Time to Register for 2018 Summer Camps

Time to Register for 2018 Summer Camps

By Shannon StrongUniversity Communications
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High school students in the Global Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Program can participate in a weeklong overnight camp where they will examine the diverse biomes and climate zones of the UA's Biosphere 2.
High school students in the Global Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Program can participate in a weeklong overnight camp where they will examine the diverse biomes and climate zones of the UA's Biosphere 2.
Students with a passion for engineering, math or science can explore a range of engineering degrees, research areas and careers while working side by side with UA professors and graduate students in the Summer Engineering Academy.
Students with a passion for engineering, math or science can explore a range of engineering degrees, research areas and careers while working side by side with UA professors and graduate students in the Summer Engineering Academy.
Children ages 4-14 can experience what life is like on a farm through four unique camps offered at the Tucson Village Farm, an urban farm operated by UA Cooperative Extension.
Children ages 4-14 can experience what life is like on a farm through four unique camps offered at the Tucson Village Farm, an urban farm operated by UA Cooperative Extension.
In the three-week intensive Teen English Program, students ages 13-17 will improve their English skills, develop new friendships and find joy in learning a second language.
In the three-week intensive Teen English Program, students ages 13-17 will improve their English skills, develop new friendships and find joy in learning a second language.

Trying to think of ways to ensure your kids are entertained, educated and active during the summer break? Enroll them in one of the fun and unique summer camps happening at the UA.

Your child can explore what it's like to be an astronomer, engineer or architect, improve their language or soccer skills, design robots and so much more.

Prices vary per camp and registration has already opened for some. Find details about the camps below.

* An asterisk indicates camps that offer discounts for UA employees.

"A" Camp 2018*

Over the course of 10 weeks, campers ages 5-11 and counselors-in-training ages 12-15 will participate in themed camps where they will play games, make arts and crafts, enjoy healthy cooking activities, explore the UA campus and learn from guest speakers. "A" Camp's popular Voyager Program offers additional activities where campers can participate in swim lessons and chaperoned trips to various attractions around Tucson for a minimal additional cost. Attractions include the Reid Park Zoo, Rocks and Ropes, and Pump It Up.

Application Deadline: Varies by camp. Register by April 18 to receive $35 off every week you register for.

Dates: Varies by camp. Each themed camp runs five days. Sessions run May 29-Aug. 3.

Cost: $220 for Campus Recreation members and $240 nonmembers. Holiday weeks and early registration: $185 for Campus Recreation members and $205 for nonmembers. Voyager Program field trip costs vary based on destination and activity. Siblings of the first child registered receive a 10 percent discount. UA employees who register after early-bird registration will receive a 10 percent discount.

Arizona Youth University*

Children in grades three through eight will explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education subjects by participating in fun, hands-on activities around the UA campus during this camp, which is organized by Campus Recreation. Camps include Robotics 101, NASA Rocketry Adventures, Bioengineering Boot Camp, Introduction to Scratch Coding and Civil and Environmental Engineering Academy. Additionally, AYU is offering auxiliary programs with focuses ranging from linguistic and cultural studies to academic success and specialized sports training. All programs will conclude with an open house for family and friends to see their children's work.

Application Deadline: Before camp start dates.

Dates: Varies by camp. Camp sessions run from June 4-Aug. 27.

Cost: Robotics camp: $225; NASA Rocketry Camp: $240; Bioengineering Boot Camp: $240; Introduction to Scratch Coding: $225; Civil and Environmental Engineering Academy: $240. Siblings of the first child registered receive a 10 percent discount. UA employees who register receive a 10 percent discount with code UAEMPL10.

Astronomy Camp 2018

Students of all ages will become astronomers for a week while they explore the night sky using research-class telescopes on Mount Lemmon and Kitt Peak. They also will keep track of nighttime hours, interpret their own observations, investigate their curiosities, explore the excitement of scientific inquiry and have fun. Real scientists will mentor and interact with the students as they enjoy hands-on learning activities such as building crystal radios, dissecting cameras and more.

Application Deadline: Spots available until filled.

Dates: Varies by camp. Camps run May 18-Oct. 28.

Cost: Varies by camp. Please click here for more information.

