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Important ways to know if your child is ready for overnight camp

If you are a first-timer to camp there are many things that I, as a camp director, would want you to do in preparation for your child’s summer camp adventure.  First and maybe most importantly, is choosing the right camp.  There are questions that every parent should ask before deciding on a camp for their child.  Is the camp accredited by the American Camp Association? If not, why not? Is the camp a licensed childcare provider? How long has the leadership staff been in place? What is the process for interviewing and hiring counselors? Is every staff member subject to a background check related to criminal history, professional experience and competence, and personal character? What are the ratios of staff-to-camper for the camp?

Camp Chief Ouray

Camp Chief Ouray

Often times when parents pepper me with these types of questions they apologize for being “a nuisance,” but quite the contrary I always praise them for asking important questions.  Why WOULDN’T anyone want to know in detail what kind of camp they are entrusting with their child? 

After choosing a camp and getting your child registered you will need to do some basic things in preparation.  Every camp should have a packing list it shares with campers and parents.  If the list isn’t thorough, don’t hesitate to ask more questions.  One valuable tip would be to ask the camp to refer you to a long-time camp family and you can ask questions from a parent-to-parent perspective and find out what has worked for them and what hasn’t. 

Getting the proper clothing and gear isn’t the only prep that needs to happen.  You will need to talk to your child about their upcoming experience, whether they are excited or anxious or a little of both.  Talk positively so as to set the tone of success.  For example, if you think they may be prone to home-sickness, encourage them to write letters home to tell of their adventures as opposed to encouraging them to call you if they aren’t having fun. 

Camp Chief Ouray

Camp Chief Ouray

On check-in day I highly encourage all parents, whether first-timers or not, to meet their child’s counselors.  Spend a few minutes with them providing some thoughts on how they can set up your child for success.  Ask what special activities the counselors have planned for the week.  Getting to know the counselors for a few minutes can, if nothing else, give you as the parent a little comfort when you drive away from camp. 

Similarly, on check-out day, spend some time with the counselors asking how the week went.  If nothing else, get some tips from them about what topics you should ask your child about on the car ride home.  Being armed with the right questions can go a long way towards connecting your child’s experience at camp to your understanding of that experience. 

Camp Chief Ouray

Camp Chief Ouray

Lastly, provide the camp with feedback about your child’s experience.  I assure you that any good camp wants to hear the good, the bad and everything in between.  That is one of the most effective ways for camps to get better at what they do: collect feedback and adjust if necessary.   

 Marty is entering his 11th season as Camp Chief Ouray Director and 20th season overall at the camp.  He is the Chairperson of the American Camp Association’s Local Council of Leaders for the Rocky Mountain Field Office and serves on their National Council of Leaders.  Marty and his wife, Jessie, are excited to be raising their 3-month-old daughter, Addy Rose, in the camp setting. 

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

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.

Colorado Overnight Summer Camp Guide 2014

Are you thinking about enrolling your child in an overnight camp? Colorado has many overnight camp options–from outdoor adventures to band association to Easter Seals to camps for grieving children to camps for economically-disadvantaged kids. Also don’t miss these day camps:

 Summer Camp Guide 2014: Colorado Day Camp Guide, A-C
Summer Camp 2014: Colorado Day Camp, D-M
Summer Camp 2014: Colorado Day Camp Guide, N-Z


Colorado Overnight Summer Camp Guide 2014

Alpine Adventure

June 15-July 26 Week-long high-altitude backpacking trips for Boy Scout troops and Venture Crews in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Cost: $850. Age range: 13-17; 173 County Road 96, Ward, CO 80481; 720-266-2111, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Altogether Outdoors Summer Camps

July 20-Aug. 16 Hiking, sailing, climbing, horseback riding, backpacking, crafts, music and more on the 135-acre camp with a private lake. One- and two-week sessions. Cost: $900 per week, discounts available. Age range: 7-14; 11902 Camp Eden Road, Golden, CO 80403; 720-249-2997, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Archaeology Camp

June-July Campers work on digs alongside archaeologists to learn excavation techniques and lab work. For students ages 12-18, one-week and three-week programs. Cost: $1,500-$4,875, scholarships available. Age range: 12-18; 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321; 800-422-8975 ext. 146, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Bold Earth Teen Adventures

