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Summer Camp Guide 2010 

Lord, there are a lot of kids around here. Take last weekend's St. Patrick's Day Parade downtown: Block after block, the streets teemed with infants squeezed into "adorable" green outfits, like real-life Barbie dolls; face-painted, sugar-charged tykes in leprechaun hats; tweenage girls in glitter and way-too-short shorts.

Thankfully, with summer approaching, we can also say: Lord, there are a lot of camps around here. And here you'll find information on many of them. We've kept the emphasis on camps in the Pikes Peak region, but we've also included listings for some particularly unique destinations elsewhere along the Front Range and beyond.

Two notes:

As in years past, we have shied away from listing sports-centric camps, because there are just so many that we couldn't possibly fit them all.

Also, where we've confirmed that discounts, sliding fee scales or scholarships are available, we've noted that. But even if the description of the camp you're interested in doesn't include mention of such things, it's worth it to ask about them; not every place that offers financial flexibility chooses to heavily promote it.

If you know of a camp that didn't get mentioned but should have been, please e-mail newsroom@csindy.com, or and post a comment below.

Otherwise, happy hunting.

— Listings compiled by Mary Jo Meade

All About Visiting Earth Teen Adventures

Golden

800/222-3595, aave.com

The adventure camps that AAVE runs in Colorado are just a few of those it offers nationwide and in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Campers must be ages 12 to 18. Scholarships are available.

Academy of Children's Theatre

Colorado Springs

282-9101, aoct.net

The academy offers multiple summer camps that include acting, musical theater and film for ages 6 to 18. Students learn theatrical skills, character development, movement, voice, improvisation and more.

All Star Adventures Skateboard Camps

Colorado Springs and elsewhere

866/758-2267, allstartrips.com/denver-day.htm

Professionally trained and certified instructors lead small groups of young people in warm-ups, stretches and safety demos, followed by new skateboard skills and tricks, fun skate games and more.

AlleyCat Theatrics

Colorado Springs

209-1484, alleycattheatrics.com

The theater group offers creative and educational music theater workshops and classes for ages 6 to 16. Workshops range in content from Mamma Mia! and Grease to Broadway musical theater and audition skills, play production, creative playwriting and more.

American Dance Training Camp

Copper Mountain

866/383-2382, americandancetrainingcamp.com/colorado-dance-camps/copper-mountain-dance-camps

Dance camp for girls ages 8 through 17 for all skill levels. Instructors teach core jazz/funk and hip hop classes, but participants are exposed to a variety of dance disciplines (including lyrical, ballet and tap). At week's end, campers get to show off their new moves in a big Friday night performance for family, friends and fellow campers.

Arts Alive Camps

Fountain

205-7909, fountainartscenter.com

Fountain Arts Center offers camp sessions and classes in dance and drama for ages 3 to adult, including Princess Dance Camp, Hip Hop/Jazz Camp, Musical Theater Camp and more.

Artsports Gym Camp and Trampoline Camp

Colorado Springs

531-5867, artsportsworld.com

Artsports offers full-day and half-day camps for ages 5 to 12. Activities include trampoline and tumbling. Discounts are available.

Bear Creek Nature Center Camps

Colorado Springs

520-6388, paulamegorden@elpasoco.com

Bear Creek Nature Center offers day camps for grades 1 to 5. Sign-up guarantees naturalist-led hikes, puppet shows, storytelling, crafts, guest speakers, a T-shirt, camp photo, plus much more.

Bemis Day Camp at La Foret

Colorado Springs

475-2444, csfineartscenter.org/Education/DayCamps.asp

La Foret and Bemis School of Art offer a camp for ages 6 to 11. Campers will spend two hours on art and two hours on acting daily, with nature hikes and swimming.

Blue Mountain Ranch

Florissant

719/748-3279, bluemountainranch.com

Blue Mountain Ranch is a traditional camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 16. Activities include horseback riding, hiking, fishing, drama, ropes course and more.

Camp Comfort

Near Georgetown (30 miles west of Denver)

303/674-6400, campcomfort.org

This unique bereavement camp is a way for children ages 6 to 12 to explore feelings of grief and share memories of loved ones through activities led by licensed social workers. Of course, the camp also offers swimming, horseback riding, fishing, and arts and crafts. Scholarships are available.

Camp Elim

Woodland Park

687-2030, campelim.com

A Christian Bible camp for students going into grades 3 to 12. Offering a mixture of activities, including swimming, archery, hiking, nature studies and handcrafts, along with spiritual instruction.

