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BVSD LIFELONG LEARNING CAMP

The YMCA of Northern Colorado and BVSD Lifelong Learning are collaborating again to offer a fun and educational camp opportunity for youth in the community. The Y offers STEM Adventures and Sports Clinics through BVSD Lifelong Learning. BVSD Lifelong Learning also has many other camps including music, cooking, science and more. Held in Boulder, Erie, Louisville and Superior.

Held at Mesa, Meadowlark, Louisville and Superior Elementary Schools and Platt Middle School

Ages 6-12

  • Camp Classes: 9:00am-12:30pm and 12:30-4:00pm

Camp classes are officially 9:00am-4:00pm (consisting of AM and PM camps). Bring your own lunch and water bottle.

Register through BVSD Lifelong Learning

SPORTS CLINICS

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Soccer Clinic

Experience the skills and drills designed especially for budding soccer players. Our program is designed to meet each player at their current level of play and provide opportunities to increase their individual skills. The goal is that these opportunities lead to overall enjoyment of the game for years to come. Through participation in drills and games, players learn sportsmanship, discover how to work as a team and build quality relationships with other players. There will be breaks in the routine for more fun games and some “re-fueling” activities. Short “playoffs” will be a part of the agenda with a focus on good sportsmanship. Participants should wear athletic clothing.

AM Session: 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Mesa Elementary: May 26-29
  • Mesa Elementary: June 1-5 
  • Meadowlark Elementary: June 15-19 
  • Louisville Elementary: June 22-26
  • Platt Middle: June 29-July 2

Basketball Clinic

This camp focuses on skill building to help your child grow and develop in the game of basketball. There will be scrimmages and fun competitions mixed in to keep your child moving forward. Teamwork, ball handling, shooting, passing and fun are daily components of camp. There will be breaks in the routine for more fun games and some “re-fueling” activities. Short “playoffs” will be a part of the agenda with a focus on good sportsmanship! Participants should wear athletic clothing.

PM Session: 12:30-4:00pm 

  • Mesa Elementary: May 26-29
  • Mesa Elementary: June 1-5
  • Meadowlark Elementary: June 15-19 
  • Louisville Elementary: June 22-26
  • Platt Middle: June 29-July 2

Flag Football Clinic

Experience the thrilling sport of football without getting tackled! Using flags instead of helmets and pads, participants will learn the proper techniques to improve skill such as throwing, receiving and blocking, and gain an understanding of football rules and strategies. These skills will be taught and practiced in both drills and actual game play. There will be breaks in the routine for more fun games and some “re-fueling” activities. Short “playoffs” will be a part of the agenda with a focus on good sportsmanship! Participants should wear athletic clothing without pockets or belt loops and athletic shoes.

AM Session: 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Superior Elementary June 8-12

PM Session: 12:30-4:00pm 

  • Mesa Elementary: July 6-10
  • Superior Elementary: July 13-17
  • Platt Middle: July 20-24
  • Meadowlark: July 27-31

Floor Hockey Clinic

Hockey in the summer? You betcha! The YMCA floor hockey clinic will help develop all the skills related to the game of hockey, minus the ice skating. Campers will participate in drills that will focus on shooting, passing, offense and defense strategies and goal tending. There will be breaks in the routine for more fun games and some “re-fueling” activities. Short “playoffs” will be a part of the agenda with a focus on good sportsmanship! Participants should wear athletic clothing as well as bring 30 SPF sunscreen, a snack and a water bottle.

AM Session: 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Mesa Elementary: July 6-10
  • Superior Elementary: July 13-17
  • Platt Middle: July 20-24
  • Meadowlark Elementary: July 27-31

PM Session: 12:30-4:00pm 

Superior Elementary: June 8-12

STEM ADVENTURES

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Fizz, Pop, Bang!

Fun chemical reactions that will have campers squealing with delight when things fizz, erupt, pop and more.

AM Session: 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Louisville Elementary: May 26-29
  • Platt Middle: June 29-July 2

LEGO Challenge

Campers will participate in a variety of Lego challenges — creating Lego movie making, Lego STEM challenges and much more.

PM Session: 12:30-4:00pm 

  • Louisville Elementary: May 26-29
  • Platt Middle: June 29-July 2

Water, Water, Everywhere

Water is awesome for summer STEM because it’s so cool (pun intended). Campers will love to explore water science in all kinds of playful ways.

AM Session: 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Mesa Elementary: June 1-5
  • Mesa Elementary: July 6-10

All Things Slime-tastic!

We LOVE making slime, and there are tons of fun ways to explore slime this summer.

PM Session: 12:30-4:00pm 

  • Mesa Elementary: June 1-5
  • Mesa Elementary: July 6-10

Up In Space

Blast off! Campers will explore science through the adventures in outer space. Keep your space boots firmly on the ground.

AM Session: 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Superior Elementary: June 8-12
  • Superior Elementary: July 13-17

Things That Go

Land, air and sea included! Campers will create things that go… camper-powered ideas using common materials. We will also explore Newtons Laws of Motion and using chemical reactions to make things go.

