OK, parents, here it comes: another summer, and another couple months with your kids underfoot. Don't you wish they could just go build a robot, paint a picture or shoot some arrows (with quality supervision, naturally)?
The Independent can help. Welcome to our Summer Camp Guide.
Here you'll find listings for various camps, classes and programs in our fair city and beyond. We've listed the camps alphabetically, with their contact information and brief descriptions. Also, there are gobs of youth sports camps in Colorado Springs; check them out at thesportscorp.org/directory/camps.htm.
If you want even more information, attend our Summer Camp Expo from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, at the downtown YMCA, where you can meet with the fine folks who actually run some of the camps listed.
Have a great summer, and happy camping to all!
Kara Luger, assistant editor
AAVE Teen Adventures
Golden 800/222-3595, aave.com AAVE runs multiple adventure camps throughout the country, including in Colorado, as well as in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Campers must be ages 11-18. Scholarships are available.
Academy of Children's Theatre
Colorado Springs 321-3555, aoct.net A day camp for ages 8-18, where kids will learn theatrical know-how, including how to use their voice and how to audition.
Anderson Western Colorado
Gypsum (38 miles west of Vail) 800/832-4851, andersoncamps.com
Offering outdoor adventure camps for ages 7-17. Go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, wall climbing and more.
Arts Alive Camps
Fountain 719/205-7909, FountainArtsCenter.com
Arts Alive at the Fountain Arts Center has four two-week camps for ages 3-12. Programs include dance, drama and art sessions. Performance opportunities also are available.
Artsports Gym Camp and Trampoline Camp
Colorado Springs 531-5867, artsportsworld.com
Artsports offers day and half-day camps for ages 4-12. Activities include trampoline and tumbling, swimming and rope climbing. Ages 7 and up also can enroll in an overnight, high-level trampoline training camp. Discounts are available.
Bear Creek Nature Camps
Colorado Springs 520-6399
The Bear Creek Nature Center offers day camps for children entering grades 1-5. Each camp fee covers naturalist-led hikes, puppet shows, storytelling, crafts, a T-shirt and camp photo, and instruction on using GPS receivers to find treasure, as well as much more.
Bemis School of Art Youth Classes
Colorado Springs 475-2444,
The Bemis School of Art offers a wide variety of art classes for ages 2 and up. Courses include drawing, painting, pottery, cartooning and crafts.
Blue Mountain Ranch
Florissant 719/748-3279, bluemountainranch.com
Blue Mountain Ranch is a camp for boys and girls ages 7-16. Activities include horseback riding, hiking, fishing, crafts, drama, tennis, riflery and more.
Brazilian Capoeira Studio
Colorado Springs 231-6833, capsprings.com
Kids 4 and up can learn this Brazilian art form that combines martial arts with fluid dance movements.
Near Georgetown (32 miles west of Denver) 303/674-6400, campcomfort.org
Licensed social workers run this overnight camp for children ages 6-12 who are grieving the death of a family member or friend. Some scholarships are available.
Woodland Park 719/687-2030, campelim.com
A Christian Bible camp for students going into grades 3-12. Offering a mixture of activities, including swimming, archery, hiking, nature studies and handcrafts, with spiritual instruction.
Divide 719/687-2078, campiana.org
A Christian youth camp for grades 3-12. Activities include archery, hiking, mini golf, volleyball, arts and crafts and more.
Camp Invention Science Day Camp
Colorado Springs 800/968-4332, campinvention.org
The Camp Invention program is a weeklong day camp for children entering grades 1-6. Children will explore oceanography, look for lost treasure, and learn to use probability and estimation as they build games.
Camp M! at Mizel Museum
Denver 303/394-9993, mizelmuseum.org
The Mizel Museum offers various programs for all children ages 4-12, from Israel Explorers Pre-School Camp to the Bill Hanzlik/Denver Nuggets Basketball Camp. Campers can learn about art, geography, the Wild West and the world's cultures. Financial aid is available.
Camp Timberline Sports and Mountain Adventure
Tahosa Valley (10 miles south of Estes Park) 970/484-8462, camptimberline.com
Camp Timberline is a Christian camp, with sessions for boys and girls ages 7-18. Sports and activities include basketball, dance, football, lacrosse and water skiing, as well as hiking, zip-lining and rock climbing.
Colorado Springs 471-0910, catamountinstitute.org
The Catamount Institute offers weeklong day camps packed with hands-on activities, wilderness explorations and field trips for ages 9-12.
Challenger Learning Center
Colorado Springs 598-9755, clccs.org
A space-oriented learning environment where kids learn about space and rocketry, and fly simulated space missions. Eight programs available for grades K-12.
