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2020 Denver Summer Camp Guide

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Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner and 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 2020.  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

Pedalheads Bike and Trail Camps

Pedalheads offers learn-to-ride bike programs in over 140 cities across Canada and the USA. In Colorado, you participate in our bike and brand new trail program! 

Learn-to-Ride Bike Camps

Our program is reputed for helping kids ages 3-12 get off training wheels and safely ride on the road. Our program includes:

  • Beginner to advanced levels
  • 3-hour half-day camps and 7-hour full-day camps
  • Private lessons
  • Before and aftercare options
Bike camp locations: Boulder, Broomfield, Castle Rock, Hampden South, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Parker, Stapleton, and Washington Park.
 
NEW CAMP: Trail Biking Adventure
 
Kids ages 4 and up love Pedalheads Trail because they go on an adventure through varied paths around Stapleton Central Park. They will develop trail riding skills while learning bike safety, trail etiquette, and cool tricks like wheel lifts!

Trail camp location: Stapleton.

 
 

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

 

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 outdoor 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. 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 in 11 Colorado locations. Don’t miss their residential and expedition camps as well. Learn more and sign up at Avid4.com, call 800-977-9873 or email info@avid4.com.

Iliff Adventure Day Camp

Iliff’s 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

Denver Kent School

Have the best summer ever at Kent Denver School! We offer 100+ camps for kids ages 3–18 in arts, athletics, tech, academics & more! Partners offering camps at KDS this year include Eurekus, Central City Opera, Denver Children’s Choir, Lighthouse Writers & TriVelo.

  • Perform in Lion King, Beauty & The Beast, Fame, Seussical, Hairspray, or Magic Treehouse. Explore Hogwarts, sing with Denver Children’s Choir or Central City Opera, and more!
  • Sports camps with Kent Denver’s legendary coaches: basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball, strength/conditioning, plus bike camp with TriVelo!
  • Arts classes in painting, sculpture, photography, cooking, ceramics, fabric, paper mache and more for kids of all ages!
  • Tech classes in VEX robotics, coding, architecture, plus amazing STEAM classes from Eurekus!
  • Academic opportunities speech & debate, transitioning to middle and high school, creative writing with Lighthouse Writers, SCUBA certification, outdoor survival, future doctors, young architects and more!

Go to kentdenver.org/about/summeratkds

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

Blue Mountain Ranch

Blue Mountain Ranch, located 35 miles west of Colorado Springs in Florissant, CO, was founded in 1946 by Coach Bill and Dorothy Allen of Fort Worth, with the idea that kids needed a fun safe place to play and to get way from the school and social pressures children face. For the last 74 years, this idea has been carried on by their daughter, Suzie, and now her sons, Tim and David.  With an emphasis on participation over competition, BMR offers campers the chance to choose their own activities and encourages them to participate in as many activities as possible, thus promoting growth and independence. BMR continues to enrich the lives of children from all over the US and the world and is a fun safe place for campers to disconnect from technology while reconnecting with the wonders of childhood in the great Colorado outdoors. bluemountainranch.com

Dinosaur Ridge Summer Day Camp

Dinosaur Ridge Summer Day Camps are an unforgettable adventure! We offer 9-weeks of day camps for campers ages 6-13. Each weekly camp offers an exploration of the Dinosaur Ridge fossil sites, hands-on science projects, as well as expert guest presenters in the fields of paleontology, geology, art, earth science, or local plants and animals. These experiences are designed to foster excitement and wonder for science, art, and the outdoors while engaging in our hands-on educational curriculum. Our weekly camps keep kids moving and discovering in the incredible setting of our National Natural Landmark. The small group sizes give every camper the opportunity to play, explore, and expand their knowledge. Camps run weekly from June through early August, learn more and register at dinoridge.org/summercamps or email erin.lacount@dinoridge.org

Denver Fencing Center

Denver Fencing Center will offer 11 different week-long day camps during summer 2020. Their camps are the perfect way to introduce a beginner to the sport or take your fencing up to the next level. They also provide kids with a fun way to exercise and meet new friends over the summer. They have been doing this for over 15 years and have developed a proven method for creating successful fencers through their camps. This year, they will offer Beginner, Little Fencers, Competitive, Medieval, Ninja (Fencing + Parkour), and Samurai. Denver Fencing Center Summer Camps are the highlight of kids’ summer plans! denverfencingcenter.com

Lighthouse Writers Workshop

The Young Writers Program at Lighthouse connects children and teens to literature, new friends, and a writing community. Our workshops, whether at Lighthouse or at one of our dozens of partnering sites, are taught by published and award-winning authors and are designed to foster creativity and self-expression and to empower youth to find their voices through creative writing. Lighthouse’s Young Writers Camps are led by published and award-winning writers, and each one is designed to teach specific writing skills and spark excitement about writing. Our hands-on workshops are full of crafting, drawing, map-making, role-playing, and, of course, creating through the written word! Half-day, full-day, and extended day options are available for all age groups throughout the summer. Camps will run June through August.  lighthousewriters.org

It’s not too late to add your summer camp to our guide! Be sure to go here for details. 

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