Summer Camp

Registration for Summer 2019 is OPEN!

A summer at YMCA Camp Santa Maria is a life-shaping experience that encourages a spirit of community, exploration, and adventure. Our friendly, qualified, and passionate staff strives to create a safe environment and a community where cooperation and understanding prevail. Our goal is to send campers home feeling good about who they are, the relationships they have made and the skills they have gained. YMCA Camp Santa Maria provides a rare balance of fun, challenge, responsibility, adventure and education that defines campers’ days. We also offer weekend camps, group rentals and other family programs.

Explorers: Ages 6-8

Our Explorers program is a four-day, three-night experience designed to introduce young kids to overnight camp and allow parents to adjust to the idea of their child being away from home. Explorers campers will participate in activities like nature exploration, arts and crafts, hiking, boating, group games, building gnome homes and more (gnome sightings not guaranteed). Campers can develop independence while experiencing a small community. The Explorers program is small in numbers and big in activities. We also increase the ratio of staff for this camp.

(Overnight resident camp/four-day session)

Explorers 1: Wednesday, May 29 - Saturday, June 1, 2019

Explorers 2: Sunday, August 4 - Wednesday, August 7, 2019

2019 Rates: $500(member)/$550(non-member)

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Sunday: Check-In from 2-4 pm, Opening Ceremony
Monday: Group activities, all-camp activity, evening program
Tuesday: Group activities, evening program
Wednesday: Family Picnic Dinner at 5 pm, Check-Out
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7:15-8 am Wake-Up & Cabin Clean-Up
8-8:45 am Breakfast & Morning Announcements
8:45-9:30 am Camp Chores
9:30 am -12:30 pm Cabin Group Activities
12:30-1:15 pm Lunch & Afternoon Announcements
1:15-2:15 pm Rest Hour
2:15-4:15 pm Afternoon Activities-mini skill tracks
4:15-6 pm Lodge and Meadow Games & Camp Store
6-7 pm Dinner & Evening Announcements
7:30-8:30 pm Evening Program, cabin chats
8:30-9 pm Cabin Time & Lights Out
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Boating – kayak and paddle boat at the lake and play on the sandy beach
Swimming – splash around in Camp Santa Maria’s heated outdoor pool, with views of the mountainside
Nature Hikes – walk the scenic trails, winding through aspens and pines, learn about local flora and fauna
Arts and Crafts - get creative in the arts and crafts studio with fun projects
Group Games - fun games that help us work together, have fun and get fresh air
Smorgasbord Games, Camp Store - a wide variety of activities supervised by the staff and different each day, snacks available at Camp Store
Evening Programs – campfires, games and skits
Friendship Circle - sing songs, tell stories, spend time with cabinmates and recognize other campers for their positive contributions to camp
Family Picnic Dinner - please join us for a picnic dinner with your camper on the last evening of camp

 

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Traditional Camp: Ages 7-14

During their one-week session, traditional campers participate in progressive “skill track” programs that give campers confidence and competence in specific activities. Skill tracks may include rock climbing, hiking and backpacking, kayaking, nature, mountain biking, wilderness skills, film-making and fine arts. Additional skill tracks will be offered.

Traditional Camp is for 7- to 14-year-olds. Campers will sign up for morning and afternoon skill tracks: a longer one in the morning and a shorter one in the afternoon. Campers also participate in evening programs with the whole camp.

(Overnight resident camp / one-week sessions)

Session 1: Sunday, June 2 - Saturday, June 8, 2019

Session 2: Sunday, June 9 - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Session 3: Sunday, June 16 - Saturday, June 22, 2019

Session 4: Sunday, June 23 - Saturday, June 29, 2019 

Session 5: Sunday, June 30 - Saturday, July 6, 2019

Session 6: Sunday, July 7 - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Session 7: Sunday, July 14 - Saturday, July 20, 2019 

Session 8: Sunday, July 21 - Saturday, July 27, 2019 

Session 9: Sunday, July 28 - Saturday, August 3, 2019 

2019 Rates: $750(member)/$800(non-member)

Add Ons: Horseback Riding ($45)

               Rafting ($65)

               Weekend Stayover between registered session ($75)

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PIONEER CAMPS:

(You will register for these programs individually.)

