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Plan your Summer Fun 175 Camp sessions to choose from . . . Biking • Climbing • Dance • Disc Golf • Drama • Gymnastics Education/Engineering • Goats & Gardens • Kidz Kamp Sailing • Tennis • Ultimate • Water Sports & More!

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Seeking more than day care from your child’s Summer Camps? Choose from 175+ exciting camp sessions, each designed to stimulate your child’s physical, mental and social development. Make your child’s summer both fun and enriching!

BEAR PEAK ADVENTURE CAMP provided through the City of Boulder Bear Peak Adventure Camp

M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm

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DANCE/GYMNASTICS provided by Kinesis Dance Company and the City of Boulder Dance Camps

M-Th, 9am-12pm

Summer Recreational Gymnastics

M-F, 9am-12pm

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DRAMA CAMP provided by Boulder Dinner Theatre Drama

M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm

KIDZ KAMP provided through the City of Boulder Kidz Kamp East

M-F, 8am-5:30pm

Kidz Kamp North

M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm

GOATS & GARDENS | WATER SPORTS CAMP provided through the City of Boulder Goats & Gardens

M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm

6-11

5

$305-$381

Water Sports Camp at Boulder Rez

M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm

7-14

2-4

$146-$366

COMMUNITY SAILING CAMPS AT BOULDER REZ provided by Community Sailing of Colorado Sailing Camps - Beginner to Advanced

M-F, 9am-3:30pm

5-7

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$285-$425

SPORTS - Skyhawks, Tennis, Avid4 Adventure, Boulder Rock Club, USA Ultimate & Boulder Youth Disc Golf provided by our partners 4-12

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M-F, 9am-12pm

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Skyhawks Sports Camps

M-F, 9am-12pm

Tennis Camps by Gonzo Skills Camp at Valmont Bike Park Rock Climbing & Slack Line Camp USA Ultimate Elem.-Middle School

M-Th, 9am-1pm

Boulder Youth Disc Golf

M-F, 9am-1pm

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PLAY-WELL TEKNOLOGIES provided by Play-Well Teknologies Play-Well Camps

M-F, 9am-12pm

5-12

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Play-Well Camps

M-F, 1-4pm

7-13

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POTTERY CAMPS provided by Studio Arts Boulder Handbuilding - Clay Camps

M-F, 9am-12pm

Handbuilding - Clay Camps

M-F, 1-4pm

Studio Art - Jewelry & Printmaking

M-F, 9am-12pm & 1-4pm

Wheel Throwing Camps

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arts & crafts camps THINK AS BIG AS POSSIBLE

With a new year-round format, BMoCA gives campers the chance to learn that art is for everyone

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have their own miniature gallery opening, where kids he Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) has can invite family and talk about (as well as show off) decided to switch up their camp model for 2017. Using a Instead of weeklong programs during the summer, their hard work. theme to guide Cherry says that this step of talking about the BMoC A’s Young Artists at Work program will now ofthem, campers in the Young Artists at work and explaining the process of creating their fer five different day-long camps spread out through Work program use art [to others] is important “in terms of building the calendar year. all types of media confidence, in terms of your own vision and your “BMoCA is dedicating 2017 to families in our community, to to create art at own way of seeing the world and fostering that showing that this is a place for them, year-round, with sustained proBMoCA. gramming,” says BMoCA’s director of education Nicole Dial-Kay. These five camps will be during common times for winter Photos by Katie Harwsood. © Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. break, fall break, spring break, and, of course, summer break. The expanded day-camps program will be similar to the old model, in which kids work together to create an installation based on the camp’s given theme. Dial-Kay says BMoCA plans to keep the focus on the fine arts and “building life-long integration into the arts for the kids that attend our camps, and any of our children’s programming.” The camps are not typically medium specific, meaning that kids can explore multiple art media at one camp. “We’re definitely pushing for experimentation in as many mediums as possible because art is truly interdisciplinary right now,” Dial-Kay says. While the camp schedule may have changed, campers can still expect dedicated, art-loving educators and some familiar faces. A consistent return educator, whom Dial-Kay says many children and parents come back to the camps for, is Heather Cherry, a local artist who works with paper as her main medium. Cherry, who has a master’s in art education from Tuft’s University, shines with pride when she talks about what children have created at past camps that she has taught at BMoCA. Cherry says that she feels the camps are most successful when the kids are presented with a theme and are allowed the freedom to let their imagination roam within that idea. One such example was the “Can You Dig It?”camp where children made floor-to-ceiling sunflowers as part of their projects. “I just think it’s really important for them to be able to take their ideas and think as big as possible,” Cherry says. While the themes for most of the camps are still in the works, Dial-Kay says that the museum has a few set plans, such as the camp on July 16 in celebration of Día del Niño (Children’s Day), which Dial-Kay says she hopes will also help celebrate Boulder County’s Latino community. Cherry, who is a strong believer in theme-led camps, says she isn’t sure where her camps will go this year but is leaning toward the idea of a sea-based theme as a starting point. “I’m always in awe of what they come up with, and what they wonder about,” Cherry says. BMoCA is also hoping to work in collaboration with the University of Colorado’s Museum of Natural History and several other local institutions to have a citywide museum day. Dial-Kay says that the thing that makes BMoCA’s camps so special is the fact that they are a working museum. “We are a museum, the kids are in the museum, they’re interacting with the artwork, they’re seeing the artists, and that dialogue.” is a very different experience,” she says. “The other thing is, we only Ultimately, with all of the museum’s programming, Dial-Kay has hire working artists who are dedicated to their practice. So they’re one clear mission in mind. working with real artists and educators.” “I think the goal always is for everyone to know that art is for Cherry says that working and teaching within the museum crethem, art is for everyone. There is not a specific age group or class ates an immersive experience for the campers. In true museum fashion, the Young Artists at Work campers will that art was intended for. It can be for you.” BOULDER WEEKLY

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ART DAY CAMPS H ART STUDENTS LEAGUE OF DENVER Denver 303-778-6990 WWW.ASLD.ORG Visual art day camps. Explore the line between reality and fantasy this summer with your imagination as muse! Join our professional, friendly art instructors for a summer of art FUNdamentals. One- and two-week, morning and afternoon camps, with additional supervised care available. Grades K-11. Scholarships available. H BOULDER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY BOULDER — YOUNG ARTISTS AT WORK Boulder 303-443-2122 WWW.BMOCA.ORG For ages 5–12. March 27, May 29, November 20, and December 18. Young Artists at Work is BMoCA’s signature series of immersive art-making day camps, featuring individualized workshops designed by visiting artists around inspired themes and the museum’s exhibitions. With a different theme each day, workshops explore multiple mediums and concepts, including collage, painting, sculpture, photography, fiber art, and more. Cost: $80, $75 for BMoCA members. Purchase all four

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camps for just $280, a savings of $40. Contact the museum for multiple camp, early bird, and referral discounts at info@bmoca.org. Visit www.bmoca.org for specific dates, themes, and registration.

H COLOR ME MINE Boulder 303-443-3469 WWW.BOULDER.COLORMEMINE.COM Join locally owned and operated Color Me Mine for a fun-filled, artistic summer! Walk-ins always welcome, or check out one of our fun Kid’s Night Out events. Check out our website for more information! H CRACKPOTS CREATIVITY CAMP Longmont 303-776-2211 WWW.ECRACKPOTS.COM Kids learn and have fun while expressing their creativity. Pottery painting, glass fusing, clay and more! H DAWSON SUMMER CAMPS Lafayette 303-381-0445 WWW.DAWSONSCHOOL.ORG/ SUMMERCAMPS Come join us this summer for seven weeks of Dawson’s 70+ exciting summer camps and programs for ages 5-18. Camp hours

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are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Between June 5 and Aug. 11, we will offer various weeklong day camps in academics, arts, music, drama, language, sports, cooking and specialty day camps. Campers will receive a full hot/cold lunch in our dining hall every day and take a break to cool off in the pool daily. Cost range: $285 to $395 per week. For a full listing of our summer camp information visit us or e-mail summercamps@ dawsonschool.org for questions. H FABRICATE SUMMER CAMP Boulder 303-997-8245 WWW.FABRICATEBOULDER.COM Learn to sew in summer camp! Our experienced instructors will guide campers through fun-filled, weeklong, themed camps (9 a.m.-noon) including Teen Fashion, Sew and Swim, Quilt Week and more. We also offer afternoon drop-in day camps (2-4:30 p.m.) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students will learn practical skills such as how to use and maintain a sewing machine, wind a bobbin, read, cut and sew from a commercial sewing pattern, install a zipper, and lots more, ultimately constructing garments, accessories and home decor. With an unlimited variety of projects, our sewing students will build on fundamentals as they gain confidence and hone skills. Full-day options available. Please see our website to register and for more information. H LIVING ARTS SCHOOL Niwot 720-383-4406 WWW.LIVINGARTSSCHOOL.COM Ages 6-12. Day camp. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Option of Early/Aftercare from 8:30-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.) Monday-Friday. At Living Arts Summer Camps, we offer your child the simple

joy of making things with their hands. In a world that moves faster and faster, we advocate a slower, gentler experience, in a farmland setting that inspires creativity, connection and beauty. 2017 Summer Camps are all about Time Traveling. They include: Campfire Cooks and the Oregon Trail, Paper and Ink Makers and the Pony Express, Map Makers and the Great Treasure Hunt, Chocolatiers and the Land of Whirligigs, Optical Illusions and the Fancy Folk, Johnny Cake Makers and a Homesteader’s Life, Flag Makers and a Pirate’s Life at Sea, Puppet Makers and the Shadow Box Theater. H LIVING ARTS WEE FOLK EARLY CHILDHOOD SUMMER CAMP Niwot 720-383-4406 WWW.LIVINGARTSSCHOOL.COM Ages 3-5. Day camp. Flexible Half Days: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or Flexible Full Days 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Choose three to five days/ week, Monday-Friday. At Living Arts Wee Folk Early Childhood Summer Camps, we offer your child the simple joy of spending time outside and taking time for hands-on, sensory experiences. In a world that moves faster and faster, we advocate a slower, gentler experience, in a farmland setting that inspires creativity, connection and beauty. 2017 Summer Camps include Early Summer, Mid-Summer and Late Summer Camps in three-week sessions. H MACC ART ACADEMY Denver 303-316-6360 WWW.MACCJCC.ORG MACC’s Summer Art Academy offers an extensive range of arts program for first12th graders. The visual arts are vital to the development of your child’s imagination, self-esteem and interaction with the world. At MACC’s Art Academy, skilled artists, who are also experienced educators, nurture the creativity in every child. Students will have an intensive art experience using quality materials in a studio environment. Whether creating a life mask, drawing with quality materials, working in an actual clay studio or creating an environmental artwork, students will enjoy being immersed in art. BOULDER WEEKLY


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Open Hands Art is a collaboration between ceramic artist Sue Allman and painter Page Zekonis. We offer a variety of weeklong camps for children ages 7-12, a middle school camp we call “Finding Your Muse,” and a mosaic arts camp for middle and high schoolers. Various camps run June 5 to Aug. 11. H POSHSPLAT Boulder

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WWW.POSHSPLAT.COM PoshSplat is offering kids camp for ages 4-15 to improve their painting skills. Camp is offered Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with a painting activity and lunch time for $24; or a longer day, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with painting, a lunch break and another art activity with different materials for $40. H SPECIALTY CAMPS (YMCA OF BOULDER VALLEY) Longmont and Boulder 303-664-5455 WWW.YMCABV.ORG

tor, an inspiring artist, a future sleuth or a cookie-making chef, the Y has options for arts, science, cooking and CSY camps this summer. Our new specialty camps in Longmont and Boulder ensure kids are engaged, their creativity satisfied and their smocks well used. Day camps are divided by sessions throughout the summer. H STUDIO ARTS BOULDER SUMMER CAMPS Boulder 720-379-6033 WWW.STUDIOARTSBOULDER.ORG Get messy this summer and let your creativity run wild! Studio Arts and Pottery Camps are for kids, ages 6-16 and run in weeklong sessions from June 5 - Aug. 11. Summer Art Camps at the Pottery Lab include Jewelry, Print-Making and Clay Camps! Clay Camps themes include: Pet Monsters, Gardening in Clay, Fairy Tale Friends, Harry Potter-y, Dinosaurs, Wheel-Throwing, and more. Clay Camps are for beginner clay enthusiasts to expert potters. In our Studio Art Camps, kids can design their own t-shirt to take home using basic techniques in the Print-Making Camp or create their own jewelry in our Jewelry-Making Camp.

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June 26-30: Teens 12-16. July 1724: Kids 8-11. Create with clay from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Small camps with two staff. If your child loves clay (hand building and wheel throwing) and the outdoors, this is the place to be. Grab your place now! Spaces fill up quickly. H THE ART UNDERGROUND Louisville and Lafayette 303-229-1127 WWW.ARTUNDER.ORG The Art Underground at the Arts HUB offers nearly 40 camps this summer in art, dance and theater including all-day camps, Fairy Camps, Play-Well Tek camps and IncrediFlix camps. The Arts HUB is a new art center in Lafayette with a 196-seat theater, art room and dance rooms.

H TINKER ART STUDIO Boulder 303-503-1902 WWW.TINKERARTSTUDIO.COM Join Tinker for a summer full of art, movement and plenty of creativity! Morning and afternoon camps for ages 3.5-15 include clay, drawing, glass, painting, sewing, mixed media, and theme-based visual art camps. Come tinker around!

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Join a Food Lab camp and have your kid begin their journey into the culinary life. All of our from scratch recipes become lunch for the kids that day, so no need to pack a lunch. We believe in kids learning knife skills, kitchen etiquette, manners and nutrition along with the general techniques of cooking. Food sensitivity accommodating.

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educational camps IT’S ALL IN HOW YOU TELL IT

Storytelling camps foster creative expression in unconventional ways

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rom carving images onto rocks to improvisation and theatrics, storytelling has historically let people make sense of the world. The art of narration not only allows communication, but it fosters the expression of creativity that is both healing and freeing. As today’s world becomes more technology driven, children are bombarded with endless distractions. For many, the simple act of writing and expression becomes difficult to perform, particularly inside a traditional classroom setting. To help kids become passionate storytellers, several summer camps offer creative methods. Miriam Darnell developed Creative Writing Solutions in 1990 in an effort to get reluctant writers to put words down on paper. The idea came after Darnell, who was working as an assistant teacher and private mentor at the time, noticed her students starring longingly outside during her writing lessons. She committed herself to creating an unconventional way to water the seeds of her student’s imaginations. Darnell decided to turn the writing process into an interactive game called Druidawn, a fantasy role-playing game where points are granted for each word written. These points are then converted into fake money children can use to buy castles, a pet dragon or whatever their imagination desires. At the Druidawn Summer Fantasy Camp, Darnell and co-director Cara Allen enable kids to discover their creativity by going on adventures outside, making tools their characters can use in their fantasy world, as well as dressing up and doing verbal narrations. “When you make learning fun you tap into the creative potential,” Darnell says. “The sky is the limit.” Although Darnell and Allen have years of teaching experience, it wasn’t until they left public education that they realized the mechanics of writing are independent from expression. “I found that when I separate the two things, students are free to say what they need to say without worrying about structure and feeling choked up because they don’t underBOULDER WEEKLY

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stand all of the specifics of writing but they can tell a story — a good story,” Darnell says. At the Druidawn Summer Fantasy Camp, all a child needs to be a storyteller is their vibrant imagination. The program has resonated so well with children that Darnell and Allen have allowed the work of some of their students to get published in several Druidawn volumes. Another option for imaginative campers is Storycraft Boulder, which harnesses the full Ximena Leyte sensory experience of young storytellers by making a classroom of the outdoors. Katherine Millersdaughter and Ellie Haberl implement the wisdom they’ve acquired from teaching to motivate children to use storytelling as a form of healing and connection. Millersdaughter and Haberl take advantage of their platform while engaging with children to promote health and environmental stewardship. One of the first activities they do at their yearly summer camp is create their own book from scratch. Both teachers and students will use what they stumble upon at the park or at Pearl Street Mall to decorate the book they’ll use to record their ideas. Through emphasizing where the materials in the book come from, and then sharing the creativity in its pages, the storytellers at Storycraft develop a sense of connectedness to the planet, their peers and themselves. “I think the best art is made in collaboration and connection,” Haberl says, “and not just making art but making friendships, relationships and mentoring one another.” Every day during the four-week summer camp, students and teachers engage in show-and-tell to stimulate the art of descriptive language. The

mission of Storycraft is to help develop the ability to convey a story and find a sense of self in the process. The counselors, artists, writers and teachers at the Boulder Writing Studio agree that exercising storytelling is a way to be empathetic and understand things outside of our own perspective. Chris Thomas, camp director at the Boulder Writing Studio, recognizes that conventional schooling often impedes creativity because children are expected to let

their ideas flourish in a structured setting. “The point is to let them be creative and for them to know that not only is creativity fun, but creativity is a process, not a gift,” she says. With experience in e-learning and instructional design, Thomas keeps in mind that most children are kinetic, meaning they cannot sit still and must feel free to let their creativity cultivate through play. At the Boulder Writing Studio’s summer camp, children are allowed to be limitless in their

movement and use different crafts to engage their imagination. Children feel open to explore the various forms of narrative and engage in a range of activities such as singing, dancing and drawing to enhance their expression. Storytelling camps are designed to intensify the imagination all children posses. Channeling inspiration from the outdoors, music and fantasy games are all unconventional ways of letting a child’s inner narrator blossom.

