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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Overnight camps in Arizona and beyond

Saguaro Camp Cedarbrook, overnight camps, sleepaway camps, resident camps, Arizona

Rock climbing at Saguaro Camp Cedarbrook in Prescott.

Call them resident camps, sleepaway camps or overnight camps — these programs offer an immersive experience over a period of days or weeks spent exploring new skills, making new friends and supporting a sense of confidence and self-sufficiency. Some important notes:

  • Directory has been updated to reflect 2017 summer dates.
  • ACA stands for the American Camp Association, an 11,000-member community of camp professionals nationwide. For more than 100 years, ACA has worked to share knowledge and experience to ensure the quality of camp programs.
  • Grade-levels indicated are as of the 2017-18 school year unless otherwise noted.
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Anytown Leadership Camp
Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona
602-888-3271 •
Ages 15-19. Fosters inclusion and respect by bringing young people of all races, cultures, religions and backgrounds together for a challenging week of learning, sharing and change. June 4-10 at Camp Wamatochick in Prescott; July 16-22 at Mingus Mountain Camp in Prescott Valley. $425 (includes transportation via chartered bus); financial aid available. ACA accredited.

Arizona Fellowship of Christian Athletes
602-264-8575 •
Arizona Motocross/Off-Road Camp. Ages 6 and older. Christian ministry and motocross training on a private track at Lynx Creek in Dewey. Lodging at Camp Wamatochick in Prescott. No prior riding experience necessary. July 10-14. $695.
Summer Sports Camp. Ages 12-18. Sport-specific camps for boys and girls seeking athletic, spiritual and leadership training. Held on the campus of Northern Arizona University. July 1-4. $430.

Astronomy Camps
Kitt Peak National Observatory and Mt. Lemmon Observatory
520-621-4079 •
Ages 12-19. Affiliated with the University of Arizona. Explore the heavens with large telescopes and experience the excitement of scientific inquiry. Hands-on science projects plus outdoor activities like hiking and volleyball and field trips to UofA and Pima Air and Space Museum. June 5-11 (ages 12-15), $975; June 20-27 (ages 14-19), $995.

Backcountry Unlimited
928-421-1046 •
Ages 14-17. Visit legendary places in the American West and enjoy thrilling, safe outdoor adventures (whitewater rafting, rock climbing, surfing, horseback touring, beach campfires, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, canyoneering, hiking, exploring and more). Summit & Sea: July 1-25, $4,500; The Left Coast: July 1-25 and July 27-Aug 19, $4,999/session; A to the Z: July 25-Aug 9, $3,499; The Real Wild West: July 1-22 and July 27-Aug 17 $4,999/session. Discounts for siblings; fees include all meals, lodging and transportation during trips.

Barrett Summer Scholars
Arizona State University • 480-965-6060 •
Grades 8-10. Live on campus, engage in college-level coursework, participate in community-engagement activities and meet peers from across the state. Designed to prepare academically talented and motivated students for enrollment and success at Barrett, The Honors College. 10th grade: June 4-16 and June 11-30 at ASU’s Tempe and downtown Phoenix campuses; 9th grade: June 4-9 and June 11-16 at ASU’s Polytechnic campus; 8th grade: June 18-23 at ASU’s West campus. $700-$1,400; need-based financial aid available. Applications due March 3.

Camp Colley
Happy Jack • 602-499-2038 •
Ages 7-17. Affiliated with Arizona Parks and Recreation Fellowship. Horse-riding skills (through a partnership with Hunkapi Horse Programs), hiking, nature education, mountain biking, trip to the fire tower, archery, arts and crafts and canoeing. July 5-8 (ages 7 and older), $239; July 25-29 (ages 8 and older), $299; includes transportation to and from Phoenix; scholarships available.

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/adventure, wilderness/outdoor survival. One- to eight-week sessions June 6-July 30. Prices vary but average $1,000/week; need-based scholarships, sibling discounts and discounts for religious affiliation. ACA accredited. Register by May 1.

Centennial Forest Environmental Education
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
928-523-8175 •
Ages 9-16. Campers gain knowledge to teach others about environmental stewardship, land ethics, and forest health and experience the world in a new way. Junior Forester Academy June 12-16; Senior Forester Academy June 19-23, Outdoor Leadership Academy June 26-30. $495/session; full and partial scholarships.

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. Short intro camp for grades K-3 with one parent. June 25-28. $231.
Children’s Camp. Grades 3-6. Faith-based activities and swimming, games, a water carnival and more. One-week sessions June 18-24 and June 25-July 1. $390.
Mini Camp. Short intro camp for grades K-2 with one parent. June 28-July 1. $175.
W.I.L.D. Grades 9-12. Backpacking, kayaking, devotionals, leadership, laughter, spiritual growth, zip lining and more. One-week camps June 4-July 1. $425.
Youth Camp. Grades 6-12. Faith-based activities, games, adventure, group competition, recreation and challenges. One-week camps June 4-10 and June 11-25. $390.

