Despite a few late season snow storms, summer is lurking just around the corner, soon to grace us with her presence on June 20. If you ask Summit students, however, the date might as well be June 1—since that’s when school lets out and the kids are free to frolic in the sun for three carefree months. Summer months are a good time for young people to explore their interests—and there are plenty of camps in Breckenridge to help make that possible.
CMC Summer Technology Institute
New this year at Colorado Mountain College (CMC Breck) is the Summer Technology Institute, a week-long technology camp for students entering 7th through 10th grade. The camp promises a series of fun technology projects led by a team of four CMC instructors, with topics including web design/e-commerce, digital photography, photo editing, and video production. At the end of the week, students will work in teams using the skills they learned to come up with a creative solution to a real world challenge.
“It’s not school,” said Robert Cartelli, the CMC instructor who came up with the idea for the program. “It’s camp. It’s going to be a lot of fun.” At the same time, the Summer Technology Institute is an enrichment program that helps to grow young people’s technology skills in an engaging, hands-on environment.
The Summer Technology Institute runs July 30 – August 3 and costs $495, including daily breakfast and lunch. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) and submit an application by May 31. Enrollment is limited to 15 students. For applications and program details go to www.summertechnologyinstitute.com.
Breck Rec Center Camps
The Breckenridge Recreation Center will once again offer an exciting array of camps geared towards children ages three and up, from the popular theme-based Breckenridge Mountain Camps to a variety of sports-specific offerings.
“You thought you had fun last summer? Well, this summer is shaping up to be even bigger and better! Spend the summer swimming, climbing, hiking and jumping on our giant Inflatable Obstacle Course! Not to mention going CRAZY and being kids!” enthuse the staff of Breckenridge Mountain Camps (BMC), available to kids ages 5-12, with groups formed according to age. BMC camps run June 4 – August 17 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and cost $38/day for residents and $43/day for non-residents. Registration is now open for Breckenridge Mountain Camps.
This year’s BMC theme weeks include Fairytale Magic, Animal Planet, Wild Wild West, Adventures in Space, the fashion-oriented Party in the USA, Girls vs. Boys Challenge, the water-wonderful Wet N’ Wild week, Recycle, Treasure Island, Music Mania, and Wacky Sports. Wednesdays are field trip days as usual, but new this year, there will be a non-field trip day price for children who would prefer to stay in Summit County.
Beyond BMC, the Rec Center will offer camps specific to children ages 3-6, including the art-themed Little Picassos, the nature-themed Camp Caterpillar, and the music-themed Camp Sing-A-Long. Kids ages 7-12 can get their trail-hiking fix in with Wild Child Wilderness Camp or explore Summit County history hands-on in High Altitude Heritage Camp.
Sports-specific camps include tennis, skateboarding, climbing, baseball, and girls’ lacrosse. Tennis camps take place midweek at the Rec Center and Carter Park and include Pee Wee (ages 4-6), Hot Shots (7-10), Middle School (11-14), and a Saturday Junior Tennis Camp. There will be three sessions each of Climbing Camp (6-12) and Advanced Climbing Camp (7-12), including both indoor and outdoor climbing. New and seasoned skateboarders, ages 6-14, can get their ollies, kick flips, and 50-50 grinds down at the Breck Skate Park by enrolling in one or more week-long summer sessions. The Girls Blackdiamond Lacrosse Camp (grades 6-12) runs July 30 to August 2 and Breckenridge Pro Baseball Camp (ages 8-15) runs June 18-22.
For more details on Breckenridge Recreation Center camps, including dates, times, prices, and to register, click here.
More Breck Camp Ideas
The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center offers overnight camps ranging from two nights to more than a week in length for people (ages 8-25) with special needs and disabilities. Activities include rock climbing, white water rafting, camping, canoeing and hiking.
Kids and teens interested in languages are invited to enroll in iFLT K-12 World Language Camp, offering French, Spanish, English, and Mandarin Chinese. The cost is $30 for students in grades 1-8 and free for high school students. iFLT K-12 World Language Camp runs July 17-19 at Breckenridge Elementary School.
For even more summer activity ideas—including educational websites to visit, tutoring providers, cultural activities, camps, and town/resort sponsored-activities in Breckenridge and beyond—pick up the list compiled by the Parent Teacher Organization, available in the front office of Summit Middle School.
May your summer be both fun-filled and educational!