Summer Youth Sport Camps program celebrates 50th anniversary

Three boys smiling in group photo with lacrosse sticks

Colorado State University’s Youth Sport Camps program is celebrating 50 years of promoting health and wellness to children in the Fort Collins community.

The camps, which started in 1970, aim to promote active lifestyles for children. The camps are sponsored by CSU’s Department of Health and Exercise Science.

Programs for kids

Girls playing volleyball on a sand courtThis year’s camps offer 84 sessions in 12 weeks designed to promote physical activity and wellness. There are 16 different camps for kids ages 5 to 13 with the purpose of ensuring all campers enjoy a fun-filled, active summer. Camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Before and after camp care is also available. The 2020 camp season will run from May 26 to Aug. 14.

One-week sport programs include Baseball, Basketball, Inline Hockey, Volleyball, Softball, Soccer and Field Sports. Tennis and Golf lessons will run from 8 to 10 a.m.  The FunLIFE camp focuses on noncompetitive healthy lifestyle development, and the Music and Movement camp takes a rhythmic skill approach and focuses on martial arts, aerobic activities and group sing-a-longs. Campers can even learn about the science behind sports and exercise in the Sports Science camp. The Super Sports camp is a traditional day camp that is offered in two-week sessions. Campers play indoor and outdoor sports, take swim lessons and go on field trips.

For ages 9 and up, the Outdoor Adventure Camp takes campers into the natural Colorado environment with activities that include hiking, geocaching and rock climbing. For campers ages 10 and up, the Extreme Outdoor Adventure camp offers greater challenges that include rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and an overnight field trip to the CSU Mountain Campus.

To ensure all campers have a safe and fun time, the camps are mainly supervised by CSU health and exercise science students. These students have a strong background in sports, movement and wellness, and a passion for teaching and coaching to make a difference in the lives of the campers.

In celebration of the camps’ 50th anniversary, campers will receive commemorative shirts and water bottles.

See the Youth Sport Camp website for the full list of camps.

Expanding programs

In addition to hosting camps in Fort Collins, the Youth Sport Camps hosts programs and activities in Castle Rock. See the Castle Rock day camp website for more information.

“We are doing some expansion in our Castle Rock camps,” said Brian Butki, the director of the camp. “Our camps this summer will be our largest yet; we expect over 5,000 campers!”

Registration Fees

  • All one-week camps (except Tennis and Golf) are $190 for the camper’s first week.
  • Tennis runs 8 – 10 a.m. only and costs $90 per week.
  • Golf runs 8 – 10 a.m. only and costs $100 per week.
  • Super Sport Camp sessions are two weeks long and cost $355 per session.
  • Extreme Outdoor Adventure camps costs $380 or $405 per session (depending on the session’s activities).

Registration information

  • Full payment or $50 deposit is required to register for each session.
  • Campers CAN attend tennis or golf AND another camp the same week – YSC will transport to another YSC camp.
  • Please note: Payment with a credit card can only be done using one’s online account. The camps cannot take credit card payment in person or over the phone.
  • Multi-registration and early-bird discounts are available.
  • As a part of the Commitment to Campus program, children of CSU employees receive a 15% discount on camp session costs.

For online registration, paper registration, or to get directions to register in person, see the Youth Sport Camps website.

The Department of Health and Human Sciences is a part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.