Camp Architecture*

What is it like to be an architect? Aspiring young architects in grades six through 12 will find out as they get a unique glimpse into the world of design and acquire college-level skills. During weeklong summer day programs, participants will learn to draw by hand and on the computer, construct models in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecure Materials Lab, test structural models and learn about sustainability and careers in the design field.

Application Deadline: Spots open until filled. Sessions are limited to 25 participants.

Dates: Sixth- through eighth-graders: first session is June 4-8, second session is June 18-22. Ninth- through 12th-graders: first session is June 11-15, second session is June 25-29.

Cost: $375. Lunch not included in cost. UA employees receive discount pricing when registering.

David Rubio Volleyball Camps and Clinics*

Boys and girls ages 7-18 will set, bump and spike in a variety of camps and clinics directed by UA women's volleyball head coach David Rubio. Kids looking to improve their volleyball skills can choose from seven different camps based on skills and ages. Camps include: mini camp for beginners, serve and pass clinic for all players regardless of level, intermediate and advanced all-skills camp, position camp, high school team camp, coaches' clinic and elite camp for upper-level players.

Application Deadline: Varies by camp.

Dates: Varies by camp. Sessions run May 29-July 18.

Cost: Varies by camp. Fees include instruction, T-shirt and meals (serve and pass clinic does not include T-shirt or meals). Additional costs are applied for lodging if necessary. Click here for more information. A 10 percent discount is available for siblings of the first registered camper and there is a 10 percent discount for each additional camp per student. UA employees get a 10 percent discount. Call Amanda Rubio at 520-818-8668 to access employee discount.

Environmental Scholars 2018

High school students interested in learning about local environmental health problems and exploring STEM careers will love environmental this two-week camp. Students will have the opportunity to conduct experiments, hear from UA faculty members and go on field trips and tours of environmental hot spots and laboratories. This camp is hosted by the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center.

Application Deadline: Spots available until filled.

Dates: June 17-30

Cost: $325. Scholarships are available.

Global Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Program*

In this weeklong overnight camp, high school students will examine the diverse biomes and climate zones of the UA's Biosphere 2. Participants will learn why and how to effectively sustain our planet by participating in hands-on, "under-the-glass" climate research and fieldwork with Biosphere 2 scientists. Students will research water, energy, soils, microbial communities and much more. Students also will experience the UA campus with visits to museums and research labs.

Application Deadline: April 2

Dates: June 17-24

Cost: $3,000 plus a $100 nonrefundable application fee. Fees include tuition, course materials, rooms, meals, ground transportation and activities. UA employees get a $500 discount.

Journey: Opportunities for Leaders of Tomorrow

Arizona teens age 14 and older can learn conflict resolution skills and relationship-building skills while also learning how to empower personal leadership, hone in on creativity and encourage positive social change in their community at J.O.L.T. During this teen leadership camp, participants attend inspirational workshops, hear from life-changing speakers and choose an involvement committee to serve on in order to practice and enhance leadership skills. This camp is organized by UA Cooperative Extension. Campers will stay at Camp Shadow Pines in Heber, Arizona.

Application deadline: Spots available until filled.

Dates: June 11-15

Cost: $235 early-bird registration (by April 13); $275 regular registration (April 14-May 18); $350 late registration (after May 18). Those who wish to chaperone can pay $160 for the adult early-bird registration or $225 for the regular adult registration.

Laurel Clark Earth Camp

Children in grades eight and nine will have the chance to spend some time in the great outdoors exploring what it's like to be a botanist, zoologist or geologist. Campers will sleep under the stars for two nights, explore Mount Lemmon and the desert, visit a lake and scuba dive at a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) dive shop. They will spend the other half of their time at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum learning about the natural world and developing a passion to preserve and protect it.

Application deadline: Spots available until filled.
Dates: June 25-29

Cost: $345 for Desert Museum members; $375 for nonmembers.

Nike Swim Camp*

Swimmers ages 10-18 can maximize their competitive potential and refine their stroke technique through a combination of personalized filming, extensive pool sessions, dry-land exercises and experienced NCAA Division I coaches. Swimmers will train at the UA Student Recreation Center throughout the day and enjoy fun social activities and guest speakers in the evening. Camp options include an overnight camp and extended day camp. Swimmers can add the Extra Night Arizona Swimming Strength and Conditioning Speed Clinic, which offers three different sessions in the weight room, a nutrition seminar and three swim clinics under the coaching of Brad Tandy, a 2016 Olympian, national champion and UA swim team captain, and/or Kevin Steel, also a national champion of the UA swim team.

