BVSD LIFELONG LEARNING CAMP

The YMCA of Boulder Valley and BVSD Lifelong Learning are collaborating again to offer a fun and educational camp opportunity for youth in the community. The Y offers LEGO® classes, STEM Adventures and Sports Clinics through BVSD Lifelong Learning. BVSD Lifelong Learning also has many other camps including music, cooking, science and more. Visit bvsd.org/LLL for details.

In addition, the Y offers before and after camp care for camps at Bear Creek, Foothill, Creekside and Superior. If you choose a full-day camp option, you must register for an AM camp, a PM camp and extended care all at the same location.

Ages

6-12

Hours

  • Pre-Camp Care: 7:30am-9:00am
  • Camp Classes: 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Post-Camp Care: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Camp classes are officially 9:00am-4:00pm (consisting of AM and PM camps). Bring your own lunch and water bottle.

LEGO® & STEM ADVENTURES

LEGO/STEM Adventures will challenge your child’s mind, tap into their creativity and lead them through visual adventures. Through STEM adventures, children will have the opportunity to engage their scientific curiosities. 

Register through BVSD Lifelong Learning

STEM Adventures

Is your kiddo the next Bill Nye? Is their favorite T-shirt imprinted with the Periodic Table of Elements? If you answered YES, then your child should definitely join us for a fun week of STEM, where we make creators, thinkers, problem solvers, doers, innovators and inventors. Join us on our journey to discover just how cool science can be!

PM Sessions: 12:30-4:00pm

  • Session 1: May 29-June 1 at Foothill Elementary
    No camp May 28.
  • Session 2: June 4-8 at Superior Elementary 
  • Session 3: June 11-15 at Broomfield Heights 
  • Session 4: June 18-22 at Bear Creek Elementary 
  • Session 5: June 25-29 at Superior Elementary

LEGO Robotics

LEGO Robotics is a body of teaching and learning practice based on LEGO Robotics kits, popular sets of materials that enable children without formal training in engineering and computer programming to design, build and program small-scale robots. Campers will dive into the world of LEGO Boost and LEGO Mindstorms to create their very own robot to take over the world…or just to have it move and pick something up.

PM Sessions: 12:30-4:00pm 

  • Session 6: July 2-6 at Creekside Elementary 
    No camp July 4.
  • Session 7: July 9-13 at Foothill Elementary 
  • Session 8: July 16-20 at Superior Elementary 
  • Session 9: July 23-27 at Broomfield Heights 
  • Session 10: July 30-Aug 3 at Bear Creek Elementary 

LEGO Movie Making

Legos are amazing! You can build anything with them, but what if you could make them come alive? In this fun and exciting LLL class, students will use the magic of stop-motion animation to film their creations and make them come alive. Projects will include screen writing, story boarding, filming and editing. Each student will be emailed a copy of their movie creations to share with their friends and families. Let the future Hollywood directors get started in this fun and engaging class! 

AM Sessions: 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Session 6: July 2-6 at Creekside Elementary
    No camp July 4. 
  • Session 7: July 9-13 at Foothill Elementary 
  • Session 8: July 16-20 at Superior Elementary 
  • Session 9: July 23-27 at Broomfield Heights 
  • Session 10: July 30-Aug 3 at Bear Creek Elementary

ULTIMATE SPORTS

Come experience the ultimate in FUN sports. Test your eye-hand coordination with these exciting and active sports games. 

Register through BVSD Lifelong Learning

Basketball

This camp focuses on skill building to help your child grow and develop in the game of basketball. There will be scrimmages and fun competitions mixed in to keep your child moving forward. Teamwork, ball handling, shooting, passing and fun are daily components of camp. Participants should wear athletic clothing as well as bring 30 SPF sunscreen, lunch and a water bottle.

PM Sessions: 12:30-4:00pm

  • Session 1: May 29-June 1 at Superior Elementary
    No camp May 28.
  • Session 2: June 4-8 at Broomfield Heights
    No camp July 4.
  • Session 4: June 18-22 at Bear Creek Elementary
  • Session 5: June 25-29 at Foothill Elementary 
  • Session 6: July 2-6 at Creekside Elementary 

Flag Football 

Campers will learn techniques to enhance their skills in throwing, receiving and agility as well as gain an understanding of the rules and strategies of the sport. These skills are put to use and taught in drills as well as in game play. Participants should wear athletic clothing without pockets or belt loops and athletic shoes. Campers also need to bring 30 SPF sunscreen, snack and a water bottle.

PM Sessions: 12:30-4:00pm

  • Session 7: July 9-13 at Superior Elementary 
  • Session 8: July 16-20 at Superior Elementary
  • Session 9: July 23-27 at Bear Creek Elementary
  • Session 10: July 30-Aug 3 at Foothill Elementary

Soccer 

Y staff will work with players to enhance their skills in passing, shooting, dribbling, offense and defense. Young athletes will also work on positioning on the field and gain an understanding of the rules and strategies through scrimmages. Participants should wear athletic clothing and bring shin guards, 30 SPF sunscreen, lunch and a water bottle.

AM Sessions: 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Session 1: May 29-June 1 at Superior Elementary
    No camp May 28.
  • Session 2: June 4-8 at Broomfield Heights
  • Session 4: June 18-22 at Bear Creek Elementary
  • Session 5: June 25-29 at Foothill Elementary 
  • Session 6: July 2-6 at Creekside Elementary
    No camp July 4.

Ultimate Frisbee

Don’t be afraid of this flying saucer in the air — grab that Frisbee, run and pass it to the end zone. Campers will learn the skills associated with the sport and put those skills to the test through game play.

AM Sessions: 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Session 3: June 11-15 at Superior Elementary 
  • Session 8: July 16-20 at Superior Elementary 
  • Session 9: July 23-27 at Bear Creek Elementary 
  • Session 10: July 30-Aug 3 at Foothill Elementary 

Spikeball/Pickleball

Spikeball combines a sport and a game, volleyball and foursquare, to create a fast-paced, nail biting sports experience. No pickles will be harmed in the playing of Pickleball, but be ready to run around the court, striking the whiffle ball with your wooden paddle to score a point. Think tennis meets badminton! 

PM Session: 12:30-4:00pm

  • Session 3: June 11-15 at Superior Elementary 

AM Session: 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Session 7: July 9-13 at Superior Elementary 

Floor Hockey

Hockey in summer? You betcha! The YMCA floor hockey clinic will help develop all the skills related to hockey, minus the ice skating. Campers will participate in drills that focus on shooting, passing, offense and defense strategy and goal tending. There will be breaks in the routine for fun games and some “re-fueling” activities. Short “playoffs” will be part of the agenda with a focus on good sportsmanship. Participants should wear athletic clothing and bring 30 SPF sunscreen, snack and a water bottle.

AM Sessions: 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Session 1: May 29-June 1 at Foothill Elementary 
    No camp May 28.
  • Session 2: June 4-8 at Superior Elementary 
  • Session 3: June 11-15 at Broomfield Heights 
  • Session 4: June 18-22 at Bear Creek Elementary 
  • Session 5: June 25-29 at Superior Elementary 

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.

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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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