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educational camps EDUCATIONAL DAY CAMPS H BLAST CAMP (YMCA OF BOULDER VALLEY) Boulder and Longmont 303-664-5455

WWW.YMCABV.ORG 3... 2... 1... Blast off! Come join the adventure that awaits you at Blast Camp. Campers will explore, create and engage in fun-filled activities, including arts and crafts, STEM, gaga ball, sports and games, swimming, archery, ice skating, 50 feet slip and slide, foam machine and much more. You do not want to miss this excitement! Day camps are divided by sessions throughout the summer.

arts, crafts, music, science, cooking, drama, nature walks, fitness and games. Classes include sports, engineering, chess, art, cooking and more. H BUTTERFLY PAVILION Westminster 720-974-1877 WWW.BUTTERFLIES.ORG Butterfly Pavilion camps are designed to provide kids with memorable experiences that connect them to nature and encourage an appreciation for science. Led by a dynamic education team, our camps incorporate exploration, inquiry, art and play into programs that appeal to a variety of interests and abilities. Camps are offered during the summer from June to August, as well as on Out of School Days during the school year for youth ages 5-10. We also offer mini-camps for youth ages 4-6. Space is

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their time designing inventions and exploring connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Discounts are available — register today! H CAMP OONIE KOONIE CHA Boulder 303-880-9494 WWW.CAMPOONIEKOONIECHA.COM Safari means long journey in Swahili. Join us for a safari! Rumble in the jungle. Search for wild animals. Act out great jungle stories with drum accompaniments and make a beautiful monkey drum. Engage in scintillating science sessions. Campers make their own instruments, learn great songs and stories, and receive a T-shirt and CD of our camp songs. Camp Oonie Koonie Cha is an action-packed summer music camp for children ages 4-8 that blends science, an Orff xylophone orchestra, drama, storytelling, instrument construction and a final performance into one amazing week. Weeks fill quickly. Register online at www.campokc.com. June 5-9, June 12-16, June 19-23, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m. Cost: $260. H CHESS CAMP Boulder 866-949-4386 WWW.CHESSWIZARDS.COM Ages kindergarten through eighth grade. Get out of the house this summer with Chess Wizards; play games, make new friends and have fun. An array of games and activities throughout the camp will be led by the most energetic members of the Wizards’ staff. Activities include chess games, lessons, puzzles, wizard games, charades, outside activities and more!

H BLAST OFF! SCIENCE CAMP — WITH BOULDER PARKS & RECREATION BOULDER Boulder 303-413-7270 WWW.BPRCAMPS.ORG Ages 6-11. Rockets with an explosion of science! Spend the morning conducting some wacky science projects, along with making new friends during team-building activities. The afternoons will be spent building and launching rockets, as well as swimming! Campers will be split up by age/ability, but special requests are welcomed. H BOULDER COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP Boulder 303-527-4931 WWW.BOULDERCOUNTRYDAY.ORG Camps for ages 3-10 and specialty classes for ages 3-16. At Boulder Country Day School, campers learn in the classroom and outdoors through 10 MARCH 2, 2017

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WWW.CAMPINC.COM A Jewish day summer camp where fourth-12th graders develop confidence and leadership through hands-on experience in entrepreneurship and business. H CAMP INVENTION Longmont, various locations 800-968-4332 WWW.CAMPINVENTION.ORG Led by local educators, the weeklong Camp Invention program immerses elementary school children in hands-on learning disguised as fun summer activities. Children spend

H COLORADO CENTER FOR THE BLIND SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS Littleton 303-778-1130, ext. 222 WWW.COCENTER.ORG We have programs that teach the skills of blindness and offer exciting recreational activities for students in elementary school, middle school, high school and college prep. H CU SCIENCE DISCOVERY Boulder 303-492-7188 SCIENCEDISCOVERY.COLORADO.EDU We offer more than 250 engaging summer camps covering a wide range of STEAM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Designed for ages 5-18, our camps and high school classes provide an eclectic mix of engaging, experiential learning activities that will inspire your child to return summer after summer! Full- and half-day, weeklong camps provide an immersive and fun experience all summer long. Instructors include CU faculty and under/graduate scientists that are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. From Cardboard Carnival

and Art-Bots to Digital Animation, Forest Ecology and Pharmacy School Experience, we have something for everyone! H DAWSON SUMMER CAMPS

Lafayette 303-381-0445 WWW.DAWSONSCHOOL.ORG/SUMMERCAMPS

Check out Dawson Summer Camps for kids ages 5-18 starting June 5! We have seven funfilled weeks full of arts, music, drama, sports, science, technology, cooking and more! H DENVER CHESS CAMP Englewood 1-888-65-CHESS WWW.CHESSCAMP.COM Campers experience chess lessons and play in a fun-filled environment. Lessons are designed to improve campers’ skills, whether children are interested in casual or competitive chess. Instructors use a range of teaching tools including demo boards, worksheets, stories, computers and historic games to keep class time exciting. Each half-day consists of two-hour lessons tailored to the ability of the children and one hour of practice to play against other students and instructors. H DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE SUMMER CAMP Denver 303-370-6000 WWW.DMNS.ORG/LEARN/CHILDREN/ SUMMER-DAY-CAMPS-2017/ Each week, campers will take amazing journeys throughout the museum and outside into City Park as they experiment, create, build, ask questions and learn — but most of all have fun! H CHESS ACADEMY OF DENVER Englewood 303-770-6696 WWW.COLORADOMASTERCHESS.COM This year the Chess Academy of Denver offers the 23rd Annual Denver Rocky Mountain Chess Camps, held on June 12-16 and July 10-12. Full and half-day options, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Eight to one staff to student ratio. Participants will be taught score-keeping, etiquette, tournament preparation, logical thinking and strategic planning for all phases of the game. Also available throughout summer are two-day workshops, tournaments and follow-up classes. Founded in 1993, the Denver Chess Academy is the oldest and one of the largest chess camps in the country. Thousands of students, including state and national scholastic champions, have attended the camp from around the country for decades. Learn from National Chess Master and international best-selling author Todd Bardwick.

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H FEET ON THE EARTH PROGRAMS: WILD ARTS & HERBS CAMP Boulder 303-642-0562 WWW.FEETONTHEEARTH.ORG

When school is out, Safari Camp is in! This summer, campers will puzzle out some of our planet’s most exciting challenges! How can we ensure each animal gets what it needs? How do you even begin tracking the nearly invisible? What role will you play once you’ve uncovered the secret connections that hold our world together? Campers connect with animals through zoo exploration, up-close animal experiences, engineering challenges, nature play and special camp-only zoo opportunities. Camps are for ages pre-K through eighth grade and run weekly. Registration is online only, under “Classes & Camps.”

Let nature be your muse and spend a week Gain a competitive edge! Create iPhone feasting on wild edibles, making medicine, apps, video games, movies and more at creating art out of natural resources, weavweeklong, day and overnight programs held at ing baskets and leaving the land a little more the University of Denver, University of Colorado beautiful then we found it. Throughout our State Fort Collins, Stanford, Princeton and other time together we will meet new and different universities. Small classes for ages 7-17 in a fun plant allies, have plenty of time to learn fun, and challenging setting. Also two-week, teennew crafts, plus play awesome games, sing only programs held at the University of Denver, songs, tell stories and splash in the creek. By Stanford, Yale, Harvard and others: iD Gaming the end of the week you’ll surely have some new plant friends, and some Courtesy of Dawson School earth-based handcrafts to take home. Campers will get to express themselves through art projects and learn how to work with plants and each other safely and respectfully while experiencing the magic and beauty of this wild and diverse valley along Lefthand Creek! For children 10-14 years old.

H FEET ON THE EARTH PROGRAMS: NATURE CAMPS Boulder 303-642-0562 WWW.FEETONTHEEARTH.ORG Every day is a new adventure in nature! Children discover their strengths and build confidence while learning ancient skills for living close to the Earth. Each weeklong camp takes place in lower Lefthand Canyon (1.5 miles west of U.S. 36) and emphasizes building relationship with nature and creating healthy community. Curriculum includes wild edible and medicinal plants, animal tracking, natural shelters, making (and shooting) primitive bows and arrows, team building challenges, nature crafts, silly songs, storytelling, fun games and more! Co-ed and all girls camps available. For children 7-11. H FEET ON THE EARTH PROGRAMS: SNEAKING AROUND & THROWING THINGS CAMP Boulder 303-642-0562 WWW.FEETONTHEEARTH.ORG Sneaking, hiding, tracking and accurate throwing are essential skills hunter-gather people use to secure food and keep their community safe. We’ll spend the week making and throwing primitive hunting weapons, playing games that help us practice sneaking and being invisible, and training our awareness to see and decipher the tracks and sign of the animals that live around us. Throughout the week we’ll learn what being a “scout’’ entails, the ethics of the sacred hunt, how to work as a team, and how to use projectiles safely and respectfully. We’ll also tell stories, sing songs, play in the creek and of course practice our aim. Everyone will get the chance to make and take home a few projectile crafts and will surely walk away a little sneakier than when they arrived. For children 10-14 years old.

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H ID TECH CAMPS University of Denver, Colorado State University 888-709-8324 WWW.INTERNALDRIVE.COM

options at KeystoneScienceSchool.org or call 970-455-4228. H KODU VIDEO GAME CREATION CAMP Englewood 1-888-65-CHESS WWW.ACTIVELEARNINGCAMPS.COM Children will have the option of learning how to program a game for their Windows 7 or higher PC or using a Microsoft Xbox controller! Students learn game design as they create their own cool custom world and navigate through it. Within this world they will create tasks that need to be completed in order to progress to the next level. Tasks include a first person

H FRIENDS’ SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMS Boulder 303-499-1999, ext. 223 WWW.FRIENDSSCHOOLBOULDER. ORG For preschool, elementary, middle school, ages 3-14, weeklong morning and afternoon sessions. June 5-July 27. Programs include preschool backyard camp, explorer’s camps, circus classes, cooking, art, 3-D printing, photography, computer programming, architecture, pre-engineering and more. Licensed and accredited. Discounts available. H GOATS AND GARDENS — WITH BOULDER PARKS & RECREATION BOULDER Boulder 303-413-7270 WWW.BPRCAMPS.ORG

Education comes in many forms — many of which are fun.

Ages 6-11. Spend an active week exploring the Children’s Peace Garden, Mountain Flower Goat Dairy and swimming at the Rec Center! In the Children’s Peace Garden we’ll investigate the secret world of insects, creating art from nature and exploring wondrous plants while making new friends. We’ll grow and taste from the salsa garden and cook pizza using the power of the sun. At Mountain Flower Goat Dairy we’ll spend time with the goats and llamas, learn how to walk goats on leashes and feed goats, make cheeses and lotions with goat milk, bottle-feed goat babies and explore livestock management and nutrient cycling. Each afternoon we’ll wrap up the day with a cooling dip in the swimming pool.

Academy, iD Programming Academy and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking and photography).

H KEYSTONE SCIENCE SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP Keystone 970-455-4228 WWW.KEYSTONESCIENCESCHOOL.ORG Be amazed this summer at Keystone Science School as we celebrate 40 years of extraordinary experiences, best friends and new insight into the awe-inspiring world of science, adventure and fun! Since 1976, Keystone Science School Summer Camp has taught kids social skills, independence and friendship with the added elements of outdoor education and high-altitude adventure. The cost of day camp ranges from $65-$430. Our day camp, for kids grades K-6, features a new theme each week and incorporates creative activities, teambuilding and investigative learning into each day. Find a full summer calendar and program

maze game format where the students create a maze and the character must escape the maze, a survival mode, and tasks such as outwitting rivals, creating decoys and collecting bonus items all while having fun! This is a half-day camp; students can add an additional program to make it a full-day camp. H LONGMONT HUMANE SOCIETY KIDS & CRITTERS CAMP Longmont

303-772-1232 WWW.LONGMONTHUMANE.ORG WANTED: Children ages 7-12 years old who love animals! Longmont Humane Society is holding four mini-camps this summer. Four half-day sessions to choose from: June 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 or 26-28. Enjoy a PAWS-itive summer break while learning about proper dog walking, animal body language and cat handling, participating in interactive animal-themed games and activities, and meeting special guest visitors. $160/session. see EDUCATIONAL Page 12

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H MARINE SCIENCE AND MINI SWIM CAMP —WITH OCEAN FIRST DIVERS Boulder

303-444-7234 WWW.OCEANFIRST.BLUE/SWIM/YOUTH-SWIMPROGRAMS/MARINE-SCIENCE-AND-SWIMCAMP/

How do sharks find their food? Is coral alive? Why are plastic bags dangerous for turtles? In our exciting marine science and swim minicamp, your child will explore these questions and learn about our amazing ocean and its inhabitants through hands-on activities, storytelling and games. Each day focuses on a different marine topic with an emphasis on how we can help protect the ocean. After our engaging time in the classroom, we’ll move the fun to the pool where our highly qualified swim instructors will work with the children on swimming techniques and building confidence in and around the water. Runs

H QUEST & QUILL WITH RENAISSANCE ADVENTURES Boulder 303-786-9216 WWW.RENAISSANCEADVENTURES.COM

Street, the Trident or Red Rocks Trail.Elementary Dates: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 19-August 11. Middle School Dates: MondayFriday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 19-June 23.

Adventure Quest + Creative Writing! Questers write about the stories unfolding in their quests, their heroic character or any topic that inspires them. In the tradition of the Norse Skalds, we focus on the enjoyment of writing, self-expression and the oratory arts of reading aloud and hearing others. We do not focus on grammar, spelling or writing style. By participating in daily “Guild Challenges,” every Quester’s writing earns character powers and treasures in the Adventure Quest program that is a part of Quest & Quill. Quest & Quill Summer Quests give the opportunity to write and develop short stories with the potential to craft a tale to include in the Adventure Quest: Stories publication (released in book stores and Amazon). See website for dates. Ages 9+.

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Niwot 603-770-3358 WWW.CAMPSTORYCAMP.COM Children bring stories to life through visual art, stop-motion animation, physical theater and interactive sculpture. We connect with nature, learn to walk on stilts, develop circus skills, repurpose materials and build art installations. Storycamp seeks to embolden children, to encourage curiosity and build fresh relationships with a rapidly evolving world. Activities are designed to facilitate embodiment, imagination and the ability to respond creatively and empathetically while collaborating. Our instructors are professional artists and experienced educators who have worked with children throughout the world. For ages 7-12 years. June through August. Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-3:30 p.m. Aftercare until 5 p.m. Eight complementary sessions, can attend in sequence. $350/ week.

H SUMMER FANTASY WRITING AND GAMING CAMP Boulder 720-300-2216 WWW.CREATIVE-WRITING-SOLUTIONS.COM

Monday through Friday from 1-3 p.m. June through August. H PLAY-WELL TEKNOLOGIES Boulder 720-515-7309 WWW.PLAY-WELL.ORG Play-Well TEKnologies provides projectbased programs designed to teach principles and methods of engineering to kindergarten through eighth graders utilizing LEGO products. Utilizing more than 100,000 pieces of LEGO for each camp, we strive to build students’ problem-solving skills, foster a greater appreciation of how things work and encourage the qualities of inquisitiveness, self-reliance and self-confidence in children. Play-Well Camps in the Boulder area take place at Boulder Parks & Rec, Boulder JCC, Friends School, Boulder Country Day, Dawson School, The Bixby School, The Arts HUB, Bob Burger Rec Center, and St. Vrain Memorial Building. 12 MARCH 2, 2017

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H STIR IT UP COOKING SCHOOL Boulder 303-494-2665 WWW.STIRITUPCOOKING. COM

Druidawn, Inc. specializes in helping reluctant writers to overcome writing resistance using fantasy role-play gaming as a powerful motivator. This summer camp delves deeply into the world of imagination and creativity, giving students the unique opportunity to add their own ideas to the exciting World of Druidawn! Also offered are advanced writing techniques and publishing opportunities, help with overcoming writer’s block, lessons on how to create original characters and plots, sword making and action-packed adventures outdoors, fantasy art techniques and more. Education Camp runs June 19-June doesn’t just have to happen in the 23, June 26-30, July 10-14 classroom. and July 17-21 at Horizons K-8 School. Camp is open to ages 7.5-14 years old.

Ages 5-16. Weekly cooking camps. Cooking, baking, and fun in the kitchen. Menus include American, Asian, Caribbean, European, Mexican or Mediterranean. We pick fresh herbs fruit and vegetables from our backyard garden. We eat what we make, so bring your appetite! June-August: Half-day and full-day camps available. H STORYCRAFT Boulder

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Storycraft Boulder offers a radically new kind of writing studio. Meet at the Boulder Public Library and then from there move to Pearl

H YMCA & BVSD LIFELONG LEARNING SUMMER CAMPS Various schools around BVSD 303-664-5455 WWW.YMCABV.ORG The YMCA of Boulder Valley and BVSD Lifelong Learning are collaborating again to offer a fun and educational camp opportunity for youth in the community. There are numerous themes to choose from at multiple BVSD schools. This year, options include LEGO Adventures and sports clinics. Day camps are divided by sessions throughout the summer.