Application deadline: Spots available until filled.

Dates: First session is June 3-7; second session is June 10-14.

Cost: $495 for extended day camp; $625 for overnight camp. Additional $155 for Extra Night Arizona Swimming Strength and Conditioning Speed Clinic. Fees include meals, recreational activities, a Nike swim cap and T-shirt, and overnight camp lodging. A $25 discount per camper is available when five or more campers register together, and a $40 discount per camper is available for 10 or more campers. A $50 discount is available for UA employees (enter SWIMAZ18 when registering).

Sean Miller Basketball Camp 2018

Young basketball players can dribble, shoot, pass and score at UA's McKale Center. Boys entering third through eighth grade will participate in a weeklong camp where they will receive skilled instruction from Arizona Basketball coaching staff. Campers will join groups in their age range to compete and practice. Camp will also take place in the Richard Jefferson Gym and UA's Student Recreation Center.

Application deadline: Spots available until filled. Limited to first 350 campers. Spots are typically filled two to three weeks prior to camp start dates.

Dates: First session is June 11-15; second session is June 18-22.

Cost: $290 for one camp session; $500 for both camp sessions. Fees include instruction and camp T-shirt. Lunch is not included. Meal plan punch cards can be purchased for $10 on the first day of camp.

Summer Engineering Academy

Students with a passion for engineering, math or science can explore a range of engineering degrees, research areas and careers. In this residential camp, students work side by side with professors and UA graduate students on design challenges and lab projects. Participants can develop hands-on skills in 3-D software, aerodynamics, electrical design, structural analysis and more. Additionally, students will dine at the Student Union Memorial Center and enjoy activities at the Student Recreation Center, Flandrau Science Center and Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab. Interdisciplinary programs are offered for grades nine through 12, and major-specific programs are offered for students entering grades 11 through 12 and graduated seniors.

Application deadline: Varies by camp date. Dates available on website. First deadline is May 27.

Dates: Interdisciplinary programs run June 10-15 and 17-22; major-specific themed camps are June 24-29 and July 8-13, 15-20 and 22-27.

Cost: $675 plus $100 nonrefundable application fee for the interdisciplinary programs; $775 plus $100 nonrefundable fee for major-specific themed programs. Costs include housing, meals, activities and instruction. Need-based scholarships available.

Summer Language Program: Korean

Students can "travel" to Korea with the UA Critical Languages Program's very first summer program. Rising ninth- through 12th-graders will learn about Korea's culture and language over the course of three weeks. Students will be introduced to the Korean alphabet, Hangul, and basic grammatical structure. Students also will take part in a series of hands-on, fun cultural workshops such as Korean calligraphy and K-pop choreography.

Application deadline: June 29

Dates: July 2-20

Cost: $400 early-bird registration (before April 30); $450 regular registration.

TechDivas & DigiDudes Technology Programs

The Eller College of Management's top-ranked Department of Management Information Systems has developed four fun camps for students entering grades five through nine to explore technology. Students will build teamwork, problem solving and technological skills through fun lessons and hands-on projects. Camps include: Creative Construction and Building the Future, Software and Cyber Security, 2-D and 3-D Graphics and Wilbur's Wonderfully Weird Tech.

Application deadline: Due at 10 p.m. five days before each camp start date.

Dates: Creative Construction and Building the Future is May 29- June 1; Software and Cyber Security is June 4-8; 2-D and 3-D Graphics is June 11-15; Wilbur's Wonderfully Weird Tech is June 18-22.

Cost: $350 per camp; $1,000 for all four camps.

Teen English Program*

In this three-week intensive English language instruction program, students ages 13-17 will improve their English skills, develop new friendships and find joy in learning a second language. Participants will learn and use English in classes taught by experienced and enthusiastic ESL teachers. They also will take recreational and cultural excursions around Tucson to speak and listen to English in real-world settings. Students can live on or off campus during the program.