June 28-Aug. 16 Adventure travel camp offers exploration, learning and discovery. Trips in Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Pacific. Cost: $2,488-$6,888. Age range: 11-18; 2308 Fossil Trace Drive, Golden, CO 80401; 303-526-0806, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center

June-August BOEC offers outdoor experiences with a specialized focus on serving those with disabilities and special needs. Cost: $475-$800. Age range: 8-25; PO Box 697, Breckenridge, CO 80424; 970-453-6422, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Camp Chief Ouray

June 8-Aug. 12 Camp Chief Ouray is the longest running camp in Colorado, providing opportunities for growth in spirit, mind and body on 5,100 acres of fields, streams, trails and mountains. Cost: $615. Age range: 7-17; 1101 County Road 53, Granby, CO 80446; 970- 887-2648, e-mail: [email protected], website:

 Camp Colorado

June 1-26 Christian Youth Camp in the Pike National Forest. Separate boys and girls dormitory areas. Each year in June there are four week-long camps staffed by volunteers. Cost: Varies by age, $150 to $200. Age range: 9-18; 238 N. Highway 67, Sedalia, CO 80135; use website or e-mail, e-mail: camp [email protected], website:

Camp Comfort

June 27-29 and July 25-27 A weekend camp that addresses the special needs of grieving children ages 6-12. A supportive environment in which campers can gain an understanding of grief and loss. Cost: $150 (scholarships available). Age range: 6-12; , Empire, CO ; 303-674-6400, e-mail: [email protected] [email protected], website:

Camp Cortlandt Dietler

June 8 – Aug. 2 This is a week-long camp for Boy Scout Troops and individual Boy Scouts in the Black Forest. Camping, cooking, swimming, canoeing, small boat sailing, rock climbing, nature hikes, arts and crafts, shooting, archery, horseback riding, mountain biking, outdoor skills and leadership training. Cost: $275. Age range: 11-17; 22799 North Elbert Road, Elbert, CO 80106; 720-266-2143, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Camp Courage

June 23-27 A free camp for children suffering from cancer and their siblings. Zipline, big swing, challenge course, fishing, archery, hiking and nature. Cost: Free. Age range: 9-15; 1192 County Road 87, Jamestown, CO 80455; 303-329-8464, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Camp Cris Dobbins

June 8 – Aug. 2 Week-long resident camp for Boy Scout Troops in the Black Forest. Outdoor and leadership skills, camping, swimming, canoeing, small boat sailing, rock climbing, nature hikes, arts and crafts, rifle shooting, shotgun shooting, archery shooting, horseback riding and mountain biking. Cost: $275 Age range: 11-17; 22799 North Elbert Road, Elbert, CO 80106; 720-266-2111, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Camp Eden

June 16-July 12 Christian, week-long resident camps for junior campers (4th through 6th grades) and teen campers (7th through 12th grades) in Coal Creek Canyon. Well-trained Christian counselors, hearty, healthy meals and more. Cost: $265 Age range: 9-18; 11583 Camp Eden Rd, Golden, CO 804o3; 303-238-7711, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Camp Inc.

June 22-Aug. 6 7th- to 12th-graders from around the world explore what it means to be an entrepreneur. Daily team challenges, interactions with guest entrepreneurs, tours of local businesses, and weekly “Shark Tank” style pitch competitions. Cost: $2,900 for the 7th and 8th grade two week program. $3,900 for the 9th to 12th grade three week programs. Age range: 11-17; 11902 Camp Eden Road, Golden, CO 80403; 303-998-1900, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Camp Wapiyapi

May 31-June 14 Camping and retreat experiences at no cost for pediatric oncology patients and their families. Kids enjoy the opportunity to feel carefree again, surrounded by other kids who understand and supported by adults who care about their cancer journey. Cost: Free Age range: 6-17; 7400 Highway 7, Estes Park, CO 80517; 720-284-4301, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Camp Whatchamakeit

