, cultural exploration and adventure travel. Study includes: marine science, language immersion, environmental studies, wilderness medicine or cultural studies in a real world setting. High school and college credit is offered, as well as internationally recognized certifications. 14-30 day programs in June, July, August in the Caribbean, British Columbia, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, South Africa, Fiji, China, India and France. Various international locations; 888-833-1908, e-mail: [email protected];

Adam’s Camp — Adventure Camp

June-August: Ages 10-young adult. Activities: horseback riding, rafting, zip- line, swimming, alpine slide, mini- golf, go-carts, concerts, and a dance. Recreational camp near Winter Park; 303-563-8290, e-mail: [email protected];

Adventures Within

July 16-20: Adults and children with MS are invited to this camp to develop inner strength and courage through whitewater rafting, cycling, a ropes course and more. Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Breckenridge; 800-383-2632;

African/Caribbean Heritage Camp

July 14-17: Cultural and family-related experiences for children adopted internationally or transracially, and their families. $95-125 per person, plus lodging fees. Colorado Heights University; 3001 S. Federal Blvd., Denver; 303-320- 4234, e-mail: [email protected]

Air Force Academy Sports Camps

June 5-10 and 12-17 for boarders and commuters; June 20-22 for commuters only: Baseball, boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, soccer, strength and conditioning, girls softball, tennis, volleyball and wrestling. 2346 Academy Drive, Colorado Springs; 719-333- 2116, e-mail:

Altogether Outdoor’s Silver Cliff Ranch

July 31-Aug. 12: Activities include horseback riding, rafting, rock climbing, hiking and backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, fine arts, film making and performing arts. 6-day (ages 7-9) or 12-day (ages 9-16) sessions. 166565 County Road 162, Nathrop; 720-249-2997, e-mail: [email protected];

American Cancer Society’s Hope Mountain Camp

Camp for siblings of pediatric oncology patients. June sessions with rock climbing, rafting and more. January session features snowboarding, skiing, ice skating and tubing. Each camp is a four-day, three-night trip. Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center; Breckenridge; 720-524-5450, e-mail: [email protected];

Anderson Western Colorado Camps

Whitewater rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing, caving, backpacking. 10-day session: June 10-19, 1st Session: June 22-July 5, 2nd Session: July 7-July 27, 3rd Session (option 1): July 29-Aug 18, 3rd Session (option 2), July 29-Aug 11. Gypsum; 7177 Colorado River Road, Gypsum; 970-524-7766, e-mail: [email protected];

Avid4 Adventure Summer Camps

June-August: Sleep-away, leadership and day camps. Activities include rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, rafting, zipline, ropes course and canoeing. Day Camp; 1- or 2-week sessions, ages 5-12. Offered in Denver, Highlands Ranch, Golden or Boulder. Sleep-away camps for ages 7-14. Leadership camps for ages 13-17. Dates and prices available on website 205 Canyon Blvd., Boulder; 720-249-2412, e-mail: [email protected];

Baseball Skills Camp

May 21-July 29: The University of Northern Colorado offers camps of all varieties. Included: math, jazz, volleyball, science, running, basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling, tennis and football. Costs and dates vary by camp. Visit the following websites for information. University of Northern Colorado, Greeley: Math and enrichment programs:; Jazz:; volleyball, running, basketball: ; science:; baseball:; wrestling:; UNC tennis and football:

Blue Mountain Ranch

Horses, sports, arts and crafts, campfires, campouts, hiking, tennis, swimming, canoeing and fishing on our own lake, as well as adventure activities, ropes course, hiking. June 12-June 27: $2150, June 29-23: $2,900, July 25- Aug. 9: $2,150. Combination of all sessions: $4,500. Florissant; 719-748-3279, e-mail: [email protected];

Bold Earth Adventures — Teen Adventure Travel Camp

Bold Earth offers two-four week teen adventure travel trips for ages 11-18. Outdoor adventure and community service. Offerings include language class in Costa Rica, scuba diving in Fiji, surfing in Hawaii. Cost varies $2,488-$6,688. Open seven days a week, 303-526-0806. [email protected], 2308 Fossil Trace Drive, Golden; 303-526-0806, e-mail: [email protected];

Boston Brass Summer Camp

July 1-July 2: Private lessons, small ensembles, large ensembles, hiking, barbecue and outdoor activities. $150, tuition only. $250 includes meals and overnight housing. Western State College Music Department; Gunnison; 970-943-2169, e-mail: [email protected];

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center Summer Camps

June-August: BOEC has provided life- changing outdoor learning experience to people of all abilities, with a focus on those with special needs. Jr. Adventurer’s Camp ( 6/29- 7/1); Camp Big Tree ( 7/6-1 0/11); Wilderness Camp ( 7/18-22); Out of Sight ( 7/31- 8/7); Summer Youth Rendezvous ( 8/11-14). Call or e-mail for lastest information Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center; Breckenridge; 970-453-6422 or 800-383-2632, e-mail: [email protected];

Buckhorn Camp

Special needs: July 4-8; Youth: 17-23, July 24-30: Week-long Christian-based camps for youth and special needs individuals. Horseback rides, rock climbing and rafting. 381 Old Camp Road, Bellvue; 970-484-2508, e-mail: [email protected];