OVERNIGHT CAMPS H COLORADO CENTER FOR THE BLIND SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS Littleton 303-778-1130 ext. 222 WWW.COCENTER.ORG We have programs that teach the skills of blindness and offer exciting recreational activities for students in elementary school, middle school, high school and college prep. H COTTONWOOD GULCH FOUNDATION Albuquerque, New Mexico 800-2-GO-TREK WWW.COTTONWOODGULCH.ORG The Cottonwood Gulch Foundation sponsors educational wilderness expeditions and outdoor programs in the American Southwest that promote personal growth, scientific, historic and cultural discovery as well as a knowledgeable environmental ethic among all those who participate. H CROW CANYON ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTER — HIGH SCHOOL ARCHAEOLOGY CAMP Cortez 800-422-8975, ext. 455 WWW.CROWCANYON.ORG Brush away the dirt to uncover a piece of ancient pottery — and be the first person to touch that artifact in a thousand years! At Crow Canyon’s High School summer camp, you’ll join our research team to help discover the ancient history of southwest Colorado. You’ll learn excavation and lab techniques and work alongside our archaeologists at sites inhabited more than 1,000 years ago. Then you will help analyze ancient artifacts in the lab. It’s an authentic, hands-on introduction to archaeology at the pre-college level. You will learn about American Indian cultures and explore the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park. You’ll also try your hand at ancient technologies, like throwing wooden spears with an atlatl, and making fire with a bow drill. In 2015 USA Today named our archaeology summer camps one of the 10 best adventure camps for kids. July 16-22. H CROW CANYON ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTER — HIGH SCHOOL FIELD SCHOOL Cortez 800-422-8975, ext. 455 WWW.CROWCANYON.ORG The intensive Crow Canyon High School Field School offers much more than the typical summer camp — here, you’ll become an important part of our research team. You’ll learn excavation and lab techniques, then work alongside our archaeologists at a site inhabited by ancestral Pueblo people more than 1,000 years ago. You’ll also help analyze artifacts in our research laboratory and enter data into our research database. The Field School also provides opportunities to learn about American Indian cultures past BOULDER WEEKLY


educational camps and present. You’ll explore the cliff dwellings of nearby Mesa Verde National Park and try ancient technologies like throwing spears with an atlatl, weaving and making pottery. And on weekends, you will take part in exciting adventures like hiking, camping and rafting trips. You can also earn high school or college credit and gain experience that will look great on a college application or a resume. June 25-July 15. H CROW CANYON ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTER — MIDDLE SCHOOL ARCHAEOLOGY CAMP Cortez 800-422-8975, ext. 455 WWW.CROWCANYON.ORG

Night Camp: Are you the kind of girl who likes to stay up late at night and sleep late in the morning? Do you like sneaking up on your friends and hanging out around the fire carving and making crafts? You will love this sleepover camp where an awesome group of girls gathers in the woods for fun week of nighttime and daytime adventures! For girls 14-18 years old.

H KEYSTONE SCIENCE SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP Keystone 970-468-2098 WWW.KEYSTONESCIENCESCHOOL.ORG Be amazed this summer at Keystone Science School as we celebrate 40 years of extraordinary experiences, best friends and

a supportive environment for individual growth in self-confidence, independence and awareness of others. Big Spring Ranch for Boys and High Trails Ranch for Girls lie at an elevation of 8,700 feet in the center of Colorado, 35 miles west of Colorado Springs.

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H GLOBAL WORKS TRAVEL Boulder-based with trips to 20 destinations 303-545-2202 WWW.GLOBALWORKSTRAVEL.COM

Don’t just learn about archaeology — do it! Every summer at Crow Canyon, middle school students join our research team in helping to discover the history of ancestral Pueblo Indians in the Mesa Verde region. At Crow Canyon’s Middle School camp, students learn excavation and lab techniques, then work with our researchers at a real archaeological site where ancestral Pueblo people lived more than 1,000 years ago. You’ll learn about American Indian cultures, past and present and explore the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park. You’ll also throw a wooden spear with an atlatl, make fire with a bow drill, and have fun making new friends! In 2015 USA Today named our archaeology summer camps one of the 10 best adventure camps for kids. June 18–24.

For 27 years, Global Works has been providing exceptional Community Service, Summer Enrichment, Adventure Travel and Language Immersion programs for students and groups. Much more than a vacation, Global Works international trips are the bridge for meaningful cultural exchange with people around the world. In all of our locations, we partner with communities and organizations to select and implement grassroots service projects that make an impact. Our philosophy is to work WITH a community, not for a community. All Global Works programs feature community service projects and adventure activities. Global Works offers summer service adventures for high school students and custom group travel for schools and organizations. If you are looking for fun and adventure, and want to be a spark for social change in the world, let Global Works be your guide!

H FEET ON THE EARTH PROGRAMS Boulder 303-642-0562 WWW.FEETONTHEEARTH.ORG

H ID TECH CAMPS DU, Colorado State University 888-709-TECH WWW.INTERNALDRIVE.COM

Survival Overnight Adventure Camp: A lot of people play survival games and watch survival shows, but not a lot of people can actually survive in the wild! Come learn how to be one who can not only survive, but thrive in nature. Develop the skills to be safe and confident in wild places while building friendships and having a total blast! For youth 11-14 years old.

Small classes for ages 7-17 in a fun and challenging setting. Also two-week, teen-only programs held at the University of Denver, Stanford, Yale, Harvard and others: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking and photography).

new insight into the awe-inspiring world of science, adventure and fun! Since 1976, Keystone Science School Summer Camp has taught kids social skills, independence and friendship with the added elements of outdoor education and high-altitude adventure. The cost of our overnight programs range from $680 for three-day programs and up to $2,125 for a 13 day backcountry adventure. H SANBORN WESTERN CAMPS Florissant 719-748-3341 WWW.SANBORNWESTERNCAMPS.COM Since 1948, Sanborn Western Camps have been creating outdoor experiences of exceptional quality and depth. Sanborn’s fun, relaxed atmosphere and caring staff provide

H SUMMER STUDY PROGRAMS University of Colorado 800-666-2556

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Summer Study Programs offers high school students a unique two-, three- or four-week summer opportunity: providing the “total pre-collegiate experience” on the iconic University of Colorado campus. Amidst the majestic Rocky Mountains, students enrolled in our CU pre-college program can expect an exciting and educationally rewarding summer filled with dynamic enrichment.

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FAITH-BASED DAY CAMPS H AEI Almont 970-641-4708 WWW.AEIBASECAMP.COM This camp is located 10,000 feet above sea level in the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. The spectacular scenery of the backcountry base camp is the perfect site for your wilderness experience. Christian-based camp adventure programs available. H BOULDER JCC PRESCHOOL CAMP Boulder 303-998-1900 WWW.BOULDERJCC.ORG

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H CAMP TIMBERLINE Locations along the Front Range 970-586-7777 WWW.CAMPTIMBERLINE.COM

At Camp Timberline our mission is to reach and strengthen kids for Christ through sports and mountain adventure. We offer several different day and overnight programs for your kids ages 6-18, as well as family and group options in the fall. August through November, reservations are limited so sign your group up today!

Summer Camp at the JCC preschool is an enriching and playful experience for children ages 2.5-5 years old (entering kindergarten).

H CHERRYVALE DAY CAMP Boulder 303-998-1900 WWW.BOULDERJCC.ORG

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Cherryvale Day Camp creates a vibrant, enriching and fun summer camp experience for children ages 5-12. Our program offers a variety of activities and options for our campers including sports, creative arts, farm activites, swimming and electives. Cherryvale Day Camp is based in Jewish values and open to children of all backgrounds, races and religions.

We offer a variety of fun and educational weekly specialty camps for ages 4-12. Camps include LEGO building and robotics, cooking, gardening, sports, dance, science, art, leadership, STEM and more.

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H CAMP KEITANAT HAR HASHEM Boulder 303-499-7077

WWW.CAMPHARHASHEM.ORG Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for first-fifth graders, one-week sessions. Each week is filled with games, swimming, baking, crafts, field trips, music, social action project and more! Make new friends in Jewish

H COVENANT HEIGHTS Estes Park

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H JCC RANCH CAMP Denver & Elbert 303-316-6384 WWW.RANCHCAMP.ORG Located in Colorado’s magnificent Black Forest, the JCC Ranch Camp provides children entering grades 2-11 with a truly western Jewish experience. Held in one- to three-week sessions, the camp is a place where life-long friendships blossom, Jewish identities are discovered and nourished and children are challenged to grow in mind, body and spirit. Ranch Camp is also renowned for one of the most acclaimed equestrian programs in the country.

OVERNIGHT CAMPS H AEI Almont 970-641-4708 WWW.AEIBASECAMP.COM This camp is located 10,000 feet above sea level in the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. The spectacular scenery of the backcountry base camp is the perfect site for your wilderness experience. Christian-based camp adventure programs available. H CAMP TIMBERLINE Estes Park 970-484-8462 WWW.CAMPTIMBERLINE.COM Offering sports, mountain adventure and backpacking for youth and teens ages 7-18, Sunday-Saturday. H HIGH PEAK CAMP Estes Park 970-586-3311 WWW.HIGHPEAKCAMP.INFO Camps for children ages 7-17. Activities include hiking, arts and crafts, fishing, paddle boats, discovery center and Bible study in Rocky Mountain National Park. H HIGHLANDS PRESBYTERIAN CAMP & RETREAT CENTER Allenspark 303-747-2888 WWW.HIGHLANDSCAMP.ORG Have fun, grow in your faith and form lifelong friendships! Highlands offers full and BOULDER WEEKLY

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half-week Christian residential summer camp programs for children ages 5-19. Join us this summer for traditional residential camps, adventure programs, specialty camps, and intergenerational camps. Highlands also offers Mission Work Camps for 7th-12th grade youth and their leaders. Register online today at www.highlandscamp.org! H JCC RANCH CAMP Elbert 303-316-6384 WWW.RANCHCAMP.ORG Since 1953, the JCC Ranch Camp has been creating Jewish memories and friendships that last a lifetime. Located in Colorado’s magnificent Black Forest, the Ranch Camp provides children entering grades 2-11 with a truly western Jewish experience. Held in oneto three-week sessions, the camp is a place where life-long friendships blossom, Jewish identities are discovered and nourished and children are challenged to grow in mind, body and spirit. Ranch Camp is also renowned for one of the most acclaimed equestrian programs in the country. H MAURICE B. SHWAYDER CAMP OF TEMPLE EMANUEL

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Join us as we celebrate another season on the slopes of Mt. Evans. Our 242 acres of spectacular mountain forest provide us with a colorful, welcoming and awe-inspiring backdrop. In a small, close-knit community surrounded by the beauty and peace of majestic mountains and towering pine trees, we offer common ground in a safe environment to learn about Judaism and how it can enrich our lives. H SHAMBHALA SUN SUMMER CAMP Red Feather Lakes WWW.SHAMBHALASUNCAMP.ORG An outdoor camp for children ages 10-16 focuses on Shambhala Buddhist teachings. The camp provides an opportunity to leave behind technology and embrace nature. Various camps from July 13 through July 25.

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specific to this age. Francisco Sandoval, a coordinator at YMCA of Boulder eing a teenager is complicated. So complicated, in fact, that many Valley, says communication is a key. Sandoval remembers when he talked to psychologists, such as Carl E. Pickford, have made a career of one camper about his parent’s divorce and discussed how to overcome the studying adolescents. emotional stress. “More than ever before the young person wants freedom to “This was something I grew up with and was super open about. be independent, but what he or she discovers is that freedom is All it took to make them feel better about it was a talk on a long one birthplace of boredom,” Pickford wrote in a 2009 piece for Psychology The YMCA bus ride on one of our field trips.” Sandoval writes in an email. Today. “Now that you have more choice, what are you going to do with it? of Boulder Valley offers a variety “Communication is a major key, and it’s the best way to help In many cases, the adolescent simply doesn’t know. The past is much clearer of camps for adoleswith any concerns and struggles specific to this age. They are (‘How I don’t want to be any more’) than the future (‘How I want to be cents to keep teens old enough to understand how life works, and though they are instead’).” off the couch and young they have powerful minds that just look for somebody to That limbo can be especially maddening for teens when summer rolls off their phones. around. YMCA of Boulder Valley The question is, how do adults keep teens from living on the couch the whole summer with only their phones as friends? YMCA, a national organization for youth development, offers various summer camps aimed at helping adolescents build confidence and life skills through activities like kayaking, archery, mountain biking, skate boarding and more — and it keeps them busy and happy. “In teen camp, they do more development, working to build them as a leader, building a community, making friends, building life skills,” says Becca Mack, a senior executive director at YMCA of Boulder Valley. “Something as simple as archery can develop so many assets in children, from confidence in hitting a target to being able to honor [their own] individual skills. ” YMCA’s camp programs are based on skill tracks specific to age groups. For teenagers, programs focus on developing team building and problem-solving skills through challenging activities. “As you get older, you get to progress through these skill tracks and do more of the exciting [activities] such as rock climbing that are more challenging for the older kids,” Mack says. Alexander,13, a long-time camper at YMCA of Boulder Valley, says YMCA gave him an experience he otherwise would never have. “I think going out and doing things so I’m not just sitting at home is important because both of my parents work fulltime, and so I will be just sitting at home on my phone all day,” Alexander says. “All of my friends who go to Y camp with me, they just learn a lot of social skills and they get to go out and do more stuff, not just sit at home.” He even volunteered for the first time with YMCA, helping setup and cleanup different activities. Interacting with the campers from different backgrounds try and understand them.” helps teens to nurture the empathy, responsibility and conflict-solving skills YMCA teen camps also have a variety of activities to spark the interests that prepare them to step into college and even future careers. of all participants and to help with engagement, which Mack says is especially “Obviously if you are in camp, you might have kids who come from important for this age group. Aside from Camp Santa Maria,YMCA offers different environments, different backgrounds, different experiences,” Mack Ultimate Teen Camps (many activities including amusement parks, go-carting says. “During the summer camp, they are learning how to be empathetic, and more), Adventure Camps (rocking climbing and paddle-boarding),Y Ridhow to embrace other children and how to navigate conflict resolution. ers (cycling) and Skateboarding Camps specially designed for teens. Say, one day they go to a college and they have a roommate that they don’t “When you have a group of 20 or something kids, you really have to know, who is a stranger, and they have to navigate through that. They are look at all of those age groups and all of those kids, and make sure you’re able to carry the skill they learn at camp through their lives.” tapping into all of their interests,” she says. Camp Santa Maria, a signature camp of YMCA of Boulder Valley located Teen-camper Alexander says it’s no big deal if campers don’t like a parsouth of Denver, has counselors from all over the world, giving teens an ticular activity because “we always do something different 10 minutes later, opportunity to interact with people from different cultures as well. This and it is always a lot of fun.” overnight camp equip teens with inter-cultural understandings, an increasNot only does the YMCA make sure to find activities to suit the interingly important skill in a world that can require workers to negotiate with ests of every teen, they also make sure every teen who wants to attend gets people from various countries. “It’s very interesting to see these people from different types of cultures to. As a state-funded youth development program,YMCA offers financial aid who are able to teach us,” Alexander says. “There are a bunch of counselors to anyone who needs it. “We want every child to experience summer day camp,” Mack says. “So in New Zealand, Australia, Wales, Scotland. I had one from France, and few obstacles, like a family can’t afford it, cannot be a reason that children canfrom Canada, and just all around the world.” not attend the camp.” The counselors are skilled at helping teens through the difficult issues BOULDER WEEKLY

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Camps around Colorado offer youngsters nearly endless possibilities for fun and learning.

H ACTIVE BOULDER KIDS CAMPS Boulder, Louisville 303-499-9854

WWW.ACTIVEBOULDERKIDS.COM Active Boulder Kids offers options for pre-school and early elementary kids, ages 2.5-8, with flexible options for weeks and extended days.

H ARVADA CENTER SUMMER ARTS CAMPS Arvada 720-898-7200

WWW.ARVADACENTER.ORG/EDUCATION These inspiring and creative camps offer experiences in ceramics, dance, drama, music, photography, visual arts and more for children ages 5-18, and ArtStart camps for 3-5 year olds. Camps start Monday, June 6 and sessions vary from one to eight weeks. Camps times are typically from 9 a.m.-noon, and 4 p.m. through mid-August. Campers may also sign up for lunch bunch sessions from noon-1 p.m. and/or after camp sessions from 4-5 p.m. All sessions are taught by highly trained, knowledgeable teachers in a safe and fun environment. Look for a complete list of camp sessions in our 2017 catalog.

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WWW.BIXBYSCHOOL.ORG Monday-Friday. 7:15 a.m.-5:45 p.m., for ages 5-10. An exciting summer adventure with weekly themes such as Theater Production, Acrobats and Jugglers, Jurassic Park, and Ghanian Drum & Dance, in addition to art and crafts, outdoor activities, games, swimming, cooking and story/reading time. Special activities can include visits to areas outside of Bixby, Avid4 Adventure and swimming lessons. Bixby boasts three shady acres with a huge sandbox, unique play structures, a large indoor pool and a ropes course.

H BOULDER JCC PRESCHOOL CAMP Boulder 303-448-9939

WWW.BOULDERJCC.ORG Summer Camp at the JCC preschool is an enriching and playful experience for children ages 2.5-5 years old (entering kindergarten).

H BOULDER JCC SUMMER SPECIALTY CAMPS Boulder 303-998-1900, ext. 106

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H BROOMFIELD ACADEMY SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMP Broomfield 303-469-6449

WWW.BROOMFIELDACADEMY.COM The Broomfield Academy Summer Enrichment Camp, for children ages 5-12, provides an exciting, safe and educational environment in a relaxed setting that promotes learning and discovery. Each week includes thematic activities, indoor and outdoor games, age-appropriate projects and opportunities to swim.

H CAMP KESEM CU Boulder 720-883-4233

WWW.CAMPKESEM.ORG/COLORADO FACEBOOK.COM/CAMPKESEMCO CUBOULDER@CAMPKESEM.ORG Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, supporting children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder serves children from all around Colorado/Front Range region. This will be our fourth year as a chapter, and this Summer of 2017 we plan to serve 100 children. We

love to have fun, play games, be creative and just be completely ourselves during camp. As we grow each year, we grow closer to one another and our Kesem family becomes stronger together. Come see what the magic of Kesem is all about!

H CHERRYVALE DAY CAMP Boulder 303-998-1900, ext. 106

WWW.BOULDERJCC.ORG Cherryvale Day Camp creates a vibrant, enriching and fun summer camp experience for children ages 5-12. Our program offers a variety of activities and options for our campers including sports, creative arts, farm activites, swimming and electives. Cherryvale Day Camp is based in Jewish values and open to children of all backgrounds, races and religions.

