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Many Colorado families struggle to afford pricey summer camps. A nonprofit is footing the bill for hundreds.

For many Colorado kids, options for summer break are limitless, from day and overnight camps to trips to museums and zoos. But for others, summer comes with far fewer opportunities, boiling down to those that are low cost or no cost. In many cases, how students spend their summer is dictated by the kinds of […]

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Colorado summer camps are gearing up for a full season of swimming, sightseeing — and sanitizing

At Geneva Glen Camp tucked in Indian Hills off of U.S. 285, gone are the days of kids squeezing into the dining hall for shared meals, group chants and breakout songs — at least for last summer and this one. But many of the camp’s other staples are making a comeback: overnights in cabins, outings […]

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Colorado school districts look toward summer to help their students make up for coronavirus learning loss

Though many Colorado students still have at least 100 days left before they reach the end of the academic year, many school district leaders and education advocates are already focused on what comes next. In a year when learning has become routinely unpredictable, with kids zooming back and forth between in-person instruction and remote classes, […]

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Opinion: After a year of “missing,” summer camps can provide a place for kids to heal and thrive

Our kids have been through a lot over the past year. The COVID-19 pandemic has stolen so much from them and upended their lives. It’s brought the move to online school, reduced social interactions, cancellations of clubs and sports, and for some, the loss of loved ones.  It’s been nearly a year of “missing.”  Unfortunately, […]

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Opinion: Colorado must invest in diverse, out-of-school programs to help address equity gaps

There is a lot of uncertainty around what this summer holds for out-of-school experiences, yet one thing is clear: its values are immense and planning for summer camps and classes should emphasize accessibility and affordability across the board whether virtually or safely in person.  Prior to COVID-19, it was hard for many families to afford […]

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The night she looks forward to all year: Prom, and belonging, at a Colorado camp for teens with disabilities

EMPIRE — Kate Saldana is wearing diamond-studded shoes and hot pink eyeliner that matches the roses on her prom dress and the platform of her motor-powered wheelchair. On the dance floor, she spins her chair while her friends bounce around her, waving their arms under the green and pink pulsing lights of an activity room-turned-ballroom […]