Summer Youth Sport Camps offer fun and activity for kids

Looking for a fun option to keep your kids moving this summer? The Colorado State University Youth Sport Camps are back for the 2018 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 48th anniversary of the Youth Sport Camps.

A Youth Sport Camp counselor gives a young girl a piggy-back-ride

New editions and program expansions

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 and volleyball, as well as multi-activity camps such as Field Sports and Music and Movement. FunLIFE is a camp that emphasizes participation in a variety of non-competitive fitness activities.

This year includes a new addition, the Extreme Outdoor Adventure (EOA) camp. The EOA camp will include activities like mountain biking, rock climbing and an overnight trip to the CSU Mountain Campus for hiking and a high ropes course session. This camp is open only to kids ages 10 and up due to the technical, off-campus activities. Campers are required to provide their own mountain bike and safety equipment, as well as appropriate footwear and clothing.

In addition to the EOA camp, expansions have been planned for the already popular Smart Fit Girls camp. 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 list of camps.

Lastly, the Youth Sports Camps will be going beyond the borders of CSU and Fort Collins, as a new program will now be available to those who live near Castle Rock, Colorado.

A young boy smiles as he wears his hockey goalie uniform

“We will be doing four weekly camps the 11th week of summer in and around the Miller Activity Center in Castle Rock,” said Brian Butki, director of the Youth Sport Camps. “This will allow us to expand the healthy and fun impact of the camps to a new community and a new population of families. We’re excited to see where this new adventure leads us.”

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/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,” Butki said.

Registration Fees

  • All one-week camps (except Tennis and Golf) are $175 for the camper’s first week.
  • Tennis runs 8-10 a.m. only and costs $75 per week.
  • Golf runs 8-10 a.m. only and costs $85 per week.
  • Super Sport Camp sessions are two weeks long and cost $335 per session.
  • Extreme Outdoor Adventure camps cost $350 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 11, 2018.

Registration information

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

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.