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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

2018 overnight camps in Arizona and beyond

Whether they stay for a few days or several weeks, kids who attend sleep-away camp gain valuable life experience: immersion in new skills and opportunities to make new friends, develop self-reliance and practice independence in a safe and supervised environment.

Editor’s note: “ACA accredited” means a camp has met or exceeded the standards established by the American Camp Association.


Anytown Leadership Camp
Prescott and Prescott Valley
602-888-3271 •
Ages 15-19. Young people of all races, cultures, religions and backgrounds come together for a challenging week of learning, sharing and change. June 22-30 at Mingus Mountain Camp in Prescott Valley. July 22-28 at Camp Wamatochick in Prescott. $450.

Arizona Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Northern Arizona University campus
602-264-8575 •
Ages 12-18. Sport-specific camps for boys and girls seeking athletic, spiritual and leadership training. June 30-July 3. $450.

Astronomy Camp
Mt. Lemmon Observatory
520-621-4079 •
Ages 12-15. Affiliated with the University of Arizona. Explore the heavens with large telescopes and hands-on science projects plus hiking, volleyball and field trips to Kitt Peak National Observatory, the UofA campus and Pima Air and Space Museum. June 10-16. $975.

Backcountry Unlimited
928-421-1046 •
Ages 12-17. Outdoor adventures include whitewater rafting, rock climbing, surfing, horseback touring, beach campfires, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, canyoneering, hiking, exploring and more. Five- to 20-day trips in June and July.

Barrett Summer Scholars
Arizona State University
480-965-6060 •
Grades 8-10 (must meet eligibility requirements). Experience college firsthand and prepare for enrollment at Arizona State University’s Barrett, the Honors College. 8th grade: June 17-22 at ASU’s West campus. 9th grade: June 3-8 and June 10-15 at ASU’s Polytechnic campus. 10th grade: June 3-15 ASU’s Tempe campus and June 17-29 at the downtown Phoenix campus. $700-$1,400; need-based financial aid available. Applications due March 5.

Camp Daisy and Harry Stein
Prescott • 480-951-0323 •
Grades 2-11. Affiliated with Congregation Beth Israel. Archery, canoeing, dance, drama, field trips, Frisbee golf, hiking, horseback riding, leadership development, music, outdoor activities, religious activities, rock climbing, sports, swimming, travel. June-July. $1,100-$5,500/session. ACA accredited.

Camp Ponderosa Ranch
Heber •
Faith-based summer camp affiliated with The Salvation Army. Four- and six-day camps June 19-July 28.

Camp Shane
Orme School campus in Mayer
928-239-9309 •
Ages 7 and up. Affiliated with Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts. Supervised weight-loss camp offering horseback riding, swimming, sports, nutritional education and behavioral therapy. Two-week sessions June 10-July 22. $2,520.

Centennial Forest Environmental Education
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
928-523-8175 •
Ages 9-16. Campers learn about environmental stewardship, land ethics and forest health. Junior Forester Academy June 11-15; Senior Forester Academy June 18-22, Outdoor Leadership Academy June 25-29. $495.

Chapel Rock Camp
Prescott • 928-445-3499
Affiliated with the Episcopal diocese; all camps offer need-based financial aid and are ACA accredited.
Ankle Biter’s Camp. A short intro camp for ages 5-8 with one parent. June 24-27. $231.
Mini Camp. Shortened independent camp experience for ages 6-8. June 27-30. $175.
Children’s Camp. Grades 3-6. Faith-based activities, arts and crafts, classic camp activities, swimming, games, a water carnival and more. June 17-23 or June 24-30. $390.
Youth Camp. Grades 6-12. Faith-based activities, games, adventure, group competition, recreation and challenges. June 3-9 or June 10-16. $390.
W.I.L.D. Grades 9-12. Backpacking, kayaking, devotionals, leadership, spiritual growth, zip lining and more. One-week camps June 3-30. $425.

Curry Summer Music Camp at NAU
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
928-523-2323 •
Grades 7-13. Work with NAU School of Music faculty and renowned musicians from across the country. Senior Session (grades 9 and up): June 17-30. Junior Session (grades 7-9): July 1-7. $729-$1,399.

