Gates Camp

Gates Camp is a residential summer camp located at the base of the Indian Peaks Wilderness area west of Boulder, Colorado. Our unique camp offers Boys & Girls Club members a chance to step out of their comfort zones, have new experiences, and build new skills. Campers have the opportunity to make deep connections with both nature and dedicated staff.

This summer, we are utilizing Gates Camp for day trips and teen overnight experiences. Club members between the ages of 6 and 18 will spend one day during the summer at Gates Camp, or attend a teen overnight.

At Gates Camp, Club kids will have the opportunity to explore who they are through the lens of our Five Pillars: Leadership, enthusiasm, respect, cooperation, and honesty. They will be challenged to utilize their heads, their hearts, and their hands as they grow in understanding of who they are and what they have to offer the world. Through camp programs and activities, kids will explore new ideas, work in teams, and support one another.

Program Highlights

  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Archery
  • Hands-On Environmental Games
  • Leadership Programs
  • Team Building
  • Other Outdoor Activities
  • Daily Meals and Snacks
  • Transportation to and from camp

Join the Club

Sign up and pay your $2 registration fee to get access to Gates camp, plus fun and enriching summer programs. Registration for summer is now open! The Club is open to members ages 6 – 18.

Contact Information

Address: Ward, CO

Phone: 303-534-6186

Off-Season Phone: 303-446-6827

Outdoor Education Manager: Elizabeth Croft

Email: gatescamp@bgcmd.org

History & Facilities

Our one-of-a-kind facilities at Gates Camp include authentic log cabins which house campers, counselors, and guests. The 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 getaway for people from all over the country and around the world. Eventually, a portion of this land, along with its 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.