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. Concerts, recitals, talent show, dances, movie nights, camp games and more. Senior Camp (grades 9 and up): June 18-July 1. Junior Camp (grades 7-9): July 2-8.

Embry-Riddle Career Exploration Summer Programs
Prescott • 928-777-3956 •
Ages 12-18. Affiliated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Aerospace engineering and technology, aviation, computer engineering, exploration in flight, drone flight, helicopters and global security. June-July. $650-$2,400; scholarships available.

Fountain Hills Martial Arts
Camp Shadow Pines – Heber
602-499-3778 •
Warrior Camp. Ages 10-18. Military, martial arts and tactical camp covers first-aid, compass navigation, firearm safety, search and rescue, night ops, knife and hand to hand combat and more. July 27-30. $400; discount for early registration.

Friendly Pines Camp
Prescott • 888-281-CAMP (2267) •
Ages 6-13. Horseback riding (bareback, English, Western), canoeing, kayaking, challenge course, climbing, dance, fencing, archery, fishing, hiking, guitar, crafts, photography and journalism, sewing, sports, singing, ultimate Frisbee and more. One- and two-week sessions June 11-July 22. $1,280-$2,330; discounts for siblings and multiple sessions; need-based financial aid. ACA accredited.

Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council
602-452-7000 •
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 4-July 31. $250 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. $230-$420.
Shadow Rim Ranch (Payson). Grades 2-12. Zip lining, archery, canoeing, geocaching, gardening, climbing, hiking and tent camping. Four- to 13-day sessions June 4-July 31. $245 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 4-July 31. $220-$300.

Grand Canyon Youth
Flagstaff • 928-773-7921 •
Ages 11-19. Feel the exhilaration of whitewater, hike through ancient canyons, play in waterfalls, give back to your community, work as part of a team. Five- to nine-day river trips June 14-July 28 (Grand Canyon) and June 20-25 (San Juan). $750-$990/session; scholarships available.

Grand View Camp
Eagar • 602-908-9195 •
Grades 4-12. Climbing wall, low-ropes course, paintball, archery range, sling shot range, trail rides, hiking, game room, volleyball and basketball, unique team activities, relevant Bible teaching. One-week sessions June 12-July 22. $245-$280; discount for early registration.

iD Tech Camps
Arizona State University and locations nationwide
888-709-8324 •
Ages 7-17. Coding, apps, game design, robotics, filmmaking, photography, 3D printing, and more. Session dates and prices vary.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus
7001 E Williams Field Road, Mesa
480-965-0100 •
National Summer Transportation Institute. Grades 10-12. Projects and field trips demonstrate how all types of engineers (from aerospace to software) plan and maintain Arizona’s systems of transportation. June 18-23, June 25-30, July 9-14, July 16- 21. Free; program is funded by the NSTI.

Mingus Mountain Camp
Prescott Valley • 928-634-5273 •
Grades 1-12. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church. An immersive spiritual experience with a variety of outdoor activities. Three-day camps for parent and child June 2-4 (grades 1-3), $150; five-day camps June 5-10, June 19-23 and June 26-30 (grades 3-12), $250-$450. ACA accredited.

Montlure Presbyterian Church Camp
520-603-5080 •
Grades 4-12. A Christian camping ministry affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Hiking, team building, volleyball, tether ball, archery, stargazing and night hikes, group games, arts and crafts, board games. One-week sessions June 12-17, June 19-24, June 25-29 and July 10-15. $450-$650.

Phoenix Suns Basketball Camp
Pine Summit Camp, Prescott • 602-594-2267 •
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 28-July 2. $495; need-based financial aid, discounts for siblings and registration before Feb 28.

Prescott Pines Camp
Prescott • 928-445-5225 •
Grades 3-high school. Affiliated with Southwest Church Connection. Horseback riding, zip line, high ropes, archery, canoeing, rock wall, team games, chapel, hiking, gold panning. One-week sessions June 4-July 21. $284/week; discounts for early registration. Accredited through Christian Camp and Conference Association.

Saguaro Camp Cedarbrook
Prescott • 623-979-1984 •
Grades 2-12 (separate camps for boys and girls). A Christian outdoor camp. Archery, visual arts, hiking, music, outdoor activities, religious activities, riflery. June 25-July 1. $440; need-based assistance and sibling discounts available. ACA accredited.

