Your Guide To Denver’s Best Summer Camps for 2021
posted by: Mile High Mamas
Denver summer camps 2022 is coming soon!
After the train-wreck-of-a-summer-camp-season last year, we are encouraged that most summer camps are returning stronger than ever…with COVID precautions in place. We will be updating our summer camp guide regularly so be sure to check back often.
To help you navigate the many wonderful camps in Denver, we have compiled a Colorado Summer Camp Guide for 2021. 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!
Do you have a summer camp to add to our guide? Be sure to go here to add your listing.
Denver Summer Camp Guide 2021
Arts Camps (music, dance, etc.)
Featured Summer Camps
An adventure they will never forget! Girls and boys ages 6-17 explore compelling tales and solve riddles and mysteries as they play the heroes in a mythic quest, roleplaying outdoors in small groups of 6. Every decision counts as they co-create an adventure filled with fascinating characters, intriguing plots and diverse challenges! Adventure Quest is an award-winning experiential education summer camp designed to develop teamwork, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, communication, and other leadership skills. Learn more here.
LEGO® Masters Group
Summit Pediatric Therapy is excited to introduce our newest summer group, Junior LEGO® Masters! Our Junior LEGO® Masters group will target fine motor and cognitive skills in a peer group setting with a focus on teamwork, competition, problem-solving, and following directions. Our LEGO® group will use group rules, roles, and collaboration in a supportive and rewarding environment thus allowing the development of a child’s social interaction skills that are required for everyday situations; such as, turn-taking, collaborating, sharing, social problem solving, following social rules and communication. This engaging group can be used as a platform for developing and building upon foundational occupational therapy skills; such as fine motor, bilateral integration, visual and core stability.
LEGO® Masters will be offered for children ages 6-10, at our Aurora, Centennial, Denver, and Littleton locations. If you have questions on whether your child would benefit from LEGO® Masters, please give us a call (720-542-8737) or register through our website, www.summitpedstherapy.com.
Pedalheads’ Fun Learn-to-Ride Bike Camps for Kids 3 and Up!
Pedalheads is a learn-to-ride bike camp known for taking kids from training wheels to two wheels. We combine a fun group setting with specialized equipment, tailored cycling lessons, and incredible instructors to build confidence and get some of the most tentative kids biking on their own. We also offer advanced bike lessons that focus on road safety, including exciting trail riding camps. Camps will be running throughout Colorado from June to August. Offering week-long half-day, all-day, or shortened 1- or 1.5-hour toddler camps. Camp Locations: Boulder, Cherry Hills Village, Denver Broomfield, Denver Central Park, Denver Cherry Creek and Littleton Highlands Ranch. Their awesome Pedalheads Bike instructors will keep kids engaged as they learn the skills to ride independently so don’t miss this camp that can develop a life-long passion. pedalheads.com/bike/colorado
Keystone Science School
Celebrating their 45th year, Keystone Science School is a traditional summer camp combining adventure and hands-on science. Campers can experience the Rocky Mountains of Colorado through traditional Overnight and Day Camps or the excitement and adventure of traveling Expeditions. Keystone Science School offers a variety of adventure and traditional camp activities within a structured environment designed to allow each camper understand their potential. No matter the program, campers will create lifelong friendships, explore and learn about the natural world, and gain leadership and wilderness skills. For the summer of 2021, programs are modified to meet health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19, but there will be plenty of opportunity for much needed connection among all campers. All Keystone Science School programs are licensed by the State of Colorado and accredited by the American Camp Association. keystonescienceschool.org
Camp Gardner at the Gardner School of DTC
Every day is an adventure at Camp Gardner! An extension of its fun, educational programs past the traditional school year, The Gardner School of DTC offers Camp Gardner for ages 6 weeks to 5 years. This 10-week program continues the preschool year’s academically-focused lessons with a more relaxed, summer camp environment. With creative weekly themes, fun visitors from the community, and exciting outdoor activities, Camp Gardner gives our students the opportunity for fun-filled learning all year round. A few of Camp Gardner’s highlights include:
- Casual Dress with Camp Gardner T-shirts on Fridays
- Special Dress-Up Days and Events
- Weekly Water Days
- Themed Snacks, Snow Cones, and Cotton Candy
- S.T.E.A.M. activities (science, technology, engineering, art, and math)
We also follow additional health and safety procedures related to COVID-19 to help keep our campers and teachers safe. Learn more here.
