School Age Centers
- Week 1: May 28-May 31 (Closed Memorial Day, May 27)
Camp Description Getting to Know You! Campers will get an orientation to Mesa Summer Camp and will also participate in Icebreaker and Team Building Activities! Campers will participate in hands-on activities designed to help familiarize campers with rules and expectations. Be prepared to have an AMAZING start to your summer!
- Week 2: June 3 - June 7
Camp Description Acrylic Painting 101 Create paintings based off of classic techniques that range from the simplicity of dry brush painting to the expressive form of splatter paintings inspired by Jackson Pollock. On the very last day of camp, there will be a special project that everyone will get to enjoy! Scented Creations Make different air fresheners such as three different types of candles, air sprays, water bead fresheners and much more! Let's Dance Camp Whether you are a beginner or advanced dancer, you will learn multiple combinations and different genres of music throughout the week that will challenge your abilities as dancers. Airplane Learn about the about the four principles of flight and how they keep airplanes in the air. You will construct your own airplane and compete with fellow campers to see whose aircraft can go the furthest. You will apply principles such as "thrust" and "lift" to rise above the rest! Kitchen Chemists Become a kitchen chemist by exploring how certain ingredients react to one another and why it occurs. After learning the different chemical reactions, you will put it all together and cook with them to make something delicious. Around the World in 5 Days Explore different cultures around the world by "visiting" and learning about a different country each day. Discover and learn about the different foods, games, languages and culture. Team Sports Spend a week playing different team sports, learning about sportsmanship and teamwork. Young Electrons Enjoy doing fun science experiments and engaging your brain in the scientific process. You may even get the opportunity to show off your final project in a summer science fair. It is sure to not be a negative experience! Stop Motion Explore the basics of animation and work together in a small group to develop stories, build props and characters, animate them, create soundtracks and present to the world your animation creation. LEGO Derby While considering the aerodynamics of race cars, you will have the chance to build your own racer and compete against your friends for the chance to be the champion of the LEGO Derby.
- Week 3: June 10 - June 14
Camp Description Mesa's Monet's Learn about famous work from artists such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali and more! You will also have the chance to create pop art inspired by Andy Warhol and actively express yourself like Jackson Pollock. Theater Get the chance to create your own script or perform a provided script that inspires you. Learn the lines and learn about blocking. On the final day of camp, perform your own performance for other students and family members. Robotics Work as a team with others to build a robot! Imagine it, build it and make it go! Use gears and simple circuits to explore this exciting bit of science and technology. Black and White Photography Learn more about taking black and white photos and how to take a portrait. Also learn how to use a camera and how to properly take care of it. Sign Language Learn beginner sign language with an assortment of activities. Time Travel Go back in time and become a time traveler! Learn about developments in technology and society as well as some traditional games. Jewelry Create wearable works of art! Make personalized bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more. Use different tools and materials to make the different types of jewelry. Shooting Sports (3rd - 5th grade only) Learn about gun safety through using BB guns, air rifles and archery. Collaborating with 4H, come learn about becoming a responsible shooting sportsman. Cheer Learn the essential skills to lead the crowd and support the home team! Learn basic cheers, proper hand and body movements, jump techniques and basic tumbling.
- Week 4: June 17- June 21
Camp Description Sculpting Let your imagination soar and create a 3-D Masterpiece! Learn the basic principles of sculpting and have your own piece of art at the end of the camp. You will even be a part of the summer art show! Anime Explore the animation style from a different culture and find out how if has affected our own. Cheer Learn the essential skills to lead the crowd and support the home team! Learn basic cheers, proper hand and body movements, jump techniques and basic tumbling. Exercise Learn how to improve muscle strength and motor skills by learning different types of workout techniques. Beginner Carpentry Learn the basics of carpentry by using tools safely and know how they work. Use them create a variety of different woodworking projects. Home Decor Create fabulous works of art that are both functional and aesthetically-pleasing. Use different techniques to create pieces of decorative furniture to use every day. Create a lava lamps, a basket made of rolled newspaper or even a mosaic vase. Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Learn from real crime scene investigators about crime solving, fingerprinting, police dogs and more. Learn about the court process and use your new skills to solve a mystery. Basketball Learn and have fun while developing fundamental skills from athletes and coaches. Work on shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding and defensive skills. Graphic Design Explore computer design programs and software to learn how to add music into your slideshow, how to make images look 3-D and even how to make them move! Spanish Spend a week learning different Spanish words and phrases while also learning about different Hispanic cultures. Fleece Works Learn more about fabrics, how to sew and create your own fabulous fleece creation to take home with you.