Camp Invention Science Day Camp

Colorado Springs

800/968-4332, campinvention.org

Camp Invention focuses on "brain-powered" activities and projects that enhance creativity, teamwork and inventive thinking. The week-long day camps for children entering grades 1 to 6 include modules promoting science, math, history and the arts through activities like creating superheroes, searching for lost treasure and creating the next great land vehicle.

Camp Shady Brook

Deckers

719/329-7266, campshadybrook.org

Camp Shady Brook, west of Colorado Springs, provides overnight camps for boys and girls ages 6 to 17. Campers can enjoy a variety of activities such as horseback riding, art camp, archery and swimming. Scholarships are available.

Camp Timberline Sports and Mountain Adventure

At the base of Longs Peak, south of Estes Park

970/484-8462, camptimberline.com

Camp Timberline is a Christian camp, with sessions for boys and girls ages 7 to 18. Sports and activities include basketball, football, lacrosse, golf, volleyball, soccer, arts and crafts, and dance as well as hiking and mountain adventure.

Catamount Institute

Colorado Springs

471-0910 ext. 104, ppsbn.org

Week-long adventures include: Outdoor Explorers day camp for kids ages 9 to 12; Wilderness Leaders camp for ages 11 to 13, which builds the next generation of outdoor leaders and offers first aid certification and an exploration of green careers; and Backpack Beyond, for campers 13 to 16, who will learn wilderness survival skills before heading out for a four-day backpacking trek through the Collegiate Peaks.

Challenger Learning Center

Colorado Springs

598-9755, clccs.org

The center offers a space-oriented educational environment where kids learn about rocketry and fly simulated space missions. Seven programs available for youths entering grades 1 to 12.

Cheley Colorado Camps

Estes Park

303/377-3616 through May 15, then 970/586-4244, cheley.com

Cheley offers overnight camping sessions for girls and boys ages 9 to 17. Activities include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, campouts, rock and tech climbing, mountain biking, crafts, sports and whitewater rafting.

Chess Camp of Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs

634-1144, rockymountainchess.com

Offering beginning, intermediate and advanced instruction and mini tournaments for ages 6 to 18.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Colorado Springs

633-9925 ext. 127, cmzoo.org

The zoo runs camps for ages 4 to 15. Learn about the wonders of wildlife and wild places. Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with zookeepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more.

Child Nursery Centers

Colorado Springs

632-1754 ext. 15, cscnc.org

All children up to age 14 are welcome at camps located all across the city. Activities include arts and crafts, field trips and more, and there is a sliding fee scale.

CityRock

Colorado Springs

634-9099, climbingtherock.com

CityRock will offer four summer camps: Climbing Critters, for kids 4 to 5, combines climbing and other activities; Climbing Plus, for kids 6 to 12 years old, is a collaboration between CityRock and Manitou Art Theater and Young Rembrandts; and two camps for older kids offer indoor/outdoor adventures, including bouldering and compass skills.

The Classical Institute

Colorado Springs

488-6254, tcad20.org/solo/ci_07

The school offers a summer enrichment program with classes such as dance, language, theater, art and more for kids and adults.

Colorado Academy of Music and Dance

Colorado Springs

635-1004, springsdance.com

Kids 4 and up can learn Capoeira, a Brazilian art form that combines martial arts with fluid dance movements. There are also classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and break dance for ages 14 to adult. And week-long Rock Band Camps are open to drummers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists and vocalists ages 10 through teens and older, from beginner to intermediate.

Colorado Lions Camp

Woodland Park

687-2087, coloradolionscamp.org

Colorado Lions Camp offers 10 one-week sessions for campers with all types of disabilities (except for those using wheelchairs). Activities include astronomy, swimming, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping and hiking. Sponsorships are available through the Lions Club of Colorado.

Colorado Springs Conservatory

Colorado Springs

577-4556, coloradospringsconservatory.org

The conservatory is hosting a summer camp for performing arts students ages 8 to 13, including musical theater, drama, vocal art, dance and piano. Musicianship and performance classes for children ages 14 to 19 are offered in collaboration with the Central City Opera Association. The auditioned program includes drama, musical theater and opera.

Colorado Springs Parks & Rec: Sports programs

385-5981, springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=2085

Note: With the city budget in flux, it's a good idea to contact Parks & Rec to ensure offerings will continue as planned.

