Specific Focus Summer Camps for Kids

This Summer: Faith and Fun for Some, an Escape From Everyday for Other

Phoenix Summer Camps
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Looking for a summer camp for your child? In this section, I include two specific categories of uniquely focused summer camps.

Religious and Faith-Based Summer Camps for Arizona Kids

These summer programs may have regular camp activities, but there is also a faith component to the camp. They appear here in alphabetical order. Quotations were obtained from the camp's website.

Faith Adventure Camp
A one-week Christian camp near Payson for boys and girls (separate camps). "This camp is open to all campers who have completed grades 2-6, regardless of race, religion, or physical handicap. F.A.C. is known for its small group and hands-on activity program. Campers select four activities to participate in during their week at camp. The activity categories include: outdoor living skills, sports, crafts, communication arts, nature crafts and skills, and includes a wide variety of choices to fit campers’ interests. Activity groups are limited to no more than 12 campers and taught by a trained adult. This ensures that each camper receives personal attention. Since the goal of F.A.C. is to teach boys and girls about the Lord Jesus Christ, the highlight of camp is our time spent in worship, prayer, and studying God’s Word."

Summer Enrichment Day Camp at Tri-City Baptist Church
"... a 10-week day camp full of fun and educational activities such as field trips to Big Surf, the Arizona Science Center, Makutu's Island and other destinations. Academic enrichment includes math, reading, spelling, grammar and computer skills." Ages 5-12.

East Valley JCC
A variety of camps for ages 2 - 9th grade. Music, dance, field trips, swimming, overnights, Jewish studies.

Mingus Mountain Camp & Retreat Center
Elementary camps and youth Christian camps at Mingus Mountain in Prescott Valley. Camps are broken down into four age groups. Sponsored by the Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Prescott Pines Camp
"Affiliated with the Southwest Conservative Baptist Association, Prescott Pines welcomes over 11,000 guests per year; Christian groups from diverse backgrounds, as well as school classes, government groups, non-profit organizations, and more. We also sponsor Christ-centered programmed camps throughout the year."

United Christian Youth Camp
Three different camps covering 4th through 12th grade. "Throughout the week, campers are challenged to take the next step in their relationship with Jesus - whether that be meeting Him for the first time or growing deeper in their walk with Him. A typical day includes small group time & quiet time, morning  & evening teaching and worship, team competitions and many recreation options."

Special Need Camps for Kids and Families

These summer programs are for children and families that need an escape from whatever challenges they may be facing in everyday life, to enjoy a short time with other who have similar challenges. They appear here in alphabetical order.

Arizona Camp Sunrise
A special needs camp for children who have or have had cancer and for their brothers and sisters. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Arizona Magic of Music & Dance
A one week program for children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities that prepares them to stage a theater production written and choreographed especially for them.

Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped
Phoenix. Ages 8-21. General activities, half day sessions.

Ballet Arizona
Ages 8 - 15.  "Classes are designed to help children with Down syndrome nurture their interest in music, dance and self-expression. The Adaptive Dance Program has the goals of teaching rhythm, safe stretching, body awareness, building assurance and self-confidence, developing appreciation for different types of music, enhancing social skills and having fun!"

Camp Candlelight
Camp Candlelight is one-week of summer activities such as arts and crafts, archery, horseback riding, rock climbing, campfires and hiking. The camper must have a primary diagnosis of epilepsy and be between ages 8 and 15.

Camp Challenge
A summer day camp for youth ages 5-21 with developmental disabilities. Camp participants get to enjoy arts & crafts, games, swimming, music, field trips, and bowling, as well as many other activities! Camp participants must be able to participate successfully in a 1:4 environment. 

Camp Discovery
Two different half-day camps, one for children 5-11 years old and the other for those 12-17 years old, are available to give children and teens on the autism spectrum the opportunity to participate in a wide range of enriching learning opportunities. The structured camps are rooted in fun, educational activities, which promote socializing and making new friends. Students have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, science experiments, and healthy cooking sessions, along with a series of computer and sensory activities. The camps are designed to encourage children and teens to increase their social skills, independence and self-confidence in a safe environment. 

Camp Honor
A special needs camp for children with hemophilia and/or HIV, their siblings, and children of hemophiliacs. Sponsored by the Arizona Hemophilia Association.

Camp Kesem
A free, week long summer camp for children of cancer patients. Ages 6 - 16. Coordinated by Arizona State University, it takes place in Payson, AZ.

Camp Ponderosa Ranch
Salvation Army camp programs are targeted to children ages 7 to 16. Many participants are from disadvantaged families and come from very difficult family and community environments. Camp sessions include 5-9 day camps with four different programs. Near Heber, Arizona."

Camp Rainbow
A special needs camp for children in Arizona, ages 7 - 17, who have or have had cancer or a chronic blood disorder. Youngsters gather to do all the fun things youngsters do at summer camp: swim, fish, hike, ride horseback, make new friends, and more.

Camp Soaring Eagle
Camp Soaring Eagle runs year round, medically supervised, camping programs for children and family members from across Arizona with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Several types of camping programs including illness specific camping weekends, family retreats and travel programs.

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