Gates Summer Camp
Gates Camp is a residential summer camp facility located at the base of the Indian Peaks Wilderness area west of Boulder, Colorado. Our unique camp offers Boys & Girls Club members, most from economically-disadvantaged families, a chance to escape the sometimes stark realities of city life and gain new perspectives.
At Gates Camp, kids can be different, experience new activities, learn a variety of new skills, and try new behaviors. Our campers have the opportunity to make deep connections with both nature and dedicated staff. Simply put, we give kids a chance to be kids—in the neighborhoods where our campers live, that’s a luxury they don’t often have.
History & Facilities
Our one-of-a-kind facilities at Gates Camp include authentic log cabins which house campers, counselors, and guests. These rustic lodgepole pine buildings were originally built in the 1920s, when the property consisted of more than 800 acres and was known as the Lodge of the Pines Guest Ranch. The Lodge of the Pines operated for a number of years and was a popular get-away for people from all over the country and around the world. Eventually, a portion of this land with original log structures was donated to what is now Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.
Operations as a summer camp began in 1974, and since that time, many additional facilities have been added to the property. Beyond the original log cabins, the Gates Camp property now includes tent platforms for additional camping grounds, a main lodge with a commercial kitchen and dining hall, a shower house, a recreation barn, and an over sized tipi. Program areas include an archery range, a three-acre lake and fishing dock, a challenge course with low and high elements, volleyball and basketball courts, a rock climbing wall, a brand new gaga ball pit, and 80 acres of pristine Colorado wilderness situated at an elevation of 9,000 feet above sea level.
Girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 13 attend one week, single-sex sessions at Gates Camp. They participate in hiking, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing, archery, hands-on environmental games, and other outdoor activities. These programs and activities teach kids to explore new ideas, work in teams, and support one another.
Campers have the opportunity to explore who they are through the lens of our “Five Pillars”: Leadership, Enthusiasm, Respect, Cooperation, and Honesty. Campers are challenged throughout their time at Gates Camp to utilize their heads, their hearts, and their hands as they become increasingly self-aware of who they are and what they have to offer the world.
What Campers Say
“Now, back home after camp, I feel like a new man in an old house.” Diamond A., 15, Johnson Club
“Working here has made me think a lot about my life. Talking to counselors about school and just realizing that I love nature and that I want a career in it.” John L., 16, Shopneck Club
“Heepwah! It was probably one of the best choices I’ve ever made.” Angel F., 14, Owen Club
“I have grown as a person and helped others to grow.” Jocelyne R., 17, Owen Club
“I know I was having pure fun.” Mariah M., 14, Cope Club
“Maybe I can’t change the world, but if I can manage to put a smile on that camper’s face I changed their world, if only for an instant.” Karol M., 14, Commerce City Club
Hear directly from our Campers on why Gates Camp is so special: