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Offering a Variety of Day Camp Choices for Ages 3 - 17

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Registration for all Estes Park Center Day Camps is open with very limited availability.

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Safe Summer Fun

New Adventures. New Friends.

Estes Park Center offers a variety of day camp experiences for youth ages 3-17 years, all under the care of specially trained staff.

  • Develop Lifelong Friendships
  • Invaluable Skill-Building
  • Play in a Safe & Nurturing Environment
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Summer 2023 Day Camps

You do not have to be lodging with us to attend Day Camp, it is open to anyone who would like to sign up.

Let your child experience our traditional day camp program, and the opportunity to benefit from the self-confidence, trust, friendships, fun and memories created by the camp experience. We offer programs for ages 3 - 17. Please register your camper in advance, as space is limited.

$47/day (+ additional add ons)   |    Ages 3-13   |    Monday - Friday*  8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Activities vary by day but will include swimming, a hiking day in Rocky Mountain National Park, climbing wall, archery, minigolf, and a hot dog cookout. For an additional cost, 1 hour horseback ride at Jackson Stables (for kiddos aged 6+). Please note that we still have many other activities your camper will participate in including sports, camp games, skits, songs, outdoor education classes, arts and crafts, science and engineering projects and national park service projects.


Specialty Camps are for 3rd — 6th graders.

$335/week   |    Equipment Included   |    Monday - Friday*  8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Delve into nature by executing intricate nature-based art projects.


*This program runs every day for 1 week.

$285/week   |    Equipment Included   |    Monday - Friday*  8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Expand your camping and wilderness skills by improving your fire building, scavenging, and hiking skills while following strict Leave No Trace principles.


*This program runs every day for 1 week.

$335/week   |    Equipment Included   |    Monday - Friday*  8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Continue learning about the natural world while we explore weather, ecology, and environmental impacts in the Rocky Mountains.


*This program runs every day for 1 week.

$285/week   |    Equipment Included   |    Monday - Friday*  8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of digital photography and use your skill to capture nature within Rocky Mountain National Park.


*This program runs every day for 1 week.

$47/day.  Plus additional adventure options*    |    Monday - Friday  8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Outpost Overnight 4:00 p.m. Thursday - 8:00 a.m. Friday | Whitewater Rafting 5:45 a.m. - 1 p.m (return time may vary). 

Outpost | Ages 13-17
Our traditional day camp for teens. Activities include team-building exercises on the low ropes course, archery, mountain biking, axe throwing, rock climbing at the YMCA' s rock wall, disc golf, an all-day hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, and an overnight camping adventure on YMCA grounds. 

Adventures |  Ages 13-17
Our more adventurous camp for teens. Adventurers activities include traditional day camp activities such as the low ropes course, archery, mountain biking and an all-day hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. (*)Additional adventure options for a fee include, a guided fly fishing trip with Sasquatch Fly Fishing, guided rock climbing with KMAC (Kent Mountain Adventure Center), and a whitewater rafting adventure with Rapid Transit Rafting.  



$47/day   |    Ages 15-17   |    Monday - Friday*  8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Teens interested in working on their leadership skills can join our Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program. We will work to develop core leadership skills in accordance with the YMCA values. Teens will be paired with counselors to assist with traditional camper groups. CITs will also be able to plan and develop their own programs, games, and lessons. 


*This program allows for single day registrations. We encourage CITs to spend multiple days with us but the program can be modified to just a day or two.

Traditional Camp (Kindergarten - 5th grade)

Early Bird and After Camp Programs
We provide the opportunity for your child to be cared for before and after camp through our Early Bird and After Camp programs. The fee is $4 for Early Birds, 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. and $6 for After Camp, 3:30-5:30 pm. Early Bird and After Camp programs fill quickly, if you do not see it as an option when enrolling your camper please email to be added to the waitlist.

Horseback Riding
Join us for scenic horseback ride provided by Jackson Stables located at the YMCA. Riders must be at least 6 years old to participate. Prices vary. You must enroll into horseback riding by the Friday before your camper's session. Sessions fill quickly, if you do not see this as an additional option when registering your camper, please email to be added to the waitlist.

