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Summer Camp Guide

Summer Mountain Camp Guide

Summer Mountain Camp Guide

Having experienced over 25 summers in our beloved mountains, I know the research that goes into planning the perfect summer for one’s kids. This is why we put together a Summer Camp Guide for you where you will find a wide variety of options, from high mountain adventures where survival skills are learned, to creating fantastical art, to practicing archery and mountainboarding, to anxiety releasing activities. Whatever your child loves, I’m pretty certain he/she can find it here.

These programs are near and dear to our hearts as our boys have participated in many of them, and we hope that if you do use our guide, you will let the camps know that you found them here AND be sure to tag AspenRealLife on social media so we can feel a sense of pride when we see your kids having a blast over the summer!


Aspen Youth Center


Contact:  Phone: 970.544.4130. Membership forms are online or can be picked up at Aspen Youth Center.

What: Aspen Youth Center is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive place where youth connect, learn, and grow, for free!

Youth who have finished third grade up to twelfth grade can sign up to be members. We offer exciting programs including Creative Arts, Creative Cooking, Myth Busters Science, Outdoor Explore Adventures, field trips, various athletic activities, and games. Our facility has a game room, gym, kitchen, bumper pool, pool tables, ping pong, foos ball and air hockey. We have something for everyone and look forward to seeing you!

When: During the school year we are open Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm. Our summer hours start on June 7 and will run until August 18. Summer hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm.


Train Your Brain Camp in AspenEmpowering kids with the inner strength to shine! 


Summer Mountain Camp Guide

Summer Mountain Camp Guide

Contact: Christina Grandy, LMFT | Email: | Phone: 310-614-9922

We HORSEBACK RIDE in the mornings, and do EXPRESSIVE ARTS and OUTDOOR ADVENTURES in the afternoons. 1 counselor for every 3 campers- our boys and girls get personal attention and learn new skills faster! Each activity is specifically designed to expand each child’s sense of self, to develop social & emotional learning skills, and to build each camper’s self-confidence!
Camp Session Dates
June 5-9
June 12-16
June 19-23
June 26-30
July 3-7
July 10-14
July 17-21
July 24-28
August camp weeks are already completely full.


Ajax Adventure Camp

Contact: Email: | Phone: 970.205.9392



DAY CAMP: June 12- August 13th

SLEEPAWAY CAMP: June 25 – August 19th

What: The Ultimate Kids Summer Camp with 100’s of Activities

Adventure Camp Ages 7-15 • Jr Camp Ages 5 & 6 • Based out of Aspen Middle School • 9:00AM to 5:00PM • Lunch Provided • Optional overnight adventures and venture weekends • Each camper chooses his/her activity twice daily

SLEEPAWAY CAMP: Welcome to Ajax Adventure Ranch Camp! Nestled in the rocky mountains, surrounded by streams, lakes and mountain peaks, Ajax Adventure Ranch Camp’s Tipi village is home to our adventurous sleepaway campers.

Here on the ranch, kids will be given the choice of activities ranging from rock climbing, paddleboarding, archery, fishing, and cowboy paintball to rockets, crafts, survival skills, camping, and barnyard activities. We have 100’s of other activities for campers to choose from throughout the summer. Campers will also help raise the ranch pigs, chickens, goats, and other farmyard animals.

We offer 8 different week-long sessions throughout the summer (each session begins on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday). Campers may attend up to 4 sessions.

Camp Aspen Snowmass


Contact: Phone: 970-923-1227

Nature walks atop the Rocky Mountains. Mountain biking clinics. Camping out under the stars. Mountainboarding. Paintball. Fishing. Field Trips. Welcome to Camp Aspen Snowmass, where all summer-long families are spoiled for choice. Toddlers can enjoy art and music at the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center, young children can learn about the magic of nature, and teens can build their confidence with thrilling activities.

Camp Dates: June 5 – September 1, 2017

Monday thru Friday 8 am–4 pm

Camp Aspen Snowmass will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.


AVSC offers world class summer programs that include on snow training (June ) and Tramp and Ramp weekly camps as well as single day drop in sessions on weekends ( Weekend sessions start July 8th ).

Buttermilk Glacier Training Facility

  • 23’x 23’ Small Air Bag – Perfect for younger athletes to work on basic jumps all the way up to backflips and 720 spins
  • 50’x 50’  Big Air Bag – For advanced athletes
  • On snow jumps- small and large for athletes to take their new skills / tricks to snow
  • Boxes / Rails
  • Moguls, Mogul Jumps and Absorption track

Session Details:

  • Ages 7 and older.
  • 7-11 can add a tramp camp for an 8:30-3pm action packed day.
  • Bring a lunch and we’ll transport kids from Buttermilk to AVSC for Tramp and pick-up
  • Limited number of athletes per session to ensure plenty of repetitions Video analysis AVSC’s top coaching staff 8:30 – 12:30 daily
Session Dates:
  • June 5 – 9
  • June 12 – 16
  • June 19 – 23 June 26 – 30

Weekday camps provide excellent coaching and day to day progressions to build strong foundations and learn new tricks. Athletes are broken into two groups based on age.  AVSC has a world class facility with: Supertramp, Flybed Tramp & Mini Tramps.

