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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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My Day at Camp: Putting the pedal to the metal

I never thought my third and final “My Day at Camp” assignment of the summer would end with me fighting zombies. But that’s exactly what happened, and a lot more, when I arrived at Octane Raceway in Scottsdale for Summer Engineering Camp. In its second year offering camp, Octane Raceway once again partnered with East […]

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My Day at Camp: Getting a rock-star makeover at Girly Girlz in Scottsdale

Girly Girlz Tea & Trinkets in Scottsdale is absolutely filled to the brim with all things girly, glam and glitzy. The baby pink walls are covered in tulle tutus, purple-patterned purses, designer nail-art kits, feather boas, girly art, fun toys and much, much more. Deeper in the building, a beautiful green-and-pink tea room features delicately […]

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My Day at Camp: A first look at the Girl Scouts’ Parsons Leadership Center

I love anything that is bright, shiny and new. So being among the first to experience a camp at the Girl Scouts’ new Parsons Leadership Center was perfect. Replacing the modest Camp Sombrero campsite on South Mountain, The Bob and Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women is a 14.5-acre property with ample space for […]

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My Day at Camp: Punching away stress with karate

When I walked into Paradise Valley School of Karate in Phoenix for the first “My Day at Camp” experience of the summer (an annual tradition at RAK), I thought I knew exactly what I would be getting myself into. I had recently started a Jillian Michaels workout DVD that included some pretty rockin’ kicks and […]

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Girl Scouts’ new Parsons Leadership Center hosts year-round day and overnight camps

Nestled at the base of South Mountain, Camp Sombrero was once a sleepy collection of ramadas and small outbuildings used as a campsite for local Girl Scouts. The site has since been transformed into an inspired state-of-the-art facility designed with the environment in mind. We toured the new Bob and Renee Parsons Leadership Center for […]

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Camp Colley near Payson offers disadvantaged kids the stars

Ask Sam Poppen what he liked about Camp Colley last summer, and the list is long: “Mountain biking, hiking, sleeping in tents, the archery … and we’d get free time to explore!” says the 12-year-old sixth grader from Orangewood Elementary School in north-central Phoenix. “Oh, and the food is delicious.” Although some families take summer-camp […]

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Why summer tech camp (teaching kids to code) is worth considering

When one thinks of summer camp, it’s easy to think about kids running, hiking and playing — free from school desks, homework and, yes, computer screens. We asked David Dodge, founder of Scottsdale-based CodaKid, why summer also is a good time for kids to learn coding. Dodge is a veteran Silicon Valley game designer and […]

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77 years of summer camp at Friendly Pines in Prescott

Bebe May is the matriarch, heart, soul and owner of Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott. At 82, she still lives on the grounds of the camp her parents, Bud and Isabelle Brown, founded in 1941. She and her husband Jack, a former fighter pilot and businessman, assumed ownership in the 1960s and ran it together […]

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New Camp O’Connor offers free civics summer camp to middle schoolers

Kids entering seventh or eighth grades this fall have an opportunity to be part of an inaugural, free, one-week summer camp focusing on civics and leadership. The nonprofit O’Connor Institute (formed in 2009 by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor) is hosting the camp, in partnership with the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & […]

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Diamondbacks’ Luis Gonzalez reflects on the benefits of summer camp

Luis Gonzalez

When Luis Gonzalez and his family were on the cover of Raising Arizona Kids in June 2006, the Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder was just beginning to think about camps for his then-8-year-old triplets. Fast forward to 2017: Gonzalez and his wife, Christine, have seen their triplets (now 18 and heading off to college) master the camp […]

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