Chess Camp- Chess Wizards

General Info

Location › Aspen Recreation Center
Ages › Youth (5-11)



Description & Other Info

Chess Wizards offers summer and holiday vacation camps for children 6-12. We’ve developed an interactive day-camp format which includes all kinds of activities to keep kids both physically and mentally engaged during their time with us. Team chess games, puzzles, skill-building, and team and individual physical games are just some of the ways we integrate the whole person into our camp activities. A sample day might include exploration of a technical chess concept, fun group challenges which hone specific chess thinking patterns, a healthy snack, a mini-tournament, capture-the-flag, and blob tag. Or creating and designing your own chess piece to be used in a practice game with your new friends. 

 Join us this summer for tons of challenging chess lessons, exciting games, and cool prizes. You'll improve your chess skills, meet new friends, and work out your most powerful muscle - your brain! Our camps include fun team chess games (like bughouse), recess time (of course), snacks, tournaments, and puzzles. Each camper receives a T-shirt, trophy, and puzzle folder. Unleash your brain power and spend part of your vacation with Chess Wizards!

 Chess Wizards has been teaching the game of chess since 2002. Our interactive curriculum makes learning fun for new and seasoned players alike. Our camps are led by our most experienced instructors, and provides our students with a memorable camp experience while challenging their mind.

2020 Dates

Session 1: July 13-17

Session 2: August 10-14

Time: 9am-3pm

Grades: K-8

Price: $275


Session 1: July 13-17: Aspen Ice Garden

Session 2: August 10-14: Aspen Ice Garden


Please take the time to read over the changes to our policies and procedures:

Cancellation Policy

In order to receive a refund you must email [email protected] by July 8th by 5pm for the July 13-17 session and Aug 5th by 5pm for August 10-14 session.

Drop off and Pick-Up: ONLY STAFF AND CHILDREN will be allowed in the building.


Drop-off will occur from 9:00am-9:30am ONLY

  • Parents will drop campers off at the side walk of the Aspen Ice Garden entrance. 
  • Upon arrival please wait with your child in your car until you are greeted by instructor. 
  • Parents/guardians will verbally sign-in their children. 
  • Once the instructor greets parents and campers, they will do visual inspection of the child for signs of illness, which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness. Parents will be asked if the child has shown any signs of illness or been exposed to those with illness.
  • Temperature will be taken using a non-contact thermometer and recorded on the health assessment log that is kept in a file on site. 
  • Persons who have a fever of 100.40 (38.00C) or above or other signs of illness such as excessive cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath will not be admitted to the facility. We are encouraging parents and staff to be on the alert for signs of illness in children that are enrolled and please keep your child home when they are sick. 
  • Once children and staff have entered the facility, they will perform hand hygiene: Hand washing will be with soap and water for 20 seconds. 
  • All children MUST be dropped off by 9:30am. This is to help ensure that all safety protocol is adhered to.


Pick-up will occur from 2:30-3:00pm

  • Parents will pick up campers up at the side walk of the Aspen Ice Garden entrance. 
  • Upon arrival, please wait in your car until a instructor walks your child out.
  • Parents/guardians will verbally sign-out their children.
  • Children MUST be picked up by 3:00pm. 

Daily Requirements

Each child should bring the following EVERYDAY:

  • A facemask, which must be worn while at camp. We ask that you send two with your child so if one gets dirty, they have an extra. Please place the extra mask in a ziplock bag to keep clean with an additional ziplock bag for mask to be kept in while child is eating.  Additional info. can be found here:
  • His/her day pack, which will be placed in a designated laundry basket to keep items contained for each individual child
  • A full water bottle with the child’s name printed on it. Drinking fountain will not be used. Touchless water bottle filling will be available. 
  • Lunch w/ utensils (we cannot heat food) and a minimum of two snacks.  **We will not be able to hand out snacks to campers so we recommend packing extra snacks each day.**
  • Proper clothing for all types of weather as we will still be going outside throughout the day. (i.e. sun hat, raincoat, light jacket, etc.) As we will be going outside to play at times.
  • Sunscreen for self-application. We recommend applying sunscreen before the child arrives at camp, but they may bring their own for reapplication if you wish for them to do so.
  • If your child shows signs of illness at any point during the day, we will isolate them from other child, and you will be required to pick up your child within 30 mins of the call. 
  • If a child or staff become ill with a confirmed case of COVID-19 while in attendance at camp, Camp director will contact Nurse Consultant and Pitkin County Health Department for further instructions and all families will be notified of exposure. The facility will follow the guidance of the Pitkin County Health as to the amount of time we will be required to close and the disinfecting of facility.
  • Please DO NOT ALLOW your children to bring personal items such as toys, electronic devices, cell phones & etc. from home to camp. They may get lost or broken & are disruptive.
  • Appropriate footwear is a must. HEELYS, CROCS, FLIP FLOPS, AND SANDALS DO NOT WORK! We will be walking, hiking, and playing outside. Please make sure that you have well-fitting comfortable shoes when they come to camp. This is for the safety of your child.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

We are taking every precaution to ensure cleanliness and safety for your child. We will be adhering to the following cleaning and disinfecting procedures:

  • Staff will routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched.
  • Each night a deep cleaning will take place of the facility. 
  • Staff will work with children to:
  • Cough or sneeze into their sleeved arm or cover their nose and mouth with a tissue.  Throw away the tissue after they use it and wash hands. 
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. 
  • Wash their hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, especially after they cough or sneeze; an alcohol-based hand rub can be used if soap and water are not nearby.
  • Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others
  • Hand washing: We will be following all CDC recommend protocol. All children and staff will engage in hand hygiene at the following times:
  • Arrival to the facility and after breaks
  • Before and after preparing food or drinks
  • Before and after eating or handling food
  • After using the bathroom
  • After playing outdoors
  • Before transitioning to a new activity 
  • Developmental posters describing handwashing steps will be placed near sinks.
  • Proper handwashing will be with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hands are not visibly dirty, alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol can be used if soap and water are not readily available. Children will be closely supervised when they use hand sanitizer to prevent ingestion.

Social Distancing Protocol

  • Group Size of 10 kids
  • Each child will have a designated area for their belongings. 
  • Children will stay in the same group together and have the same staff member each day. Parents would have to commit to weeklong camp and no drop ins would be allowed.