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Day Camps

- Adventure Experiences

Almont

970-641-4708 www.aeibasecamp.com

This camp is located 10,000 feet above sea level in the Rocky Mountains. Activities include backpacking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, inflatable kayaking, fly fishing, climbing tower, orienteering, adventure racing, day hikes, peak ascents and leave-no-trace ethics.

- Adventure Quest Day Camps

302 Pearl St., Boulder

303-786-9216 www.RenaissanceAdventures.com

Ages 6-16. June through August. Be the hero of a mythic quest! Since 1995, Renaissance Adventures has offered summer quests, birthday parties, afterschool events and holiday programs in Adventure Quest. Solve mysteries and riddles, explore mythic lands, brainstorm creative solutions to puzzling dilemmas, meet interesting characters and monsters, swashbuckle with foes using our safe foam swords, and negotiate peace treaties.

- Avid4 Adventure Day Camp

P.O. Box 287, Boulder, 80306

720-249-2412 or info@Avid4.com www.avid4.com

Each week kids will rock climb, mountain bike, hike, kayak and canoe! Avid4 Adventure day camps offer fun, diverse, age-appropriate and safety-focused outdoor pursuits for kids. Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Ages 5-12 ($365/ week) in Boulder June 4 to Aug. 17, meeting at High Peaks/BCSIS at 3995 East Aurora Ave. Save $15! Enter coupon code “bw” when registering online. American Camp Association accredited and Colorado licensed.

- Avid4 Adventure Valmont Bike Park Skills Day Camp

P.O. Box 287, Boulder, 80306

720-249-2412 or info@Avid4.com www.avid4.com

Avid4 Adventure is the authorized adventure provider for the new Valmont Bike Park and offers week-long bike skills camps for kids at this nationally acclaimed area in northeast Boulder. Advance skills and knowledge in a safetyfocused, instruction-intensive environment. Valmont Bike Park Skills Camp May 28 – Aug. 17 for ages 7-14, ($395/week).

- Alaya Summer Camp

3340 19th St., Boulder

303-449-5248

A warm, homey summer camp environment emphasizing creative arts, social play, exploration and self-discovery on an acre of yards and gardens. Ages 3-6. Part of Naropa University.

- Altogether Outdoors

720-249-2997 www.aocamps.com

For boys and girls, ages 4 1/2 to 15. AO Camps is entering its eighth summer of serving Boulder families, and focuses on authentic, nature-based experiences for children. Campers hike, climb, sing camp songs, make crafts, learn about the environment, fish and much more! AO’s Junior Program (ages 4 1/2 to 6) is based in town and spends each day outside in some of Boulder’s best natural spaces. The Eldorado Canyon program is for ages 7-11, and the Intro to Backpacking program is a combination day camp/ backpack trip for ages 11-15. AO Sleep Away Camp is a one- or two-week resident camp in the beautiful Arkansas River Valley.

- Bold Earth Adventures www.boldearth.com Join us in Alaska, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Europe, Thailand, Fiji, Bali, California, China, Africa and beyond. If you are interested in fun, community service, cultural and language immersion, adventure and travel, then this is the camp for you. Ages 11-18. Phone interview and references are required.

- Camp Sunrise

100 Sunrise Ranch Rd. Loveland

stephanie@sunriseranch.org www.sunriseranch.org/arts/campsunrise, 970-679-4318

Children ages 4-7 enjoy the outdoors while learning about sustainable agriculture hands on through the following activities: hiking in the foothills of the Rockies, gardening, farming, visiting our cows and chickens, permaculture, water play, arts and crafts.

July 2-6 (excluding July 4) $50 per day or $200 for the four days. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

- Colorado Mountain Ranch

10063 Gold Hill Rd., Gold Hill

303-442-4557 www.coloradomountainranch.com

Boulder’s Original Day Camp, ages 7-16! Best of both tradition and innovation: horses, mountainboarding three-acre terrain park, team-building Challenge ropes course, 18-hole disc golf, archery, gymnastics, trampolines, crafts, Indian lore, outdoor skills, hiking, camping, swimming and outrips to streams and lakes for boating, optional overnight on Thursday!