Cal-Wood Residential Summer Camps

July: Cal-Wood Leadership and Outdoor Camp: July 18-12; Cal-Wood Summer Camp: July 24-29; The Ultimate Nature Experience (TUNE) Summer Camp: July 15-17. $350-$490. Cal-Wood Education Center; 2282 County Road 87, Jamestown; 303-449-0603;

Cambodian Heritage Camp

July 14-17: Cultural and family-related experiences for children who have been adopted internationally or trans- racially, and for their families. $95- $125 per person, plus lodging fees. Snow Mountain Ranch; Fraser; 303- 520-4234, e-mail: [email protected]

Camp Chief Ouray — YMCA of the Rockies

June 12-Aug. 12: At Snow Mountain Ranch, western horseback riding, whitewater rafting, high ropes course, swimming, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, arts and crafts, sports and games. Week-long sessions run from June 12 to Aug. 12 and start at $550. Granby; 970-887-2648, e-mail: [email protected];

Camp Comfort

June 24-26 and July 29-31: Supportive environment in which children can gain an understanding of grief and loss. Grief workshops are balanced with with activities, such as swimming, hiking, horseback riding and fishing. Campers stay in family-style cabins. $150; full and partial scholarships available. Rocky Mountain Easter Seals Camp near Georgetown; 303-674-6400, e-mail:

Camp Como

Winter camps, kids camps, youth camps, high school camp, adventure camps and adult camps. Find events, dates, grade/description, and fee online at Como; 719- 836-2382, e-mail: [email protected];

Camp Eden

June-July: Christian, week-long resident camps for junior campers (4th- 6th grade) and teen campers (7th-12th grade). Hiking, rock climbing, zipline, miniature golf, basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, whitewater rafting and horseback riding. Two junior camps (June 20-25 and June 27-July 2) and two teen weeks (July 4-9 and July 11-16). The base price for both camps is $235. Mention this announcement and receive $20 discount off your total registration fee. 45 minutes northwest of Denver; 11583 Camp Eden Road, Golden; 303-238-7711, e-mail: [email protected];

Camp Erin — HospiceCare Grief Camp for Children and Teens

Aug. 12-14: Weekend camp for children and teens who have experienced the death of someone they love. Fishing, canoeing and a challenge course, with grief support and bereavement education. Held at Camp Wondervu, 40 miles west of Denver. Camp is free — first come, first served. Aug. 12-14. Camp Wondervu; 11902 Camp Eden Road, Golden; 303-604-5279, hospice

Camp Fern

Residential summer camp for children ages 6-16, located in East Texas on Fern Lake. Archery, canoeing, crafts, English horseback riding, fencing, fishing, nature and camp crafts, Red Cross swimming, riflery, ropes course, skiing, tennis, trampoline. Co-ed, 1 week, grades 1-8, May 29-June 4, $1130. Girls, 4 weeks, grades 1-9, June 5-July 2, $3225. Boys, 4 weeks, grades 1-9, July 3-July 30, $3225, Co-ed, 2 weeks, grades 1-8, July 31-Aug. 13, $1950. Fern Lake; 1046 Camp Road, Marshall, TX; 903-935-5420, e-mail: [email protected];

Camp Lake Hubert for Girls

Two-, three- or four-week traditional sessions June 14-Aug. 21, plus week- long Gold and Tennis camps in June and August. Camp Lake Hubert also offers family camp in August and a 10- day coed session Aug. 11-21. Lake Hubert, MN; 800-242-1909, e-mail: [email protected];

Camp Lincoln for Boys

A residential summer camp on Lake Hubert. Offers two-, three- or four- week traditional sessions June 14-Aug. 21, plus week-long golf and tennis camps in June and August. Camp Lincoln also offers Family Camp in August and a 10-day co-ed session Aug. 11-21. Lake Hubert, MN; 800-242-1909, e-mail: [email protected];

Camp Moosilauke

Ages 8-15, boys. Sports, waterfront and outdoor adventure camp in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. 2 1/2- and 4 1/2-week sessions. Kenny Miller, Associate Director, [email protected], 720-219-1310

Camp Oasis at Roundup River Ranch

July 25-31: Coed, overnight, 7-day camp targeted to kids diagnosed with Crohn’s or colitis. Fishing and boating, arts and crafts, music, film, photography, horseback riding, nature, theater, high ropes course, and archery. Roundup River Ranch, Gypsum; 8333 Colorado River Road, Gypsum; 303-639-9163, e-mail: [email protected];

Camp Rocky

July 10-16: For teens interested in learning more about Colorado’s natural resources. Focus on forest management; soil and water conservation; rangeland science; fish and wildlife management; or recreation management. $300. Scholarships available. At the foot of Pikes Peak; Divide; 719-686-0020, e-mail: [email protected];

Camp Southwoods

Session one: June 26-July 21; Session two: July 24-Aug. 18: Outdoor, waterfront, arts and sports programs. Paradox Lake, 1 hour north of Albany, NY; 888-44-Weeks; e-mail: [email protected];

Camp Timberline

June 2-Aug. 10: Ten overnight, week- long sessions, starting at $399. Basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, football, golf, tennis, crafts, dance, lake activities, high and low ropes courses, giant swings, hiking, and parties. Also offer backpacking program and service/adventure program. Estes Park; 1207 Longs Peak Road, Estes Park; 970-484-8462, e-mail: [email protected];

