2017 Summer Camps Guide for North Phoenix

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Summer always seems short to kids, but it can be really long for some parents. If you’re looking for somewhere to send that special kid during summer break, here are more than three dozen summer camps to choose from, with emphases ranging from science and sports to dance, art, theater and music. There are even — horrors! — education camps. Most are in or near NoPho, with a select few interesting ones a little farther away.

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Jazz Camp at Jefferson Prep teaches theory and improv.

ACT Boot Camp

Sycamore Learning Company
Sandra Day O’Connor High School
25250 N 35th Ave., Phoenix
Prepare like a pro for the ACT test. Includes personalized instruction in each subject, a final diagnostic test and a summer study plan. For all high school students. Runs 8:30–11:30 a.m., June 5–9.

Adams Traditional: Summer Camp

Adams Traditional Academy
2323 W. Parkside Lane, Phoenix
$175/Week; $40/Day; $50 Registration Fee
Make a difference and learn compassion with community projects. Take a break with other activities, which include reading, physical fitness, art and science. Students from any school welcome. Grades preschool–8th grade. Preschoolers must be 3 or older and potty-trained. Runs daily, 6:30 a.m.–6 p.m., May 31–July 28.

Advantage Basketball Camp

Hillcrest Middle School
22833 N. 71st Ave., Glendale
Build skills in basketball (dribbling, shooting, etc.) and grow in self-esteem, cooperation and work ethic. Boys and girls ages 6–18. Runs daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., June 12–16.

American History Summer Camp

Sandra Day O’Connor High School
25250 N 35th Ave., Phoenix
Take a trip back in time to experience re-enactments of historical events and civic engagement. For grades 5–9. Open to the community. Runs daily,8 a.m.–noon, June 5–23. Register by May 31.

Anthem Community Center: Summer Camp

Anthem Community Center
41130 N. Freedom Way
$169/Week; $40/Day
Themed activities including sports, arts and crafts, rock wall climbing and field trips. For ages 5–12. Runs daily, 7 a.m.–6 p.m., May 30–Aug. 4.

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Anthem Explorers Summer Camp

Caurus Academy
41900 N. 42nd Ave.
$165/Week; $40/Day
Develop leadership and cooperation skills with team challenges involving water play, sports, cooking, crafts and games. Weekly field trips. Camp runs daily, 8 a.m.–3 p.m., June 5–July 28, except 4th of July week.  Extended hours available for an additional cost.

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Anthem Field #1
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy
623 582-2413

$70/1 Week; $100/2 Weeks;
$145/3 Weeks; $175/4 Weeks
Circuit training stations to develop skills in striking and finishing techniques. Conducted by 18-year professional veteran soccer player Mark Kerlin. Runs May 29–July 27 (except July 3 & 6)Mondays–Thursdays from 7–9 p.m.

Arizona Revolution Soccer Club

Anthem Community
Center Soccer Fields
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy

$95/6 sessions; $165/12 sessions
Skills training program developed by former NCAA Division I Head Coach Stevie Gill bringing the latest soccer training methods to athletes ages 6–18. Runs 7 a.m.–8:30 p.m., June 14–July 27.

Art Rocks Summer Camp

Sandra Day O’Connor High School
25250 N 35th Ave., Phoenix
$250/Morning Only; $400/Full Day
Develop a unique artistic style while experimenting with different drawing techniques. Open to the community. Includes a field trip and a T-shirt. For grades 3–11. Camp runs daily, 8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m., June 19–30. Register by June 14.

Aspiring Youth Camp

Tonto Creek Camp
235 S. Camp Tontozona Road, Payson
Expand entrepreneurial ambition and step into leadership roles with inspiring classes on topics including beta-testing and product development. Also challenge physical abilities with outdoor activities such as hiking and rappelling. For high school students ages 14–18. Runs June 8–11. Includes lodging and transportation.

Building Our Leaders Through Science

Foothills Elementary
17835 N. 44th St., Phoenix
602-441-2443, www.azkidsthinktoo.org
$23/Day; $114/Week
Extreme science and engineering experiments and take-home activities designed to encourage leadership capabilities in young boys and girls ages 6–9. Runs 1–4 p.m., July 31–Aug. 4.

Camp Imagination

Webb Center
2001 W. Wickenburg Way, Suite 3
928-684-6624, www.dewpac.org
$100/First Child;
$80/Additional Siblings
Hands-on camp designed to spark the artistic spirit and develop collaboration skills in children as they choose from a variety of classes in dance, drama, music and visual arts. Participate in the final production: “Happily Ever After… a Cinderella Tale.” Auditions: May 12–13. For students in grades 1–12. Choice of two summer sessions, June 5–16 and June 19–30.