Cheley Colorado Camps
Estes Park 303/377-3616, cheley.com
Cheley offers overnight camping sessions for girls and boys ages 9-17. Activities include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, outcamping, rock climbing, mountain biking, crafts, sports and whitewater rafting.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Colorado Springs 633-9925 ext. 122, cmzoo.org
The zoo runs camps for ages 5-15. Learn about animals and nature through arts, games, hands-on activities and interaction with the zoo animals. This year, receive a 10 percent discount if your child is signed up for more than one program.
Children's World Learning Centers
Children's World offers six programs for children through age 12, including "Dinosaur Detectives," "It's Greek to Me" and "Journey to Tomorrow."
Colorado Lions Camp
Woodland Park 719/687-2087, lionscampco.org
The Colorado Lions Camp offers 10 one-week sessions for blind, deaf and developmentally disabled campers, ages 8 and up. Activities include astronomy, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, camping and hiking. Sponsorships are available through the Lions Club of Colorado.
Colorado Springs Chinese Language School
Colorado Springs 579-9676, 540-5338, 278-0927,
Kids ages 5-15 can learn Chinese legends, songs and games, while ages 18 and up can take the "Travel Mandarin Language Class" to learn tourist-level conversation.
Colorado Springs Conservatory Classes
Colorado Springs 577-4556,
The Conservatory is holding musicianship and performance classes for children ages 8-12. The classes include in-town and out-of-town performances. Auditions are held to determine what material is best.
Colorado Springs Parks & Recreation Camps
Colorado Springs Touchtone registration: 329-1790
Challenger British Soccer Camp, various sessions for ages 3-16.
Cheerleading Camps, ages 7-14.
City Tykes Cheer Camp, ages 8-16.
Little Quarterbacks Youth Football, ages 4-6.
Skyhawks Mini Hawk Multi-Sport Camps, soccer and basketball camps for children ages 5-8 and 8-12.
Skyhawks Tiny Hawk Parent/Child Soccer Camp, ages 3-5
Summer Lacrosse Camp, in partnership with Patriot Lacrosse, for ages 7-17.
Summer Sports Camps, offering camps on golf, soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball and flag football for ages 5-15.
Young Stars Summer Day Camp, for ages 6-13.
Colorado Springs School Sunsational Summer Camps
Colorado Springs 475-9747, css.org
CSS offers summer camps for grades pre-K-5. Camps include "Prehistoric Fun," "Wet-n-Wild," "Once upon a Summer," "Animal Lover's Safari" and more.
Colorado Youth Program Mountain Summer Camp
Ward (20 miles west of Boulder) 303/402-9656,
Held in the mountains of western Boulder County, Colorado Youth Program's 10-day coed camps are for boys and girls ages 11-17. Enjoy whitewater rafting, banding birds, fishing, volunteering to help the environment and more. Scholarships are available.
Colvig Silver Camps
Durango 970/247-2564, colvigsilvercamps.com
Colvig Silver Camps is a family-owned, residential summer camp for kids who have completed grades 2-11. Activities include wilderness hikes, rock climbing and alpine backpacking. Some scholarships are available.
Colorado Springs 527-9356
Lauren Stuart, Ph.D., offers cooking day camps for children ages 8-14. Classes range from beginners' cooking to baking and ethnic dishes. Call for locations.
Coronado High School Camps
Colorado Springs 328-3612
Offering soccer and wrestling camps for ages 7-17.
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, Costa Rica, and Ecuador for teens in grades 7-12. 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, 472-1260, eaglelake.org
This Glen Eyrie-run Christian Bible camp runs a variety of summer programs for ages 8-18. All programs go for five days, starting Sunday and extending through Friday.
Easter Seals Colorado Rocky Mountain Village
Empire (40 miles west of Denver)303/569-2333, eastersealscolorado.org
This residential camp serves people ages 6 and up who live with physical and developmental disabilities. Camp activities include horseback riding, swimming, photography and music and computer programs. Scholarships are available.
First Presbyterian Church Camps
Colorado Springs 884-6207, first-pres.org/camps
First Presbyterian Church holds many camps for grades K-8. Programs include music and drama camps, sports camps, general camps and an ESL day camp for beginning to intermediate English speakers. Overnight out-of-town camps for grades 3-12 also are available. Call or go online for scholarship information.
Fountain Creek Nature Camp
Fountain Creek Nature Camp offers day camps for children entering grades 1-5. Enrollment at each camp includes all materials, snacks, a T-shirt and camp photo, daily hikes, hands-on activities, crafts, songs, games and much more.
Fox Run Nature Camp
Colorado Springs 520-6745
Fox Run Nature Camp is a weeklong day camp for children entering grades 1-5. Enjoy outdoor activities including hikes, stories, games, songs, crafts and bug-catching.