H CITY OF LAFAYETTE SUMMER DAY CAMP Lafayette 303-665-0469

WWW.CITYOFLAFAYETTE.COM/CAMPS June 5-Aug. 4. Summer is a time for our imaginations to run wild; it’s a time for laughing, making life long friends, learning through hands-on adventures and discovering ourselves through safe,

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H COTTAGE SCHOOL — SUMMER EXCURSION CAMP Longmont 303-651-3780

H FOOD LAB COOKING CAMPS 303-953-8364

Boulder WWW.FOODLABBOULDER.COM Food Lab will be running week long kids’ summer camps for ages 6 and up. They run weekly May 30-Aug. 11. The camps will be from 9 a.m.-noon and they will differ by week: Italy, Latin, USA, Asia and baking. We teach knife skills, we cook from scratch and everyone eats what they cooked at days end!

WWW.LONGMONTCOTTAGE.COM We offer a fun and educational summer camp program for children ages 5 through 5th grade. Our camp program includes daily excursions to local museums, swimming pools/waterparks, bowling, roller-skating, theaters, ceramics and adventure parks. Our outdoor activities include mini sports camps, hiking, nature activities and the overnight campout at Carter Lake. We also have a learn-to-swim program coordinated with the Longmont Athletic Club. We provide all meals, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack.

H DAWSON SUMMER CAMPS Lafayette WWW.DAWSONSCHOOL.ORG/SUMMERCAMPS Check out Dawson Summer Camps for kids ages 5-18 starting June 5! We have seven fun-filled weeks full of arts, music, drama, sports, science, technology, cooking and more.

H DRUIDAWN SUMMER FANTASY CAMP Boulder 720-300-2216

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WWW.FRIENDSSCHOOLBOULDER.ORG For preschool, elementary, middle school, ages 3-14, weeklong morning and afternoon sessions. June 5-July 27. Programs include Preschool Backyard Camp, Explorer’s Camps, Circus Classes, Cooking, Art, 3-D Printing, Photography, Computer Programming, Architecture, Pre-Engineering and more. Licensed and accredited. Discounts available. More details and registration at FriendsSummerCamp.org

H FUN IN THE SUN DAY CAMPS (YMCA OF BOULDER VALLEY) Boulder, Broomfield, Louisville, Superior, Longmont 303-664-5455

WWW.YMCABV.ORG Fun in the Sun campers get to experience classic camp traditions, including opening and closing ceremonies, theme days and much more. They’ll enjoy archery, sports and games, swimming, crafts and STEM while making friends, building confidence and learning responsibility and respect. Seven convenient Boulder County and Broomfield locations ensure that we have the fun covered this summer.

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H ELDORADO MOUNTAIN YOGA CAMP Eldorado Springs 303-249-1671

WWW.ELDORADOYOGA.ORG Kids and teens will have a blast at our fun-filled, five-day camp sessions open to all kids ages 5-12. In our beautiful, natural setting at the Eldorado Mountain Yoga Ashram (just 10 minutes from Boulder) kids will enjoy a free-spirited yoga, arts and nature camp that integrates the wonderful body/ mind/heart benefits of yoga with traditional summer camp activities including music, theater, hiking, arts and crafts, swimming and games. Yoga and centering techniques infuse all camp activities. As a result, kids come home feeling nourished and balanced. Our staff of dedicated long-term yoga practitioners offers a high teacher to camper ratio. $280 per week for the first child, $180 per week for each sibling. In order for as many campers as possible to enjoy our unique camp experience, we request that you register for no more than two camp sessions.

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H KIDDIE ACADEMY OF ERIE Erie 303-828-1030

WWW.KIDDIEACADEMY.COM/ ACADEMIES/ERIE Kiddie Academy of Erie is proud to present Camp Adventure for summer 2017. This program immerses preschool and kindergarten students (age 3-6) in a different theme each week, from gardening to sports to celebrating heritage. Campers will work on weeklong fun projects each week. They will also take part in planned activities around the theme each week. There will be monthly field trips and several in-house trips.

H KIDZ KAMP — WITH BOULDER PARKS & RECREATION BOULDER Boulder 303-413-7270

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Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 19-23, June 27-30, July 10-14, July 17-21. Horizons K-8 School, $325 per child per week.

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week runs from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. MondayFriday at the East Boulder Community Center. Select your weeks, bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, lunch and have some fun. Campers will be divided by age and ability for most of the day.

H KIDZ KAMP WITH A FLIP — WITH BOULDER PARKS & RECREATION BOULDER Boulder 303-413-7270

WWW.BPRCAMPS.ORG Ages 5-11. Kidz Kamp with a flip at North Boulder Rec Center (NBRC) is back and offered twice as many weeks this summer! Campers will experience a variety of activities throughout the day including outdoor play, physical, social and creative activities, and time to cool off in our kid friends NBRC pool. Part of the afternoon will be spent in our state of the art gymnastics facility for some recreational gymnastics lead by our certified instructors.

Ages 5-11. Our Kidz Kamp at the East Boulder Community Center is the City of Boulder’s traditional day camp. Each week is packed with diverse, engaging activities that are designed for fun, skill building and character development. Our H LONGMONT SUMMER DAY CAMP 12 weeklong camps are sure to bring out Longmont the fun, joy and excitement of sum303-651-8404 mer. Weeks will include a variety WWW.LONGMONTCOLORADO. of sports, games, arts and GOV/REC crafts, swimming, canoeing, At multiple May 30-Aug 4. Monday-Friday, field trips to the Boulder camps, kids get a 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Daily fee: $38.50 Reservoir, Scott Carpenchance to experiresident/$48 non-resident. Weekly ter Pool, color wars and ence nature and fee (5-times daily fee): $192.50 much, much more. Each friendship. resident/$240 non-resident. Activitybased traditional summer day camp for ages 5-10 with swimming twice a week and weekly field trips to various Longmont parks. Flexible enrollment and payment options. Join us for a few days, a few weeks or all summer!

H MACKINTOSH ACADEMY — BOULDER CAMPUS SUMMER CAMPS Boulder and Littleton 303-554-2011

WWW.MACKINTOSHACADEMY.COM Is your child’s idea of fun fueled by creativity and invention? Creative explorers will thrive at our Summer Day Camps for grades K-8 on our stunning 23-acre campus. Join us for full and half day specialty camps Monday-Friday for ages 5-14. Specialty camp options include: Art Around the World, Sports and Science, Hogwarts Americana, Wilderness Survival, Magical Creatures, Embedded Electronics, Olympic Sports, Drawing and Painting, Dungeons & Dragons, Sticky Fingers Cooking and Renaissance Adventures! Email jenny@mackintoshacademy.com with questions. see GENERAL CAMPS Page 20

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www.campstorycamp.com Don’t let your kiddos sit on the couch and play with their phones this summer — let them get out there and have some fun at camp!

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H MY 1ST CAMP — WITH BOULDER PARKS & RECREATION BOULDER Boulder

after-camp care offered until 5 p.m. Earlybird, buddy and multiple session discounts.

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Ages 4-6. Looking for an introduction camp for your little ones this summer? If so My 1st Camp is the perfect camp for you. Campers will be exposed to group games, movin’ and groovin’ to music, arts and crafts and swimming. The second week of My 1st Camp will be offered at North Boulder Park located less than a mile away from our North Boulder Rec Center (NBRC). Join us at for a fun time at the park, playing on the playground, group games on the grass and a walk to the NBRC to swim in the pool.

H PRIMROSE SUMMER ADVENTURE CLUB Lafayette 303-665-4769

WWW.PRIMROSESCHOOLS.COM/SCHOOLS/ LAFAYETTE/ This summer imaginations take flight. Enter a whole new world of discovery at Primrose Summer Adventure Club. Ages 5-12 will enjoy exciting theme weeks like movie-making, robotics and the science of cooking, we combine learning, exploration and allout fun. Old friends and new best buddies join forces to make it the best summer yet.

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We are Boulder County’s award-winning summer day camp for boys and girls. The only traditional day camp offered in the area.

H SHEPHERD VALLEY WALDORF SCHOOL SUMMER CAMPS Niwot 303-652-0130

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WWW.CAMPSTORYCAMP.COM Children bring stories to life through visual art, stop-motion animation, physical theater and interactive sculpture. We connect with nature, learn to walk on stilts, develop circus skills, repurpose materials, and build art installations. Storycamp seeks to embolden children, to encourage curiosity and build fresh relationships with a rapidly evolving world. Activities are designed to facilitate embodiment, imagination and the ability to respond creatively and empathetically while collaborating. Our instructors are professional artists and experienced educators who have worked with children throughout the world. For ages 7-12 years. June through August. Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-3:30 p.m. Aftercare until 5 p.m. Eight complementary sessions, can attend in sequence. $350/ week.

H SUNFLOWER PRESCHOOL Boulder 303-494-2012

WWW.SUNFLOWERPRESCHOOLBOULDER. COM Each day we emphasize the simple joys of summer with lots of time for: water play, gardening, walks, outdoor projects and child-directed exploration of our multi-dimensional play areas and gardens. We have developed our outdoor classroom into the first certified Nature Explore classroom in Boulder. At the same time we offer a Montessori based classroom with a scientific theme curriculum. During the summer months we study bugs and insects, tropical rainforests, oceans, ocean animals, and the natural environment. In addition to the child directed classroom setting we have a science room designed as a hands on children’s museum for further discovery.

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H SUNSET ACADEMY SUMMER DAY CAMP Longmont 303-651-6600

WWW.SUNSETACADEMY.COM Sunset Academy offers a low ratio summer camp for ages 5-12 that includes lots of on-site activities mixed with daily excursions to include swimming, skating, bowling, museums, nature hikes and more. There are weekly trips to places such as the Denver Zoo, Broomfield Aquatic Park, National Parks and more. We have a fun and educational environment, a large field with gazebo and even a garden. Program fills up fast so call for registration information or stop by for a visit!

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children receive plenty of personal, one-on-one attention. And, while children are encouraged to share memories and express their grief, Camp Comfort offers fun, too. The daily itinerary includes plenty of opportunities for recreation including swimming, horseback riding, arts and crafts, fishing and hiking. The total cost to attend Camp Comfort, including all workshops, recreation, meals, snacks and overnight accommodations, is $150. Scholarships are available based on financial need. For more information or to receive a brochure, visit the Camp Comfort website.

H GLOBAL WORKS TRAVEL Boulder-based with trips to 20 destinations 303-545-2202

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For 27 years, Global Works has been providing exceptional Community Service, Summer Enrichment, Adventure Travel and Language Immersion programs for students and groups. Global Works international trips are the bridge for meaningful cultural exchange with people around the world. In all of our locations, we partner with communities and organizations to select and implement grassroots service projects that make an impact. Our philosophy is to work WITH a community, not for a community. All Global Works programs feature community service projects and adventure activities. Global Works offers summer service adventures for high school students and custom group travel for schools and organizations.

H YMCA CAMP SHADY BROOK Deckers 719-329-7266

WWW.CAMPSHADYBROOK.ORG Tucked into the breathtaking background of Pike National Forest, Camp Shady Brook has been making memories in the mountains for over 65 years. We offer week- and two-weeklong sessions for ages 6-17. Classic summer camp activities include archery, swimming, boating and challenge course, to name a few. Specialized sessions include equestrian programs ages 8-16, mini aspen for 6-8 year olds and adventure camp for ages 10-15. Make friends, build self-esteem, gain independence, learn responsible decision-making and have an adventure! Campers enjoy camp in a safe environment designed to foster growth through fun, safe and challenging programs.

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WWW.YMCABV.ORG Ensure your teen’s summer is fulfilling and fun. We’ll visit amusement parks, head to the mountains, sail down a few water slides, turn a sharp corner on a go-cart, play mini golf and more! Or if leadership opportunities are up your teen’s alley, check out our Leaders in Training program to make a difference this summer. Day camps are divided by sessions throughout the summer.

H THE COLORADO MOUNTAIN RANCH SUMMER DAY CAMP Gold Hill, Boulder 303-417-9114

WWW.COLORADOMOUNTAINRANCH.COM Voted the Best of Boulder four years in a row! The Colorado Mountain Ranch offers traditional summer camp for the modern kid. Nestle in the town of Gold Hill, children 7-17 get the outdoor summer experience they (and you) have been looking for. Children get to enjoy a huge variety of activities out in nature. From horseback riding to mountain boarding, animal care to gymnastics, archery to yoga, there is something for everyone. Transportation provided from Boulder every day and an optional overnight each week. The 2017 Summer camp season runs June 5- Aug. 11. Register online today, sessions are from Monday- Friday.

H TWEEN LOCO SUMMER DAY CAMP Longmont 303-651-8404

WWW.LONGMONTCOLORADO.GOV/REC June 5-Aug 4. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily fee: $40 resident/$50 non-resident. Weekly fee (5-times daily fee): $200 resident/ $250 non-resident: Experiential-based traditional summer camp for youth ages 11-13 that utilizes local opportunities and camper input. Includes swimming twice a week and weekly field trips. Expanded hours of camp available. Flexible enrollment and payment options!

OVERNIGHT CAMPS H CAMP COMFORT Near Georgetown on I-70 303-674-6400

WWW.MTEVANS.ORG/CAMP-COMFORT Mt. Evans Hospice offers summer weekend camp for grieving children. This unique bereavement camp is a way for children ages 6-12 to explore their feelings of grief and share memories of their loved ones. During this extraordinary weekend, children learn ways to cope with their grief through workshops led by licensed social workers and trained bereavement professionals. A volunteer “buddy” system (with no more than two children to one adult) ensures that

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Day Camp for children ages 3–8 and specialty camps for ages 3–16. Classes include Legos to literacy, day camp to art, soccer to chess, science, music, theater, technology, and more! Mix and match your camp selections and create a program that matches your child’s interest with your budget. BCD is State of Colorado licensed and accredited by ACIS.

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* Negotiate peace between six dwarven clans * Out-riddle Novani, the emerald djinni

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Register Now! * Early Bird Discount ends April 1st * $75 First-time Discount * Birthday Parties, Sword Skirmishes & More!

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Living Arts Summer Camps in Niwot for Curious Children Wee Folk, ages 3-5, flexible half or full days, three - 3 week sessions. Our youngest makers enjoy a balance of outdoor play and sensory exploration through craft.

Young Folk, ages 6-12, eight - 1 week sessions. Map Makers, Pirates & Optical Illusions? Join us as we travel back in time and “make” our way!

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Live action role-playing games foster imagination, collaboration and a lot of fun

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ast summer, a group of 9-year-olds gathered for a weeklong, self-led expedition into the unknown. They would be on their own, relying only on themselves to make decisions and solve whatever problems might crop up. It would be dangerous. Their mission: to negotiate a peace treaty between the dwarves and goblins. This is Adventure Quest, a day camp hosted each summer by Renaissance Adventures. Kids play the roles of heroes, taking up foam swords and embarking on fantastic weeklong quests in local parks and trails. They really are on their own, in a sense — while quest leaders supervise each group, the kids are allowed total freedom in their in-game choices. This freedom lies at the heart of Adventure Quest’s success. It imbues the fantasy world with a feeling not only of fun, but of reality. Kids take part in this world, free to make decisions, work together, solve problems, make mistakes — and their actions have consequences. As an educational tool, the effects are profound. “It’s like sitting down with your child and co-creating a story together, except that we’re outside in the sun and nature, hiking around, swasher-sword dueling, role-playing and embodying it,” says founder and director Mark Hoge. “We’re learning in our bodies how to be brave and how to stand up for what we believe in and how to speak the truth.” The first order of business for new questers is creating a character. Options range from hair color to personality to abilities to species (elves, centaurs, treepeople — pretty much everything’s fair game). The element of choice opens up what might otherwise be a niche game to a wide range of kids. Kids who like sports will enjoy sword dueling, while others might prefer to reason their way through the game’s challenges, and more extroverted kids will take interest in the game’s social and theatrical aspects. While the summer programs are open to kids aged 6 to 17 (depending on the particular program), questers are grouped by age and the depth and complexity of their activities varies accordingly. “We have all kinds of kids there, and those kids can take any kind of a role,” Hoge says. “If the kid likes make-believe, and most kids do, they’re going to probably love the camp.” Adventure Quest is a live action role-playing game (LARP), a type of game inspired by table-top fantasy games like Dungeons & Dragons, but differing in the fact that it’s acted out live and outside. Questers and quest leaders co-create their world — the leader acts as a link between the kids and the world (describing what they “see,” and acting out whatever they encounter). The story that results is an unpredictable collaboration, much like the make-believe games we all played as children, but structured and driven by professional-level storytelling. Renaissance Adventures offers a variety of programs apart from the standard, summer Adventure Quest. Alternate quest programs include Star Quest (Adventure Quest’s sci-fi incarnation), Quest and Quill BOULDER WEEKLY

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(where time is divided between questing and creative writing) and Heroes Academy (a more in-depth and open-ended Adventure Quest for teenagers). The weekend-long overnight and the Sword Skirmish Club are immensely popular, not to mention their birthday parties. Teens who may feel too old to participate in questing are encouraged to attend quest-leading workshops and to apply to be knighted as Counselorsin-Training (CITs). “In the teenage years, people’s interest in imaginary

in for a surprise of his own: they loved it. “The kids were just sold,” Hoge says. “I realized that adding story to the activity is the magic key. “After so many years of working with kids, it was mind blowing to see how they responded. When you

Renaissance Adventures offers programs that allow kids to get outside and let their imaginations soar through live action role-playing games.

