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Denver Summer Camp Guide 2018

Denver Summer Camp Guide 2018

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Summer camp season is upon us!  To help you navigate the many wonderful camps in Denver, we have compiled a Colorado Summer Camp Guide for 2018.  In addition to this directory, we will be featuring a variety of Denver camps over the next few months that give a more in-depth glimpse of camp life so keep checking in.  Also, don’t procrastinate–many spots are filling up quickly!

Camp Categories

Arts Camps (music, dance, etc.)

Academic Camps

Outdoor Camps

General Camps

Sports Camps


Mad Science

Are you looking for a fun, educational way to keep your child learning while school is out this summer? Unleash your child’s inner scientist with Mad Science Summer Camps! With 10 unique camp themes, 30 camp locations, and half- and full-day availability throughout the summer, Mad Science offers a variety of camp options for children ages 6-11! For over 20 years, Mad Science has been bringing exciting, hands-on science programs to thousands of children across Colorado. Mad Science camps offer a daily combination of in-class discovery, physical activities, fun take-home projects and hands-on applications of the scientific principles presented! From biology, forensics and astronomy to chemistry, physics, engineering and more, elementary-aged campers are invited to explore a wide range of exciting concepts with Mad Science! Please visit us online at for a complete schedule and more information!


Play-Well offers LEGO®-Inspired engineering summer camps that explore STEM concepts through hands on learning with LEGO®. Dream it, Build it, Wreck it, Repeat! Choose from themes like robotics, minecraft, star wars, ninjago, batman and more! We also offer Girl-Powered camps that inspire the next generation of Women in STEM! Let your child’s imagination soar with tens of thousands of LEGO in each camp! Our programs are designed by engineers and refined by teachers but the campers just think it’s fun! Our camps are great for grades K – 8 with locations across the Denver metro area including Denver Jewish Day School, Bill Robert’s K – 8 School, Denver Parks and Rec, International School of Denver and more. We also host camps all across the state of Colorado. What will your child build this summer?

Engineering for Kids

High Quality Tech Camps don’t have to cost an arm and a leg!  Engineering for Kids is offering the best in Tech Camps for our fifth year in the Streets of SouthGlenn, Centennial, CO.  Owned and operated by experienced Engineers, we are excited to inspire the next generation of innovators!  Our focus this summer is to create the foundations that enable continued learning, therefore, many camps will include a TAKE-HOME STEM product (such as a Sphero robot, a mini Micro:Bit computer, or an online programming subscription to Code Kingdom.)  Camps are week long, full day, 8:30am – 3:30pm, with after care available until 5:30pm.  Enroll in age appropriate programs for kids 1st – 8th grade.  Camps include:  Minecraft Modding, Sphero Robotics, EV3 Robotics, Coding with Micro:bits, and Aerospace Engineering. Promotion:  Enroll by April 15 and get $25 off – Coupon Code:  MAMAS25

Keystone Science School

Keystone Science School hosts a wide variety of programs including overnight, adventure, and day camps which all combine Science, Adventure, & FUN! Our flagship program is our traditional overnight camp known as Discovery Camp. Every Discovery Camp session includes a backpacking overnight, challenge hike, team-building activities, and traditional songs by the campfire. Campers can also choose from two Adventure based programs known as Keystone Voyagers or Keystone Mountain Adventures. As a Keystone Voyager, campers mountain bike, rock climb, day hike, or whitewater raft before finishing their night around the campfire. Keystone Mountain Adventures is our wildest adventure program where campers spend the majority of their time in the backcountry while backpacking and exploring National Parks around the mountain west. Our Day Camp programs are all based in Keystone, Colorado and each weeklong session has it’s own programmatic theme. We incorporate creative activities, teambuilding, and investigative learning into each day.

iD Tech 

iD Tech is the #1 summer STEM program for kids and teens! Ages 7-18 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Weeklong summer programs held at University of Denver, Mile High Academy, CU Boulder, Stanford, MIT, and 150+ universities nationwide. This summer, your child can explore a prestigious campus, make new friends as they master new tech skills, and join a community of 350,000 alumni. With world-class instructors and innovative courses in coding, game development, robotics, and design, our programs instill in-demand skills that embolden students to shape the future. iD Tech Camps (weeklong, co-ed, 7-17), Alexa Café (weeklong, all-girls, 10-15), and iD Tech Academies (2-week, teen-only, 13-18). Receive $75 off when you register with code MILEHIGH18 before 5/31/18! Courses sell-out quickly, so get started today at or call (888) 709-8324 for personalized course recommendations.

Cal-Wood’s Summer of Edventure


Cal-Wood is a place for adventure – only 20 miles west of Boulder in Jamestown, CO! Summer days are spent exploring our forests, meadows, creeks, and historical sites while making new friends and bonding with old. Campers will learn to embrace the mountains whether they are spending their nights in a quaint log cabin by the main lodge, sleeping under the stars in a tent on a beautiful remote piece of Cal-Wood’s land, or venturing out into local Colorado wilderness on a multi-day backpacking trip. This summer, we are focused on what Cal-Wood does best – that magical combination of original experiential education and true, authentic, Colorado mountain adventure. Add wholesome, traditional camp fun, an amazing staff and modern youth development principals – this summer will offer something very special that you and child will cherish for a long, long time. Join us for the Summer of Edventure 2018!

