Global Village
Day Camps

Around the World

June 27-July 1
Ages 5-9 & 10-12
 

Hours: 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday.

Embark on an unforgettable, multi-sensory journey through Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas! Pack your suitcase and get ready to explore international cuisine, world music and dance, traditional games, folk stories, languages and legends from around the world. This week culminates in a whimsical world Olympics and multicultural celebration designed by the campers, with family and friends as spectators.

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Keepers of the Earth

July 11-15
Ages 5 – 11 & 12-14
 

Hours: 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday.
What does the wind whisper? What is the secret within a flower? What does a rock remember? Engage your five senses as you immerse yourself in the natural world and deepen your connection with plants, animals and the elements. Indigenous leaders will guide us to discover the ancient wisdom of the First Nations of Colorado and our vital role as stewards of the earth. Hikes, outdoor adventure, language, traditional art, food, stories, and songs help us gain new perspective as we explore the question: How can indigenous knowledge point us to a more sustainable future?

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The Art of Storytelling

July 18-22
Ages 5-11 &12-14
 

Hours: 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday.
How many ways are there to tell a story? Explore slam poetry, world music, hiphop, choreography, improv theater, and visual arts! Use your voice, movement and imagination to express your passions, experiences and ideas, and dive into the art and craft of telling your very own multimedia story. This week culminates in a live performance for family and friends.

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Arts and Science Explorers

July 18-22
Ages 8-11 & 12-16
 

Hours: 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday.
How can we combine artistic creativity and scientific investigation to understand our ecosystem? This week is for campers who love to work with their hands, create, and share their observations in inventive ways. Obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, animal tracking, bird watching at aquatic habitats, organic farming, beekeeping, farm to table cooking, nature-inspired art, and storytelling are among the activities in store! Campers will create hand-made journals to note their observations of the natural world and develop their ideas.

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Field, Farm, and Fun!

July 25-29
Ages 8-11 & 12-16
 

Hours: 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday.
Connect to the wonder and beauty of nature through food, farming and crafts, then let loose with field sports! Team games, soccer, water games, and explorations of the fields, forests, and ponds round out each day. Gain an immersive understanding of where our food comes from, how it gets to our tables, and how to harvest, plant, weed, and compost. Then bring your new knowledge to the kitchen as we learn to cook delicious treats from hand-picked veggies! Breaks are taken under the shady arbor with refreshments of “Garden Tea” and veggie sampling.

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Lights, Camera, Action!

August 1-5
Ages 11-13 & 14-16
 

Hours: 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday.
Have you ever dreamed of being a filmmaker? This is your chance to join in an immersive dive into the world of documentary filmmaking! Collaborate with professionals and other campers as you become a writer, director, producer, cinematographer and editor, gaining hands-on experience in crafting a short film. This week culminates in a screening premiere for family and friends.

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Campus Daily Schedule

8:45 – 9:00am: Students Arrive

9:00-9:30am: Morning Circle:
This camp favorite and morning ritual orients campers as a group through games, riddles, songs, story-telling, and time to share. Please arrive on time!

9:30-10:00am: Snack Break and Free Time
A healthy snack will be provided.

10:00-11:15am: Morning Workshop:
Each day, campers will participate in a hands-on, interactive, educational workshop in a specialized topic related to the weekly theme. A community mentor, educator, or experienced staff member will guide campers to develop and further their knowledge and skills in a variety of areas.

11:15-12:00pm: Lunch and Outdoor Free-Time
Campers have the option to receive free lunch at camp, or bring a healthy lunch from home. They choose from a variety of outdoor activities including gardening, soccer, free time, jump roping, frisbee, whiffle ball, chalk designing and more.

12:00-12:45pm: Team Games/Water Play:
Campers solve challenges, cool off with water games, and have fun in a variety of outdoor activities.

12:45-1:15pm: Snack break and Free Time
A healthy snack will be provided.

1:15-2:30pm: Afternoon Workshop:
A continuation of the morning theme, or a new topic will be introduced.

2:30pm-3:00pm: Closing Circle and Clean Up

*Note to Parents and Guardians: Please be on time each day for drop-off and pick-up. Camp will begin punctually at 9am each day and it is a disruption to campers when others arrive late. Students must be signed-in upon arrival and signed-out by a parent or guardian before leaving campus at the end of the day. Parents must notify the director in writing if someone other than the parent or guardian is picking up a student. An additional fee of $10 per half-hour will be charged for students who are picked up more than 15 min. late.

Summer Camp Daily Check List:
Campers are required to bring the following to each day of camp:

  • Outdoor shoes (appropriate for running, hiking, and outdoor games.)
  • Outdoor clothing that can get dirty! (on hot days we will get wet, so bring a change of clothes if needed!)
  • Lunch and snacks will be provided. Campers have the option to bring a bag lunch (we recommend a healthy, well-balanced lunch
  • Please include an ice-pack or cooling device, to keep food fresh.)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bathing Suit (optional)
  • Towel (optional)

Students should arrive each morning with adequate sunscreen. Please do not bring in bug spray that includes toxic ingredients. Electronic games are not permitted at camp. Cell phones are limited to emergency use only.

Campers will spend lunch time and team games time at the Village Farms at Stanley Marketplace, 1 mile from the Village Exchange Center (weather permitting). They will be transported daily in the Village Exchange Center van by our staff. We will take some field trips weekly. Field Trips for each week will be announced on our website and Monday mornings at camp.

