School is almost out, and summer is nearly here. Local camps are opening up registration, so look into what your kids can be a part of this year. Whether it’s outdoor adventures, experiential learning or just plain fun with friends, valley organizations are ensuring memories will be made this summer.
Walking Mountains — Summer science camps
Waking Mountains summer science camps let children experience the wild places of the Eagle County, while nurturing their connection to the natural world through backyard explorations.
“Not only are kids learning about different science concepts at our camps, but they are also connecting with the natural world and given the time to explore and identify with the plants and animals that are around them,” said Beth Garrison, Walking Mountains youth programs director. “We go on U.S. Forest Service and and BLM sites, such as the McCoy fossil beds — kids can dig in the earth and hold fossils that are 300 million years old.”
New Walking Mountains summer programs this year include Do You See What I See?, a program for kids entering grade 7 and 8 on the presence of light in the world. The July 14-18 week will offer ways for children to create optical illusions, experiment with bending light energy and discover the electromagnetic spectrum.
The new Farm to Table program August 4-8 is offered for 5th and 6th graders, allowing them to experience the path of local food as it travels from farm to table.
“The kids are actually going to put together everything they have learned at the grocery store and tie it all together to create a meal,” Garrison said.
A new overnight program called Lay of the Land is a backpacking trip for grades 9-11. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, participants will take on backcountry field research and wilderness skills on this four-night, five-day backpack.
Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, Walking Mountains Lane, Avon.
Dates: Dates and times vary for each camp.
More information: Walking Mountains day camps and overnights are geared toward helping students develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Go to www.walkingmountains.org for a full schedule of camps and to register, or call 970-827-9725 for more information.
Vail Recreation District — Summer day camps and summer sports camps
The VRD’s youth summer camps feature hands-on learning about the natural environment, as well as adventurous days with rafting and caving trips, arts and crafts, along with golf, gymnastics, ice skating and more. A variety of day camps are offered for age groups between ages 2 and a half to 12. All camps fill on a first-come, first-served basis, and early registration is open now and encouraged.
More specialty day camps include Camp Eco Fun, a hands-on learning experience for ages 4-6 and 7-11, as well as Mad Scientist, a science day camp for inquisitive minds, ages 7-12 .
Registration also fills quickly for the VRD’s summer sports camps, which include sessions in baseball, basketball, sports training, lacrosse, volleyball golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, tennis, soccer and more. Camps are open for children ages 4 and older.
“The tennis camps have been growing every year,” said Jamie Gunion, VRD marketing director. “Also, the Vail Junior Golf Academy has a new program this year for intermediate to advanced golfers ages 10 to 17.”
Where: VRD office is located at 700 South Frontage Road East, Vail.
Dates: Dates, times and locations vary for each camp.
More information: For more details on the VRD’s youth summer programming and to register, visit www.vailrec.com, or call 970-479-2280.
Beaver Creek — Kids day camps
The Beaver Creek kids day camps are for ages 5 to 13. Discovery Camp is offered for ages 5 to 7, and Adventure Camp is offered for ages 8 to 13. Children participate in age-appropriate outdoor activities and arts & crafts, keeping their bodies and minds engaged throughout the summer.
Five-Star Camp has some age restrictions with certain activities, but is offered for ages 5 to 13, and offers a weekly schedule with jeep tours, horseback riding, indoor rock climbing, river rafting, alpine slide, swimming and more.
“Five-Star Camp has a set schedule every week, and offers the bigger adventure activities,” said Patty Wall, camp director. “In all of our camps, children can get a taste of what the Rocky Mountains have to offer.”
Where: Beaver Creek Children’s Ski School (upper level), Beaver Creek Village.
Dates: The day camp is open from June 2 until August 29. Daily drop-off time is 9 to 9:30 a.m., and pick-up time is 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended 24 hours in advance, but walk-ins are accepted.
More information: Make a 24-hour advanced reservation (recommended) by calling 970-754-5464, or visit www.beavercreek.com/family/summer/kids-day-camp-summer for more information.
Western Eagle County Metropolitan Rec District — Summer camps
Rec Kids Summer Day Camp is offered at all three WECMRD facilities in summer — Gypsum Recreation Center, Eagle Pool and Ice Rink and the WECMRD Field House in Edwards. Summer sports camps are also offered at the various facilities.
“In Eagle and Edwards, you can sign up for weekly camps, Monday through Thursday, or you can sign up for individual days. Friday “fun days” are signed up for separately,” said Anna Englehart, camp director and assistant manager of the Gypsum rec center. “In Gypsum, you have to commit to the month, and we do Friday fun days as well — all three facilities do the same activity on Friday, and you pick-up and drop-off at your base facility.”
For more information on the summer day camps and sports camps offered through the WECMRD, visit www.wecmrd.org. Call Gypsum at 970-777-8888; call Eagle at 970-328-5277; call Edwards at 970-766-5555.
