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Summer camp is coming soon

Charlie OwenVail, CO, Colorado
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EAGLE COUNTY Parents and kids alike look forward to the return of summer camp for different reasons of course. Colorados warm summer months bring many camp offerings geared toward many different needs and goals. There are sports camps, camps for the arts and special-needs camps for kids with learning disabilities. Parents can choose from expensive multi-week camps or cheaper day camps; there are so many choices that a fun camp or camps can be found for every kid.Register soon to avoid being left out. The information for certain camps may not be complete so be sure to call or e-mail the individual camps to learn more about them. Have fun and happy camping.

Anderson Western Colorado CampsDotsero524-7766andersoncamps.comThis venerable camp has more than 40 years 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 SchoolAvon827-9725gorerange.orgFormed by a group of people interested in fostering environmental stewardship in youth, this school features programs for students from grades 1-8. There are day programs as well as overnight hut trips with activities ranging from wilderness living experience and backcountry travel to astronomy and rocks and fossils education.Keystone Science School Discovery CampKeystone970-468-2098keystone.orgLocated near the base of Keystone Mountain, the Discovery Camp is a residential science school for students 7-13. 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 14-17 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 from 8 to adult spend their days in open-air studios learning dance, theater, music, creative writing and fine arts.The Learning Camp524-2706Eagle and Gypsumlearningcamp.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 throughout the summer and combines academic instruction with all the fun of a traditional summer camp. For kids ages 7 through 14, the camp is located between Eagle and Gypsum on 36 acres of land.

Avon Recreation Dept.Avon748-4060avon.orgSomething Fun Summer Camp is geared toward kids 5-12 and features games, swimming, paddle boating, tennis, group sports and a variety of weekly field trips. The program runs from June 5 through August 29, Monday through Friday. Avon has other programs as well check out the Web site for more information. Beaver Creek ResortBeaver Creekbeavercreek.snow.comChildrens Theatre Workshops, presented by the Beaver Creek Childrens Theatre Company, are offered to kids ages 5-12 from July 7-10 and 21-24. 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 5-14 and offered weekdays at the Beaver Creek Childrens Center. Activities include games, rafting, fishing, face painting, cave exploration, arts and 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 5-10 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 for the last hour to be a time for the parents and children to help with a project in the garden.Programs will begin at 10:30 a.m. and are free and require no registration. Donations are accepted.Childrens Summer Theater CampGypsum328-9892The Porchlight Players Community Theater Company teaches children the basics of the performing arts while preparing a musical production. Space is limited to 30 kids and camp runs June 9 through 27.Clubhouse Kids Club926-1067www.homesteadcourtclub.comThe Homestead Court Club puts on this camp for kids ages 5-12. Programs start June 9 through Aug. 22 and space is limited to 30 kids. Gore Range Natural Science SchoolRed Cliff827-9725gorerange.orgHas both overnight and day camps. See listing under overnight camps.Making It On Broadway Musical Theater WorkshopVail524-7342rockymtnjacobs@centurytel.netwww.makingitonbroadway.comThis musical theater boot camp begins June 11 through June 14 for ages 12 to 18. Experienced Broadway professionals teach auditioning strategies, acting, singing, dance, stage technique and the business of musical theater to aspiring actors.Members of the Board 2008 Summer Skate ClinicsVail and Gypsum845-8561www.boardroom.comNow in its fifth season, these skateboard clinics are taught by experienced coaches and emphasize safety, fun, etiquette and skill progression. For kids ages 6 and up.Spanish Immersion Day CampsH&M Spanish Programs Edwards333-8642www.hmspanishprograms.cominfo@hmspanishprograms.comFor the sixth summer H&M will be running the Spanish Immersion Day Camps for English-speaking children who want to experience the Spanish language in a new and exciting way. 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.Sessions begin July 21 and pre-registration is suggested.Vail Recreation DistrictVail479-2835vailrec.com/youth_campsThe Vail Recreation District offers a plethora of different summer programs and activities for local youth and children. There are sports 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 low, child-to-counselor ratio (5-to-1). Camp Vail: Offered June 12 through August. Camp Vail is loaded with choices for kids ages 5-12. Daily activities include everything from music and drama activities to nature hikes, visits to the climbing wall and Big Trip Days every Wednesday. Discovery Bunch: This weekly program enables pre-schoolers age 3-5 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 monthly session (4 weeks) at a time.Vail Valley Soccer ClubEdwards845-5022vailsoccer.comYoung athletes looking to hone their soccer skills can do so 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.orgWECMRD offers an extensive program of summer activities for youth of all ages. In addition to the popular swim lesson, swim team and kids nite out pool parties, WECMRD is introducing two new programs: Summer Day Camp at the EPIR and the Summer Sports Camp Series. Summer day camp begins June 9 and runs through Aug. 29 for kids 5-13. 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. High Life writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 748-2939 or cowen@vaildaily.com.Vail Daily managing editor Alex Miller contributed to this story.


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