Summer time can sure be a great way to give our kids the opportunity to attend a summer camp for a few days in something they really love (or something we would love for them to learn). It also can give homeschool moms a little bit of a break! (I’m sooo looking forward to summer, myself!) And summer camps can also be a fun thing for our kids to do with a neighborhood friend that normally goes to school…or with a favorite homeschool friend that lives across town.
If your child is interested in a specific sport, look up/contact the local leagues or businesses/studios for summer camp options. Yavapai Soccer, Prescott AYSO, Little League, Softball, Basketball Camp (in PV it’s through the County), Dance, Karate, Martial Arts, Golf. There really are too many options to mention here. But I’ll do my best.
Sport Camps at Prescott YMCA
Gymnastics Camp at Prescott YMCA
Embry Riddle has sport camps: Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball
Swimming Lessons at Mountain Valley Splash or YMCA
Yavapai College for Kids: Their classes include art, language, writing, technology, nature, science, cooking, photography, drama, filmmaking. Fantastic options for exploring interests or going into depth on already known interests.
Embry Riddle also has a variety of camps for teens in aeronautics and engineering. Even a helicopter class!!
Zoo Camp at Heritage Park Zoo (there are 6 different sessions)
Other Summer Fun Ideas:
A few years ago, I wrote this post for other Summer Fun ideas. But some ideas for Summer Fun include:
- Harkins Summer Movie Series
- Summer Library reading program with activities and shows at your local library (Prescott, PV, or CV)
- Arts and Craft classes as JoAnn’s or Michael’s
- The Spot, a Children’s Museum
- Visiting local museums like the Smoki Museum, Phippen Art Museum, Sharlot Hall Museum, the Dewey museum, the museums in Jerome
- Easy to difficult hikes (or some for mountain biking) like Watson Lake Riparian Preserve, hikes on Mingus Mountain, Thumb Butte, the Constellation Trails, the white dot trails at Watson, Pea Vine/Iron King Trail, Granite Mountain hike, the new hike up to the top of Glassford Hill, Salida Gulch, Indian Ruins trail near Lynx Lake
- Day Trips to Phoenix, Sedona, Slide Rock State Park, Cottonwood, Fossil Creek, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff and all that those places have to offer
- Spending an afternoon or morning at the lake: Watson Lake, Lynx Lake, Goldwater, Granite Basin, Mingus Mudhole, (Willow Lake…if you want to battle the bugs…Willow Lake is best for the trails, not the lake)
I hope with these Summer Fun Ideas you’ll have an enjoyably filled summer of learning, fun, relaxation, reading, and creativity!
* This list is definitely not comprehensive. In fact, PLEASE email me with other summer camps in the Prescott area. I will update this post periodically with additions. Please email me with the name of the Summer Camp and the website for more information, and the ages of kids the camp works with. email@example.com
A fellow Prescott College graduate student, Fran Haynes, is working on a research project about how families experience nature together. She’s looking for a variety of people from the Prescott/PV/Chino Valley area that are willing to participate in her project. Check out her flyer with the details below. If you are interested, contact her directly via the information provided. Or visit her website to sign up directly there.
(I’ve got a 10yo son who is very interested in nature…)
What a great opportunity for homeschool kids to enjoy nature! And for a great price! Come to all nature camps or pick and choose which fits your schedule. Just register in advance.
Nature Camp “All children in the woods” during Spring Break
and every Friday thereafter
Educational Expeditions LLC, a Prescott company owned by Mariana Altrichter, who is an environmental educator, is once more offering nature camp “All children in the woods” for the Spring Break (March 7-18, M to F) for kids ages 5-10, and every Friday thereafter until May 20th. (Summer nature camp: May 23-27).
This Nature camp aims to help children to connect with nature, with one another, to learn and to have fun. The dynamic is based on a combination of guided educational activities, organized games, songs, art work, journal keeping, walks, building, team work, storytelling, free play, and educational reflective time. Through these diverse activities children are inspired to creatively engage with nature, to practice cooperation and respect, and to develop a sense of wonder and appreciation for the diversity of nature and human beings.
The camp is at Goldwater lake. Kids can be dropped off at any time between 8 am and 8:20 am, and are picked up at 3 pm. The group spends the whole time in the woods, within a few minute walk from the park facilities and bathrooms. The group size is limited to 16 kids with two instructors.
Cost: US $32 per day. Healthful snacks are provided twice a day. Registration deadline: February 19th. Important: Kids cannot be dropped off without previous registration. Limited space, register soon!.
CONTACT Mariana Altrichter for more details and registration forms: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Instructors: Mariana Altrichter, is a teacher at Prescott College, with a PhD in conservation biology and over 20 years of experience in the field of environmental education. David Wise, kinder aide at Skyview, is a senior student at Prescott College majoring in outdoor education, human development and education. He has experience in music camps for children, art and music trek, and as an intern with the National Outdoor organization School. Other PC education students will be joining the camp to help.