JOIN US FOR SUMMER CAMP THIS YEAR!
We would love to have you be a part of our 2nd year of summer. This year’s theme is Adventures in S.T.E.A.M. We will host 2, 1 week long summer camps, one in June and one in July. June will be for our incoming 1st & 2nd graders. They will be exploring S.T.E.A.M. while learning about Colorado Wildlife! Who doesn’t love animals at this age?! We will specifically talk about the wildlife in Colorado, what they are, where they live, how they function and spend their days, and so much more! July will be for incoming 3rd & 4th graders, where we will dive into all that S.T.E.A.M. has to offer by learning about topics that make Colorado Unique. From Dinosaurs to Tesla and everything in between!!
If you are NOT familiar with S.T.E.A.M. it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. We will incorporate all of these subjects along with reading, history, geography and more. Each day we will focus on a specific topic while incorporating S.T.E.A.M. into the hands on lessons. Most of our day is spent outdoors. We have an indoor space only in the off chance that it rains in the morning. So kids should be ready to get outside and into nature as we learn and have fun!
COST: $100.00 per student
LOCATION: 704 E. Boulder St. Colorado Springs, CO 80903, but we will mostly be across the street at Midshooks Run Park!!
**Students who attend MUST be registered. This is not an event where you can just show up the day of camp. You must register your child as we have enough space for 15 students each week.** Please REGISTER HERE!
- Proper clothing for the outdoors, that are okay to get messy
- A spare change of clothes in case of any accidents or getting messy
- A hat and sunglasses are great choices for the sun
- Please apply sunscreen and bug spray before joining us for the day
- Pack some snacks for snack time
- A water bottle
- A curious, fun loving and adventurous attitude!!
- Does my child need to be in 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade to join? And must the attend the week for their grade level?
YES. Each week is designed for certain grade levels. This allows us to work on subject matter and materials that follow the Colorado State Standards for specific grade levels. Plus, the activities are suited for those age levels. For example, during the 1st & 2nd grade levels, we include dance or movement with song for learning some of our topics, where we will not do this with our older 3rd & 4th graders, as we know they are “too mature” for that. 🙂 Also, during story times, we will of course be reading from material that will be best suited for specific grades/ages.
2. Who is teaching/running summer camp?
If you were part of summer camp last year, you will recognize the same faces, Annette and Nohea. These 2 have been long time volunteers of the Pikes Peak Children’s Museum. Annette is a mom to 1 boy (who will be attending camp), and has been a huge part of our education and events team. Annette runs the Whole Foods Kids Craft events that happen every 2nd Thursday of the month. She also does a lot of the mobile curriculum that we provide throughout the community. Nohea is a mom to 3 boys (one of which will be attending camp), and is actually a board member of the Pikes Peak Children’s Museum. You may have seen her and multiple different events representing PPCM. So you are in great hands when it comes to your staff.
3. Why is summer camp only 1 week or only 9 am-12 am each day?
We are a growing nonprofit! We can’t wait for the days where we can do longer summer camps and have your kiddos for the entire day, however, right now, this is the amount of time our volunteers can commit. As our nonprofit grows and hopefully when we obtain our own permanent location, we will be able to expand summer camps! We found last year that this was actually a great time. Kids were able to do something different with their time in the morning and they still had the afternoon with parents, family or friends.
4. What will my child learn at this summer camp?
So much! First off. S.T.E.A.M. They will learn more about topics that include science, technology, engineering, art and math. For those incoming 1st & 2nd graders, they will concentrate on Colorado Wildlife. They will learn about Colorado mammals, birds, reptiles & amphibians, insects and fish! While learning about these different creatures, they will learn more about different animal characteristics, life cycles, habitats, and so much more. For those incoming 3rd & 4th graders, they will concentrate on topics unique to Colorado. So they will be discussing topics dealing with dinosaurs, Tesla, military (rockets, airplanes, catapults, etc.), popular landscapes (like Garden of the Gods) and the Olympics. Plus, we will use ideas from more subjects to learn, like history, geography, music, and more.
5. What is allowed as far as snacks goes?
We do have some food allergies. Please do NOT pack anything with peanuts or other tree nuts. Otherwise, all other food is alright. We will monitor and ask that NO ONE shares their snacks with anyone. An extra drink is fine too, to change up the water.
6. Isn’t this the address to your office space?
Why yes. Yes it is. However, the office has a shared conference room. If we happen to be indoors or need to do an activity indoors, we will use the conference room. However, most activities will take place outside, across the street at the Midshooks Run Park.
7. Will I be able to get a hold of you if I have an emergency?
Yes. Of course. Both Annette & Nohea will have their phones on them. The PPCM number will also still be picked up during this time, if they are needed. All parents will receive proper numbers to call if there is an emergency and you must reach one of the camp leaders.
8. If I can’t pick up my child at noon, can I leave them longer? If I have to get them there before 9 is that okay?
Unfortunately the answer is NO. Pick up must be done at noon. There is no before or after school care for your kiddos. We are okay with kids being their as early as 8:45 am if they do better with a little transition time or if it helps with getting you to work a little earlier. Plus, we like to start right at 9 am. However, anything before that, we cannot guarantee that we will be there and there will be no care for them. Please make arrangements with relatives, friends, neighbors or even let us know, maybe a kid that is participating lives near by and might be able to help. As long as the person is on the approved list for people to pick up and drop off, it is your choice who brings them or picks them up.
9. How will you know who can pick up my child?
On the first day of camp we ID everyone! Since we haven’t met yet, we want to make sure we know exactly who you are and that you are who you say you are. If someone new picks up, we will ask for ID and check it with the list of names that you provided in registration. If they are not on the list, they will not be allowed to take the child and we will give you a call. If things change and someone needs to pick up your child who is not on the original list, we just ask that you let us know before hand so we have their name.