• Sports leagues: T-ball for boys and girls entering grades K to 2, and baseball for boys and softball for girls going into grades 3 to 12. Financial aid is available.

• Skyhawks Sports: MiniHawk Multisport (baseball, basketball and soccer) for kids entering grades K to 2, and Multisport (flag football and soccer) for kids going into grades 1 to 5. Individual sports include golf for kids entering grades K to 3, and basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, volleyball, flag football and Capture the Flag (just pure fun) for kids entering grades 1 to 5.

• Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp: Coaches from the UK will work with campers ages 3 to 16.

Colorado Springs Parks & Rec: Young Stars Summer Day Camp

385-6005, cbrownlow@springsgov.com

Note: With the city budget in flux, it's a good idea to contact Parks & Rec to ensure offerings will continue as planned.

Six-week day camps featuring sports, arts and crafts, games and educational endeavors, all held in Springs city parks for ages 6 to 13. Scholarships are available.

Colorado Springs Parks & Rec: Activities at community centers

springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=2071

Note: On March 22, City Council will discuss the future of these centers. If they remain open, you will be able to contact individual centers for their roster of summer activities.

• Deerfield Hills Community Center, 4290 Deerfield Hills Road, 385-5996

• Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 385-7900

• Meadows Park Community Center, 1943 S. El Paso Ave., 385-7940

• Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., 385-7920

The Colorado Springs School Summer Programs

Colorado Springs

475-9747, css.org

CSS offers summer camps for ages 4 to 18. Kids entering grades K to 2 are welcome at Fairy Camp, where they will transform into fairies, build fairy homes and discover fairy secrets. Activities for older students include athletics, college test prep, language classes, music camps, chess camp, culinary arts, 3D animation and video game creation.

Colorado Youth Program Mountain Summer Camp

Near the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area

303/402-9656, coloradoyouthprogram.org

Held in the mountains of western Boulder County, Colorado Youth Program's 10-day camps are for boys and girls ages 11 to 17. Enjoy whitewater rafting, banding birds, fishing, volunteering to help the environment and more. Scholarships are available.

Cooking Buddy Camps

Colorado Springs

633-8181

Lauren Stuart, Ph.D., will offer Cooking Buddy camps at Mackenzie Place, where kids 10 to 14 will be paired with seniors for cooking adventures.

Counterpoint School

Colorado Springs

633-9880, counterpointschool.com

This young child's cultural center, located less than a mile from downtown, offers arts, science and nature studies, dance and movement, tumbling, field trips and storytelling for ages 2 to 10.

Creative Journeys Day Camps at Mizel Museum

Denver

303/394-9993, mizelmuseum.org

The Mizel Museum offers various multicultural programs for children ages 4 to 12. Campers can learn about art, geography, the Wild West and the world's cultures. Financial aid is available.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Cortez

800/422-8975, crowcanyon.org

Crow Canyon offers one-week camps for middle school and high school students, who work on excavations with archaeologists and study artifacts. A three-week intensive field school is available for high school-age students. Financial assistance is available.

CU-Boulder Science Discovery Wilderness Camps

Colorado and elsewhere

303/735-6628, colorado.edu/sciencediscovery/camps

Eight 5- to 14-day adventures for students who have completed grades 4 to 10, including Rocky Mountain Trails and Peaks, Pacific Northwest Natural Science Adventure, Wolf and Wilderness, Great Sand Dunes, Bandelier National Monument, and Stones, Bones and the Gates of Lodore. Partial scholarships are available.

Deer Hill Expeditions

Colorado and other locations

800/533-7221, deerhillexpeditions.com

Deer Hill Expeditions organizes wilderness and service programs in the southwest United States, Colorado and Costa Rica, for teens entering grades 7 to 12. Programs cover wilderness skills, backpacking, camping, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing and mountain biking. Partial scholarships are available.

Eagle Lake Camps

Colorado Springs

800/873-2453, navigators.org/us/ministries/eaglelake

This Christian Bible camp runs a variety of summer programs for ages 8 to 18, focused on Christ-centered love and commitment, through friendships with counselors and outdoor experiences.

Eagle's Nest Day Camp

Colorado Springs

800/873-2453, cometothenest.org

This camp at Glen Eyrie for kids ages 7 to 12 offers outdoor activities, field trips along the Front Range, sports, games, arts and crafts, plus Bible lessons and more.

