Seven Super-Cool Summer Camps

The beauty of day camps? Sleeping in a bed.
The beauty of day camps? Sleeping in a bed. Guian Bolisay at Flickr

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Adventure Quest
Renaissance Adventures
Denver Waldorf School
2100 South Pennsylvania Street
Weeks starting June 3 and ending August 16, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Starts at $399 per week (discounts available, including a $100 “New Quester” discount for first-time adventurers)
Do your kids dream of getting that letter from Hogwarts? Do they play fantasy video games or talk with their friends about Dungeons & Dragons? These weeklong fantasy adventures are right up their (Diagon) alley. They’re also more than just a whole lot of fun, for kids from seven to seventeen to get out and jump-start their imaginations, medieval-style. This is live-action role playing with an educational edge honed by hundreds of successful there-and-back-agains since 1995. It’s an award-winning experiential camp that puts kids right in the roles they’ve always imagined: being the hero of their own mythic story.

Lighthouse Young Writers Summer Camp
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
1515 Race Street
Half-Day and Full-day options available
$200 to $375
Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop does amazing work with up-and-coming adult writers year-round, but summer gives them the opportunity to open the creative doors for the younger set. Options for workshops vary from genre-specific half-day programs to more extensive full-day experiences, each designed to foster creativity, self-expression, and a true love of the written word. And each one is led by published and award-winning writers, each one eager to support the next generation of literati. Consult the Lighthouse website for details, a full listing of available genres by date, and registration information.

Junior Firefighters Summer Camp
Denver Firefighters Museum
1326 Tremont Place
July 8 to 12, noon to 4 p.m.
 (ages five to seven)
July 15 to 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (ages eight to twelve)
$60 to $65
It’s worth remembering that some of our earliest heroes — real heroes, not the ones usually seen on movie screens or in comic books — were men and women in uniform. And that definitely includes firefighters, who arguably have the coolest trucks and awesome Dalmatians to ride around in them. (That’s actually a thing, right?) This summer camp invites kids to come down to the museum for fire safety, firefighter history, the fire service, and a whole lot of fun. Register and get more information at the museum website.

Mad Science Camp
Various locations in Denver metro
Half-day (9 a.m. to noon) and full-day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
$199 to $299
A lot of STEM-related camps cater to middle school and high school students, but Mad Science Camp is for the elementary set. Locations vary, from downtown Denver to Golden, Broomfield, Littleton and several others, so there’s bound to be a place nearby — and with topics like rockets, electronics, NASA, forensics and more? There’s also a subject that's sure to tickle the imagination of your little Einsteins. Study up on the website for more info.

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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
Contact: Teague Bohlen