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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 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.

City of Tucson Parks and Recreation: Lessons for infants and up.

Academy of Ballet’s Summer Ballet Intensive runs June 1–28, with daily classes M-F for dancers with ballet training age seven and up as of September 1st. Dancers will have the option of performing at the end of the workshop.

As a leader in Musical Theatre, Arts Express has served Southern Arizona for over 35 years.

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.

Check out for a complete list of weekly summer kids events and activities starting June 2022! 

Go Grrrls is designed to give girl-identified youth in grades 6–8 the skills and knowledge they need to plan for a future of success.

CMT Summer Camps offer fun-filled learning! Campers will enjoy hands-on art projects, experiments, demonstrations and time in the Museum. A variety of science, technology, engineering and art with Museum staff. Half-day camps, mornings only.

Come join the fun at CAI Preschool summer camp. Children will enjoy water play days, amazing crafts, music, science, hands-on activities and more.

Mini Camp:  May 31–June 2,  9 a.m.–3 p.m.  $190                         

Serve and Pass Camp: May 31–June 1  4–6 p.m.  $120   

Mini Camp II: June 13–June 15, 8 a.m.–noon $160                      

Desert Christian Schools offers a varitey of summer camps. Campers can enjoy baseball, softball, basketball, dance, theater, cooking, robotics, STEM and more. Visit website for dates, locations and more details.

Drama Kids camps are perfect for new actors wanting to discover their dramatic side, as well as for those actors wishing to continue to develop their theater, public speaking and musical theater skills while building character.


Come and enjoy your summer at Golf N’ Stuff! Mini Park Pass: $18.50 per person. Includes 1 round of golf, 1 attraction and 12 arcade tokens.

The Humane Amigos Camps give children a new perspective on caring for animals, preventing animal cruelty, understanding animal behavior, and more.

The Amphitheater School District has FREE and low-cost preschool options.

Our week-long summer camp sessions incorporate hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) concepts in a fun environment designed for students to build, explore, and create.

Weekly camps with a variety of activities.

Live Tucson’s History Summer Camp

June 13–17     Ages 8–12 

This year’s camp includes a weeklong camp for grades 1-2 and 3-6 and a two-day camp for grades 7-8. 

Don’t let your kids climb your walls this summer. Let them climb ours instead! Rock Solid Climbing provides an excellent and varied all-day, week-long summer camp program for children ages 5–12.

Troubadour Theatre offers day camps in music, acting, musical theatre and more.

Rock, Roll, Repeat! Rock n Roll Music Camp: Ages: 10–18, June 6–17.

Antic Arts Comedic Acting Camp. Ages: 7–12, June 6–17.

Join us June 13-17 for a fun and engaging week of Day Camp! We’re excited for you to join us on this week of adventure, including singing, rodeo roping, acting, stagecraft, and much more.

Summer Clay Camp with Paul Waldron. Five sessions available from May–July.

Campers will learn Wheel Hand Building Sculpture. All materials included in camp price. 

All children must be vaccinated and masks are required.

Every day is an adventure at Camp J!

Draw, paint, sculpt, collage, print and more at the Tucson Museum of Art. Each weekly session is led by local teaching artists and art educators focusing on in-depth lessons in art making.

Find your fun with Tucson Parks and Recreation for a safe and educational summertime experience.

Tucson Racquet Club offers a “Sports Camp” for all ages, abilities and interest.

Soccer Camp (ages 8–14)

Discover your sense of wonder this summer! The Y is offering both day camp and resident (overnight) camp options.