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Now that more and more adults and children are vaccinated and the number of COVID cases is going down, things are starting to return to near normal. Kids will be looking forward to going to camp this summer. And, with summer camps limiting spaces again this year, the camps will fill up quickly. Sending your child to summer camp has always been an important way to let them try new things and learn new skills. A five-year study of 18–to –25–year–old former campers by the American Camp Association proved that summer camps helped these individuals have more success in high school, college and in their career by providing social skills, leadership skills and more. (This study can be found at www.acacamps.org/resource-library/research/ camp-impact-study).

Getting a child out of their comfort zone and attending a summer camp with new kids and new adult role models can help the shy child become more outgoing, learn teamwork and develop leadership skills.

At summer camps kids make new friends that might become friends for a lifetime. Kids can gain confidence by working together to problem-solve, and they might try a new skill like cooking, pottery, archery, rock climbing, canoeing or horseback riding.

Summer camps are a great way to get your child to unplug from technology. Instead of spending time watching television or being on a cell phone, tablet or the Internet, kids can experience the outdoors, nature and animals or even get bold enough to scale a rock wall or try zip lining.

Take a look through Bear’s Summer Camp Guide and see what your child can discover this summer. There are camps that teach acting, dancing, history, swimming, arts, sports, academics, STEM and STEAM, and even animal care.

Some camps are day camps where campers are dropped off in the morning and return home in the afternoon, and there are resident camps where campers spend about five days away from home in a cabin or cabana.

Most camps explain what to expect from their camps, CDC guidelines and safety and more on their websites.

Apache Junction: Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center

(480) 982-8002  June–August, Infants to adult lessons

AZ OnTrack Summer Camps, launched by Governor Doug Ducey, offers FREE half-day and full-day options throughout the state for all Arizona public and private school students pre-K–12.

All ages and all experience levels are welcome! Clinics, Practice and Racing. Visit www.usabmx.com/tracks/0257 for full details, location, directions and more.

Check out Bookmans.com for weekly family friendly events and activities. Click on the Join tab to sign up for the Kids Club or 1317 to get discounts.

Sign up for summer Enrichment & Fun at BGCAZ’s high-quality, affordable summer program. Morning programs will focus on engaging and fun academic and social enrichment to prepare students for fall.

Evct has four different in-person summer camp programs: Imagination Theatre Camp for kids age 5–8, Musical Theatre Camp & Theatre Workshop Camp for kids age 8–15 and a Four Day Acting Intensive for kids age 11–17.

After a safe and successful camp season last year, the GSACPC Camp team is thrilled to invite girls back for another year packed with more of what you love. We are looking forward to troop, day, resident, and mini-resident camp options!

Utilizing our Scout camps and programs, these six-day programs are available to all youth ages 13 and above.

Jump into the biggest box of LEGO bricks EVER at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona! With two rides, a 4D Cinema, plus 12 build & play zones, there is something for children of all ages.

A one-third mile track Full-time indoor/outdoor competitive kart racing, mini-bowling, video games and more. All racers must be at least 5’ 4”. Brickyard grill and outdoor patio. Group event packages available.

 

 

Make art a part of summer with classes at Phoenix Center for the Arts in downtown Phoenix and Thunderbird Arts Center in north Phoenix.

Dive into SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium, home to Arizona’s only 360-degree ocean tunnel! Discover thousands of creatures such as sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, and more in more than 30 exhibits.

1- week sessions run May 23– Aug 5  Ages 4–16,  $250/week and 10% sibling discount.  Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–1p.m.  and Fridays 8 a.m.–4 p.m.  Aftercare available for $125/week Mon–Thurs from 1–4 p.m.

Day camp at Little Gym of Paradise Valley gives your kid the summer camp experience without the bug bites, poison ivy, sunburns and week-long commitments.

Uptown Jungle is more than a trampoline park, it’s a city-style indoor playground metropolis that allows kids to enter into a world where they become a superhero, rock climber, explorer or even an uptown ninja warrior all inside a child-safe envir

Located in the heart of Prescott National Park, this summer overnight camp is a big adventure for kids ages 7-16–the fun and freedom of being outdoors, while learning new skills, and making new friends will make memories that will last a lifetime.

FIT-N-FUN camps promote health and fitness while having a blast. Children ages 3–12 years will enjoy high energy themes each week. Customize your days or week with Full and Half day options.