Camp Chautauqua

Located at the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark, Camp Chautauqua is an enriching experience designed to help children ages 6-13 tap into their potential and creativity, release their spirit of adventure, forge a stronger connection to nature, and develop important leadership skills. Campers team up with counselors from Watson University and Wild Bear Nature Center where they will learn the power of story-telling, how to use their strengths to lead and communicate with others, the importance of connecting with nature, and how to interact with others. And they learn it all while having loads of FUN during action packed weeks of games, arts and crafts, hiking, challenge courses, wilderness skills and much more! Camps offered for full day, morning sessions, afternoon sessions or mix and match as you wish. To learn more, email [email protected] or call 303.440.7666.

Little Girl Smiling at the camera in Campground

Colorado Adventure Point

Discover your passion for urban adventure with our Mile High Adventure Camp! Campers will have the opportunity to explore some of the most exciting and historic areas in Denver and surrounding areas. Not only will your child get to experience outdoor rock climbing with our qualified Adventure Instructors, they also will explore museums while learning about different cultures, art, astronomy, animals and more! Pick up and drop off will take place at Colorado Adventure Point, and each day will be a new field trip.

STEM Adventure Camp offers a week of dynamic adventures plus hands on experiments in the fields of chemistry, biology, and physics inspired by the show MythBusters. Each day, campers will work together to solve challenging experiments designed to teach scientific thinking, ethical decision making, and leadership skills. In addition, youth will have the opportunity to experience thrilling Adventure Zones as they learn about rock climbing, archery, and more! Go to for more information. 

YMCA of Boulder Valley Summer Camps

YMCA of Boulder Valley Summer Camps foster curiosity, celebrate friendship and encourage children to expand their idea of what’s possible. Our campers explore nature, swim and create, try new activities, develop new interests, unplug from technology and gain independence while making friendships that last a lifetime. YMCA of Boulder Valley Summer Day Camps include traditional camps — YMCA Camp S’more Fun and the nature-based YMCA Camp Elks — as well as Y World of Sports Camps, Y Riders Cycling Camps, STEAMrollers Camps, teen leadership camp and field trip-focused teen camps. Our day camps are located throughout the community in Boulder, Lafayette, Louisville, Superior and Longmont. YMCA Camp Santa Maria in Bailey offers an incredible resident camp experience in the heart of the Rockies. This overnight camp provides children with opportunities to try archery, paddleboard and kayak, hike and explore, swim, build gnome homes and find a community around our campfire.

Colorado Watersports Summer Camps

Colorado Watersports is a weeklong watersports adventure day camps for kids 5-14. Kids will experience sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and more, all levels of experience are welcome and there is lots of room for kids to explore and challenge themselves with the skills they develop over the week. The camps are organized by age and ability, so each camper can get the most out of their experience. We focus on providing each child with a unique, challenging, and of course fun watersports adventure! All of our equipment and activities can be tailored to your camper’s level of skill and comfort.  We are located in the largest no wake zone at Chatfield Reservoir, so parents can relax knowing the area is safe from the congestion of the main lake. SAFETY FIRST is our moto! All participant wears life jackets/ whistles and our counselors are training in water safety and weather protocol.

Silicon STEM Academy

Silicon STEM Academy voted Colorado’s #1 STEM Camps and #1 Academic Enrichment by Colorado Parent Magazine Readers in 2017, offers a wide selection of STEM Summer Camps in Programming, Robotics, Electronics, Game Design & Digital Media. Kids LOVE our camps, like Minecraft Modding, Lego Robotics, Coding 101, Stop-Motion Animation, Sumo Bots and more! Parents LOVE that their kids’ minds stay engaged during the summer while they’re having a great time! Silicon STEM summer camps are now in 4 Denver metro locations: Our flagship campus in SE Denver; plus satellite locations at Regis Jesuit HS,  Graland Country Day School and Mackintosh Academy in Littleton. Silicon STEM Academy is different from the big out-of-state STEM camp companies because we’re local, affordable and here all year round for kids with a passion for STEM! Check out our After-School Enrichment courses, Spring Break Camps, Friday Game Nights, and Workshops, too!

HAT Summer Camps

Fun, action-packed, convenient summer tennis camps in Denver, Colorado for kids 6-18 years old. Check out what tennis mom Kelly from Denver had to say about HAT Summer Camps: “Far surpasses anything we have encountered in a youth sports program… an amazing experience!” And here is what student Hana from South Denver had to say: “Everyone at HAT is amazing, like my second family!” Rated 5 stars on Yelp and 5 stars on Facebook. 2% of summer registrations are donated to help Nabbosa, a mother in Africa, stay out of poverty. To register or to learn more about Nabbosa visit today!

Talk to the Camera

Calling all superheroes, zombies, princesses, stuntmen and more! Want your kids to get creative and have fun this summer? Kids dream, write, create, film, act in and produce movies and videos! Talk to the Camera is Colorado’s first on-camera movie and video making classes and Camps. Our professional editors will prepare and publish your child’s videos to our website shortly after the camp. All camps are taught by industry professionals. For kids Ages 6-17. We offer week long summer camps, Monday to Friday, in half day and full day formats. Our sessions are held at several Denver-Metro area locations in Denver, Evergreen, Golden, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree and Parker. Early bird discount until April 15 for our camps at AEC Studios in Denver! Find out more



Play-Well offers LEGO®-Inspired engineering summer camps that explore STEM concepts through hands on learning with LEGO®. Dream it, Build it, Wreck it, Repeat! Choose from themes like robotics, minecraft, star wars, ninjago, batman and more! They also offer Girl-Powered camps that inspire the next generation of Women in STEM. Let your child’s imagination soar with tens of thousands of LEGO in each camp. Their programs are designed by engineers and refined by teachers but the campers just think it’s fun. Their camps are great for grades K – 8. What will your child build this summer?

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

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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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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