PM Session: 12:30-4:00pm 

  • Superior Elementary: June 8-12
  • Superior Elementary: July 13-17

Science You Can Eat

Science you can eat? Yes, please! Really, what’s better than science you can eat? Not much! Campers will dive into edible science through tasty or mostly tasty science activities to tickle the senses. They will want seconds. 

AM Session: 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Meadowlark Elementary: June 15-19
  • Platt Middle: July 20-24

Robots

Campers will channel their inner Transformer and create robots in creative and scientific ways. Lego robots… Check! Robots made from soda cans… Check! And much more.

PM Session: 12:30-4:00pm 

  • Meadowlark Elementary: June 15-19
  • Platt Middle: July 20-24

Shark Week

Why don’t sharks sink? Great question! Campers will explore the depths of the sea and all its wonderful creatures.

AM Session: 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Louisville Elementary: June 22-26
  • Meadowlark Elementary: July 27-31

Build It!

Do you love to build things with all types of materials? Then this is the camp for you. Campers will explore a variety of ways to build and create.

PM Session: 12:30-4:00pm

  • Louisville Elementary: June 22-26
  • Meadowlark Elementary: July 27-31

The Education of a Camper's Mom

Mar 20, 2015, 15:14 PM by Kathy Yates

How One Parent Learned That Camp Wasn't Only Good For Her Son

The knot settled into my stomach on Saturday night. Our 9-year-old son was headed off the next day to a weeklong YMCA summer camp, and I was starting to question if it was the right thing to do. He had never been away from one of us for more than two nights.

I wondered if he would get homesick and, if so, how badly. I wondered if, being more of an observer, he would stand on the sidelines and watch others have fun. I wondered if he would make a friend or if he would feel lost in the crowd. It was Tuesday before I finally calmed down, realizing if things were really bad, we would have gotten a phone call.

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Still, it was a long week. My husband checked Facebook every night for any new posts and, more specifically, photos that would provide evidence our child was fine. One of the rules of YMCA Camp Santa Maria is that kids can’t bring any technology with them. I liked the sound of that until it became clear that it worked both ways. In our situation, it was the technology-reliant parents—not the camper—who needed to be weaned from continual connection.

We drove up to Camp Santa Maria to pick up Quinn on Saturday. We saw him standing next to St. John’s Hall, playing with two other boys. His first words to me were “Hi, Mom! Can I stay another week?” So much for homesickness. He then asked if he could lead us on a hike up to the meadow. He confidently led the way of the 3.8-mile trek, talking about all of the week’s activities. Those two boys and he had struck up a friendship during the week with promises to stay in touch. All of my fears were relieved.

In addition to the many changes we observed during the hike, there were additional changes that emerged once home. The biggest difference had to do with school. Quinn was heading into the 5th grade, so it would be his last year at his elementary school. Once back from camp, he asked if he could change schools. He said he wanted to be more challenged and was ready for a change. This would have been his third year with the same teacher and classmates. The child before summer camp found that comforting. The child after summer camp wanted something new.

The following summer Quinn asked to attend two weeks of summer camp, one in June and another at the end of July. Again we saw changes. That summer he bodysurfed in the Atlantic Ocean and jumped into cold lakes. When I noted his willingness to literally jump in, he said he learned at camp that he was braver than he thought. He was more willing to take chances: Not foolish chances but the kind of chances that let you have fun and not stand on the sidelines watching others have fun.

There are many articles about the benefits of camp for kids, all of which seem to be true. The other side of that coin is that camp is good for parents.

During that first week that Quinn was gone, my husband and I came to terms with the fact that our child was growing up. We were a bit startled to realize that the separation that naturally occurs between parent and child had all ready begun, whether or not we liked it or were ready for it.

With each camp experience, we receive back a more independent child who can and wants to do for himself. It was initially our challenge, not his, to let him do those things and not nervously hover. We saw that he had confidence in his own skills, and the best thing we could do was to step back and let him flourish.

It also became clear that the camp counselor had communicated life lessons about attitude and making choices. And it seemed those messages carried greater weight coming from a cool 22-year-old counselor with a Scottish accent than hearing them from Mom or Dad.

Quinn’s absence has also been a reminder to my husband and me that Quinn will be leaving our home in a nano-second. In the years that remain before college or some other form of independence, we are centered in our commitment to enjoy the time that we have with our child while taking the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company when he is away.

This summer Quinn is enrolled to attend camp for two weeks, staying over the weekend. It will be a fast two weeks for him and a long two weeks for his parents. Still, there is great comfort in knowing that he is having fun and curiousness about what we all will learn about ourselves this time.

Kathy Yates is a mom and wife who loves the outdoors and specializes in Change Leadership with Concurrence Consulting.

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YMCA & BVSD Lifelong Learning Locations

Mesa Elementary

1575 Lehigh St, Boulder

Meadowlark Elementary

2300 Meadow Sweet Ln, Erie

Louisville Elementary

400 Hutchinson St, Louisville

Superior Elementary

1800 S Indiana St, Superior

Platt Middle

6096 Baseline Rd, Boulder