Tucson Tweens (ages 8-12) – don’t be bored this summer! Be inspired.
Register for a summer camp experience to broaden your skills, expand your knowledge, and give you a chance to make a difference in the world.
Take a look at this line-up of camps for tweens in Tucson. There’s something for every interest – drama, dance, sports, technology, volunteerism, and more!
Act 1 Performing Arts Academy. 7878 E. Wrightstown, Suite 100, Tucson. May 28- July 20. Each session is two weeks. Ages 7-teen. $295-$325 per 2-week session. 3 different camps (1) Modeling Camp & Runway Show, (2) “The Lullaby of Broadway,” and (3) “Tome Swayer The Musical.”
Broadway Camp. 9071 E. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson. 2 sessions – June 3-14, 2013 for teens (ages 13-19) and June 17-28 for kid (ages 7-12). 9:00am-3:30pm, M-F. $300 for the 2-week session. “At Broadway Camp you will spend 2 weeks rehearsing, learning lines, singing, dancing and performing in a production of Once Upon A Mattress. All campers will be cast in the production and will also be given different opportunities to help out with other aspects of the production. There will be two performances at the end of the camp session in front of a live audience in a theatre with a 90 seat house!”
Centerfield Baseball Summer Camps. 1861 W. Grant Rd., Tucson. Ages 6-13. Nine 1-week sessions (June through August). 9:00am-12:00pm. $99/week. 3 hours of baseball training from professional instructors.
Centerfield Softball Summer Camps. 1861 W. Grant Rd., Tucson. Ages 6-13. Nine 1-week sessions (June through August). 9:00am-12:00pm. $99/week. 3 hours of baseball training from professional instructors.
Christian Youth Theater Tucson – JUNGLE BOOK. Two location options: East (8625 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson) and Northwest (4900 W. Cortaro Farms Rd., Tucson). Ages 5-7 or Ages 8-12. June 3-June 7 or June 16-21. $85-$150. “Children learn theater basics in a nurturing environment and participate in one of literature’s most enduring classics. The week culminates in a showcase performance of Jungle Book.”
Christian Youth Theater Tucson – SLEEPING BEAUTY. Two location options: East (8625 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson) and Northwest (4900 W. Cortaro Farms Rd., Tucson). Ages 5-7 or Ages 8-12. July 8-July 12 or July 15-19. $85-$150. “Children learn the basics of theater and participate in Sleeping Beauty, a play of beautiful imagery telling the age-old story of the lovely princess who was cursed on the day of her christening by an uninvited wicked fairy. The camp culminates in a showcase performance on Friday evening of camp’s last day.”
Christian Youth Theater Tucson – WICKED. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Suite 29, Tucson. Ages 12-21. July 22-August 8. M-F, 10:00am-3:00pm. $300. “Scenes and songs from Broadway’s Blockbuster! It’s gonna be a “wicked” time!”
David Rubio Volleyball Camp – Mini Camp. Ages 8-13. May 28-30, 9:00am-3:00pm. $150. “This camp is designed for young athletes who are brand new to volleyball. These sessions will focus on the basics of passing, setting, attacking and serving. The atmosphere will be fun and upbeat creating an excitement for the game. Along with the great training, the campers will have opportunities to see the U of A campus and meet some of the U of A players. Lunch will be provided all three days and all campers will be supervised at all times.”
David Rubio Volleyball Camp – Intermediate All-Skills Camp. Ages 10-18. July 8-10, 9:00am-3:00pm. Commuter: $240 or Resident: $340. “This camp is designed for players who are either new to volleyball or have only been playing for a short time. The training regiment and environment is the same as the Advanced All Skills Camp, with more emphasis placed on basic skill development.”
David Rubio Volleyball Camp – Position Camp. Ages 10-18. July 11-14. Commuter: $340 or Resident: $440. “This camp is designed for players who have the desire to improve their specific positional skills. The camp will be taught with a hands-on approach. Each camper will be taken through step-by-step progressions, which will include basic fundamentals. Each position will focus on their appropriate footwork, hand positions, and arm swing mechanics.”
David Rubio Volleyball Camp – Advanced Skills Camp. Ages 10-18. July 15-18. Commuter: $340 or Resident: $440. “This camp is designed to offer the highest level of training to the player that has been playing for some time. The players will be grouped by skill level. Daily activities will include advanced training for each specific skill. This camp is designed to expose campers to a collegiate practice environment and is a great opportunity for athletes to raise their overall skill level in a highly competitive environment.”
