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MSU Denver Summer Camps

MSU Denver offers an array of summer camps for kids of all ages. These camps are available to help high schoolers prepare for college, pique middle schoolers’ interest in STEM fields, improve toddlers’ soccer skills and engage children of all ages in a musical instrument of their choice; all within downtown Denver’s beautiful Auraria Campus.


No matter how busy your schedule is, there is a summer camp available to fit around it. If you’re in high school and aren’t interested in participating in a camp, consider enrolling in an MSU Denver class or two for transferable college credit.

STEM Camps

Hsiu-Ping Liu, Center for Advanced STEM Education


Summer Science Institute

For twenty summers, middle school students (incoming 6th, 7th, 8th grade) have the opportunity to explore fun applications of math and science in an exciting, hands-on, team-oriented atmosphere on the Auraria Campus. This is a two-week half day program except the final day is a day-long exploring Physics at Elitch Gardens. Session topics include Microbiology, 3D printing, Design Thinking, Water Environment, Rocket Science, Chemistry, Meteorology, Game Design, and Engineering. Students will be provided lunch each day and all activities are supervised.


Session I: June 4-June 15
Session II: June 18-June 29
Session III: July 9-July 20
Session IV: July 23-Aug 3

Cost: $400 (scholarships are provided based on financial need).

Register here.


Summer Science Scholars

The Metropolitan State University of Denver Center for Advanced STEM Education (CASE) announces a summer program for the 2017-2018 incoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors (10th, 11th, 12th grade). This is a three-week full day program of learning science and science reasoning skills through a research based project. Students will be learning various math and science skills in the first week and applying those skills learned to a research project of their choosing. On the last day of the program, students will present their research project. Priority will be given to students from historically underrepresented groups.


June 11-29, 2018

Cost: Free. Paid Summer Research Opportunities are available to Summer Science Scholars in July.

Register here.


College Readiness Camps

Carla Mirabelli, Center for Urban Education


9th grade college readiness (limited to DPS schools)

Each summer, this unique three-week program offers students entering 9th grade at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy, Bruce Randolph and Manual High Schools an opportunity to participate in classes, field trips and other activities focused on expanding their knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) and language arts. Over the course of three weeks, camp participants attend a 60- to 90-minute class Mondays through Thursdays, with field trips and teambuilding activities scheduled each Friday. Classes are taught by MSU Denver faculty, assisted by MSU Denver students who serve as tutors and mentors, and are held on the MSU Denver campus. One camp will be offered in June 2018 and additional information about a July camp will be announced. Reminder note: This camp is only available for students entering 9th grade at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy, Bruce Randolph and Manual High Schools.


Register here.


Trio Upward Bound (limited to DPS schools)

The TRIO High School Upward Bound (HSUB) program located at the Metropolitan State University of Denver is a federally funded college preparatory program designed to assist low income and first generation college bound high school students by generating the skills and motivation necessary to complete high school and to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education. The HSUB Program in Denver has been hosted since 1974 by MSU Denver, one of the nation's premier urban colleges. Our goal is to generate in program participants the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education.

An individual is eligible for TRiO Upward Bound if he/she:

  1. Is ending the 8th grade, or has not yet completed the first semester of the 11th grade.
  2. Attends a designated target school (East, Lincoln, Manual, North or West High Schools).
  3. Comes from a family whose taxable income does not exceed the income level set forth by federal government regulations.
  4. Has academic potential and a desire to attend college.

How TRiO Upward Bound works

TRiO Upward Bound consists of an academic year program and a summer program–both components are required. During the academic year the program provides:

  1. Classes in English/Communications, Math, and Tutorial Sessions.
  2. Specially-trained tutors and instructors who help strengthen academic skills in subjects required for high school graduation.
  3. Personnel who coordinate motivational activities through individual and group sessions.

The summer program is an intensive six-week continuation in Career Exploration, Computer Science, Engineering, Foreign Language, Literature, Mathematics, and Science. Each individual will have classes designed to satisfy the student's educational needs and goals. Throughout the summer, the student and instructor will work together on specific skills. Tutors will also be used to aid this process. If a student is willing to put forth the commitment, he or she will gain concrete career and educational skills.


Register here.


