An eye toward summer camps |

An eye toward summer camps

Preston Utley/Daily file photoTheres plenty to do for kids in the summer, from day camps to overnight adventures. One popular spot is the community pool in Eagle, which opens for the season May 27.

EAGLE COUNTY Snow may still be flying or melting in the High Country, but summer isnt far away. That means planning, registering and scheduling ways to keep the kids entertained when the parents are at work and in between vacations and holidays.Eagle County is, fortunately, packed with things for kids to do this summer, with a wide range of prices and schedules. Presented here is only a partial list of some of the camps and activities offered locally, as well as a few places in nearby areas that bear consideration. Some programs fill up fast, so registering as early as possible is always a good idea. At press time, some of these organizations didnt have all the details in place, so make the call or check the Web site to hear the latest, as well as to get registration forms and current pricing information.

Anderson Western Colorado CampsGypsum524-7766andersoncamps.comThis venerable camp has more than 40 years of experience showing kids a great outdoor adventure. Two- and three-week sessions include a variety of activities from rock-climbing and whitewater rafting to backpacking and mountain climbing. Anderson features programs for kids 7-17 either co-ed or boys/girls camps.Gore Range Natural Science SchoolRed Cliff827-9725gorerange.orgFormed by a group of people interested in fostering environmental stewardship in youth, this school features programs for students from grades 1-9. There are day programs as well as overnight hut trips with activities ranging from backcountry travel to astronomy.Keystone Science School Discovery CampKeystone468-2098keystone.orgLocated near the base of Keystone Mountain, the Discovery Camp is a residential science school for students 7 to 13. Sessions are six or 10 days and include a wealth of information about the natural environment of the high Rockies. A leadership course is also available for students 14 to 17 whod like to be counselors themselves some day.

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp800-430-2787Steamboat Springsperry-mansfield.orgThe oldest continuously operating performing arts school and camp in the nation, Perry-Mansfield has been training creative-minded students since 1913 at its facility in Steamboat. Students 8 and older (including adults) spend their days in open-air studios learning dance, theater, music, creative writing and fine arts.The Learning Camp524-2706McCoylearningcamp.comThis camp is geared toward children with learning disabilities, such as ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and other learning challenges. The Learning Camp offers five summer sessions of two or three weeks and combines academic instruction with traditional summer camp activities.

Avon Recreation Something Fun Summer Camp is geared toward kids 5 to 12 and features games, swimming, paddle boating, inline skating, tennis, group sports and a variety of weekly field trips. The program runs from June through August, Monday through Friday. Pre-registration required. Avon has other programs as well. Check out the Web site for more information. Beaver Creek ResortBeaver Childrens Theatre Workshops, presented by the Beaver Creek Childrens Theatre Company, are offered to kids ages 5 to 12 in July and August. Workshops run half-day for four consecutive days, starting Mondays and ending Thursdays with the show. For more information or reservations, call 926-5655. Kids Day Camps are for children ages 5 to 14. Offered weekdays from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Beaver Creek Childrens Center. Activities include games, rafting, fishing, face painting, cave exploration, arts & crafts, rock climbing and more. Reservations required, call 845-5464Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Childrens ProgramsVail476-0103bettyfordalpinegardens.orgThe worlds highest botanical gardens offer guided education programs for children ages 5 to 10 from mid-June into August. The hands-on activities take place in the Childrens Garden amphitheatre.Last summer, the gardens held 11 programs. Some of the highlights were Seeds to Grow & Seeds to Blow, Geology of the Rockies, and Discovering Watersheds. This summer the gardens plan to extend programs to two hours and allow parents to help children on a project during the last hours. Gore Range Natural Science SchoolRed Cliff827-9725gorerange.orgHas both overnight and day camps. See listing under overnight camps.Spanish Immersion Day CampsH&M Spanish Programs, LLC Edwards333-8642www.hmspanishprograms.cominfo@hmspanishprograms.comFor the fourth summer H&M will be running the Spanish Immersion Day Camps for English-speaking children. At camp, students learn by becoming engaged in the language through real-life situations, acting, sports, and fun vocabulary building exercises. Call or visit the Web site for more information.Vail Recreation Vail Recreation District offers many summer programs for local youth. There are camps for baseball, soccer and lacrosse as well as the Howard Head Youth Performance Enhancement Camp and mountain bike and trail-running series.Day camp programs include: Pre-Kamp Vail is for the littlest camper, age 30 months to 5 years. The program has a storybook curriculum, with different books creating the jumping-off point for the days activities. Offered this summer from June 12 through Aug. 4, Pre-Kamp Vail is limited daily to 20 children, and has a 5-to-1 child-to-counselor ratio. Camp Vail: Offered June 12-Aug. 25 this summer, Camp Vail is loaded with choices for kids ages 5 to 12. Daily activities include everything from music and drama to nature hikes, visits to the climbing wall and Big Trip Days every Wednesday. *Note: Vail Resorts has renovations planned for Golden Peak Childrens Center starting Aug. 5. Camp Vail will move to Red Sandstone Elementary School for the remainder of the summer. Discovery Bunch: This weekly program enables pre-schoolers age 3 to 5 to play, listen to stories, create art projects, sing songs and discover new experiences in a small, structured setting. Discovery Bunch activities are based on books read each week and relate to a daily theme. Participants may sign up for one four-week session at a time.

Vail Valley Soccer ClubEdwards845-5022vailsoccer.comYoung athletes can hone their soccer skills at the Vail Soccer Academy. Several different programs are offered over the summer for players of different ages.Western Eagle County Metropolitan Metro DistrictEagle328-5277 or 328-6909wecmrd.orgThe rec district offers an extensive program of summer activities for youth of all ages. In addition to the popular swim lessons, swim team and kids nite out pool parties, the rec district is introducing two new programs: Summer Day Camp at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink and the Summer Sports Camp Series. Summer day camp begins May 30 and runs through Aug. 11 for kids 5 to 12. Each week has a special theme and includes a field trip, swimming, hiking, crafts, sports and special activities. Registration is limited so early sign-up is advised. The popular Eagle Pool opens Saturday May 27, closing on Labor Day. Reduced fee punch cards and family passes are available. Call 328-5277 for information.The rec district is also introducing affordable, week-long Summer Sports Camps including: soccer, football, baseball, lacrosse, tennis, dance, basketball, volleyball, wrestling and more. Camp registration begins in May.The rec district also will conduct its traditional summer sports leagues including T-ball, softball, baseball, tennis instruction and the popular MAYB Basketball Tournament, July 21-23. Opening day for baseball is April 29 with contests, games and more. Football registration begins in July and the new, pre-season camp is held in August. Check out for information or to register online from your home or office computer.Alex Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14625, or Daily, Vail, Colorado

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