- Week 5: June 24 - June 28
Camp Description Movement in Art Explore different art styles throughout time. After learning what attributes each art movement has, apply them to your own works of art. Bring home your own timeless masterpiece at the end of camp. Nail Art Beyond learning how to make different designs, this camp will show you the basics on how to keep your hands and nails clean while adding a splash of fun to the week! Softball Learn the fundamentals of softball such as catching, throwing, hitting and fielding. You will get to be a part of a team and learn great sportsmanship! Chain Reactions This STEM camp will use dominoes and other materials to demonstrate laws of motion and cause and effect. Learn team building in a fun way while engaging hand-eye coordination, focus, steadiness and patience. The Great Outdoors Colorado is a state that is full of so many beautiful pieces of nature! Explore the beauty of the outdoors while incorporating fundamental studies on why certain things occur in nature such as the growth process of plants, trees, flowers, sun rotations and much more! Earth Science Learn the art and science of cultivating soil, growing crops, raising livestock and understand the importance of bees! Creative Writing (3rd-5th grades only) Harry Potter, Magic Tree House, Percy Jackson, Wings of Fire...let your imagination wander and learn how to write creatively. Stretch your imagination and practice how to write poetry and short stories. You will even learn how to publish a book! Let's Get Fit Learn how to eat healthy and exercise. You will have the chance to work out, make friends and have fun! Coding Create video games, animated stories and bring your imagination to life. Engage in basic coding, programming, problem solving, logic, physics and other STEM skills! Gardening Learn to shape your outdoor area to fit your vision, how to transform your own yard into a relaxing paradise, how to build flower gardens, ponds, patios and anything you can envision outdoors. You will learn about materials, techniques and tools while designing and building an outdoor oasis.
- Week 6: July 1 - July 5 (Closed Independence Day, July 4)
Camp Description Photo Academy Beginner level Photoshop tutorial that will show you how to make beautiful shapes, designs and photographs. While learning basic geometry shapes and math skills, also learn to use tools and commands that are commonly used in Photoshop. Robotics Work as a team to build a robot! Imagine it, build it and make it go! Use gears and simple circuits to explore this exciting bit of science and technology. Slime From butter slime to cloud slime, you will have a blast creating them all! Crochet Learn basic stitches and different types of yarn. For your final project, create a fun summer fashion project that incorporates crocheting. Grid Iron Games Learn conditioning, drills and how to run plays for football. There will be guest speakers during the week and a scrimmage to show off your new skills. LEGO Home Architecture Get creative and design your own house out of LEGOs. Clay Jar Sculpting Experience pottery and sculpting through hands-on learning. Use fine motor skills to mold and sculpt clay with your hands and other tools. At the end of the week, you will have an impressive creation to take home. Splatter Paint Express yourself through art and allow your imagination to splatter across the page! Experiment with colors and create your own abstract painting. You will get to participate in a large masterpiece created by the campers!
- Week 7: July 8 - July 12
Camp Description Scrapbooking Create a scrapbook to highlight your summer with pictures of yourself, your peers, camps and pictures that you bring from home. Step Up Walking Fitness Participate in different activities to track your steps and get daily exercise needed. You will compete with each other and staff to see who gets the most steps overall! Cultural Dance Learn dances from all around the world from countries such as Japan and Mexico. Learn the movements of the dance and also the stories behind each cultural dance. Brick Movie Build a video-like sequence using only still photos. Draw illustrations, use objects such as toys or other household objects to create stop motion animation. Little Hands Basket Weaving Basket weaving is an art form that is not only beautiful, but also practical. You will be able to take your handcrafted creation home with you. Creatively Crafty Allow yourself to use your imagination through arts and crafts. You will have the opportunity to create a different masterpiece each day of the week. Continental Exploration Learn about the seven continents of the globe. Discover how the Great Pyramids of Giza were built, practice your chopstick skills, create an African mask and try new foods. Baseball Learn from athletes and coaches to improve your skills, have fun, make friends and play ball! Slime From butter slime to cloud slime, you will have a blast creating them all!
