The Arapahoe Y pool will be closed Sept 22 (noon)-Oct 3 for bubble installation. The Arapahoe Y will be closed for annual maintenance Oct 1-3.

STEAMrollers

All aboard! Full steam ahead for your camper’s summer adventure with the YMCA STEAMRollers, a specialty camp offering enriched learning experiences that focus on the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Campers will also have the opportunity to swim during the week. 

Ages

Entering 1st-6th Grade

Hours

  • Pre-Camp Care: 8:00am-9:00am
  • Camp Activities: 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Post-Camp Care: 4:00pm-5:00pm

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.

Location

Manhattan Middle School, 290 Manhattan Dr, Boulder

  • Member: $300
  • Non-member: $350

Register for STEAMrollers

Mad Scientist

Dive into the wacky world of science. This is a fun way to unlock all of the mysteries and secrets science has to offer.

Session 2: June 4-8

Cartooning and Comic Book Camp

Discover and create amazing things about your favorite characters and invent your own characters through comic book creation and cartooning. See the action come alive! 

Session 3 June 11-15

Build It Camp

Challenge the engineer and architect within! Use different building materials to create masterpieces. Finish the week with a dynamic show displaying all your creations.

Session 4: June 18-22

Messy Art Camp

Come explore the messy side of art! Campers will engage in art activities that include finger painting, clay design, splatter art and much more. Get those smocks ready for the washing machine. 

Session 5: June 25-2

Top Chef Camp

Do you know how to prepare healthy meals and snacks for the family without using a stove? Learn meal planning, nutrition label reading, cooking, and even go home with your very own recipe book.

Session 7: July 9-13

CSY Mystery Camp 

Work as a team to solve a YMCA mystery. Collect evidence and follow clues to figure out the who, what, when, where and why of this hot case!

Session 8: July 16-20

Multi Media Art Camp

Calling all artists! Join us in creating an exhibit of masterpieces. Examples include sketching, painting, sculpting and more. Campers will visit local parks and museums for inspiration.

Session: July 23-27

Camp Registration

You have the option to register online or to select your camp sessions using a camp selection form. Online registration is encouraged as you will see which camps are currently available.

Regardless of whether you register online or on paper, you will need to fill out the registration confirmation form. Please complete the confirmation form at least three weeks prior to your camp start date.

Please note: If you create a new account in our online registration system using a different email address than what is on file with the Y, you will create a duplicate account and if you’re a member, you will not receive member rates.

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.

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  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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