Camp Zenith

July 25-29: Ages 8-18, coed. Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center — camp for youths with brain injuries. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, rope courses and more. 665 South Park Avenue, Breckenridge; 720-777-0042, e-mail: [email protected];

Career Explorations

July 8-10 Work with a team on a marketing plan; get hands-on training in culinary labs; explore workings of hotels and event venues. Students stay on campus in residence halls. $95 for business and hospitality majors; $195 for culinary and pastry arts majors. Johnson & Wales University; 7150 Montview Blvd, Denver; 303-256-9313;

Challenge by Choice

April Fool’s Ski Program: April 6-9; Ruby/Horsethief Canyons river rafting: June 5-10, July 10-15, July 31-Aug. 5, Aug. 21-26, Sept. 2-6; Creative Minds: Sept. 9-12: Designed to help socialize and challenge brain injured adults with boarding, skiing, hand cycling, rafting, ropes course, fishing and dancing. Each camper has their own buddy for a week. $840- $1,750. Partial scholarships available. Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center; 665 South Park Ave., Breckenridge; 303-355-9969, e-mail: [email protected];

Champ Camp (American Lung Association in Colorado)

July 17-23: At Glacier View Ranch for kids with asthma. $450, with additional $35 application fee. Rock climbing, hiking, zipline and ropes course. No child is turned away due to financial constraints. Glacier View Ranch; 8748 Overland Road, Ward; 303-388-4327, e-mail: [email protected]

Cheley Colorado Camps

Hiking, Western horseback riding, backpacking, mountain biking, technical climbing, horse packing, sports, riflery, archery, crafts, fishing and more. Two 27-day sessions, plus one-week family camp and Leadership Camp. First session: June 15-July 11; second session: July 13-Aug. 8. Family camp and Leadership Camp Aug. 9-14, $4,550 per session. Family Camp $800. Leadership Camp $695. 3960 Fish Creek Road, P.O. 1170, Estes Park; 303-377-3616, e-mail: [email protected];

Chinese Heritage Camp — Colorado Heritage Camps

June 24-26: September 2-5: Cultural and family- related experiences for children who have been adopted internationally or transracially, and for their families. $95-$125 per person, plus lodging fees. Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser; 303-320-4234, e-mail: [email protected]. Colorado Heights University, 3001 S. Federal Blvd., Denver; 303-320-4234, e-mail: [email protected];

Church of the Brethren Christian Youth Camp — Camp Colorado

Disc golf, volleyball, softball, tetherball, four square, horseshoes, shuffleboard, basketball, campfire, Bible study, crafts and talent night. Pre-Junior, ages 9-10, June 19-23, $125; Junior, ages 11-12, May 29-June 4, $150; Junior High, ages 13-15, June 5-11, $160; Senior High, ages 16-18, June 12-18, $175. 238 N. Highway 67, Sedalia; e-mail: [email protected];

Clear Creek High School Summer Basketball Team Camp

June 13-14: For 1A, 2A, 3A teams and 4A and 5A JV’s. Teams play 6-7 games. Meals and T-shirts included. Teams stay at the Comfort Suites Inn. Rafting and swimming available. Coaches receive a stipend for each player they bring. Call Skip at 970-389-7803 or David at 303-567- 0605 or 303-679-4618. Clear Creek High School; 185 Beaver Brook Canyon Road, Evergreen; 970-389-7803

CNI Cochlear Kids Camp

June 23-26: Team-building activities for families; confidence and self-esteem enhancing, also archery, rock climbing, animal tracking and arts/crafts. Parent workshops on topics such as language therapy, family issues and technology updates. $360 for a family of four. YMCA Family Conference Center, 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park; 303-806-7416; hearing/kidscamp

Colorado Honor Band Association

June 12-16: Band camp on the CSU campus. Children must have at least one year of experience on a band instrument. Daily band rehearsals, small-group master classes, and supervised free time. Housing in campus dormitory, meals in cafeteria. $370 (due May 2). Colorado State University Campus; 905 W. Laurel St., Fort Collins; 303-778-6693, e-mail: [email protected];

Colorado Lions Camp

Ages 8 and up. Ten one-week sessions June-August for special-needs campers. One week for blind or visually impaired only and one week for deaf or hearing-impaired campers. Campers must be ambulatory: camp is not wheelchair-accessible. Horseback riding, swimming, fishing, mountain biking, arts and crafts, camping and bonfires. $500. Scholarships available. Woodland Park, 719-687-2087, coloradolions

Colorado Masonic High School Band Camp

Scholarships for Colorado high-school music students, grades 9-11, to Colorado Masonic Band Camp held at the UNC in Greeley. 5-day, 4-night camp where students are taught how to march and play together. Music education is conducted by the University of Northern Colorado. The only cost is transportation to Greeley. Students play a concert at the Greeley Stampede fairgrounds, give a concert to the open public on July 3, and participate in the Greeley Stampede Parade on July 4. Student must be recommended by his/her Colorado high-school band instructor. Mailing address: 1130 Panorama Drive, Colorado Springs; 719-471- 9587, e-mail: [email protected]

Colorado School of Mines Soccer Camp

Silver and Blue, June 13-16, Silver ages 6-12 day, Blue ages 8-16 full day, commuter camp only, $75 for ages 10-18, commuter $225, overnight $275. Keepin’ and Krankin’ Elite I, June 24-26, ages 10-18, commuter $225, overnighter $275. Keepin’ and Krankin’ Elite II, Aug 5-7, ages 10- 18, commuter $225, overnighter $275. Golden; 303-384-2295, e-mail: [email protected];