FunQuest Summer Day Camp at Colorado College
Colorado Springs 389-6764, coloradocollege.edu
FunQuest is a day camp for children ages 6-12. Campers enjoy active games and sports, arts activities, field trips and more. Colorado College makes available its pool, ice rink and dining hall, among other facilities.
Glen Eyrie Eagles Nest Day Camp
Colorado Springs 719/272-7449,
The Eagles Nest Day Camp is a Christian camp for ages 7-12. Activities include zip-lining, canoeing, crafts and field trips.
Golden Bell Camp and Conference Center
Divide 719/687-9561, goldenbellrocks.com
Owned by the Colorado District Church of the Nazarene, Golden Bell Camp offers programs for boys and girls grades 1-12. Campers can choose from a wide variety of sports camps, arts camps and outdoor camps. Scholarships are available.
Colorado Springs 574-2001, granermusic.com
Offering piano labs, beginners' rock band classes, jazz and improv classes. Ages will vary based on ability.
Great Starts Sports Camps
Colorado Springs 488-9370, gscamps.com
Offering a variety of sports camps for children ages 4-15. Sports include basketball, cheerleading, tennis, strength training and more.
Hillsprings Learning Center
Colorado Springs 576-3840, hillsprings.org
Hillsprings Learning Center offers remedial reading, written language, study skills and math classes for grades K-8. Classes run for a five-week period, three hours a day.
horizonadventures.com Horizon Adventures is a camp for ages 12-18, focusing on personal growth through an outdoor-based education. The camps provide technical know-how and training in climbing, rafting, rock climbing, hiking, biking, backpacking and general wilderness safety. Financial aid is available.
iD Tech Camps at Colorado College
Colorado Springs 888/709-TECH (8324),
iD Tech Camp, now in its fifth season at Colorado College, provides various summer technology camps for beginners to advanced learners, ages 7-17. Campers film and edit digital movies, create 2-D and 3-D video games, design Web sites, program robots, and more. During downtime, campers can play physical sports like ultimate Frisbee, or take part in karaoke and gaming tournaments. Tuition assistance is available.
Imagination Celebration Summer Camps
Colorado Springs 597-3344, imaginationcelebration.org
Imagination Celebration offers summer day camps for grades 1-8, featuring a different theme each session. Activities include art, drama, photography and science. The registration deadline is one week before each camp starts.
Junior Academy Children's Centers
Colorado Springs 598-2095, jracademykids.com
Offering day camps for ages 5-15. Activities include swimming lessons, ice skating, bowling, mini-golf and day trips to places like Santa's Workshop.
Kid's Music Playground
Colorado Springs 268-0570,
A music camp for children ages 6-11. Learn to read music, play the piano, guitar and recorder, and more.
Colorado Springs 481-2121, kindercare.com
Offering six day camp themes for kids pre-school through age 12. Activities include art, music and time in the gym. Ages 5 and up go on field trips.
Lost Creek Outpost
Grant (90 miles northwest of Colorado Springs) 303/816-1400
A nonprofit adventure camp for ages 10-16. Activities focus on outdoor adventure and wilderness skills.
Manitou Art Theater
Manitou Springs 685-4729, themat.org
Participate in scenes, games and more in this camp for grades 6-8. This year's theme is "Shakespeare in the Park."
Manitou Springs Aquatics
Manitou Springs 685-9735,
Learn to swim or perfect your stroke at the Manitou Pool. Both private and public summer swimming lessons will be offered for ages 4 and up.
Manitou Springs Arts Academy
Manitou Springs 685-2141
This integrated arts camp provides programs for elementary- and middle-school students in June and July. Sessions will include dance, drama and visual arts. Scholarships are available.
Outward Bound Wilderness
Golden and nationwide 866/467-7651,
Outward Bound Wilderness, part of the international Outward Bound nonprofit organization, offers more than 650 adventure-based wilderness courses in the United States for those 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. Scholarship information is available on the Web site.
Parks and Recreation Community Centers
Colorado Springs 385-5940, springsgov.com
These centers offer programs and day camps for all ages. Reduced fees are available at most locations. Deerfield Hills Community Center, 385-5996
Hillside Community Center, 385-7900
Meadows Park Community Center, 385-7940
Sand Creek Family Center, 579-4946
West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 385-7920
Colorado Springs 632-6189
Sponsored by the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, Peace Camp is for ages 6-12. Goals include teaching children to use nonviolent solutions, community building, environmental awareness and multiculturalism through arts activities, games and sports.
