The Craftsman & Apprentice


More About Our Camps

Summer Camps might just be our favorite time at C&a. Time is at the core of working philosophy; time for kids to dive head first into their work or to take a slow stroll towards their goals. However kids approach their work, we're here to help facilitate a space for exploration, creation, and fun. Our summer camps allow kids to dedicate time and attention to their projects. They get into that sweet workflow and parents are often surprised by their kiddo's dedication to their work. 

Each camp theme encompasses our passion for all things related to human creativity and innovation. If there are two things that make us humans, it's our ability to invent and use tools. Our ancestral skills camps teach kids to slow down and notice the world around them, to examine nature the way that our ancestors did. We learn about survival and primitive technologies that helped to propel humanity forward. In our most popular camp, Toy Shop, campers learn real skills like woodworking and sewing while they invent and create their own toys. 

We also know that learning happens when kids have great relationships with their teachers. With a small group setting, we get to know your kiddos; their strengths and challenges. We love to see them grow and change year after year.

How it works

+ Summer Camps run 9am-3pm with optional aftercare open workshop until 5:30 pm and are perfect for kids ages 5-11.
+  Each day off is a different art, craft, or DIY theme that will keep your child happy & engaged. 
+ We provide snacks, outdoor playtime & a safe atmosphere for exploration. 
+ Our camps are small, no more than 22 kids in The Workshop and no more than ten kids in The Studio
+ Our instructors are highly trained professional art educators and all of our programs are designed to encourage creative build/play and self-sufficiency. 
+ Registration is required. You can see upcoming class dates here. Don't see the date you need? We book full and 1/2 day camps ($45/3 hour workshop) for groups of 5 or more kids. 15% off registration fees for the organizing family. 

Workshop Philosophy

"Education is radically about love"- Paulo Freire

Here at the shop, we have just three simple rules: Be Kind, Be Safe and Have Fun. 

We've developed a workshop philosophy known as, The Shop Model. This philosophy is the foundation for all that we do here at C&a. 

The Craftsman & Apprentice is dedicated to being an inclusive environment. We love and respect all children regardless of ability, socioeconomic status, religion, gender identity, race, ethnicity, immigration status or language and are committed to creating and fostering a learning environment that is accessible, diverse and respectful. Scholarships and adaptive instruction available. Please reach out with any questions or requests. 

Bring the C&a experience to your location

We love to collaborate and we'll make it easy to provide hands-on maker experiences for your community. From whole day camps to one-hour workshops, let's make it happen. Contact us.

2020 Partnerships:

Graland Country Day
We'll be back at Graland Country Day School this summer! Join us for 2 weeks of 1/2 day Toy Shop summer camps. Click here to register + learn more.

Denver Public Schools: Extended Learning & Community Schools
Join us for 8 weeks of Toy Shop during DPS's Enrichment Exploration 2020 Summer Camp at Isabella Bird Elementary. Click here for details + how to register.


2019 Partnerships:

Graland Country Day
2 weeks of 1/2 day Toy Shop summer camps in their Gates Makerspace
    Denver Public Libraries
    Summer of Fun programs at locations citywide
      Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties, a week-long camp collaboration with overnight shelter build out near St. Mary's Glacier (ages 11-14)

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