Summer Camps

The Colorado Springs School has provided summer camp experiences to children for over 30 years. While we encourage CSS families, in particular, to take advantage of these experiential summer programs, they are open to the public and include a variety of STEM activities and athletics.

SUMMER 2022 INFORMATION IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Sports
Chess & Gaming
Science Matters in America
Reading

Sports

Challenger International Soccer Camp

Challenger Sports, the largest soccer company in North America, combines the elements of two existing soccer camp programs – British Soccer and TetraBrazil – into a collection of the most effective practices used by youth teams worldwide. The Challenger International Soccer Camp reflects the truly global nature of the sport, providing younger players with a variety of coaching styles, practices, and influences to help them develop a well-rounded skill set. Visit challengersports.com to learn more.

Date(s): June 6–10, 2022 & July 18–22, 2022
Price: TinyTykes Summer Camp (Ages 3–5) - $100 | Half-Day Program (Ages 5–14) - $195
Most camps include a free soccer ball, t-shirt, poster, and certificate.
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CSS All-Star Volleyball Camp

The Colorado Springs School is proud to offer Volleyball Camp in the School's Louise Honnen Tutt Field House. CSS's Head Middle School Volleyball Coach Blisse Beardsley emphasizes the fundamentals of volleyball while helping campers develop a love for the sport, and hopes to leave a lasting impact on student-athletes as they find inspiration, sharpen their athletic skills and develop a deeper understanding of the game.

Email Coach Beardsley at bbeardsley@css.org with questions.

Date(s): June 20–24, 2022
Price: $195 (includes volleyball & t-shirt)
Age(s):
9–14
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CSS All-Star Basketball Camp

The Colorado Springs School is proud to offer CSS All-Star Basketball Camps on-campus in the School's Louise Honnen Tutt Field House. Led by Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame player Vicki Vaughan, CSS All-Star Basketball Camps teach athletes the sport of basketball in a fun, safe, and healthy environment. Coach Vaughan – also Director of Athletics for CSS – has facilitated basketball camps for more than 25 years and has served as head coach of the CSS Kodiak basketball program for over 15 years.

Email Coach Vaughan at vvaughan@css.org with questions.

Date(s): June 13–17, 2022
Price: $195 (includes basketball & t-shirt)
Age(s): 8–13
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Chess & Gaming

USA Chess Camp*

USA Chess is a nationally recognized premier chess camp organizer for children in the United States. The staff is comprised of the finest children's chess instructors in North America. Under their tutelage, campers of all interest levels – from casual to competitive – experience chess instruction and play in a fun-filled environment designed to improve skills. Camp options include mornings, afternoons, and all-day sessions.

Email Helen Jamison at h287jamison@gmail.com with questions.

Date(s): June 6-10, 2022 & July 18-22, 2022
Price: Half-day Morning or Afternoon Session - $325 | Full-day Session - $495 | *Combine USA Chess Camp with Minecraft and/or Video Game Creation Camp for $535
Tuition includes a trophy, chess set, and more.

Age(s):
5–15
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Modding, Networking & Hosting with Minecraft* **

Minecraft has gained popularity due to its collaborative, open-ended, and moddable nature. The week-long program begins with a basic tutorial of the game – its controls, recipes, hosting, and networking. Afterward, campers will connect with different worlds hosted on The Colorado Springs School's secure server to experiment with character skins, mods, and custom maps. By day three, campers build their own rooms, moats, chessboards, and more in this Active Learning World that grows over time. The possibilities are endless! As with all game creation options, this camp encourages creativity, storytelling, programming, and problem-solving for young learners.

Email Helen Jamison at h287jamison@gmail.com with questions.