Get your kids back outside this summer! Using time-tested curriculum, our experienced instructors empower your campers of all ages and skill levels to bike, hike, rock climb and paddle in awesome outdoor recreation areas. Kids gain a deeper appreciation for the outdoors and the confidence and technical skills they need to choose active, outdoor lifestyles. Day and overnight camp are located across the Bay Area of CA, the Front Range in CO, and in Portland and Bend, OR. We practice safe and effective COVID-19 protocols and have flexible cancellation policies. Spots for 2021 are filling fast! Visit our website today for more details at Avid4 Adventure.
Kindergarten Prep Group
The intent of the Kindergarten Prep Group is to provide classroom-like experiences for children who may or may not have had any preschool experiences or who need more support as they prepare for the transition to kindergarten. The expected result is that children are more prepared for the school-based environment and learning activities as they enter kindergarten. The transition to kindergarten is meant to be one of the most important milestones a child will experience. Children with few group experiences may find adjusting to the kindergarten setting more challenging than children who have attended early childhood education programs. In response, Summit’s Kindergarten Prep Group is based primarily on social-emotional development, along with early literacy preparation. Kinder Prep helps children become familiar with a classroom setting while engaging in a learning environment that is supportive of their comprehensive development.
Kindergarten Prep Group will be offered at Summit Pediatric Therapy’s Aurora, Centennial, Denver, and Littleton locations. If you have questions on whether your child would benefit from our Kindergarten Prep group, please give us a call (720-542-8737) or register through our website, www.summitpedstherapy.com.
Cheley Colorado Camps
Cheley Colorado Camps is a family-owned and operated (four generations) camp located in Estes Park, Colorado. Celebrating its 100th Anniversary this summer, Cheley has been introducing 9-18-year-old campers to the outdoors by “building lasting character and resiliency of young people, creating unique life experiences in a challenging and nurturing natural environment.” We believe that every summer in a young person’s life is a window of opportunity. Cheley truly gives its campers formative experiences that nourish body, mind, and spirit. In today’s world, school is often synonymous with competition and stress. Students are pushed harder to achieve more. Cheley gives young people time to slow down, to open up and explore. They find out more about themselves and come to like themselves more fully each day. For more information visit Cheley.com.
ACC’s Summer Youth Camps
Arapahoe Community College’s Yout Camps are fun and educational hands-on morning and/or afternoon classes for campers ages 8-18. Our week-long project-based classes provide an in-depth exploration into Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Our classes are powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on learning environment. Whether they want to build with us in our state-of-the-art HIVE Makerspace, explore career options, craft something beautiful, participate in a Disc Golf match, create their own app or earn a CPR certification, we’ve got something for everyone! We have fun, educational classes to improve study skills, teach public speaking skills, prepare for the SAT, or refresh their skills in language arts and math. ACC Summer Youth Camps are being offered virtually, in-person and online for summer 2021 and we’re excited to have your children join us! Go here to learn more.
History Colorado Center
Camp at the Museum?! History Colorado Center brings the past to life for campers ages 6 to 12 years old, through hands-on activities, games, special guests, and exhibit exploration. Each week features a different fun and exciting theme, ranging from superheroes to archaeology to space! Join them all summer long, June 14 – August 6, 2021. They know that safety is one of the top considerations when choosing care for your child, and never more so than during a public health crisis. Learn how they plan to keep students and staff safe. Space is limited. Following guidance from state and local health officials, Their cohorts will be limited to 10 children. Their summer camps are $250 per camper per week, with automatic tuition reductions available.
Denver Kent School
Summer at Kent Denver School offers all children ages 3–18 the opportunity to experience innovative, creative, hands-on learning in the arts, athletics, academics, and technology and design. Using COVID-related protocols developed during the school year, our summer team will focus on full-day, in-person offerings, including:
- Tiny Farm Day Camp w/extended hours: hands-on science, baby animals, gardening, canoeing, crafts, and outdoor fun;
- Sports camps: basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, football, volleyball, tennis and cycling;
- Arts camps: ceramics, cooking/baking, photography, drawing and painting, etc.;
- Theater camps: Disney’s The Lion King, High School Musical, Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast and Scooby Doo;
- Tech and Design Academy in our state-of-the-art Impact Studio maker spaces;
- Entrepreneurial camps for budding CEOs;
- STEAM camps with Eurekus and creative writing with Lighthouse Writers
- So You Want to be a Doctor, Wizarding atf Hog…warts; and much, much more!