Vail Stables — Vail Horse Camp, Vail Pony Camp, Critter/Nature Camp
Pony Camp for kids ages 3 to 6, Horse Camp for kids ages 6 to 12, and Critter/Nature Camp for kids ages 3 to 10 is held at Vail Stables.
Where: 915A Spraddle Creek Road, Vail.
Dates: Camps start June 1 through summer, daily.
More information: Horse Camp is $99-$250 per day; Pony Camp is $45-$85 per day (full or half-day sessions available — two sessions per day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and/or 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.); Critter/Nature Camp is $40 (two sessions per day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., or 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) Visit www.vailstables.com for more information, or call 970-476-6941.
The Youth Foundation — Sowing Seeds Summer Day Camp, Celebrate the Beat
The Celebrate the Beat camp for ages 8-14 is provided at no cost to participants, and concludes with a performance at the Vail International Dance Festival. Some of the Sowing Seeds camps — Garden Stewards, ages 8-12, and Garden Sprouts, ages 5-7, are full already, but foundation is still accepting registration for most weeks.
Where: Brush Creek Elementary School, 333 Eagle Ranch Road, Eagle., and Edwards Elementary School, 22 Meile Lane, Edwards.
Dates: Garden Stewards (at BCES) — June 2-6; June 16-21; July 7-11; August 4-8. Garden Sprouts (at BCES) — June 23-25; July 21-23; Aug. 11-13; Aug. 18-20. Garden Sprouts (at EES) — June 9-11; July 28-30.
More information: Garden Stewards is $225 per session, or $45 per day drop-in. Garden Sprouts is $135 per session, or $45 per drop-in day drop-in. Visit www.theyouthfoundation.org for more information, or call Lauren DesCombes at 970-748-5984 to register.
Alpine Arts Center — Summer day camps
Creative summer camps for ages 3-6 and 7-12 are listed at www.alpineartscenter.org. It is recommended register for a full session camp, which will expose a child to a variety of mediums including painting, clay, sculpture, mixed-media and more.
Where: Alpine Arts Center, 210 Edwards Village Blvd. Unit A105, Edwards.
Dates: Workshops begin May 22 and continue through the summer. Check www.alpineartscenter.org/classes-workshops-drop-ins/children/summer-camps for a full schedule.
More information: Each week has a new theme. Camp pricing is $40 per day. For a flexible camp schedule, you may purchase a 10 punch card ($340 early registration by 4/15; $370 regular), expires August 29. Visit the center’s website for more details, or call 970-926-2732.
Eagle County Charter Academy — Camp Deep End
This program that is “Dedicated to Expand, Enrich and Preserve Educational Nurtured Development,” is a day camp that caters to individual academic needs. Day trips keeps kids exercising their brains and bodies throughout summer break. The camp is open to children ages 5 through 11.
Where: Eagle County Charter Academy, 1105 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards,
Dates: June 2 through August 8, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (no camp July 4). Drop-off and pick-up can be when it is best for you.
More information: This day camp is $45 per day, with limited space available. Kids can participate for one day, or through the entire summer. For more information, contact teacher and camp director Joey Peplinksi at email@example.com, or call 970-306-5429.
BookTrails — Reading on Ranches Camp
In collaboration with The Bookworm of Edwards, BookTrails is now opening a Reaching on Ranches Camp in the Edwards area. The week-long summer day camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., held on different ranches near Edwards.
Where: L Quarter Circle Ranch,.
Dates: Four camps are being held — July 14-18; July 21-25; July 4-8; Aug 11-15.
More information: Visit www.steamboatbooktrails.org/camp-in-edwards for more information.
Women’s Empowerment Workshop — Retreats for girls: Heart 2 Heart, Chrysalis Circle
WEW offers two retreats this summer for girls. Heart 2 Heart is a mother-daughter retreat June 13-15 in Eagle, and Chrysalis Circle is an empowerment camp for young women, held June 23-28 in Eagle, offering one overnight.
Where: Eloheh Ranch 2000 Eby Creek Road , Eagle.
Dates: Heart 2 Heart is June 13-15; Chrysalis Circle is June 23-28.
More information: Heart 2 Heart is $495 per person. Chrysalis Circle is $500; family discounts are available. Call 970-328-5472 for more information, or visit.
Avon Recreation Department — Avon Mountain Adventure Camp
Once again this summer, the Avon Recreation Department will be hosting an adventure camp for children ages 5 to 12. Each “adventure week” will focus on an element centered around outdoor activities, mountain ecosystems and lifestyles.
Where: Locations for drop-off and pick-up is Avon Elementary School, 850 West Beaver Creek Blvd., Avon.
Dates: Adventure weeks start June 2-6 , and run though August 11-15. Camp hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There is no camp July 2-4, or July 16.
More information: Camp is $33 per child, per day. Immunization records are necessary for registration. Visit www.avon.org for more information, or call 970-748-4000.
