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.

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.


  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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