Dog Days in the Desert. Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 3465 E. Kleindale Rd., Tucson. Different sessions for ages 6-8, ages 9-11, and ages 12-14. 9:00am-3:00pm, daily. $200 for HIP members; $225 for non-members. “Dog Days in the Desert provides children with in-depth, hands-on education about animal care and the human-animal bond. Topics will include but are not limited to, New Pet Ownership and Responsibility, Animal Handling and Bite Safety, Kindness and Compassion, Pet Adoption Promotions, Domestication of Cats and Dogs, Native Wild Animal Habitat and Ecology, Building Pet Living Areas and Careers.”
Earth Camp. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (+ other locations), 2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson. Middle School Camp will be held June 17-21 & 24-28, 8:00am-5:00pm with three overnights. $750. “Earth Camp opens eyes and minds to our unique, interdependent and awe-inspiring planet, drawing connections from our homes, to our region, to the globe, and to what we can learn about Earth from space. Students will learn about the Sonoran Desert ecosystem and current environmental issues while hiking, camping, doing field research, and exploring our beautiful desert. Earth Camp is a partnership between the University of Arizona College of Science, Project WET, the Planetary Science Institute, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.”
Eco Wild Camp. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson. Grades 5-6. July 15-19, 8:30am-3:30pm. $195 for members; $220 for non-members. “Eco Wild explorers will dig into plant and animal connections, conservation and the many wild and woolly career options available in the natural sciences.”
Fiber Art Fun. Creative Juice Art Bar, 6530 E. Tanque Verde, Suite 160, Tucson. Ages 5-13. June 10-14, 9:00am-2:00pm. $225. “Love fabric and yarn? Want to explore fiber and textiles in new and creative ways? Spend a week experiencing the art of felting, weaving, rug hooking, needlepoint, silk painting, knitting and more.”
Garden Wild Camp. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson. Grades 3-4. June 24-28, 8:30am-3:30pm. $195 for members; $220 for non-members. “Garden Wild explorers will dive into water-wise garden care and ethnobotany–the many ways desert people interact with plants.”
Healthy 2 B Me Summer Camp. University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Ages 7-10 (grades 2-5). Three weeklong sessions are scheduled during the months of June and July from 9:00am to 3:00pm. $345/week. “Campers will learn about wellness through many fun interactive activities that will include; nutrition, cooking, physical activities such as, Yoga, Zumba, dance, and swimming along with Top experts from the U of A and the Tucson Community will be teaching sun safety, dental health, hygiene, community and team building experiences.”
Humane Society of Southern Arizona and Desert Museum Summer Camp: When Dogs were Wolves and Cats were Wild. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson. Ages 9-11. July 8-11. M-TH, 8:30am-3:00pm. “Take a walk on the wild side of pets as we compare domestic dogs, cats, birds, rodents and reptiles to their wild counterparts. How are our pets’ needs different from their wild relatives’? And how do zoos best care for their animals? Spend two days exploring the habitats and ecology of our pets’ wild relatives at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, followed by two days at the Humane Society caring for a variety of pets.”
Interactive Summer Clay Camp. Tucson Clay Co-op, 3326 N. Dodge, Tucson. Ages 6-12. Four 2-week Sessions: June 18-20 & June 25-27, July 2-4 & July 9-11, July 16-18 & July 23-25, July 30-August 1 & August 6 & 8. All sessions are T-TH from 9:00am-12:00pm. $108 per 2-week session. “Interactive camp includes wheel throwing, hand building, and dramatic skits. Each 2-week session culminates with a performance & party.” Call 520-792-6263 for more information.
Just Sculpt it. Creative Juice Art Bar, 6530 E. Tanque Verde, Suite 160, Tucson. Ages 5-13. June 3-7, 9:00am-2:00pm. $225. “Want a hands-on adventure? Build, carve, mold, and manipulate a variety of materials for a creative sculpting experience. Use wire, wood, clay, and more to create sculptural masterpieces!”
Language Immersion Summer Camp. International School of Tucson, 1701 E. Seneca St., Tucson. Ages 3-12. The camp runs for eight weeks, June 3-July 26, and students can sign up for any amount of weeks. The cost is $200 per week if you sign up before May 1. Children ages 5-12 receive a half day of language immersion and a half day of activities, including sports, music, science, and art. Choose Spanish, French, German, or Chinese.
Live Theatre Workshop Summer Camps. 5317 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson. 1/2 day and full-day camps available for ages 6-8, 3rd-4th grade, 5th-6th grade, and 7th-12th grade. Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. $250 for the entire week camps 1-6; $500 for Jr. Musical Camp; $130 for half day camps. “Live Theatre Workshops summer camps are one week music, theatre, dancing, and technical theatre experience. Everyday students will work with a choreographer on two to three dance numbers, a vocal coach on musical theatre style singing, and with professional teaching artists who will lead them through the process of producing a play.”
