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PHX Architecture Summer Camp Students

PHX Architecture hosts summer camp

Each year PHX Architecture holds the PHX Arch Summer Camp, a two week experience for junior high school and high school students to get a feel for what a career in architecture is really like.

The camp session includes all of the day-to-day activities of an architect. Students learn skills such as Space Planning, Hand Rendering, 3D Modeling, Project Management, and much more. The program also includes tours of Taliesin West, ASU design buildings, and commercial and residential construction sites.

“It’s great to have the campers here to experience a real-life architecture firm,” said Nikal Conti, Principal at PHX Architecture. “It helps them to make the decision of pursuing a career in architecture and gives them a hands-on learning experience.”

The camp is held at PHX Architecture’s office in Scottsdale, AZ. For more information, visit www.phxarch.com.


Arizona Special Needs Camp At Risk

Lions Camp Tatiyee, the only organization in Arizona that provides individuals with special needs a week-long summer camp in the White Mountains all free-of-charge, is in jeopardy of having to cancel sessions for the first time since 1958 due to lack of funding. As it stands, Lions Camp Tatiyee is $125,000 short of meeting its operational budget for the 2014 camp season.

In the past 56 seasons, contributions from the Arizona Lions Club have allowed the camp to remain in operation. In addition to individual donations, the Lions Club has generated the bulk of funding through recycling efforts. However, the 2013 closing of Catalyst Paper Mill in Snowflake, Arizona, which was a major source of recycling revenue for the Arizona Lions, has significantly impacted the camp’s ability to generate funding.

Said Pam Swanson, Executive Direct of Lions Camp Titayee, “This is new territory for us, and we have had to reinvent our fundraising strategy in an incredibly short amount of time. Unfortunately, we are still short of our operational budgeting goal. If we are not able to make up the shortage by the end of June, hundreds of special needs campers may not be able to attend camp this summer.”

Added Swanson, “For most of our campers, the annual week-long summer camp experience is the highlight of their year.”

Lions Camp Tatiyee annually schedules eight week-long sessions, hosting special needs campers ranging from 7 years old to adults. The camp is open to individuals with Downs syndrome, cerebral palsy, spinal injuries, mental disabilities and sight and hearing impairment, to name just a few. Lions Camp Tatiyee has never charged campers or their families for their camp experience.

Campers at Lions Camp Tatiyee come from all cities in Arizona. The camp has the capacity to host more than 650 campers each season at its state-of-the-art facility, which sits on 88 acres in the White Mountains. However, lack of funding has limited Lions Camp Tatiyee’s ability to accept campers, and there are currently more than 150 special needs individuals on the waiting list.

Lions Camp Tatiyee is making a plea for support in this time of need. Without financial backing, the camp will be forced to cancel sessions. Those interested in helping to support Lions Camp Tatiyee may do so online by visiting www.ArizonaLionsCamp.org and clicking one the “Donate Now” button.

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Summer Camp set

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa announces its Summer Camp 2014 for children ages 6-14, which will run weekdays from May 26 through Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prices for Summer Camp are:

Registration: $20 per child; $35 per family
Full day, per week: $210 for the first child, $185 for the second child (includes 2 complimentary daily snacks)
Half day, per week: $155 for the first child, $135 for the second child (includes 2 complimentary daily snacks)
Daily rate: $49 full day; $39 half day (includes 2 complimentary daily snacks)
Lunch: $40 per week, per child
Summer Camp activities will include: tennis, basketball, volleyball, Capture the Flag, soccer, movies, swimming, crafts, gymnastics, tumbling, Wii gaming, billiards, foosball, ultimate Frisbee and kickball.

child-poolDuring swimming, lifeguards will be on duty and there will be staff members in the water with summer campers at all times. Lifeguards will administer a swim test each Monday to determine where each camper is allowed to swim. Staff members will also ensure that campers have applied their own sunscreen each hour during outdoor activities. Water breaks will occur every 15 minutes and upon request.

Westward Look Wyndham Grand will have two rooms designated for summer campers during the hottest part of the day with air conditioning, cold water, restroom access and gaming activities.

Parents are given contact information with the daily schedule so they know where their children are at all times. Parents will have access to staff members’ cell phones in case of an emergency. Each staff member will have each camper’s emergency contact information and documentation at all times when camp is in session.