Date(s): June 6-10, 2022 & July 18-22, 2022
Price: Half-day Morning or Afternoon Session - $365 | *Combine Minecraft and/or Video Game Creation Camp with USA Chess Camp for $535 | **Combine Minecraft and/or Video Game Creation Camp with Arcade Game Creation Camp for $560
Age(s):
8–15
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Video Game Creation – Platform Style (in the Style of Sonic & Mario)* **

In this camp, children build a “Platform” game, like Sonic or Mario, to help their characters overcome obstacles and opponents, and eventually conquer the Big Boss. The character progresses on a long journey, with the background scrolling by as adversaries, prizes, and obstacles are encountered along the way. While beginning lessons on the basics are similar to the Arcade course, they later diverge to encompass programming techniques needed to build a Platform game. As with all game creation options, this camp encourages creativity, storytelling, programming, and problem-solving for young minds.

Email Helen Jamison at h287jamison@gmail.com with questions.

Date(s): June 6-10, 2022
Price: Half-day Morning or Afternoon Session - $365 | *Combine Minecraft and/or Video Game Creation Camp with USA Chess Camp for $535 | **Combine Minecraft and/or Video Game Creation Camp with Arcade Game Creation Camp for $560
Age(s):
8–15
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Video Game Creation - Arcade Style (in the Style of PacMan & Asteroids)* **

An "Arcade" style game is created with action for each level on one screen, similar to the classics Centipede, Asteroids and PacMan. In this camp, children design a main character from their own imagination, along with other characters, or enemies, who pursue the main character as it dodges their attack. This character can score points by picking up objects and destroying enemy objects. The options are endless, as campers create level after level for a whole week of fun. As with all of our game creation options, this camp encourages creativity, storytelling, programming, and problem-solving for young minds.

Email Helen Jamison at h287jamison@gmail.com with questions.

Date(s): July 18-22, 2022
Price: Half-day Morning or Afternoon Session - $365 | *Combine Minecraft and/or Video Game Creation Camp with USA Chess Camp for $535 | **Combine Minecraft and/or Video Game Creation Camp with Arcade Game Creation Camp for $560
Age(s):
8–15
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Science Matters in America

Drone Academy

Flight and Engineering; Engineering and Flight. In this week-long course, children will learn basic soldering and drone flying skills while building their own drone, and exploring the four forces of flight: lift, thrust, drag, and weight.

Date(s): June 13–17, 2022
Price: $299 + $50 materials fee
Age(s)
: 9–13
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Amazing Animations

Ever wonder how animators at Disney and Pixar do their jobs? During this summer camp program, children will learn the art of animation straight from their very own tablets. This class covers both digital and stop motion animation. Using the same techniques applied by the pros, campers will make amazing animations that tell incredible stories.

Date(s): June 13–17, 2022
Price: $249
Students will need their own tablet – iPad or Android – and a pair of earbuds. A list of required software will be provided prior to class and may lead to an additional fee.

Age(s): 9–13
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CSI Science Matters

Join the Forensics Team at Science Matters to solve a mystery using DNA, fingerprinting, and chromatography analysis that are sure to take any student's science skills to the next level. Campers will explore "What if Science" with crazy and fun experiments and build their own forensic science kit.

Date(s): July 11–15, 2022
Price: $249
Age(s): 5–10
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Slimeology

What could be better than a camp that's all about slime? It’s a messy camp made for the messiest of children! Campers will make all different types of Non-Newtonian Fluids – from Floam and Sparkle Slime to glow in the dark slime –and explore the properties of matter. If they can squeeze it between their fingers and toes, they are going to make it.

Date(s): July 11–15, 2022
Price: $249
Age(s): 5–10
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Reading

Camp Reading Rocks

Camp Reading Rocks will combine innovative lessons with an engaging summer camp atmosphere. Students will enjoy poetry, literacy scavenger hunts, and outdoor crafts while focusing on fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension instruction. As a culminating activity, students will enjoy miniature golf, a Reader’s Theater performance, and a picnic at Monument Valley Park.

Email Colleen Nissen at cnissen@css.org with questions.

Date(s): July 11–15, 2022
Price: $185
Age(s): Open to rising 1st-5th graders of all reading levels

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