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. Campers can also add horseback riding and rock climbing each week.

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.


Campers Are Divided By Appropriate Age Groups:

  • Trailblazers (Entering 1st-2nd grade)
  • Pioneers (Entering 3rd-4th grade)
  • Adventurers (Entering 5th-6th grade)


  • Pre-Camp Care: 7:30am-9:00am
  • Camp Activities & Excursions: 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.


Boulder Elks Club, 3975 28th St, Boulder

Optional drop-off and pick-up service available at the Arapahoe YMCA in Lafayette (sessions 1-11 only). Drop off and pick up time TBA. You must register for this separately. Space is limited.

Weekly Fees

Full-time (4-5 days a week)

  • Member: $305
  • Non-member: $355

Part-time (1-3 days a week)
You must confirm your part-time days with your camp director.

  • Member: $260
  • Non-member: $300


Tiny But Mighty

  • Session 1: May 28-31 (no camp May 27)
  • Session 7: July 8-12

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

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 3-7
  • Session 8: July 15-19

Fragile Kingdom

  • Session 3: June 10-14
  • Session 9: July 22-26

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

Look Out Below

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

  • Session 4: June 17-21
  • Session 10: July 29-Aug 2

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 24-28
  • Session 11: Aug 5-9

Up in the Air 

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

  • Session 6: July 1-5


Take your summer camp experience to new heights — literally. Campers can add horseback riding and rock climbing at the Boulder Rock Club to camp. Come along, it’s gonna be an exciting ride. $65 per week. Must select these options when registering. Not available during session 12.

horseback-ridingHorseback Riding

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

rock-climbingRock Climbing

Campers will be bussed to the Boulder Rock Club for two hours of basic technique instruction, top rope climbing, harness safety, wall climbing, auto belaying and bouldering. Wednesdays. $65 per week.

Camp Registration

You have the option to register online or to select your camp sessions using a camp selection form. Online registration is strongly encouraged as you will see which camps are currently available.

After you register online, you will receive an email invitation to complete required medical and emergency contact forms from ePACT. ePACT is a secure emergency network that we use to collect medical and emergency contact information electronically. Your registration will be complete upon completion of all required forms.

Learn more about ePACT

Use this form to change or cancel your camp registration.

Please note: 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.

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

Parent Handbook

Financial Assistance

For those who qualify, financial assistance for membership and programs is available.

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