Time to Register for Summer Youth Camps

Time to Register for Summer Youth Camps

By Shannon Strong and Amy WilliamsUniversity Relations – Communications
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Campus Recreation's "A" Camp is open to children ages 5-11.
Campus Recreation's "A" Camp is open to children ages 5-11.
Participants in Camp Architecture learn to draw by hand and on the computer.
Participants in Camp Architecture learn to draw by hand and on the computer.
J.O.L.T. is a teen leadership camp, hosted by UA Cooperative Extension.
J.O.L.T. is a teen leadership camp, hosted by UA Cooperative Extension.
Summer Engineering Academy participants attend hands-on labs and lectures to learn how engineering impacts the world around them.
Summer Engineering Academy participants attend hands-on labs and lectures to learn how engineering impacts the world around them.
The Summer Institute for Writing lets high school students experiment with different writing styles.
The Summer Institute for Writing lets high school students experiment with different writing styles.
The Summer Science Academy is held at the UA's Biosphere 2.
The Summer Science Academy is held at the UA's Biosphere 2.

Instead of having bored kids at home this summer, let them experience one of the many summer camps the UA has to offer.

The camps cover a variety of topics and activities, allowing children to expand their minds and have fun at the same time.

Discounts and special prices are available on some camps for employees or those who sign up early.  

Here are the summer programs being offered this year.  

"A" Camp 2016
Over the course of 10 weeks, children ages 5-11 will have the opportunity to explore the UA campus, hear from guest speakers and participate in games and crafts during weeklong, themed camps hosted by Campus Recreation. "A" Camp additionally offers a Voyager Program that consists of the Swim Lesson Program and the Venture Program, which takes off-campus, chaperoned field trips to local attractions such as Reid Park Zoo, Rocks & Ropes, Color Me Mine and more.
Application deadline: Varies by camp. Register before April 25 and get $25 off every week you register.
Dates: Varies by camp. Each themed camp runs five days. Sessions run from May 31-August 5.
Cost: Varies by camp week and Voyager trip. Click here for more information.

Arizona Swim Camp
Swimmers 10-18 can refine their stroke technique through a combination of personalized filming, extensive pool sessions and highly experienced coaching from Division I coaches on the UA swim team staff. The Complete Stroke Technique Program offers day and overnight camps that take place at the UA Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. Swimmers will be placed in individual or small groups based on their abilities and goals. Campers will also participate in fun evening social activities and will have the chance to win merit-based prizes.
Application deadline: Spots available until filled.
Dates: First session May 31-June 4; second session June 5-9
Cost: $495; $625 for overnight option

Arizona Youth University
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade can experience the UA and a variety of subjects during the Arizona Youth University summer camp enrichment program. Campers get the chance to explore future academic and career paths while learning in a university environment about science, art, math, culture and more. Day and overnight camps are offered in partnership with a variety of UA campus departments.
Application deadline: Spots available until filled, or until the Wednesday before the camp starts.
Dates: Varies by camp; sessions start June 6 and go into July.
Cost: Varies by camp. Click here for more information. UA employees receive a 15 percent discount on day-camp registration.

Astronomy Camp 2016
Astronomy Camp allows students of all ages to experience the excitement of space. Campers become astronomers while they operate research-class telescopes and interact with leading scientists. At night, campers will observe the sky using telescopes on Mount Lemmon or Kitt Peak. During the day, campers will hear from speakers, build and dissect technology, and explore diverse geology and ecology through hiking. Camps range in length from three to nine days.
Application deadline: Spots available until filled.
Dates: Varies by camp; camps run from April 8-Sept. 30.
Cost: Varies by camp. Click here for more information.

Tabitha Yim’s Gymnastics Camps and Clinics
Girls ages 5-12 can boost their gymnastic skills with UA head coach Tabitha Yim and the Arizona gymnastics staff, along with former and current UA GymCats. Gymnasts will maximize their abilities in a safe and fun environment, while being individually instructed in all four apparatuses, including trampoline and tumble track. Campers will get the full GymCat experience at the state-of-the-art Mary Roby Gymnastics Training Center. All skill levels are welcome.
Application deadline: First-come, first-served. Sessions limited to 60 participants.
Dates: First session June 9-11; second session Aug. 6-7
Cost: $375 for three days of camp; $150 deposit due with application. Fees include instruction, camp T-shirt, insurance and lunch supervised by staff.