June-July Boy and girl basketball players in the 6th to 11th grade enjoy a high energy Christian-based basketball camp encompasses life and leadership skills while improving basketball fundamentals. Separate programs for each gender, and a maximum of twenty campers. Cost: Camp Fee Paid by Donation Age range: 11-17; 3924 Bingham Hill Road, Fort Collins, CO 80521; 970-488-3091, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Camp Wojtyla

June 15- July 27 A Catholic outdoor camp that challenges young people through adventures in the wilderness. Campers live out of teepees. We integrate outdoor experiences with faith formation. Cost: $475-$699. Age range: 11-18; 2282 Country Road 87, Jamestown, CO 80455; 303-586-1799, e-mail: [email protected], website:

CCO Women’s Fitness Camp

Aug. 15-20 For women over the age of 18 interested in improving fitness, learning about balanced nutrition and living a healthier life. Cost: $450 Age range: 18-118; 1101 County Road 53, Granby, CO 80446; 970-887-2648, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Centennial Canoe Outfitters Inc.

late May to mid-September Overnight family canoe adventure and camping trip, guided and outfitted. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Astronomy, geology, dinosaurs, archaeology, bird and wildlife, and family games. Cost: 1 to 5-day adventures: $130-$559 kids 6-12; $145-$619 adults Age range: 6-99; 8033 S Corona Way, Centennial, CO 80122; 720-283-0553, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Champ Camp

June 20-July 26 An educational program and week-long summer camp for children with asthma. Children gain confidence in themselves and their ability to take control of their asthma. Cost: $35 application fee. $450 tuition. Scholarships available Age range: 7-14; 8748 Overland Road, Ward, CO 80481; 303-847-0279, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Cheley Colorado Camps

June 18-Aug. 11 Hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, technical climbing, rafting and more are offered in two 27-day sessions. Cost: $5100 Age range: 9-18; 3960 Fish Creek Road, Estes Park, CO 80517; 303-377-3616, e-mail: [email protected], website:

CNI Cochlear Kids Camp

June 19-22 and July 31-Aug 3 For families to share the success of cochlear implant children, from 3 years old to high school seniors. Four days and three nights of recreation, education and celebration. Cost: $400.00 + Age range: 3-18; 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO 80511; 303-357-5442, e-mail: [email protected], website:

College Preparatory Music Academy

June 1-4 For advanced high school students seeking a high-level music experience. One-on-one rehearsal, performance and interaction with CSU faculty. Cost: $350 (scholarships available); housing/dining included Age range: 14-18; 1400 Remington St., Fort Collins, Co 80523-1778; 970-491-3603, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Colorado Honor Band Association Summer Camp

June 8-12 A five-day, four-night camp for band students ranging in playing ability from beginner to the most advanced. Full-band rehearsals, small-group master classes and recreation time. The week ends with a public performance. Cost: $400 Age range: 9-18; Ingersol Hall, Fort Collins, Co 80521; 303-778-6693, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Colorado Lions Camp

June 1-Aug. 8 An outdoor recreation experience designed to meet the needs of each camper. Campers are grouped by age for each one week session. Cost: $500/week Age range: 8-90; 28541 Hwy 67N, Woodland Park, CO 80863; 719-687-2087, e-mail: colorado [email protected], website:

Colorado Outward Bound School

Year-round A non-profit educational organization that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through challenging wilderness-based learning expeditions that focus on character development, leadership and service. Cost: varies Age range: 12-100; 828-239-2320, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Colorado Trout Unlimited River Conservation and Fly-fishing Youth Camp

June 8-13 Designed to educate 14 to 18 year old students on the importance of cold water conservation and provide hands-on fly-fishing instruction. Aquatic vertebrate and invertebrate sampling, hydrology, trout behavior, fly-tying, fly-casting, fly-fishing and more. Cost: $450 (financial aid available) Age range: 14-18; , Trinidad, CO 81082; 812-756-0753, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Covenant Heights

June-July Week-long faith-based programs, chapels and cabin Bible studies. Zip line, climbing wall, high ropes, kayaking, hiking, crafts, horseback riding and crazy games all run by our super-fun and well-trained counselors. Cost: $325 Age range: 7-19; 7400 HWY 7, Estes Park, CO 80517; 970-586-2900, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Dance Camps of Colorado

