PLAY!

A day program at Colvig Silver Camps for Pre-K to 4th Grade completed "Players"

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Our Mission and Philosophy

At CSC, our mission is to facilitate the development of
caring, thoughtful, and responsible human beings.
With our PLAY! day program, we believe that guided outdoor free-play is an ideal way to do this, enhancing a child’s ability to navigate their environment safely, think independently, and interact with others in positive, meaningful ways.

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Our Day Camp Program

With 52 years of experience in personalized growth and outdoor adventure at Colvig Silver Camps, we have designed a day camp consistent with our core values. Our program focuses on our players’ physical, social, and emotional connections with themselves, each other, and the world around them.

FUN is our medium, and our 600 acre site is our playground. From our basecamp tent, our players embark on one-week adventures that include various activities, around camp and on the adjacent San Juan National Forest:

  • Group problem solving at our challenge course
  • Swimming and boating at our lake
  • Learning basic care and horseback riding at our arena
  • Climbing at our 40’ climbing wall
  • Shooting at our dedicated archery range
  • Exploring our valley by trail or by creek.

What further makes our program unique is the addition of a significant free-play component. To steal a phrase,
“Play is the business of childhood.” Currently, we often hear and see that “business” is not good. Recognizing this condition, our quest for deeper developmental value in our summer experience leads us to a model where we take advantage of every available chance to help our players self-guide their adventure.

The additional focus on free-play allows dynamic opportunities for players to grow. It is an active and intentional return to one of the primary ways that children learn how to learn. In the “Clinical Report on The Importance of Play,” the American Academy of Pediatrics lists the many benefits of free-play for children:

  • Healthy cognitive development
  • Use of creativity and expansion of imagination
  • Practice with decision-making skills
  • Increases in confidence
  • Development of social skills in learning to share and resolve conflicts
  • Interaction with the world around them

Our free-play model, the connections that we strive for, and the ability to individualize the experience for every camper, are all enabled by a higher level of attention that we provide with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio, a group size limited to 16 players, and a carefully selected staff. As our players journey through the day, our approach and our 4 staff provide them ample time to let their imaginations roam and explore in different individual directions, even within the scheduled activities. By facilitating a process of discovery and opportunity, rather than dictating a curriculum, our players’ choices become an integral part of each day’s adventure.

In this manner they connect, they explore, and they grow, by returning to what we know is one the best things for them to do in the summer,

Go outside and PLAY!

Play is the foundation of learning, creativity, self-expression, and constructive problem-solving. It’s how children wrestle with life to make it meaningful.

Susan LinnContemporary American Psychiatrist
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Daily Schedule

Each session provides endless opportunity to inspire the players’ imagination and guide their wonderings and wanderings within that session’s structured activities, thus making every session its own unique journey. A typical day in camp:

  • 8:30 arrival and check in with a song, joke, or thought of welcome to initiate the day’s adventure.
  • A morning activity, maybe a horseback ride, that turns into a knighting ceremony, or a slosh in the creek where they discover how to make face paint from colored rocks.
  • An activity following lunch, maybe a hike to a rock outcropping with plenty of space to create an imaginary playground or an afternoon of arts and crafts under a shady tree.
  • 3:00 pickup after an end of the day reflection period discussing what went well, what they would want to explore more, and what they might want to share with family on the way home.
  • The last afternoon of every session is a time to celebrate with Popsicles and Performances! We’ll celeberate the session with songs, skits, poems, and activities and share a special snack!

She absolutely loved PLAY! this year - the diversity of the activities, the new friends she made, and the kindness of her counselors. It was a wonderful experience and her favorite program of the summer.

2021 PLAY! Parent

Covid 19 and Summer 2022

In the ever-changing world of Covid and Covid regulation, we continue to develop Covid 19 policies and procedures based on guidance and relevant data from the Centers for Disease Control, San Juan Basin Public Health Department, and the Colorado Department of Human Services. As we approach the summer we will finalize plans based on best practices and the most recent regulation and data and will ask our families to join us in maintinaing that plan to keep our participants and our program safe throughout the summer. As a preview, we expect our approach to look similar to school mitigation - cohort sizes of 16, masks and distance inside or in close proximity outside (both will be rare), contactless drop off and pickup, and enhanced cleaning protocols as examples. As information surrounding health and safety continues to change, we will provide updates about our planning here on our website.

Please Note: In order to best protect our community, including our residential camper community, we will be requiring all community members to be vaccinated against Covid 19. This includes campers and staff for both day and overnight programs.

Are you ready to PLAY!

One week sessions,   Monday to Friday,   8:30am - 3:00pm,   $550

Session 1

June 6th to June 10th

Session 2

June 13th to June 17th

Session 3

June 20th to June 24th

Session 4

June 27th to July 1st

Session 5

July 11th to July 15th

Session 6

July 18th to July 22nd

Session 7

July 25th to July 29th

Session 8

August 1st - August 5th

Are you ready to play?

Enrollment & Cancellation

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We are always searching for amazing summer staff!

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