Colorado Youth Program

Mountain Summer Camp: June 5-14, 19-28, July 10-19, July 24-Aug.2; Teen Adventure Camp: June 28-July 3, July 19-24, Aug. 2-7, 9-14: Mountain Summer Camp is a 10-day backcountry tent camp that focuses on environmental education and fun. Teen Adventure Camp is a 6-day Continental Divide backpacking trip. Tuition based on sliding scale. Scholarships available. 173 County Road 96, Ward; 303-402-9656, e-mail: [email protected];

Computer Camp

June 19-25: 8th- and 9th-graders. Use mathematics, physics and compute science while building 3-D virtual worlds. Limited to 12 students for individualized learning. Hiking, rafting, mountain biking, and rock climbing. $500. Western State College, Gunninson; 970-943- 2392, e-mail: [email protected];

Cooperative Leadership Youth Camp

Hiking, theme nights, swimming, outdoor activities and field trips. Rates: $175-$275. June 6-9: Junior Camp, Grades 2-4. June 9-13: middle camp, grades 5-7. June 13-17: Senior Camp, grades 8-12. Bailey; 303-752-5800, e-mail: [email protected];

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions

June 25-Aug 5: Backpack up a mountain, survey with an archaeologist, rock climb, restore burrowing owl habitat, silversmith your own jewelry, sleep under the stars. Expeditions 2-7 weeks in length for kids ages 10-19, adults, and families, June 25-Aug 5. HC62 Box 2200, Thoreau, NM; 800-246-8735, e-mail: [email protected];

Covenant Heights Camp and Retreat Center

Grades 2-high school. Christian camp offering both traditional and adventure week-long summer camps. June-July. Climbing wall, mountain biking, swimming, zipline, ropes course. 7400 Colorado 7, Estes Park, 80517; 970-586- 2900. e-mail: [email protected];

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Summer Camp

Middle and high school students enjoy a one to three-week archaeological adventure learning how the Pueblo Indians in Mesa Verde region lived hundreds of years ago. Middle School Archaeology Camp, June 19-25; High School Archaeology Camp, July 17-23; High School Field School, June 26-July 16. Scholarships available. 23390 Road K, Cortez; 800-422-8975, e-mail: [email protected];

CU Science Discovery Wilderness Camp

June 7-Aug. 8: Grades 4-10. Destinations include Yellowstone, Olympic, Mount Rainier, Great Sand Dunes, Bandelier and Rocky Mountain NP, Dinosaur, and eastern Wyoming. Topics include wolf ecology, wildlife biology, marine and environmental science, geology, paleontology, cultural history. Students also raft, backpack, canoe, kayak, horseback riding, and tent camp. $655-$1,995. 303-735-6628, e-mail: [email protected]; sciencediscovery.

Destino Abroad

Fully escorted educational adventures to Costa Rica and Ecuador for middle and high school students. Progams include homestay with local family, personalized Spanish classes, cultural excursions and outdoor activities (surfing, rock climbing, horseback riding, ziplining, rafting and more). Trips to Costa Rica are 10-day, 17-day and 24-day. Trips to Ecuador are 18-day. 949-375-2555, e-mail: carolyn@destinoabroad .com;

Dragonfly Forest Camp

June 29-July 4: For children with chronic or life threatening illnesses or disorders. One adult to every two campers and medical staff who join kids in their cabins throughout their daily activities. The camp is free to children and their families. Westtown School; 975 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA, 19382; 610-298-1820, e-mail: [email protected];

Eagle Lake Camp

Sunday-Friday, June 5-Aug. 12: Activities include zip-line, arts/crafts, rock climbing and mountain biking. $375-475. Outside Colorado Springs; 6935 Rampart Range Road, Colorado Springs; 1-800-EAGLE, e-mail: [email protected];

Educo Adventure Camp

Camp teaches leadership and builds confidence. Kids learn to backcountry cook, stay active and engaged with outdoor adventures, and sleep in platform tents. Tiered pricing. Red Feather Lakes; 3594 North Rim Road, Red Feather Lakes; 970-494-0785, e-mail: [email protected];

Erie Summer Camp

May 31-Aug. 12: Wacky theme days, special events, contests, performances, arts and crafts, sports/games, field trips, swimming, climbing and more. Registration ends the Friday before each week, last day to register is Aug. 5. Erie Community Center; 450 Powers St., Erie; 303-926-2797, e-mail: [email protected];

Falling Creek Camp

Session range from 1 to 4 weeks. Boys summer camp founded on Christian values. Traditional camp activities and high adventure out-of- camp programs. Cost around $1,000 per week. June 5-24, June 26-July 22, July 24-Aug. 5, Aug. 7-12. Tuxedo, NC; 828-692-0262, e-mail: [email protected];

Filipino Heritage Camp — Colorado Heritage Camps

July 21-24: Cultural and family related experiences for children who have been adopted internationally or transracially, and for their families. $95-$125 per person, plus lodging fees. Winter Park Mountain Lodge, Winter Park; 303-320-4234, e-mail: [email protected]