July 13-19, 20-26 Offered to girls entering 3rd through 12th grade of all experience levels. Dance classes and master workshops along with camp life. DCC is designed like a traditional residential camp and offers one- and two-week sessions during the summer. Cost: $950-$1200 Age range: 8-18; , Winter Park, CO ; 303-810-2372, e-mail: [email protected], website:


June 15-July 26 Week-long resident camp for Boy Scout Troops focused on outdoor and leadership skills. Activities include camping, swimming, canoeing, nature hikes, arts and crafts, archery shooting, and fishing. Cost: 275 Age range: 11-17; 173 County Road 96, Ward, CO 80481; 720-266-2111, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Easter Seals Colorado Rocky Mountain Village

May 25 -Aug. 8 A nonprofit summer camp for adults and children with mental and/or physical disabilities. We host eleven week-long, overnight sessions that are divided by age and general abilities. Cost: 850 Age range: 6-; , Empire, CO ; 303-569-2333, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Echo Mountain Adventure Camp

June 15-28 Seven- and 10-day sessions involving canoeing, mountain biking, archery, backpacking, hiking and many other great summer camp activities. Cost: $500 Age range: 12-17; , Evergreen, CO 80439; 720-340-2584, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Explore Cathedral Ridge

June 21-28, 2014 Outdoor activities include a low and high elements ropes course, archery, water slide, hiking trails, arts and crafts, creative worship, campfires, and more in this religious camp. Age range: 8-14; 1364 County Road 75, Woodland Park, CO 80863; 719-687-9038, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Footprints Adventures

Summer 2014 Empowering adventures for teens and adults with limb differences and amputations. Adult Colorado Expedition (June 26-29) and Young Adult Colorado Rock ‘n Splash (July 7-13). Age range: 16-66; 7154 S. Eudora Ct., Centennial, CO 80122; 720-445-5238, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Front Range

July 13-19, 2014 Activities include swimming, horseback riding, hiking, high ropes course, archery, and many others. Environment for campers to grow in their faith without high pressure. Cost: $225-300 Age range: 7-18; 30150 North Hwy 67, Woodland Park, CO 80863; 303-988-3900, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Gates Camp

May 26-Aug. 8 A residential summer camp facility located at the base of the Indian Peaks Wilderness offering Boys & Girls Club members, most from economically-disadvantaged families, a chance to escape the sometimes stark realities of city life and gain new perspectives. Cost: $10/week Age range: 8-13; , Ward, CO 80481; 303-443-7394, e-mail: [email protected], website:

High Mountain Institute

June 23-Aug. 3 Wilderness, community and academic pursuits exploring sense of place, leadership, wilderness skills and environmental ethics in a small, residential community that requires the participation and commitment of each member. Age range: 13-17; 531 County Road 5A, Leadville, CO 80461; 719-486-8200, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center

June 15-July 25 Recreation, reflection, and renewal at this camp for ages 5-99. Cost: Varies by camp, beginning at $235 Age range: 5-99; 1306 Business Highway 7, Allenspark, CO 80510; 303-747-2149, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Horse Crazy Camp

June-August A week-long camp for kids who want to learn about horses and ride horses. We ride every day and try to camp a couple of nights on the Flat Tops. Cost: 850 Age range: 10-18; 300 County Road 75, Meeker, CO 81641; 970-878-4749, e-mail: [email protected], website:

iD Game Design & Development

Summer 2014 Campers create, design and develop their own games. Pre-college, intensive summer programs for ages 13-18. Cost: Please check website Age range: 13-18; and select universities nationwide, Denver, CO 80208; 1-888-709-TECH (8324), e-mail: [email protected], website:

iD Programming Academy

Summer 2014 Two-week, pre-college summer programs in programming, app development, and robotics engineering. Also weeklong camps for ages 7-17. Cost: Please check website Age range: 13-18; and select universities nationwide, Denver, CO 80208; 1-888-709-TECH (8324), e-mail: [email protected], website:


June 8-Aug. 2 Overnight resident summer camps for ages 6-17. Exciting adventures and activities. Cost: $189-$479 Age range: 6-17; 571 County Road 43, Bailey, CO 80421; 303-838-5668, e-mail: [email protected], website:

JA Business Week

June 8-13 275 high-schoolers, 30 companies, six days, five nights and a university. Cost: $350, scholarships are available Age range: 14-19; 7150 E. Montview Blvd, Denver, CO 80220; e-mail: [email protected], website:

Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs

June-August More than 30 courses in the arts, science, sports and academics taught by college professors and other professionals. Including business leadership, fashion, cooking, technology, science, tennis, golf and more. Cost: Fees vary; see website for details Age range: 10-17; 610-265-9401, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Junior Student Seminar

Session 1: June 10-22; Session 2: July 29-Aug. 10 For students ages 10-15 offering opportunities for private lessons, chamber ensembles, orchestra, choir, concerto competition, performances, hiking, horseback riding and more. Orchestra instruments (strings, woodwinds, brass), piano, voice, and composition. Cost: 1800 Age range: 10-15; 465 Longs Peak Road, Estes Park, CO 80517; 970-586-4031, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Kent Mountain Adventure Center

Summer 2014 Beginner and advanced rock climbing camps. Cost: $120 per day Age range: 12-21; 170 Elm Road, Estes Park, CO 80517; 9705865990, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Magness Adventure Camp

June 15-July 26 A three-day, two-night themed resident camp for Cub Scouts and their families. Cost: 110 Age range: 6-10; 22799 North Elbert Road, Elbert, CO 80106; 720-266-2143, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Nighthawk Ranch

June-August 2014 Safe, healing environment for those recovering from cancer with the goal of increasing self-esteem and hope for the future. Activities include horseback riding, archery, ropes course, arts and crafts, camping, swimming, and more. Age range: 10-18; 2980 County Rd. 102, Guffey, CO 80820-9703; 719-689-5634, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Ramah Outdoor Adventure at Ramah in the Rockies

June 23-Aug. 19 Two and four week camping experiences for Jewish children of all backgrounds. We also have a program for children with developmental disabilities that allows them to participate in camp alongside their neuro-typical peers. Cost: 2100-4300 Age range: 8-17; 300 S Dahlia St #205, Denver, CO 80246; 303 261 8214, e-mail: [email protected], website

Renaissance Adventures

July 8-11 Participants play the heroes of a mythical adventure in an immersive quest filled with elaborate plots, authentic props, and surprise encounters as we explore the forested wilderness of Cal-wood Education Center. Cost: $645 Age range: 9-18; 2282 County Road 87, Jamestown, CO 80455; 303-786-9216, e-mail:, website: [email protected]

Road Scholar Intergenerational

June 16-Aug. 1 Intergenerational adventures for grandparents and grandkids ages 8 to 13. Five and six night programs. Cost: Price varies Age range: 8-13; 970-267-3031, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Rock ‘n’ Rally for children with Epilepsy

July 25-27 An overnight weekend camp designed specifically for children with seizures to focus on what they can do. A positive, safe experience. Cost: $150; scholarships are available Age range: 8-12; , Jamestown, Co ; 303-377-9774, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Rocky Mountain Choral Camp

June 22-28, 2014 Open to all 6-12 grade students. The performance is part of the Summerfest series, which is free. Cost: 479 Age range: 10-18; P.O. Box 591, Henderson, CO 80640; 720-989-1446, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative Leadership Camp

June 2014 Urban and rural youths learn leadership skills, self-confidence and lifelong friendships. Program includes co- operative games, field trips, team-building activities and theme nights. Cost: $195-$320 Age range: 7-18; , Bailey, CO ; 303-752-5800, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Roundup River Ranch

June-August A medically supported camp for children ages 7 to 17 who have been diagnosed with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Cost: Camp is free of charge to eligible campers. Age range: 7-17; 8333 Colorado River Road, Gypsum, CO 81637; 970-524-5713, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Snow Valley Colorado Basketball School

June 29-July 3 Helping young basketball players improve their individual skills. Cost: $450 Age range: 12-18; 1700 9th Ave., Greeley, CO 80631; 720-470-4282, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Summer Enrichment Program