Pikes Peak Library District
Colorado Springs 531-6333, ppld.org
PPLD offers "Paws, Claws, Scales, and Tales: The 2006 Children's Summer Reading Program," for early childhood through elementary school, as well as "Lost," its teen summer reading program.
Renaissance Academy Environmental Center
Colorado Springs 475-2510, raec.org
Offering naturalist field-school programs for ages 5-13. Learn about everything from art in the wild and critter camouflage to endangered species and more.
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Woodland Park 719/686-1820, rmdrc.com
Learn all about rocks and minerals, dinosaurs and mammals at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. Camps are for grades K-6 and are one week long.
Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp
Divide 719/687-9506, rmmcamp.org
A Mennonite overnight camp for those in grades 3-12. 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
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 in grades 1-4, or monthlong camps for those in grades 3-10.
School District 11 Summer School
Colorado Springs 520-2005, d11.org
Offering K-8 literacy classes and credit recovery courses for high-school students.
Sky High Hope
Bellvue (8 miles northwest of Fort Collins) 303/861-1754, ronaldhouse.org
A free camp for kids with cancer, ages 8-18, and their siblings, if space is available. Activities include canoeing, fishing, rock climbing and more.
Sky Ranch at Ute Trail
Powderhorn (90 miles west of Salida) 866/443-7625, skyranchcamps.com
A Christian teen adventure camp offering backpacking and kayaking trips.
Colorado Springs 477-2153, worldarena.com
The World Arena Ice Hall offers a Summer Skate program, from June through August, for skaters of all levels. Skaters may choose to do one week or all. In addition to the on-and-off-ice training schedule, the Summer Skate program typically hosts two to three featured guests and seminars each summer.
Colorado Springs 800/285-3276, supercamp.com
Held at Colorado College, SuperCamp is an overnight academic summer camp for ages 9-24. Campers will acquire test-taking, multi-tasking and organizational skills, as well as life skills like communication, creative thinking and goal-setting. Scholarships are available.
Team Spirit Cheerleading
Colorado Springs 573-8756, teamspiritcheer.com
Team Spirit offers cheerleading classes for ages 4 and up. Sessions will include pom dance, baton and tumbling. Students will perform in local parades, at Security Service Field and at the annual summer competition in Denver. Financial aid is available.
Velocity Sports Performance Camps
Centennial 303/768-8988, velocitysp.com
Work on developing speed, flexibility and endurance. Programming includes "Pro Football and Speed Camp" for ages 7-14.
Village Seven Presbyterian Church Camp
Colorado Springs 574-6700, v7pc.org
Offering day camps for children grades 1-8. Programs include music and arts camp, soccer camp and basketball camp. A summer storytime for ages 3-8 (with parent) also is available.
YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region Summer Day Camps
The YMCA offers weeklong sessions featuring various themes. Call each location for more information. Financial aid is available.
Downtown YMCA Day Camps, 207 N. Nevada Ave., 473-9622. Camps for ages 5-16.
Garden Ranch YMCA Day Camps, 2380 Montebello Drive West, 593-9622. Camps for ages 3-12.
Briargate YMCA Day Camps, 4025 Family Place, 282-9622. Camps for ages preschool to 12.
Southeast YMCA Day Camps, 2190 Jet Wing Drive, 622-9622. For ages 5-16.
Fountain Valley YMCA Day Camps, Lorraine Community Center, 301 E. Iowa Ave., Fountain, 382-1561. For ages 5-12.
Tri-Lakes YMCA Day Camps, 1832 Woodmoor Drive, Suite 201, Monument, 481-8728. For ages 5-15.
YMCA of the Rockies: Camp Chief Ouray
Granby (northwest of Denver)
970/887-2152 ext. 4172,
Camp Chief Ouray offers traditional camping experiences for ages 7-18. Activities include sports, crafts, swimming, campout, riflery and canoeing. Older campers can choose to go on mountain bike trips or all-day hikes in the mountains.
YMCA Camp Jackson
Rye, (South of Pueblo) 719/489-3822. campjackson.com
YMCA Camp Jackson focuses on building self-esteem and problem-solving skills through programs such as archery, horsemanship, canoeing, crafts and drama. Programs are for ages 8-13, or "extreme" camps for ages 13-16.
YMCA Camp Shady Brook
Deckers 719/329-7266, campshadybrook.org
Camp Shady Brook provides overnight coed camps for ages 6-16. Enjoy activities such ashorseback riding, boating, archery, nature study, hikes, ropes courses and swimming. Scholarships are available.
Youthzone at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center
Colorado Springs 667-3869, ppwfc.org
A program connecting youth ages 14-21 with local employers for summer jobs and volunteer opportunities. Must live in El Paso or Teller counties.