Earth Mountain Education Farm

Weston (25 miles west of Trinidad)

719/680-0215, earthmountainfarm.org

Offering day camp for kids 3 and older and three-day camps for ages 8 and up on a working, sustainable, off-grid farm. Promoting self-empowerment, social consciousness and stewardship. Children will live in tipi lodges, play environmental education games, and be part of daily farm activities from cooking on the wood stove to natural building projects.

Easter Seals Colorado Rocky Mountain Village

Empire (40 miles west of Denver)

303/569-2333 ext. 301, eastersealscolorado.org

This residential camp serves people ages 6 and up who have physical and developmental disabilities. Camp activities include horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, music, drama, sports, fishing and riding the zipline. Scholarships are available.

Explorers Club Sunshine Learning Center

Colorado Springs

598-7852, sunshinelearningcentercs.com

Explorers Club offers activities such as swimming, field trips and educational activities for children ages 6 to 12.

Falcon Sports Camps

Colorado Springs

333-2116, goairforcefalcons.com

Held at the Air Force Academy, Falcon Sports Camps welcome athletes ages 8 to 18 in training for baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse and more. Boys and girls can commute to the Academy or stay on campus if they are 12 or older.

First Presbyterian Church: Ascent Camps

Colorado Springs

884-6126, first-pres.org/camps

First Presbyterian Church hosts many camps for kids entering grades K to 8. Programs include a music and drama camp, a primary day camp for grades K to 2 as well as overnight out-of-town camps for grades 3 to 8. Scholarships available.

Fountain Creek & Fox Run Nature Camps

Fountain and Black Forest

520-6745, nancybernard@elpasoco.com

Fountain Creek Nature Center and Fox Run Park offer summer day camps for kids entering grades 1 to 6. Camps include naturalist-led hikes, discovery time in the woods, hands-on activities, crafts, a T-shirt, camp photo, special guests, games and more. Special "Rites of Passage" activities for 6th graders. Discounts and scholarships are available.

Fountain Valley School Summer Programs

Fountain Valley School of Colorado, 6155 Fountain Valley School Road

390-7035, fvs.edu

This private, college-prep high school offers a number of camps throughout June and July covering everything from art classes through the Bemis School of Art, lacrosse, soccer, game design, philanthropy (!), horseback riding, digital filmmaking and more.

FunQuest Summer Day Camp at Colorado College

Colorado Springs

389-6764, coloradocollege.edu/cccc

FunQuest offers nine week-long day camps for children ages 6 to 12. Field trips, swimming, skating, meals, games, sports, arts and crafts and more are included. Register online.

Gifted and Talented Program at Colorado College

Colorado Springs

389-6146, coloradocollege.edu/dept/ED/childrenSummer/giftedtalented.html

As part of this program, children entering grades 1 to 6 participate in courses and activities that challenge their intellectual and creative talents. The 2010 application deadline has past, but call after March 21 to check for late application availability; 2011 registration begins in mid-January.

Girl Scouts of Colorado

Woodland Park, Red Feather Lakes (west of Fort Collins) and Bailey (west of Denver)

597-8603 or 800/748-3343, girlscoutsofcolorado.org

Offering day and overnight camps for girls ages 6 to 17 with activities like hiking, ropes courses, campfire cooking, photography, dancing, crafts and theater. There are also programs for horse lovers, night owls and canoeing enthusiasts. There are lots of options whether you're looking for the ultimate backpacking experience or a race down a zipline.

Girls' Wilderness Program

Boulder

303/938-9191, womenswilderness.org

These wilderness-based courses for girls and teens ages 8 to 18 include activities like rock climbing, backpacking, outdoor skills and expressive arts in a "girl-positive" program designed to build leadership skills, confidence and friendships. Four- to 12-day courses available as well as a day camp for girls ages 9 to 11.

The Goddard School

Colorado Springs

495-4432, goddardschool.com

This private preschool near Powers Boulevard and Research Parkway offers summer camps for young children through age 8, featuring storytellers, magicians, musicians, special guests and more. School Readiness Camp, for ages 5 to 8, is a curriculum program designed to prepare children for kindergarten, first and second grades.

Golden Bell Camp and Conference Center

Divide

687-9561, goldenbellccc.org

A Christian camp and retreat center that offers a variety of overnight, coed camping experiences for kids. Camps are three to five days and include climbing, rappelling, hiking, whitewater rafting, swimming, zipline, disc golf, archery, challenge course, high-ropes course, basketball, volleyball, fishing, "funyaks," horseback riding, putt-putt golf and more.

