That stressful last minute scramble to come up with some summer camp options can be nerve-wracking. So why not hit it early and register for the camp that is oh so right for your child?  To give you an edge on enrolling and getting accepted and to avoid the ill-fated waiting list, we’ve done some legwork for you and have come up with some pretty unique camp ideas.

With four Valley locations, Hubbard Sports Camp includes soccer, baseketball, volleyball, swimming, archery and other field sports where summer campers can build self-esteem and confidence through movement.

The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale offers Surf Camp, an exclusive 5-day program for kids ages 8 to 12 where they will learn to ride real waves, not white foam.

Scottsdale’s XTREME gymnastics FIT-N-FUN day camp includes gymnastics, trampoline, obstacle courses, team sports and relays for an extreme daily blast of fun.

The Bender Performing Arts Camp offers a range of dance instruction including but not limited to ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop.   Accompanying the art of dance is their voice and piano instruction and a musical theater program for ages 3 through adult.

Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!   OK, a bit of an exaggeration but there are bears. The St. Joseph’s Youth Camp in Northern Arizona offers overnight camping with horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, archery and comes complete with room and board and round-trip transportation for 6 nights of camping fun.

How about a bearded-lizard as your camp mate? Reptile Encounter Summer Camp is for the camper who wants to learn, observe and touch our cold-blooded little friends. There are over 1700+ animals in their wildlife sanctuary and it’s a hands-on interactive day of fun for ages 8 through 14. Contact the director at crystie@phoenixherp.com or call 480-513-4377 extension 3 to reserve a spot. And don’t worry, mom, it’s safe!

For a trampoline camp you’ll want to check out Flip Dunk Sports Going Bananas Camp where there is a lot of air time to be had! The Phoenix Sun’s Gorilla will even drop in to share his jump style for all the camper’s delight.

Not a camp per se, but you can check out GateWay Community College where they have created programs for campers ages 5 through 19 that encompass a more serious day of learning about business, healthcare, automotive and science.

For camps focused on themes that are of a traditional flare you’ll want to check out Camelback Desert School Summer Camp, Tesseract Summer Camp, The Desert Foothills YWCA in Cave Creek and the Scottsdale YMCA and your local schools.

You’ll want to act fast, these camps fill up fast!

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