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things dwindles, and they’re really looking for ways to get involved in something that feels more real,” says Harper Stone, who was the program’s first CIT and has since become Renaissance Adventure’s Washington branch manager. “As CITs, teens can stay engaged in the questing world while helping other kids and learning the skills that it takes to be a quest leader at the same time.” Since his own formative years, Hoge has felt a deep connection to roleplaying games. “Dungeons & Dragons became my lifesaver as a teenager,” Hoge says. “It gave me a great opportunity for social skills and camaraderie with friends. Creating quests and going on quests was an incredible creative outlet.” When introduced to LARPing in his mid-20s, he knew he’d found something special. At the time, he was directing a creative arts summer camp in Connecticut, and decided to give it a try with the kids. He organized a surprise, three-day, Native-American-themed LARP for a group of boys on a camping trip. But Hoge was

add a story to almost any activity, those kids get more engaged and more alive,” Hoge says. “Laziness goes right out the window.” The weekend LARPs became immensely popular — it worked so well that Hoge decided to found Renaissance Adventures upon returning to Boulder County in 1995. He owes its success in part to our love for stories. “Story sparks one’s imagination. You want to know where it’s going — how’s the hero going to bypass this challenge? How are they going to succeed against the odds?” Hoge says. “Stories excite kids because it’s showing them a new world, and it’s showing them new ideas.” But Hoge believes we can take storytelling one step further by becoming part of the story. “When they play Adventure Quest, those kids are free,” he says. “They’re feeling the level of empowerment and respect that they really need and crave — that everybody needs and craves.” MARCH 2, 2017 23


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of all abilities. Our camps maintain a focus on the FC Boulder club values of community, character, passion and achievement. Players will receive small-group training involving soccer fundamentals, techniques and tactics. Activities will be designed to accommodate players of all skill levels and abilities. FC Boulder camps welcome recreational and competitive players who are looking not only to improve themselves as soccer players, but also to have fun playing the beautiful game of soccer. For ages 3-12.

H ADVENTURE DAY CAMP (YMCA OF BOULDER VALLEY) Boulder and Longmont 303-664-5455

WWW.YMCABV.ORG Join us for even more land ventures and water thrills this summer as we continue to expand our Adventure Camp offerings. Campers will progress from basic to advanced skills in our rock climbing, whitewater stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and flatwater stand-up paddleboarding camps. Our progressive curricula inspires campers to challenge themselves, develop positive relationships, build excellent leadership skills, learn the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle and conquer their greatest perceived limitations. In case of inclement weather, we will run other skills and teambuilding activities at our “base camp” facility. The YMCA partners with world-renowned adventure guides and instructors to ensure campers experience safe, fun and unparalleled educational programming. We are thrilled to be partnering with Boulder Rock Club and Rocky Mountain Paddleboard. Day camps are divided by sessions throughout the summer. H ADVENTURE MONTESSORI Lafayette 303-665-6789

WWW.ADVENTUREMONTESSORI.COM Ages 3-5 camps run from June 1 to July 26. Our spacious campus features a farm area and plenty of room for outdoor splash days, gardening and learning about environmental education, caring for our gardens and animals. A weekly trike-a-thon is also a favorite of our younger friends and prepares them for the longer elementary treks! Learning through experience is our year-round aim. H ADVENTURE QUEST WITH RENAISSANCE ADVENTURES Boulder, Longmont and Lyons 303-786-9216

WWW.RENAISSANCEADVENTURES.COM Your child is the hero of a mythic quest in an incredibly fun, award-winning outdoor experience like none other! In small groups of like ages, the heroes read maps, solve mysteries and riddles, overcome dynamic challenges, and battle using safe foam swords. As with all Renaissance Adventures programs, Adventure Quest is designed to develop teamwork, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, communication, and other 21st century skills. With highlytrained staff, multiple awards and over 20 years experience, it’s no wonder Renaissance Adventures is so popular. We also run exciting birthdays, after-school programs and more. Get a $75 discount for joining a summer quest for the first time, and a $75 credit for referring 24 MARCH 2, 2017

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H CAL-WOOD SUMMER CAMPS Jamestown 303-449-0603, ext. 7

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others! Weekly programs all summer long and whenever school is out. Ages 6-17. H AEI Almont

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WWW.AEIBASECAMP.COM This camp is located 10,000 feet above sea level in the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. The spectacular scenery of the backcountry base camp is the perfect site for your wilderness experience. Activities include backpacking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, inflatable kayaking, fly fishing, climbing tower, orienteering, adventure racing, day hikes, peak ascents, leave-no-trace ethics and more. Christianbased camp adventure programs available.

Cal-Wood is a place for adventure! Summer days are spent exploring our forests, meadows, creeks, and What’s summer historical sites while making new outdoor activities such as with out sunshine? friends and bonding with old. canoeing, swimming, hikLet your camper Campers will learn to embrace soak up some Vitaing, nature play, scavenger the mountains whether they min D at an outdoor hunts, fishing and many are spending their nights in a camp this summore. Educational opportuquaint log cabin by the main mer. lodge, sleeping under the stars in nities include presentations a tent on a beautiful remote piece of by water conservation, fire Cal-Wood’s land, or venturing out into safety and sustainability profeslocal Colorado wilderness on a multi-day sionals. backpacking trip. If you are an aspiring artist, a curious engineer, an outdoor enthusiast, an inquisitive historian, an avid hiker, an observant H BOLD EARTH ADVENTURES naturalist, or just a kid who likes to smile, we Rocky Mountain National Park have a program for you! Campers entering grades 303-526-0806 3rd-12th are welcome for camps ranging from WWW.BOLDEARTH.COM 4-7 days. Join us and bring your friends for an When it comes to unforgettable summers, unforgettable summer!

WWW.AVID4.COM This summer, experience the power of authentic outdoor adventure. Avid4 Adventure camps teach pre-K-seventh graders of all levels to climb, paddle, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors. With help from our time-tested curriculum and insanely experienced instructors, we give campers solid skills and charactershaping confidence, launching them into a lifetime of empowering adventure. Camp locations in Boulder, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs (NEW in 2017), Denver, Golden, Highlands Ranch and Lafayette.

Bold Earth Adventures has been leading the teen adventure travel industry since 1976. Our vision empowers high school students to feel alive, competent and part of a self-motivated team. Enjoy world-class expeditions in rock climbing, whitewater rafting, backpacking, biking, sailing, kayaking, horse packing and service projects. Our hallmark is responsibility, commitment and inspirational leadership. Phone interview and references are required. 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. Rock climb in Colorado, language class in Costa Rica, world class whitewater rafting, climb peaks, PADI SCUBA dive Fiji, build bamboo rafts in Thailand, hike the great wall of China, visit Machu Picchu or surf the warm blue waters of Hawaii! Ages 11-18.

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WWW.BPRCAMPS.ORG Ages 6-11. Get reconnected with nature, let your imagination run, and experience all that Boulder has to offer. Children will participate in

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H CLIMBING FOR LIFE Englewood 303-359-4438

WWW.CLIMBINGFORLIFE.ORG Climbing For Life is a nonprofit organization devoted to healthy youth development in at-risk populations from the Denver metro area. Programs, including a long-term mentoring program, provide young people with challenging personal experiences through outdoor education. H CURE ORGANIC FARM KIDS’ FARM CAMP Boulder 303-666-6397

WWW.CUREORGANICFARM.COM Kids’ Farm Camp allows children to experience all the workings of a small, organic, diversified farm. From collecting eggs to feeding pigs to gathering flowers to planting and harvesting vegetables, campers will enjoy the full farm experience. Cooking and arts and crafts are a part of each week as well. Camps weekly from June 5th through August 10, ages 6-9.

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WWW.THEELMTREE.ORG For our summer camp program all materials are included in the tuition cost. Students who enroll in our year round program will pay a one-time materials fee of $200. Elm Tree Preschool provides a healthy, organic morning and afternoon snack each day, children bring their own lunches from home. We believe that all children deserve to play and be in nature on a regular basis, to have a real and personal relationship with the natural world and that a lot of children miss this opportunity. H GROWING GARDENS — CHILDREN’S PEACE GARDEN Boulder 303-443-9952

WWW.GROWINGGARDENS.ORG Spend an active week in the blooming Peace Garden, investigating the secret world of insects and honeybees, creating art from nature and exploring wondrous plants while making new friends. We’ll grow and taste from the salsa garden and cook pizza using the power of the sun! Instructors are experienced educators trained in CPR and First Aid. Location: 1630 Hawthorn Ave., just off the bike path. JuneAugust. Ages 3-11. Enroll online. H KNIGHTHOOD CIT WITH RENAISSANCE ADVENTURES Boulder, Longmont and Lyons 303-786-9216

WWW.RENAISSANCEADVENTURES.COM For teenagers, the skills of leadership, self-accountability, and integrity are learned and developed. The Knight CIT offering at Renaissance Adventures is a unique leadership program where teens become mentors to groups of younger kids, and assistants to our adult counselors. Knights join an Adventure Quest group, who are playing the heroes of a mythic quest. Adventure Quest is experiential education through live-action roleplaying, and the participants solve mysteries and riddles, overcome dynamic challenges and battle foes using safe, foam swords. Knight CITs assist the Quest Leader to help with activities, challenges, storytelling, plot dynamics, characters, safety and leadership. Join the quest! We also run exciting Heroes’ Alliance programs, Quest Leading Workshops, and other programs for teens. Weekly programs all summer long and whenever school is out. Ages 14+. H LAKESHORE LANDSHARK SUMMER DAY CAMP Broomfield, Boulder and Superior 303-729-4300

WWW.LSAC-FLATIRON.COM/SERVICES/ YOUTH-PROGRAMS Our fantastic camp features a perfect mix of healthy movement, field trips, theme days, classic camp games, art exploration, science experiments, snack making, talent shows, scavenger hunts, community service projects, friendship galore, rock climbing on our 50-foot climbing wall and daily swimming in our beautiful on-site water park. June 6 through Aug. 12, ages 5 to 11. BOULDER WEEKLY

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H LAUGHING COYOTE PROJECT SUMMER CAMPS Longmont 303-659-4079

WWW.LAUGHINGCOYOTEPROJECT.ORG Day camps cost: $275, Ages: 8-16 depending on the camp. Gender: co-ed. Laughing Coyote Project offers a variety of day camps with themes reflecting the practice of primitive skills and traditional knowledge, including: firemaking, archery, basketry, plant foraging, wildlife tracking, games, natural movement and camouflage. Email summercamp@laughingcoyoteproject.org. H LEARN TO SAIL, INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED — WITH COMMUNITY SAILING OF COLORADO Boulder 303-757-7718

WWW.COMMUNITYSAILING.ORG Ages 8-17. These camps are for beginning sailors. Emphasis is on learning the basics and feeling comfortable on the water. Be ready to learn rigging, basic boat handling, terminology, docking, capsize recovery, knot tying and marine safety. H LITTLE PUFFS CAMPS — WITH COMMUNITY SAILING OF COLORADO Boulder 303-757-7718

WWW.COMMUNITYSAILING.ORG Ages 5-7. These camps introduce students to water safety, sailing and boating while instilling new levels of confidence in a boat and on the water. The lake will become your child’s favorite new playground, as Little Puffs learn through games and activities led by qualified instructors and close supervision. H MAGIC SKY RANCH Near Fort Collins 1-877-404-5708

WWW.GIRLSCOUTSOFCOLORADO.ORG Girl Scout camp is the leader in summer fun and adventure for girls at an affordable cost. You don’t have to already be a Girl Scout — new campers get a discount! Registration Is open for day and overnight camps statewide. H SINGLETRACK MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURES Boulder 303-447-8014

WWW.RIDESMBA.ORG Flexible schedule. SMBA offers weekly summer camps, afterschool rides, weekend rides, half-day camps and race series. SMBA introduces youth to the exhilaration and adventure of mountain biking. Easy to advanced trail riding allows for mastery of new skills in a fun, safe and supportive environment. H STAND UP PADDLEBOARD AND WINDSURFING CAMP — WITH COMMUNITY SAILING OF COLORADO Boulder 303-757-7718

WWW.COMMUNITYSAILING.ORG Ages 8-17. Learn how to harness the winds at the Boulder Reservoir and strengthen your windsurfing skills in this three-day camp.

H STAR QUEST WITH RENAISSANCE ADVENTURES Boulder

H YMCA CAMP ORA PENN Nederland (Drop off/pick up in Boulder)

WWW.RENAISSANCEADVENTURES.COM Intrepid adventures in space! Star Quest is a science fiction live-action roleplaying game that is designed to develop the 21st century skills of teamwork, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, communication, and a love for learning. In this unique experience, the Questers band together in small groups of like age to discover strange new worlds, overcome dynamic challenges, negotiate intergalactic treaties, and battle using blasters (beanbags) and fusion blades (foam swords). The themes and settings explore futuristic mainstays like warp speed, mech suits, tapping into the “Meta” for telepathic powers, time travel, cyberpunk netrunning, alien “hive mind” sentience and more. Join us for an exciting, active and mindbending programs that are a short ways off, in a galaxy really, really close. See website for dates. Ages 10-17.

WWW.YMCABV.ORG Located in the heart of Nederland’s Magnolia Trail System and the National Forest Service, YMCA Camp Ora Penn is an outdoor, nature-based program in which campers hike local trails, connect with and learn about nature, practice archery, explore ponds and build forts, play games and much more. Swimming will be offered once a week and an optional camp out is offered weekly. Bus transportation is provided to and from camp. Day camps are divided by sessions throughout the summer.

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H THORNE NATURE EXPERIENCE SUMMER CAMP Boulder and Littleton 303-499-3647

WWW.THORNENATURE.ORG Spend the summer catching frogs, getting muddy, biking down mountain trails, and exploring Colorado’s wild places with the Thorne Nature Experience Summer Camp! Thorne offers fun, hands-on nature “Camp Experiences” for children aged 3-15 in Waterton Canyon in Littleton and in Boulder. NEW this year, Thorne is offering “Camp Experiences” for children aged 6-11 in Louisville! Kids will have a blast practicing important survival skills, exploring forests and streams, learning about local plants and animals, and finding tadpoles, crawfish, grasshoppers, and more! Our experienced, CPR and first-aid trained instructors help facilitate student learning and appreciation for the outdoors while keeping them safe. Students complete the program with a newfound respect and awe of nature, increased understanding of the environment, and a desire to get back outside. H TOMAHAWK RANCH Near Bailey 1-877-404-5708

WWW.GIRLSCOUTSOFCOLORADO.ORG Girl Scout camp is the leader in summer fun and adventure for girls at an affordable cost. You don’t have to already be a Girl Scout — new campers get a discount! Registration is open for day and overnight camps statewide.

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OVERNIGHT CAMPS H ADVENTURE QUEST OVERNIGHT WITH RENAISSANCE ADVENTURES Jamestown 303-786-9216

WWW.RENAISSANCEADVENTURES.COM Your child is the hero of a mythic quest in an incredibly fun overnight experience like none other! In cabins of like ages, the heroes journey forth into the beautiful forests of Cal-Wood Education Center Jamestown to discover treasures, overcome traps and dynamic challenges and battle foes using safe foam swords. As with all Renaissance Adventures programs, Adventure Quest is designed to develop teamwork, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, communication, and other 21st century skills. With highly-trained staff, multiple awards, and over 20 years experience, it’s no wonder Renaissance Adventures is so popular. We also run exciting day quests, birthdays, afterschool programs and more. July 12-15. Ages 9-17. H AVID4 ADVENTURE — COLORADO MOUNTAIN CAMP 800-977-9873

WWW.AVID4.COM This summer, experience the power of authentic outdoor adventure. Colorado Mountain Camp teaches 1st-12thgraders 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 Wilderness First Aid and CPR), we give campers 21+ solid outdoors skills and character-shaping confidence they can use at camp and beyond, launching them into a lifetime of empowering adventure. Oneand two-week sessions available from June through August. H BLUE MOUNTAIN RANCH

H WILD BEAR SUMMER CAMPS Nederland and Boulder Colorado 303-258-0495

WWW.WILDBEAR.ORG Fun, hands-on, arts-integrated nature camps for ages 3-15. NederRangers, ages 5-6, Mountain Rangers, ages 6-7, Wild Naturalists, ages 8-10 and Wild Workshops for ages 10 and older. Choose your own schedule! Camps in the mountains (shuttle provided) and on Fridays at NCAR in Boulder.

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CAMP@BLUEMOUNTAINRANCH.COM Ride a horse through Pike National Forest on the way to our own outpost, The Meadow! Fish for trout or canoe in our lake, zip through the forest on our newly redone ropes course, or meet kids from all over the U.S. and many foreign countries! Our many returning staff members and campers ensure our spirit and family atmosphere! Coach see OUTDOOR CAMPS Page 26

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Bill and Dorothy Allen created a children’s world where kids can grow in all ways in the great outdoors with the help of excellent counselors. H CAMP CHIEF OURAY (YMCA OF THE ROCKIES) Granby 970-887-2648

WWW.CAMPCHIEFOURAY.ORG Located on 5,100 acres of mountains, valleys, streams and meadows — boredom is simply not an option. Traditional Camp for kids ages 7-14 is designed to provide fun and growth through a series of exciting experiences in a beautiful mountain setting. Special attention is given to the development of positive human relations, leadership and character development. The week at camp consists of a mix between cabin activities, activities with kids of similar interests, camping out, hiking, camp-wide games, and a chance for campers to choose their favorite activities. Adventure Trips for teenagers ages 1415 has a dynamic array of wilderness programs for campers looking for an added adventure. These exciting backcountry programs offer campers the chance to participate in rafting, mountain biking, backpacking, horse packing and kayaking adventures! Leadership Training Programs for teenagers age 15-18 builds community leaders. Camp Chief Ouray has many opportunities for teens to gain valuable leadership skills while participating in activities at camp and in the wilderness. H CAMP GRANITE LAKE Golden 720-249-2997

WWW.CAMPGRANITELAKE.COM Connect with friends, counselors and nature in a supportive, un-plugged community! Campers choose from activities including: sailing, rock climbing, woodworking, canoeing, ceramics, SUP, backpacking, archery, culinary arts, etc. Beautiful 135-acre property with private 8-acre lake located in Coal Creek Canyon. Two-week sessions for campers finishing 2nd-9th grade. ACA Accredited, CDHS licensed. Discounts, payment plans. Visit our website or call to schedule a personal on-site tour or slideshow.