Graner Music

Colorado Springs

574-2001, granermusic.com

Graner offers summer lesson programs in piano, guitar, band and orchestra for beginners and advanced players as well as the Yamaha Sounds of Summer Percussion Camp.

Handprints Early Education Centers

Colorado Springs

598-4083, hand-prints.org

This Christian day camp offers advanced education programs, Bible studies and elementary preparatory activities for children between the ages of 1 and 12.

HillSprings Learning Center

Colorado Springs

576-3840, hillsprings.org

HillSprings Learning Center offers multi-sensory instruction in reading, written language, study skills and math classes for grades 1 to 8 during a five-week program.

Hope Montessori Academy

Colorado Springs, 388-8818 and 573-5300; Monument, 488-8723; Falcon, 886-4900

montessorichild.com

These schools hold year-round programs with summer camp activities for ages 12 and younger. Summer camps include fun and educational field trips, swimming, sports clinics, gymnastics and daily activities with arts and crafts.

Horizon Adventures

Denver

303/393-7297, horizonadventures.com

Horizon Adventures is a camp for ages 13 to 18, focusing on personal growth through an outdoor-based education. The camp provides technical know-how and training in climbing, rafting, rock climbing, hiking, biking, backpacking and general wilderness safety. Financial aid is available.

Imagination Celebration Camps

Colorado Springs

597-3344, imaginationcelebration.org

Imagination Celebration offers summer day camps for kids entering grades 1 to 9 featuring a different theme each session. Check the Web site for details about their creative programs.

Junior Academy Children's Centers

Colorado Springs

598-2095, jracademykids.com

The children's centers hold day camps for ages 5 to 15 with activities including taekwondo, swimming lessons, ice skating, bowling, mini-golf, plus day trips to places like the North Pole, Sky Sox games and Water World.

Junior Farmhands Program at Venetucci Farm

Colorado Springs

389-1251 ext. 112, ppcf.org/juniorfarmhands

Venetucci Farm offers week-long day programs for boys and girls entering grades 3 to 5 filled with farm experiences like collecting eggs, feeding chickens, grooming a horse, slopping pigs, exploring wetlands, planting seeds, watering and weeding gardens, and maybe even harvesting tasty snacks.

KinderCare Learning Centers

Colorado Springs

888/938-6226, kindercare.com/summercamp

KinderCare offers week-long summer camps for preschool, prekindergarten and school-aged children. There is a new camp every week, including sports, art and science.

The Little Gym

Colorado Springs

447-9153, tlgcoloradospringsco.com

The gym offers three-hour camps for children ages 3 to 8 that combine physical fitness, special events and arts and crafts.

Manitou Art Theatre

Colorado Springs

685-4729, themat.org

Kids entering grades 1 to 6 can create costumes and masks, write and enact skits, learn clowning and more. Young people ages 10 to 17 can discover the excitement of Shakespeare and present a production in the park, or take a circus arts class, which will include juggling, unicycle riding and acrobatics and work on the tightrope and trapeze.

Manitou Springs Aquatics

Manitou Springs

685-9735, manitoupool.com

Learn to swim or perfect your stroke at the Manitou Pool. Both private and public summer swimming lessons will be offered for ages 3 and up.

Manitou Springs Public Library

Manitou Springs

685-5206, manitousprings.colibraries.org

The library offers a summer reading program and Wednesday Cool Science sessions for kids of all ages. Thursday adventures, featuring storytellers, guest speakers and activities, are for kids in preschool through grade 5. Everything is free, and you don't have to live in Manitou to participate.

Mountain Park Environmental Center

Beulah (west of Pueblo)

719/485-4444, hikeandlearn.org

The park offers camps for kids and teens entering grades 3 to 9, including Adventure Day Camp, Survival Camp, Mission: Wolf Camp, Backpack Camp, Mountain Pathways for Young Women and Mountain Man Discovery. Their Little Kids Camp is for children entering grades K to 2.

The New and Seasoned Cook

964-4443

Cooking camps for kids.

Operation Purple Camp

Colorado Springs

800/260-0218, militaryfamily.org

This program of the National Military Family Association offers a free, one-week camp for children (ages 7 to 17) of deployed, uniformed service members.

Outer Edge Performance

Larkspur, Littleton and Denver

303/458-1909, outeredgeperformance.com

These adventure-based camps are designed for young people ages 6 to 18. Activities include rock climbing, rappelling, rafting, ziplining, mountain biking, horseback riding and more.