Music Camps

Peter Schimpf, Music Department


Flute camp

The Summer Flute Institute at Metropolitan State University of Denver is a week-long flute course (June 11-15, 2018) designed to develop the flutist’s technical and tone development, musical expression and creativity, and build musical confidence. Classes and coaching on repertoire, orchestral playing and chamber music will give participants hands-on learning opportunities. All participants will receive daily individual and group coaching with faculty members. Performer level participants will play in repertoire classes with our faculty.

Flutists will participate as performers, observers, chamber musicians, and through other hands-on learning opportunities. Students will join in-depth exploration musical elements such as of tone, technique, phrasing and expression. Daily recitals will feature teaching artists and members of the class.

Attendees may enroll as either performers or participants. All attendees will receive daily individual and group coaching with faculty members. Performer level participants will play in repertoire classes for our faculty. Up to 15 performers are chosen by recorded audition. There is no limit to the number of participants. Every age adult and performance level is encouraged to apply (student, amateur, semi-professional, professional).

Additionally, flute makers will exhibit their instruments for attendees to try out and buy!

Housing and meals are available through the Campus Village at Auraria, a conveniently located on-campus dormitory. Additionally, meals are available on campus at the Tivoli Student Union and other locations. Denver's Larimer Square and 16th Street Mall are located within walking distance from campus, offering many shopping, eating and entertainment options for out of town guests. Light rail service is available from the Denver International Airport to campus, so no need to rent a car!


Register here.


Woodwind Camp

The Metropolitan State University of Denver Woodwind Camp is a week-long camp and provides a high quality chamber music camp for middle school and high school woodwind and French horn players. Campers will experience five days of learning and performing woodwind music in small and large chamber ensembles. This day camp is open to flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone and French horn players.


When: June 18-22, 2018

Where: Arts Building on the Auraria Campus, Denver, Colo.


Register here.


Orff-Schulwerk Levels

The Orff-Schulwerk certification camp at Metropolitan State University of Denver takes place July 2-6 and 9-13, 2018, and is offered in conjunction with the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). The two-week (10 day) course focuses on training music teachers to implement the creative music and movement approach developed by Carl Orff. This approach is known for using instruments such as xylophone to improvise and compose. Training includes recorder and movement classes.


Register here.


Dalcroze (partner camp with external organization)

The Dalcroze Academy at Metropolitan State University of Denver takes place July 16-28, 2018. Dalcroze™ Education is a unique, exciting, and powerful way of knowing music through the body.  The Dalcroze™ approach explores musical concepts through social and interactive methods that invite students to trust their ideas and develop their own intuitions. The focused, clearly defined curriculum at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies™ (DSR) is the only authorized training program in the Rocky Mountain Region. Experience the joy and artistry of Dalcroze Education in the heart of the Rocky Mountains with world-class faculty and a diverse student body at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Earn the internationally recognized Dalcroze Certificate and Dalcroze License.


Register here.


Athletics Camps

Jerrid Oates, MSU Denver Athletics


2018 Boys and Girls Rowdy Soccer Day Camps

Our Metropolitan State University of Denver Soccer summer camps are designed to create a challenging and fun environment for soccer players of all ages. The 2018 dates are Monday, July 16, 2018 - Thursday, July 19, 2018. Our staff is motivated to develop young players in the game of soccer in an exciting and challenging learning environment. The camp curriculum will emphasize the technical and tactical skills of each player in training sessions to small-sided and full field matches to continue maximizing their potential. Our ultimate goal, with each of our camps, is to provide the tools to become a more complete player in a fun, energetic environment, and each player will leave with a positive experience and continued passion for the game of soccer. Registration includes a MSU Denver soccer camp t-shirt. It does NOT include lunch.

Boys and girls ages 3-6: 9 a.m. -11:30 a.m. - Cost: $115
Boys and girls ages 7-14: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Cost: $255
Extended Care: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Cost: $75


Register here.


Rowdy Elite ID Camp

Elite ID Camp is for girls ages 8-12. Registration includes a MSU Denver soccer camp t-shirt, lunch, Regency Athletic Complex facilities tour and Q&A with current MSU Denver student-athletes. Our focus for the Elite ID Camp is all about providing players with training and exposure in being a collegiate student-athlete. MSU Denver coaches and student-athletes will be running every aspect of the camp. The Elite ID Camp is a tremendous opportunity for you and our staff to evaluate and elevate your skill. There will be goalkeeper specific training sessions during the field players sessions which will be conducted by our MSU Denver goalkeeper coach.


