Summer Mountain Camp Guide
Having experienced over 25 summers in our beloved mountains, I know the research that goes into planning the perfect summer for one’s kids. This is why we put together a Summer Camp Guide for you where you will find a wide variety of options, from high mountain adventures where survival skills are learned, to creating fantastical art, to practicing archery and mountainboarding, to anxiety releasing activities. Whatever your child loves, I’m pretty certain he/she can find it here.
These programs are near and dear to our hearts as our boys have participated in many of them, and we hope that if you do use our guide, you will let the camps know that you found them here AND be sure to tag AspenRealLife on social media so we can feel a sense of pride when we see your kids having a blast over the summer!
Contact: Phone: 970.544.4130. Membership forms are online or can be picked up at Aspen Youth Center.
What: Aspen Youth Center is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive place where youth connect, learn, and grow, for free!
Youth who have finished third grade up to twelfth grade can sign up to be members. We offer exciting programs including Creative Arts, Creative Cooking, Myth Busters Science, Outdoor Explore Adventures, field trips, various athletic activities, and games. Our facility has a game room, gym, kitchen, bumper pool, pool tables, ping pong, foos ball and air hockey. We have something for everyone and look forward to seeing you!
When: During the school year we are open Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm. Our summer hours start on June 7 and will run until August 18. Summer hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm.
BUILDING SELF-CONFIDENCE CAMP
Train Your Brain Camp in Aspen – Empowering kids with the inner strength to shine!
Contact: Christina Grandy, LMFT | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 310-614-9922
MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE CAMPS
Contact: Email: email@example.com | Phone: 970.205.9392
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DAY CAMP: June 12- August 13th
SLEEPAWAY CAMP: June 25 – August 19th
What: The Ultimate Kids Summer Camp with 100’s of Activities
Adventure Camp Ages 7-15 • Jr Camp Ages 5 & 6 • Based out of Aspen Middle School • 9:00AM to 5:00PM • Lunch Provided • Optional overnight adventures and venture weekends • Each camper chooses his/her activity twice daily
SLEEPAWAY CAMP: Welcome to Ajax Adventure Ranch Camp! Nestled in the rocky mountains, surrounded by streams, lakes and mountain peaks, Ajax Adventure Ranch Camp’s Tipi village is home to our adventurous sleepaway campers.
Here on the ranch, kids will be given the choice of activities ranging from rock climbing, paddleboarding, archery, fishing, and cowboy paintball to rockets, crafts, survival skills, camping, and barnyard activities. We have 100’s of other activities for campers to choose from throughout the summer. Campers will also help raise the ranch pigs, chickens, goats, and other farmyard animals.
We offer 8 different week-long sessions throughout the summer (each session begins on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday). Campers may attend up to 4 sessions.
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Contact: Phone: 970-923-1227
Nature walks atop the Rocky Mountains. Mountain biking clinics. Camping out under the stars. Mountainboarding. Paintball. Fishing. Field Trips. Welcome to Camp Aspen Snowmass, where all summer-long families are spoiled for choice. Toddlers can enjoy art and music at the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center, young children can learn about the magic of nature, and teens can build their confidence with thrilling activities.
Camp Dates: June 5 – September 1, 2017
Monday thru Friday 8 am–4 pm
Camp Aspen Snowmass will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.
- 23’x 23’ Small Air Bag – Perfect for younger athletes to work on basic jumps all the way up to backflips and 720 spins
- 50’x 50’ Big Air Bag – For advanced athletes
- On snow jumps- small and large for athletes to take their new skills / tricks to snow
- Boxes / Rails
- Moguls, Mogul Jumps and Absorption track
- Ages 7 and older.
- 7-11 can add a tramp camp for an 8:30-3pm action packed day.
- Bring a lunch and we’ll transport kids from Buttermilk to AVSC for Tramp and pick-up
- Limited number of athletes per session to ensure plenty of repetitions Video analysis AVSC’s top coaching staff 8:30 – 12:30 daily
- June 5 – 9
- June 12 – 16
- June 19 – 23 June 26 – 30
Weekday camps provide excellent coaching and day to day progressions to build strong foundations and learn new tricks. Athletes are broken into two groups based on age. AVSC has a world class facility with: Supertramp, Flybed Tramp & Mini Tramps.
Tramp Camp 12+ years old: Monday–Friday, 3 – 4:30pm
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Contact: Contact Children’s’ Program Manager Katherine Bell | Phone: 970/923-3181 x204 or visit andersonranch.org
What: Anderson Ranch Arts Center Children’s Workshops are week long workshops that range from material-based traditional artistic disciplines to interdisciplinary technology, animation, robotics and video. The children’s program draws regional and national guest faculty to Anderson Ranch – deeply experienced and passionate art educators who are also artists. With a small student-to-staff ratio, each child is supported to explore, imagine, and develop new ways of thinking and developing creative perspectives.
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or sign up in person at 99 Midland Spur in Basalt, CO
Contact: Email: email@example.com | Phone: 970.927.4123
The Art Base is a treasured gathering place for creativity, community and art in historic downtown Basalt, Colorado.