For more information or to register for Summer Camp, please call (520) 297-1151.


Summer Camp Schedule Announced for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has announced their 2013 summer camp schedule. The local non-profit organization offers quality summer programs in a positive, safe, supervised environment.

Children must be at least six years old and registered for first grade, unless noted. Each child is placed in age appropriate groups and takes part in a variety of fun and educational programs, including: arts & crafts, games room, computer training, social recreation, and various learning opportunities. In addition, children can participate in special events like carnivals, talent shows, dances, picnics, and ice cream socials. Field trips are also available to local attractions like swimming pools, museums, bowling alleys and movie theaters.

Depending on location, children must bring a sack lunch. Space is limited and is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. For registration forms and details, please contact the branch directly or visit their website.


Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch: 2311 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Phone: 480-947-6331, barkerbranch.bgcs.org

Camp Dates: May 28 – August 2

Camp Times: 7:30 am – 6 pm, Mon-Fri

Prices: $80 per week (participants must have a membership which is $25 for one year)

Age/Grade: Children must be six years old and completed kindergarten. Free breakfast and lunch program daily.

Rose Lane Branch: 8250 E. Rose Ln., Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Phone: 480-948-8020, roselanebranch.bgcs.org

Camp Dates: May 28 – August 2

Camp Times: 7:30 am – 6 pm, Mon-Fri

Prices: $80 per week (participants must have a membership which is $25 for one year). Additional field trip costs can range from $8-20.

Age/Grade: Children must be at least five years old and registered for kindergarten. Free breakfast and lunch program daily.

Virginia G. Piper Branch: 10515 E. Lakeview Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Phone: 480-860-1601, piperbranch.bgcs.org

Camp Dates: May 28 – August 2

Camp Times: 7:00 am – 6:30 pm, Mon-Fri

Prices: $100 per week which includes one field trip (participants must have a membership which is $25 for one year) $90 for each additional child

Age/Grade: Children must be at least five years old and registered for kindergarten.

The Thunderbirds Branch: 20199 N. 78th Pl., Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Phone: 480-538-9547, thunderbirdsbranch.bgcs.org

Camp Dates: May 28 – August 2

Camp Times: 7:00 am – 6:30 pm, Mon-Fri

Prices: $110 per week which includes one field trip (participants must have a membership which is $25 for one year)

Age/Grade: Children must be six years old and completed kindergarten.

Paiute Neighborhood Center (Outreach Site): 6535 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Phone: 480-344-5590, outreachservices.bgcs.org

Camp Dates: June 4 – July 27

Camp Times: 12:00 – 5 pm, Mon-Fri

Prices: $20 for first child/$15 for the additional children


Vestar Branch: 3975 E. Lockwood Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85050

Phone: 480-585-0170, vestarbranch.bgcs.org

Camp Dates: May 28 – August 2

Camp Times: 7:00 am – 6:30 pm, Mon-Fri

Prices: $110 per week which includes one field trip (participants must have a membership which is $25 for one year)

Age/Grade: Children must be six years old and completed kindergarten.

Fountain Hills

Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch: 14605 N. Del Cambre Ave., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Phone: 480-344-5400, mckeebranch.bgcs.org

Camp Dates: May 29 – August 2

Camp Times: 7:30 am – 6 pm, Mon-Fri

Prices: $100 per week which includes one field trip (participants must have a membership which is $25 per year)

Age/Grade: Children must be five years old and registered for kindergarten.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Lehi Branch: 1231 E. Oak St., Mesa, AZ 85203

Phone: 480-850-4453, lehibranch.bgcs.org

Camp Dates: May 28 – August 2

Camp Times: 7:00 am – 6 pm, Mon-Fri

Prices: Per week is $60 (first child); $50 (additional children). Per session $240 (first child); $220 (additional children). Participants must have a membership which is $15 per year.

Age/Grade: Children must be at least six years old and completed kindergarten.

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Summer Camp Provides More than Boredom Busters

Growing up, most of my summertime memories revolved around summer camp. Like many kids, I attended day camp at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. I credit a lot to those summers, most of which I spent on the basketball court or baseball field, but not for making me a professional athlete — because I’m not. I credit those summers for providing me with experiences that helped shaped the person I am today.