Camp Rising Star

Starlight Community Theater
1611 W. Whispering Wind Dr., Suite 160, Phoenix
$275/Starlight Community Theater Members

Choose from three sessions to take center stage. Session 1 runs 8 a.m.–noon, June 5–17 for ages 7–17 and features Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.” Session 2 runs from 8 a.m.–3 p.m., June 19–24 for ages 13–17 and features “Cry Havoc! AKA Shakespearean Swordplay.” Session 3 runs 8 a.m.–noon, July 17–29 for ages 7–17 and features “The Jungle Book KIDS.”

Cheer and Tumbling Summer Camp

Royal Twist Cheer and Tumbling, LLC
4235 W. Opportunity Way, Suite 104
623-551-2780, azroyaltwist.com
$125/Half Day; $175/Full Day
Tumble through the summer and strength train with a certified personal trainer. Fun theme days and a pizza and water balloon party at end of week. For boys and girls ages 6–18. Full day runs 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Half day ends 11:30 a.m. Camp runs June 19–23 or July 17-21.

Culinary Summer Camp

Classic Cooking Academy
10411 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, Scottsdale
$100/3–day session
Acquire advanced culinary techniques, knife skills and table etiquette from the professionals. For kids ages 8–12 from 10 a.m.–noon and teens 13–17 from 2–4 p.m. Mondays–Wednesdays in June and July.

DIY Maker Camp

5410 E. High St., Phoenix
480-636-8010, www.pinspiration.com
Craft unique projects from scratch with high-quality art supplies and tools. New theme each day. Boys and girls ages 5–16. Runs June 12–Aug. 4,9 a.m.–noon.

Eagle Adventure Camp

Ridgeline Academy
33625 N. North Valley Pkwy., Phoenix
$175/Week Full Days;
$100/Week Half Days
“Soar to summer success” with core knowledge and weekly field trips. Grades K–8. Runs May 30–Aug. 1. Full day 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Half day 8 a.m.–noon or noon–4 p.m.

ECS Ramp Up Reading

Desert Willow Elementary School
4322 Desert Willow Pkwy., Cave Creek
480-575-2440, www.ECSforall.org
Rocket reading skills and enrich vocabulary with fun and interactive activities. Grades K–4. Runs daily, 9 a.m.–noon, June 5–30.

Jazz Camp

Jefferson Preparatory
16635 N. 51st Ave., Glendale
Learn Jazz theory and improvisation. Practice big band and small group. Public concert at end of camp. Ages 15 and up. Runs daily, 8 a.m.–4:45 p.m., June 19–23.

Junior Survivor

Shadow Rim Ranch
530 N. Shadow Rim Road, Payson
928-474-2438, www.girlscoutsaz.org
Test survival skills and sharpen skills in the great outdoors. Girls ages 9–11. Lunch provided. Runs July 9–14.

Lego Robotics Summer Camp

Summit Church
Anthem School
41020 N. Freedom Way
Program with principles of math, science and engineering, led by championship-winning Lego robotics coach Vic Revel. Build character and faith, all with legos. For grades 3–6. Camp runs daily, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., July 24–28.

MTA Summer Workshops

Musical Theatre of Anthem
42323 N. Vision Way
Training from performance artists in the areas of acting, improv, voice, dance and tap. “Dear Edwina JR” for ages 9-15: 9 a.m.–3 p.m., June 5–16.  MTA Summer Performing Arts Institute for ages 6-18: 9 a.m.–3 p.m., June 26-30. MTA Minis Summer Program for ages 3-5: 2–3:30 p.m., July 24-28. School of Rock for ages 9-18: 9 a.m.–3 p.m., July 10-21. “Madagascar JR.” for ages 8-16: 9 a.m.–3 p.m., July 24–Aug. 5.

Music Rocks Summer Camp

Deer Valley Middle School
21100 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix
$250/Half Day Session;
$400/Full Day Session
Take a musical adventure to expand instrument or choral skills. All experience levels welcome. Students must provide own instrument. Open to the community. For grades 3–12. Includes a field trip and a T-shirt. Camp runs daily, 8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m., June 5–16.

NVCA: Preschool Summer Camp

North Valley Christian Academy
42101 N. 41st Drive
$50 Registration Fee
Different Biblical theme each week. For ages 2–6. Camp runs daily, 8 a.m.–3 p.m., May 30–July 28. Extended hours and half day options available.

Preschool Summer Camp

Creative Castle Preschool
and Kindergarten
4130 W. Opportunity Way
Educational focused program for potty-trained children ages 2.5–6 years. Different theme each week. Runs June 5–July 28 with various time options between 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Rise Up Kids Camp

Summit Church
Granite Hills Campground
2025 Iron Springs Road, Prescott
Spiritual summer camp for children ages 8–12 years old. Children’s pastor Ryan Burbank as guest speaker. Scholarships available. June 26–30.