Application deadline: 5 p.m. on June 9

Dates: July 9-31

Cost: $2,671.25 with housing; $1,576.25 without housing. 10 percent discount if tuition is paid by June 9. A 10 percent discount is available for UA employees

Tócalo Tucson Chamber Percussion Seminar*

This weeklong program will give students an immersive chamber music experience with extensive daily rehearsals with Fred Fox School of Music faculty and guest artists. Program faculty also will hold daily master classes and 30-minute private lessons. The program will culminate with two performances in Crowder Hall. The week also includes a faculty concert, optional hiking trips and visits to Tucson landmarks.

Application deadline: May 15. The first 18 accepted applicants are guaranteed placement, and others will be wait-listed.

Dates: June 2-9

Cost: $1,050 with housing, $750 without. UA employees get a $50 discount.

Tony Amato Soccer Camps

Athletes ages 3-18 can improve their soccer skills and expand their knowledge of the game during four different camps. Under the guidance of UA soccer head coach Tony Amato and the rest of the coaching staff, campers will experience the energy and knowledge of Arizona Soccer and participate in technical and tactical training. Camps include: Wildcat Elite Evening Camp for girls ages 7-18 of all skill levels, Wildcat Youth Camp for boys and girls ages 3-6 of all skill levels, Wildcat Striker/Goalkeeper Camp for boys and girls ages 7-18 and Wildcat College Prep Residential Camp for girls in grades 8-12 and junior college who wish to improve competitively and learn about soccer-related topics beyond the field, such as nutrition and sports psychology. 

Application deadline: Spots available until filled.

Dates: Wildcat Elite Evening Camp is June 4-7; Wildcat Striker/Goalkeeper Camp is June 11-14; Wildcat Youth Camp is June 11-14; Wildcat College Prep Residential Camp is July 6-8.

Cost: Wildcat Elite Evening Camp $195; Wildcat Striker/Goalkeeper Camp $165; Wildcat Youth Camp $55; Wildcat College Prep Residential Camp $295 with on-campus housing or $235 without.

Toxic Detectives

Middle-school students entering grades six through eight can explore toxicology and the environment through a variety of activities, labs and public speakers. This weeklong camp provides students with the confidence to follow a science-based career and experience hands-on activities so that they form real-world connections. This camp is offered by the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center.

Application deadline: Spots available until filled.

Dates: July 8-14

Cost: $225. Scholarships available (check the website).

Tucson Village Farm Summer Camps

Children ages 4-14 can experience what life is like on a farm through four unique camps offered at the Tucson Village Farm, an urban farm operated by UA Cooperative Extension. At Sprouts Camp for younger children and the First Farmers Session, campers will harvest and plant, tend the chickens, help out with daily farm chores and learn how to prepare fresh food. At 4-H Adventure Camp, campers can explore the outdoors when they travel to Prescott for the quintessential summer camp experience. The fourth camp, Farm Flay-vahs!, teaches young chefs how to cook and improve their culinary skills.

Application deadline: Spots available until filled.

Dates: Sprouts Camp is May 29-June 1; First Farmers Session 1 is June 4-8; First Farmers Session 2 is June 11-15; 4-H Adventure Camp is June 18-22; Farm Flay-vahs! is June 25-29.

Cost: Varies by camp. Click here for more info.

UA Fusion Camp

Slimy Science, Insect Patrol, Sky Gazer, ZOO-ology, CSI: Tucson and Jumanji are just a few of the many themes children in kindergarten through seventh grade can explore over the course of six weeks. Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium's popular Fusion Camps promote active minds and bodies through scientific exploration, literacy, creative arts and fitness for the ultimate summer experience.

Application deadline: Spots available until filled.

Dates: June 4-July 13

Cost: $250 per week; exception for the week of July Fourth, when there will be a four-day camp for $200. Flandrau members receive a 10 percent discount.

UA Jazz Camp*

At this weeklong residential camp, high school students ages 14 and up will learn from world-renowned faculty. Students will participate in jazz improvisation classes, private lessons, jazz theory, combo classes, daily clinics and master classes, big band rehearsals and private lessons. At the end of the week, students will perform a concert showcasing small and large ensembles.

Application deadline: June 7

Dates: June 10-15

Cost: $600, or $550 for UA employees.

Is your department or unit offering a summer youth program that's not listed here? Send us the information (mittank@email.arizona.edu) and we'll add it to the list.

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