Summer Youth Sport Camps challenge kids to be active

Three young girls wait in line at the swimming pool.Looking for a fun option to keep your kids moving this summer? The Colorado State University Youth Sport Camps are back for the 2019 season. The camps, which originally started in 1970, are health and fitness-oriented programs aimed at youngsters to promote healthy and active lifestyles within the community. This year marks the 49th anniversary of the Youth Sport Camps.

Programs and changes

As in previous years, the camps offer a wide variety of week-long programs related to health and fitness. These programs include sport-specific training camps like basketball, soccer, volleyball, and many others. Additionally, multi-activity camps such as Field Sports and Music and Movement allow children to explore a wide range of activities. For instance, FunLIFE is a camp that emphasizes participation in a variety of non-competitive fitness activities.

A girl mountain bikes down a grassy hill.
The Outdoor Adventure Camp is designed for older campers to experience some of Colorado’s outdoor activities.

This year Moby-based camps will be modifying the swim schedule to include three hours of swim time at City Park Pool once a week instead of being broken up into 40 minutes per day. This will make time for maintenance at the Moby pool and make packing easier, since everyone will only need their swimsuits one day a week.

The popular Smart Fit Girls camp will also be returning this year. This camp places emphasis on improving physical and mental well-being in adolescent girls. Those who are enrolled will participate in various physical activities and strength training, and will also discuss topics like nutrition, bullying, the media, and self-love.

See the Youth Sport Camps website for a full list of camps.

Lastly, the Youth Sports Camps will continue to serve those who live near Castle Rock, Colorado. Castle Rock camps will take place from May 28 through August 2.

“This is our second year with the partnership, with the first summer being a bigger success than expected,” said Katie Heitz, the assistant director of the Youth Sport Camps. “These camps have a very similar structure to the Fort Collins camps, but take advantage of the great facilities the Town of Castle Rock has available.”

Camp supervision

Fun and safety are two of the most critical components in the Youth Sport Camps. Fortunately, the camps possess a large number of counselors to supervise and mentor the kids. A majority of the counselors are students at CSU, and they are selected for their teaching and coaching skills, sports knowledge, passion, and desire to make a difference in the lives of the campers. Counselors will interact with the children while also teaching the fundamentals of the camps the kids are enrolled in.

“We want to continue to innovate our programming and activities to meet the evolving needs of our community. Most of all, we want to show our campers how to have fun in a healthy way,” said Brian Butki, the director of the Youth Sport Camps.

Registration Fees

  • All one-week camps (except Tennis and Golf) are $185 for the camper’s first week.
  • Tennis runs 8-10 a.m. only and costs $85 per week.
  • Golf runs 8-10 a.m. only and costs $95 per week.
  • Super Sport Camp sessions are two weeks long and cost $345 per session.
  • Extreme Outdoor Adventure camps cost $375 per session.
  • There is a $10 per session discount for each additional session for members of the same family.
  • There is an additional $5 per session discount for registering before May 10, 2019.

Registration information

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

The Youth Sport Camps are a program in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.