Footprints Adventures

August 6-12: For people with limb differences and amputations. Adventure travel camp offering rock climbing, whitewater rafting, high- challenge course, camping. $800. Frisco; 303-921-9368, e-mail: [email protected];

Friends Camp

July 11-16: Entering grades 4-12 — three concurrent age-related programs for kids. Archery, swimming, low/high ropes, and horseback riding. Positive peer interaction, supportive Christian counselors, Bible-based teaching. Quaker Ridge Camp; 30150 Colorado 67, Woodland Park; e-mail: [email protected];

Girl Scouts of America

Mountain properties with a wide range of facilities and activities: Magic Sky Ranch, northwest of Fort Collins; Sky High Ranch, near Woodland Park; and Tomahawk Ranch, one hour southwest of Denver. Sessions range from 3 to 12 days. $150-$700. Throughout Colorado Front Range; 877-404-5708,

Girls’ Wilderness Program of The Women’s Wilderness Institute

Adventure Days is a five-day camp, featuring hiking, rock climbing, expressive arts,and one overnight campout. For girls ages 9-11, or entering 5th or 6th grades. Tuition $495; including food, gear, clothing. 5723 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 1B , Boulder; 303-938-9191, e-mail: [email protected];

Heroic Journey

A wilderness adventure for grieving teens. Teen ages 14-18 and young adult ages 19-24, coed. A Judi’s House and Outward Bound collaboration. Hiking, backpacking, climbing, grief work activities. June 19-25, July 3-9, Aug 7-13. Leadville; 720-941-0331, e-mail: jason@;

Hero’s Academy Adventure Camp

The Hero’s Academy is an active, outdoor experience where the teens embark upon a mythic journey, working together to solve maps and riddles, brainstorm creative solutions to dilemmas, and duel with foam swords. Renaissance Adventures; 302 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-786-9216, e-mail: [email protected];

High Mountain Institute: High Peaks Adventure

July 2-July 16: Grades 7-8. Multi-sport introductory program to the outdoors. 8-day backpacking trip in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, a day of mountain biking in Vail, day of rock-climbing and a day of rafting on Colorado’s Arkansas River. P.O. Box 970, Leadville;

High Mountain Institute: Summer Term

June 25-Aug. 4: For students who have completed 10th or 11th grade. Combines wilderness, community, and academic pursuits in a 6-week summer program. P.O. Box 970, Leadville;

Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center

June 19-Aug. 12: Beyond popular traditional, summer church camping. Highlands offers specialty programs in horse camps, adventure camps and family camps. Canoeing, archery, rock climbing and faith-building Bible studies. $250-$560 Allenspark; 303-747-2888; highlands

Horizon Adventures Inc.

June 11-Aug. 6: Wilderness courses are held in the Rocky Mountains and include backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, river rafting and 14,000-foot-peak ascents. Four 9-day wilderness courses; $1,095. Two, 12-day wilderness courses; $1,395. Mailing address: 1370 Birch St., Denver, CO 80220; 303-393-7297, e-mail: [email protected]; Horse Crazy CampJune-August: Learn to groom, saddle and ride; fishing, astronomy and campfires. Lodging and meals included, $850 per child. 300 County Road 75, Meeker; 970-878-4749, e-mail: info@;

Hummingbird Music, Art and Chess Camp

Music Camp: May 29-July 24; Art Camp: May 29-June 5, June 5-12, June 19-26, June 26-July 3; Chess Camp: June 12-19: Located in the Jemez Mountains of Northern New Mexico, children can enroll in music, art and chess camps. Fishing, overnight hikes, campfires, skits and storytelling. $582. 104 Hummingbird Lane, Jemez Springs; 575-829-3060,

Independent Lake Camp

2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 7- or 9-week sessions Circus, rock music, performing arts, land sports, water sports, visual arts, extreme sports located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. 70 Clark Road, Orson, PA; 800-399-CAMP;

Indian/Nepalese Heritage Camp — Colorado Heritage Camps

July 7-10: Cultural and family related experiences for children who have been adopted internationally or transracially, and for their families. $95-$125 per person, plus lodging fees. Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser; 303-320-4234, e-mail: [email protected]

InternalDrive camps

Create video games, iPhone and iPad apps, java programs, websites with Flash, movies, robots and more. Beginner to advanced students enroll at several universities including the University of Denver and Colorado State University. or Colorado State University and University of Denver, Fort Collins and Denver; 888-709-8324, e-mail: [email protected];

JA Business Week

June 12-17: Week-long camp for students who have completed one year of high school. Compete in an apprentice-style project for companies like Jamba Juice. Learn from business professionals around Denver. Stay in college dorms. $250. Johnson & Wales University, Denver Campus 303-628-7372;

Jason Fleishman Summer Camp

June 19-23: Children living with epilepsy build independence and confidence, create new friendships. Horseback riding, ziplining, rock climbing, ropes course, archery and arts/crafts. $300. YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park; 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park; 303-377-9774, e-mail: [email protected];

JCC (Jewish Community Center) Ranch Camp

Grades 2-11. Strengthen Jewish identities, become more caring members of society and connect with natural world. Recent ranch improvements include upgraded cabins, a new art room, renovated pool and GaGa pit. In Colorado’s Black Forest, near Colorado Springs; 303-316-6383, e-mail: [email protected];