Embry-Riddle Career Summer Camps
Prescott • 928-777-3956 •
Ages 12-18. Affiliated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Explore flight, engineering, robotics, safety/security/intelligence, space and more. June-July.

Friendly Pines Camp
Prescott • 888-281-CAMP (2267)
Ages 6-13. Horseback riding (bareback, English, Western), canoeing, kayaking, challenge course, climbing, dance, fencing, archery, hiking, guitar, crafts, photography and journalism, riflery, sewing, sports, singing, swimming, ultimate Frisbee, videography, waterskiing and more. One- and two-week sessions June 10-July 21. $1,350-$2,430; discounts for siblings and multiple sessions; need-based financial aid. ACA accredited. Also offers family camp.

summer camp, Girl Scouts, day camp, overnight campGirl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council
602-452-7030 •
All camps are for girls only (but not just Girl Scouts), are ACA accredited and offer need-based financial aid.
Camp Maripai (Prescott). Grades K-12. Archery, canoeing, horseback riding, outdoor skills development, arts and crafts, hiking, acting, cooking out, geocaching. Session lengths vary June 3-Aug 1. $255 and up.
Parsons Leadership Center (Phoenix). Grades 2-12. Swimming, crafting, archery and a variety of different activities each week — from cooking to fashion, gardening and photography — at overnight and hybrid day/overnight camps. June 4-Aug. 1 $150 and up.
Shadow Rim Ranch (Payson). Grades 2-12. Zip lining, archery, canoeing, geocaching, gardening, climbing, hiking and tent camping. Four- to 13-day sessions June 3-July 27. $340 and up.
Willow Springs Program Center (Prescott). Ages 5-17. Arts and crafts, outdoor cooking, hiking, archery, games, singing, challenge course and ceramics. Three-day to two-week sessions June 3-July 27. $340 and up.

Grand Canyon Youth
Flagstaff • 928-773-7921 •
Whitewater rafting, hiking, community service and team building. Five- to nine-day Colorado river trips for ages 15-19 June 13-July 31. San Juan River trip for ages 10-14 June 27-July 2. $780-$1,050.

Grand View Camp
Eagar • 602-908-9195 •
Grades 4-12. Affiliated with Grand View Ministries. Disc golf, trail rides, obstacle course, mountain biking, archery, hiking, sports, climbing wall, paintball, slingshot range, Bible teaching. One-week sessions June 11-July 21. $255-$290.

iD Tech Camps
Arizona State University
888-709-8324 •
Ages 7-17. STEM programs designed to instill in-demand skills in areas including coding, game development, robotics and design, filmmaking, photography, 3D printing, and more. Weeklong day and overnight sessions June-July. Costs vary by course.


Montlure Presbyterian Church Camp
Camp Colton, northwest of Flagstaff
520-603-5080 •
Grades 4-12. Affiliated with Grand Canyon Presbytery and De Cristo Presbytery. Hiking, team building, volleyball, tether ball, archery, stargazing and night hikes, group games, arts and crafts, board games. One-week sessions in June. $450-$750.

Phoenix Suns Basketball Camp
Pine Summit Camp, Prescott
602-379-7773 •
Ages 6-17. Boys and girls will learn tips and tricks, drills and skills that improve enjoyment of the game. Personal attention from experienced coaches and a certified athletic trainer. June 27-July 1. $495.

Prescott Pines Christian Camp
Prescott • 928-445-5225 •
Grades 6-12. Outdoor experiences and faith-based activities. June 15-20 or June 24-29. $304.

Saguaro Camp Cedarbrook
Prescott • 623-979-1984
Grades 2-12 (separate camps for boys and girls). An interdenominational Christian outdoor camp offering archery, visual arts, hiking, music, outdoor activities, religious activities, riflery and more. June 24-30. $440; need-based assistance and sibling discounts available. ACA accredited.


The Orme School Summer Camp
Mayer • 928-632-7601 •
Ages 10-17. Swimming, arts & crafts, horseback riding, archery, cooking, evening camp programs and specialized tracks in horsemanship, art, sustainability and the outdoors. July 8-13 or July 15-20. $875.

