Summit County: Looking toward summer: kids’ summer camp guide
It’s that time of year: Kids are starting to think about the end of school, and what sort of adventure will fill their summer days. 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 the 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 some worth mentioning in nearby counties. The list below is just a portion of what’s available, and local churches, sports programs, preschools and day care facilities are often worth checking out as well. Just remember: Some of these programs fill up fast, so register as soon as possible!
Breckenridge Mountain Camp
Based out of the Breckenridge Recreation Center, this co-ed day camp offers children 5-12 a variety of programming, and includes special field trips on Wednesdays. Youth are split into groups according to age, and participate in activities like crafts, swimming and rock climbing. Weekly trips include destinations like the Denver Zoo, the Denver Aquarium and Elitch Gardens.
The program runs Monday through Friday throughout the summer – from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. – and provides transportation from Frisco, Silverthorne and Dillon for $5 a day, excluding Wednesdays.
Frisco Fun Club
Serving ages 5-12, the Frisco Fun Club – run through the town’s recreation department – gives kids the opportunity to participate in activities like skateboarding, swimming, archery and mountain biking. Group field trips usually include locations like Water World, the Denver Zoo and local recreation centers. The day camp runs June 6 to Aug. 19, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. Information about the 2011 schedule will not be finalized until late April or early May.
Lake Dillon Theatre Company
For kids ages 7-14 already hit with the acting bug, the Lake Dillon Theatre youth summer program will be perfect. Depending on age, children practice – and perform – a play about Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, or Disney’s High School Musical. Programs run just short of two weeks, and run Monday through Fridays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Class dates depend on age range and session choice.
Dillon Junior Sailing
Wannabe sailors 10-18 can sign up to learn the real thing through the Dillon Yacht Club. Weekly camps take place June 28 to Aug. 13, and run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Classes are available for beginners, intermediates and experts. The program runs from June 6 to Aug. 19.
Mountain Top Children’s Museum
Accommodating the “courageous, imaginative and explorative,” this day camp provides children ages 5-14 (older children act as mentors) with 11 weeks full of projects, experiments and art antics. Different themes each week – like Eew, Gross! and Color Me Crazy – keep the summer interesting. Camps run Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5:30.
Keystone Science School
This popular program has been welcoming campers 6-17 since 1975. Children can spend a day, a night, or up to two weeks; depending on their age and preference. Activities include horseback riding, sailing, hiking and science-themed lessons like astronomy and entomology.
Woodward at Copper
In its third 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 cheer camp are also available. Programs run in weekly sessions from early June to August, all with an overnight option. Camps are open to kids ages 8-18.
Walking Mountains Science Center (formally Gore Range Natural Science School)
Edwards or Eagle
Designed for children grades one through eight, campers can learn about everything from Native American mythology to common Rocky Mountain plants, or the five senses and animal survival. Program options include a one-day lesson, or a two- or three-night stay, depending on age. Class themes also depend on age group.
Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
Based on a 39-acre site, the BOEC says its “innovative courses build confidence, promote skills for healthy living and advocate ecological awareness.” The center holds numerous camps for ages 8 and up, and include activities like river rafting, rock climbing and team building. Programs are available for those with special needs. Camps run from about five days to two weeks. For more information, contact program coordinator Claire Dicola at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Learning Camp
(970) 524 -2706
Designed for children with learning disabilities, this camp aims to boost kids’ self-confidence and esteem. Geared for kids 7-14, activities include camping, fishing, arts and crafts and soccer. Reading, writing and arithmetic are mixed into the daily schedule to avoid back-sliding during the normal school year. Sessions run from two to three weeks long.
Anderson Western Colorado Camps
Established in 1962, this program offers High-Country adventure for boys and girls ages 7-17. Activities focus on mountain climbing, horseback riding, backpacking, camping and whitewater rafting. Camps run from two to three weeks in length.
Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp
The oldest continually operating performing arts school and camp in the nation, this program has been up and running since 1913. Programs serve ages 8 through adult, and allow students to partake in lessons including dance, music, writing and theatre. Camps run from one to six weeks.
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