Camp DCL

Summer Camps

June 5-August 4, 2023

Explore, create, and experiment this summer at Camp DCL! Choose from our weeklong half-day camps at six DCL locations or full-day camps at select locations.

Materials and snacks are provided for all camps; full-day campers must bring a nut-free lunch daily. Please also bring your own water bottle.

Castle Pines

Purrr-Fect Pets Art Camp

June 19-23, 9AM-12:30PM
Ages 5-7, $180
This week is all about pets—furry, scaly, slimy, fuzzy, and slippery! Campers’ adorable pets will come to life through crafts and drawings of cats, dogs, bunnies, fish, lizards, and more. Kids will create at least three projects a day and work with a variety of art mediums, including watercolors, acrylic paint, collage, clay sculpture, and 3-D projects. They will also develop a positive, stick-with-it attitude and problem-solving skills through a unique, fun teaching approach. Facilitated by professionals from KidzArt. Bring your own water bottle.

Ocean Blue Science Camp

July 17-21, 9AM-12:30PM
Ages 5-10, $235
Dive into the world of marine biology and oceanography for an adventure under the sea! Campers will dissect a real shark, design their own fish, and bring to life genuine Triassic Triops. We’ll examine seashells from the seashore and make a cool design to take home. The fun continues when kids examine the anatomy of a fish and make fish print t-shirts. Finally, we’ll come face-to-face with some unique sea creatures, such as squid, to end our week at camp. Facilitated by professionals from Science Matters. Bring your own water bottle.

Castle Rock

Time-traveling Art Camp

June 5-9, 9AM-12:30PM
Ages 5-10, $180
Campers get to explore art, fashion, architecture, and people throughout history at this fun camp! They’ll learn about Vikings, the Roaring ‘20s, medieval knights in armor, the Taj Mahal, and more through a variety of colors and textures while exploring different art mediums, including watercolors, acrylic paint, collage, clay sculpture, 3-D projects, and more. Each child will create three projects a day, and will develop a positive, stick-with-it attitude and problem-solving skills through a unique, fun teaching approach. Facilitated by professionals from KidzArt. Bring your own water bottle.

Mission to Mars Science Camp

June 26-30, 1-4:30PM
Ages 7-12, $190
3-2-1...Blast off to Mars! Campers will be transported to a whole new world during this fun week. They’ll study the red planet, learn what it will take to get us there, and create solutions for how people can live on Mars. Be part of the first manned “Mission to Mars"! Facilitated by professionals from Space Foundation. Bring your own water bottle.

Highlands Ranch

Global Taste Buds Cooking Camp

June 5-9, 1-4:30PM
Ages 5-10, $200
Campers will cook their way around the world in this globally inspired camp! Young chefs will cook recipes from countries all around the world and explore the customs, geography, and languages associated with each recipe. Kids will cook and gobble up tasty, healthy cuisine from South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Facilitated by professionals from Sticky Fingers. Bring your own water bottle.

Highlands Ranch Full-Day Camp

June 12-16, 9AM-4:30PM
Ages 5-10, $395
LEGO & Science Camp: Ready to play and tinker? Campers will start each day working together with modular robotics cubes, known as Cubelets, to learn how to create energy-efficient lighthouses, racer bots, maze-solvers, goofy animals, and more. Each afternoon, they’ll use the power of science to build an obstacle course-worthy robot, explore alternative energy, create a Draw Bot, explore Newton’s Laws, wire up Wacky Wild Wheels, and more. Facilitated by professionals from Snapology and Science Matters. Bring your own nut-free lunch and water bottle each day.

Beauty and the Beast Theater Camp

July 17-21, 1-4:30PM
Ages 5-10, $220
Join Belle and friends on a big adventure. Alone in a dark and scary castle, Belle meets the Beast, an intimidating monster who's not exactly polite. Follow their journey to friendship as Belle realizes that what truly matters is the beauty you possess inside. All experience levels are welcome! Campers will learn concentration, teamwork, improvisation, and other basic theater terminology, finishing with a final camp performance. Facilitated by professionals from KidStage. Bring your own water bottle.