Environmental Bootcamp 2016
This camp for high school students allows participants to explore the interconnection between human behavior and our natural environment. Campers will participate in activities like lab experiments, field trips and tours. They will also learn how to investigate environmental issues. This camp, hosted by the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, caters to those who are interested in exploring careers in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math.
Application deadline: First-come, first-served
Dates: June 13-17
Cost: $250 including all activities and T-shirt (bring your own lunch); financial aid available

Toxic Detectives 2016 Summer Camp
Children in grades six through eight will take on the role of "toxic detectives" in order to learn about local environmental health topics and explore the effects of toxins. Campers will meet UA students and faculty, tour biomedical laboratories and learn how toxicology and the environment are connected. The camp is hosted by the UA's Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center.
Application deadline: First-come, first-served
Dates: June 20-24
Cost: $225 including all activities and T-shirt (bring your own lunch); financial aid available

CAMP Architecture
Students in middle and high school will get a unique glimpse into the world of design with these summer day programs. Campers will learn what it's like to be an architect from inspiring young architects in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. Activities include learning to draw by hand and on the computer, constructing models in the CAPLA Materials Lab, testing structural models, and learning about sustainability and careers in the design field.
Application deadline: Spots available until filled. Sessions limited to 20 participants.
Dates: Sixth through eighth grades first session June 6-10; second session June 20-24. Ninth through 12th grades first session June 13-17; second session June 27-July 1.
Cost: $385 (lunch not included)

David Rubio Volleyball Camp
Young athletes can improve their volleyball skills with UA volleyball head coach David Rubio. Six different camps are offered for a variety of age groups. Camp sessions include Mini Camp for beginners, Intermediate All-Skills Camp, Position Camp, Advanced All Skills Camp, High School Team Camp and a new Serve and Pass Clinic for all levels.
Application deadline: Varies by camp.
Dates: May 31-July 15
Cost: Varies by camp. Click here for more information.

Honors Summer Academy
Motivated high school students who will have completed their junior or senior year by June can experience the UA inside and outside the classroom. Participants will experience dorm life, classes and the Tucson area. Qualified students will have the opportunity to take interdisciplinary courses taught by Honors College faculty members while living in a residence hall. Students will also experience Tucson during off-campus field trips to places such as Reid Park Zoo, Rocks & Ropes and local museums.
Application deadline: April 30
Dates: June 12-July 8
Cost: $3,997; scholarships available

Journey: Opportunities for Leaders of Tomorrow
J.O.L.T. is a teen leadership camp, hosted by UA Cooperative Extension, that promotes personal development, team building and self-confidence. Campers, age 14 and older, will stay at Camp Shadow Pines in Heber, Arizona, where they will will serve on camp involvement committees to practice their leadership skills, learn conflict resolution techniques and strengthen their relationship-building skills to create lifelong friendships.
Application deadline: First-come, first-served
Dates: June 6-10
Cost: $195 before April 15; $245 April 15-May 15; $280 after May 15

Junior Wildcat Camp
Young football players in third through eighth grades can learn fundamental football skills and the importance of teamwork while being coached by Rich Rodriguez and other UA football coaching staff.
Application deadline: First-come, first-served
Date: June 4
Cost: $35

UA Summer Law Program
During this five-day program, high school students will get the chance to explore the theory and practice of law. They will learn from attorneys and law professors and have the opportunity to apply what they learn in small-group workshops and participate in a mock trial in a downtown Tucson courtroom. All students interested in learning about law are encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline: May 15
Dates: June 6-10
Cost: Registration on or before April 25 is $300. After April 25 registration is $325

Sean Miller Basketball Camp
Players in second through eighth grades can improve their basketball skills with the Arizona men's basketball coaching staff. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a week of competition and skills instruction while playing in the renovated McKale Center, the Richard Jefferson Gymnasium and the Student Recreation Center. This year the camp is a weeklong, five-day camp.
Application deadline: Spots available until filled; limited to the first 350 campers.
Dates: First session June 13-17; second session June 20-24.
Cost: $275

Southwest Softball Camp
Serious softball players in grades eight through 12 have the opportunity to compete and play softball in teams during the Southwest Softball Elite Camp. Coach Mike Candrea and UA staff help improve all aspects of the campers' game through team defensive and offensive training, mental enhancement and workout training. Campers will stay overnight in a residence hall on campus and will have the opportunity to play at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Application deadline: First-come, first-served
Dates: June 12-16
Cost: $725

Summer Engineering Academy
Students passionate about engineering and science have the opportunity to "design" a summer to remember in a series of weeklong residential camps in which they will explore engineering careers, live in a residence hall and meet lifelong friends with the College of Engineering. Students will be able to participate in hands-on labs and lectures that are designed to show them how to use engineering to impact the world around them.
Application deadline: First week in May
Dates: Varies based on camp
Cost: $650 interdisciplinary camp; $750 major-focused camp; $15 application fee