H CHELEY COLORADO CAMPS Estes Park 303-377-3616

WWW.CHELEY.COM Cheley has provids an awesome overnight summer experience for girls and boys ages 9-17. Located in Estes Park, attracting children from all over the world. Activities include; backpacking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, technical climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, crafts and more. HDEER HILL EXPEDITIONS INC. Mancos 970-533-7492

WWW.DEERHILLEXPEDITIONS.COM INFO@DEERHILLEXPEDITIONS.COM Deer Hill leads inspiring journeys in the Southwest and Costa Rica that combine wilderness adventure and service projects with Native Americans. No previous experience required. New this year: A Mini-Camp pilot for 7 and 8 year olds. August 9-12. H LAUGHING COYOTE PROJECT SUMMER CAMPS Longmont 303-659-4079

SUMMERCAMP@LAUGHINGCOYOTE PROJECT.ORG WWW.LAUGHINGCOYOTEPROJECT.ORG Overnight Camps Cost: $400-$600 sliding scale. Ages: 13-18. Gender: co-ed. This Teen Overnight is an opportunity for students to apply the skills practiced by our ancestors, to sleep in shelters, cook over fires, track animals and become a part of the surrounding landscape. We will practice the ancient invisibility of the scout, tell stories under the stars, move quietly along the paths of elk, squeeze through the rabbits’ passageways, forage the wild fruits. If you are looking to connect yourself to the earth, come and join us! H MAGIC SKY RANCH Near Fort Collins 1-877-404-5708

WWW.GIRLSCOUTSOFCOLORADO.ORG Girl Scout camp is the leader in summer fun and adventure for girls at an affordable

cost. You don’t have to already be a Girl Scout — new campers get a discount! Registration Is open for day and overnight camps statewide. H SANBORN WESTERN CAMPS Florissant 719-748-3341

WWW.SANBORNWESTERNCAMPS.COM Since 1948, Sanborn Western Camps have been creating outdoor experiences of exceptional quality and depth. Sanborn’s fun, relaxed atmosphere and caring staff provide a supportive environment for individual growth in self-confidence, independence and awareness of others. Each child’s contributions are valued in a community based on mutual respect and shared adventures. Big Spring Ranch for Boys and High Trails Ranch for Girls lie at an elevation of 8,700 feet in the center of Colorado. The camps own more than 6,000 acres of open pine forest, wildflower meadows and rocky bluffs. H SINGLETRACK MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURES (SMBA) Boulder 303-447-8014

WWW.RIDESMBA.ORG SMBA Adventure Trips and Race Camps bring riders to some of the best riding in Moab, Colorado and beyond. 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. H THE HERO’S ALLIANCE WITH RENAISSANCE ADVENTURES Allens Park and Colorado Springs 303-786-9216

sorcerers, Baron Egil and his knights, and the Duchess and her nobles. Battle day and night with many monstrous foes! See website for dates (one weekend per month). Ages 14+. H TOMAHAWK RANCH Near Bailey 1-877-404-5708

WWW.GIRLSCOUTSOFCOLORADO.ORG Girl Scout camp is the leader in summer fun and adventure for girls at an affordable cost. You don’t have to already be a Girl Scout — new campers get a discount! Registration is open for day and overnight camps statewide. H YMCA CAMP SANTA MARIA Bailey, Colorado 303-664-5455

WWW.YMCABV.ORG Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, YMCA Camp Santa Maria offers a classic resident camp experience. S’mores included! Campers kayak, paddleboard, swim, enjoy crafts, learn archery, hike and explore, build gnome homes and learn outdoor skills. But the fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Evenings at camp are spent playing games, performing skits, singing songs or sitting by the campfire. Kids learn independence, challenge their own limitations and connect with the natural world. H WOMEN’S WILDERNESS INSTITUTE Boulder 303-938-9191

WWW.RENAISSANCEADVENTURES.COM Teens band together with highly trained adult supervisors to undergo an experience like none other. In the Heroes’ Alliance, participants create a character and embark upon exciting missions, night-time ambushes, tavern merriment, and monster-laden wilderness exploration! During this weekend quest, the teens band together as a part of a dynamic, immersive village co-created by 70-plus costumed adult live-action roleplayers. Camp in rustic cabins or tents and interact with rogues,

WWW.WOMENSWILDERNESS.ORG The Front Range wilderness program specializes in real adventure for girls ages 8 to 18: hiking, rock climbing, backpacking and canoeing. Our courses are taught by the best all-female instructor teams around — specializing in confidence, leadership, and fun! Four- to eight-day courses, day camp and overnight. Courses start in Boulder and take place in the Boulder Open Space, the Snowy Range of Southern Wyoming, Colorado State Forest State Park, and Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. Full and partial need-based scholarships available.

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HORSEBACK RIDING DAY CAMPS H A RISING STAR EQUESTRIAN SUMMER CAMP Arvada 303-431-4675

WWW.ARISINGSTAREQCENTER.COM Starting with safety on the ground, students learn how to catch, halter, lead, groom and tack up their horses. Every day includes a group horseback riding lesson. Riding lessons are also available for hour-long and half-hour lessons. A Rising Star has experienced instructors on site who teach a variety of disciplines. Lesson horses or ponies available. June through August. H ACADEMY STABLES Lafayette

a place where children create art and community together Open Hands Art offers week-long art camps for ages 7-12 and

for middle schoolers in a creative, idyllic setting. Our indoor space includes a ceramic studio, a painting and mixed media studio, and a library/ “quiet space.” The spacious yard has a treehouse/painting studio, climbing tree and inspirational garden. Co-taught by ceramic artist, Sue Allman and mixed media artist, Page Zekonis, camps offer a different theme each week that children explore in clay, paint and mixed media. Our goal at Open Hands Art is to provide a supportive community where all have the freedom to explore and grow creatively.

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WWW.ACADEMYSTABLES.COM/ This camp runs weekly throughout the summer. Activities are designed for kids ages 5 and older, and sessions run from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lessons include horse care, horse shows, horse safety, riding instruction, horse show and Friday pizza day. The cost is $395 per camp. Discounts for multiple sign-ups. Both English and Western-style riding available. H COLORADO MOUNTAIN RANCH HORSE FOCUS CAMP Boulder 303-442-4557

WWW.COLORADOMOUNTAINRANCH.COM This is the horse lover’s dream... Riders spend at least half day every day on horseback. The other half of each day fills with other horse experiences and learning more about horses, building relationships with the animals, caring for them and working with them from the ground up. Days round out with ropes course challenges

and choices from Never ridden a horse? No worries! all the other Horseback riding activities.

camps are meant for equestrians of all levels.

H SUN PONY RANCH “LITTLE BUCKAROOS” RANCH CAMP Berthoud/Longmont

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WWW.SUNPONYRANCH.COM Our “Little Buckaroo” campers will learn about horses, including grooming, care and feeding. They will ride horses each day of camp. Campers will learn and practice safety around horses and around the ranch. They will get to try out some ranch chores and have special ranch fun. Activities are all age-appropriate for these younger kids. Little Buckaroos Ranch Camp is co-ed and for ages 5-7. Sessions are weekly, three days per week each, Tuesday through Thursday. The first session is June 6 through June 8, with seven additional weeks over the summer. Camp hours are 10:30 a.m.2 p.m. Cost is $155 for the first week and $130 for each additional week, or additional camper from the same family. H SUN PONY RANCH HORSEMANSHIP CAMP Berthoud/Longmont 303-349-0779

WWW.SUNPONYRANCH.COM Campers get their own horse for a week and learn responsibilities to care for it, riding twice each day. English or Western riding style. Activities include daily riding lessons, including bareback riding sessions, feeding, grooming, tacking and general care of your horse. Shampoo Day teaches how to bathe the horse, while Horse Show Day is a non-competitive show for family and friends. Sun Pony Ranch Horse Camp is co-ed and for ages 8-14. Sessions are one week each, from May 29 through Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. Cost is $395 per week. Register by April 30 for “Early Bird” rate of $370 per week. BOULDER WEEKLY


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From dance to outdoor adventures, there are numerous camps serving children and adults with a wide variety of special needs.

SPECIAL NEEDS DAY CAMPS H COLORADO CENTER FOR THE BLIND SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS Littleton 303-778-1130, ext. 222

WWW.COCENTER.ORG We have programs that teach the skills of blindness and offer exciting recreational activities for students in elementary school, middle school, high school and college prep. H COLORADO CONSERVATORY OF DANCE’S SUMMER CAMPS Broomfield 303-466-5685

WWW.CCDANCE.ORG/CLASSES/ SUMMER-PROGRAMS Ballet Expressions, a program designed for children with specific physical and cognitive needs, is offered for children ages 4-18. There is something for you this summer at CCD!

OVERNIGHT CAMPS H ADAM’S CAMP Winter Park — YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch 303-563-8290

WWW.ADAMSCAMP.ORG Adventure Camp is a five-day/night sleepaway camp that is full of fun, challenge and adventure! Campers enjoy activities that expand social horizons and provide the opportunity to develop the courage to try new things while increasing independence and confidence. This program is designed for youth and young adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities BOULDER WEEKLY

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such as autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. Campers must be mobile and enjoy group activities. Campers participate in daily adventures which may include zip lining, archery, rafting, alpine slides, swimming, wall climb, tubing, low ropes course, hiking, talent show, campfires and a camp-wide dance. Campers stay in family-style cabins with counselors, volunteers and peers. Our staffing of two experienced counselors and four volunteers per team of 10 campers allows for individualized relationships with each camper. H COLORADO LIONS CAMP Woodland Park

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WWW.COLORADOLIONSCAMP.ORG Residential camp program for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, ages 8-senior adult. H FIRST DESCENTS Estes Park 303-945-2490

WWW.FIRSTDESCENTS.ORG First Descents is a nonprofit organization based in Denver that provides life-changing outdoor adventures for adults ages 18-39 with cancer. Since its inception in 2001, First Descents has successfully influenced the lives of more than 3,000 young adults with cancer, by hosting multi-day adventure programs that are free for participants. First Descents will host climbing programs in Estes Park this summer. H ROCKY MOUNTAIN VILLAGE Empire 303-233-1666

WWW.EASTERSEALS/CO/OUR-PROGRAMS/ CAMPING-RECREATION/ROCKY-MOUNTAIN-VILLAGE.HTML A comprehensive summer camp program serving children and adults with a wide variety of special needs.

Kids Art Camps

Monday - Friday from June 1st - August 15th For Kids 4 and up Painting • Pizza • Facepaint • Games and More! 10am-1pm: 3 hours $24: painting + lunch 10am-3pm: 5 hours $40: painting + lunch+ another art activity. Pizza lunch $6+tax extra or pack lunch from home. See painting options and sign up for each camp day at www.poshsplat.com Kids will be taught step by step the painting of the day. Using acrylic paint on a 16”x20” canvas. They will learn technique, color mixing and most importantly have fun!

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Bixby Summer Camp A Play-Based Summer Camp for Rising K - 5th

Friends’ School

where gratitude is part of the curriculum and happiness greets you at the door.

New Adventures Every Week!

Jurassic Park!

Circus!

Herbs & Potions!

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Fun, relaxed, welcoming environment with weekly themes and activities Full day camp with flexible extended hours available (7:15am - 5:45pm) Chef-prepared hot lunch and snack available On site indoor pool and swimming program included Register Soon! See camp details at: www.bixbyschool.org/programs/summer/ or call 303.494.7508

Preschool through Middle School SUMMER PROGRAMS: Ages 3-14

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Art Around the World

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Magical Creatures Olympic Sports

Drawing and Painting Wilderness Survival

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f “all the world’s a stage,” it would make sense to start performing on a miniature one at an early age. Luckily, Boulder County offers more than a few options that provide kids with this very opportunity. Every summer, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival hosts Camp Shakespeare at the University of Colorado Boulder for kids ages 10-18, giving them an opportunity to rehearse and perform some of Shakespeare’s greatest works in a friendly and creative environment. Even for adults, Shakespeare can be difficult. His complex characters, elaborate plots and oldfashioned language can be daunting, to say the least. If this is the case, is it worth exposing Shakespeare to our kids who are, say, 10 years old? According to Amanda Giguere, the director of outreach for The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, children who are exposed to the complexity of Shakespeare at an early age benefit tremendously. “Getting them to dive into language and those complex ideas forces them to think deeply,” she says. “But beyond that, it’s team work and learning how to collaborate with a lot of people. The collaboration and the creativity that comes in any theater program is really vital for our youth. “They also get self-confidence, public speaking, the ability to really handle themselves in a public space,” Giguere adds. Zoe Gomez-Quiatt is one of the lucky ones. At age 10, she has been strutting her Shakespearian stuff for quite some time now, performing in some of Shakespeare’s most prolifically performed plays. Her favorite so far is The Comedy Of Errors. For those who are unfamiliar with this play, the theme of identity pervades almost every scene. For Gomez-Quiatt, who has portrayed Dromio of Syracuse in the play, the experience gave her an opportunity to see the complexity and flexibility of the Bard’s work. “It has so many twists,” she says. “It’s cool how, if it’s a girl playing [a male character], they can switch [the character] to a girl.” Performing in The Comedy Of Errors also taught Zoe to abide by a rule our parents consistently remind us of, but one we are apt to forget. “From that particular play, I learned that you should think before you act,” she says. “In Romeo And Juliet, I also learned that you should always be friendly to others, and always treat others the way you’d want to be treated,” she adds. Although Shakespeare may be complex, the lessons to learn from his plays are in fact very simple. You do not need to be a rocket scientist — or a Shakespearian connoisseur — to understand the BOULDER WEEKLY

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virtues of being kind and of thinking before you act. Maybe a Shakespeare play can help us implement these virtues into our lives more effectively. Shakespeare isn’t the only option for young thespians in Boulder County. The Boulder Dinner Theatre Academy (BDTA) holds Children’s Theater camps every summer for kids of all ages. There is a camp for kids ages 5-10, 11-14 and 14-18.

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Scott Beyette, one of the founding directors of BDTA, has high hopes for kids who join his camp. “Even if the kids in our camp don’t turn out to be artists, they can become public speakers, senators, even the president,” he says. “We’ve seen several of our kids that have been in our middle-school and high-school programs go on to pursue this in college and have gotten degrees in performing arts.” This year, the kids who attend the BDTA will be performing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Exuberant and symbolic, the story is taken from the Bible’s Book Of Genesis and includes a mix of dialogue and song.

trying,” he says. Beyette has received a lot Theater of positive feedback from the camps help kids parents of the children who learn teamwork and confidence. Zoe performed in the camps, and he Gomez-Quiatt took is optimistic about the next wave on the role of Dromof kids coming in. io of Syracuse in “It’s just a great experience. The Comedy of Errors. We’ve had so many comments from parents just saying, ‘Oh my God, this camp has changed my child’s life,’” he says. “‘They were always so quiet and so shy. They came out of their shell this summer.’” MARCH 2, 2017 31


performing arts camps PERFORMING ARTS DAY CAMP H AERIAL ARTS SUMMER CAMP Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Boulder 303-245-8272 WWW.FREQUENTFLYERS.ORG Has your child ever dreamed of flying — the amazing freedom, the fun, the excitement? Join professional teachers of aerial arts, dance and theater for this exciting camp! Students ages 4-18 are invited to Frequent Flyers’ Aerial Dance Studio to learn skills on trapeze, aerial fabric, aerial sling, dance and so much more. Help us transform the equipment into a magical world of flying bodies and soaring spirits! We will work to combine dance and improvisation to cultivate the skills necessary to become a The Art Underground/Arts HUB

H ARVADA CENTER SUMMER ARTS CAMPS Arvada 720-898-7200 WWW.ARVADACENTER.ORG

experience, June 5 - Aug. 5. Summer Intensive for experienced dancers, July 10-28. Master workshop, Aug. 7-10.

The Arvada Center performing arts camps offer creative experiences in theatre and dance. Sessions include musical theatre, drama, choreography, storytelling, improvisational comedy and more for kids ages 5-18. Musical Theatre and Drama camps ranging from 3-7 weeks are offered for kids ages 6-16. Look for a complete list of camp sessions in our 2017 catalog at arvadacenter.org/education.

