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2019 Denver Summer Camp Guide

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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 2019.  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

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Featured Summer Camps

Avid4 Adventure

This summer, experience the power of authentic outdoor adventure. Avid4 Adventure summer camps teach pre-K – 12th graders of all levels to climb, paddle, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors. With help from our time-tested curriculum and experienced instructors (all 21+ and certified in First Aid and CPR), we give campers solid outdoors skills and character-shaping confidence they can use at camp and beyond, launching them into a lifetime of empowering adventure. We transport kids to nearby crags, trails and bodies of water to adventure in authentic settings and discover local recreation areas they (and you) can keep coming back to.

Our camps teach kids to assess their environment and approach risks intelligently, building a foundation of confident, sound judgment they can use in the outdoors—and throughout their lives. Camps run weekly from May – August. Learn more and sign up at Avid4.com, call 800-977-9873 or email info@avid4.com.

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 week-long session has it’s own programmatic theme. We incorporate creative activities, team-building, and investigative learning into each day. keystonescienceschool.org

 

 Camp Comfort – A Grief Camp for Children Ages 6- 12

 Camp Comfort is a weekend camp offered twice each summer that addresses the special needs of children ages 6 – 12 who have experienced the death of someone they love. Children learn ways to cope with their grief through workshops and activities – building skills that may help them now and throughout their lives. Grief workshops are balanced with recreational activities, such as swimming, zip lining, horseback riding, and fishing. Founded in 1995, Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice’s groundbreaking bereavement camp has helped more than 1,500 Colorado children find a path through their grief. Our hope is that through our curated program of emotional discovery led by licensed social workers and highly trained counselors, children will learn coping skills while also preserving positive memories of their loved one. Scholarships are available.Learn more at www.campcomfort.org

Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios

Summer is the perfect time to stir up some fun.  At Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios we provide amazing experiences in the kitchen.  Bring your camper (ages 5-12) over and you’ll pick up a newly self-confident child who will beg to cook dinner for you!  Children will create their own snacks and lunch and we’ll supply everything that they will need for an amazing week filled with newly developed life-long skills including math, science, reading and chemistry!

Our full-day, week long camps include all supplies, copies of camp recipes, snacks and lunches!  Each week we offer a fun-filled theme (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Kitchen Superheroes, Happiness is Homemade, Cake My Day, Hawaii Five Oh, Iron Chef, Christmas in July, Cooks & Books, and Chopped) that encourage the development of life skills. Flourpowerstudios.com/highlandsranch

Pedalheads Bike Camps

Pedalheads offers learn-to-ride bike programs in over 45 cities across Canada and the USA. In Colorado, you can find us having fun in five locations! Our program is renowned for helping kids ages 3-12 get off training wheels and safely ride on the road. Our program includes:

  • a progression of six instructional levels for you to choose from,
  • three-hour half-day camps,
  • seven-hour all-day camps,
  • private lessons, and
  • before and after care options.

 Kids get lots of time on their bikes learning and playing games, navigating obstacle courses, and challenging themselves with a variety of activities in a safe environment. We use only positive reinforcement to promote kids’ health, well-being, and development; as a result, kids who experience our program report feeling “braver and gooder at biking” and say they like us more than candy, school, and story time.

Kent Denver School

At Kent Denver School, we think summer should be exciting, engaging and fun! We offer more than 80 outstanding camps in the visual and performing arts, athletics, academics and technology for students ages 3–18. Our 200-acre campus and modern learning spaces provide amazing opportunities for your child to explore, learn, create, play and grow. Summer 2019 highlights include:
• Theater productions including Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Newsies, and Wimpy Kid
• More than 40 arts classes where students will learn to sew, paint, draw, sculpt, sing, dance, bake, improvise, etc.
• Dynamic sports camps including basketball, golf, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball, speed/conditioning and a new multi-sport camp for ages 7-10.
• Tech-focused classes such as coding for robotics, drones and apps, plus exciting new STEAM offerings from Eurekus!
• Academic offerings like “So You Want to Be a Doctor,” creative writing, college essays, middle and high school transition, and experimental research.
For more information, go to kentdenver.org/about/summer
 

Lake Dillon Theatre Company

LDTC’s Youth Workshops provide theatre-based education programs to Summit County’s youth. While students gain knowledge and skills in the performance arts through theatre, music, and dance classes, the program’s ultimate focus is to broaden perspectives, build confidence, and bolster community ties through shared experiences. The classes culminate into performances free to the public.

The Lake Dillon Youth Theatre Workshops are a safe and encouraging environment for any child with an interest in performing arts. We not only take pride in developing creative passions but we allow children to work together, think outside the box, and most importantly, have fun!