- Week 8: July 15 - July 19
Camp Description Nail Art Beyond learning how to make different designs, the camp will show you the basics on how to keep your hands and nails clean while adding a splash of fun to the week! Rock and Roll Forever: A Rockin' Musical Extravaganza From Elvis to Beach Boys, learn songs, along with lines and fun dance moves. Perform a musical presentation at the end of camp in front of the other campers and families! Volleyball Stay active and exercise by learning the basics of the game. Put your skills to the test at the end of camp with a volleyball tournament! Spanish Spend a week learning different Spanish words and phrases while also learning about different Hispanic cultures. Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Learn from real crime scene investigators about crime solving, fingerprinting, police dogs and more. Learn about the court process and use your new skills to solve a mystery. Poetry Learn the basics of poetry structure, refine your English skills and put those skills to use by creating your own poetry. Spa Creations Create items such as bath bombs, lip gloss, facial scrubs and more! Gardening Learn to shape your outdoor area to fit your vision, how to transform your own yard into a relaxing paradise, how to build flower gardens, ponds, patios and anything you can envision outdoors. You will learn about materials, techniques and tools while designing and building an outdoor oasis. Woodworking Learn the basics of woodworking by using tools, techniques, safety and basic design. Campers will construct a project that will stay at the center for the summer!
- Week 9: July 22 - July 26
Camp Description On the Radio: A Musical That Is Making Everyone Want to Turn It Up! Learn songs that are oldies but goodies that range from the 1920's to today. Learn fun dance moves and perform your musical presentation in front of campers and families at the end of camp. Basketball for Beginners Learn basic fundamentals by working on shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding and defensive skills. Blast Off Learn about the history of rockets, how to make rockets and propulsion. Design, build and launch your own rocket! Shrinky Dink Design and create your own Shrinky Dink projects! Fashion Design Learn simple and easy ways to create your own fashion statements! Young Authors Choose images and invent your own unique story to go along with the pictures. Use your creativity to design your story! Clay Beads Experience pottery and sculpting through hands-on activities. Mold and sculpt clay to create beads that will be used to design your own jewelry. Junior Warrior Race Play muddy flag football, toss some eggs around and play on a muddy and wet slip 'n slide. Bring an extra pair of clothes daily! Disc Golf Learn different techniques of disc golf while developing focus and patience. Art Camp Learn about the expression and application of human creative skill and imagination through painting, coloring and other artistic methods.
- Week 10: July 29 - August 2
Camp Descprition The Disney Musical: The Movies From Mary Poppins to The Jungle Book, learn different songs along with the lines and fun dance moves. Perform a musical presentation in front of the other campers and families at the end of camp. Movement in Art Explore different art styles throughout time. After learning what attributes each art movement has, apply them to your own works of art. Bring home your own timeless masterpiece at the end of camp. Fitness Engage in different functional fitness activities such as yoga and dance. The Spa Essentials Learn how to make your own homemade lip balms, sugar scrubs, candles and bath bombs. Mastering Photography Learn the basic skills to take different types of pictures such as trick photos, black and white pictures, close-ups and prop manipulations. Scented Creations Make different air fresheners such as three different types of candles, air sprays, water bead fresheners and much more! Scrapbooking Create a scrapbook to highlight your summer with pictures of yourself, your peers, camps and pictures that you bring from home. Shooting Sports (3rd - 5th grade only) Learn about gun safety through using BB guns, air rifles and archery. Collaborating with 4H, come learn about becoming a responsible shooting sportsman. Let's Take a Selfie Learn different aspects of editing and filters to share your best fun and silly pictures with you and your friends! Soccer Accelerate your game and skills by learning how to dribble, pass, trap, run and score!
- Transition Week: August 5 - August 9
Camp Description School Starts August 8
- Camps, activities and field trips are subject to change due to weather, availability and program needs.
- Campers will not be allowed to switch camps without Parent and Director's permission.
- Signed permission slips are required for all field trips and may be required for some special activities as well. Parents will receive permission slips in advance of any activity requiring them.
