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Here are some frequently asked questions and answers.

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What camps/activities do you offer for youth at UA Campus Rec?

The Rec offers many camps and swim programs for youth:

"A" Camp 
"A" Camp is a licensed summer camp program, in it's 22nd year! "A" Camp is designed to provide a safe, fun and physically active environment for children ages 5-11 to play, learn, and grow. Our Counselors in Training (CITs) are ages 12-15 and get to experience of being a counselor while still enjoying the fun of being a camper. Quality instruction and supervision for all ages is provided by UA student staff who have interest and experience in working with children. "A" Camp is the only camp at UA that is licensed by the State of Arizona Department of Health Services Division of Childcare Licensing.

Arizona Youth University (AYU)
AYU is a program that encompasses camp programming covering a variety of subjects and disciplines for grades 5-12. These camps are hosted by various departments across campus and include instruction on the topics of Nursing, SAT/ACT Prep, Linguistics, Bioengineering, Robotics, Aerospace Engineering (with curriculum provided by NASA) and Chinese Cultural Studies. Camp staff are faculty or students in the requisite discipline looking to introduce the Tucson youth to their area of study.

School Break Camps
Our Break Camps mirror our "A" Camp experience for school-aged children (5-16). Based throughout the Rec Center's world-class facilities, these camps are aimed to help UA families and the Tucson community when children are off of school during times that may not be reflected by parents' work schedules. Traditionally, we offer this service during Fall Break, Winter Break and Rodeo Break.

AquaCub Swim Lessons
AquaCub Swim Lessons follow the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim curriculum for children ages 4 years and up. Classes are designed to create a positive learning experience and develop lifelong swimming skills for each participant. All instructors are certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. Lessons are designed to run in 30-minute sessions. The ratio of students to teachers is kept well below the American Red Cross recommendation of 1:10, preferably at 1:4-6, depending on age level and comfort level.

Birthday Parties/Special Events
Campus Rec Youth Programs is proud to offer families a chance to host their child's birthday party or other special event at our facility and have our staff members host activities for your group. From 2nd birthdays to 10th birthdays Boy Scout Bridging Ceremonies, we have done it all and are happy to provide Tucson with an affordable place in the community to celebrate your special occasion.

Who can attend camps at UA Campus Rec?

For "A" Camp and School Break Camps, all children ages 5-11 are welcome as well participants in the Counselor in Training (CIT) Program ages 12-15.

Do I need to work at UA or be a member of the Rec Center for my child to attend one of the camps?

No, although members of the Rec Center have access to special camp price discounts to "A" Camp and the School Break Camps.

Who facilitates these programs?

All instructors and counselors are UA student-staff or recently graduated students. Camp staff are CPR/AED Professional Rescuer certified and have valid DPS Fingerprint Clearance Cards. All staff have at least several years facilitating youth in camps and other educational and play settings, and have undergone all relevant staff training for each camp. 

Where are these camps located?

"A" Camp and the School Break Camps are located at the University of Arizona's Campus Recreation Center at 1440 E. 6th Street (the corner of 6th Street and Highland Avenue). Part of the day is spent at the Rec Center, exploring the different parts of our facility through specific learning activities and experiences. Our programs also feature on-campus excursions to allow campers to familiarize themselves with the amazing opportunities here at the UA Campus. "A" Camp also offers optional off-campus field trips available at a small additional cost to local area attractions. Campers will be transported by HOV-certified staff in University vehicles with trained counselors to chaperone them.

Arizona Youth University camps are located in various facilities across campus in order to provide the best possible setting for each topic's instruction.

When do the camps run?

"A" Camp runs for ten weeks beginning the day after Memorial Day.

School Break Camps run during the TUSD Fall, Winter and Rodeo breaks. 

Arizona Youth University camps run during June and July.

How can I find out more information?

Check out our website at for up-to-date listings of current camp offerings as well as registration and contact information. For specific questions feel free to contact

Samantha Wallace
Youth and Activity Program Coordinator
(520) 621-6891

Allison Brown
Assistant Director, Youth and Activity Programs
(520) 621-0048

What are your policies on administering medications?