Rocks Gifted Summer Camp: STEM Edition

Canyon Springs School
42901 N. 45th Ave.
$125/Week (Half–day Sessions);
$225/Week (Full Days)
Intellectually stimulating course for gifted children, featuring robotics, engineering, coding and more. Non-DVUSD students welcome. Grades 1–9. Camp runs daily, 8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m., June 26–30.

Science Rocks

Sandra Day O’Connor High School
25250 N 35th Ave., Phoenix
Choose from five science-related camps: STEM exploration, environmental science, robotics, forensic science and medical science. Discount of $25 per camp for enrolling in more than one. For grades 5–9. Camp runs three individual weeks:June 5–9, June 12–16 and June 19–23. Daily, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Stetson Hills: ‘Sun’sational Summer Camp

Stetson Hills School
25475 N. Stetson Hills Loop, Phoenix
$36–$40/Child Per Day;
$60 Family Registration Fee
Blossom in social, academic, and athletic settings. Themed activities each week with field trips, projects and guest speakers. Mondays–Fridays, 6:30 a.m.–6 p.m., May 30–July 28. For students in preschool–eighth grade. Snacks provided.

Summer Dance Camp

Diamond Dance Works
34406 N. 27th Dr., Suite 190, Phoenix
Introductory camps and intensives that feature dance styles such as ballet, jazz and hip-hop. Options available starting June 5 through July 21 for ages 3 and up. Visit website for specific scheduling and pricing.

Summer Drivers Education

Desert Sage Elementary School
4035 W. Alameda Road, Phoenix
Get on the road with this safe driving course for high-school students. Must have driver’s permit. Includes 30 hours of classroom instruction with driving simulators and four hours of behind-the-wheel training. Morning or afternoon sessions available from June 5–15 or June 19–29. Registration is required.

Summer in the City

City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation
3435 W. Pinnacle Peak, Phoenix
Spend the summer in an adventure. Explore creative areas including dance, crafts and art. Energize with sports, contests and games. For ages 6–12. Runs daily, 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m., May 30–Aug. 4 in five-week sessions.  Lunch, snacks and materials included.

Summer Weight Training and Conditioning

Boulder Creek High School
40404 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway
623-445-8636, www.dvusd.org/bchs
Become faster, stronger, and more powerful this summer, all while making friends. Runs May 30–July 21 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. For grades 8–12. Grades 8 and 9 from 10:30 a.m.–noon. Grades 10–12 from 7:15–9:15 a.m. or 8:30–10:30 a.m.

Sun Devil Kids’ Camp

Arizona State University
Sun Devil Fitness Complex – West
13351 N. 47th Dr., Glendale
$135/Week for SDFC Members;
$155/Week for Non–Members
Fun-filled camp with sports, swimming, crafts and games for motor-skills development. Ages 5–11. Snacks provided. Half-day option available for a reduced cost. Runs 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., May 24–Aug. 2.

Sunset Ridge: ‘Sun’sational Summer Camp

Sunset Ridge School
35707 N. 33rd Lane, Phoenix
$36–$40/Child Per Day; $60 Family Registration Fee
Blossom in social, academic, and athletic settings. Themed activities each week, with field trips, projects and guest speakers. Mondays–Fridays from 6:30 a.m.–6 p.m., May 30–July 28. For students in preschool–eighth grade. Snacks provided.

Teen Summer Series

Anthem Civic Building
3701 W. Anthem Way
Learn life skills, work on fitness with yoga and bootcamps and get creative with arts and crafts. For teens 12 and up. Camp runs 1– 3 p.m., Tuesdays–Thursdays, June 6–Aug. 3.

Theater Summer Camp

Summit Church
Anthem School
41020 N. Freedom Way
Builds confidence and teaches children to express themselves through acting, music and choreography. Week ends with a showcase performance for family and friends. Grades 3-6. Camp runs daily, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., July 24–28.

Theatre Rocks Summer Camp

Sandra Day O’Connor High School
25250 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix
623-445-7400, www.dvusd.org/Domain/5566
$199/Student (2nd–6th Graders);
$299/Student (7th–12th Graders)
Three-week camp in Wonderland  for students in grades 2-6. Play a part in the mad adventures of “Disney’sAlice in Wonderland JR.” Runs daily, 8 a.m.–1 p.m., June 5–23. For the older kids, perform like a boss in the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Runs daily, 8 a.m.–1 p.m., June 5–July 7.  

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