It’s going to be an amazing Summer at Kent Denver!
Summit Sensory Ninja Group
Does your child crave sensory-seeking activities or enjoy continuous movement? Summit Pediatric Therapy is excited to introduce our newest summer group, Summit Sensory Ninjas. As a Sensory Ninja, your child will enjoy the fun and challenging courses designed by our own sensory-seeking occupational therapists! This group is specifically tailored to meet the needs of children aged 5-9, but we will also run a “mini” Ninja group for children who are 3-5 years of age. Our obstacles, climbing wall, zip line and vestibular swings will help motivate your child to explore and play while gaining strength, coordination and friendships. This spectacular group combines sensory integration and a motivating environment that will inspire your child to participate, and progress quickly as we provide a “just-right challenge” to push your child beyond their current abilities.
Sensory Ninja Group will be offered at our Aurora, Centennial and Denver locations. If you have questions about whether your child would benefit from our Sensory Ninja group, please give us a call (720-542-8737) or register through our website, www.summitpedstherapy.com to learn more.
Summer at Ricks
Summer at Ricks blends fun summer activities with rich learning experiences while enjoying the benefits of the DU campus. Campers entering preschool – 6th grade will enjoy weekly themes ranging from Inventors Workshop to Art in Motion and more.
Preschool– Kindergarten camps will be play-based with a focus on learning and fun. Campers will enjoy themes including A Bug’s Life, The Secret Life of Pets, Dig In, STEAM Adventure and much more.
1st – 6th grade summer programming is centered around science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Campers will enjoy themes including Inventor’s Workshop, Art in Motion, Silly Science, Clue Camp, Chess Wizards, Coding w/ Kids, Play-Well Legos, and much more.
The Ricks Center is located in the heart of the University of Denver’s campus. Campers enjoy the Olympic-sized swimming pool at the Ritchie Center, the peaceful Koi ponds, and more while on campus. This summer marks the fifth year since our camp first opened, and this year is going to be better than ever! Learn more here.
Blue Mountain Ranch
Blue Mountain Ranch is a third-generation owned and operated summer camp that is located just outside Florissant, CO. For the past 75 years, BMR has been enriching the lives of children from across the country and globe. BMR is a co-educational camp for children ages 7-15 years old who are placed in cabins based on their age. Our campers gain independence and confidence through the ability to choose their daily activities. We encourage our campers to try as many activities as possible, including an activity they have never tried before. Campers should leave camp having learned a new skill. With our emphasis being participation over competition we provide a welcoming environment for all children. Blue Mountain Ranch is a fun safe place for kids to be kids and disconnect from technology and reconnect with childhood in the great Colorado outdoors. Learn more at bluemountainranch.com.
SkyHawks and SuperTots
Skyhawks provides a safe, fun, non-competitive environment to teach sports to children ages 4 to 14. Our goal is to give each child a positive introduction into sports and ensure they walk away with a smile on their face wanting to learn more. Our engaging staff use games and activities to give each athlete an overview of the sport while building valuable skills. Since 1979, Skyhawks has taught over two million boys and girls Life Skills through Sports like Respect, Responsibility and Teamwork! skyhawks.com/colorado
SuperTots engages kids, ages 2 to 5, in physical activity in a non-competitive environment that is safe and fun above all else. SuperTots knows kids are hardwired to learn through play. For that reason, we’ve designed an engaging, skill-building curriculum in which “tots” learn through a series of fun games. They will acquire athletic skills and fitness but also develop an interest and love of sports. supertotsports.com/colorado
Steve & Kate’s
Steve & Kate’s is a camp where kids take charge, learning to trust their instincts and create amazing experiences. We are a self-directed day camp for ages 5-12. Campers can choose from pods with activities such as coding, fashion, music and film, and Sports. Purchase days in 1-week blocks, and any unused days will be refunded at the end of summer. Prompting kids to act on their own judgment and trust their instincts, Camp is where kids are guaranteed to choose for themselves; to fuel their sense of self; to fail and try again. It’s messy, unexpected, and totally theirs.
Summer 2021 will still feature fan-favorite activities from classic Camp, now experienced through pod-like “squads” that meet currently required mandates and guidelines for safe gathering amid the pandemic. And for forty years, we’ve been upfront and outright when it comes to our value for families and their dollars. With us, parents never lose what they don’t use—we issue refunds with no questions asked. The unknown or unforeseen doesn’t compromise what’s right. Go to steveandkatescamp.com for more information.