Sports give kids a chance to have fun while honing skills that will serve them on the court or on the field – and in the classroom and beyond. And summer is the perfect time to play. The Front Range has no shortage of sports camps from which to choose.

Boulder Department of Parks and Recreation
With half and full-day options for kids ages 4 to 14 and programs including gymnastics, water sports, biking and wilderness, Boulder Parks and Recreation Camps have something for everyone. Kids will have fun and make new friends while developing skills and confidence that will last a lifetime.

YMCA of Northern Colorado
With day camps located in Boulder Valley, Longmont, Johnstown, Loveland, Berthoud and a sleepover camp in Bailey, the YMCA of Northern Colorado has an option to fit your camper’s needs. The “Y World of Sports” program offers sports clinics, tournament play, and swimming at two Boulder locations for children going into first through sixth grades.

Longmont Recreation
The City of Longmont offers unique choices for budding athletes among its many summer camp offerings. In Hula Hoopla, children ages 9 to 12 can enjoy a half-day hooping camp. Circus stars, for children ages 5 to 7, offers half-days filled with activities like juggling, tightrope walking and hula hooping.

CU Football Camp
Learn what it takes to be a Buff at CU’s non-contact football camp for youth entering grades one through eight. The majority of the day is spent on the field, simulating actual game scenarios, with a focus on the foundations and techniques of each position.

CU Soccer Camp
With day camps for kids as young as four and residential camps starting at age ten, CU soccer camp is sure to have an option for your little Buff. Head coach Danny Sanchez, who comes with over two decades of experience, is known as one of the best in college soccer.

NBC Camps
With sports programs nationwide, including Denver and Lakewood locations offering volleyball and basketball, NBC’s mission is simple: To help you become a better player and a better person. Day and overnight options are available. Day camps are generally from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. however an extended day is available.

By Pam Moore for Raised in the Rockies