Outdoor Adventure Camp: Ages 11-15

(Campers stay in tents and leave main camp for 3-4 nights)

Outdoor Adventure Camp is a little bit of a lot of outdoor skills. The campers will get to rock climb, kayak and canoe, hike, learn survival skills and orienteer. This program is based on site, and the OAC campers live in Tent Village and up in the higher parts of camp for the week. They live in tents, and they will prepare most of their own meals.

(Overnight resident camp / one-week sessions)

Session 1: Sunday, June 2 - Saturday, June 8, 2019

Session 2: Sunday, June 9 - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Session 3: Sunday, June 16 - Saturday, June 22, 2019

Session 4: Sunday, June 23 - Saturday, June 29, 2019 

Session 5: Sunday, June 30 - Saturday, July 6, 2019

Session 6: Sunday, July 7 - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Session 7: Sunday, July 14 - Saturday, July 20, 2019 

Session 8: Sunday, July 21 - Saturday, July 27, 2019 

Session 9: Sunday, July 28 - Saturday, August 3, 2019 

2019 Rates: $750(member)/$800(non-member)

Add Ons: Weekend Stayover between registered session ($75)        

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Teen Adventure Camp: Ages 14-16

(Campers stay in tents)

Teen Adventure campers focus on developing technical skills in whitewater kayaking, backpacking, whitewater stand-up paddle boarding or rock climbing while building leadership skills in a supportive, small group setting. These experiences emphasize communication, wilderness skills, “Leave No Trace” concepts and backcountry traveling skills. When in camp, the Teen Adventurers stay in our Tent Village, which is rustic. The Teen Adventure campers may take part in activities with the rest of camp when
they are in camp.

These programs are designed for campers who want to learn a lot about their chosen activity and go on extended outings from camp.

(Overnight resident camp / one-week sessions)

Session 1 (Climbing): Sunday, June 2 - Saturday, June 8, 2019

Session 2 (Mountain Biking): Sunday, June 9 - Saturday, June 15, 2019

Session 3 (Boys' Backpacking): Sunday, June 16 - Saturday, June 22, 2019

Session 4 (Stand-up Paddleboarding): Sunday, June 23 - Saturday, June 29, 2019

Session 5 (Climbing): Sunday, June 30 - Saturday, July 6, 2019

Session 6 (Kayaking): Sunday, July 7 - Saturday, July 13, 2019

Session 7 (Girls' Backpacking): Sunday, July 14 - Saturday, July 20, 2019

Session 8 (Kayaking): Sunday, July 21 - Saturday, July 27, 2019

Session 9 (Stand-up Paddleboarding): Sunday, July 28 - Saturday, August 3, 2019

2019 Rates: $770(member)/$820(non-member)

Backpacking rate: $750(member)/$800(non-member)

Add Ons: Weekend Stayover between registered session  ($75) 

Backpacking

Campers will learn:

Trip planning and preparation - Campers learn what is needed to plan a trip
Navigation using map and compass - Learning the skills to successfully navigate in the backcountry
Backcountry and camp cooking - Great food makes any trip better!
Traveling in alpine terrain – The skills needed to move safely and responsibly in the high country
Traveling at high altitude - Learning the risks of traveling at altitudes above 8,000′
Leave No Trace ethics - Campers will learn skills to lessen their impact in the backcountry
Weather preparedness and safety – Our campers learn how to watch the sky to keep safe
General first aid – While not a certification process, campers will learn basic first aid

This trip program focuses on traveling by foot and camping in the Rocky Mountains. This trip is for campers who really want to develop their skills in the backcountry. Below is the tentative schedule. We say tentative because fire conditions, animal interactions and other warnings can affect the routes planned for this trip.

Sunday: Arrival at camp between 2-4 pm. The campers will get settled into Tent Village and begin getting to know the group and staff. The group will review the planned routes and the schedule for the week. They will be part of the opening campfire and creating a Code of Living for the week.

Monday: The group will continue going through personal and group gear. Then, after lunch, the group will head out for a hike around camp to see how folks are doing with their packs, weight being carried and their navigation skills. The group will also collect and pack much of their food for the trip.

Tuesday: The group will get the rest of their food and other group gear before getting driven to the trail head. The group will then head out on their trip. The group will most likely be doing only a couple of miles before setting up camp.

Wednesday: Continue with their trip. The group will be setting up a new campsite each night, and the group as a whole will take part in cooking meals and cleaning up.

Thursday: Continue with their trip. The group will be setting up a new campsite each night and the group as a whole will take part in cooking meals and cleaning up.

