Looking for a summer camp for your child? These camps are focused on outdoor experiences, and, as you might imagine, are typically located in the cooler, northern parts of Arizona. They are listed here in alphabetical order. Quotations were obtained from the camp's website.
Audubon Adventures Summer Camp
Weekly activities include naturalist-led archery, animal tracking, hiking, wilderness skills, star-gazing and more at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. Each week focuses on a special nature and science theme. Designed for 5th and 6th graders.
Grand Canyon Youth
"Grand Canyon Youth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Flagstaff, Arizona. We provide youth (ages 11–19) an experiential education along the rivers and canyons of the Southwest in an effort to promote personal growth, environmental awareness, community involvement, and teamwork among people of diverse backgrounds."
Lake Pleasant Aquatic & Nature Summer Camp
"The camp is geared towards helping local Boy Scouts earn their merit badges while providing the necessary leadership and rank advancements. However, all boys ranging in ages 11 to 17-years-of-age are welcome to attend! Upon arrival at camp, youth are broken down into smaller groups that are supervised by full-time staff member...." Located at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant in Peoria.
Orme Summer Camp
"Whether your child desires to improve their horsemanship skills, develop their outdoor adventure skills, or simply wants to enjoy traditional camp fun, an Orme overnight Summer Camp will provide positive memories for their lifetime."
St. Joseph's Youth Camp
Located in the tall pines surrounding Mormon Lake near Flagstaff. Sponsored by the Arizona Knights of Columbus, the camp offers kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, astronomy, archery, arts and crafts, horseback riding, mountain biking.
YMCA Chauncey Ranch
"Chauncey Ranch is a 5000-acre working ranch for kids located on the Agua Fria river surrounded by cottonwood trees, willows, green pastures, a sports field, a two-acre lake for canoeing and fishing, riding arenas and barns. Eleven enclosed cabins complete with evaporative coolers and built-in bunks ensure your campers’ comfort. Modern restroom/shower facilities serve each of the boys and girls sides of camp. Campers participate in progressive age-appropriate activities. All campers will receive a basic introduction to horses and a trail ride with additional opportunities to do additional rides throughout the week."
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