Find fun and educational camps to keep your kids engaged this summer

Find fun and educational camps to keep your kids engaged this summer

By Isabel Miranda KidwellUniversity Communications
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Fusion Camp at Flaundrau Science Center and Planetarium offers science activities, arts and crafts, exploration of science exhibits and kids-only planetarium shows.
Fusion Camp at Flaundrau Science Center and Planetarium offers science activities, arts and crafts, exploration of science exhibits and kids-only planetarium shows.
At the MOORE Summer Camp, children engage reading, speech and art activities to help them develop vocabulary, social and pre-reading skills.
At the MOORE Summer Camp, children engage reading, speech and art activities to help them develop vocabulary, social and pre-reading skills.
The Toxic Detectives programs offers kids the opportunity to take a closer look at the world of science around them.
The Toxic Detectives programs offers kids the opportunity to take a closer look at the world of science around them.

Summer is nearly upon us, which means a break from school for most children. If you're looking for a way to keep your kids entertained and learning after that last bell rings, you're at the right place. Here's a list of the summer camps being offered on campus and at other University locations.

This is not a complete list as some camps are continuing to finalize their plans. For the most up-to-date information, please see the camps' websites.

Note:

  • An asterisk (*) indicates that a camp offers a discount to University employees.
  • If you are a camp organizer whose 2023 camp information is not listed below, please let us know by filling out this form. You can send any questions you may have to andyober@arizona.edu

Arizona 4-H Summit 2023: Water

The Arizona 4-H Summit program aims to help teens explore what they are passionate about and learn how to take the next steps toward creating a future around that passion. Summit is an experience for Arizona 4-H teens to build problem-solving skills, practice putting innovative ideas into action, and explore future careers. It offers a creative space for teen leaders ages 14-18 to ignite and grow their unique spark.

Application Deadline: May 5
Dates and times: June 3-7, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Location: University of Arizona campus. (Specific meeting places will be sent out upon registration.)
Cost: $150. Scholarships are available.

Arizona Basketball Camp

Arizona Basketball Camp provides boys ages 6-14 with the opportunity to improve their basketball skills over the span of four days.

Application deadline: No deadline, but registration fees increase closer to camp dates.
Dates and times: The first session is June 5-8. The second session is June 12-15, 2023. Each day runs 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: University of Arizona campus (mostly at the McKale Memorial Center and Richard Jefferson Gymnasium).
Cost: $350 if registered by May 1, $380 if registered after May 1, $400 for walkup registration. Camp shirts, lunches and autograph signings are included in the camp fee.

Flandrau Planetarium Fusion Summer Camp

Fusion Camp at the University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is a summer program featuring science activities, arts and crafts, exploration of science exhibits, kids-only planetarium shows and outdoor activity time for kids entering first through fifth grades. All sessions are taught by educators with a passion for inspiring a love of learning and fun.

Application deadline: June 4, or until full.
Dates and times: Families may sign up for one, two or three weeks. All sessions are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The first week is June 5-9; the second week is June 12-16; the third week is June 19-23.
Location: Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium.
Cost: $375 per week. Flandrau members pay $335 per week.

*Jedd Fisch Football Camps

Coach Jedd Fisch and the Arizona football team are holding one-day football camps. The WOW Youth and Wild Junior High Camp are open to students entering first through eighth grades. The high school camps, Monday Night Lights, 7-on-7 and offensive line/defensive line camps are open to students entering ninth grade and above.

Application deadline: Monday Night Lights camps are open until slots are filled. The high school, junior high and youth camps have no registration deadline, with walk-up registration available on the day of the camps. 
Dates and times: Youth camps: June 6 and 21; high school camps: June 4, 8, 11 and 21; Monday Night Lights: June 5 and 12. Camp times depend on the program; see specific times on the camp's website.
Location: Arizona Stadium and practice facilities.
Cost: $45 for youth and high school camps; $60 for Monday Night Lights camps. Team rates are available on the camps' website. University employees receive a $10 discount on youth or junior high school camps.

JOLT

JOLT is an Arizona 4-H camp designed by teens, for teens. The program's mission is to create an environment where Arizona teens can learn how to empower personal leadership, hone their creativity and encourage positive social change in their own community by upholding the tradition of making the best better.

Application deadline: June 25
Dates and times: July 10-14. (Specific meeting times have not yet been disclosed but will be sent out upon registration.)
Location: University of Arizona campus. (Specific meeting places will be sent out upon registration.)
Cost: $250. Scholarships are available.

Journalism Diversity Workshop

This workshop, housed by the University’s School of Journalism, invites Arizona high school students (entering ninth through 12th grades in the fall) to learn about reporting, photography, multimedia and media ethics from seasoned journalists and professors. Students will produce stories, multimedia and photos for The Chronicle newspaper. No journalism experience is required.

Application deadline: May 31.
Dates and times: June 4-9, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Location: University of Arizona campus. Louise Foucar Marshall Building, Room 350.
Cost: Free for selected students.

Korean Language and Culture Camp

The Critical Languages Program offers this five-day camp, which is open to sixth-12th graders and will be held completely online. Participants will learn the Korean alphabet (Hangul), explore tourist attractions/cities, learn to cook traditional Korean side dishes and more.

Application deadline: June 2.
Dates and times: June 12-16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Online.
Cost: $100 before May 2, $125 after May 2. The camp is offering two scholarships to cover registration fees; more details can be found on the camp website.

Talk MOORE Summer Camp

Does your preschooler have difficulty speaking at the level of others their age? Researchers from the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences are offering 4- and 5-year-old children the opportunity to participate in a research study of new treatments to improve language skills. During the camp, children will participate in research-based language therapy for 30 minutes daily; when not in therapy, children participate in classroom activities designed to improve vocabulary as well as social and pre-reading skills.

Application deadline: None
Dates and times: June 19-July 28, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: University of Arizona campus. (Specific meeting places will be sent out upon registration.)
Cost: No cost to qualified children.

*Toxic Detectives

Toxic Detectives is a program housed by the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center at the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy. The camp introduces students entering sixth through eighth grades to the field of toxicology as well as local environmental health issues. Participants will engage in hands-on science activities, University research laboratory tours and presentations from a variety of STEM professionals. The program culminates in a showcase where students present research on a toxin of their choosing.

Application deadline: Open until filled
Dates and times: June 5-9, 2023, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: University of Arizona campus. Roy P. Drachman Hall.
Cost: $225. University employees receive a 25% discount. Financial aid is available.

Young Writers Institute

The Young Writers Institute is a summer program for high school students (entering ninth through 12th grades) to support their development of reading, writing and critical thinking skills. The camp community is composed of student writers at varying skill levels and with varying interests. Campers can attend in person or virtually. This program is housed by the Writing Skills Improvement Program of the University’s College of Humanities.

Application deadline: Applications are open through May.
Dates and times: July 5-21, Monday through Friday. In-person sessions run 9 a.m.-noon. Online sessions run 2-5 p.m.
Location: In-person campers should be dropped off and picked up at Old Main. Online campers will attend via Zoom.
Cost: The cost of this camp is $275.
Additional information: Students should apply for the in-person OR online sessions. 


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