Friday: The group will pack up and clean their final camp site area and then head to their pick-up site. Then they will travel back to camp where the group will unpack and clean all of their gear before joining in with the closing day of camp.

Saturday: Final packing of gear and heading up to main camp to leave for home by noon.

Rock Climbing

Campers will learn:

Top rope site management – The basics of how to manage a safe climbing site
Anchor building – How to build a basic anchor system for top rope climbing
Belaying and back-up belaying – How to safely belay a climber
Movement and technique – How to move on the rock
Lead and multi-pitch climbing – Learning the skills to do these advanced climbing techniques

This trip program focuses on climbing skills primarily, along with camping skills in the Rocky Mountains. This trip is for campers who really want to develop their skills in the area of rock climbing. Teen Adventure campers do not take part in Skill Tracks or many of the in-camp activities during the week. Below is their tentative schedule instead. We say tentative because fire and severe weather conditions and warnings can affect the routes planned for this trip.

Sunday: Arrival at camp between 2-4 pm. The campers will get settled into Tent Village and begin getting to know the group and staff. The group will review the planned routes and the schedule for the week. They will be part of the opening campfire and creating a Code of Living for the week.

Monday: The group will continue going through personal and group gear. Then, after lunch, the group will head to our on-site climbing area to allow campers to get familiar with the gear and test their skills. The group will also collect and pack much of their food and group gear for the trip.

Tuesday: The group will get the rest of their food and other group gear before being driven to their climbing site and camping area. The group will set up camp and then explore the climbing area.

Wednesday: Continue with their trip. The group will spend their days climbing various routes and learning climbing skills. The group may take a break in the middle of the day to avoid the heat and rest or to explore the area where they are camping. Each night the group as a whole takes part in cooking meals and cleaning up.

Thursday: Continue with their trip. The group will spend their days climbing various routes and learning climbing skills. The group may take a break in the middle of the day to avoid the heat and rest or to explore the area where they are camping. Each night the group as a whole takes part in cooking meals and cleaning up.

Friday: The group will pack up and clean their final camp site area and then head to their pick-up site. Then they will travel back to camp where the group will unpack and clean all of their gear before joining in with the closing day of camp.

Saturday: Final packing of gear and heading up to main camp to leave for home by noon.

Kayaking

Campers will learn:

Wet exit and t-rescue – How to get out of your boat and help another paddler
Paddling strokes – Learning the best strokes for various situations
Rolling – How to come back up after going over
Communication on the river – How to communicate with other paddlers on the river
Reading the river - Learning how to determine best routes on a river
Introduction to play boating – Learning skills to play in wave and rapids
Swift water rescue – Learning what to do when someone needs help

This trip program focuses on learning skills to safely white water kayak. This trip is for campers who really want to develop their skills in kayaking in river situations. Teen Adventure campers do not take part in Skill Tracks or many of the in-camp activities during the week. Below is their tentative schedule instead. We say tentative because fire and weather conditions and warnings can affect the routes planned for this trip.

Sunday: Arrival at camp between 2-4 pm. The campers will get settled into Tent Village and begin getting to know the group and staff. The group will review the schedule for the week. They will be part of the opening campfire and creating a Code of Living for the week.

Monday: The group will continue going through personal and group gear. Then, after lunch, the group will head to the pool and or lake to get used to the kayaks and strokes used to control their boats. Campers will also practice wet exits from their kayaks when they flip over. The group will also collect and pack much of their food for the trip.

Tuesday: The group will get the rest of their food and other group gear before being driven to our outfitter Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center (RMOC) with whom we do our river work. Depending on when we get to RMOC we may spend some time in the practice lake. The group will be camping nearby each night, and the group as a whole takes part in cooking meals and cleaning up.

Wednesday: The group will join instructors from RMOC on the river to learn skills for river kayaking.

Thursday: Day 2 on the river with the instructors from RMOC. Campers continuing to improve their kayaking skills.

Friday: The group will pack up and clean their final camp site area and then head to their pick-up site. Then they will travel back to camp where the group will unpack and clean all of their gear before joining in with the closing day of camp.

Saturday: Final packing of gear and heading up to main camp to leave for home by noon.

Stand Up Paddle Board

Campers will learn:

Basic SUP paddle strokes- Campers learn how to successfully move their SUP around on flat and white water situations. Backcountry and camp cooking - Great food makes any trip better! Leave No Trace ethics - Campers will learn skills to lessen their impact in the backcountry. General water safety – Campers will learn to be safe in and around water and in using the SUP gear. 