Teen Camp Additional Options (13 - 17 years old)

KMAC Rock Climbing
Test your outdoor climbing skills on this guided climbing experience in the Rocky Mountains with the professional guides of the Kent Mountain Adventure Center (KMAC). This is a half-day trip.

Guided Fly Fishing
Enjoy a fly fishing guided trip with the professional guides from Sasquatch Fly Fishing. This half-day trip allows campers to learn about fly fishing equipment and fishing techniques, then get to practice those skills in on a real fishing adventure.

White Water Rafting Trip 
This all-day rafting trip departs the YMCA at 6:45am with the guides from Rapid Transit Rafting, a local guide company. Campers get to enjoy the sights and adventure on one of Colorado's most popular rivers! 


Daytime Childcare

* Please register your child in advance, as space is limited.

For Locals & Lodging Guests

Register* for a day camp experience to give you and your partner a day to explore Rocky Mountain National Park.

* Please register your child in advance, as space is limited.


Registration for Summer 2023 is open with very limited availability

A parent or legal guardian must register online & provide health information and a signature for participation.

FAQs - Prepare for Camp

Make the most of your camp experience with these helpful tips & information.

Including everything you need to know as a parent from Cancellation Policy, Emergency Management, Food Allergies, Leaving Camp Early, Lost & Found, Meals & Snacks, Medications and More.

Download Handbook

Log into your online camp account to upload forms, change/update registration information, make payments and access other resources. 

Parent Log In 

Please fill out and return the appropriate forms and waivers below to your online camp account. 

Access your online camp account here. 

Please choose your appropriate forms to submit: 

  • Clothing appropriate for changing weather; clothes that will layer – T-shirt, sweatshirt, jacket, shorts under sweat pants. If your child is horseback/pony riding, he/she must wear long pants and sturdy shoes; boots are best. This is required to continue our ACA status.
  • It is guaranteed that your child will get dirty while at camp! Please send him/her in clothes for which this is OK! Please label all items for lost and found purposes.
  • Good sturdy shoes. Please, No sandals or crocs.
  • Rain gear. Please, No umbrellas.
  • Water bottle.
  • Sunscreen and hat.
  • Swim suit in a plastic bag if coming on swim day.
  • Lunch with a drink. Lunches will not be refrigerated, so bring non-perishable items.
  • Day pack that the child can carry all day to hold all items. All children will carry their own packs.

Please do not bring the following items:

  • Electronic equipment, radios, IPods/mp3 players, IPads, cellphones, cards/games, personal sports equipment
  • Extra money
  • Pets
  • Pocket knives, firearms or weapons
  • Alcohol or Drugs

At Day Camp, we enthusiastically pursue opportunities to welcome campers with special needs into the experience through our Inclusion Program. In recognition that the term special needs has many categories (physical, cognitive, emotional), each camper registration will be uniquely considered. Our intent is that campers with special needs be involved in the regular camp programming, meaning all programs are available for your consideration. More than that, it has been our experience that when a camper with special needs is in the group, that child often becomes instrumental in the bonding that happens among the group and sets the tone for a significant camp week for everyone in the group.

When registering your child, you will have the opportunity to indicate if your child has special needs. Once you make this indication, you will be directed to a questionnaire that asks detailed questions which allow us to assess our ability to accommodate those needs. In some cases, our Coordinator for Campers with Special Needs may call or email to request further information.

Many of the summer staff will have had prior experience working with children with a variety of special needs. This has become a quality we look for when hiring summer staff. These staff are eager for opportunities to have campers with special needs in their group. Our Coordinator for Campers with Special Needs will work with the counselor, equipping them with any skills or strategies for working with their campers, and will serve as a resource for the counselor throughout the week.

We are accredited by American Camp Association and a State of Colorado licensed child care program.

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We will do everything we can to give your child a great camp experience, and a big part of that is making sure you, as a parent, feel supported. If you have any questions, or if there is anything we can do to help, please don’t hesitate to contact us: 

Questions? Call Our Day Camp Office at 970.586.3341 ext: 1280 
or Email us at

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