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Colorado Summer Camp 101: Our Top Picks As Seen on 9News!

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I appeared on 9News talking about one of my favorite topics: summer camp! (Watch the segment here). With so many different choices, how do parents and kids decide what they should do?

What Camp Should I Choose?

There are literally hundreds of choices for camps for kids in Colorado, whether you choose a day camp or overnight.  Our day camps are divided alphabetically due to the sheer number of listings. Be sure to browse through all the options and remember not to delay. Many camps fill quickly and believe it or not, summer is right around the corner. Let  the countdown (and fun!) begin.

4 Things Every Parent Should Know When Choosing the Right Summer Camp

 I sat down with Avid4Adventure’s owner David Secunda who believes kids really learn about themselves and the world around them when engaged in outdoor activities that encourage learning, self-esteem and build friendships. Don’t miss his sage advice in this interview about finding the right summer camp, including the importance of being accredited through the American Camp Association, counselor-to-child ratios, how the camp handles special situations and much more.

Our Picks for Summer Camp

Over the next few months, Mile High Mamas will be featuring Colorado’s summer camps. Here are a few that we’ll be focusing on to whet your whistle:

mizelmuseumMizel Museum (day camp)

So, why on earth would we recommend a small museum that is rooted in Jewish values that have universal relevance? Because this gem tucked away in a residential area in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood offers more than just an art camp. The Mizel Museum’s Creative Journeys summer day camps in southeast Denver engage kids of all backgrounds and interests in meaningful learning through the arts. Led by innovative and nationally-acclaimed teaching artists, photographers and even NASA consultants, kids explore the world around them, engage in critical thinking and participate in exciting hands-on and imaginative activities that cover science, comedy, technology, creativity and animals.  Be sure to check-out their four-room museum where kiddos will love their interactive road map as they journey along the 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks. They’ll learn about art, artifacts and digital media that narrates and illuminates Jewish history and culture.

engineeringEngineering for Kids (day camp)

I come from a family of engineers and already, my math- and science-loving 7-year-old son is showing an aptitude for all-things engineering. That’s why this new after-school learning center Engineering for Kids would be like a dream come true. Started by a Denver mom who recently left the corporate world and her Aerospace Engineer husband, this company offers STEM-based enrichment workshops to kids around the U.S .and after-school experiences to Denver kids ages 4 – 14. The best news of all? They’re branching into the summer camp business where they are offering programs in Aerospace, Mechanical, Computer Game Design, and Robotics – all aimed at engaging kids to develop a love for STEM education.

campmapCamp Chief Ouray (overnight camp)

Last summer, I knew my 9-year-old daughter was ready for overnight camp but was I? Sending your child comes down to two things: 1) How well you think they’ll adapt to the separation in a new setting and 2) How confident you are in the camp to take care of your child in a fun, safe and engaging environment. We found our perfect match at YMCA of the Rockies’ Camp Chief Ouray outside of Granby, Colo. As Colorado’s longest-running camp, CCO has been an adventurous playground and traditional overnight camp for kids ages 7-17 for over a century. Located on 5,100 acres of mountains, valleys, streams and meadows, my daughter not only survived but thrived and cannot wait to go back for another summer of kitchen-raiding, campfire-snuggling, star-gazing and BFF-making great times. Tip: many of the sessions are already filling up so don’t delay!

The only thing that is left is figuring out how to spend your week as your kids have the time of their lives.

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas. 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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  • comment avatar Liana February 24, 2014

    Fun segment…gotta get on it and start researching now.

  • comment avatar Amber February 24, 2014

    Good plan! We registered last week. You’ll be OK booking most camps in March, though some are already sold out.

  • comment avatar Jordan February 24, 2014

    I can’t believe how crazy fast these camps fill up. Definitely like preschool for New Yorkers. I’m new to Denver to helpful info. Lik ethat you highlighted a few lesser known camps.

  • comment avatar Amber February 24, 2014

    Jordan–thanks! We’re always look for unique and out-of-the-box camps.

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