What makes us unique? Since 1947, CMR campers sing “You’re the Best in All the World!” for camp spirit and the winning place, people and programs! Connect with friends, community, nature! The Fourmile Fire took our old barn, so we put up a new one for our horses! Transportation included from North Boulder Park.

- Girls Wilderness Program

Women’s Wilderness Institute, Boulder

303-938-9191 www.womenswilderness.org moreinfo@womenswilderness.org

Since 1998, TWWI has offered wilderness-based courses created specifically for girls ages 8-18. Backpacking, rock climbing and learning outdoor skills and expressive arts in a fun, “girl-positive” program designed to build confidence, leadership skills and solid friendships. Courses include five- to 12-day wilderness expeditions and day-camp sessions, plus one-day family adventures. Mature, professional staff and an excellent safety record. Accredited by the Association for Experiential Education. Courses run June through August. Tuition ranges from $495 to $1,595; including food, gear and clothing. Generous scholarships available! Call, email, or visit the website for dates and details.

- Feet on the Earth

Boulder

303-642-0562 www.feetontheearth.org lorene@feetontheearth.org

Nature arts camps designed to meet the unique developmental needs of girls and boys 7-15 years old. Through exploration of the natural world children discover their strengths and build confidence while nurturing friendships and deepening their relationship with nature. They learn teamwork, positive self-expression, and ancient skills for living close to the Earth: edible and medicinal plants, animal tracking, fire making, navigation, natural shelters, making instruments, drumming, etc. Staff members bring in-depth understanding of child development and extensive skills in nature-based mentoring to help kids grow more comfortable being in nature and being true to themselves. Programs include co-ed and all-girls day camps, skills classes for adults and children, after-school programs and weekend trainings for women. Contact camp Director Lorene Wapotich for more information.

- Junior Kayak League and Summer Camp

303-809-8942 downstreamedge@gmail.com www.downstreamedge.com Juniorkayakleague.com

Junior Kayak League is a great way for kids and teens to get into kayaking and learn from excellent coaches in a safe environment. The development of paddling and safety skills mean that kids enrolled in JKL become solid kayakers who know how to run rivers safely and look out for their teammates.

- Laughing Coyote Project Summer Camps

9760 Isabelle Road, Lafayette

303-325-5824 summercamp@laughingcoyoteproject.org www.laughingcoyoteproject.org

Registration Deadline: June 1 Cost: $265 Dates: June 18-21, June 27-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 30- Aug 2. Ages: 8-17 depending on the camp Laughing Coyote Day Camps are dynamic nature-based camps where campers learn anything from primitive skills to nature-based arts and crafts to Bushcraft to active games, and practice invisibility and awareness. Co-ed.

- Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures (SMBA)

303-447-8014 Boulder www.ridesmba.org

Founded in 1993, Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures (SMBA) is the longest-running, independent junior mountain bike program in Colorado. Our programs introduce young riders to the exhilaration of mountain biking in a safe and fun environment. SMBA provides an atmosphere where riders have the opportunity to develop a range of skills and interests, from a 7-year-old beginner to a mature racer.

Our program supports youth in becoming champions on and off the trail. SMBA’s philosophy combines a healthy mix of challenge, camaraderie, adventure, mentoring and passion.

SMBA has consistently maintained a maximum 1:6 coach-to-staff ratio that promotes safety, quality and individual attention. All of our SMBA Team programs include singletrack trail riding, community stewardship, mentoring, special events and much more. SMBA athletes dedicate time to drill mastery in early stages of the sport that further provides the element of success, safety, and of course fun!

- Thorne Natural Science School

303-499-3647 www.thorne-eco.org

Spend the summer outdoors catching frogs, getting muddy and exploring Colorado’s wild places with Thorne Summer Camp, offering fun, hands-on environmental camps for children aged 3-15 in two stunning locations; Boulder and Waterton Canyon in Littleton.