Shane Weight Loss & Fitness Camp
Mayer, Arizona and locations around the country
914-271-4141 •
Ages 7-17. Supervised weight loss camp. Sports, horseback riding, swimming. June 11-July 23. $2,475.

Simply Soccer International Overnight Camps
Prescott • 480-585-7684 •
Ages 7-18. Professional coaching for advanced players and goalkeepers June 13-22, July 9-13 and July 16-20; also offers day-commuter and extended-day-commuter programs. $295-$595/session; camp fees must be paid in full by May 1.

St. Joseph’s Youth Camp
Mormon Lake (23 miles southeast of Flagstaff)
480-449-0848 •
Ages 8-17. Horseback riding, kayaking, archery, hiking, drama, outdoor activities, telescope and campfire nights, shelter building and more. One-week sessions June 25-July 22. $598 (includes transportation to and from camp); discount for early registration.

The Harden Education and Recreation Therapy (HEART) Center
Wilderness Ranch, Pinetop
480-584-6151 •
Ages 7-17 with all levels of ability. Animal care, art, campfires, horseback riding, nature exploration (crawdad fishing, hiking), sports (archery, baseball, soccer, swimming). One- or two-week sessions July 24-Aug 4. $750-$1,700; need-based assistance.

The Orme School Summer Camp
Mayer, Arizona • 928-632-7601 •
Adventure Camp. Ages 11-17. Swim in Lake Powell, explore slot canyons at Antelope Canyon, hike to Horseshoe Bend, travel to Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park and Kanab, Utah. July 16-22. $850.
Horsemanship Camp. Ages 11-17. Campers are divided by riding ability. Daily riding instruction, training, exercises and more, with plenty of time for traditional camp fun out of the saddle. June 18-24 and June 25-July 2. $850.
Traditional Camp. Ages 11-17. Swimming, arts and crafts, horseback riding, visiting local watering holes, archery, cooking, and evening campfires. July 2-8 and July 9-15. $850/session.

Ultimate Technology Boot Camp
Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus
7171 E Sonoran Arroyo Mall, Mesa
480-727-5106 •
Grades 9 -12. Create mobile apps, develop cutting-edge games, design and build robots and more with the guidance of ASU faculty. June 5-16. $1,800. Register by April 30.

YMCA Camp Sky-Y
5725 S. Senator Highway, Prescott
800-660-1385 •
Affiliated with Valley of the Sun YMCA. Ages 7-17. Sixty-foot climbing tower, bouldering, archery, paintball, orienteering, hiking trails, canoeing, team challenge, high and low ropes courses. One-week sessions June 4-July 29. $515-$565/week; need-based financial aid available. ACA accredited.

YMCA Triangle Y Ranch Camp
Oracle •520-884-0987 •
Affiliated with YMCA of Southern Arizona. Ages 7-17. Horseback riding, caving, zip lining and more. One-week sessions June 4-July 28. $475/session; financial aid available. ACA accredited.


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

Army and Navy Academy
2605 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad
760-729-2385 •
Camp Challenge Leadership Development Program. Grades 6-12. Leadership training, hands-on learning and outdoor adventures. July 2-15 and July 16-29. $2,995.
Camp Challenge Leadership Education and Training. Grades 9-12. Campers overcome physical and mental challenges while developing self-confidence as leaders and contributing as team members. July 2-29. $4,995.
Camp Pacific. Ages 8-16. A traditional camp focused on fun, teamwork, sportsmanship and self-improvement. July 2-15 and July 16-28. $2,395-$2,595/session.

San Jacinto Mountains, California
800-645-1423 •
Ages 8-17. Affiliated with Guided Discoveries. Telescope observations, rocketry, planetary and solar science, mountain adventure activities (camp outs, mountain biking, archery, rock climbing, bouldering and more), Dungeons & Dragons, LARPING (live-action role-play gaming) and more. Campers and staff come from around the world. One-week sessions (ages 8-13) June 10-30, $1,300-$1,400; two-week sessions (ages 12-17) July 2-28, $2,400. ACA accredited.

Camp Ocean Pines
Cambria, California
805-924-4019 •
Ages 7-15. Archery, tomahawks, slingshots, glass melting, tie-dye, friendship bracelets, falconry, surfing, “epic sand castles,” kayaking with otters, dancing, karaoke, acting, clown school, sunrise yoga, “hammock hangouts,” team-building challenge, pizza throwing, outdoor cooking, “ultimate s’mores,” roller-coaster building, water rockets, parachute rescue and more. Six- to eight-day sessions June 25-Aug 11. $1,048-$1,998; discounts for early registration. ACA accredited.