Vail Mountain Bike Camps — Kids programs
These three day camps are for kids ages 7 to 13. Riders will learn the basics of mountain biking, racing, safety and bike maintenance, while making new friends and exploring trails. Kids must be very strong riding on pavement for the Vail Mountain Bike Camps, since the kids are taken to ride on dirt. They must also be comfortable shifting gears and riding five or more miles at a time. Tuesday camp days are mandatory days for training on fundumentals.
Where: All camps meet at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail at the base of Golden Peak, Vail.
Dates: Tuesdays through Thursdays 9 to 11:30 a.m. — June 10-12, June 17-19, June 24-26, July 1-3, July 8-10, July 15-17, July 22-24, July 29-31, August 5-7, August 12-14. Adventure Camps also meet daily after the kids camps from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
More information: Program price is $130, and includes a water bottle and prizes. Bike rentals can be made through Venture Sports. For more information, visit www.vailmountainbikecamps.com, or call 970-470-3431.
Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center — Summer camps programs
Elementary School Adventure Camp, Middle School Challenge Camp and High School Leadership Program are for students to develop and foster leadership and team building skills while teaching social and emotional skills, as well as providing tools for personal growth. Counselor in training certifications are obtained following the High SChool Leadership Program.
Where: Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center, Eagle.
Dates: Elementary School Adventure Camp is held July 22-25 and August 12-15, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Middle School Challenge Camp is held July 15-18 and August 5-8, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; High School Leadership Program is held July 8-11 and July 29-August 1, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
More information: Each week of camp is from Tuesday through Friday, with an overnight on Thursday night. Camps are $250 each week. Scholarship applications are available online. For more information, visit www.utespringselc.org. To register, contact Amy Ben-Herlin at 970-445-0644.
Alpine Quest Sports — Kids Kayak Camp
Kids Kayak Camp: Ages 7-11. June 2-5 or June 23-26 (this section is full). Two days on the lake followed by two days on the river, with all equipment provided. More information: Cost is $324.
Teen Kayak Camp: Ages 12-16. June 16-19th. One day on the lake followed by three days on the river, with all equipment is provided.
More information: Cost is $349.
Cordillera — Day Camp
Cordillera Day Camp is scheduled to start June 2. The camp is open to both Cordillera property owners and non-property owners alike and will run through Friday, 22 August. Camp kids will have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors and enjoy swimming, tennis, golf, fishing, arts and crafts, games and all that the Cordillera summer has to offer. Additionally professional swimming, tennis and golf instruction is available weekly to camp participants.
The camp also offers special outings for kids designed to expand horizons. These Adventure Days will include experiences such as rafting on the Colorado River, Jeep Tours and more.
Throughout the summer, a series of Kids’ Nights Out will also take place in conjunction with Cordy Camp. These select Friday nights at the Trailhead, have fun themes, games and dinner too. They add some evening action for kids and a night off for adults.
Homestead Court Club — Day Camps
Homestead Clubhouse Camp is an action packed summer program for children ages 5-12. Participants will enjoy a wide variety of daily activities that include: yoga, arts and crafts, show and tell, parks, hikes, special events, leadership development, positive social interaction, sports, teamwork games, and so much more!
Homestead Adventure Out Camp is an extreme experience not to be missed! Participants will be submersed in a program to build teamwork skills, adventure through the vast Homestead trails and parks, hike, bike, practice yoga, participate in science experiments, and create with their imaginations. This program for children ages 8-12 is designed to throw the sedentary lifestyle out the window and engage pre tweens in activities that develop skills for both the mind and body.
Both state licensed camps are open to Homestead property owners and non-owners. Camp kids will also have the opportunity to join the Homestead swim team and participate in tennis lessons during camp. Homestead kids camp has been in operation for 25 years.
Where: Both Homestead Camps are located at the Homestead Court Club, 400 Homestead Drive, Edwards.
Dates: Camp begins Monday, June 2, and runs through Wednesday, August 20, with no camp on Friday, July 4.
More Information: For more details on Homestead’s Camps and to register, visit www.hcchoa.com, email Jillian@homesteadcourtclub.com, or call 970-926-1067, and ask to speak with Jillian Labbe, Children’s Programming Director.
Dewey Dabbles In Art, Eagle’s Paint Your Own Pottery Studio — Summer Art Workshops
Dewey Dabbles is your a-la-carte camp with morning sessions,afternoon sessions and all day sessions. Starting June 2, young artists can be creative with clay, glass, crafts and pottery painting. We will have pizza making with Pazzos weekly and will enjoy ice cream with Marble Slab Creamery almost daily. Art, food, dancing and fun.
Where: Dewey Dabbles In Art, 50 Chambers Avenue, Eagle next to Pazzos
Dates: June 2nd through the summer. 9:30- 3pm Monday through Friday
Check out our website www.deweydabblesinart.com for a detailed listing of workshops
$25 for half day, $45 for whole day, punch cards available.