- YMCA Fun In The Sun Excursion Camp

303-664-5455

Entering K-6th grade (Must be 5 years old by Sept. 30) Full-time: 4-5 days per week Part-time: 1-3 days per week Seven convenient locations (BVSD elementary school locations; see website for more details) If you want a wide variety of experiences for your child this summer, this is the camp for you! We will be out and about exploring the community on fun-filled field trips three times a week, one of which is a trip to the pool. Campers are divided into three groups to provide age-appropriate programming where staff will support them in building friendships with peers, develop problemsolving skills and be exposed to a wide variety of activities. Campers will benefit from a nurturing environment provided by full-time, year-round YMCA directors.

Check the website for descriptions for each camp: www.ymcabv.org

- YMCA of Boulder Valley Trailblazers Day Camp

Boulder

303-664-5455 www.ymcabv.org

(Entering first-seventh grade) Explore, create, educate! The art of questioning comes naturally to children when exploring the great outdoors. Campers will be encouraged to ask when, where, how and why. They will be divided into three age-appropriate groups and focus on a different subject each week: air, water, the earth, insects and creatures interacting with nature. Campers will develop skills and self confidence in a fun, hands-on, educationally rich environment while learning about nature in the world around us. A weekly swim trip and an age-appropriate hike will be included. Special guests from the community will be a part of each week’s activities. Wear clothes you can get grubby in and shoes that fit well and are well broken in. We will be moving and getting dirty every day! Shuttle drop-off and pick-up service from the Mapleton YMCA is available for no additional fee.

Outdoor camps

Overnight Camps

- Adventure Quest Overnight Quest with Renaissance Adventures

Cal-Wood, Jamestown

303-786-9216 www.renaissanceadventures.com

Be the Hero of a Mythic Quest! Since 1995, Renaissance Adventures has offered summer quests, birthday parties, afterschool events and holiday programs in Adventure Quest. Solve mysteries and riddles, explore mythic lands, brainstorm creative solutions to puzzling dilemmas, meet interesting characters and monsters, swashbuckle with foes using our safe foam swords, and negotiate peace treaties. For kids age 6-16.

- Anderson Western Colorado Camps

7177 Colorado River Rd., Gypsum

970-524-7766 www.andersoncamps.com

Campers choose morning and afternoon activities, including horseback riding, whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, rappelling, trap shooting, fishing, archery, climbing wall, ropes course and hiking. For ages 7-17.

- Avid4 Adventure Sleep Away Camp

P.O. Box 287, Boulder, 80306

720-249-2412 or info@Avid4.com www.avid4.com

At our one- to two-week sleep away camp, kids will rock climb, mountain bike, hike, kayak, canoe, camp, zip-line, horseback ride and more! Avid4 Adventure camp provides fun, diverse, age-appropriate and safety-focused outdoor pursuits for kids. Sleep away camp runs July 15-28 for ages 7-14 ($975- 1950). Save $15! Enter coupon code “bw” when registering online. American Camp Association accredited and Colorado licensed.

- Blue Mountain Ranch Youth Camp

Florissant

719-748-3279 www.bluemountainranch.com

In the mountains just west of Colorado Springs, in the morning shadow of Pikes Peak, lies a place so crisp, so clean, so quiet, so calm, so post-card picturesque ... until the kids show up! Blue Mountain Ranch is the place where your child can live the kind of childhood you had. They can run and yell and laugh and run some more. It’s the kind of place that offers your child freedom and adventure.

We offer activities for every kid, not just the athlete. We have more than 400 acres and are surrounded by Pike National Forest making this the ideal place to cut loose from all the rigors of academia. Here your child can try his or her hand at mountain climbing, archery, fishing or arts and crafts projects, just to name a few. How about riding seven miles through the National Forest or whooshing down a 3,000-foot alpine slide? We’ve got it all.

- Cal-Wood Summer Camps

Cal-Wood Education Center

303-449-0603 www.calwood.org

Cal-Wood Residential Summer Camps Ages 9-18. Several overnight camps offered throughout the summer. Activities: wilderness adventures, nature awareness, wildland living skills, leadership training, backpacking, low and high ropes, horseback riding, fishing and much more. Campers stay in cabins or tents at Cal- Wood. June 1-Aug. 5. $325-$625 (scholarships available).

