Youth Summer Camps 

At the YMCA of Metro Denver, our youth development philosophy is grounded in 150 years of lifting up kids and helping them reach their full potential. It's a

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philosophy centered on two critical factors: creating a unique sense of belonging and always incorporating the pure fun and joy of childhood.

Shape Your Summer! 

Choose your fun, choose your adventure. Customize your YMCA Summer Camp experience. 

At the Y, we know the welcoming places we create for kids today will shape our communities tomorrow. And every YMCA Summer Camp provides that safe and supportive environment where kids play, explore, and lift each other up, learning values they’ll build on all their lives. 

Choose one camp or mix and match your favorites based on your schedule and interests. Shape your summer and the future at the YMCA! RSVP below to attend one of our Open Houses where we will be showcasing our 2023 Summer Camps. CCAP is available for Traditional Day Camp, OST and Daycare.

Please note that there are waitlists for some day camp locations, if prompted to be added to the waitlist during the registration process- even if it shows space available - means that there is indeed a waitlist

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Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp is where kids build skills and confidence by exploring the great outdoors. Gear up for fun with white-water rafting, canoeing, wilderness survival, hiking, paddle-boarding, ziplining and archery, while learning about the environment, wildlife and how to be responsible campers who “leave no trace.”

Ages: 11-14

Locations: Arvada-Duncan, Aurora, University Hills-Schlessman YMCAs & Explore Elementary

Price per week: $449/member & $499/non-member


Sport Camps

At the YMCA, sports are a positive experience and all players -- at all skill levels -- are welcomed, coached and encouraged. YMCA Sports Camps teach the fundamentals and sports I.Q. of basketball, soccer, and volleyball in a fun and supportive environment. Come learn teamwork, build skills, play games and build connections on and off the court and field.

Ages: 8 – 12

Locations: Arvada-Duncan, Aurora, Littleton, Southwest, University Hills-Schlessman YMCAs

Price: $249/member & $299/non-member

Member registration: Jan 17 | All others: Feb. 6  Register 

Find a Summer Camp Near You

Specialty Camps

YMCA Special Camps let kids take their own unique paths for fun, discoveries, learning and play. Dive into your interests or explore new ones with Specialty Camps for STEM, Art, Dance, Nature and Food and Leadership. Learn something new each week. The choice is yours!

Art Camp

Art Camp is where creativity and confidence come together with instruction and opportunity to bring out your artistic side. Try your hand at ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking, digital media and more, and see where your imagination takes you!

Ages: 7-12

Locations: Arvada-Duncan, Aurora, Southwest, University Hills-Schlessman YMCAs

Price: $299/member & $349/non-member


Dance Camp

Dance Camp welcomes dancers of all experience and skill levels for four days of high-energy creativity and fun every week. Move to the music as you try out ballet, hop-hop and tap, while learning about stage presence, technique and style.

Ages: 7-12

Locations: University Hills-Schlessman YMCA

Price: $299/member & $349/non-member


Nature & Food - Dig In Camp

Nature & Food - Dig In Camp is for kids who want to explore the magic of growing – and eating – our own food ourselves! Discover where food comes from and “dig in” to learn how plants are pollinated, what helps them grow and how we can produce and prepare delicious treats all on our own! 

Ages: 9-13

Locations: Arvada-Duncan, Aurora, Southwest, University Hills-Schlessman YMCAs

Price: $299/member & $349/non-member



STEM Camp delivers hands-on fun in science, technology, engineering and math, sparking curiosity and keeping kids inspired. Play, learn and discover all summer long with activities like K'NEX and Lego building, Rocketry, Coding with Ozobots, and engineering challenges using Clawbot, Mechanical Catapult, burglar alarms, and doorbells.

Ages: 7-12

Locations: Arvada-Duncan, Aurora, Littleton, Southwest YMCAs; Explore Elementary School

Price: $299/member & $349/non-member


Leaders in Training Camp

Leaders in Training Camp engages pre-teens and teens three days a week to learn about global issues and how young people can take the lead in finding opportunities and solutions. Through discussions, challenging service-learning projects, and field trips, you’ll be empowered to build leadership skills as you work together to make our world a better place.

Ages: 12-14

Locations: Aurora Y @ Southlands Shopping Center, The Streets at SouthGlenn, Shepherd of the Hills

Price: $149/member & $199/member   Register

Day Camp

YMCA Day Camp keeps the learning going beyond the school year. Through weekly activities, field trips and themes, kids at YMCA Day Camp explore new interests and make life-long friends and memories. 

Ages: 5-15 (ages at sites vary)

Locations: Arvada-Duncan, Downtown, Glendale, Southwest, University Hills-Schlessman YMCAs + other sites around the metro area. Additional camp locations may be added.

Price:$199/member & $249/non-member.
Registration fee: None

Deposit: $25 per week of camp

Member registration: Jan 17 | All others: Feb. 6  Register 

Kinder Camp

A fun and educational transition from preschool to kindergarten. Young campers experience themed activities, swimming, field trips and make friends!

Ages: 5 and 6

Locations: Arvada-Duncan and University Hills-Schlessman YMCAs - limited spots available

Price: $240/week - Wed/Thur/Fri; $410/week - Mon-Fri

Deposit: $25 per week of camp. Register

Before Camp Care

The YMCA provides a safe and supportive home away from home for kids all summer long. At Before Camp Care, the fun starts before the official camp season begins with programs and activities at multiple wellness centers.

Locations: Arvada-Duncan, Downtown, Glendale, Littleton, Southwest, University Hills-Schlessman YMCAs + other sites around the metro area.

Price: $29/member & $39/non-member

If families are registering for the camps above, they can add on this option during registration and before they check out. Before camp care is not a stand-alone registration option. 


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