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Summer Camps in 2019 for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

We anticipate these camps being available in the Summer of 2019:

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Academies for Young Minds

These camps, designed for those who entered 2nd through 8th grade in Fall 2018, encourage children to be innovative and use creative problem-solving by engaging them in fun, hands-on activities.

Two camps are planned for the winter break in 2019, each being a half-day in duration. For half-day camps, students can choose to attend either a morning or afternoon session or two different camps on the same day.

Please be sure to check the grade levels associated with each camp, since not all camps are available for all grade levels.

Please be sure to read the General Information section at the bottom of this page.

Registration for Academies for Young Minds Winter Break Camps  is open NOW!

Native American Games and Toys     Grades in January 2019

When: January 2-4, 2019 (Wednesday - Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $159.00

Instructor: Pam Batton, EcoAdventures Learn more...

Pam Batton is an interpretive educator with more than a decade of experience in biology and cultural history. She founded EcoAdventures in 1994, her fulfillment of her dream to connect people and nature in an unforgettable learning environment. It began with kindergarten and CSM teacher recertification courses. During the school year she's busy as an outreach program specialist to school districts around the state. Summer provides a wonderful opportunity for her to create unique summer camp programs that are unforgettable in depth and hands-on adventures. Pam has worked for nature centers, Jefferson County Open Space, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Division of Wildlife, and Colorado State Parks.

The mastery of ancient skills began in childhood with games and toys. Through play you'll discover that many of the toys and games also had other benefits, such as skills development, modeling of adult roles, and physical conditioning. Explore and make games and toys of different Native American people. Learn how to work with corn as you make darts and pokean. Watch out for rain after you make a bull roarer. Enhance your hand eye coordination with toss and catch. You'll go home with a bag full of the games and toys that you make.

Pioneer Games and Toys     Grades in January 2019

When: January 2-4, 2019 (Wednesday - Friday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $159.00

Instructor: Trey Corkern, EcoAdventures Learn more...

Trey Corkern has been teaching history for 15 years. He has been a park ranger in North Dakota, a backpacking guide in New Mexico, a historic farmer in Colorado, and a museum curator in Wyoming. He is passionate about sharing his love of history with others.

Do you love Little House on the Prairie and Little Britches? Grab your hats and bonnets and be ready to play! Learn how pioneer children "whooped it up" on the Great Plains with marbles, jacob’s ladders, and "dueling tops." Discover how pioneer games and toys helped to build skills that were necessary to survive on the frontier: hand-eye coordination, strength, balance, fairness, and cooperation. Each day make toys and then take them home to try with your family and friends. Unplug for a bit, and learn how to have fun the old fashioned way!

Registration for the camps

The following registration options are available:

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General Information

For those who attend a morning session and an afternoon session on the same day, a supervised lunch hour (12:00pm until 1:00pm) is provided; however, students must bring their own sack lunch.

Camp participants must be picked up no later than 15 minutes after the end of the last session for which they are enrolled on each day of the camp. Late pickups will result in a charge of $20.00 for each occurrence.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

To participate in the winter break 2019 camps, students must have entered the grades indicated for each camp in the fall of 2018.

Lodging and accommodations

On-campus lodging is not available. Click here for a list of accommodations in the area.