A Camp FAQs

“A” Camp is designed for children ages 5-11 and our Counselor in Training program for youth ages 12-15.

There are a few ways you can enroll your child in "A" Camp...

  • Register through our online portal. Attached is a helpful "how to" guide on the first steps in getting set up with "A" Camp
  • Register in person at the front desk of UA Campus Recreation
  • Contact Erin Tinker at tinker@arizona.edu or 520-621-6891 to assist with registration needs 

In order to receive member pricing, you must buy a membership with the front desk of Campus Recreation. We no longer provide a camp affiliate membership due to the decrease in capacity at The REC.

Sibling discounts are automatically applied into your shopping cart when enrolling an additional camper.  

A typical day at camp starts in the Camp Office through Outdoor Recreation located at 7th St and Vine Ave, we open our doors at 7:30 am. Walking into the camp office you will be greeted by "A" Camp staff and asked to sign your child(ren) in along with any paperwork that has not been filled out. From there, campers will join others in the gym for free play until 9:00 am when camp programming starts. Each age group follows a rotation schedule of games, arts & crafts, team building, and free swim until 4:00 pm when pick up starts until 5:30 pm back in the gym. Parents are asked to have their ID ready to sign your camper out. 

On top of the typical camp programming we strive to add special events each week to the weekly themes. We also offer additional enrichment for an extra fee. Please take a look at our field trips and swim lesson programs for more information. 

Pick-up and Drop-off is in the Outdoor Recreation Center . This is located at the back of the recreation center near 7th and Vine Ave. Camp hours are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Drop-off starts 7:30 am to 9:00 am. Pick-up starts at 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Extended care is offered at no extra charge. If you need to pick-up your child early, please go to the camp office located in Outdoor Recreation.

Diagram of building locations

Please make sure your child brings a face covering that is worn the entire camp day, lunch, water bottle, closed toe shoes for active games, bathing suit and towel as well as sunscreen (sandals for pool deck). A morning and afternoon snack are provided, however you may pack extra snack for them to eat. Though it is the summer, the gym space we occupy through out the day can get chilly so it is recommended that you bring a sweater for your child.

Field trips are back for the summer! We provide Field trips on Tues/Thurs for an additional registration to the same destination so more campers can attend. An email will be sent with trip destination information before each trip.

Payment must be made in full at time of registration. 

During “A” Camp, you have the option of signing up for additional swim lessons in the camp morning, Monday-Thursday that start at 8:30 AM. If you intend on registering your camper for swim lessons you must be able to drop your camper off by 8:00 AM.

There is an extra fee for adding swim lessons to your camp programming. Sign up for one week or the entire summer! Your camper will progress from different skill levels with a swim report at the end of each week.

Swim lessons must be paid in full at time of purchase.

“A” Camp is a weekly camp, there is no need to sign up for the entire camp. You are able to pick and choose which weeks your child would like to attend. If your child can only attend two weeks then you may sign up for those two weeks. The entire summer is not a requirement.

We require that each child has a completed emergency form and medical consent form (If medication is needed), by the start of camp. These will be sent out upon registration. 

At the start of each week, campers will participate in a swim test during our afternoon swim time to indicate if they are able to swim on their own. If a camper is unable to pass the swim test, they are required to wear a life vest that is provided while in the swimming pool. If your child does not wish to take part in free swim, we will have an alternative activity taking place in the MAC gym.

Unfortunately, parking can be slightly tricky. 

During “A” Camp Summer, we will provide 3 courtesy parking spots located in the Outdoor Rec parking lot during camp hours. 

Meters and UA designated parking lots are also free until 8:00 am and free after 5:00 pm.  

 In the event that you are unable to attend camp, a request must be made in writing to Allison Giddings or Erin Tinker one week prior to the start date of the registered camp. A refund may not be given after the registered camp start date. Transfer of deposits and balances can be requested between different weeks if space allows. 

Deposits are non-refundable, but can be transferred to different weeks if space allows. 

 If you are experiencing symptom related COVID or have a health emergency related to COVID, please do not come to camp and notify Erin Tinker or Allison Giddings as soon as possible for refund options.

We are only offering full time registration at this time. When we get closer to the summer and space allows, please reach out to Erin Tinker at tinker@arizona.edu for more information. 

Our CIT (Counselor-In-Training) program is for youth ages 12-15. Our mission is to not only give a camp experience to older youth but to also expand their knowledge on what it takes to be a camp counselor. During a typical camp week, CIT’s will help with the younger groups on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, while on Tuesday/Thursday CIT’s will be given the opportunity to participate in activities with their peers.

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For assistance with additional questions or help with registration, please contact Allison Giddings at allisonbrown@arizona.edu (520-621-0048) or Erin Tinker at tinker@arizona.edu (520-621-6891).