H BOULDER DINNER THEATRE ACADEMY Boulder 303-449-6000 WWW.BDTACADEMY.ORG

H ARVADA CENTER SUMMER ARTS CAMPS — MUSICAL THEATRE TEEN INTENSIVE Arvada 720-898-7200 WWW.ARVADACENTER.ORG The popular Musical Theatre Teen Intensive

Drama Camp — Students entering grades six through 12 are invited to participate in an intensive training in the dramatic arts, with an emphasis on singing, dancing and acting. Academy students will learn the basics of producing their performance from beginning to end, including lighting, sound, set design and stage management. BDT Academy’s Summer Drama Camp sessions are held twice each summer for three weeks. City Drama Camps — BDT Academy also has summer drama camps for children ages 5-12 in cooperation with the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department. We offer nine weeklong drama camps from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. The camps are held at Salberg Park at the corner of 19th Street and Elder Avenue. Each week is different and uses the technique of “playmaking,” which lets the children use their imagination to adapt a familiar story or write their own script! Each day consists of script writing or review, drama instruction, set and costume making, rehearsal and outdoor playtime. There is a lovely playground/park at the drama camp site that we use for lunch and for breaks. H BOULDER PERFORMING ARTS Boulder 303-859-4195 WWW.BPAC.BIZ Morning, afternoon or all-day week-long camps; Monday-Friday, ages 5-7 and ages 8-10. Every camper will develop self confidence through singing, dancing, acting and art work. Using our weekly theme we will have fun wearing costumes, painting sets and props, and singing and dancing to create scenes with our favorite characters. All of our hard work culminates in a final performance on stage free for family and friends.

performing artist. At the end of the week there will be a small informal performance for family and friends in the studio. Visit our website for a complete schedule of full and half day offerings based on age and level. Six weeks to choose from! H ART UNDERGROUND Louisville and Lafayette 303-229-1127 WWW.ARTUNDER.ORG/ The Art Underground at the Arts HUB offers nearly 40 camps this summer in art, dance and theater including all-day camps, Fairy Camps, Play-Well Tek camps and IncrediFlix camps. The Arts HUB is a new art center in Lafayette with a 196-seat theater, art room and dance rooms. For a full list of 2017 offerings, please visit campscui.active.com/orgs/ArtsHub#/. 32 MARCH 2, 2017

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If all the world’s camp is back for ages 14H BOULDER SCHOOL OF ROCK a stage, help your 18. In this year’s five-week youngster prepare PERFORMANCE CAMP session, teens will learn all at a performing arts Boulder camp. the elements of creating 303-532-1201 Les Miserables. Auditions WWW.BOULDER.SCHOOLOFROCK. will be used to determine COM casting and all students, beThrough workshops, clinics and private ginner and experienced alike will instruction, our comprehensive camp experibe given equal opportunities for participation ence is designed to hone music performance in the musical. All performing arts sessions are and ensemble skills in a creative and fun taught by highly trained, knowledgeable teachenvironment. We know from experience that ers in a safe and fun environment. Look for a playing in a band situation speeds learning and complete list of camp sessions in our 2017 creates “seasoned” musicians. Even relatively catalog at arvadacenter.org/education advanced musicians are amazed at the amount of progress they make when regularly playing H BOULDER BALLET SUMMER PROGRAM with other musicians. Boulder Campers ages 8-18 wanting to participate 303-443-0028, ext. 201 in our camps should have at least six months WWW. BOULDERBALLET.ORG experience in guitar, bass, keys/piano, drums Study ballet in an atmosphere of playful or voice lessons before attending (sign up for professionalism! Classes for all ages and

lessons before!). To enroll in a camp, payment is due in full at the time of purchase. Camps run Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with the show on Friday! H BROOMFIELD SCHOOL OF ROCK PERFORMANCE CAMP Broomfield 303-325-3772 WWW.BROOMFIELD.SCHOOLOFROCK.COM We believe the best way to learn music is to play music. We take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels. H CAMP OONIE KOONIE CHA Boulder 303-413-1711 WWW.CAMPOONIEKOONIECHA.COM Safari means long journey in Swahili. Join us for a safari! Rumble in the jungle. Search for wild animals. Act out great jungle stories with drum accompaniments and make a beautiful monkey drum. Engage in scintillating science sessions. Campers make their own instruments, learn great songs and stories and receive a t-shirt and CD of our camp songs. Camp Oonie Koonie Cha is an action-packed summer music camp for children ages 4-8 that blends science, an Orff xylophone orchestra, drama, storytelling, instrument construction and a final performance into one amazing week. Weeks fill quickly. Register online at www.campokc.com. June 5-9, June 12-16, June 19-23, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $260. Email bouldercampokc@gmail.com for more information. H CAMP SHAKESPEARE Boulder 303-735-1181 WWW.COLORADOSHAKES.ORG/EDUCATION/SUMMER-CAMPS/CAMP-SHAKESPEARE Each summer, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival invites kids ages 10-18 to CU-Boulder’s campus to study Shakespeare with CSF professionals. Working in small groups, these students learn about Shakespeare by rehearsing, staging and performing a shortened play on the Outdoor Mary Rippon Stage. Camp Shakespeare is a fabulous way for kids and teens to explore theater and Shakespeare in a creative and supportive environment. In addition to acting training, students participate in master classes with special guests from the CSF company. Campers also work with a stage combat professional to learn the safe way to fight onstage. Tuition includes one ticket to attend a CSF performance of The Taming of the Shrew on Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. Campers may register for Session One (May 30-June 26), Session Two (July 24-Aug. 11) or both. Each session of Camp Shakespeare will culminate in free public performances at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre (Session One: Monday, June 26; Session Two: Friday, Aug. 11). BOULDER WEEKLY


performing arts camps H CENTERSTAGE THEATER COMPANY Boulder County 303-673-0744 WWW.CENTERSTAGETHEATERCOMPANY. ORG CenterStage Theatre Company is dedicated to extending quality theatre to the Colorado community, especially in Boulder County. CenterStage provides a rich atmosphere that leads young people into excellence in the vast world of theatre arts, thus building confidence, self-esteem, community awareness and friendships that last a lifetime. Our summer camps will be productions of Once on this Island, Jr. The camp and performances both take place at the Dairy Center for the Arts. These two-week, full-day camps are for kids entering fourth to ninth grade in the fall and will end with a complete musical production. The dates are June 19-June 30 and July 10-July 21. H COLORADO CONSERVATORY OF DANCE’S SUMMER CAMPS Broomfield 303-466-5685 WWW.CCDANCE.ORG/CLASSES/SUMMERPROGRAMS/ June 19-July 29 (four- and six-week options available). Summer programs for dancers of all ages, abilities and aspirations, from toddler through adult. Introduce your youngest dancers to the world of dance, including our Dance With Me for toddlers and their caregivers, StoryTime Ballet Camp for 3-4 year olds, and our ever-popular Fairytale Ballet Camp for 5-8 year olds. Are you a late beginner? We also offer programs for those beginners who are 9 and up. Ballet Expressions, a program designed for children with specific physical and cognitive needs, is offered for children ages 4-18. We have unique programs for intermediate and advanced dancers, preparing young artists to excel in both classical and contemporary repertoire. There is something for you this summer at CCD! H COLORADO MUSIC FESTIVAL & ROCKY MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR MUSICAL ARTS Boulder 303-665-0599 WWW.COMUSIC.ORG Individual and group lessons, weeklong camps and special music activities are offered at the Center for Musical Arts this summer from June 12-Aug. 13. For more information about programs offered or faculty available this summer, visit our website. Registration now open! H CURIOUS NEW VOICES 2017 SUMMER PLAYWRITING INTENSIVE: BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF GREAT AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS Denver 303-623-2349 WWW.CURIOUSTHEATRE.ORG Curious New Voices offers daring playwrights ages 15-21 the opportunity to work alongside nationally recognized playwrights, actors and directors to create short plays culminating in a festival of performances on stage at Curious Theatre Company. July 10-30, BOULDER WEEKLY

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Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Festival: July 29-30. Applications are now available. Contact Education Director Dee Covington by emailing dee@curioustheatre.org for more information. H DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS — EDUCATION Denver 303-446-4892 WWW.DENVERCENTER.ORG/EDUCATION Co-ed, daytime drama programs. Acting, singing, movement and design at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Grades pre-Kfifth, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Grades sixth-12th, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., June 5 - Aug. 4. Starting at $250. Scholarships may be available. Email academy@dcpa.org for more information.

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IMAGINATION CIRCUS ARTS CAMP 9AM TO 3PM. AGES 8-16 TWO SESSIONS: JULY 10-14, 17-21

BOULDER’S ORIGINAL AND BEST CIRCUS CAMP, WITH ICA TRAINED INSTRUCTORS FROM THE ICA CIRCUS FACTORY: INCLUDING SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF CIRCUS ARTS AND ECOLE NATIONALE DU CIRQUE!

GET OFF YOUR FEET THIS SUMMER!

H DOG HOUSE MUSIC ROCK & ROLL CAMP Lafayette 303-664-1600 WWW.DOGHOUSEMUSIC.COM

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Colorado’s first and most-preferred rock ‘n’ roll camp. Our seven-week-long programs teach students how to write three to four original songs as a band in our 22 fully equipped studios, and perform and record the show. Teen camps are full day, junior rockers attend half day. $425 for teens, $275 for junior rockers.

PROGRESSIVE THEATRE GAMES THAT TEACH MOVEMENT AND EXPRESSION. FINAL PERFORMANCE FOR FAMILY & FRENDS

H DRAMA CAMPS – BOULDER DINNER THEATER Boulder 303-449-6000, ext. 193 WWW.BDTACADEMY.ORG

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Ages 5-12. Boulder’s Dinner Theatre Academy offers 10 weeks of drama camps in conjunction with the City of Boulder Parks & Recreation Department; from 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., Monday- Friday. Some playmaking themes include: Fairy Tale Fun, Pretty Princess, Fancy Nancy, Christmas in July, Dr. Seuss and many more! H IMAGINATION CIRCUS ARTS Boulder 303-548-9340 WWW.IMAGINATIONCIRCUSARTS.COM All skill levels get their feet off the ground learning circus and theatre. Fabric, web, swings, Chinese pole, teeterboard, circus bike and more! The week finishes with a show on the last day for an audience of family and friends. Sessions: July 10-14, July 17-21. H MACC’S WOLF THEATRE ACADEMY Denver 303-316-6360 WWW.MACCJCC.ORG Students work with theatrical professionals who are experienced in the art of theatre education. Age-appropriate programming allows students grades pre-K through grade three to focus on fun, creation and fantasy, while grades three-12 learn the skills that will enable them to approach both classical and contemporary material with ease. One- and three-week see PERFORMING ARTS Page 34

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H NEW GENERATION THEATRE ACADEMY LONGMONT THEATRE COMPANY Longmont 303-772-5200 WWW.LONGMONTTHEATRE.ORG This summer youth theater program gives students a strong educational experience in theatre through performance. Several camps for all ages from kindergarten through high school. All camps end with a live performance. Call or go to the website for additional information on each of our camps.

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H MOJO’S MUSIC ROCK N’ ROLL CAMP Longmont 303-776-3373 WWW.MOJOSMUSICACADEMY.COM Summer camp is open to musicians ages 8-10 and 11-16. All instruments are welcomed. First week of camp is Monday, June 12. Camps take place Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. There are seven different weeks available. Weeks of June 19 and July 17 we will offer to ages 8-10. Ages 11-16 are eligible for all weeks. All camps will learn songs, write a song, record the song and perform a concert at the end of the week.

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Storybook Theater: Ages 5 to 7, June 5 through 9. Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.: Ages 8-11, June 12-24. Into the Woods Junior: Ages 12-18, July 10-29. In addition, several workshops are being offered. Technical Theatre: Ages 13 and up, Session 1: June 12-24. Session 2 - July 10-29. Acting Master Class: Ages 14 and up, June 12-23. Acting Foundations: Ages 8-14, July 10-28. H PARLANDO SCHOOL OF MUSICAL ARTS Boulder 303-442-0006 WWW.PARLANDO.ORG Parlando School of Musical Arts offers summer camps and programs for all instruments, ages and abilities, including half-day and full-day options in piano, musical theater, song-writing, intro classes for most instruments and more.

H PEANUT BUTTER PLAYERS Lafayette 303-786-8727 WWW.PEANUTBUTTERPLAYERS.COM One-week workshops in which students will study a modern American musical, learn songs and dances and scenes, and perform them for parents on the last day. Ages 7-18. June 5-9: Beauty and the Beast, June 12-16: Shrek, July 21-25: Seussical, July 31-Aug. 4: Lion King, Aug. 7-11: Willy Wonka. $250 per week. Register at peanutbutterplayers.com or call 303-786-8727. H ROCK & POP MUSIC ACADEMY OF BOULDER Boulder 303-443-2222 WWW.ROCKPOPMA.COM/SUMMERCAMP-BOULDER-COLORADO Summer camps at Rock and Pop Music Academy are perfect for guitarists, drummers, vocalists, bassists and keyboardists, ages 7-17, whether you are a beginner or advanced. Choose your favorite style of music and chances are there is a specific camp just for you: rock, pop, punk, heavy metal, grunge or classic rock. Call or check the website for specific times and dates for camps in June, July and August. H ROCKY MOUNTAIN THEATRE FOR KIDS — OLDER COMPANY Boulder 303-245-8150 WWW.THEATERFORKIDS.NET/BOULDER_ SUMMER_CAMP Professional youth theatre at its best! The fun of summer camp with the culminating high of a full-scaled theatre production. Professional theater staff, 10:1 student-teacher ratio, our own performance venues and daily camp curriculum sculpted by 22 years of experience. Into the Woods, Hairspray Jr., Lion King and Aladdin. Ages 8-16. H ROCKY MOUNTAIN THEATRE FOR KIDS — YOUNGER COMPANY Boulder 303-245-8150 WWW.THEATERFORKIDS.NET/COLORADO_ SUMMER_CAMP_TOTS Professional youth theatre at its best! The fun of summer camp with the culminating high of a full-scaled theatre production. Professional theatre staff, 10:1 student-teacher ratio, our own performance venues and age-appropriate curriculum sculpted by 22 years of experience. Finding Dory, Cinderella, Annie and more. Ages 5-8. H SHAKESPEARE’S SPRITES Boulder 303-735-1181 WWW.COLORADOSHAKES.ORG/EDUCATION/SUMMER-CAMPS/SHAKESPEARESSPRITES Shakespeare’s Sprites, now in its seventh year, is a playful introduction to the Bard for ages 6-9. Discover the fun of Shakespeare through pool-noodle fights, Elizabethan BOULDER WEEKLY


costumes, period insults, Renaissance songs and lively scene work. Each week culminates in a final showing for family and friends. This program is the perfect way to instill a love of language and theater in your child. Students enrolled in Shakespeare’s Sprites should have basic reading skills. Tuition includes one ticket to attend the CSF production of The Taming of the Shrew on Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. H SING THE WORLD GREEN CHOIR CAMP Boulder 720-387-9182 WWW.SINGITGREEN.ORG Do you have a fifth through eighth grader who loves to sing and cares about the state of our environment? Sing the World Green is the camp for you! We will rehearse and perform inspiring and fun songs about caring for our planet, and we will embody the spirit of these songs by getting our hands dirty doing an outdoor hands-on environmental stewardship project in a beautiful place. So, we’re not just talking about the problems — we’re taking direct action! We’ll also act out fun skits, play games, do environmental art and have a pizza party to celebrate our work together. Also, we’ll have some splashing fun with water play and silliness! There will be a concert on Saturday evening to share with the community our wonderful work together. Come be a part of the difference to make our world a better place! H STARS ALIVE SHOW CHOIR! Boulder 303-507-2114 WWW.STARSALIVEMUSIC.COM Sing and dance to Broadway, pop and more at the Stars Alive Show Choir Camp! Join us for a joyful week learning approximately five songs to perform at the end of the week. Ages 8 and up. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a Friday performance at noon!

OVERNIGHT CAMPS H HIGH PEAKS TWIRLERS Boulder 303-325-4764 WWW.HIGHPEAKSTWIRLERS.COM Register now for our overnight or day camps. We offer camps for recreational and competitive twirling at three-day camps held at CU Boulder for ages 5-18. Overnight camp is $400 and day camp is $265. Call the number above for more information. H JAZZ CAMP AT ROCKY RIDGE MUSIC CENTER Estes Park 970-586-4031 WWW.ROCKYRIDGE.ORG Aug. 1-6. Open to music students ages 13-17 on any instrument. This program offers one week of immersion in the performance, theory and history of jazz. We welcome students of all levels, from those whose study of jazz is just beginning to experienced improvisBOULDER WEEKLY

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ers. Through individual instruction from our expert faculty, students explore improvisation within the jazz idiom and examine the solos of jazz legends. Performances in combos and small ensembles improve listening skills, teamwork and musicality; performances in large ensembles tackle big-band tunes by greats such as Count Basie and Thad Jones. Students also have the option to study the theoretical side of jazz through big-band arranging and composition classes. H JUNIOR ARTIST SEMINAR AT ROCKY RIDGE MUSIC CENTER Estes Park 970-586-4031 WWW.ROCKYRIDGE.ORG June 6-18. For ages 13-17. In two weeks of intense immersion in music, students hone their skills and develop their unique musical voices through composition, ensembles, performance, and private tutorials. Additionally, students collaborate to compose a new orchestral work for the final concert. Opportunities for growth are unparalleled: students may elect to explore jazz improvisation or fiddling, and can challenge themselves further through advanced classical repertoire or participation in the concerto competition. H JUNIOR MUSIC CAMP AT ROCKY RIDGE MUSIC CENTER Estes Park 970-586-4031 WWW.ROCKYRIDGE.ORG July 18-30. For ages 10-15. Faculty members guide students to develop their unique musical talents in a supportive and inspirational community. The camp curriculum is varied, comprehensive and fun: students immerse themselves in music through private lessons, chamber ensembles, orchestra, choir, fiddling and jazz improvisation classes, and more. All students participate in creating an original musical theater piece by working together as composers, cast members, pit musicians, and visual artists. H YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM AT ROCKY RIDGE MUSIC CENTER Estes Park 970-586-4031 WWW.ROCKYRIDGE.ORG June 20–16. Open to advanced highschool and college students (ages 18-24). During four weeks of intense study, students receive an education that is unmatched anywhere in the country in breadth, depth and value. While participating in twice-weekly private lessons and two full orchestra concerts, students delve deeply into advanced chamber music and perform for their peers and the public at our historic concert hall and in the community. They may choose, in addition, to participate in a concerto competition, explore traditional music from around the world and attend panel discussions about the music industry led by experienced professionals. Young Artist composers are given the opportunity to have their pieces performed and recorded by faculty musicians. Rocky Ridge will be holding live auditions for the Young Artist Seminar; see website for a list of dates and cities.

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• Preschool ages 6 weeks to 11 years old. • 4 and up go on field trips, cooking wacky science, theater, splash play and more.