Session I Date: April 15, 2018
Session II Dates: July 28, July 29
Time: 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $150 – Single-day registration; $200 Session II two-day registration 

Register for the Spring Elite ID Camp.
Register for the Summer Elite ID Camp


2018 Men’s Winter/Spring Soccer Camps

Men's Soccer ID camps are open to high school freshman and older.

Men’s Soccer ID Camp II – March 4, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Camp III – April 8, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Camp IV – April 28, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

$120 - Early Registrations
$140 - Late Registrations (Two weeks prior to each camp)


All camps held at the Regency Athletic Complex (1390 Shoshone St, Denver, 80204) and include lunch.


Register here.


2018 Roadrunners Volleyball Camps

Join the Roadrunners Volleyball coaches and team, who will help each camper maximize her potential in a rewarding and challenging environment.


MSU Denver Volleyball: Elite ID Camp
Sunday, May 13, 3-6:30 p.m. 

Elite ID camp is a fantastic opportunity to train and be exposed a college-volleyball experience. You will be trained and evaluated by MSU Denver Volleyball coaches and student-athletes. This is a great opportunity to elevate your volleyball skills and experience what it's like to be a Roadrunner.


Volleyball Serving Camp
Friday June 15, 4-6 p.m. 

Interested in improving your serve? Want to learn about serving techniques? Well, our one day serving camp is for you! Campers will be trained in a high repletion and challenging environment. Campers will be trained by the MSU Denver Coaching staff and players. Focused on individual skill training within small group learning environments.

We will cover the following skills and topics:

Technical Serving
Tactical Serving
Zone Serving
Jump Serving

Camp Features:

High Repetition Drills
Training by MSU Denver Coaching Staff and Players
Individualized feedback and skill training

What to bring:

Medical Waiver
Volleyball/Tennis Shoes
Wear Athletic clothing
Water Bottle

Volleyball Jr. Roadrunners Camp
Saturday June 16, 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. 

Jr. Roadrunner Camp is designed to help cultivate a love for volleyball at a young age. Campers will be introduced to fundamental volleyball skills while having fun and playing games. We will train passing, setting, hitting, and serving. Basic volleyball knowledge and strategies will also be covered. Bring your own sack lunch for our “Picnic in the gym” featuring a movie. Beginners and experienced elementary ages campers are welcome!

Location: Auraria Event Center
Grades: K-5
Cost: $50

What to bring:

Medical Waiver
Water Bottle
Tennis/Volleyball Shoes
Athletic clothing

Camp Features:

Camp T-shirt
Awards and Prizes
Training by MSU Denver Coaching Staff and Players 

Volleyball Middle School Camp
Saturday June 16, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 

This camp is designed to cover all aspects of volleyball with an emphasis on volleyball skills which will prepare campers for their middle school team. Campers will be split up by age group and trained by MSU Denver Volleyball staff and players. This camp will allow campers to increase their volleyball knowledge, help campers master their serve, and will allow campers to develop as overall volleyball athletes while having fun. There will be a “Picnic in the Gym”, featuring movie and lawn games. Please bring own sack lunch.

Camp features:

Camp T-shirt
Awards & Prizes
Low Player to Coach Ratio
Training from MSU Denver Coaching Staff and Players

What to bring:

Medical Wavier
Water Bottle
Tennis/Volleyball Shoes
Wear athletic clothing
Knee Pads


Volleyball Position Camp
Thursday Aug. 2, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday Aug. 3, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Camp features:

Camp T-shirt
Awards & Prizes
Low Player to Coach Ratio
Individual Skill Sessions

Careful attention will be given to placing campers into appropriate groups based on age and skill level. The intent is to help each camper maximize her potential in a rewarding and challenging environment. The position camp is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of all volleyball players. Camper will train in collegiate-style workouts designed for their specific position (setter, hitter, DS/libero). Session A will be intense and focused with highly-qualified college coaches and players administrating each camp session.

Lunch is NOT provided. Campers must also bring their own kneepads, water bottle, volleyball/tennis shoes, and athletic clothing.

Add-on camps are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The advanced hitting and ball control clinics are limited to four participants each and cost $50 per session.


Register now for volleyball camps.