Tramp Camp 7-11 years old:  MondayFriday, 1:30 – 3:00pm

Tramp Camp 12+ years old:  MondayFriday, 3 – 4:30pm

Session 1: June 5 – 9
Session 2: June 12 -16
Session 3: June 19 – 23
Session 4: June 26 – 30

Click Here for July/August AVSC Info



Contact: Phone: 480.395.2980 | Email:

What: It’s the good old fashion fun that parents are nostalgic for. It’s dirt under your fingernails, play outside with friends until the street lamps come on, walk to the snack shack and buy yourself a treat kind of good time. We have games that are wild, wacky and weird, and counselors who are nurturing and fun. We have squirt gun fights, slip ‘n slides, and color wars. Let your summer PLAY OUT at SMashBox!

Camp SMashBox Session Dates:

June 12-16

June 26-30

July 10-14

July 24-28

Aug 7-11




Contact: Email:

What: WILD@ART encourages the inner child to run wild! Each class focuses on a different theme, promoting the creative process of making art and exploring the natural surroundings of the Hunter Creek Valley and beyond. Summer workshops are for kids ages 9-12.
HORNS & WRINKLES: June 12-16
TOTEMS & TALES: August 7-11

Anderson Ranch Arts Center


ContactContact Children’s’ Program Manager Katherine Bell | Phone: 970/923-3181 x204  or visit

What: Anderson Ranch Arts Center Children’s Workshops are week long workshops that range from material-based traditional artistic disciplines to interdisciplinary technology, animation, robotics and video. The children’s program draws regional and national guest faculty to Anderson Ranch – deeply experienced and passionate art educators who are also artists. With a small student-to-staff ratio, each child is supported to explore, imagine, and develop new ways of thinking and developing creative perspectives.

The Art Base


or sign up in person at 99 Midland Spur in Basalt, CO

Contact: Email: | Phone: 970.927.4123

The Art Base is a treasured gathering place for creativity, community and art in historic downtown Basalt, Colorado.

Summer Art Camps are all-day/week-long programs designed to explore art fundamentals and community participation through hands-on art-making, gallery visits, and a final exhibition or event. Each week is themed-based and offers a creative art-making experience for all ages and abilities. For More Information:

Summer Workshops at the Aspen Art Museum


CONTACT Altaire Cambata, Education Coordinator | Email: | Phone: 970.925.8050 ext. 133 . Early registration is encouraged as class size is limited. 

When: June 5–August 18, 2017

What: Summer Workshops at the Aspen Art Museum use art on view as a starting point for unique, creative art-making opportunities for a wide range of ages and interests. Professional artists and educators guide participants through concept and material exploration. Each Workshop develops an understanding of contemporary art through fun hands-on projects, gallery explorations, and off-site excursions that culminate in a student exhibition, performance, or party. Small class sizes encourage making friends and developing individual expression, and each week culminates with a party celebrating the students’ final performance or exhibition.
Links to more information on workshops:

Red Brick Center for the Arts

Offering exciting and fun art-based summer camps for kids ages 6 – 12, hosted by Liz Waters! Students must have completed Kindergarten to attend our camps. Space is limited to 16 participants per class, so register your kids today! Appropriate for students ages 6 – 12.

Varies per camp, see below.

All materials and supplies will be provided for all camps, but you will need to send your child with a bag lunch. At some point during the week, Liz will take the kids out for ice cream, so send $5 for that fun excursion too! Please send your child in appropriate clothing in case they decide to get messy.

What: School aged camps will run from 9am – 3pm Monday through Thursday and 9am – 1:30pm on Friday with a parents’ presentation on Friday afternoon at 1:30pm to show you all of the art and progress that was made throughout the week! All of our camps feature the expertise of our favorite art teacher, Liz Waters, who also leads our After School Art Camps during the school year.

Texture Camp, July 5 – 7 ($165 per student)

Tie dye, batik and weave your way through this three-day camp. Students will receive T-Shirts in this camp, which they will get to tie dye themselves!


Camp Clay, July 10 – 14 ($250 per student)

All things clay and sculpey; functional and nonfunctional. We will focus on hand built projects and learn the basics of slip and score and mold making.


Pop Into Art, July 17-21 ($225 per student)

Taking cues from some of the best; Warhol, Theibauld, Johns, and Oldenburg, we will produce Pop Art blending our icons and objects with their specific techniques.


Mosaic Madness, July 24 – 28 ($250 per student)

Make a Mosaic Mandala, create your own design, paint glass, cut, fit, glue and grout.


Under the Sea: Aquatic Animals, July 31 – August 4 ($235 per student)

Explore the magical creatures that live down under and bring them to life in various art mediums.


Art Around Town, August 7-11 ($250 per student)

We will be out and about drawing and painting Aspen’s natural and architectural beauty while exploring various places, techniques and media. This camp coincides with the Red Brick’s Plein Air Festival and camp attendees will get to participate in select parts of the festival and will receive also receive official festival shwag.