Keystone Mountain Adventures

Leadership skills, hands-on natural history, and high adventure for ambitious future leaders with an interest in the wilds of Colorado. The 6-, 10- and 13-day sessions feature backpacking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, sightseeing and an attempt at one of Colorado’s peaks. Keystone; 800-215-5585, e-mail: [email protected];

Keystone Science School Discovery Camp

KSS hosts Discovery Camp, a residential camp, ages 6-13. Whitewater rafting, horseback riding, sailing, backpacking, wilderness camping, science and campfires. Intro to Discovery Camp is for children 6-10, new to overnight camp experience. Counselor sssistant program is for new leaders ages 14-17. Keystone; 800-215-5585, e-mail: [email protected];

Korean Heritage Camp — Colorado Heritage Camps

June 16-19: Cultural and family-related experiences for children who have been adopted internationally or transracially, and for their families. $95-$125 per person, plus lodging fees. Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser; 303-320-4234, e-mail: [email protected]

Latin America Heritage Camp — Colorado Heritage Camps

June 23-26: Specializes in cultural and family- related experiences for children who have been adopted internationally or transracially, and for their families. $95-$125 per person, plus lodging fees. Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser; 303-320-4234, e-mail: [email protected]

Maranatha Bible Camp

Waterfront and beach, tubing, water ski, pool, gym, paintball. Primary Camps — 3 day; Junior camps, Junior High, Senior High — 5-day camps. Family camps. Spring: ladies retreats. Fall: men’s events, sporting clays. Winter: Couples retreat. Maxwell, NE; 308-582-4513, e-mail:

Mile High Colorado Camp

July 17-22: Serving the bleeding disorder community of Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska. Sponsored by the University of Colorado Denver Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center. Rocky Mountain Village at Easter Seals in Empire; mailing address: 5755 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood, CO 80226; Empire; 303-724-2309, e-mail: [email protected];

Military Kids (OMK)

4-H/Army youth development project, day and overnight camping experiences for youth from military families who have had a parent deployed in the past year, currently have a parent deployed or anticipate deployment by a parent in the next 6 months. Overnights planned for attractions such as zoos and museums. April through August. Free to military kids and families except for a returnable deposit. Centennial; 303-271-6646, e-mail: [email protected];

Mountain Park Environmental Center

June-August: Survival Camp, Greenhorn Wilderness Backpack Camp, Camp Mission: Wolf, Advanced Survival Camp, Mountain Pathways for Young Women, The Birds & the Bees & the Flowers & the Trees, Mountain Man Discovery Camp, and a Counselor in Training Program for senior high-school students. 9112 Mountain Park Road, Beulah; 719-485-4444, e-mail: [email protected];

National Sports Center for the Disabled

Ages 4 and up and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Camps ranging from 2 to 4 days for families, women, teens, adults and special groups. Hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, sailing, canoeing, rafting, rock climbing and resort activities. Winter Park and Granby area; 303-316-1544, e-mail: [email protected];

Outward Bound

Local base camp in Leadville. Outdoor adventure camp, outdoor leadership program, outdoor instructor training. Youth, teens, college-age, and adults. Mountaineering, backpacking, rafting, rock climbing, sailing, kayaking, dogsledding, ice and snow programs. Programs run year-round. 7-30 day adventures. Rocky Mountains; 866-467-7651, e-mail: [email protected];

Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp

Ages 10-college. Programs in dance, theatre, musical theater, dramatic writing, visual arts and equestrian. One-week Equestrian Day Camps for ages 10-15, June 20-24 and Aug. 1-5. Two-week Junior Camp for students entering grades 5-7, June 24-July 9; four-week Young Artist Intensive for students entering grades 8-10, July 11-Aug. 6; six-week Pre-Professional Intensive for students in grades 11-college, June 17-July 31; 10-day New Noises Studio dramatic writing workshop for students in grades 10-college, June 8-18. Steamboat Springs; 800-430-2787, e-mail: [email protected];

Planet Hockey Ranch

Two-week hockey/adventure camp. Planet Hockey innovative skills training, top international skills training staff, on- and off-ice training, jersey. Whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, paintball-gun war. Campers stay at Beaver Run Resort. June 20-26 and June 27-July 3. Beaver Run Resort; 620 Village Road, Breckenridge; 720-304-3880;

Planet Hockey Summer Skills Camp

June-August: Ages 6-plus. Power skating, stickhandling, scoring, body contact, positional play, dryland training, classroom sessions, jersey, 16-page individual player profile, free skills DVD. Many Colorado camps. 50-plus locations nationwide. 620 Village Road, Breckenridge; 720-304-3880;

Ponderosa Retreat & Conference Center

Kids Camp, June 20-23 (grades 4-6) and Summit Student Camp, June 27-July 1 and July 18-22 (grades 7-12). Larkspur; 15232 Furrow Road, Larkspur; 303-771-2480, e-mail: [email protected];

Poulter Camps

Backpacking, rock climbing, horseback riding, among other activities. Sessions include 10- day, 2-week, and 4-week options. $1,800-$3,650. Steamboat Springs; 888-879-4816; e-mail: [email protected];

Ramah Outdoor Adventure

June 21-July 4; July 6-Aug. 1; Aug. 3-15:Kosher Outdoor Adventure camp with an intensive Jewish focus. Rock climbing, biking, horseback riding, wilderness survival, orienteering, archery, arts and crafts, sports, camping, hiking, gardening. Several locations in Colorado; 303-261-8214, e-mail: [email protected];

