2015 Summer Programs

More in-depth program descriptions and links are below age categories. 

Elementary School Ages 5-12
Art Students League of Denver Summer Camps (Ages 6-17) - Art
Bits, Bytes, and Bots Camps (Ages 6-16) - Technology
Bluff Lake Nature Center Summer Camp (Ages 6-12) - Nature
Camp Invention (Grades 1-9) - STEM
Center for Bright Kids (Ages 8-17) - Residential Program at Mines
Children's Art School (Ages 7-12) - In depth art education for interested and talented young artists
Colorado College Summer Program for Gifted and Talented (Grades Rising 1-6) - Creativity
Colorado School of Mines Academies for Young Minds Camp (rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades)
Colorado Shakespeare Festival Summer Camps (Ages 6-18) - Drama
CU Science Discovery Summer Camp (Grades K-12) - STEM
Denver Dumb Friends League (Grades 3-8) - Animal Appreciation
Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp (Ages 6-12) - Paleontology
DreamQuest Games Camp (Ages 8-16) - Video Game Design/STEM
Foothills Art Center (Ages 4-12) - Visual Arts
Gold Crown Enrichment Summer Camps (Grades 2-10) - Athletic and STEM
Golden History Museum Summer Camp (Ages 6-11) - History
Internal Drive (iD) Tech Camp (Ages 7-17) - Technology
Jeffco 4-H ENOR Environmental Discovery Camp (Grades 3-6) - Environment
Jeffco GT Hawaiian Wilderness Experience (Current 6th Graders) - Wilderness Trip
Jeffco SPARKS (Ages 4-14) - Creativity
Keystone Science School (Ages 5-17) - Science
Lighthouse Writer's Workshops (Ages 8-18) - Writing
Metropolitan State University of Denver - Center for Advanced STEM Education Summer Program (Grade 6-8)
Profoundly Gifted Retreat (PGR) (Grades K-12) - Retreat
Quill Kids Summer Camp (Ages 6-12) - Writing
Renaissance Adventures Summer Camp (Ages 6-18) - Mythic Quests
Space Voyage Summer Camp (Ages 5-16) - Space
St. Mary's Academy Summer Programs (Grades 2-12) - Variety Including Athletic and Math for Girls
Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) (Ages 5-17) - Academic
Swallow Hill Music Camp (Ages 6-18) - Music
University of Colorado Science Discovery (Ages 5-18) - Science
University of Northern Colorado Summer Enrichment Program (Ages 4-18) - Wide Variety of Courses
Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Summer Camps (Ages 5-15) - Nature
Young Americans Center for Financial Education Summer Camps (Grades 2-6) - Financial
Yunasa West in Colorado (Ages 10-15) - Social-Emotional


Middle School Ages 12-14
Art Students League of Denver Summer Camps (Ages 6-17) - Art
Bits, Bytes, and Bots Camps (Ages 6-16) - Technology
Camp Invention (Grades 1-9) - STEM
Center for Bright Kids (Ages 8-17) - Residential Program at Mines
Colorado School of Mines Exploring Technology - Coloradical (Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th Grade Girls) - Coloradical Ecology
Colorado School of Mines Exploring Technology - Computer Science (Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th Grades) - Computer Science
Colorado School of Mines STEM Program for Girls (Middle School) - Technology
Colorado School of Mines Discover STEM Camp (Grade 6-8) - Theme is Computer Programming
Colorado Shakespeare Festival Summer Camps (Ages 6-18) - Drama
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (Ages 12-18) - Archaeology
CU Science Discovery Summer Camp (Grades K-12) - STEM
Denver Dumb Friends League (Grades 3-8) - Animal Appreciation
DreamQuest Games Camp (Ages 8-16) - Video Game Design/STEM
Explorati Teen Writers Boot Camp (Middle School) - Writing
Gold Crown Enrichment Summer Camps (Grades 2-10) - Athletic and STEM
Internal Drive (iD) Tech Camp (Ages 7-17) - Technology
Jeffco SPARKS (Ages 4-14) - Creativity
Keystone Science School (Ages 5-17) - Science
Lighthouse Writer's Workshops (Ages 8-18) - Writing
Metropolitan State University of Denver - Center for Advanced STEM Education Summer Program (Grade 6-8)
Profoundly Gifted Retreat (PGR) (Grades K-12) - Retreat
Renaissance Adventures Summer Camp (Ages 6-18) - Mythic Quests
Space Voyage Summer Camp (Ages 5-16) - Space
St. Mary's Academy Summer Programs (Grades 2-12) - Variety Including Athletic
Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) (Ages 5-17) - Academic
Swallow Hill Music Camp (Ages 6-18) - Music
University of Colorado Science Discovery (Ages 5-18) - Science
University of Northern Colorado Summer Enrichment Program (Ages 4-18) - Wide Variety of Courses
Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Summer Camps (Ages 5-15) - Nature
Yunasa West in Colorado (Ages 10-15) - Social-Emotional


High School Ages 14-18
Art Students League of Denver Summer Camps (Ages 6-17) - Art
Bits, Bytes, and Bots Camps (Ages 6-16) - Technology
Camp Invention (Grades 1-9) - STEM
Center for Bright Kids (Ages 8-17) - Residential Program at Mines
Colorado School of Mines EPICS (Engineering Practices Introductory Course Sequence) Program (High School) - Engineering
Colorado School of Mines Exploring Technology - Coloradical (Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th Grade Girls) - Coloradical Ecology
Colorado School of Mines Exploring Technology - Computer Science (Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th Grades) - Computer Science
Colorado School of Mines SUMMET (Summer Multicultural Engineering Training) (Rising 11th & 12th Graders)
Colorado Shakespeare Festival Summer Camps (Ages 6-18) - Drama
Colorado State University Pre-College Summer Programs (Ages 15-18) - Career Exploration
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (Ages 12-18) - Archaeology
CU Science Discovery Summer Camp (Grades K-12) - STEM
Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Rising 11th & 12th Graders) - The Teen Science Scholars
DreamQuest Games Camp (Ages 8-16) - Video Game Design/STEM
Explorati Teen Writers Boot Camp (Middle School) - Writing
Gold Crown Enrichment Summer Camps (Grades 2-10) - Athletic and STEM
Internal Drive (iD) Tech Camp (Ages 7-17) - Technology
Keystone Science School (Ages 5-17) - Science
Lighthouse Writer's Workshops (Ages 8-18) - Writing
Metropolitan State University of Denver - Center for Advanced STEM Education Summer Program (High School)
Profoundly Gifted Retreat (PGR) (Grades K-12) - Retreat
Renaissance Adventures Summer Camp (Ages 6-18) - Mythic Quests
Santa Fe Institute (High School) - Residential Science
Space Voyage Summer Camp (Ages 5-16) - Space
St. Mary's Academy Summer Programs (Grades 2-12) - Variety Including Athletic
Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) (Ages 5-17) - Academic
Swallow Hill Music Camp (Ages 6-18) - Music
University of Colorado Science Discovery (Ages 5-18) - Science
University of Northern Colorado Summer Enrichment Program (Ages 4-18) - Wide Variety of Courses
Walking Tree Travel (Ages 14-18) - International Travel
Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Summer Camps (Ages 5-15) - Nature
Yunasa West in Colorado (Ages 10-15) - Social-Emotional

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Art Students League of Denver Summer Camps (Ages 6-17) - "Each of our KidART Camps and Summer Teen Workshops emphasize the fundamental elements and essential vocabulary of art, encouraging students to explore and communicate as they create. In addition to gaining skills in a variety of media, including paint, clay, wire, fiber, and so much more, each student will explore ideas that open the doors to creativity, guided by our professional art educators." 

Bits, Bytes, and Bots Camps (Ages 6-16) - offering morning and afternoon week-long programs in robotics engineering, stop-motion animated movie making, computer video game creation, Anime, & 3D game design.  Kids have a blast while learning skills that will help them in school and beyond.  Choose a morning and afternoon class for a full day of supervised summer camp fun.  Each child is provided with their own computer to work on during class. Students receive both individual and group instruction from well qualified staff. 

Bluff Lake Nature Center Summer Camp (Ages 6-12) - Bluff Lake Nature Center is a nonprofit agency that owns and manages a unique urban wildlife refuge and outdoor classroom in northeast Denver, near Stapleton.  The refuge is home to an abundance of animals and native plants, which thrive in a variety of habitats.  There are two different week long summer camps to choose from. 

Camp Invention (Grades 1-9) - Inspires girls and boys to think BIG and imagine how they can change the world for the better one day! This one-of-a-kind weeklong experience connects science, technology, engineering and math through fun hands-on activities. The program allows students to learn about creative problem solving (and so much more!) in teams grouped by age.  There is also a Counselor-in-Training program for 7-9th graders. 

Center for Bright Kids (Ages 8-17) - Residential summer programs for high-ability, high interest students offering a wide variety of subjects.  Classes are held at the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden, CO. 

Children's Art School (Ages 7-12) - The Children's Art School is celebrating thirteen years as a resource for in depth art education for interested and talented young artists.  The Joy of Art spring Saturday classes and summer camps give young artists the tools to express unique ideas, nurture independent creative thinking and promote aesthetic literacy.  The weeklong morning summer camps start on July 15 through July 27, 2015.  Each class focuses on drawing, painting or sculpture in thematic courses that explore the world and let the imagination soar. Highlights include: PALLETTE PAINT BRUSHES on the steps for oil painting self-portraits, BUTTERFLIES FLUTTERBY in art and the garden and the SKETCHING TRIP on how to capture what you see in a quick drawing.  For more information contact the Children's Art School Phone: 303 369-7956 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Website (should be available in May 2015): www.childartcreates.com.

Colorado College Summer Program for Gifted and Talented (Grades Rising 1-6) - offers a three-week summer program for gifted elementary school students for rising 1st through 6th graders, which are designed to challenge the children’s intellectual and creative abilities.  Located in Colorado Springs. 

Colorado School of Mines Exploring Technology - Coloradical Ecology (Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th Grade Girls) - 3-Day Camp June 29-July 1, 2015. In this three day intensive course for girls, students will, through daily outdoor exploration of the Clear Creek area, coupled with classroom discussion and laboratory based experiments, discover the scientific method, basics of experimental design and concepts in ecology, botany and molecular biology. 

Colorado School of Mines Exploring Technology - Computer Science (Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th Grades) - August 10-14, 2015. Students will be introduced to computer programming by designing an interactive visual application. This course will use the "Processing" language to develop applications that can easily be shared and posted online. 

Colorado School of Mines STEM Programs for Girls:

     Colorado School of Mines STEM Program for Girls (Elementary) - Discovering Technology program for girls. 
          These are programs offered in the fall and spring.  Go here to sign up for updates. 

     Colorado School of Mines STEM Program for Girls (Middle School) - Exploring Technology program for girls in August.  
          Still in process of being developed.  Go here to sign up for updates. 

     Colorado School of Mines STEM Program for Girls (High School) - Creating Technology program for high school girls begins February 12.  See flyer here

Colorado School of Mines Academies for Young Minds Camp (rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades) - These camps encourage children to be innovative and use creative problem-solving by engaging them in fun, hands-on activites.  Six different camps are offered. 

Colorado School of Mines Discover STEM Camp (Grade 6-8) - Theme is Computer Programming, which includes lessons in computer graphics and animation, video game creation, and robotics. 

Colorado School of Mines EPICS (Engineering Practices Introductory Course Sequence) Program (High School) - On the cutting edge of design curricula, the EPICS Program invites high school students to attend a weeklong summer camp on the Mines campus in Golden, Colorado. The objective of the camp is to guide participants through a fun and rewarding hands-on experience of authentic engineering design practices. 

Colorado School of Mines SUMMET (Summer Multicultural Engineering Training) (Rising 11th & 12th Graders) - A science and engineering program combining course work, hands-on projects, industry tours, sporting activities, and social events.  SUMMET is an excellent stepping stone to the lifestyle and challenges of college. Students from across the nation stay in Mines’ residence halls, experience life as a college student, and receive instruction in trigonometry & calculus, chemistry, geology, computer science, physics and basic to advanced engineering concepts. 

Colorado Shakespeare Festival Summer Camps (Ages 6-18) - CSF Education offers summer camps for kids and teens on the CU-Boulder campus to expand their understanding of Shakespeare through engagement and practice.

Colorado State University Pre-College Summer Programs (Ages 15-18) - "Students completing 9th, 10th or 11th grade are eligible for the unique opportunity to experience college life in a “non-pressured” atmosphere where crucial life skills including time management, independence and community style living flourish.  All students enrolled in our high school summer enrichment programs at Colorado State University have the option of taking a variety of career exploration classes, community service based workshops, The Princeton Review SAT Prep with ACT Boost and more." 

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (Ages 12-18) - offers summer programs for teens (middle school and high school), including a nationally recognized field school for high school students.  Located in southwest Colorado, near Mesa Verde National Park, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center programs offer a rare opportunity for students to do hands-on archaeology at the pre-college level.

CU Science Discovery Summer Camp (Grades K-12) - offers K-12 students the opportunity to explore STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) in Boulder and Denver. 

Denver Dumb Friends League (Grades 3-8) - offers seasonal camps for kids and teens in support of DDFL's goal to teach children and young adults the importance of treating animals in a humane way, a lesson that will benefit them and the animals in our community for a lifetime. Camps are available at the shelters in Denver, Castle Rock as well as at the Harmony Equine Center in Franktown. 

Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Rising 11th & 12th Graders) - The Teen Science Scholars (TSS) internship provides high school students opportunities to work in the Archives, Anthropology, Earth Sciences, Health Sciences, Museum Conservation, Space Sciences, and Zoology departments at the Museum. Selected students will be involved with various aspects of their mentors’ research and/or collections programs. Each student will present an overview of their TSS work at an annual symposium held at the Museum at the end of the summer. This program introduces students interested in science careers to various aspects of museum research and/or collections work and helps strengthen investigative and communication skills.

Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp (Ages 6-12) - "Do you have a dinosaur or rock enthusiast at home? Would they like to explore over 300 dinosaur footprints and dozens of other fossils from Colorado this summer? Or would they rather identify, collect, and label rocks and minerals for their collections while learning how Colorado was built layer by layer? This year the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge are offering 8 camps designed for your kids to learn about Colorado’s history and prehistory. Filled with activities ranging from measuring REAL dinosaur footprints to collecting rocks from local formations, Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camps can’t be beat!" 

DreamQuest Games Camp (Ages 8-16) - Under the guidance of experienced instructors, campers design and build their own unique video game using Unity3D. The STEM curriculum is incorporated into the camp syllabus, and campers make friends while joining up in teams to create a video game.

Explorati Teen Writers Boot Camp (Middle and High School) - If you're a serious teen writer looking for serious support for the work you do, then Explorati Teen Writers Boot Camp is for you. We know how important writing is to you, and we put our focus exclusively on whatever it is you are writing. Whatever you're passionate about, that's what we're passionate about. You'll even workshop pages from your books or short stories, getting invaluable peer as well as professional feedback. 

Foothills Art Center (Ages 4-12) - offers seven weeks of visual arts programming for ages 4-6 and 7-12. Guided by professional artists and arts educators, camps integrate visual arts activities with science, technology and mathematics. Our programs are designed with the Denver Public Schools Curriculum Standards in mind to provide a powerful supplement to your child’s education during the summer months. 

Gold Crown Enrichment Summer Camps (Grades 2-10) - Offers art and technology camps along with athletic camps.  The organization operates with a mission to provide opportunities and “Educate Youth and Community Through Sports and Enrichment Programs.”  

Golden History Museum Summer Camp (Ages 6-11) - Hands-on History is a weeklong summer day camp that gets kids excited about local history.  Offers several half and full day programs. 

Internal Drive (iD) Tech Camp (Ages 7-17) - Summer tech camps held at the University of Denver, CSU Fort Collins, CU Boulder, and others. Courses in programming, Minecraft, game design, robotics, and more! 

Jeffco 4-H ENOR Environmental Discovery Camp (Grades 3-6) - is a nationally recognized, award-winning 4-H program that has offered quality environmental education and experiences since 1974.  The program offers students entering 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade an opportunity to explore Colorado's natural and cultural history. 

Jeffco GT Hawaiian Wilderness Experience (Current 6th Graders) - The Hawaiian Wilderness Education Program will focus on three broad areas which contribute to meeting Jeffco Public Schools curricula standards; Science, Geography and History. 

Jeffco SPARKS (Ages 4-14) -  is a two week gifted and talented summer camp where children from 4-14 years of age choose from various creative classes being offered. Children can take from one to four classes that are taught daily for two weeks. The last day is a half day Share Fair where parents can see what their children have been working on in class. 

Keystone Science School (Ages 5-17) - Be astonished this summer at Keystone Science School for a summer of extraordinary experiences, best friends, and new insight into the awe-inspiring world of Science. Adventure. Fun! Campers will expand their curiosity, accomplish challenges, and wonder at the world around them. Let the MARVELous adventure begin. 

Lighthouse Writer's Workshops (Ages 8-18) - Workshops are designed to be a place where writers can learn the craft, engage in productive discussion, and be inspired by others. 

Metropolitan State University of Denver (MS) - Center for Advanced STEM Education Summer Program (Grade 6-8) - Summer Science Institute 2015.  For the seventeenth summer, middle school students (6th, 7th, 8th grade) have the opportunity to explore fun applications of math and science in an exciting, hands-on, team-oriented atmosphere on the Auraria Campus. In each session, the Metropolitan State University faculty will teach morning and afternoon classes based on Colorado content standards in an integrated setting. Students will be provided lunch each day, and a day-long field trip to Elitch Gardens will conclude each two-week camp.  Daily attendance is required.  All activities are supervised. 

Metropolitan State University of Denver (HS) - Center for Advanced STEM Education Summer Program (High School) - The Summer Science Scholars program is geared toward minority youth and addresses their under-representation in choosing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  In its tenth year, the Summer Science Scholars program will give students entering 10th through 12th grade the chance to explore biologyand mathematics concepts in depth.  This program is designed to help facilitate these students getting into college. The classes are rigorous, and daily attendance is required. 

Profoundly Gifted Retreat (PGR) (Grades K-12) - Summer retreats to bring profoundly gifted children and teenagers together for shared connections and community.  Although every child is unique and beautiful in his or her own way, profoundly gifted children often have a difficult time finding true peers within their day-to-day communities. Our gatherings provide an opportunity to meet, learn, socialize, and yes, just hang out with other kids and teens who are developmentally advanced.  In fact, many attendees fondly refer to the Retreat as their 'annual family reunion'. 

Quill Kids Summer Camp (Ages 6-12) - a recreational program based in Denver that guides budding authors through a challenging yet rewarding experience of creative and non-fiction writing. The goal is to introduce excitement and understanding to the writing process, in an informal group setting, using innovative techniques that make putting words on paper naturally easy and fun. The Quill Kids concept and success comes from director Iretta Bell, elementary school literacy teacher and Fellow of the National Writing Project. 

Renaissance Adventures Summer Camp (Ages 6-18) - Be the hero of a mythic quest!  These adventures lead children and teens on an amazing journey, solving puzzles and riddles, exploring mythic realms, and swashbuckling with foes using safe, foam swasher swords. 

Santa Fe Institute (High School) - Complexity and Modeling Program (CAMP) is an intensive two-week residential science Summer CAMP that introduces participants to complexity science scholarship. Through individual projects, computer simulation activities, analysis of ecological data, lectures and seminars, along with related weekend activities, students conduct research in this cutting edge field. Days are made up of instruction, small working group sessions, and research time interleaved with sports and extra-curricular events. 

Space Voyage Summer Camp (Ages 5-16) - Offers an intensive program of learning and confidence building within a space motif.  Space Voyage brings to life the importance of math and science.  The camp is designed so different age students focus on different program components.  All programs are offered in all weeks so kids can come when it fits the family calendar for as many weeks as they wish. 
 
St. Mary's Academy Summer Programs (Grades 2-12) - Offers a variety of options, including athletic.  In addition, they have math for girls camps. 

Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) (Ages 5-17) - This program of the National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT) offers three-week academic summer camps for gifted and talented students ages 5 to 17.  The program combines academics with engaging social, cultural and recreational opportunities. Students can choose from many different campuses (all out of state) including Yale, Princeton and the University of Chicago.  Residential, commuter and day programs are available. 

Swallow Hill Music Camp (Ages 6-18) - Swallow Hill Music has been teaching kids, teens, and tweens since 1979, and what better way for them to delve into music than through one of their summer music camps!  House of Rock ages 13-18, Belt It Out! ages 10-13, Explore! Music ages 6-9, and Bluegrass in Paradise (Crested Butte) ages 7-17. 

University of Colorado Science Discovery (Ages 5-18) - An experience-based educational outreach program of the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Programs include after-school classes, homeschool classes, summer programs, and wilderness camps.  (click on 'Search Classes' for a list of programs)

University of Northern Colorado Summer Enrichment Program (Ages 4-18) - The Center for the Education and Study of the Gifted, Talented, Creative Learners at the University of Northern Colorado offers three summer

programs for children and youth with a wide array of class choices. 

Walking Tree Travel (Ages 14-18) - "Our Mission is to inspire individuals to become global citizens by taking an active interest in the world around them. We achieve this goal by providing unforgettable travel programs filled with challenging and enriching adventures. Walking Tree stands for a more open, curious and compassionate approach to travel. We facilitate meaningful cross-cultural interactions that lead participants to recognize the similarities between people instead of focusing on the differences. Rather than a typical tour, our programs are designed for a proactive, select group of travelers who seek an authentic international experience and the opportunity to effect positive change in the global community." 

Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Summer Camps (Ages 5-15) - offers true nature experiences near Nederland, CO. 

Young Americans Center for Financial Education Summer Camps (Grades 2-6) - Cool camps from Young Americans Bank in Denver, the only bank in the entire world specifically designed for young people ages 21 and younger.  The mission of Young Americans Center for Financial Education is to further the economic education of young people so they will be competent and knowledgeable in managing their financial affairs and may prosper in the free enterprise system. 

Yunasa West in Colorado (Ages 10-15) - A weeklong camp experience for highly gifted youth. The mission of Yunasa is to teach campers techniques and skills for integrating the intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and physical aspects of their lives. Yunasa is devoted to reminding bright young people that they are more than just intellect.  There is also a camp in Michigan. 


NOTE:  This article is not an endorsement, approval of the services, or recommendation provided by any specific program.  It is meant to provide information on a variety of programs available.