2019 summer camps to be announced in February.

2018 Camps

Do you have young athletes who love all sports? This camp is for you. Our sports camp includes a variety of both traditional and non-traditional sports skill clinics and games all aimed to develop individual skill and team work. With our three-hour clinics and our experienced, trained sports specialists, your child will never get bored. Campers will play a different sport each week, participate in traditional camp activities and experience first-hand our “Y Way to Play” philosophy (fun, sportsmanship, opportunity, progressive competition and community). The Y’s fun-filled sports camp brings boys and girls together to practice and play in a positive and nurturing environment. We will run an assessment day every Monday to ensure campers are divided into groups based on their age and ability and participate in daily clinics, healthy competition and mini scrimmages. Field trips may include a Denver Outlaws game, a Rockies game and weekly swimming. 


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


Manhattan Middle School, 290 Manhattan Dr, Boulder (Sessions 11 and 12 at the Arapahoe Y)

  • Member: $295 (Session 12: $163)
  • Non-member: $345 (Session 12: $193)


Session 1: May 29-June 1: Y World of Sports Sampler
No camp May 28.

Session 2: June 4-8: Flag Football

Session 3: June 11-15: Basketball

Session 4: June 18-22: Soccer

Session 5: June 25-29: Y World of Sports Sampler

Session 6: July 2-6: Flag Football
No camp July 4.

Session 7: July 9-13: Basketball

Session 8: July 16-20 Soccer

Session 9: July 23-27 Y World of Sports Sampler

Session 10: July 30-Aug 3 Flag Football

Session 11: Aug 6-10 Basketball

Session 12: Aug 13-14 Soccer

Y World of Sports Sampler

During these weeks of sports camp, campers will engage and learn various sports, from the popular ones to the non-traditional ones. Campers will learn new skills and may even find a sport to be passionate about. Lace up those sneakers and jump in!

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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