Your Guide to 2019 Summer Camps at Arizona
School’s out! But that doesn’t mean long, lazy days with nothing to do. The University’s summer camp offerings for kids, pre-teens and teens range from creativity-fueled programs to science-minded sessions, with plenty of sporty, outdoorsy and musical options, too.
CAMPS FOR CHILDREN
Dates: May 27-Aug. 2
Campers play games, get creative with arts and crafts, learn healthy cooking and more. The Voyager Program offers additional activities, such as swimming lessons and chaperoned trips to local attractions.
Cost: $225/wk. for Campus Recreation members and $245/wk. for non-members. Voyager Program field trip costs vary based on destination and activity.
Dates: June 10-14 and July 8-12
Students enjoy all of the summer fun activities like swimming, yoga and Zumba, plus team building exercises, learning about nutrition and dental hygiene, cooking demonstrations and art activities taught by experts from the UA College of Public Health, the UA Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, and members of the Tucson community.
Cost: $300 and includes a healthy lunch. Scholarships are available with support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona.
Dates: June 3-July 12
Campers participate in science-related activities at Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, engaging active minds and bodies through scientific exploration, literacy, creative arts and fitness.
Cost: $25/we, with the exception of the fifth week, which is $150, as there will not be a camp on July 4 or 5.
CAMPS FOR PRE-TEENS
Dates: June 3-7
At this free science camp for underserved communities in Tucson, students engage in fun and challenging scientific exploration across multiple STEM-related disciplines. Application deadline: May 12.
Dates: June 24-28
Offered in partnership with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, this camp lets students explore botany, ecology, ornithology, marine biology and geology with hands-on research that educates and cultivates a passion to preserve our natural lands.
Cost: $345 for Desert Museum members; $375 for nonmembers.
Dates: June 10-14 and June 17-21
Boys receive skilled instruction from Arizona Basketball coaching staff, joining groups in their age range to participate in a thrilling week of competition and skill instruction.
Cost: $300 for one week or $525 if attending both sessions. Fees include instruction and camp T-shirt. Lunch is not included. Meal plan punch cards can be purchased on the first day of camp.
Dates: May 28-30, June 3-7, June 10-14 and June 17-21
Students interested in technology — as well as teamwork, strategy and design — participate in four camps at the Eller College of Management: Wilbur's Business Leaders of Tomorrow; Computer Safety, Science and Software; Animation and the Visual Arts; and Wilma's Wild Tech.
Cost: $350 for each weeklong camp or all four camps for $1,000. Cost includes two snacks per day, all materials, rewards and prizes, and a pizza lunch on Friday.
Dates: June 3-7
Students learn connections between toxicology and the environment with activity-based learning. The camp takes place at the College of Pharmacy with several on-campus field trips.
Cost: $225. Please contact Ben Richmond, assistant director of the Center for Toxicology, for information about a University employee discount: richmond [at] pharmacy.arizona.edu.
CAMPS FOR TEENAGERS
Dates: Sessions run May 9-June 26
Students explore Southern Arizona's dark skies from Mount Lemmon, working with professional astronomers exploring with research-class telescopes, learning how to interpret findings and studying the area’s ecology on hikes.
Cost: Varies by camp. Visit the Astronomy Camp website for more information.
Dates: June 22-29 and July 6-13
During this weeklong overnight camp, students examine the diverse biomes and climate zones of Biosphere 2 and the Sonoran Desert. They’ll also participate in hands-on research with scientists, earn college preparation units and visit museums and research labs on the University of Arizona campus.
Cost: $3,000 plus a $100 nonrefundable application fee. Fees include course materials, room and board, ground transportation and activities. Payment plans are available.
Dates: June 10-14
Designed by teens for teens, this camp helps students hone team-building, leadership and communications skills. Run by the University’s Cooperative Extension, the camp features inspirational workshops and presentations.
Cost: $275 for students and $225 for chaperones. Early bird registration provides a $45 discount before April 13.
Dates: Sessions run June 9-July 26
Students interested in engineering, math and science work with University of Arizona professors and graduate students on design projects, acquire experience with field-related software and forge connections with mentors. Separate online registration is required for each camp.
Cost: The Explore Engineering Programs are $695, plus a nonrefundable service fee, and the themed programs are $795, plus a nonrefundable service fee. The price includes meals, housing in a campus dorm, supplies and activities.
Dates: June 10-13
Students develop jazz skills during this workshop hosted by the Fred Fox School of Music. They’ll learn from world-renowned faculty through jazz improvisation classes, private lessons, daily clinics, master classes and big band rehearsals.
CAMPS FOR ALL AGES
Dates: May 28-July 26
This Campus Recreation-organized series camps are led by professional educators paired with University of Arizona students, and provide learning opportunities that focus on engineering, healthcare, architecture, forensics, web development and art.
Cost: Varies by camp. Please visit the Arizona Youth University website for more information. University of Arizona employees receive a 10 percent discount.
Dates: June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21 and June 24-28
Aspiring young architects learn to draw by hand and on the computer, construct and test structural models in the materials lab and learn about sustainability and careers in the design field.
Cost: $375. University employees get 25 percent off; contact Allison Giddings, assistant director for youth and activities at Campus Recreation, at allisonbrown [at] email.arizona.edu or (520) 621-0048.
Dates: May 28-July 17
Arizona volleyball head coach David Rubio directs this program, offering a camp for beginners, a serve and pass clinic, an intermediate and advanced all-skills camp, a position camp for ages 10-18, a high school team camp, a coaches' clinic and an elite camp for upper-level club, junior varsity and varsity players.
Cost: Varies by camp/clinic. A t-shirt is included with all camps and clinics; some camps and clinics include meals and lodging. Visit the program website for more information.
Dates: June 3-July 14
Campers practice soccer skills through technical and tactical training under University of Arizona women's soccer head coach Tony Amato. Three camps are offered: Wildcat Youth Camp for boys and girls ages 3-7, Wildcat Striker/Goalkeeper Camp for ages 7-18 and Wildcat Residential Camp for girls 14 and older.
Cost: Wildcat Youth Camp is $55; Wildcat Striker/Goalkeeper Camps are $165; Wildcat Residential Camp is $295 for campers who want to stay on campus and $235 for commuters.
Dates: May 28-July 19
Tucson Village Farm, an urban farm run by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, offers nine camps based on farming, healthy cooking, the environment, the outdoors, emergency preparedness and more.
Cost: Varies by camp. Visit the Tucson Village Farm website for more information.