Cal-Wood’s Ultimate Nature Experience (T.U.N.E) Camp Ages 10-15. Four-day/three-night co-ed outdoorsmen skills camp presented by Pheasants Forever. Activities: shooting sports, dog training, fly-fishing, archery, forest ecology, primitive skills, low ropes and much more. All activities are taught by professional sportsmen and volunteers. Campers stay in cabins. July 19-22. $400 (scholarships available).

Colorado Youth Program @ Cal-Wood Ages 11-18. Seven-day/six-night co-ed camps dedicated to connecting kids and teens to nature and their communities through service, recreation and education. Possible activities: mountain biking, alpine exploration, Leave No Trace outdoor ethics, backpacking basics, navigation and teambuilding. Campers stay in tents on-site or on the trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. June 9-15, July 7-13 and July 30-Aug 5. $595-$625 (scholarships available). Cal-Wood Education Center, 303-449-0603, calwood.org.

- Camp Chief Ouray/YMCA of the Rockies

Granby

970-887-2648 www.campchiefouray.org

A traditional overnight camp for kids ages 7-17. Campers live in cabins with two counselors and six to nine other children of their own gender and age. Each cabin is under the direct leadership of a college-aged counselor. Counselors receive extensive training at camp prior to the campers’ arrival. Staff-to-camper ratio is one-to-five or lower. For nearly a century, Camp Chief Ouray (CCO) has been the adventurous playground for boys and girls from around the world. Located on 5,100 acres of mountains, valleys, streams and meadows — boredom is simply not an option.

- Camp Sunrise

100 Sunrise Ranch Rd. Loveland

stephanie@sunriseranch.org www.sunriseranch.org/arts/campsunrise 970-679-4318

Session 1: July 9-13. Session 2: July 16-20 Ages 8-17 spend five days/four nights connecting with the natural world and learning about sustainable agriculture through the following activities: overnight camping; hiking; gardening, farming and permaculture; performing arts and talent show; team-building games and sports; swimming; arts/crafts; campfires; and stargazing. Cost: $400 Visit our website for more information.

- Cheley Colorado Camps

Estes Park

303-377-3616 www.cheley.com

A summer at Cheley Colorado Camps means spending your summer hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, tech climbing and rafting and playing in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Wake up each morning to fresh mountain air, views of peaks that soar to 14,000 feet and the laughter of your fellow campers. Since 1921, the Cheley Family has owned and operated the 800-acre Cheley Camps located in Estes Park. They welcome children ages 9-17. First session begins June 13.

- Colorado Youth Program

1906 13th St., Suite 205, Boulder

303-402-9656 www.coloradoyouthprogram.org

Programs for kids and teens focusing on experiencing outdoor activities from whitewater rafting and playing in alpine snowfields and building outdoor skills, including preparing their own meals and sleeping under the stars.

- Deer Hill Expeditions Inc.

Mancos

1-800-533-7221 www.deerhillexpeditions.com info@deerhillexpeditions.com

Deer Hill provides a safe yet challenging atmosphere in which people can grow as individuals and be an integral member of a small group. Students from the United States and the international community engage in activities, like whitewater rafting, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, surfing, service with native cultures, leadership development and conservation projects with the U.S. Forest Service. Spanish language immersion is central to our Costa Rica expeditions. You don’t need previous experience. As long as you are physically fit and eager to be part of a dynamic group, you’ll have the adventure of a lifetime. Grades 7-12; ages 13-18. Dates: June 26 through Aug. 6. Locations: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Costa Rica.

- Fountain Valley School

6155 Fountain Valley School Rd. Colorado Springs

719-391-5426 Fvs.edu/valleytovistas

This eight-day overnight adventure starts at Fountain Valley School’s main campus in Colorado Springs before heading up to the school’s 40-acre mountain campus at the base of Mt. Princeton in Buena Vista. For boys and girls entering grades six to eight, July 22-29.

