Where to stash bored kids this summer? Your guide to Gilbert camps

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Summer breaks give students a chance to transition into campers and experience all the area has to offer. Here are several of the camps that will be offered in Gilbert and the surrounding area. This guide is noncomprehensive.

DAY CAMPS
YMCA full-day camps

The YMCA summer camps for children ages 5 and older will include activities like treasure
hunts and field trip. Each week has a different theme. The camps will run Mondays through Fridays with dates to be announced later this spring. Camps start at $275.
Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA
655 W. Frye Road, Chandler
480-899-9622
valleyymca.org

Camp Curiosity

Childtime Learning Centers offers a variety of day camps for ages 5-12 that include field trips. Themes include STEM Explorations, Scientific Discoveries and Young Zoologists for ages 5 and up; and Down on the Farm, Movers and Shakers, and Science Squad for ages 3-4. Call for dates and prices.
Childtime of Gilbert
3319 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert
480-497-2855
www.childtime.com

Animal Adventure summer camp

Throughout the week, kids ages 6-8 and 9-12 will make observations and experience what makes pets and animals unique in this Arizona Humane Society camp. $275. Final dates to be announced in spring.
Arizona Humane Society Campus for Compassion
1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix
602-997-7585
www.azhumane.org

Campers compete at a Suns basketball camp at Williams Field High School. (via Courtesy Phoenix Suns)

SPORTS CAMPS
Suns basketball camp

In this weeklong camp, boys and girls ages 6-17 will learn tips, drills and pointers from professional and experienced coaches to learn the ins and outs of playing basketball. $350. June 18-22.
Williams Field High School
2076 S. Higley Road, Gilbert
602-379-7773
https://www.nba.com/suns/kids/jr-suns

USA Youth Fitness summer camp

This fitness camp has field trips, sports contests and trampoline fun to keep your kids ages 5-12 active and energized throughout summer vacation. From $35 a day and $210 a week. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 28-July 27.
USA Youth Fitness Gilbert Location
1530 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert
480-926-1480
https://usagymaz.com/camp/summer-camp/

Gilbert Defense Arts dragon camp

This one-week camp features martials arts and weapons training daily for ages 5-12. It also includes field trips with a water-fight finale and five animal-themed days. $225 per week. June 17-21 or July 15-19.
Gilbert Defense Arts
1094 S. Gilbert Road, Ste. 107
480-855-7586
https://gilbertmartialarts.com/summercamp

Art Intersection hosts photo camps for teens during the summer. (via Courtesy Art Intersection)

ARTS CAMPS
Exploring Photography for Teens

Art Intersection will introduce teens ages 13-17 to the basics and fundamentals of taking pictures. Throughout this class, students will learn about different photography techniques while working on fun projects. Sessions June 5-8 and July 10-13.
Art Intersection
207 N. Gilbert Road, Ste. 201, Gilbert
480-361-1118
www.artintersection.com

All Around the World

The Art House in Gilbert will host a day camp for boys and girls ages 4-10. This class will take kids on a trip all over the world through arts, crafts and activities. $125. July 9-11.
Day Camp for boys and girls ages 4-10
The Art House Gilbert
36 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert
480-818-5831
arthousegilbert.com

School of Rock 101 summer camps

School of Rock camps and workshops are geared to help its students ages 3-18-plus of different skill levels polish their technique and put on a performance. $500. June 3-July 19.
School of Rock Gilbert
885 E. Warner Road, Gilbert
480-632-7625
schoolofrock.com

ACADEMIC CAMPS
Sylvan STEM summer camps

Sylvan camps for students in grades 1-8 encourage kids to continue to learn through their STEM camps. They include robotics and science, engineering and coding classes.
Grades 1-8
Sylvan Learning Gilbert Location
2335 S. Lindsay Road, Ste. 114, Gilbert
480-676-4728
sylvanlearning.com

Engineering for Kids of Phoenix Metro

Engineering for Kids allows for its students ages 4-14 to work in teams using their STEM skills and think outside the box. $175. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Val Vista Academy Gilbert
4120 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert
Main Event Gilbert
1735 S. Santan Village Parkway
480-757-1281
engineeringforkids.com

Camp Invention!

This camp will explore possible solutions to real-life problems through inventing and creation and allow kids in grades K-6 to create real prototypes of their own. June 4-8.
Bright Beginnings School Chandler
400 N. Andersen Blvd., Chandler
480-821-1404
www.summercamps.com

iD Tech Camps

iD Tech Camps can help answer children’s coding questions through their weeklong classes at ASU. Open to students ages 7-17 of differing skills, iD Tech will show them the ins and outs of game design and coding. Starting at $579. Camps offered June 3-July 26.
Arizona State University Tempe Campus
1-888-709-8324
www.idtech.com

OVERNIGHT CAMPS
Friendly Pines Camp

Friendly Pines Camp is an overnight coed summer camp in Prescott for children ages 6-13 with outdoor activities such as horse rides, hiking and zip lining. Dates and prices for the one- and two-week sessions to be announced.
Friendly Pines Camp
933 E. Friendly Pines Road, Prescott
928-445-2128
www.friendlypines.com

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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