It’s All 3-D to Me, August 14-18 ($235 per student)

Organic, geometric, abstract, additive, and subtractive, Calder, Moore and Goldworthy . . .We will sculpt and build our masterpieces from a variety of found objects and mediums.


For more information, questions, or technical difficulties, please contact us at 970-429-2777.

Cancellations:  There is a $50 cancellation fee PER CAMP per child for cancellations made more than two weeks pior to the start of the camp.  Refunds WILL NOT be issued on registrations cancelled less than two weeks prior to the start of the camp.


Aspen Center for Environmental Studies


Contact info:

Hallam Lake – Email: Meyers | Phone: 970.925.5756

Rock Bottom Ranch – Email: Chris Cohen | Phone: 970.927.6760

What: ACES offers fun and educational camps for kids ages 5 to 14 at both Hallam Lake in Aspen and Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt. At the Ranch, camps feature farm, food, adventure and science themes that vary each week to showcase the best of the farm and preserve. Kids will love exploring outdoors, getting to know the animals and gardens at Rock Bottom Ranch, making forts, learning survival skills, and much more! Week-long camps for all interests, including many partnership camps focused on art, photography, fishing, and more. A shuttle from Hallam Lake to Rock Bottom Ranch and back is offered during certain weeks for campers enrolled at the Ranch. Check out our exciting overnight camping and sleepaway options for ages 11-14 and our drop-in classes for ages 4-10 at Hallam Lake. Scholarships available.

When: ACES at Hallam Lake – June 5 to August 18th; ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch – June 12 to August 11

Summer Mountain Camp Guide

Aspen Historical Society Living History Camp 


$250 or $175 for Lixiviator members

Contact: Nina Gabianelli, V.P Education and Programs | Email: | Phone: 970-925-3721 x104

When: July 10th through July 14th, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

What: A youth program in which young scholars portray historical figures. Through first person narratives with question-and-answer sessions, young scholars-in and out of character-engage the audience in lively discussions with people from our Valley’s past. Theater meets history, as children learn about their favorite Aspen character to prepare for a final performance on Friday afternoon.The Aspen Historical Society Living History Camp is a valuable way to increase young people’s understanding of, and engagement with, the humanities. Students age 8-18 are encouraged to participate. Scholarships available.

Aspen Tree’s Earth Keepers Community Day Camp (Farm Camp)


Contact: Eden Vardy | | Phone: (970) 379-2323
What: Earth Keepers Community Day Camp inspires young people to care about the planet. Through hands- on activities with farmyard animals, gardening, creative art projects, and wilderness exploration, kids learn about healthy living and develop compassion for themselves, their families their communities, and the world. Earth Keepers headquarters is at the FarmPark at Cozy Point Ranch.
6-11 year olds (5 year olds entering kindergarden) 10am-3pm:
MondayFriday: $250
Tuesday through Thursday: $200
1 day drop in: $80
Infant to 5 year olds with Adult
Farmyard and Me (Earth Keepers Jr.):
Friday 10:30-12pm– $100 advance reservation for all 10 weeks, $15 drop in.
Camp Session Dates
June 12- August 18 (program week scheduled Monday- Friday)
June 12-16: Raising Baby Chicks: The Egg and the Chicken
June 19-23: Salute the Sun: energy Smart and Solar Art
June 26-30: Wild Tracks and Garden Snacks
July 3-7: Alpaca Adventures: Farmyard Parade
July 10-14: Baby Chicks: Fuzzy Feathery Friends
July 17-21: Watershed Wandering and Farmyard Stewardship
July 24-28: Goats, Butter, and Cheese
July 31-August 4: Natural Dyes and Berry Pies
August 7-11: Alpaca Adventures: Streamside Strolls
August 14-18: Regeneration Circus


Aspen Music School

CLICK TO REGISTER: Maroon Bel Canto Children’s Chorus – Festival Summer Camp

When: The 2017 Festival Summer Camp runs Monday, July 31, through Friday, August 4, from 8:45 am (daily check-in no earlier than 8:30 am) to 4:30 pm at Christ Episcopal Church in Aspen’s West End. The performance is on Friday at 4 pm (also at CEC).

Tuition: $200.

What: The Aspen Music Festival and School offers a fun and music-filled summer choir camp for kids entering fourth through eighth grades. The camp is run by professional music educators and choir directors. Kids will have an opportunity to learn about vocal technique in a choir setting, attend AMFS rehearsals, meet Festival artists, participate in fun acting, movement, and outdoor activities, and perform a camp finale concert.


Dream BIGGER with Theatre Aspen School!


Contact: 970-925-9313

Summer Mountain Camp Guide

Join us for fun theatre programs and intensives for students ages 4-19 with music, dance, costumes, improv, acting for the camera, and more.  This summer includes a production of SPAMALOT for teens.  PlusBroadway Dreams & intensive training with Broadway pros.  June 5 – August 13.


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