With March's warm and sunny weather, there's no doubt that Summit County kids are itching for the end of school to get out and play. For parents, this means starting to think about what sort of summer program will work for their child, and making sure they're registered before deadline.
Depending on what a child is interested in, there are plenty of options here in Summit County - ranging from science to theater, outdoor adventure and younger children's programs - as well as a few worth mentioning in nearby counties.
Of course, this is not a full list of all the camp opportunities available - it's more of a peek. Be sure to check out local churches, sports programs, preschools and day care facilities as well. Just remember: some of these programs fill up fast, so register early.
This year, the Breckenridge Mountain Camp is revved up for an even "bigger and better" experience, according to its website. Children ages 5-12 will spend their summer days swimming, climbing, hiking and jumping on a giant inflatable obstacle course. Weeks are separated into themes, including: a fairy tale magic, trolls, giants and elves week; wild, wild west bank robbers, gold, miners and mountain settlers; adventures in space; and girls vs. boys challenge.
The program runs 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays from June 4 - Aug. 17. Lunch and transportation are provided for $5 each per day.
This independent learning facility offers a wide variety of services throughout the year, including after-school tutoring and primary instruction for home schoolers. This summer, the group is branching out to offer Summer Connections, an academic-based summer learning program that features small group sizes and project-based learning. The eight-week program will be offered for both younger students - grades one through three - and a little older - grades four through six - in half or full-day options. This summer's theme is "from caves to castles," where children will learn about prehistoric dwellings, stone-age weapons, ancient civilizations, early nomads, castle arches, turrets, moats and art.
Participants can build their own schedule. Visit the website for more information.
Serving ages 5-12, the Frisco Fun Club - run through the town's recreation department - gives kids the opportunity to participate in week-long themed activities with educational sessions and field trips. Everything is designed to be age-appropriate. Themes include: going green, when kids will learn how to help out the environment, go on eco-hikes and play recycling games; carnival, which revolves around learning about American carnivals, and ends the week with one; and Summit adventure, where kids get a chance to explore their surroundings.
The camp runs weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 4 through Aug. 17.
For kids ages 7-14 already hit with the acting bug, the Lake Dillon Theatre youth summer program will be perfect. This year, children get a chance to practice, and perform, "The Hysterical History of the Trojan War," which recounts the famous epic by Homer, with all the famous characters, including Zeus, Achilles, Helen and Aphrodite.
There are three sessions for children ages 7-13; each runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Fridays over two weeks.
Wannabe sailors of all skill levels ages 10-18 can sign up to learn the real thing this summer. Weekly camps take place June 25 to Aug. 17, and run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays. Classes are available for beginners, intermediates and experts.
Breckenridge, Frisco and Silverthorne
Kids will receive instruction and technical repetition of all soccer skills including passing, dribbling, shooting, trapping, attacking and defending at High Country Soccer's summer camps. Lessons run for a few hours each day for four days in a row over the summer, with numerous different age groups and instruction topics to chose from. Camps are geared towards improving player's abilities in a fun and relaxed environment. Parents can choose from different camps at three locations: Kingdom Park in Breckenridge, Frisco Peninsula and Rainbow Park in Silverthorne.
Go to the website for individual camp times and locations.
Easter Seals Colorado and Families of Exceptional Learners, a local support group for parents of children with special needs, have teamed up to offer a day camp program for children and teens with and without disabilities ages 7-18. Activities include swimming, visiting the Keystone Science School, fishing, cookouts and local field trips. Campers can sign up for one day, several days or the entire summer.
Camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
This summer, SOS Outreach is offering a new program, which begins in May and runs through August. Kids ages 8-18 will have ample opportunity to take part in activities like peak ascending, rock climbing, team courses and backpacking, and experience overnights in the White River National Forest.
To see what programs are available, or to register online, go to the website and check out the summer programs page.
This popular program has been welcoming campers since 1975. Children can spend a day, a night or up to two weeks - depending on their age and preference. At the day camp, kids can transform into a pirate, superhero, astronaut or botanist and partake in hands-on activities and outdoor adventures. The overnight offers numerous adventures, including songs by the campfire, lessons and activities focused around themes like ecology, astronomy, local history and wildlife biology.
Now in its fourth year, the summer camp program at Woodward lets kids practice their skiing or snowboarding skills even when it's warm out. Flips and jumps are practiced on trampolines and foam pits, and even include some instruction on snow. A skateboard and digital media camp - where kids learn how to film their friends - are also available. Programs run in weekly sessions with an overnight option. Camps are open to kids ages 8-18.
Designed for children grades one through eight, campers experience the wild places of Eagle county while nurturing their connection to the natural world through backyard explorations. Kids investigate principles of ecology while developing an understanding of scientific concepts through fun, adventure, and exploration. Class themes depend on age group.
Day and overnight options are available.
The center holds numerous camps for ages 8-25, serving those with special needs and disabilities. All camps are overnight. Activities include rock climbing, white water rafting, camping, canoeing and hiking. Camps run from two nights to over a week long.
For more information on specific programs, visit the organization's website.