Raison d’Art

June 18-July 4; July 9-25; July 29-Aug. 14: Stay in 200-year-old farmhouse, do art everyday, visit villages, prehistoric caves and museums. Kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, ziplining, swimming, and 15 days hiking French countryside. 2,000 euros for 18 days, not including airfare. France; 310-878-2086, e-mail: [email protected];

Renaissance Adventures

July 12-15: An active, outdoor experience where children work together to solve maps and riddles, brainstorm creative solutions to puzzling dilemmas, swashbuckles with foam swords, and negotiate peace treaties. Cal-Wood; 2282 County Road 87, Jamestown; 303-786-9216, e-mail: [email protected];

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

Art and design camps for those who have completed 9th grade. Foundations of Art + Design Camp, July 11-15; Character Design Camp, July 11-15; Comic Book Illustration camp, July 18-22; Interior Design Camp, July 18-22; High School Intensive Camp, July 25-29; 3-D Animation/Game Art Camp, July 25-29. Camps can be overnight or day camps, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 1600 Pierce St., Lakewood; 303-884-0060, e-mail: [email protected]; high-school-programs/summer-camps

Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ

June-August: Grades 2-12. Contemplative Life Camp: July 17-23; Grandparent & Me: June 30- July 2; Pioneer Camp: June 26-30; Explorer Camp: July 10-16; Voyager Camp: July 31-Aug. 6; Theatrical Camp: July 31-Aug. 6; MADD Camp: July 10-16. $145-455. The La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, Black Forest; 303-984- 9118, e-mail: [email protected];

Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp

All ages and levels of talent. Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, Old Time, Bluegrass, & Swing fiddle. Also piano, cello, guitar, mandolin, bass and hammered dulcimer. Workshops and classes by day; jams, concerts and dancing at night. Snow Mountain Ranch, Winter Park, 80517; 303-596-9870;

Rocky Mountain Village

Children and adults with disabilities attend co-ed, overnight camp with each session running Sunday to Friday from May through August. Swimming, fishing, overnight hiking, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, dances, music and drama, horseback riding and riding the zipline. $800 a week. 2644 Alvarado Road, Empire; 303-569-2333, e-mail: [email protected];

Rocky Ridge Music Center

Junior Student Seminars (ages 10-15) June 14-26, Aug. 2-14; Young Artist Seminar (ages 15-24) June 28-July 31; Adult Piano Seminar (ages 18 and up) June 8-12; Chamberre in the Rockies (ages 18 and up) Aug. 17-21 Students receive two private lessons per week in addition to chamber music, orchestra, studio/performance classes, recitals, history lecture series, master classes. 465 Longs Peak Road, Estes Park; 970-586- 4031, e-mail: [email protected];

Roundup River Ranch

Week-long sessions for children ages 7-17 with life-threatening illnesses. Boating, fishing, music, horseback, challenge course, nature, theatre. Free to campers and their families. Fully medically supported. July 6-12, July 15-21, Aug. 5-11. 8333 Colorado River Road, Gypsum; 970-524-2267, e-mail: [email protected];

Russian/Eastern European/ Central Asian Heritage Camp

July 28-31: Cultural and family-related experiences for children who have been adopted internationally or transracially, and for their families. $95-$125 per person, plus lodging fees. Snow Mountain Ranch, 1101 County Road 53, Granby; 303-320-4234, e-mail: [email protected]

SROM — Wilderness Adventure Ministry and Outdoor Education Program

Christ-centered wilderness courses for individuals and custom courses for churches, colleges, schools and universities. Emphasis on spiritual transformation, authentic community, character formation, leadership development and skill acquisition. Laramie, WY; 307-755-0642, e-mail: [email protected];

Sanborn Western Camps

Month-long program for campers ages 9-16 (June 12-July 12; July 15-Aug. 14); 2-week program for campers age 7-10 (June 12-June 26; June 28-July 12; July 15-July 29; July 31-Aug. 14): Horseback riding, backpacking, rafting/tubing, camping out, fossil digging, tennis, canoeing, swimming, rock climbing, astronomy, nature exploration, mountain biking, geology, high ropes, Western history, crafts, sports, natural sciences and more. 4-week term: $4,100; 2-week term: $2,050 Big Springs Ranch for Boys and High Trails Ranch for Girls; 2000 Old Stage Road/P.O Box 167, Florissant; 719-748-3341, e-mail: [email protected];

Sky High Hope Camp

July 10-16: Kids with cancer and their siblings experience camp in a medically safe environment. Rafting, horseback riding, ropes course, challenge course, arts/crafts, archery, hiking, rock climbing, dance and ghost stories. No charge. Doctors and nurses on staff. Buckhorn Camp, Bellvue; 303-861-1754;

Tahosa High Adventure Base

June-August: Backpacking, rock climbing, ropes course and peak ascents in the Indian Peak Wilderness Area. Seven week-long sessions. $295. Indian Peaks Wilderness; Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch, Ward; 303-455-5522, e-mail: [email protected];

University of Colorado Sports Camps

May-July: All ages. Coed. CU Athletics offers summer sport camps for: football, golf, basketball, skiing, tennis, volleyball, and soccer. A chance to work with CU coaches and athletes, experience life on campus, and play where the Buffaloes play. University of Colorado, Boulder; 303-492-7931, e-mail: [email protected];

