CLOSURE UPDATE: Per mandate from Governor Polis, and because it is the right thing to do, our facilities are closed. Check here for COVID-19 updates. We are running licensed summer camps beginning June 1.


Due to COVID-19, this camp is canceled. We’re still offering Camp Noco at the Ys.

Camp Noco

YMCA Camp Elks provides campers with a classic outdoor day camp experience. Nestled in the heart of Boulder, Camp Elks is an outdoor, nature-based program where campers have the opportunity to make new friends through adventure, challenge and exploration. Each day at camp begins with an opening ceremony where stories, music and funny anecdotes get us ready for the day’s events. Campers will enjoy day trips to some of Colorado’s most beautiful hiking destinations. Kids will also spend their summer days in camp shooting archery, cooling off at our on-site pool and expressing their creative side through arts and crafts, drama, sports, gaga ball and fun games. 

Each week ends with a closing campfire (symbolic) where campers and counselors come together to share stories, recognize each other through character values and reflect on their time at camp.

We have partnered with the Organization for Wild Birds in Nature (OWBN) during sessions 6 and 7 to give campers the opportunity to explore birds.

Held at Boulder Elks Club

Campers are divided into age appropriate groups.

  • Rookies: Entering 1st-3rd Grade (must be 6 at the start of camp)
  • Pioneers: Entering 4th-6th Grade

Weekly Camps, May 26-Aug 14

  • Pre-Camp Care: 7:30am-9:00am
  • Camp Activities & Field Trips: 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Post-Camp Care: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Camp is officially 9:00am-4:00pm. However, we offer pre- and post-camp options for families that need additional child care before and/or after camp. Pre- and post-camp is optional, and there is no additional cost.

Full-time (4-5 days a week)

  • Member: $310
  • Non-member: $365

Part-time (1-3 days a week)

  • Member: $265
  • Non-member: $310

You must confirm your part-time days with your camp director.


You can also add-in horseback riding and/or rock climbing to any week of camp.


Tiny But Mighty 

Appreciate some of the world’s smallest beauties that we may take for granted, and learn about their importance in agriculture, ecosystems and art. 

  • Session 1: May 26-29 (no camp May 25)
  • Session 7: July 6-10 (OWBN)

Biological Beasts

Prepare to be amazed as we learn about the world’s largest living organisms, from both the present and past.

  • Session 2: June 1-5
  • Session 8: July 13-17

Fragile Kingdom

Unique conditions make for the most special of life forms. Learn how to find these hidden gems, and how to keep their habitats intact.

  • Session 3: June 8-12
  • Session 9: July 20-24

Look Out Below

Let’s focus on appreciating the biota underfoot, and why we need to protect these ecosystems.

  • Session 4: June 15-19
  • Session 10: July 27-31

archery at camp elks

Making A Splash

We’ll dive into the world of rivers, streams, lakes and ponds, and learn about Colorado’s important relationship with water.

  • Session 5: June 22-26
  • Session 11: Aug 3-7

Up in the Air 

Experience the sky as an ecosystem, one that is shared with the whole world. (OWBN)

  • Session 6: June 29-July 2 (no camp July 3)

End of Summer Outdoor Adventure

Let’s wrap up the summer at Camp Elks doing what campers love — exploring, swimming and having fun!

  • Session 12: Aug 10-14


Take your summer camp experience to new heights — literally. Campers can add horseback riding and rock climbing to camp. Come along, it’s gonna be an exciting ride. $65 per week. Must select these options when registering.

horseback-ridingHorseback Riding

Campers will be bussed to Sombrero Ranches for a fun morning of horseback riding on Thursdays. $65 per week.

rock-climbingRock Climbing

Campers will be bussed to a local climbing gym for two hours of basic technique instruction, top rope climbing, harness safety, wall climbing, auto belaying and bouldering on Wednesdays. $65 per week.

Registration System

Register for summer camps online. If you create a new account in our online registration system using a different email address than what is on file with the Y, you will create a duplicate account and if you’re a member, you will not receive member rates.

Financial Assistance

Y financial assistance participants may register online after their financial assistance has been approved. CCAP participants may not register online but must use the online ePACT system for required medical and emergency contact information and policy agreements. CCAP participants must attend all days they are registered for. CCAP participants will be billed for unexcused absences.

Paper registration forms are available for CCAP participants and upon request. Contact the Business Office.

Financial Assistance


The YMCA of Northern Colorado uses ePACT, a secure emergency network that we use to collect medical and emergency contact information for camps, preschool and before and after school care. Once you’re set up in ePACT, you will only need to verify your child’s information once a year. 

Learn more about ePACT

Changes & Cancelations

All changes and cancels require two weeks advance notice. There are no refunds for missed days.

Change / Cancel Form


Read the parent handbook prior to attending camp to familiarize yourself with our policies.

Parent Handbook

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Boulder Elks Club

3975 28th St, Boulder

Questions about this camp? Contact our camp staff.

303-664-5455 ext. 4293
Email Camp Staff

Questions about registration? Contact the Business Office.

303-664-5455 ext. 1295
Email the Business Office