Many adults have fond memories of attending sleep away camps in their youth. There they formed bonds with kids they had never met from a variety of places, immersed themselves in outdoor activities, and enjoyed some time away from mom and dad. For those lucky enough to live in Colorado, there are a number of camp options available in Denver’s Rocky Mountain backyard. Camps range in age level and specialties, but ultimately there is a camp out there to meet the needs of every camper and his or her parents.
Girl Scouts of Colorado Overnight Camps
If your daughter is a Girl Scout or you are looking for a camp for just girls, the Girl Scouts of Colorado offer two excellent overnight camps within a few hours of Denver, running between 3-12 days each. Tomahawk Ranch is situated just outside of Bailey, Colorado. Campers here have access to running water and showers, and typically sleep in cots or bunk beds housed within lodges, seasonal shelters or platform tents. Campers at Tomahawk participate in a variety of activities, including arts and crafts, archery, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, as well as a variety of others.
Located near Colorado Springs and Woodland Park, Sky High Ranch offers a more rustic experience. Campers utilize latrines and a shower house while staying in cabins, seasonal shelters or platform tents. The camp offers a variety of activities, including hiking backpacking, archery, canoeing, as well as other specialized activities, including a zip line, rock climbing and a horse program.
While both the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts have specific camps for their members, Boy Scout camps tend to be attended as troops and with adults whereas individuals can sign up for Girl Scout camps without their troops.
YMCA of the Rockies
While they offer a variety of camps, the most popular camp that YMCA offers in Colorado is at Camp Chief Ouray, located in Granby, Colorado. Campers from ages 7-18 are placed according to their age and gender and are housed in cabins with 6-9 kids and two counselors. The camp offers a variety of options based on age, interest, and ability level. For new campers, there are mini camps that last 3 days and 2 nights to introduce kids age 7-10 to the camp experience. They also offer traditional camps that last 5 nights or up to two weeks. Each session has a different theme, and campers can also choose to participate in add-on activities such as rafting, high ropes course, and horseback riding instruction. Older campers can opt to participate in specialized sessions on backpacking, horseback riding, kayaking and rafting, as well as a fusion option combining many of these activities. Traditional campers can look forward to participating in activities such as canoeing, hiking, arts and crafts, skits, games, as well as a variety of other activities.
Situated near Bailey, Colorado, Avid4Adventure’s Colorado Mountain Camp is more than just a traditional camp with crafts and time around the campfire. The focus of the camp is to foster independence in campers and an appreciation for the outdoors. The camp offers mini camps of 4 days for 1st graders, 1 week for 2nd-4th graders, and 2 weeks for 4th-12th graders. Campers sleep in cabins and participate in a variety of adventure activities, including paddleboarding, kayaking, climbing, biking, and a variety of other overnight adventures.
There are a number of overnight camps available in Colorado and many provide a focus on outdoor adventure and enjoyment of activities outside. While the three listed are fairly popular among Denver families, there are a number of others available to meet the needs of all ages and kids.