Outpost Wilderness Adventure

Lake George

512/731-7596, 719/748-3080 (after May 1), owa.com

These camps for ages 11 to 18 offer activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, fly fishing and backpacking expeditions.

Outward Bound Wilderness

Golden and nationwide

866/467-7651, outwardbound.org

Outward Bound Wilderness, part of the international Outward Bound nonprofit organization, offers more than 500 adventure-based wilderness courses in the United States for ages 12 and up. Sessions range in length from four days to three months, and include rock climbing, sea kayaking, backpacking, mountaineering, sailing and canoeing. See the Web site for scholarship information.

Peace Camp

Colorado Springs

632-6189, ppjpc.org

Sponsored by the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, Peace Camp is a day camp with a Friday night campout for ages 6 to 9 and 10 to 12. Goals include teaching children to use nonviolent solutions, community building, environmental awareness and multiculturalism through arts, activities and games. Scholarships are available.

Pikes Peak Library District

Colorado Springs

531-6333 ext. 1403 or 2403, teen programs ext. 1318, ppld.org

The local libraries offer various programs for infants to 18-year-olds. Activities include a summer reading program, a variety of clubs and workshops, teen center activities, games and more.

Pikes Peak Young Composers Summer Workshop

Colorado Springs

pikespeakyoungcomposers.org

Music composition classes and chances to meet other composers for young people aged 8-18. The workshop concludes with a concert of original music performed by the young musicians attending the workshop.

Pine Creek Theatre Summer Academy

Colorado Springs

234-8477, pinecreektheatre.org

A camp for all things stage, with courses on improvisation, auditioning, tap dancing, ballet for musical theatre, script analysis and more.

Primrose Schools

Colorado Springs

260-8181, primroseschools.com

These private schools offer summer day camps for toddlers through kindergarteners, and a summer camp preview during spring break.

Pueblo Zoo: Zoo Quest! 2010

Pueblo

719/561-1452, pueblozoo.org

A five-day summer camp at the zoo, where 12- to 14-year-olds will meet zoo staff and explore zoo-related careers.

Quantum U

Colorado Springs

800/285-3276, quantum-u.com

For incoming and current college students, Quantum U at Colorado College focuses on how to achieve success in higher education through activities like personal development workshops and outdoor adventures.

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp

Divide

687-9506, rmmc.org

This Mennonite overnight camp is open to those entering grades 3 to 12. Family camps also are available. Activities include nature study, arts and crafts, hiking and volleyball, to be enjoyed while encouraging holistic Christian growth. Scholarships are available.

Sanborn Western Camps

Florissant

748-3341, sanbornwesterncamps.com

Since 1948, Sanborn Western Camps has emphasized personal growth and adventure in the high peaks of Colorado. Dates run from June through August, in 15-day camps for children entering grades 1 to 4, or month-long camps for those entering grades 3 to 10.

School District 11 Summer School

Colorado Springs

520-2715 or 520-2720, d11.org

During the summer, D-11 offers credit-recovery courses for high school students. Individual schools may decide to offer programming for students entering kindergarten through 8; contact those schools closer to the end of the school year to follow up.

Sky High Hope

Bellvue (eight miles northwest of Fort Collins)

303/861-1754, ronaldhouse.org

Sky High is a free camp for kids with cancer, ages 8 to 18, and their siblings, if space is available. Activities include all kinds of fun outdoor activities like canoeing, fishing, rock climbing and more.

Sky Ranch at Ute Trail

Powderhorn (between Lake City and Gunnison)

877/215-7725, skyranch.org

This Christian adventure camp runs week-long outdoor camps for families in the Rocky Mountains.

Spring Break Madness Art Camp

Pueblo

719/295-7200, sangredecristoarts.org/education

The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center offers half-day and full-day art camps during spring break for children entering grades 1 to 6. Activities include theater, dance, music, cooking, storytelling, a movie and more.

St. Luke's Children's Center

Colorado Springs

598-7821, saintlukes-cs.org

St. Luke's features themed activities for kids up to age 10, including sports, vacation Bible school, field trips, cooking classes and more.

Stars Gymnastics Summer Day Camp

Colorado Springs

598-6863, starsngv.com/daycamp.php

This center leads camps for kids ages 5 to 12 featuring gymnastics and tumbling plus field trips, swimming, games and arts and crafts projects.