Today, that person is the director of club services for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCGS). It has been more than 15 years since I was a BGCGS camper, and now I get the pleasure of helping create these experiences for the next generation. And while the major appeal of summer camp – freedom, fun and friends — remains the same, the world has changed a lot since I was a camper, making this adolescent rite of passage more than just a way to spend time between grades. Now that the summer is reaching its end, I am again reminded of the important role summer camps plays during childhood.

At the BGCGS, we design summers to provide the most benefit to our campers through programs and activities that will keep kids engaged. Each activity our campers participate in help to develop important life skills as we strive to provide a program that allows kids a variety of experiences.

The goal of BGCGS’s summer camps is to provide:

Confidence and socialization

Summer camps provide kids time with their peers in structured, yet relaxed social environments. Unlike typical grade schools, cliques are not as developed in camps, allowing barriers to come down and social skills to grow. Without the normal pressures of social expectations, kids are more likely to try new experiences. I have seen campers begin their summers shy and reserved, only to take center stage later during the camp talent show. Developing their confidence will help them in all aspects of their lives.

Physical activity

Club sports are one of the BGCGS’s most recognized programs. While these programs run year-round and summer camp offers a variety of sports for campers to participate in, not all children are drawn to athletics. To keep kids excited about exercise, we set up obstacle courses, have “water battle” days and take field trips to swimming pools.

Creativity and the arts

With art programs often the first cut from a school’s budget, many children are not exposed to the creative outlets they so desperately need. Our arts and crafts are among the most enjoyed activities the kids partake in, but we take it beyond construction paper. From set-building to pirate ship construction, we challenge creative minds to think outside the box.

Education and technology

Kids today are the most tech savvy of any generation, but summer months can mean hours in front of video games or online. We get our campers to unplug from video games and plug into technology. We offer classes in digital photography, graphic design and music production, teaching our children that computers can be useful and fun outside the gaming world.

Parents a piece of mind

While school-aged children get three months of freedom in the summer, most parents do not. With many parents working full-time, the BGCGS ensure those parents know their children are not only safe, but also somewhere their children enjoy. Keeping kids engaged while out of school lowers their risk of getting into trouble — something often associated with boredom.

To a child and the majority of the outside world, summer camp is little more than a fun way to fill time. But, to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale campers, parents and staff, it is so much more.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s summer camp, visit bgcs.org.

Fight Ready

Fight Ready To Hold Camps For Kids To Combat Bullying, Obesity

Fight Ready, Arizona’s leading martial arts academy, is holding a two-week-long summer camp for kids between the ages of 8-14 geared towards anti-bullying and building leadership skills while improving confidence and fitness through the martial arts.

Fight Ready will teach children anti-bullying techniques that will reduce their likelihood of attack, in addition to self-defense techniques designed to effectively and safely disengage from physical altercations.

Domonique Moore, Fight Ready rep, says, “Most of the kids in our program are there for the same reason; they were bullied in school or sports. Almost every year, Fight Ready (formerly the Lion’s Den), has offered a martial arts summer camp to our members. This year, I wanted to make a larger impact in the community and reach out to as many children as possible, in an effort to help remove bullying in schools, sports and online.”

Through these methods, Fight Ready aims to teach kids how to recognize, refuse and report bullying, as well as to be assertive and build relationships. Studies have found this youth program reduces the occurrence of bullying by 31 percent, and helps cut down the destructive behavior in kids by 70 percent when compared to the national average.

Empowering kids to harness their inner confidence is what this program is all about, and we are very proud to be able to say we make a difference,” Moore says.

The camp will also include sports conditioning to improve kids’ overall fitness level. This will also give them a competitive advantage in any sport they’re currently involved in, or will become involved with, the following school year.Fight Ready

The martial arts portion will cover the basics of wrestling, grappling, Brazilian jiu- jitsu, boxing, muay Thai and judo throws, giving kids a broad, beginner martial arts base.

Pre-registration is required; each session limited to 20 kids:

Session 1: June 4-8 and 11-15
Session 2: June 9-1 and 16-20
Cost: $250
Location: 2954 N Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
Contact: (480) 941-5466

For more information about Fight Ready, visit fightreadymma.com.