2018 MSU Denver Youth Basketball Camp

The Metro State Men’s Basketball Youth Camp is geared towards players at the K-8 grade level who are seeking a competitive session of basketball. This camp consists of games, drills, prizes, contests, and instruction for youth players who aspire to have fun or play at the high school level and possibly beyond. The Youth Camp is targeted toward those individuals who have interest in basketball and wish to participate and learn more about the game.

The camp is run by Metropolitan State University of Denver Head Coach Michael Bahl, and his coaching staff. Position specific instruction will be given during the camp. Come learn the game of basketball in a fun and competitive atmosphere.


Grades: K – 8th Grade Boys & Girls (Grades are based on 2018-19 School Year)
Dates: June 18-22
1st - 3rd grader times: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
4th - 8th grade times: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Cost: $120 per 1st - 3rd grade camper, $225 per 4th - 8th grade camper
Location: MSU Denver Event Center
*Campers will need to bring a sack lunch Tuesday-Thursday

For registration information, contact Lucas Gabriel.
Phone: 520-906-3782


Nike Softball Camp at Metropolitan State University of Denver

Our summer Nike Softball Camp at Metropolitan State University of Denver presents campers with the opportunity to experience an elite training environment to improve fielding and hitting skills. Our fastpitch day camp in Denver, Colorado is the ideal location for any prospect looking to cultivate team spirit and develop long lasting friendships.

This Colorado Nike Softball Camp will be directed by Roadrunners head coach Annie Van Wetzinga. Coach Annie brings not only experience but the enthusiasm that encourages campers to reach their softball goals and create new ones. Camp is open to campers of all abilities ages 8-18. Campers will be evaluated and placed in appropriate groups based on skill and age to allow maximum improvement.

Dates: July 23-26, 2018, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $300


Register here.




Art Camps

Talya Dornbush, Center for Visual Art


Creative Industries Intership Teen Camp

This three-week project-based summer internship exposes high school students to the local professional sector and engages the next generation in the evolving cultural capital of our city. A diverse cohort of 20 youth ages 16-21 will explore careers in the arts, create bold collaborative artwork, meet new friends and learn industry tools to begin their creative careers. Colorado's creative sector is refreshingly innovative and growing exponentially. This internship, located at the Center for Visual Art in the Art District on Santa Fe, provides access to art, people and professional practices throughout Denver’s creative economy.

Dates: July 9-27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Application deadline: March 26

Register here.


Journey Through Our Heritage Summer Camp

Dr. Renee Fajardo, Youth Engagement and Mentorship


Jaguar Club Summer Program

Journey Through Our Heritage (JTOH) is a program designed to create a kalpulli (community) which empowers Metropolitan State University of Denver students to become exceptionally accomplished mentors, focused on developing culturally experienced high school students through a yearlong endeavor. This is accomplished by JTOH mentors commuting on a consistent basis to participating high schools and implementing study sessions, which are geared specifically to meet the standards of the Journey Through Our Heritage Program and its curriculum. The JTOH program also embraces several other projects, including mentors for the after school cultural arts program at the Mauricio Saravia School of the Arts and involvement with several nonprofit organizations such as Sister of Color United and the Jaguar Club Summer Program at La Alma Recreational Center. 

The Jaguar Club Summer Program at La Alma Recreational Center is one of JTOH's most cherished events. This 3-week long camp runs annually every year from the second through fourth weeks of June.

The program is geared to provide youth ages 6 through 12 a fun-filled leadership experience utilizing field trips, science experiments, crafts and arts. Our mission is to help youth connect with their cultural roots and bond with their neighborhood. We also strive to provide opportunities for MSU Denver students to mentor youth and act as positive role models.

Our Mission: Empowering kids with a positive self-image. Instilling respect for family, community, neighborhood and the environment. Build leadership skills through celebrating heritage and cultural identity.

End of Club Celebration: This celebration is the icing on the cake. Club members, parents, community, and MSU mentors enjoy music, food, and fun activities to celebrate the end of the program and be able to share what was learned. 

Dates: Second through the fourth week of June, 10 a.m - 3 p.m, Monday through Thursday
Where: La Alma Recreational Center, 1325 W. 11th Ave, Denver, CO 80204
Cost for three-week camp: $20 per child or $50 per family of three or more
Art, Crafts, Sports, Field Trips and more
Breakfast, Lunch and Snack provided 
Registration: Begins April 1st annually by emailing In Subject Box, please put: Attention Jaguar Club Summer Program.


For More Info call Dr. Renee Fajardo at 720-329-0869

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