 

This trip program focuses on learning the basics of using a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) on a river. This trip is for campers who really want to explore what it is like to take a SUP board onto a river. Below is the tentative schedule. We say tentative because sometimes weather, water conditions or other unforeseen events do occur.

Sunday: Arrival at camp between 2-4 pm. The campers will get settled into Tent Village and begin getting to know the group and staff. The group will review the planned schedule for the week. They will be part of the opening campfire and creating a Code of Living for the week.

 

Monday: The group will continue going through personal and group gear. Then, after lunch, the group will head down to the lake and begin playing with the SUP boards and learning the basic skills needed for the trip. The group will also collect and pack much of their food for the trip.

 

Tuesday: The group will get the rest of their food and other group gear before getting driven to Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center in Salida CO. The group will begin their learning with the RMOC staff on how to use a SUP board safely on moving water. The group will be cooking their meals.

 

Wednesday: Continue with their trip with day 2 on the river. The group as a whole will take part in cooking meals and cleaning up.

 

Thursday: Continue with their trip. And wrapping up their training on the river and heading back to camp.

 

Friday: The group will finish unpacking their personal and group gear and enjoy their day at camp by participating in some activities and relaxing by joining in with the closing day of camp.

 

Saturday: Final packing of gear and heading up to main camp to leave for home by noon.

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in-TRAINING PROGRAMS:

Looking for a way to spend your summer having fun and making a positive impact in a place you love? We’ve got iT!

Our new iT programs were developed as a path to take you from CSM camper to CSM Cabin or Trip Leader. Our iT programs focus on leadership development, giving high schoolers who love camp (that’s you) an opportunity to learn the skills necessary to become a camp staff member. You will gain diverse skill sets, impact-driven leadership experience and incredible memories of summers in the mountains with new friends and mentors.

Our iT programs are based on the grade you are entering in the Fall of 2019. Participating in an iT program is separate from our traditional camp registration. LiT and CiT candidates must apply for either program. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. After applying, our director will reach out to schedule a 10- to 15-minute interview to talk about the program, what dates work best for the candidate and the new iT programs. You must be accepted into the program before registration occurs. It is a competitive process, and spaces are limited.

The final part of iT Programs is INTerns (INTs) during your rising senior summer. In order to be an INT at CSM, you must have completed the CiT program.

Leader-in-Training (LiT): Rising Sophomores

Our LiT program is the first step along the camper-to-staffer path. It is a two-week program for upcoming sophomores that focuses on leadership development in the camp environment. During your two weeks at camp, you and other LiTs will gain knowledge about yourselves, learn how to develop and run camp activities and help out in a variety of areas at camp. This two-week program will also include a four-day backpacking trip that will focus on outdoor leadership.

LiT 2019 Dates and Rates

Session 1: June 9 – June 22

 

Session 2: June 30 – July 13

 

Session 3: July 21 – Aug 3

 

Member: $750/Non-member: $800

Counselor-in-Training (CiT): Rising Juniors

Our CiT program was developed for upcoming juniors and is the next step for campers who want to work at camp. CiT is a three-week program that focuses on furthuring and expanding the leadership development you enjoyed as an LiT. You do not have to complete the LiT program to be a CiT, but it is structured as a pipeline program.

During the first week of the program, you will learn about how a camp is run, what each program at camp focuses on and teaches, and where you fit into that puzzle. You will put your knowledge into practice when you spend your remaining two weeks working alongside Cabin or Trip Leaders in a cabin or outdoor program. You will get to choose if you want to spend both weeks in Traditional Camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp or split between the two camps and experience each program.

The CiT program will serve as an in-summer interview to become an INTern at Camp Santa Maria the following summer.

CiT 2019 Dates and Rates

Session 1: June 2 – June 22

Session 2: June 23 – July 13

Session 3: July 14 – August 3

Member: $750/Non-member: $800

iT Application

INTerns (INTs): Rising Seniors

INTerns are soon-to-be seniors who want to enjoy camp the summer before they can officially apply to become a Camp Santa Maria staffer. INTs must have completed the CiT program.

As an INT, you will work hard each day but gain satisfaction in knowing you have helped camp function behind the scenes and giving back to the camp community. During your time at camp, you and the other INTs will help in all areas of camp, especially in the dining hall, gear garage, camp store, main office and all program areas. INTs will be heavily involved in the evening programs as well.

