Summer Camp

Registration for Summer 2018 is now 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)

Session 10: Sunday, August 5 - Wednesday, August 8, 2018

2018 Rates: $450(member)/$500(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:

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.

Trekkers and Pathfinders camps now fall under the umbrella of Traditional Camp. However, campers will still be placed in the appropriate program (Trekkers or Pathfinders) during the cabin placement process.

(Overnight resident camp / one-week sessions)

Session 1: Sunday, June 3 - Saturday, June 9, 2018

Session 2: Sunday, June 10 - Saturday, June 16, 2018

Session 3: Sunday, June 17 - Saturday, June 23, 2018

Session 4: Sunday, June 24 - Saturday, June 30, 2018

Session 5: Sunday, July 1 - Saturday, July 7, 2018

Session 6: Sunday, July 8 - Saturday, July 14, 2018

Session 7: Sunday, July 15 - Saturday, July 21, 2018

Session 8: Sunday, July 22 - Saturday, July 28, 2018

Session 9: Sunday, July 29 - Saturday, August 4, 2018

2018 Rates: $700(member)/$750(non-member)

Add Ons: Horseback Riding ($45)

               Weekend Stayover between registered session ($75)

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PIONEER CAMPS:

(You will register for these programs individually.)

Outdoor Adventure Camp: Ages 11-13 

(Campers stay in tents and leave main camp for 2-3 nights)

The program formerly known as Base Camp. This adventure-focused program is based on site; however, campers stay in Tent Village and on the upper part of camp and spend each day learning and perfecting outdoor skills. They will get to experience a variety of activities such as: mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and orienteering, survival skills and flat-water kayaking and canoeing. Campers sleep in tents the whole week and make most of their own meals. Campers participate in some of the evening all-camp activities.  

(Overnight resident camp / one-week sessions) 

Session 1: Sunday, June 3 - Saturday, June 9, 2018

Session 2: Sunday, June 10 - Saturday, June 16, 2018

Session 3: Sunday, June 17 - Saturday, June 23, 2018

Session 4: Sunday, June 24 - Saturday, June 30, 2018

Session 5: Sunday, July 1 - Saturday, July 7, 2018

Session 6: Sunday, July 8 - Saturday, July 14, 2018

Session 7: Sunday, July 15 - Saturday, July 21, 2018

Session 8: Sunday, July 22 - Saturday, July 28, 2018

Session 9: Sunday, July 29 - Saturday, August 4, 2018

2018 Rates: $700(member)/$750(non-member)

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

 

Outdoor Adventure Camp: Ages 14-16

(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 3 - Saturday, June 9, 2018

Session 2: Sunday, June 10 - Saturday, June 16, 2018

Session 3: Sunday, June 17 - Saturday, June 23, 2018

Session 4: Sunday, June 24 - Saturday, June 30, 2018

Session 5: Sunday, July 1 - Saturday, July 7, 2018

Session 6: Sunday, July 8 - Saturday, July 14, 2018

Session 7: Sunday, July 15 - Saturday, July 21, 2018

Session 8: Sunday, July 22 - Saturday, July 28, 2018

Session 9: Sunday, July 29 - Saturday, August 4, 2018

2018 Rates: $700(member)/$750(non-member)

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

Teen Adventure

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Teen Adventure: 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 3 - Saturday, June 9, 2018

Session 2 (Mountain Biking): Sunday, June 10 - Saturday, June 16, 2018

Session 3 (Boys' Backpacking): Sunday, June 17 - Saturday, June 23, 2018

Session 4 (Stand-up Paddleboarding): Sunday, June 24 - Saturday, June 30, 2018

Session 5 (Climbing): Sunday, July 1 - Saturday, July 7, 2018

Session 6 (Kayaking): Sunday, July 8 - Saturday, July 14, 2018

Session 7 (Girls' Backpacking): Sunday, July 15 - Saturday, July 21, 2018

Session 8 (Kayaking): Sunday, July 22 - Saturday, July 28, 2018

Session 9 (Stand-up Paddleboarding): Sunday, July 29 - Saturday, August 4, 2018

2018 Rates: $720(member)/$770(non-member)

Backpacking rate: $700(member)/$750(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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Counselor In Training: Ages 15-16

The program that we have worked on the most for 2018 is our Counselor In Training (CIT) program! We are very excited to offer brand new 3-week CIT sessions this coming summer. 

CIT Session 1: Sunday, June 3 - Saturday, June 23, 2018

CIT Session 2: Sunday, June 24 - Saturday, July 14, 2018

CIT Session 3: Sunday, July 15 - Saturday, August 4, 2018

2018 Rates: $700(member)/$750(non-member)

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

 

The Counselor In Training experience is a modified version of training that our staff receives. These teens learn how activities run at camp, behavioral guidance skills, wilderness living skills, leadership and group development theory. The CITs live in the Tent Village for the first two weeks. In the last week, they will live in cabins with the Pathfinder campers, where they see firsthand how a cabin runs. CITs help facilitate activities and are responsible for running at least one all-camp activity. The group is kept small, around ten campers and two staff, so we can provide a good deal of one-on-one mentorship.

The CIT program also functions as a three-week “interview” for those interested in coming back in a year or two as staff members. Keep in mind that employees need to be 18 years of age to work in cabins. Space is limited for this program, so register early.

(Overnight resident camp / three-week sessions) 

Typical Day for a CIT:

A typical day for a young adult in the CIT program will be a busy one, and each day will be different. There are, however, a few things that will be the same each day:

  • The CITs will play hard, work hard and learn much.
  • The CITs will work together as a group.
  • The CITs will be learning about the various Skill Tracks and activities we offer at Camp Santa Maria.
  • The CITs will be evaluating their performance and sharing their learning experiences each day.
  • There will be structured learning sessions with talks by various camp staff, including the director.
  • The CITs will have input on how their days go in order to ensure they reach their goals and the goals of the program.
  • The CITs will be expected to be role models for the younger campers.
  • The CITs will explore what it means to be a leader, teacher and mentor at camp and beyond.

Labor Day Weekend Family Camp

2018 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.

Fee: $150 per adult | $100 per child (ages 4-16) | $50 discount per family for YMCA Members

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 2017, we are not available for rentals from Memorial Day through the end of summer camp, which is August 31, 2017. We close for the winter from mid-November through February. In 2018, we will be open for groups the first week in March.

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

Nutritious and delicious meals are provided in our Dining Hall either family- or buffet-style. We strive to accommodate dietary needs and preferences. There are times of the year when we do not have a food service crew available. During those times, we can connect you with local catering options.

Technology

We are in a remote location. Cell phone reception is not 100% 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:

Under 50 people – $40 per person/per night

50 or more people – $35 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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