Tonto Creek Camp
​Payson & Happy Jack Arizona
844-411-2267 •​
​Ages 9-17. Archery,​ low ropes course, hiking, kayaking, ​zip line, ​leadership development, outdoor activities, sustainable gardening, ​nature ​photography​, and swimming​.​ ​Three- or four-night sessions​ June ​3-30; ​four-night/five-day session ​July 2-6. Entrepreneurship camp​ for high schooler​s​ June ​6-​10. ​$350 and up; discounts for siblings, full scholarships available for entrepreneurship camp and for youth in foster care.

Warrior Camp
Camp Shadow Pines in Heber
602-499-3778 •
Ages 10-18. This four-day, three-night coed leadership camp teaches kids to be aware of their surroundings, stay calm in stressful situations, basic defense methods, weaponry and more. Plus: capture the flag, morning hikes and the all-important mud pit. Camp is taught by Fountain Hills Martial Arts with law enforcement experts. $525-$625; early registration discount available.


YMCA Camp Sky-Y
Prescott • 800-660-1385 •
Ages 7-17. Affiliated with Valley of the Sun YMCA. A 60-foot climbing tower, bouldering, art, archery, campfires, horseback riding, juggling, marksmanship, paintball, orienteering, hiking trails, canoeing, team challenge, high and low ropes courses and more. New this year: camp journalist and camp radio DJ programs (for ages 9-12) allow campers to contribute to camp announcements, collect camp stories for the daily bulletin, take videos and more. One-week sessions June 3-Aug. 4. $605-$650/week; discounts for YMCA members; need-based financial aid available. ACA accredited. Also offers family camps.

YMCA Triangle Y Ranch Camp
Oracle • 520-884-0987 •
Ages 7-17. Affiliated with YMCA of Southern Arizona. Horseback riding, caving, zip lining and more. One-week sessions June 3-July 27. $475-$525; financial aid available. ACA accredited.



The following camps participated in February’s Camp Fair AZ and draw a significant number of campers from Arizona.

Army and Navy Academy
Carlsbad, California
760-434-7564 (Camp Pacific)
760-547-5288 (Camp Challenge)
Camp Pacific. Ages 8-16. A traditional camp focused on fun, teamwork, sportsmanship and self-improvement. Offers surfing, seaside games, daily skill classes and more. July 1-14 and July 15-27 $2,395.
Camp Challenge Summer Leadership Development Program. Grades 6-8. Leadership training, hands-on learning and outdoor adventures. July 1-14 or July 15-27 ($2,995), July 1-28 ($4,995).
Camp Challenge Leadership Education and Training. Grades 9-12. A Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps credit-producing program. Campers overcome physical and mental challenges while developing self-confidence as leaders and contributing as team members. July 1-14 or July 15-27 ($2,995), July 1-28 ($4,995).

Camp Lincoln, Camp Lake Hubert, overnight campsCamp Lincoln/Camp Lake Hubert
Lake Hubert, Minnesota
800-242-1909 •
Ages 5-17 (girls only at Lake Hubert, boys only at Lincoln). More than 40 activities including archery, canoeing/kayaking, crafts, day trips, golf, guitar, high ropes, horseback riding, martial arts, mountain biking, paddleboarding, riflery, sailing, team sports, water skiing, windsurfing, wilderness activities and more. Two-, three-, four- and eight-week sessions June 14-Aug. 21. $3,100-$9,300. ACA accredited. Also offers shorter intro camps, a coed camp and family camp.

Camp Ocean Pines
Cambria, California • 805-927-2054
Ages 7-15. A comfortable, enjoyable space for shy, awkward kids. Archery, tomahawks, slingshots, glass melting, tie-dye, friendship bracelets, falconry, surfing, “epic sandcastles,” kayaking with otters, dancing, karaoke, acting, clown school, sunrise yoga, “hammock hangouts,” team-building challenge, pizza throwing, outdoor cooking, “ultimate s’mores,” water rockets, and more. Six- to 12-day sessions June 17-Aug 10. $1,131-$2,086; discounts for early registration. ACA accredited.