Camp Lincoln/Camp Lake Hubert
Minnesota • 800-242-1909 •
Ages 5-17 (girls only at Lake Hubert, boys only at Lincoln). Activities vary by camp but both offer archery, canoeing/kayaking, crafts. day trips, golf, guitar, high ropes, horseback riding, martial arts, mountain biking, riflery. sailing, team sports, windsurfing, wilderness activities and more. Two-, three-, four- and eight-week sessions and several week-long specialty camps June 14-Aug 15. $695-$8,900/session.

Camp Up with People
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
540-820-2296 •
Ages 13-17. A performing arts camp that brings together young people from around the world who also explore Washington, DC, go zip lining and perform community-service projects. Sessions culminate with an on-stage public performance. Three-week sessions June 25-July 15 and July 16-Aug 5. $3,450/session (includes lodging/meals and transportation from/to Dulles International Airport); discounts for siblings.

Camp Woodland for Girls
Eagle River, Wisconsin
847-446-7311 •
Ages 7-16 (girls only). Experience a Wisconsin adventure and learn to play tennis, sail in a regatta, be a champion horseback rider and more. A purposefully designed program of recreation, skill development and leadership training. Two-week introductory session June 24-July 9, four-week session June 24-July 23, six-week session June 23-Aug 6. $2,395-$5,995/session; discounts for siblings. ACA accredited.

Catalina Island Camps
Avalon, California
626-296-4040 •
Grades 2-10. 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-week sessions June 19-26 and Aug 7-14; two- and four-week sessions June 26-Aug 7. $1,750 – $3,500; discounts for siblings. ACA accredited. Also offers Family Camp Aug 16-20.

Catalina Sea Camp
Tonyon Bay on Catalina Island
800-645-1423 •
Ages 8-17. Affiliated with Guided Discoveries. Marine biology, outdoor activities, rock climbing, sailboarding, science, scuba certifications, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, swimming, underwater video. One-week sessions (ages 8-13) June 10-30; three-week sessions (ages 12-17) July 2-Aug 11. $1,700-$4,600; scholarships. ACA accredited.

Colvig Silver Camps
Durango, Colorado
800-858-2850 •
Grades 2-11 (completed). Archery, animal care, arts and crafts, hiking, fishing, river tubing, cookouts, campfires, dances, capture the flag, team building, Spruce-Man Group (drumming), wilderness travel and adventure. Two- and four-week sessions June 12-Aug 11. $2,600-$5,640; discounts for siblings and multiple sessions. 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, ropes course, paintball, zip line, horseback riding, riflery, archery, swimming, fishing, canoeing, fencing, 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 11-Aug 5. $1,125-$2,130/session; discounts for siblings and early registration. ACA accredited.

Future Stars
Yavapai College, Prescott
623-326-4267 •
Basketball and Volleyball Camps. Ages 10-16. Basketball fundamentals, court vision, defensive strategies and shooting. Volleyball fundamentals, transition footwork, and offensive/defensive strategies. Both camps incorporate a leadership curriculum. Mon-Thur June 12-15. $599. Register by May 22.

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
Idyllwild, California
951-468-7265 •
Ages 9-12. Filmmaking, piano, modern art, clay and sculpture, musical theater, dance, writing and more. One- and two-week sessions June 11-Aug 6. $1,560-$3,020.

Pali Adventures
Pacific Palisades, 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, leadeship and more. One-week or multi-week sessions June 11-Aug 12. $2,145/week; discounts for multiple weeks

River Way Ranch Camp
Sanger, California
800-821-2801 •
Ages 7-16. More than 70 activities including wakeboarding/waterskiing, motocross, gymnastics, go-karts, horseback riding, swimming, water sports, culinary arts, paintball, laser tag, and more. One- and two-week sessions June 18-Aug 12. $2,095-$4,095; discounts for select sessions and early registration. ACA accredited.

Summer at Santa Catalina
Monterey, California
831-655-9386 •
Grades 3-9. Golf, horsemanship/riding, surfing, musical theater, photography, cooking, dance, movie making, science, visual arts, sewing, ceramics, evening activities, weekend outings and more. Two-, three- and five-week sessions: June 18-July 22, June 18-July 1, July 2-22. 2017 rates pending at press time.

Towering Pines Camp for Boys
Eagle River, Wisconsin
847-446-7311 •
Ages 7-16 (boys only). Skill development in a wide variety of sports (sailing, tennis, riding, swimming, archery, soccer and more), games, challenges and leadership opportunities that support personal growth and develop life skills. Two-week introductory session June 24-July 9, four-week session June 24-July 23, six-week session June 23-Aug 6. $2,395-$5,995/session; discounts for siblings. ACA accredited. Registration deadline: May 1.

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