University of Denver Girls Residential College ID Camp

June 28-July 1: Train with professional staff and DU coach Jeff Hooker. Campers will be placed on technical development in areas of dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting and overall confidence with the ball. Also principles of attacking, defending, set pieces and combination play. $500 residential/$400 commuter. University of Denver; 303-871-7559;

University of Denver Soccer Boys College ID Residential Academy

July 11-July 14: Designed to give players exposure to college coaches, training sessions, matches, and insight into college soccer environment. Campers will be challenged with training sessions and given the opportunity to play competitive matches. Hosted by DU men’s soccer staff. $405/residential or $355/ commuter. University of Denver; 303-871-3923, e-mail: [email protected];

Upon the Rock — Christian Camp

3rd-10th graders. Week-long camps for youth. Swimming, hiking, mini-golf, art projects, Frisbee golf, climbing tower, zipline, campfires with storyteller. Junior Camp — July 11-16. Elementary Camp — July 17-22. $375. Camp for 9th-12th graders, June 9-12. Tent camping, campfires, Bible discussions, mountain biking, rappelling and rock-climbing. P.O. Box 1007, La Veta, 81055; 719-742-6777, e-mail: [email protected];

Vietnamese Heritage Camp — Colorado Heritage Camps

July 21-24: Specializes in providing cultural and family-related experiences for children who have been adopted internationally or transracially, and for their families. $95-$125 per person, plus lodging fees. ; Rocky Mountain Park Conference Center, Estes Park; 303-320-4234, e-mail: [email protected]

Women’s Fitness Camp

Aug. 19-24: Horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, tennis,archery, rafting, high ropes challenge course, belly dancing, line dancing, lectures for women. Cost will include meals, snacks and activities. $395 for a Y member, $415 for a nonmember, $370 for a senior 65- plus, $380 for campers arranging their own lodging accommodations. Chief Ouray/Snow Mountain Ranch, 1101 County Road 53, Granby; 970-887-2648, e-mail: [email protected];

Woodward at Copper

June-August: Ride snow at Copper’s summer version of the Catalyst terrain park in the morning. Barn sessions in the afternoon and skate tours, go-carts, create-a-skate, music, hiking and more. Campers reside at Copper’s Edge building. $499-$1,799. 505 Copper Road, Copper Mountain; 888-229-9540, e-mail: [email protected];

YMCA Camp Jackson

Traditional resident camp offering 1- or 2-week programs. Rock climbing, canoeing, shooting sports, white water rafting, high ropes, hiking and camping. 3200 E. Spaulding Ave., Pueblo; 719-543-5151;

YMCA Camp Santa Maria

Coed, overnight summer camp with 1- and 2-week sessions. Traditional in-camp program and a trip program for the older campers. Camp games, arts and crafts, archery, astronomy, back country skills, film making, hiking/ backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, photography, rock climbing, skateboarding, swimming, theatre. 51321 U.S. 285, Grant; 303-413-9622, e-mail: [email protected];

YMCA Camp Shady Brook

One- to four-week camp experiences including traditional activities and specialty camps for drama, kayaking. fly-fishing and more. Pike National Forest; 719-329-7225;

Young Ambassadors of America

YA trips are coed and appropriate for 10- 14-year-olds. Horseback riding, rafting, cooking, painting, hiking, camping, sightseeing. Colorado Frontier History Tour: June 20-25. Yellowstone Tour: July 5-9, Aug. 2-6. New Mexico Pueblo Tour: July 19-24. Washingon, DC, School Trips in June. Various locations; 303-482-2165, e-mail: [email protected];

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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  1. Just a couple of tidbits:

    Concordia Language Villages: Language immersion camps in 15 different languages. Most locations in northern Minnesota. I worked there for six years – it is an amazing set of camps.

    American Camp Association: A great resource for parents and camps alike. ACA does accredit camps, which is a voluntary process, and you can be assured that those accredited camps offer the highest standards in safety and program progression. Here is a resource you may appreciate: “Making an Informed Decision – Choosing the Right Camp”

  2. Gretchen is right! The ACA Camp Parents resource is OUTSTANDING.

    Also, we have an incredible group of camps and camp professionals in the Rocky Mountain Section of ACA–if you have any questions–or want to have a more personal connection with the accredited summer camps in our region visit our Facebook page:

    But even with all of these great resources available, sometimes the bigger question is why SHOULD I send my child to camp?

    Sometimes we worry about what “other people” might think about us if we send our kids away to camp. We think camp is too much time away from home or too expensive. Yet, in many ways, if we give the gift of camp–it has impacts that benefit our children for life.

    For more information about the incredible value of a summer camp experience for your child visit:

    Beyond the friendship, adventure and fun kids will have at summer camp, they will develop the life skills and necessary community building skills to make them happier, healthier, and more successful adults!


  3. Summer camp is a great option. Camp has been the best thing we have ever done for our daughter. Little did I know when I first enrolled her she would want to go year after year. This will be her fifth summer at Cheley Colorado Camps. What a magical place! It has given her leadership skills, confidence and friendships to last a lifetime. It is her home away from home. Cheley Camps……Priceless. Did you know that camp is considered an educational expense and can be written off on taxes? At least that is what I have recently heard.

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