- Gates Camp for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

Ward

303-892-9200 www.bgcmd.org

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s Gates Camp offers a week-long camp experience for inner-city youth. The camp offers Boys & Girls Club members, most from economically disadvantaged families, a chance to escape the sometimes stark realities of city life and gain new perspectives.

- Girls Wilderness Program

Women’s Wilderness Institute, Boulder

303-938-9191 www.womenswilderness.org moreinfo@womenswilderness.org

Since 1998, TWWI has offered wilderness-based courses created specifically for girls ages 8-18. Backpacking, rock climbing and learning outdoor skills and expressive arts in a fun, “girl-positive” program designed to build confidence, leadership skills and solid friendships. Courses include five- to 12-day wilderness expeditions and day-camp sessions, plus one-day family adventures. Mature, professional staff and an excellent safety record. Accredited by the Association for Experiential Education. Courses run June through August. Tuition ranges from $495 to $1,595; including food, gear and clothing. Generous scholarships available! Call, email, or visit the website for dates and details.

- Hero’s Academy: Teen Overnight Experience

Cal-Wood, Jamestown

303-786-9216 www.renaissanceadventures.com

Ages 14-18. June 12-15, June 26-29, July 17-20. A quest for teens, hosted by Renaissance Adventures. Academians must work together in a medieval-style roleplaying event, overcoming wilderness challenges, developing leadership skills, creating plans and missions for the success of the team, and dueling villains using foam swords. This four-day overnight is tailored to give teens the kind of lasting, transformative experience that empowers them toward responsible adulthood.

- Horizon Adventures Inc.

Denver

303-393-7297 www.horizonadventures.com

Ages 13-18 Wilderness courses held in the Rocky Mountains. Each of our six-day, nine-day and 12-day courses may include a combination of backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, river rafting and 14,000-foot peak ascents.

- Laughing Coyote Project Summer Camps

9760 Isabelle Road, Lafayette

303-325-5824 summercamp@laughingcoyoteproject.org www.laughingcoyoteproject.org

Registration Deadline: June 1 Overnight Camps: $350-$550 sliding scale Dates: June 18-21, June 27-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 30 - Aug 2. Ages: 8-17 depending on the camp Overnight camps begin with learning camp craft, and from there we will dive into primitive skills. Topics will include: fire making, primitive containers, cordage, basketry, primitive cooking, shelter building, tracking, ancient scout skills and more. Co-ed.

- Magic Sky Ranch

Northwest of Fort Collins

970-224-2028 www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org

Program activities include horseback riding, challenge courses, indoor climbing wall, hikes, backpacking, arts and crafts, nature, science, archery, camping skills and world cultures. Open to girls 6-17.

- Poulter Camps

Steamboat Springs

info@poultercamps.com 970-879-4816

Join Poulter Camps for an extraordinary summer camp experience while exploring the magnificent Rocky Mountains in northwest Colorado. Poulter Camps offers both residential and adventure travel programs for campers ages 9 to 17 years old. Sessions run from mid-June through mid-August. Day, two-week, and fourweek sessions available. Also, join us for family camp. Learn more at www. poultercamps.com

- Sanborn Western Camps

Florissant

719-748-3341 www.sanbornwesterncamps.com

Sanborn’s fun, relaxed atmosphere and caring staff provide a supportive environment for individual growth in selfconfidence, independence and awareness of others. Big Spring Ranch for Boys and High Trails Ranch for Girls lie at an elevation of 8,700 feet.

- Tomahawk Ranch

Near Bailey

303-838-5311 www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org

Located one hour southwest of Denver. Program activities include arts and crafts, backpacking, farm, dance/ drama, sports/archery, nature and science, horseback riding and outdoor skills.

- YMCA Camp Shady Brook

Sedalia

719-329-7266 www.campshadybrook.org

Camp Shady brook’s value-based programming is the perfect way for children to make friends, develop self esteem and learn leadership skills in an environment of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Campers will have an opportunity to choose activities that they are interested in, at an age-appropriate level. Activities include horseback riding, swimming, archery, rock climbing, zip line, trip and travel camps, art programming and much more. June through August. One- to two-week sessions, ages 6-17 years.

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