If you have any questions or would like any more information about our Youth Theatre Workshops, please contact our Director of Education, Colt Neidhardt by calling 970.513.1151 Ext. 106 or email Colt@lakedillontheatre.org

Super Stars Reading Camp

Super Stars Reading Camp is an intensive 5-week reading program focusing on supporting students with learning disabilities (i.e. dyslexia). Monday through Thursday, our campers receive one hour of Orton-Gillingham based reading intervention from a highly trained instructor. Campers then spend one hour in a small group working on developing their writing and math skills. The campers round out their day working with student volunteers to practice oral reading, play math and literacy games, and build lasting relationships with their peers. Fridays are “fun days” for the campers, where they participate in activities such as team games, scavenger hunts, complete art projects, or even Reader’s Theater. Fridays also provide the opportunity for parents to meet and participate in informational workshops put on by our directors and a variety of speakers.  Come join us at one of our three convenient locations in Denver, Littleton/Lakewood, or Louisville/Boulder and watch your child grow! everychildreading.net/superstar-summer-camp

 MOTH Contemporary Circus Center

 MOTH Contemporary Circus Center is located in the RiNo Arts District in downtown Denver, Colorado. MOTH CCC is collaborative environment where students of all levels can train in a safe and supportive environment. Our fun-filled camps include crafts, games, acting, face-painting and of course circus skills! Including: trampoline, acrobatics, tightwire, aerial arts, Chinese pole, clowning, and juggling. 
Circus Camp– ages 6-9 – June 3rd – June 14th
Circus Camp – ages 9-13 – June 17th – June 28th
Try Me Mini Circus – ages 4-6 – July 1st – 3rd
Adaptice Circus- Adams Camp Collaboration– July 8th – July 12th
All Levels Performance Camp– July 15th – July 26th
Advanced Performance Camp – July 29th – August 9th
MOTH CCC adheres to a strict set of safety procedures to insure students stay healthy and follow proper progressions to avoid injury.

Play-Well TEKnologies

Dream it, build it, wreck it, repeat in these LEGO-inspired engineering summer camps! Your kid will engineer interesting projects, engage in critical thinking, work collaboratively and learn STEM concepts through playing with LEGO. Play-Well staff have backgrounds in engineering, astrophysics, mathematics, education and more. Their love of LEGO® and STEM create a unique and vibrant learning environment. The kids have an absolute blast playing with LEGO® while also exploring new ideas, gaining knowledge and making friends.
 
Each Play-Well camp includes over 20,000 LEGO pieces! Kids can choose from different themes like Star Wars, Minecraft, Harry Potter, Robotics and Stop Motion. Campers ages 5 – 12 get to travel into their favorite worlds where they can build with LEGO like never before. Play-Well has camps all over the Denver area as well as many other cities in Colorado including Fort Collins, Boulder, Colorado Springs and more. play-well.org

JCC Denver

Summer is the perfect time to make new discoveries, embark on thrilling adventures, and meet lifelong friends. With a dash of summer fun and a hearty mix of excitement-fueled summer camps, it’s also the perfect time to #getcAMPED! For summer 2019, we’re turning up the dial on summer camp in order to give your child the best camp experience yet with JCC Camps! No matter which camp experience you choose for your child (Camp Shai, Ranch Camp, Tennis Camp, Wolf Theatre Academy, etc.), JCC Camps will support and encourage your camper all summer long with affordable camp programs. Children and families of all ages, backgrounds, and interests are welcome here at the J, so what are you waiting for? Suit up, dive in, and #getcAMPED for the best summer ever with the JCC Denver. jccdenver.org

Iliff Adventure Day Camp

Post-Kindergarten Adventure Summer Camp is designed to provide experiences for everyone to build lasting relationships that encourage healthy development, positive risk-taking and a sense of belonging and security. Campers spend their days with professionally trained counselors who focus entirely on the success of the children, encouraging them to explore and play, swim, participate in sports, and experience activities in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and music). In addition, campers explore all that Denver offers in privately- owned school buses.  Enrollment forms and Weekly Themes (Post kindergarten-Age 12) available online or by calling the center. Ask any camper and they will tell you….it all adds up to a super fun summer. iliffpreschool.com

Talk to the Camera 

Do you want your kids to get creative, have a BLAST and keep learning this summer? At Talk to the Camera, our award-winning summer camps spark imaginations through moviemaking and YouTube-style video creation. Your kids become storytellers and content creators in a hands-on collaborative environment. And you’ll enjoy the benefits of improved social skills like public speaking, active listening, and eye contact. Your child’s self- confidence will soar in these engaging and lively summer camps. They’ll even walk the red carpet to see their movies on the BIG screen at our end of summer Red Carpet Screening! *You’ll enjoy your kid’s videos and movies for a lifetime! We offer week long summer camps, Monday thru Friday, in half-day and full-day formats. Our camps are located at several Denver-Metro area locations including Evergreen, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Denver, Parker, and more. For kids ages 3-13. Find out more www.talktothecamera.com.

Lifetree Day Camps

Where kids experience fun, faith, and friendship! At Lifetree Day Camps, kids ages 6-11 engage in a huge variety of unique experiences that help them grow in their faith and make new friends. Kids can come for just one week of camp, or any combination of 7 weeks, Monday-Friday. It’s your total summer solution – each week has a new theme and every day is different! With 10 locations in Colorado, there’s a camp near you. Fill your child’s summer weekdays with creative, heart-changing, laughter-inducing fun! Camps fill quickly, so register today with a small deposit at lifetreedaycamps.com.

 Digitstars Make-a-Movie Workshop

Kids unleash their creativity and bring their stories to life in a stop motion animation or live action filmmaking program! They write, act, direct, film, and edit their own films in a fun and exciting week! We watch and analyze film clips to learn techniques, and take outside breaks in a nearby playground. Moviemaking integrates art with technology and demands storytelling skills that can feed into success in school and beyond. Week-long camps (M-F, 9 am-3 pm, with extended care available) are offered in June, July, and August for grades 1-8. Programs include Claymation and live action moviemaking using green screen technology. The production process is hands-on, kid-driven, and collaborative. Our enthusiastic and trained instructors are professional filmmakers with film degrees and class size is limited so save your spot as soon as possible! digistarsworkshop.com

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. 

 

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