Teen English Program
Students age 13-17 will learn and practice English in classes taught by enthusiastic English as a Second Language teachers. Participants will be placed in classes based on their level of proficiency in English. The program offers classes four hours per day, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, students participate in recreational and cultural excursions around Tucson to practice speaking English in real-world settings. In this program, offered by the UA's Center for English as a Second Language, students will improve their English, develop new friendships and find joy in learning a second language.
Application deadline: June 6
Dates: July 6- Aug. 6
Cost: Application fee $110; tuition and fees $3,115 with dorm housing included or $1,655 without dorm

UA Fusion Camp
Eight weeks of themed camps at the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, are infused with scientific exploration, literacy, creative arts and fitness to provide children with hands-on experiences that promote a love for learning. Camp themes include "Under the Sea," "Tucson Crime Investigators," "Insect Empire" and more.
Application deadline: First-come, first-served
Dates: June 6–July 25
Cost:  $250

Summer Institute for Writing and Thinking Across the Curriculum
This institute, hosted by the Writing Skills Improvement Program, allows high school students to grow in their writing. Participants will spend their days reading, writing, discussing and presenting their writing, and attending workshops in which they will experiment with different writing styles. Please contact writingskills@email.arizona.edu to inquire about the program. 
Application deadline: First-come, first-served
Dates: TBA
Cost: $15 application fee

Tony Amato Soccer Camps
This camp lets participants experience soccer in all of its forms. There are four camps to cater to every participant's level of experience. Wildcat Elite Evening Camp is for girls ages 8-17 and is geared toward expanding knowledge of the game. Wildcat Youth Camp is for boys and girls ages 5-7 and teaches the foundational skills needed to play the game. Wildcat Striker/Goalkeeper Camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-17 who want to focus on specific training for these two positions. Wildcat College Prep Camp is a girls-only residential camp for players in eighth grade or who are entering high school.
Application deadline: First-come, first-served
Dates: Wildcat Elite Evening Camp June 6-9; Wildcat Youth Camp June 13-16; Wildcat Striker/Goalkeeper Camp June 13-16; Wildcat College Prep Camp July 15-17
Cost: Wildcat Elite Evening Camp $195; Wildcat Youth Camp $65; Wildcat Striker/Goalkeeper Camp $165; Wildcat College Prep Camp $295 (residential) or $235 (commuter).

Summer Science Academy
This camp, at the UA's Biosphere 2, offers a unique, educational experience to middle and elementary school students who want to learn about the Earth and sciences related to ecosystems. Participants will get involved in hands-on research projects and work side-by-side with Biosphere 2 researchers.
Application deadline: First-come, first-served
Dates: July 10-17 for grades seven through nine; July 17-23 for grades nine through 12
Cost: $1,795 if paid in full before March 25; $1,895 if paid in full before April 25; $1,995 if paid in full before May 25; $2,095 if paid after May 25

TechDivas & DigiDudes Technology Programs
These camps, offered through the UA Eller College of Management, allow summer campers to learn about business. They will focus on important skills such as teamwork, strategy and presentations. Every camper's talents will be appreciated and developed to ensure that they have the best camp experience. This program will be entertaining, hands-on and educational.
Application deadline: First-come, first-served
Dates: Digital Marketing May 30-June 3; Software Development June 6-10; 2-D and 3-D Graphics June 13-17; Cyber Security June 20-24
Cost: $325 for each weeklong camp or all four camps at a discounted price of $900

Tucson Village Farm Summer Camps
Participants will experience 35 hours of farm immersion, learning the ins and outs of farm life through daily farm chores, live animal demonstrations, presentations, daily food preparation and viewing the hatching of live chicks. There are three camps to target children of all ages. "First Farmers" is for ages 6-8. The campers will explore all the farm has by planting seeds, caring for chickens and spending time in the kitchen. The 4-H Adventure Camp is for ages 9-14. It's a sleep-away camp filled with activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking and camping in Prescott, Arizona. The third camp is Farm Flavors, for children 9-11. This camp brings farm-grown produce right into the kitchen, teaching kids culinary techniques with ingredients from their summer garden.
Application deadline: First-come, first-served
Dates: First Farmers June 6-10; 4-H Adventure Camp June 13-17; Farm Flavors June 20-24
Cost: First Farmers $250; 4-H Adventure Camp $390; Farm Flavors $250

Is your department hosting a summer youth program that's not listed here? You can submit the information to be included on this list by sending an email to uaatwork@email.arizona.edu.

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