Starsmore Discovery Center

Colorado Springs

385-6086, springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=2476

Kids 7 to 12 will learn to identify the trees, animals and rocks of Cheyenne Cañon over spring break at Junior Ranger Base Camp; $65 per child. This summer's adventures include the four-day Cheyenne Cañon Camp for kids 8 to 13. Campers will earn a Junior Ranger certificate and badge, hike Columbine Trail and set up a tipi. The camp costs $165 per child; discount available for military and members of Friends of Cheyenne Cañon.

The Sunshine House Summer Camp

Colorado Springs

598-5908, sunshinehouse.com

For kids preschool to age 12, this is a summer day camp that includes field trips, arts and crafts, and more.

SuperCamp

Colorado Springs

800/285-3276, supercamp.com

Located at Colorado College, SuperCamp is a coed, residential, academic summer camp for young people entering grades 9 to 12. Campers will acquire test-taking, multi-tasking and organizational skills, as well as life skills like communication, creative thinking and goal-setting.

Team Spirit Cheerleading

Colorado Springs

573-8756, teamspiritcheer.wordpress.com

Team Spirit offers an inexpensive cheerleading camp for all ages. Campers will learn cheer, pom dance, and tumbling skills and routines.

UCCS Family Development Center Summer Camp

Colorado Springs

255-3483, uccs.edu/fdc

For kids 6 to 11, the Center offers daily field trips to such destinations as Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Fountain Creek Nature Center, as well as pleasure reading, art, science, cooking and computers. Financial aid is available.

UCCS Sport Camps

Colorado Springs

255-3601, uccs.edu/camps

Girls' soccer, softball, volleyball and basketball camps, and boys' soccer and basketball camps. Ages vary according to camp, from 5 to 18. Financial aid is available.

Urban League Summer Camp

Colorado Springs

471-1930

The Urban League offers "Fun in the Sun" day camps for area children that feature field trips and tons of fun activities. Tutoring in math, reading and spelling will also be available.

Village Seven Presbyterian Church Camp

Colorado Springs

574-6700 ext. 21, v7pc.org

Village Seven offers free Summer StoryTime for ages 3 to 8 and Wacky Wednesday Workshops for ages 9 to 12. There are also soccer (ages 3 to 12) and basketball camps (ages 6 to 12).

Whiz Bang Science Program at Colorado College

Colorado Springs

389-6146, coloradocollege.edu/dept/ED/childrenSummer/whizbang.html

Featuring hands-on activities in science, the Whiz Bang Science Program gives kids entering grades 1 to 6 the chance to develop science process skills through a variety of guided scientific investigations. This year focuses on "Crazy Chemistry."

Wizard Camp at Theatre of Dreams

Castle Rock

303/660-6799, amazingshows.com

Professional magicians will teach level one and level two programs focusing on staging, the art of performance, creativity and timing. Young people ages 7 and up will increase their self-confidence and stage presence while having fun. The camp ends with an on-stage recital.

YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region

329-7229, ppymca.org

The YMCA offers week-long day camps featuring various themes for children ages preschool to 12. Visit the Web site or contact locations for more information. Financial aid is available.

• Briargate YMCA, 4025 Family Place, 282-9622

• Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., 473-9622

• Fountain Valley YMCA, 301 E. Iowa Ave., Fountain, 382-1561

• Garden Ranch YMCA, 2380 Montebello Drive West, 593-9622

• Southeast YMCA, 2190 Jet Wing Drive, 622-9622

• Tri-Lakes YMCA, 17250 Jackson Creek Parkway, Monument, 481-8728

Pueblo YMCA: Camp Jackson

Rye

719/543-5151, campjackson.com

Base Camps for kids ages 7 to 12 let campers focus on shooting sports, mountain sports and horsemanship or eco challenges. Teen and Senior Teen programs for 12- to 17-year-olds invite campers to develop leadership skills or have adventures in rock climbing, whitewater rafting or on horseback. Scholarships are available.

YMCA of the Rockies:

Camp Chief Ouray

Granby (northwest of Denver)

970/887-2648, ymcarockies.org

Camp Chief Ouray offers traditional camping experiences for young people ages 7 to 17. Activities available to campers include horseback riding, canoeing, arts and crafts, swimming, campouts, archery and ropes courses. Teen wilderness adventure programs include outdoor challenges like backpacking, whitewater rafting and mountain biking. Scholarships and flexible payment plans are available.

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