Lone Tree

Make a Splash Art Camp

June 12-16, 1-4:30PM
Ages 5-10, $180
Create art inspired by amazing marine wildlife! Seashells, whales, tropical fish, and more will come to life while campers explore a variety of art media, such as acrylic paint, oil pastels, watercolors, fabrics, metallics, and more. Each child will create three projects a day, and will develop a positive, stick-with-it attitude and problem-solving skills through a unique, fun teaching approach. Facilitated by professionals from KidzArt. Bring your own water bottle.

Lone Tree Full-Day Camp

June 26-30, 9AM-4:30PM
Ages 5-10, $395
Science & Cooking Camp: A little of this and a dash of that make for some wild concoctions! Campers will start each day with a pop, bang, or fizz. They’ll make slushy treats to eat and see soda slobber. They’ll also make water disappear, play with snow that never melts, and make slime that looks alive. Each afternoon, kids will create delectable culinary masterpieces and conduct experiments with edible ingredients in the STEAM Cooking Creation Lab. Facilitated by professionals from Science Matters and Sticky Fingers. Bring your own nut-free lunch and water bottle each day.

Jedi Masters LEGO Camp

July 24-28, 1-4:30PM
Ages 5-10, $180
May the force be with your young Padawan in this Star Wars-inspired camp. Kids will explore the galaxy through building and will be motivated to become Jedi like the heroes in the movies. They will learn to concentrate on mastering the Force, using teamwork to build battle drones and AT-Walkers. And they might make their very own lightsaber to use in battle! Facilitated by professionals from Snapology. Bring your own water bottle.

Parker

RoboPets LEGO Camp

June 19-23, 1-4:30PM
Ages 4-6, $180
Young campers will explore the world of robotics and learn the fundamentals of robotic design by building simple animal models. Whether learning about sensors while building a fish or alligator, or discovering ways that gears and wheels and axles create movement while building robotic dogs or frogs, your camper is sure to have a great time! Facilitated by professionals from Snapology. Bring your own water bottle.

Parker Full-Day Camp

July 10-14, 9AM-4:30PM
Ages 5-10, $395
Cooking & Art Camp: Each fun day goes from farm, to table, to the ocean! Campers will start each day exploring the bounty of summer-fresh ingredients and how those foods get from the ground to our plates. Young chefs will also learn what makes certain ingredients so super for the body while practicing basic cooking skills and techniques. In the afternoon, kids will create art inspired by amazing marine wildlife! Each child will create three projects a day working with a variety of art media, such as acrylic paint, oil pastels, watercolors, fabrics, metallics, and more. Facilitated by professionals from Sticky Fingers and KidzArt. Bring your own nut-free lunch and water bottle each day.

Heat It Up! Science Camp

July 31-Aug 4, 9AM-12:30PM
Ages 7-12, $235
Welcome to middle school chemistry, where kids will have a blast exploring their favorite chemical elements and making things fizz, glow, and explode. Campers will conduct experiments that create heat, and then cool things down; create their own battery; and work with teammates to conduct labs, collect data, and cool reactions. Lab aprons and safety googles provided. Facilitated by professionals from Science Matters. Bring your own water bottle.

Roxborough

Cooks & Books Cooking Camp

July 10-14, 9AM-12:30PM
Ages 5-10, $200
Travel to far-off lands in this hands-on literary and culinary experience. Young campers’ favorite books come to life through delicious recipes inspired by stories. In this camp, we’ll read some favorite books to spark the young chefs’ imaginations and then cook up some delectable dishes to enjoy. Facilitated by professionals from Sticky Fingers. Bring your own water bottle.

Grumpy Birds LEGO Camp

July 31-Aug 4, 1-4:30PM
Ages 5-10, $180
Take an epic, Angry Birds-style adventure with Red, Chuck, Stella, Terence, and their little Piggie friends in this super-fun camp! Kids will build, explore, and create their favorite bird adventures while learning about the physics behind the catapults, levers, and slingshots used to make the birds fly. Facilitated by professionals from Snapology. Bring your own water bottle.
A limited number of Camp DCL scholarships are available from the Douglas County Libraries Foundation for qualified applicants.