Mixed Media Mania. Creative Juice Art Bar, 6530 E. Tanque Verde, Suite 160, Tucson. Ages 5-13. June 17-21, 9:00am-2:00pm. $225. “Combine various mediums to create incredible works of art! This week involves painting, printing, collage, clay, ink, and other fun and wacky materials. Who knows what interesting effects can be achieved with so many materials to choose from!”
Museum Explorers Camp. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 North Kinney Rd., Tucson. Grades 1-6. Two Sessions: July 22-25 or July 29-August 1. M-TH, 8:30am-3:00pm. $200 for Non-Members; $175 for Members. “See the museum as you never have before! Museum Explorers will observe live animals, conduct science experiments, make cool crafts, create art with the Museum’s Art Institute, sample desert foods, hike in the desert, and more!”
Passion for Painting & Drawing. Creative Juice Art Bar, 6530 E. Tanque Verde, Suite 160, Tucson. Ages 5-13. June 24-28, 9:00am-2:00pm. $225. “Wish you could spend all day drawing and painting? You can! Sharpen your skills in charcoal, pastel, watercolor, and acrylic painting while creating masterpieces your parents are sure to frame!”
Rock Climbing Camp. the BLOC climbing & fitness, 8975 E. Tanque Verde, Tucson OR Rocks and Ropes, 330 S. Toole Ave., Tucson. Ages 5-7, ages 8-10, or ages 11-15. All camps run M-F. $150-$299/week. “Never Climbed? Been to Climbing Camp before? Either way, no problem. Climbing is a sport that allows beginning and experienced climbers to climb together and still be able to learn. For beginners, no climbing experience is necessary. If a child has been to our camp before, he or she will continue to have fun and improve as a climber.”
SAT Test Prep Course. Arizona Youth University, 888 N. Euclid Ave, Tucson. Grades 9-12. June 17-28, Afternoons TBD. $300. “College is just around the corner – are you ready? Get a competitive edge this summer by learning the key strategies to taking the SAT exam. This course provides 22.5 hours of instruction and culminates in a simulated practice exam.”
Sean Miller Basketball Camp. The University of Arizona. FOR BOYS ONLY, Grades 1-8. Two Sessions: June 10-13 or June 17-20. 9:00am-4:00pm. $230 per session. “The Sean Miller Basketball Camp is meant to teach the basic fundamentals of the game of basketball. Get ready for an exciting week of competition and skill instruction aided by the camp staff, which will include the University of Arizona coaching staff along with your favorite University of Arizona players.”
Summer Bike Camp. Presented by El Grupo. Campers will begin and end each day at Technicians for Sustainbility Warehouse, 612 N. 7th Ave, Tucson. Two summer sessions: June 3-7, 2013 and July 22-26, 2013. Ages 7-13. $150 per session. Activities focus on developing safe-riding skills, mechanical knowledge, and bike handling for each skill level, as well as exposure to health and wellness, environmental stewardship, air quality issues, and recycled art through a series of hands-on experiences. Call 520-329-2453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Summer Camp at Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids. 3230 N. Craycroft Rd., Tucson. Ages 5-12. Five different 1-week sessions in May and June. M-F, 8:00am-12:30pm. $225/week. “How fast can a rabbit hop? Why does a pig roll in the mud? How do you milk a goat and make goats milk ice cream? All of these and more will be discovered this summer at the TRAK Ranch summer camp. Campers will learn about different animals every day, finger-paint on horses and go for “pony” rides (on full size horses, lead by camp counselors), compete in a watermelon eating contest against the pigs and so so much more! WARNING: This is a hands on ranch camp. Campers will get dirty!”
Tony Amato Soccer Camp – Elite Evening Camp. Murphy Soccer Complex at the University of Arizona, 2300 E. 15th St., Tucson. Ages 10-16. June 10-13, 6:00pm-8:30pm. $175. “All sessions include superior training from members of the UA Staff and current UA players, incredible facilities, a soccer ball, and camp T-shirt.”
Tucson Academy of Music & Dance. 2 locations – 7954 N. Oracle Rd. and 4811 E. Sunrise Dr. Numerous camps for kids, ages 2 1/2 through teen. Ballet, tap, cheer, gymnastics, modeling, violin, guitar, piano, drum, instrument exploration, more.
Tucson Summer Camp 2013. Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, 245 E. Ina Rd., Tucson. Ages 6-14. May 27-August 2, M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm. $210 for full day; $185 for 1/2 day. “Children will play tennis, basketball, volleyball, and soccer, plus go swimming and create arts & crafts projects!”
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