- Mesa School Age Center
Hours of Operation
Monday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday Closed Sunday Closed Federal Holidays Closed
- Patriot School Age Center
Hours of Operation
Monday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday Closed Sunday Closed Federal Holidays Closed
- Parent Orientation
Parent Central Services schedules appointments to acquaint parents with their child’s program. These sessions are an important part of the enrollment process and are offered at times convenient to parents. Orientation highlights include:
- Facility tour
- Orientation of our programs and spaces
- Review of rules of conduct and procedures
- Opportunity to meet staff, care providers and key volunteers
- Complete required forms
- Parent participation
- Inclement Weather-Related Post Closure Information
During a weather-related post closure, if you are required to work, CYS will operate and open the following facilities to ensure full-day and Before & After school care is provided for your children:
If Post is closed AND School District 8 is CLOSED:
- Child care will be provided at the East CDC, Bldg. 6058 for all CDC and Kindergarten children. The East CDC is located just inside Gate 1 on Coleman Avenue. The phone number is +1(719)526-5977. We request that parents bring any emergency medications the child may need as well as diapers and a change of clothes.
- For School Age children/youth, Patriot School Age Center will open for youth that normally attend Patriot SAC, Mesa SAC, or the Before School Program at the Youth Center. Patriot SAC, Bldg. 6204 is located on Harr Avenue just inside Gate 1.
- All non-critical CYS programs will close (SKIES, Hourly Care, Part-Day Pre-School, Youth Center Open Recreation and Outreach).
If Post is closed BUT School District 8 is OPEN:
- Child care will be provided at the East CDC, Bldg. 6058 for all CDC children except Kindergarten children.
- School Age Youth who attend Patriot or Mesa SAC will attend these programs as normal.
- Kindergarteners that attend Cheyenne Mtn CDC will receive care at Patriot School Age Center. Kindergarteners that attend Aspen CDC will receive care at the Mesa School Age Center. Children will be walked or bused to school and back again as normal.
- The Youth Center wil be open after school and remain open until 1800.
- Pre-school students that attend Weikel Elementary School will be walked to and from Weikel Elementary School from the East CDC by CYS staff.
- These facilities will operate at their normal times during weather related installation clorsures unless directed otherwise by the installation commander.
For weather related early releases or delayed reporting, CYS Services essential child care programs will operate as normal.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your facility manager.
- School-Out Day Information
School-Out Days: If not currently enrolled in a Before-school or After-school program, child(ren) can attend Patriot School Age Center and will be charged an hourly rate.
For up-to-date information on facility closure due to weather go to the following facebook sites:
- Parent Volunteers
CYS Services Volunteer
Parent volunteers are a very important resource for CYS Services. Registered children/youth benefit immensely from the knowledge and skill that volunteers provide to our programs. We're looking for enthusiastic people who want to help out, sharing their talents assisting and leading various activities such as reading to children, participating in field trips, making games, repairing toys, sewing with kids, etc.
Start by becoming a registered volunteer through Army Community Service's (ACS) Go-Volunteer to find out where your talents can be best used within CYS Services. By keeping track of your volunteer hours, you can qualify for Parent Participation Points.
Transportation to and from on-post schools is provided by Fountain-Fort Carson (D-8) for K-5 students enrolled in before and after-school programs. Services are also available during the schools' off days. Fall, winter, spring, and summer camps operate according to the Fountain-Fort Carson (D-8) calendar.
Our School Age program is nationally accredited, with programming reflecting an age-appropriate curriculum. Boys and Girls Club of America, Character Counts! and 4-H Club programs are a daily part of school age programming.
Summer camp kicks off each year with Getting To Know You Week. During this time there will be an orientation on how Summer Camps at Mesa School Age Center will work along with participation in icebreaker and team building activities. These activities will help familiarize everyone with rules and expectations. Beginning the second week of camp through week ten, youth will select from a variety of specialty camps. These camps are designed to explore children’s interests and provide experiential learning opportunities. Each contains a variety of activities. Some of these activities may include: special projects, guest speakers, and field trips.
All School Age Camps encompass four core learning domains:
1. Life skills, citizenship and leadership
2. Arts, recreation and leisure
3. Academic support, mentoring and intervention
4. Sports, fitness and health
For more information, stop by Mesa SAC, Patriot SAC or Parent & Outreach Services today!
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