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REGISTER ONLINE @ www.calwood.org/camps CONTACT US (303) 449-0603 ext. 7 or camps@calwood.org **Grade is defined as the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2017

LODGE CAMPS

Campers will stay in charming log cabins just a stone’s throw from our main lodge. Days will be filled exploring our forests, meadows, creeks, and mountains while making new friends and bonding with old. After a day of fun and laughter, recharge with home-cooked meals served in our cozy dining hall.

Chipmunk Camp • Grades 3-4 • July 18-23, July 2-7

Spread your wings and plunge into the summer camp experience. Sleep away from home and adventure in the mountains!

Base Camp (formerly Cal-Wood Summer Camp) • Grades 5-6 • July 11-17, July 9-15

See the magic of a mica mine, shoot bows &arrows, tie-dye shirts, roast s’mores, and ride horses in our classic Cal-Wood experience!

T.U.N.E. • Grades 6-9 • July 17-22

This summer, experience the power of

Immerse yourself in The Ultimate Nature Experience; catch fish, shoot arrows, identify tracks, practice gun safety, and more!

Eco-Engineers • Grades 7-9 • July 23-29

Mother Nature does it best! Seek out biological, mechanical, and environmental engineering in our natural systems!

MFA (Music, Food, Art) • Grades 7-9 • July 23-29

authentic outdoor adventure.

Creativity drives music, food and art in this camp. Share your flair and talent using the wilderness as inspiration!

TENT CAMPS

Away from the solid walls of our cabins, campers will establish their domain at a remote camp-site at Cal-Wood. They will embrace the mountains by sleeping in tents and preparing food outside.

Mountain Summer Camp • Grades 6-8 • June 11-17, June 25-July 1, July 9-15 Experience all the fun of the mountains; mountain biking, jumping into alpine lakes, kayaking, and even giving back to the land!

Wildland Skills • Grades 6-8 • June 18-23, July 17-22

The basics; food, water, and shelter. Secure these using fire, knives, and natural materials to build tools, shelters, and more!

Wildland Skills Advanced • Grades 9-11 • June 25-July 1

Take your basic skills to the next level! Thrive in our Cal-Wood wilderness using your deep understanding of survival and bushcraft!

BACKPACKING

Forge into the backcountry with the peace of mind that everything you need is on your back. Campers will embark on multi-day trips in a local wilderness area with our experienced trip leaders.

Little Trekkers • Grades 4-6 • June 25-28

Dive into a lifetime of exploration and adventure with a beginning backpacking expedition throughout Cal-Wood’s land!

Treckkers • Grades 7-9 • July 2-7, July 17-22

Traveling on foot is the best way to see Colorado’s wonders; alpine lakes, lush meadows, summer snowfields, and rocky scrambles!

Alpine Trekkers • Grades 10-12 • June 25-July 1, July 23-29

Big effort has big rewards; you’ll summit peaks, navigate off-trail, slide down glaciers, explore breath-taking vistas, and more!

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SPORTS DAY CAMPS

We have worked hard to develop a customized teaching technique and unique understanding of how young girls best learn and thrive. H LAKESHORE LAKESHARK SUMMER DAY CAMP Broomfield, Boulder, Superior

H ABC KIDS CLIMBING Boulder

303-729-4300

WWW.LSAC-FLATIRON.COM/SERVICES/ YOUTH-PROGRAMS Our “fintastic” camp features a perfect mix of healthy movement, field trips, theme days, classic camp games, art exploration, science experiments, snack making, talent shows, scavenger hunts, community service projects, goofy camp songs, friendship galore and daily swimming in our on-site water park. Ages 5-11.

303-443-5437

WWW.ABCKIDSBOULDER.COM Full and half day, indoor and outdoor climbing camps. Camps feature indoor climbing, trips to local outdoor climbing areas, art, cooperative games, special events and quality instruction. All ages and abilities. H BOULDER COUNTY FORCE SOCCER CAMPS Boulder

H MOUNTAIN KIDS LOUISVILLE Louisville

303-443-8877

FCBOULDER.COM/OUR-PROGRAMS/ CAMPS/SUMMER-CAMP FC Boulder Soccer Camps provide an environment for soccer development for players of all abilities. Our camps maintain a focus on the FC Boulder club values of community, character, passion and achievement. Players will receive small-group training involving soccer fundamentals, techniques and tactics. Activities will be designed to accommodate players of all skill levels and abilities. FC Boulder camps welcome recreational and competitive players who are looking not only to improve themselves as soccer players, but also to have fun playing the beautiful game of soccer. For ages 3-12. H BOULDER INDOOR SOCCER CAMP Boulder 303-440-0809

WWW.BOULDERINDOORSOCCER.COM/ YOUTHS/YOUTHS_SUMMER.PHP Summer camps all summer long. Morning, afternoon and full-day camps, with an evening option available as well. Your player can register for individual days or for the entire week. Discounts for multiple days of registration.

WWW.MOUNTAINKIDSLOUISVILLE.COM Mountains full of fun! Join us this summer as we rock out with Dog House Music, climb the walls at ABC Climbing Gym, tumble around in gymnastics, splash at every local pool and explore every kid-intended nook and cranny in Boulder County! Summer camps for kids — all with amazing new friends and our awesome counselors leading the way! Ages 5-12. H NORTHERN COLORADO FENCERS BEGINNING FENCING SUMMER CAMPS Boulder 303-443-6557

H CAMP RMTC AT ROCKY MOUNTAIN TENNIS CENTER Boulder 303-443-3172

WWW.RMTENNISCENTER.COM Welcome to Boulder County’s premier tennis camp. RMTC offers full- and half-day camps centering on tennis and featuring a full compliment of sports and activities. Your children will enjoy tennis, swimming, basketball, soccer, the arts and overall athletic development. H CAMP TIMBERLINE Locations along the Front Range 970-586-7777

H BOULDER KARATE Boulder

303-442-4330

WWW.BOULDERKARATE.COM The Boulder Karate Summer Camp is designed for kids to have a blast while learning important life lessons through martial arts. Fun karate activities and games throughout the day like ninja dodgeball, kung fu relay races and suction cup ninja star throwing. Character-building studies of our five values: attitude, integrity, respect, self-control and heart. Exciting black belt demonstrations. Interesting lessons on the five Shoalin animals: tiger, leopard, crane, snake and dragon. And to complete the experience, each child receives a uniform and belt. Ages 5-12 welcome 8 a.m.-4 p.m., full- or half-days, June 5-Aug. 11.

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WWW.CAMPTIMBERLINE.COM A day camp like no other for ages 6-12, 10 locations along the front range, Monday-Friday. H CITY OF BOULDER PARKS & RECREATION SPORTS CAMPS Boulder 303-441-3388

WWW.BOULDERCOLORADO.GOV/PARKSREC/CAMPS The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation partners with a number of organizations to offer a wide array of sports camps including Skyhawks Sports Camps; Tennis Camps by Gonzo; Skills Camp at Valmont Bike Park; Water Sports Camp at Boulder Reservoir; USA Ultimate Boulder Youth Disc Golf; and many more. Please visit the City Parks and Recreation website for information on camps, costs and times.

H EASTON TRAINING CENTER Boulder, Denver, Aurora, Arvada, Castle Rock, Centennial, Thornton 303-938-1275

WWW.NCFENCERS.ORG Learn the challenging, exciting and safe sport of modern fencing at Northern ColoFrom climbrado Fencers. Suitable for children ages ing to karate, from fencing to 8-12. Fencing equipment provided. Cost soccer, from parkour is $195/session. Please see our website to gymnastics, there’s for more information and to preregister. no sport your child Camp schedule is subject to change can’t explore at camp! based on preregistration.

WWW.EASTONBJJ. COM Easton Training Center’s summer camp is an active week spent learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai with our staff of fun, energetic instructors. Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai are two of the most effective and practical martial arts kids can learn. Our game- and drill-based learning is ideal for kids to develop both real-world, selfdefense skills and lifetime physical fitness. We also emphasize character development through our daily Mat Chats, where instructors instill the fundamental martial arts values of respect, discipline and confidence. Ages 4-9. Camps are June 12-16 and July 31-Aug. 4, 9 a.m.-noon. H GAME ON! SPORTS CAMP 4 GIRLS 2017 BOULDER SPORTY CAMP Louisville 847-229-9959 WWW.GAMEONSPORTSCAMP.COM/ BOULDER-CO Game On! Sports Camps have devoted years to teaching and inspiring girls of all levels in a wide variety of sports. This camp is for girls 4-14. There are eight camps June 5 -Aug. 4. Camps run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This year’s camp is at a new location: Monarch K-8 in Louisville.

H PARKOUR SUMMER CAMPS Louisville 720-432-0279

APEXMOVEMENTBOULDER.COM Ages 5-16. Parkour was in every single one of us as a kid; jumping off swings, climbing trees and hopping over cracks in the sidewalk. Parkour is a great way for youth to focus their energy into fun and functional movements. Training with us is fun and feels more like playing than exercising. Because of this, your kids will keep coming back for more, moving their body in challenging new ways and gaining valuable strength and mobility needed to live a safe and healthy life. Camps run June 5-Aug. 11. H RALLYSPORT KIDS CAMP Boulder 303-449-4800

WWW.RALLYSPORTBOULDER.COM When school is out and parents need a place to take their kids, our kids camps are just the solution. Summer camp starts May 31 and runs through August. Ages 2.5 and up. 9 a.m.1 p.m. Swimming, yoga, gymnastics, music, art, crafts, dance and lots of fun! see SPORTS Page 38

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H ROCK CLIMBING & SLACKLINING CAMP — WITH THE BOULDER ROCK CLUB Boulder 303-447-2804

Active Boulder Kids

Camps for Ages 2.5 to 7 Years Camp options for: • preschool kids • early elementary • flexible weeks • extended days

303-499-9854 • 5001 Pennsylvania ActiveBoulderKids.com

Active Louisville Kids Serving Ages 1 to 8 Years

• creative curriculum • relationship based teaching • sensory learning & motor skill development • social growth and guidance through play and outdoor exploration • dramatic play, science projects, cooking projects, literacy activities, art projects, daily book readings, music classes

303-665-9669 1970 Centennial Dr. ActiveLouisvilleKids.com

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WWW.BOULDERROCKCLUB.COM Ages 6-14. The Boulder Rock Club’s expert instructors will teach essential safety skills, climbing and slack line techniques in a fun, supportive and motivating environment. Camps are designed to challenge beginner to experienced climbers. Climbers meet at the East Boulder Recreation Center Monday-Tuesday, and the Boulder Rock Club Wednesday-Friday. H SINGLETRACK MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURES Boulder 303-447-8014

WWW.RIDESMBA.ORG Flexible Schedule. SMBA offers weekly summer camps, afterschool rides, weekend rides, half-day camps and race series. SMBA introduces youth to the exhilaration and adventure of mountain biking. Easy to advanced trail riding allows for mastery of new skills in a fun, safe and supportive 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. H SKATEBOARDING CAMP (YMCA OF BOULDER VALLEY) Boulder 303-664-5455

WWW.YMCABV.ORG Whether your child is a beginner or a skilled shredder, Y Skateboarding Camp provides learning opportunities for all ages and abilities. Campers will be introduced to a variety of challenging techniques including navigating skate park terrain, trick progression, street skating and more. The YMCA is wired for safety, so campers are required to have proper safety equipment. Skateboard camps have limited space due to the individual attention given to skaters. Register

early. Day camps If are divided your child by sessions is climbing the furniture, consider throughout a climbing camp the summer.

this summer that can help channel that energy into a lifelong passion.

H SPORTS DAY CAMP (YMCA OF BOULDER VALLEY) Boulder and Longmont

303-664-5455

WWW.YMCABV.ORG YMCA sports camp exposes kids to a variety of traditional and non-traditional sports. Campers explore the wide world of sports through team-building, skill progression, age appropriate activities and our “Y Way to Play” philosophy: fun, sportsmanship, opportunity, progressive competition and community. We have added weekly field trips that include swimming, archery, a Rockies game, a Colorado Outlaws game, mini-golf, CU Boulder tours and much more. Day camps are divided by sessions throughout the summer. H UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO SPORTS CAMPS Boulder Different phone number for each sport

WWW.CUBUFFS.COM/CAMPS This is the opportunity to learn your favorite sports from your team, the Colorado Buffaloes. CU Athletics offers summer sports camps for the following sports: football, basketball, tennis, golf, volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, and cheer & dance. The camps provide a chance to work with CU coaches and athletes, experience life on campus and play where the Buffaloes play. H XTREME ALTITUDE GYMNASTICS Lafayette 720-887-6752

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COME FLY WITH US! Summer Aerial Camps for Youth & Teens

Susan France

Have fun learning trapeze, aerial fabric, sling, & more! Ages 5-18, and all levels, including some specialized weeks. 9am-3pm and half day options. $180-$330.

Use promo code FLYER5 by March 31 to receive 10% OFF!

8 weeks to choose from June 5-9 • June 12-16 • June 19-23 • June 26-30 July 5-7 • July 10-14 • July 17-21 • July 24-26

For more info and registration: www.frequentflyers.org 3022 E.Sterling Circle, Boulder • 303-245-8272

EMPOWER • PLAY • LEARN INSPIRING GIRLS 4-14 OF ALL SKILL LEVELS LEARN & PLAY MULTIPLE SPORTS DAILY!

BUILDING GIRLS STRONG IN BODY & MIND MONARCH K-8 • LOUISVILLE June 5 - August 4 Flexible Week Options! 1-84-GO-GAMEON • GAMEONSPORTS4GIRLS.COM

give children a place to fuel their imaginations. Boys and girls will build confidence, self-esteem and gymnastics skills in a fun, rewarding atmosphere. H Y RIDERS CYCLING CAMP (YMCA OF BOULDER VALLEY) Boulder 303-664-5455

WWW.YMCABV.ORG Y Riders Cycling Camp has taught kids and teens to ride successfully and safely for more than 25 years, taking kids from training wheels to trails. Children learn how to ride a two-wheeler in learn-to-bike classes and build their skills in Y Riders Basic Skills. Junior Y Riders and Local Adventures programs offer skills in path riding and mountain biking. The Y’s low ratios provide the perfect environment for campers to learn safe biking and build their skills. Day camps are divided by sessions throughout the summer.

OVERNIGHT CAMPS H CAMP TIMBERLINE Estes Park 970-484-8462

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7-18, SundaySaturday. H WINDELLS SNOWBOARD, FREESKI, SKATEBOARD AND BMX CAMP Mt. Hood, Oregon

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WWW.WINDELLS.COM Windells Camp is the “funnest� place on earth! Progress your skills, meet new friends, and have the best summer possible with us. H WOODWARD AT COPPER Copper Mountain 970-875-6021

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a great sense of accomplishment because they or kids in their teens, the notion of have come and conquered fears, challenges and driving a car feels like a legitimate offer mountains.” of freedom in an otherwise confining Furthermore, there are benefits to spendworld. As adults we realize: riding ing time on the bike that manifest long after the bikes was our first true taste of indehelmet and shoes are put away. pendence. In a recent study in the Journal of Clinical and This summer in Boulder County, there are Diagnostic Research, scientists found that people myriad ways to give kids of any age a license to scored higher on tests of memory, reasoning and ride. From “learn to bike” programs designed to get little kids pedaling to skills Photo provided by Jessie Bronson/Singletrack Mountainbike Adventures camps for more experienced riders. Scientists, psychologists, parents and teachers all agree: Cultivating a child’s relationship with a bike is a worthy investment in their health and happiness. “Biking is one of the few sports that kids can do almost anywhere they live, and it is an incredible way for kids to stay active outdoors,” says Ileana Street, senior vice president of new business at Avid4Adventure. “Unlike team sports, biking doesn’t require tryouts, it is non-competitive, kids can bike with friends at almost any time, and they can continue to do it for the rest of their lives.” In many ways, riding mirrors the very experience of being a kid – first and foremost, it’s fun. “You should see the kids take over the bike path!” says Jamie Ridgway, senior program director at the Boulder YMCA. Biking presents a scenario that will likely recur throughout in life: A child is presented with a new experience that might seem either scary or exciting. They gather the courage or channel the confidence to go for it. Sometimes, they fall and scrape their knees. Other times, they make the jump on the first try. The most empowering feeling comes when they make the jump after scraping their knees. The bike is as good a place as any planning after 30 minutes of spinning on a stato hone these important life skills. tionary bike than they did before they rode. They Jessie Vogt, director of Singletrack Mounalso completed the tests faster after pedaling. tainbike Adventures (SMBA), knows well the Conversely, evidence is mounting that power of learning confidence on the bike at a “screen time” is detrimental to mental capaciyoung age. As a SMBA camper in the ’90s, Vogt ties like memory and the ability to focus. Our went on to compete and coach as a professional senses heighten when we’re outdoors, which mountain biker. helps us stay in the present moment; being “Kids may come into camp having ridden physically engaged while biking or hiking the very little or never before and leave with a love bike over obstacles also requires mindful atof the sport,” she says. “Many of our riders ride tention. with SMBA from the age of 7 all the way to 17. “It’s super important to get the kids outside Kids really love the adventure of finding new and not on screens,” says Ridgway whose Y trails and exploring new places. They leave with 40 MARCH 2, 2017

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Riders programs offer camps for beginner to advanced riders. “No one is allowed to have a cell phone or any screen time during camp. Actually, the kids don’t even ask for them, they don’t even think about them. That’s the importance of these camps.” Having fun, building confidence and improving mental fitness? If you need another reason to believe that biking is beneficial for

Research suggests that too much “screen time” is bad for memory and focus — so get on a bike and ride instead!

kids, don’t forget the emotional benefits. Exercise is proven to elevate mood, relieve anxiety, and depression and clear mental fog. “Kids tell us that SMBA gives them a chance to get away from all their worries and issues,” Vogt says. “Riding gives kids a place to belong and a lifelong sport.” And perhaps the best thing about learning to ride or improving your skills on a bike? No license and registration required.

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