Try your hand at some of the dirty jobs that kept this town alive and kicking. Dig into mining, see if you have what it takes to make pottery at a porcelain plant, and seek out a story for the newspaper. We’re digging up Golden’s history and it’s time to grab your work gloves and help out!
Try activities like: brick making, cowboy roping and leather tooling, gold panning, making paper and printing their own headlines, making pottery, visiting the chickens, a visit to the CSM Geology Museum blacksmithing, and more!
Travel back to the wild and woolly Golden of the mid-1800s. Learn what it was like growing up on a ranch while you work, learn, and play like pioneer kids. Tell a tall tale to entertain your fellow campers, cook on the woodstove, take care of the chickens, and mind your manners around our one-room-schoolhouse teacher.
Have fun with: beekeeping, schoolhouse lessons, gardening, tying knots, sewing, dressing in pioneer clothes, cooking on a woodstove, making clothespin dolls and candles, doing pioneer chores, and playing games like ice-block races, tug-of-war, and more!
Put on your thinking cap and grab your magnifying glass as you step back in time to solve history mysteries! Discover the magic of invisible ink, send messages to each other in code, and even hunt for clues. Help us solve the case, and win the day!
Colorado has prospered as a territory and state but what did it take to build a successful settlement? Explore the decisions that ancient and historic Coloradans made to ensure their survival and progress. Decide if the railroad should come through Colorado, make beneficial trades with neighboring communities, and decide which jobs are necessary for your people to triumph.
From the stage to the canvas and architecture to fashion, campers will explore popular forms of art from today and centuries past. Use paints, brushes, and fabrics to create memorable projects to take home. Line-dance like a Colorado cowboy, juggle in a Vaudeville show, and Jitterbug like a ‘20s flapper.
Create works of art using lines, dots, shapes, and colors, make petroglyphs and beaded pouches, design fashion and architecture, perform a radio play and vaudeville show, dance the waltz, jitterbug, and Macarena, and more!
Pastimes in Times Past
Have you ever wondered how people entertained themselves before TVs and iPads? Now you can find out! Travel back in time to explore popular forms of entertainment, including live performances, crafts, and historical outdoor games.
Silent Stars (9–12 only)
This is a full-day camp only!
Form production teams to write, direct, create costumes, film, and star in their own silent movie, just like the type shown in theaters in the 1920s. After editing footage and producing the final cut with professional tools (MacBook, iMovie), campers will host a fun premiere and see their work on a big screen with family and friends!