2019 summer camps to be announced in February.

Come join us for an enriching traditional day camp experience — where old and new friends meet. Campers will unplug, enjoy hands-on learning, engage in multi-cultural experiences and build confidence. We accommodate the wide variety of interests our campers have and plan activities that support those varied interests. Activities inc; will experience three on-site camp days and two field trips each week. The field trips include a day trip to our outdoor education center, Camp Ora Penn, a trip to a local swimming pool, and other exciting options. Enthusiastic and well-trained staff will ensure a safe and fun summer. The six convenient locations ensure that we have the fun covered for your camper this summer. Part-time and full-time options are available. 

2018 Camps

Campers Are Divided By Age- Appropriate Groups:

There will be some all-camper activities throughout the week.

  • Trailblazers (Entering K-1st grade)
    Children must be 5 years old by the first day of camp.
  • Pioneers (Entering 2nd-3rd grade)
  • Adventurers (Entering 4th-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.


At schools throughout Boulder County and the Longmont Y.

Boulder Valley Weekly Fees

Full-time (4-5 days a week part-time)

  • Member: $295
  • Non-member: $345

Part-time (1-3 days a week)

  • Member: $250
  • Non-member: $290

Optional Swim Lessons: $80 per session (only select sessions). You must register for this separately.

Longmont Weekly Fees

Full-time (4-5 days a week)

  • $240

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

  • $144

Optional Swim Lessons: $80 per session (only select sessions). You must register for this separately.

Camp Sessions

  • Session 1: May 29-June 1
    No camp May 28.
  • Session 2: June 4-8 (Field trip to Denver Outlaws Game on June 7)
  • Session 3: June 11-15 (Optional swim lessons)
  • Session 4: June 18-22 (Optional swim lessons)
  • Session 5: June 25-29 (Optional swim lessons)
  • Session 6: July 2-6* (Field trip to Pirate’s Cove on July 6)
    No camp July 4.
  • Session 7: July 9-13 (Optional swim lessons)
  • Session 8: July 16-20 (Optional swim lessons)
  • Session 9: July 23-27 (Optional swim lessons)
  • Session 10: July 30-Aug 3
  • Session 11: Aug 6-10 (At Longmont Y only)
  • Session 12: Aug 13-14 (At Longmont Y only)

Featured Activities

  • Archery
  • Swimming
  • Ice Skating
  • Gaga Ball
  • Tether Ball
  • Slip & Slide
  • Bounce House Fun
  • Carnival Day
  • Olympic Day
  • STEM
  • Color Wars
  • Sports & Games
  • Arts & Humanities
  • And much more!


Jump in to the Fun! 

Sample of Weekly Camper Adventures:

  • Three themed days every week: STEM, Arts & Humanities, and Fun & Games
  • Two field trips each week: Jump into the pool on the swimming trip, explore nature during an outdoor education field trip or find all the exciting things to do in your community. Campers bring their own lunch each day
  • Wacky Wednesday 
  • Color Wars

Daily Camp Schedule (on-site days):

Schedule will be modified on field trip days.

  • 7:30-9:00am:  Pre Camp Activities (optional)
  • 9:00-9:15am: Camp Opening Ceremonies
  • 9:15-10:00am: Activity #1
  • 10:00-10:45am: Activity #2
  • 10:45-11:00am: AM Snack
  • 11:00-11:45am: Activity #3
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch & Summer Literacy*
  • 1:00-1:45pm: Activity #4
  • 1:45-2:30pm: Activity #5
  • 2:30-3:15pm: Activity #6
  • 3:15-4:00pm: PM Snack & Assembly
  • 4:00-6:00pm: Post Camp Activities (optional)


We believe that every child needs to be safe in the water; therefore we offer two sessions of swim lessons during the summer. We’ll take your child to swim lessons during camp. Children must be signed up for camp during the days and weeks of each session to participate. Please be aware that there is limited space. Campers need to arrive at their camp location one hour before the swim lesson begins, wearing swimsuit and 30 SPF sunscreen. Please pack a towel, goggles and a change of clothes.

$80 per session

Swim Option A: Camp sessions 3, 4, 5

Swim Option B: Camp sessions 7, 8, 9

Mapleton Y Indoor Pool

  • Bear Creek: Mon/Wed, 9:50-10:20am
  • Foothill: Tue/Thu, 9:50-10:20am
  • Louisville: Mon/Wed, 9:15-9:45am
  • Creekside: Tue/Thu, 9:15-9:45am

Longmont Y Indoor Pool

  • Twin Peaks: Tue/Thu, 9:50-10:20am
  • Superior: Tue/Thu, 9:15-9:45am

Be sure to add on swim lessons in the registration process.



Bear Creek Elementary
2500 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder

Creekside Elementary 
3740 Martin Drive, Boulder

Foothill Elementary
1001 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder

Louisville Elementary
400 Hutchinson St, Louisville

All camps previously scheduled at Superior Elementary are now at Louisville Elementary.


Longmont YMCA
950 Lashley St, Longmont

Sessions 10-11 are held at the Longmont Y.

Twin Peaks Charter Academy
340 S Sunset St, Longmont

Sessions 1-9 are held at Twin Peaks.

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.


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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