Catalina Island Camps, overnight camps, California summer campsCatalina Island Camps
Avalon, California
626-296-4040 •
Grades 1-10. Archery, high ropes course, hiking, kayaking, leadership development, outdoor activities, sustainable gardening, photography/GoPro videography, riflery, rock climbing, sailing, snorkeling, stand-up paddle-boarding, swimming, tubing. One-, two- and four-week sessions June 18-Aug. 13. $1,875-$6,400; discounts for siblings. ACA accredited. Also offers Family Camp Aug 15-19.

Colvig Silver Camps
San Juan Mountains, Colorado
970-247-2564 •
Grades 2-11 (completed). Offers five programs tailored to four different age groups. Activities vary by session but may include horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, target sports, lake activities, court sports, special theme days, cookouts, campfires, dances, capture the flag, team building, wilderness travel and adventure. Two- and four-week sessions June 11-Aug 10. $2,700-$5,840; discounts for siblings and multiple sessions; limited scholarships available. ACA accredited.

Crazzy’s Wasewagan Camp & Retreat
Angelus Oaks, California
805-498-5572 •
Ages 5-16. Stand-up paddle boarding, water slide, glow bowling, roller skating, high ropes course, paintball, zipline, horseback riding, riflery, archery, swimming, fishing, canoeing, fencing, field trips, hiking, river walks, arts and crafts, karaoke, campfires and s’mores, beach volleyball, mountain biking, climbing wall, basketball and more. One- or two-week sessions June 10-Aug 4. $1,105-$2,250; discounts for siblings and early registration. ACA accredited.

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
Idyllwild, California
951-468-7265 •
Ages 9-18. Arts-immersion workshops for a diverse student population of all ages and abilities. Intensive practical instruction in all the visual and performing arts, including sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, Native American arts, film, digital media, fashion design, dance, music, theater and creative writing. One- and two-week sessions June 24-Aug 5. $1,560-$4,480. Also offers family camp June 16-22.

Independent Lake Camp
Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania
800-399-2267 •
Ages 6-17. Circus skills (including aerial adventures and magic), arts (fine arts, dance, rock/electronic music, performing arts, digital arts), sports, aquatics, extreme sports (skateboarding, rollerblading, mountain biking), computer/role playing games, horseback riding, go-karts and more. Two- and three-week sessions June 24-Aug 26 or customize your dates. $3,150-$4,750/session; 5 percent sibling discount. ACA accredited.

Pali Adventures
Running Springs, near Los Angeles, California
909-867-5743 •
Extreme action, flying trapeze, Hollywood stunts, LARP, motorsports, water sports, culinary arts, film, movie makeup, fashion, broadcasting, magic, DJ, dance, acting, leadership and more. Weeklong sessions June 17-Aug 18. $2,199 per week; discounts for multiple weeks.


River Way Ranch Camp
Sanger, California
800-821-2801 •
Ages 7-16. More than 70 activities including acting, animal care, archery, arts & crafts, sports, BB guns, English riding, film production, horse jumping and vaulting, kayaking, kneeboarding, martial arts, paddle boarding, paintball, photography, ropes course, trail rides, wakeboarding, water skiing, whitewater river rafting, zipline and more, including specialty-intensive camps. New this year: Drone Camp. Campers will learn how to fly a drone, produce a video from captured drone footage and more. One- and two-week sessions June 17-Aug 11. $2,145-$4,095; discount for early registration (by March 12). Use code RAK250 to save $250 on select two week sessions. ACA accredited.

Summer at Santa Catalina
Monterey, California
831-655-9386 •
Ages 8-14. Nearly 50 classes are offered on the campus of this private Catholic girls school, including aquatics, equestrian skills, cooking, dance, math, movie-making, photography, science, sports (basketball, golf, tennis, surfing, yoga), theater arts and visual arts. Also offers evening activities, weekend outings and more. Two-week session June 17-30, three-week session July 1-21 and five-week session June 17-July 21. $2,900-$6,200.


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