July 6-19 Two-week residential program for gifted, talented, creative and high-ability learners entering fifth through 10th grades. Cost: 1745 Age range: 10-18; 501 20th St., Greeley, CO 80639; 970-351-2683, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Summit Camps Colorado Weekender

May 2-May 4 For kids with Aspergers syndrome, NVLD, autism spectrum, ADHD/ADD or other learning disabilities who would benefit from a directed weekend experience designed to foster socialization, peer interaction and independence. Cost: $425 Age range: 11-19; 100 Elk Outdoor Center, Buena Vista, CO 81211; 888-550-3111, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Teenage Whitewater Skills Camp

June 5-26 All meals, equipment, lodging, camping and professional instructors are included. Numerous river trips and water crafts are included. We teach river boating, swift water safety, ecology and wilderness ethics. Cost: $2,060. Age range: 13-17; 17921 U.S. 285, Nathrop, CO 81236; 719-539-6851, e-mail: [email protected], website:

The Jason Fleishman Summer Camp

July 9-14 A place for teens living with epilepsy to build new friendships, develop confidence and self esteem in a safe environment. Campers focus on the things they can do. Cost: $300; scholarships are available Age range: 13-17; , Estes Park, CO ; 303-377-9774, e-mail: [email protected], website:

The Realm

June 18-20 A Live-Action-Role-playing game that puts the camper in charge of the fate of The Realm. Cost: 175 Age range: 13-18; 757 County Road 101, Allenspark, CO 80510; e-mail: [email protected], website:

The Salvation Army High Peak Camp

June-August Sessions for children ages 7-17 as well as senior citizens. Each camp session offers a wide variety of activities including fishing, hiking, low and high ropes courses, paddle boats, kayaking, camp wide game, crafts, campfires and more. Cost: $300 Age range: 7-17; 111 Salvation Lane, Estes Park, CO 80517; 970-586-3311, e-mail: [email protected], website:

The Salvation Army High Peak Camp

June 9-July 26 Various camps focus on a range of activities, including canoeing, swimming, ropes courses music and worship; wilderness and sports. Age range: 7-17; 111 Salvation Lane, Estes Park, CO 80517; website:

Tipi Overnights

July 11-12, July 18-19, July 25-26 Evening activities including safari wagon ride, American Indian lore and campfire. Make memories sleeping under the stars in a Cheyenne tipi. Mornings will include breakfast and special explorations of the prairie and Cheyenne camp. Cost: 50 Age range: 6-12; 21901 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora, CO 80013; 303-693-3621, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Twin Peaks Bible Camp

July 7-Aug. 2 A week dedicated to faith, fellowship and fun. Each week is geared toward a specific age group ranging from 3rd- and 4th-graders to high school students. Our goal is to make sure every camper has a great week with a variety of activities on the schedule. Cost: $165 Age range: 8-18; 9807 59 Road, Collbran, CO 81624; 970-487-3891, e-mail: [email protected], website:

UNC Jazz Camp

July 13-18 Campers will be a part of big bands, combos, vocal jazz ensembles, jazz master classes, jazz theory and listening classes, nightly faculty group concerts, and a special performance by the Colorado Jazz Orchestra. Age range: 12-22; 501 20th St., Greeley, CO 80639; 970-351-2394, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Upon The Rock

June through late July Campers learn more about being in a relationship with Jesus. High School Wilderness Camp is four days in La Veta. Elementary and Junior Camps are six days in Divide. Cost: $90-$475 Age range: 9-19; , La Veta, CO 81055; 719-742-6777, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Walking Mountains Science Center

June 23-Aug. 8 Based out of backcountry huts, yurts or camp sites, our overnight courses allow young explorers, scientists and stewards to experience the thrill of mountain living. Cost: Range $325 – $390 Age range: 8-17; 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon, CO 81620; 970- 827-9725, e-mail: [email protected], website:

West Star Wilderness

June 2-Aug. 15 Year-round trips offer adventures and opportunities to connect with nature. Cost: $850 Age range: 10-17; 138 W. 5th Ave., Denver, CO 80204; 303-459-7195, e-mail: [email protected], website:

