BVSD LIFELONG LEARNING CAMP

2019 summer camps to be announced in February.

2018 Camps

The YMCA of Boulder Valley and BVSD Lifelong Learning are collaborating again to offer a fun and educational camp opportunity for youth in the community. The Y offers LEGO® classes, STEM Adventures and Sports Clinics through BVSD Lifelong Learning. BVSD Lifelong Learning also has many other camps including music, cooking, science and more. Visit bvsd.org/LLL for details.

In addition, the Y offers before and after camp care for camps at Bear Creek, Foothill, Creekside and Superior. If you choose a full-day camp option, you must register for an AM camp, a PM camp and extended care all at the same location.

Ages

6-12

Hours

  • Pre-Camp Care: 7:30am-9:00am
  • Camp Classes: 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Post-Camp Care: 4:00pm-6:00pm

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

LEGO® & STEM ADVENTURES

LEGO/STEM Adventures will challenge your child’s mind, tap into their creativity and lead them through visual adventures. Through STEM adventures, children will have the opportunity to engage their scientific curiosities.

STEM Adventures

Is your kiddo the next Bill Nye? Is their favorite T-shirt imprinted with the Periodic Table of Elements? If you answered YES, then your child should definitely join us for a fun week of STEM, where we make creators, thinkers, problem solvers, doers, innovators and inventors. Join us on our journey to discover just how cool science can be!

PM Sessions: 12:30-4:00pm

  • Session 1: May 29-June 1 at Foothill Elementary
    No camp May 28.
  • Session 2: June 4-8 at Superior Elementary 
  • Session 3: June 11-15 at Broomfield Heights 
  • Session 4: June 18-22 at Bear Creek Elementary 
  • Session 5: June 25-29 at Superior Elementary

LEGO Robotics

LEGO Robotics is a body of teaching and learning practice based on LEGO Robotics kits, popular sets of materials that enable children without formal training in engineering and computer programming to design, build and program small-scale robots. Campers will dive into the world of LEGO Boost and LEGO Mindstorms to create their very own robot to take over the world…or just to have it move and pick something up.

PM Sessions: 12:30-4:00pm 

  • Session 6: July 2-6 at Creekside Elementary 
    No camp July 4.
  • Session 7: July 9-13 at Foothill Elementary 
  • Session 8: July 16-20 at Superior Elementary 
  • Session 9: July 23-27 at Broomfield Heights 
  • Session 10: July 30-Aug 3 at Bear Creek Elementary 

LEGO Movie Making

Legos are amazing! You can build anything with them, but what if you could make them come alive? In this fun and exciting LLL class, students will use the magic of stop-motion animation to film their creations and make them come alive. Projects will include screen writing, story boarding, filming and editing. Each student will be emailed a copy of their movie creations to share with their friends and families. Let the future Hollywood directors get started in this fun and engaging class! 

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

  • Session 6: July 2-6 at Creekside Elementary
    No camp July 4. 
  • Session 7: July 9-13 at Foothill Elementary 
  • Session 8: July 16-20 at Superior Elementary 
  • Session 9: July 23-27 at Broomfield Heights 
  • Session 10: July 30-Aug 3 at Bear Creek Elementary

ULTIMATE SPORTS

Basketball

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. Participants should wear athletic clothing as well as bring 30 SPF sunscreen, lunch and a water bottle.

PM Sessions: 12:30-4:00pm

  • Session 1: May 29-June 1 at Superior Elementary
    No camp May 28.
  • Session 2: June 4-8 at Broomfield Heights
    No camp July 4.
  • Session 4: June 18-22 at Bear Creek Elementary
  • Session 5: June 25-29 at Foothill Elementary 
  • Session 6: July 2-6 at Creekside Elementary 

Flag Football 

Campers will learn techniques to enhance their skills in throwing, receiving and agility as well as gain an understanding of the rules and strategies of the sport. These skills are put to use and taught in drills as well as in game play. Participants should wear athletic clothing without pockets or belt loops and athletic shoes. Campers also need to bring 30 SPF sunscreen, snack and a water bottle.

PM Sessions: 12:30-4:00pm

  • Session 7: July 9-13 at Superior Elementary 
  • Session 8: July 16-20 at Superior Elementary
  • Session 9: July 23-27 at Bear Creek Elementary
  • Session 10: July 30-Aug 3 at Foothill Elementary

Soccer 

Y staff will work with players to enhance their skills in passing, shooting, dribbling, offense and defense. Young athletes will also work on positioning on the field and gain an understanding of the rules and strategies through scrimmages. Participants should wear athletic clothing and bring shin guards, 30 SPF sunscreen, lunch and a water bottle.

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

  • Session 1: May 29-June 1 at Superior Elementary
    No camp May 28.
  • Session 2: June 4-8 at Broomfield Heights
  • Session 4: June 18-22 at Bear Creek Elementary
  • Session 5: June 25-29 at Foothill Elementary 
  • Session 6: July 2-6 at Creekside Elementary
    No camp July 4.

Ultimate Frisbee

Don’t be afraid of this flying saucer in the air — grab that Frisbee, run and pass it to the end zone. Campers will learn the skills associated with the sport and put those skills to the test through game play.

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

  • Session 3: June 11-15 at Superior Elementary 
  • Session 8: July 16-20 at Superior Elementary 
  • Session 9: July 23-27 at Bear Creek Elementary 
  • Session 10: July 30-Aug 3 at Foothill Elementary 

Spikeball/Pickleball

Spikeball combines a sport and a game, volleyball and foursquare, to create a fast-paced, nail biting sports experience. No pickles will be harmed in the playing of Pickleball, but be ready to run around the court, striking the whiffle ball with your wooden paddle to score a point. Think tennis meets badminton! 

PM Session: 12:30-4:00pm

  • Session 3: June 11-15 at Superior Elementary 

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

  • Session 7: July 9-13 at Superior Elementary 

Floor Hockey

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

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

  • Session 1: May 29-June 1 at Foothill Elementary 
    No camp May 28.
  • Session 2: June 4-8 at Superior Elementary 
  • Session 3: June 11-15 at Broomfield Heights 
  • Session 4: June 18-22 at Bear Creek Elementary 
  • Session 5: June 25-29 at Superior Elementary 

5 Ways Summer Camp Benefits Your Kids

May 12, 2015, 17:00 PM by Emily Sampl

Each and every summer, hundreds of kids trek off to one of the YMCA of Boulder Valley’s sports camps, day camps or overnight camps. Besides simply getting kids out of the house and into a safe, supervised environment as well as keeping them active during the summer months, YMCA camps also provide kids the opportunity to learn lifelong lessons and interact with different groups of kids than they might see at school. Our YMCA Camp Santa Maria staff see five major benefits for kids involved in these camps:

  1. Developing self-efficacy.

At camp, we can allow kids to try new things and build their skills based on real feedback and personal choices. We try to give descriptive praise rather than evaluative praise, so the kids can see and hear praise based on what they did rather than simply "good job." Campers see that they will be recognized for their actual skills, not just blanket comments that cover everyone. Self-efficacy is more important than self-esteem, which often relies on external praise for a child's development.

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  1. Risk-taking in a safe environment.

We allow kids to take some risks at camp; it could be trying rock climbing, dance, art, canoeing or singing in front of the whole camp. The staff is there to keep the kids safe, emotionally and physically, and to allow the kids to experience failure. When the kids do experience failure, we want to see that failure as a step to skill development and potential mastery.

  1. Making and building friendships.

We focus on getting kids to meet new people who might not be in their normal social circles and have conversations with kids about important things. Conversations, like what it means to be a friend and what it means to be caring or respectful. Each small group of kids gets the chance to interact with other people face-to-face. Many times, friendships formed at camp can last a lifetime.

  1. Learning new skills.

At Camp Santa Maria, kids have the opportunity to make choices about what they want to try, and they can do it once or multiple times each day. The kids are not locked into the roles they usually are in at school, and many activities are things they can't do at home or school like art, archery, canoeing, kayaking, sling-shots, dance or exploring nature.

  1. FUN! Or FUNN – Functional Understanding Not Necessary.

Sometimes we do things just for fun. Playing for the sake of playing.

Emily Sampl is a YMCA of Boulder Valley aquatics staff member and freelance writer. 

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