Being an INT is an amazing opportunity to understand the big picture of camp happenings. It is not a requirement, but it will increase your chance of becoming a staff member at CSM. Being an INT will serve as an in-summer interview before you become a full-fledged Cabin or Trip Leader the following year.

Being an INT offers you an opportunity to give back and serve the camp community for one period which is equal to two camp sessions (two weeks). You can sign up for as many INT periods as you like.

INTs may apply on the “Work at Camp” page of the Camp Santa Maria website.

INTern 2019 Periods

Period 1: June 2 – June 15

Period 2: June 16 – June 29

Period 3: June 30 – July 13

Period 4: July 14 – July 27

Period 5: July 28 – August 7 (1.5 weeks)

Labor Day Weekend Family Camp

2019 Dates coming soon!

Family Camp at YMCA Camp Santa Maria is a great opportunity to share as a family in the adventure and relaxation of the outdoors. A variety of activities are offered each day, along with fun evening programs. Whether your family enjoys hiking and kayaking, or art and fishing, there are activities at camp to satisfy all. This is a unique opportunity to share quality time with the special people in your life.

Location

YMCA Camp Santa Maria – 51321 U.S. Highway 285, Grant, CO. Located just 45 minutes west of Denver on U.S. Highway 285, YMCA Camp Santa Maria is far enough away to provide a break from the bright lights of the big city, but close enough to allow for an easy drive to camp. It provides a perfect location that is both convenient and serene. Endless opportunities to explore the outdoors await, including hiking trails, a lake with a sandy beach, a fishing pond, the South Platte River, a campfire ring and grassy meadow areas.

Lodging

YMCA Camp Santa Maria blends the rustic feel of the outdoors with well-maintained facilities. Each of our heated cabins includes natural wood bunks. A bathhouse is centrally located.

Meals

The dining hall at Y Camp Santa Maria provides gorgeous views overlooking Mt. Logan and the Pike National Forest. While taking in the views, enjoy nutritious and delicious meals prepared by our talented chef. We strive to accommodate a variety of dietary needs. We do need a heads up if members of your family have special food needs or concerns.

Group Rentals and Other Family Programs

We are located just 45 minutes southwest of the Denver metro area. YMCA Camp Santa Maria is far enough away to provide a break from the bright lights of the big city, but close enough to allow for an easy drive to camp. It provides a perfect location that is both convenient and serene. A variety of meeting areas and recreational opportunities will provide your group with a nice balance between studying, activities, meditation, fun and growth.

In 2018, we are open for groups from April 1 to May 18 and from August 13 to November 30. Please fill out the Google form at the bottom of the page to request a reservation.

Cabins

Camp Santa Maria blends the rustic feel of outdoor camping with modern, well-maintained facilities. Each of our cabins sleeps up to 28 people, and is divided into 2 sides, creating 10 different sleeping areas. Our cabins accommodate groups of up to 140 people. A bathhouse is centrally located.

Common Indoor Areas

A variety of indoor meeting spaces are available including:

  • St. John’s Hall is a large group area, featuring hardwood floors, large windows, bathrooms and a stage.
  • A traditional Chapel is located on our property.
  • An Art Room, with windows looking out over the property, is an excellent small group meeting area. There is an additional room located off the Arts and Crafts room that can also be used.
  • The Dining Hall is a large area furnished with tables and chairs, and is also available as a large group meeting space.

Outdoor Spaces

Endless opportunities to explore the outdoors are available, including hiking trails, a lake with a sandy beach, a fishing pond, the South Platte River, a campfire ring, a sports field, grassy meadow areas, a basketball court and an outdoor swimming pool (seasonal).

Meals

The dining hall at Y Camp Santa Maria provides gorgeous views overlooking Mt. Logan and the Pike National Forest. While taking in the views, enjoy delicious camp fare prepared by our talented Kitchen Manager. We strive to accommodate a variety of dietary needs. We do need a heads up if members of your group have special food needs or concerns.

Technology

We are in a remote location. Cell phone reception is not very reliable. We also have limited wi-fi capability on site. We can provide limited audio visual equipment for groups with advanced notice.

Group Rates

Housing Costs:

$40 per person/per night

Financial assitance could be available for your group. 

Meal Costs:
$9 per person per meal.

Reservations

For questions about group reservations, or to schedule a camp tour, please fill out the following form.

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