At the end of May, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health released their pandemic guidance for summer camps. But for many facilities, the recommendations came too late and 2020 dates had to be canceled. Despite closures and restrictions, many organizations within and just beyond the limits of Arcadia are hosting summer camps throughout July, both in-person and virtually. Here are some:
A weekly camp that features essential sports like archery and volleyball along with crafts, games, field sports and other activities.
Location: Griffith Elementary, 4505 E. Palm Lane, Phoenix.
Who it’s best for: Kids who like to stay active.
Duration and dates: Week-long camps held Monday through Friday for full or half days through July.
Cost: $160 to $285
Camp Zoo to You
The virtual edition of the Phoenix Zoo’s annual summer camp traditionally hosted in-person at the zoo. This year there will be three, week-long sessions available with the themes of birds, reptiles and amphibians and mammals. Students can sign-up for all three, two or one.
Ages: Children entering kindergarten through sixth in the 2020-21 school year.
Duration and dates: Every week through July.
Cost: $15 per session for non-members, $40 for all three.
Summer Baking Camp
A baking camp with a weekly topic. July themes are Movie Theme Cake-Off, Christmas in July, Advanced French Pastries and Totally Tiered Cake.
Location: Paula Jacqueline Cakes & Pastries, 4151 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale
Who it’s best for: Kid foodies and future chefs, and parents who secretly want their kids to bake them gourmet treats.
Duration and dates: Four-day sessions Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. throughout July.
Camp Be Kind
A virtual field trip to landmarks across the United States that offers 15 virtual classes, wellness activities, recipes and activities designed to engage the whole family with positive lifestyle and interpersonal lessons.
Duration and dates: July 13-August 14. Classes are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m.
Cost: $65 per household
Camp themes center around different STEM topics, such as NASA, robots, secret agent skills and chemical reactions.
Location: 2701 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix
Who it’s best for: Hands-on learners who are interested in how things work.
Duration and dates: Full and half-day camps are available. All camps take place over five days with different time sessions. There is also a virtual option.
Cost: Prices range from $130 to $260
A mixed summer camp that dabbles in all different types of movement, from gymnastics to dance, a Ninja Zone and trampolines. There are also crafts, group activities and cinema time.
Location: Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 3923 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
Who it’s best for: Anyone interested in gymnastics and dance.
Duration and dates: Week-long camp from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. through July.
Phoenix Center for the Arts Summer Camp
Every Monday, campers can pick-up a mystery box from the Phoenix Center for the Arts to access their supplies for camp. Throughout the week campers will attend Zoom classes and undertake creative activities like writing, music and visual art related to their camp’s theme.
Who it’s best for: Creatives who like to dabble in all art forms. Children who love movies, comics, science fiction and fantasy.
Duration and dates: Two-week sessions in July. Virtual classes will take place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Logic and Leadership Academy at ASU
An educational program aimed to help teens build confidence, improve their interpersonal skills and master the discipline needed for success.
Location: ASU Tempe Campus
Who it’s best for: Teens who want to polish or build their leadership and coping skills.
Duration and dates: July 20-24 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with an optional career prep session from 2-3 p.m., and a family night award ceremony on Friday, July 24 from 4-6 p.m.