Summer Art Camps are all-day/week-long programs designed to explore art fundamentals and community participation through hands-on art-making, gallery visits, and a final exhibition or event. Each week is themed-based and offers a creative art-making experience for all ages and abilities. For More Information: www.theartbase.org/education
When: June 5–August 18, 2017
- Ages 4–5: https://www.aspenartmuseum.org/learning/summer-workshops-4-5
- Ages 6–8: https://www.aspenartmuseum.org/learning/summer-workshops-6-8
- Ages 9–11: https://www.aspenartmuseum.org/learning/summer-workshops-9-11
- Ages 12–14: https://www.aspenartmuseum.org/learning/summer-workshops-12-14
- Scholarships: The Aspen Art Museum is pleased to offer need-based scholarships for children and residents of the Roaring Fork Valley. A scholarship application is available for download here: https://www.aspenartmuseum.org/everything/39-workshop-scholarship-form
Offering exciting and fun art-based summer camps for kids ages 6 – 12, hosted by Liz Waters! Students must have completed Kindergarten to attend our camps. Space is limited to 16 participants per class, so register your kids today! Appropriate for students ages 6 – 12.
Varies per camp, see below.
All materials and supplies will be provided for all camps, but you will need to send your child with a bag lunch. At some point during the week, Liz will take the kids out for ice cream, so send $5 for that fun excursion too! Please send your child in appropriate clothing in case they decide to get messy.
What: School aged camps will run from 9am – 3pm Monday through Thursday and 9am – 1:30pm on Friday with a parents’ presentation on Friday afternoon at 1:30pm to show you all of the art and progress that was made throughout the week! All of our camps feature the expertise of our favorite art teacher, Liz Waters, who also leads our After School Art Camps during the school year.
Texture Camp, July 5 – 7 ($165 per student)
Tie dye, batik and weave your way through this three-day camp. Students will receive T-Shirts in this camp, which they will get to tie dye themselves!
Camp Clay, July 10 – 14 ($250 per student)
All things clay and sculpey; functional and nonfunctional. We will focus on hand built projects and learn the basics of slip and score and mold making.
Pop Into Art, July 17-21 ($225 per student)
Taking cues from some of the best; Warhol, Theibauld, Johns, and Oldenburg, we will produce Pop Art blending our icons and objects with their specific techniques.
Mosaic Madness, July 24 – 28 ($250 per student)
Make a Mosaic Mandala, create your own design, paint glass, cut, fit, glue and grout.
Under the Sea: Aquatic Animals, July 31 – August 4 ($235 per student)
Explore the magical creatures that live down under and bring them to life in various art mediums.
Art Around Town, August 7-11 ($250 per student)
We will be out and about drawing and painting Aspen’s natural and architectural beauty while exploring various places, techniques and media. This camp coincides with the Red Brick’s Plein Air Festival and camp attendees will get to participate in select parts of the festival and will receive also receive official festival shwag.
It’s All 3-D to Me, August 14-18 ($235 per student)
Organic, geometric, abstract, additive, and subtractive, Calder, Moore and Goldworthy . . .We will sculpt and build our masterpieces from a variety of found objects and mediums.
For more information, questions, or technical difficulties, please contact us at 970-429-2777.
Cancellations: There is a $50 cancellation fee PER CAMP per child for cancellations made more than two weeks pior to the start of the camp. Refunds WILL NOT be issued on registrations cancelled less than two weeks prior to the start of the camp.
EXPLORATIVE, FARM & EDUCATIONAL CAMPS
Hallam Lake – Email: Meyers firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 970.925.5756
Rock Bottom Ranch – Email: Chris Cohen email@example.com | Phone: 970.927.6760
What: ACES offers fun and educational camps for kids ages 5 to 14 at both Hallam Lake in Aspen and Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt. At the Ranch, camps feature farm, food, adventure and science themes that vary each week to showcase the best of the farm and preserve. Kids will love exploring outdoors, getting to know the animals and gardens at Rock Bottom Ranch, making forts, learning survival skills, and much more! Week-long camps for all interests, including many partnership camps focused on art, photography, fishing, and more. A shuttle from Hallam Lake to Rock Bottom Ranch and back is offered during certain weeks for campers enrolled at the Ranch. Check out our exciting overnight camping and sleepaway options for ages 11-14 and our drop-in classes for ages 4-10 at Hallam Lake. Scholarships available.
Aspen Historical Society Living History Camp
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$250 or $175 for Lixiviator members
Contact: Nina Gabianelli, V.P Education and Programs | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 970-925-3721 x104
When: July 10th through July 14th, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
What: A youth program in which young scholars portray historical figures. Through first person narratives with question-and-answer sessions, young scholars-in and out of character-engage the audience in lively discussions with people from our Valley’s past. Theater meets history, as children learn about their favorite Aspen character to prepare for a final performance on Friday afternoon.The Aspen Historical Society Living History Camp is a valuable way to increase young people’s understanding of, and engagement with, the humanities. Students age 8-18 are encouraged to participate. Scholarships available.
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Aspen Music School
CLICK TO REGISTER: Maroon Bel Canto Children’s Chorus – Festival Summer Camp
When: The 2017 Festival Summer Camp runs Monday, July 31, through Friday, August 4, from 8:45 am (daily check-in no earlier than 8:30 am) to 4:30 pm at Christ Episcopal Church in Aspen’s West End. The performance is on Friday at 4 pm (also at CEC).
What: The Aspen Music Festival and School offers a fun and music-filled summer choir camp for kids entering fourth through eighth grades. The camp is run by professional music educators and choir directors. Kids will have an opportunity to learn about vocal technique in a choir setting, attend AMFS rehearsals, meet Festival artists, participate in fun acting, movement, and outdoor activities, and perform a camp finale concert.
Dream BIGGER with Theatre Aspen School!
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Join us for fun theatre programs and intensives for students ages 4-19 with music, dance, costumes, improv, acting for the camera, and more. This summer includes a production of SPAMALOT for teens. PlusBroadway Dreams & intensive training with Broadway pros. June 5 – August 13.