Boulder County Offers Summer Camps for Every Age

What better way to explore nature, try a hand at different activities and make new friends than in the summertime. Camps allow children to discover hidden talents while being gently guided in safe, educational environments. Boulder has hundreds of camps to offer; here just a few programs we think are worth looking into.

Community Sailing of Colorado (ages 5-10+) Boulder Reservoir/Cherry Creek Reservoir Great for all junior sailors, novice or experienced. Instructors lead short classroom discussions on specific skills to be practiced for the day. Then to build on that knowledge, teachers incorporate land drills where campers acquire skills in a safe and comfortable environment to help make their on-the-water experience more successful and fun! CommunitySailing.org

Sunflower Farm (ages 5-14) Longmont Camps at Sunflower Farm are designed to give each child a sense of rural, farm lifestyle. There are a few different camps options to choose from here, but groups break out each morning based on age. Outdoor activities include feeding and care of animals, riding the pony/horse, gardening, art and just old-fashioned play. Think climbing hay bales, sprinkler fun, exploring an old, abandoned airplane, zip lining and swinging on tire swings. Other kids can enjoy Sunflower Farm’s partnership with Life Skills Academy and Creative Bridges; they will be taught new skills and discover their unique passion as it relates to the farm. SunflowerFarmInfo.com

Tinker Art Studio (ages 3-14) Boulder Join Tinker Art Studio for a summer full of art, movement, and plenty of creativity. Tinker is a dynamic art studio founded by educators and artists. Providing authentic art opportunities for children and adults to grow as both skilled artists and creative individuals, Tinker Art Studio is a unique space where you will find a lively studio balanced by a calm and aesthetically pleasing environment. Half-day camps include clay, painting, drawing, fibers, photography, collage, and theme-based visual art camps, as well as drumming, performing arts and yoga arts-integrated camps. TinkerArtStudio.com

Camp Oonie Koonie Cha (ages 4-8) Boulder Camp OKC is an early childhood music camp that blends a variety of musical experiences with art and instrument construction, science experiments, dramatic play, storytelling and a final performance into one amazing week. Creative hands-on activities are designed to engage the whole child in an unforgettable camp experience. Offered half-days, Monday – Friday. CampOKC.com

Thorne Nature Experience (ages 3-15) Boulder/Littleton Founded in 1957, Thorne Summer Camp reaches more than 2,000 youth each summer through field-based ecology “Camp Experiences” for kids ages 3-15. Thorne’s Camp Experiences allow youth to explore in nature and offer just the right mix of fun and hands-on learning. Popular “Camp Experiences” like Mud Mucking, At Home in the Woods, and Bird Banding utilize local prairie grasslands, evergreen forests, and wetland habitats as a classroom and enable youth to connect with and learn about nature. ThorneNature.org

Colorado Mountain Ranch (ages 7-16) Boulder Colorado Mountain Ranch offers two different types of camps: Adventure and Focus. For kids that like to be involved in a whole array of activities, Adventure Day Camps are the way to go. While the Focus Camps hone in on specific abilities including horses, mountain boarding, water and more. The idea is to provide confidence-building activities, supervised and instructed, with a positive approach aimed toward successful skill-building, passionate learning and fun. ColoradoMountainRanch.com

BVSD Lifelong Learning Summer Camps (ages 2-18) Boulder/Broomfield/Lafayette/Louisville The BVSD Lifelong Learning mission is to provide opportunities for enrichment and discovery through a community of learners and instructors. All instructors are professionals in their field with knowledge to share. Striving to meet the needs of the diverse Boulder and surrounding communities population, BVSD Kids and Teens Lifelong Learning camps range from science, technology and engineering to visual arts, dance, cooking, sports and more. Teens can prep for the ACT or SAT, take a Drivers Ed course or zero in on more advanced classes in video game programming or equine care. BVSD.org/lll

Mt. View Preschool Summer Play Program (ages 3-8) Boulder Mt. View offers a play-based camp with different activities each day, including arts and crafts, water play, playground fun and a picnic lunch. The school itself strives to facilitate and foster the growth and development of young children physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually in a happy, safe and nurturing environment. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. MVPreschool.org

Fabricate Summer Camps (ages 6+) Boulder At Fabricate, you can learn to sew in summer camp. Experienced instructors will guide campers through fun-filled, themed, week-long or afternoon camps where students will learn practical skills such as how to thread a sewing machine, wind a bobbin, hem clothes, sew buttonholes, read, cut and sew from a commercial pattern, use interfacing, install a zipper and much more. FabricateBoulder.com

ABC Kids Climbing (ages 4-14) Boulder Here you can choose between three- or five-day camps, each bringing new challenges and excitement and are designed for beginner and intermediate climbers. Each week entails opportunities for teamwork and leadership not only through climbing, but also through slacklining, art projects, group games and other challenges. A pizza party wraps up each week while every camper receives a certificate of skills learned. ABCKidsBoulder.com

Avid4 Adventure (ages pre-K – 12th grade) Boulder, Golden, Highlands Ranch, Denver Washington Park and Denver Stapleton // Overnight camps in Bailey, CO. This summer, experience the power of authentic outdoor adventure. Avid4 Adventure summer camps teach children of all levels to climb, paddle, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors. With help from time-tested curriculum and experienced instructors (all 21+ and certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR), they give campers solid outdoors skills and character-shaping confidence they can use at camp and beyond, launching them into a lifetime of empowering adventure. Avid4Adventure.com

Art Underground (ages 2-15) Louisville The Art Underground runs many summer camps and drop in dance classes the months of June, July and August. Kids can get messy with art, try on a new character with a theater camp, dive into a theme-based preschool or elementary school camp (like Frozen, American Girl, Star Wars, etc.) or bring Minecraft to life using LEGOs. ArtUnder.org