Friday Festivals

We will host a family celebration and camper presentations every Friday from 2:00-3:00pm. Family and friends are invited to attend. Global Village Day Camp Celebrations serve as an opportunity for each camper and family to connect with the camp community. A healthy snack and beverages will be provided.

Feel free to contact the Village Exchange Center with questions: (720) 668-9968 | info@villageexchangecenter.org. During camp hours, the staff and faculty can be reached on campus at the Village Exchange Center. Our campus is located at Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana St. Aurora, CO 80010 and at Village Farms at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St, Aurora, CO 80010.

Tuition, Fees, and Scholarships

Camp Tuition and Fees
Sign up before June 10 and save $40 off per week!
Receive an Early Registration Discount! Register by mail or online before June 10, and receive a $40 discount per week! Payments are nonrefundable. Cancellations are eligible for tuition credit (see registration form for details).

Before June 10
$250 per 5 day camp
5 weeks $1125
4 weeks $900
3 weeks 675
2 weeks $450
1 week $250

After June 10
$290 per 5 day camp
5 weeks $1305
4 weeks $1044
3 weeks $783
2 weeks $522
1 week $290

Tuition Savings
Multi-week discount: Save an additional 10% off for each additional week you sign up!

Family Discount: Save an additional 10% off for each sibling you sign up!

Scholarships
Through the generosity of community members and grant funding, we are proud to offer a limited number of full scholarships to families who qualify. To be eligible for a scholarship students must qualify for free lunch or other “low income qualifications” such as SNAP, WIC, TANF, Medicaid, etc., as outlined by federal income eligibility guidelines. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Typically all scholarships are awarded by June 10, so please apply early.

The application must be completely filled out to be considered. A separate online application must be completed per child.

Financial Assistance will be awarded based on the following:

  • Diversity: These scholarships are intended to broaden the diversity of life experiences of campers participating in Global Village Day Camp.
  • Economic Need: We consider family size, income, and/or extenuating circumstances when making awards.
  • Motivation: A written statement from campers and their parents helps us assess motivation during our review process.
  • Funding: Awards will be made based on the availability of scholarship funds.

Who We Are

At Village Exchange Center’s Global Village Day Camp we celebrate cultural diversity, artistic creativity and sustainable living. We envision a world where compassion, community, human dignity and environmental stewardship thrive. We believe that inclusion, self-confidence, emotional intelligence and relationship building are key to preparing youth to be true citizens of the world.
Global Village Day Camp is a one-of-a-kind experience. Our campers learn how to think for themselves, be curious, ask questions and integrate knowledge and creativity in a way that each child and teen can shine. At the core, we are more than a summer camp. We are a global community making the world a more inspiring and compassionate place, one camper at a time.

More About Us

At Global Village, we believe that the diversity of our communities, and of the world at large, is a great strength. Our camp is designed to reflect the diverse communities in Aurora and attract campers from throughout the world with many cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. By learning, interacting and growing in a diverse setting, our campers are preparing to thrive in any heterogeneous environment and form meaningful relationships.

At Global Village campers develop self-knowledge and a deeper connection with their cultures of origin. We facilitate youth and families in building community across cultural divides through shared experiences in arts and nature, and opportunities to exchange, learn and grow.

We are serious about nurturing the talents and success of all our campers, providing a caring and qualified staff, as well as diverse and skillful professionals and mentors in a variety of fields. Our campers’ physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health is our top priority. We gently guide campers to develop self-expression, inspired vision, joy, and respect for all life. We give each camper the attention they need to follow their passions and to connect with each other.

What We Offer

Low camper-to-counselor ratios

In order to meet each camper’s interests and engagement and in order to offer a variety of educational methods, Global Village ensures a low camper-to-counselor ratio. This allows for both large and small group activities throughout the day, as well as plenty of individual attention and care for every camper.

Talent and Leadership

Our campers benefit from excellent and diverse educators in each discipline and at all age levels. Educators and camp counselors help establish a respectful atmosphere by modeling how to value differences and resolve conflicts easily and compassionately.

Parent Participation

Global Village believes that parent participation and free-flowing communication is integral to the success of our youth. Our summer camp families are encouraged to participate in the camp community as volunteers, workshop leaders, and participants at weekly community activities and celebrations.

Core Values

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Diversity

We are better and stronger because of our differences.
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Authenticity

We are our true selves.
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Community

We care deeply about people. We share and build relationships. We celebrate, laugh, and seek joy, even in tough times.
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Change

We welcome the unknown, embrace the unexpected and new. We adapt to meet the ever-changing times. We find new ways.
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Generosity of Spirit

We assume the best. We strive to be empathetic and compassionate.
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Integrity

We align our beliefs with our actions.
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Humility

We are respectful. We engage with an understanding that our experiences and perspectives may differ from others’.
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Vulnerability

We verbalize our feelings and listen deeply to others for development and growth.
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Curiosity

We ask, “How? Why? Why not?” When facing challenges, we self-manage by turning to wonder.

Our goal is to provide youth with a summer camp experience that:

Stimulates love for and care of the natural world

Promotes discovery of one’s own dignity and worth

Inspires service and responsibility to our global community and creates compassionate leaders

Develops commitment to core values

Develops empathetic, culturally competent campers who welcome and respect all individuals, regardless of what they look like, how they identify, where they come from, their socioeconomic status, their faith and who they love.

Volunteer

Share your passion, share your skills!

This summer, join the Global Village Day Camp community and volunteer to help make stronger futures for our local youth! GVC places a high value on its volunteers and recognizes their contributions as enriching to our programs. If you would like to become a volunteer at Global Village Day Camp, please email us! globalvillage@villageexchangecenter.org