YMCA Camp Jackson

June 15-Aug. 1 Base camp program offers such experiences as backpacking, horsemanship, archery, canoeing, rock climbing and more. Extended rock climbing and white water rafting trips. Scholarships available. Cost: $370 – $860 Scholarships Available. Age range: 7-17; 9126 County Highway 165, Rye, Co 81069; 719-543-5151, e-mail: [email protected], website:

YMCA Camp Santa Maria

June 8-Aug. 2 Activities include hiking, backpacking, climbing, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, swimming, art, drama and sports. Cost: Varies. Age range: 6-17; 51321 US Hwy 285, Grant, CO 80448; 303-413-9622, e-mail: [email protected], website:

Young Artist Seminar

June 24-July 27 Private lessons, chamber ensembles, orchestra, concerto competition, classes, recitals and more for high school and college students. Students may choose primary and optional secondary instruments, piano, voice, and composition. Cost: 3850 Age range: 15-24; 465 Longs Peak Road, Estes Park, CO 80517; 970-586-4031, e-mail: [email protected], website:

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Summer Camps 2011: Overnight Camps

Mile High Mamas has the biggest, baddest round-up of overnight camps in Colorado. Be sure to use this this search tool to narrow down your options. Also, don’t miss our extensive listing of summer day camps.

Academic Treks

June-August: College-accredited summer adventures abroad with hands-on learning, community service, cultural exploration and adventure travel. Study includes: marine science, language immersion, environmental studies, wilderness medicine or cultural studies in a real world setting. High school and college credit is offered, as well as internationally recognized certifications. 14-30 day programs in June, July, August in the Caribbean, British Columbia, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, South Africa, Fiji, China, India and France. Various international locations; 888-833-1908, e-mail: [email protected];

Adam’s Camp — Adventure Camp

June-August: Ages 10-young adult. Activities: horseback riding, rafting, zip- line, swimming, alpine slide, mini- golf, go-carts, concerts, and a dance. Recreational camp near Winter Park; 303-563-8290, e-mail: [email protected];

Adventures Within

July 16-20: Adults and children with

Colorado’s overnight summer camp listings 2010

Colorado’s Overnight Camps

AAVE — All About Visiting Earth

Ages 11-19, coed. Wilderness, leadership, cultural and academic adventures in western U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Thailand, China, Australia and southern Africa. Two-to-six-week sessions. 800-222-3595,, [email protected]

Academic Treks Ages 15-19. College-accredited adventures abroad with hands-on learning, community service, cultural exploration and adventure travel. Study includes: marine science, language immersion or cultural studies, gaining a global perspective. High school and college credit is offered. 14-30-day programs in June, July and Aug. 888-833-1908, [email protected]

Academy of Law & Leadership

Ages 15-18. 10-day residential camp where campers partake in a mock trial, learn leadership and life skills, negotiate a ropes course, prepare criminal cases for trial and receive leadership challenges, courtroom experience, community-service project and individual mentoring. June 18-28. $960 sessions/activities; $880 room/board/security. 303-871-7550, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2255 E. Evans Ave., theprovidence; [email protected]

The Acting Intensive

Ages 15 and older. Two-week residential course at the University of Denver to help with college entrance, confidence, creativity, acting skills and audition monologues. June 28-July 12. $2500. 303-759-8683, intensiveacting .com, [email protected]

Adam’s Camp — Adventure Camp

Ages 8-19. Week-long camp for kids with mild to moderate special needs who are mobile and enjoy group activities. Fun and adventure in the mountains while building self-esteem, independence and social skills. Activities: swimming, miniature golf, alpine slide, river rafting, campfires, climbing wall, zip line, go-carts, and a big dance on Friday night. I CAN! Camp, ages 8-12 with or without special needs. Teen Camps, ages 13-19. Boy and girl campers stay in separate family-style cabins at the YMCA at Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park. June 8-13, June 22-27, June 29-July 4, July 20-25, and Aug. 3-8. $695. Winter Park, 303-563-8290,

Adams State College Field Events Camp

Ages 14-high school. June 10-13.