If your child requires medication during the hours he or she is at camp, the Camp Director (or their designee) will administer both prescription and nonprescription medications provided we have all of the following:

Complete medical consent form available on our website
Prescription medication in the original container as dispensed from the pharmacy with the child's name printed on it.
Non-prescription medication in the manufacturer's container and labeled with the child's name.

How do I register?

Registration is available online or in-person.

Online Registration: Simply access the Campus Rec website. Click on the tab that says "Register Online" in the top right corner.

UA Faculty/Staff/Students: If you are affiliated with UA and have a Net ID, enter your Net ID and password in the webauth to begin registration.

Non-UA Registrants: For new registrants, simply create an Online ID and you will be ready to go! Once you are logged in, click on the Youth & Family link at the bottom of the page to get started.

Register In-Person: Come by the Registration Office in the lobby of the Campus Rec Center and our Member Services representatives will help be happy to help you.

Do I need to submit any paperwork after registering, before camp starts?

For "A" Camp:

Yes. There are a few forms we have you fill out and return via email to the Camp Coordinator before the first day of camp:

The Emergency Contact Form along with a copy of your child's most recent, up-to-date immunization records.
The Photo Release Form
A Field Trip Permission Slip form
A Sunscreen Permission Slip form
A Medication Consent form (if applicable)

After registration, these forms will be emailed to you along with your receipt when you register, or you can access them online. Forms can be returned in one of three ways:

Scan and email: Samantha Wallace, Youth and Activity Coordinator
Fax: Samantha Wallace at (520) 621-9973
Hand Deliver: Business Office, 2nd Floor of the Rec Center, Room 220 and leave for Samantha Wallace

What are my payment options?

UA Campus Rec takes all major credit cards except for Discover as a form of payment as well as cash and check.

Is there a deposit to hold my child's spot for camp?

For summer "A" Camp, there is a $50 non-refundable deposit due upon registration with the remaining balance due no later than the Wednesday prior to each session of camp.

For School Break Camps and Arizona Youth University, the full balance is due at the time of registration.

Are there any discounts available for camps?

For "A" Camp and the School Break Camps, discounts are available to UA Faculty and Staff in addition to our automatic discount of 10% per child you register after the first attendee. For Summer 2017, we are continuing our tradition of an Early Bird Registration offer. You will receive $25 off every week you register for before Monday, May 1. The sibling discount will be in effect during this time period as well. If you miss the Early Bird deadline, the 10% off for UA Faculty/Staff will be available after May 1.

Do you offer refunds?

We do not offer refunds. Our programming is dependent on the ages and stages of the children registered, and we base all of our preparatory purchasing off of our registration numbers. However, we will transfer your deposit to another week if necessary. In cases of emergencies, please contact our Youth and Activity Program Coordinator, Samantha Wallace, at swallac3@email.arizona.edu.

Is before and after camp care available?

Yes! Our "A" Camp programs have before and after camp offerings, starting as early as 7:30am and ending at 5:30pm. This service is built into the cost of camp and is available for anyone without additional charge.

Times for Drop-off and Pick-up vary for each Arizona Youth University program. Please see the individual camp registration pages for further information.

Are swim lessons provided at A Camp?

During our summer A Camp, we offer swim lessons by experience/proficiency level during camp at an additional cost. Campers who are registered for these lessons will be receive four, 30-minute lessons in the mornings from certified Water Safety Instructors and a report card will be sent home every Friday. Swim lessons are also offered through our Aquatics program throughout the spring and summer after camp hours. Please see our Aquatics page for more details on those lessons.

How do you drop off and pick up for "A" camp?

Click here for the Camp Map and Directions!

I have a child with special needs. Can he or she attend camp?

Click here for a letter from our Camp Coordinator regarding campers with special needs and "A" Camp.

What paperwork do I need to submit for "A" Camp?

Every camper will need to have the following completed forms on file: