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Thank you for your interest! Information and registration for Spring & Summer 2014 will be updated soon!
The 2014 Arizona Family Campout Program (Spring 2014) is designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We hope to introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors! This weekend introductory adventure is taking place at 9 Arizona State Parks during Spring & Summer 2014. Parks include Buckskin Mountain SP, Catalina SP, Dead Horse Ranch SP, Kartchner Caverns SP, Lost Dutchman SP, Lyman Lake SP, Patagonia Lake SP, Red Rock SP, and Yuma Quartermaster Depot SHP. Click on park name to learn more about each park, or see map for park locations.
Yuma Quartermaster Depot SHP: February 22 & 23
Dead Horse Ranch State Park: March 1 & 2 • May 31 & June 1
Lost Dutchman State Park: March 15 & 16 • April 26 & 27
Kartchner Caverns State Park: April 12 & 13 • April 26 & 27
Patagonia Lake State Park: March 22 & 23
Catalina State Park: April 5 & 6 • April 12 & 13
Buckskin Mountain State Park: May 3 & 4
Red Rock State Park: May 10 & 11 (tentative dates)
Lyman Lake State Park: June 7 & 8
Registration Fee: $85 up to family of 4. Additional family members $5 each. Sorry, children 5 years and younger or pets cannot attend this program. To register, contact Camp Coordinator for specific park, listed below by park.<-- Like AZFamilyCampoutProgram on Facebook (You must be signed-in to your FB account)
Based on park, participant ages, and weather conditions
Guided Hikes • Mountain Bike Clinic • Archery • Geocaching • Fishing Clinic • Live Animal Demonstrations • Campfire Stories • Presentations on Geography, Birding, Geology, Astronomy. Note that not all activities are offered at each park.
If a program is listed as FULL there is a waiting list available. To Register, click the link in the red box below.
Activities at this park will include: Reptile review, archery, Romero Ruin hike, a wildflower hike, and more!
CONTACT Laurie Larson: 480-261-9853, llarson(at)azstateparks.gov *
Activities at this park will include: Archery, fishing 101, map & compass hunt, campfire stories, outdoor fare presentation, environmental activity, and more!
CONTACT Leigh Barboa: 480-261-9586, lbarboa(at)azstateparks.gov *
Activities at this park will include: Archery, geology, hiking, and more!
CONTACT Howard 480-261-9838, hbuchanan(at)azstateparks.gov
Activities at this park will include: Archery, hiking, and more!
CONTACT Howard 480-261-98387, hbuchanan(at)azstateparks.gov
Activities at this park will include: Geology, desert survival, mountain biking, hiking, astronomy, bats, invasive species service project, trail improvement, archery/slingshots, and a geo-hike!
CONTACT Louis Juers: 480-261-9154, ljuers(at)azstateparks.gov *
Menu varies depending on location.
Meals Provided include (1) Breakfast, (1) Lunch, (1) Dinner, and all snacks.
You are responsible for bringing cold lunch for you and your family for Saturday's arrival lunch.
Snacks: Veggies, Fruit and Raisin/Sunflower Seeds
Dinner: Turkey Cheeseburger (Lettuce, Tomato), Grilled Fresh Corn, Carrot/Raisin Salad
Campfire Treats: Smores & Hot Chocolate
Breakfast: Assorted Hot & Cold Cereals and Fresh Fruit
Snacks: Veggies, Fruit and Raisin/Sunflower Seeds
Lunch: Bean/Cheese Burritos
Beverages: Water, Coffee, Tea, and Lemonade
“Thanks for a wonderful weekend at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. You hit a homerun with my family. My boys are still talking about the mountain biking and archery. We enjoyed our time at camp and the boys even had fun "working" on the service project. Thanks again and we look forward to the spring schedule to try and take advantage of another Family Campout opportunity.” —Parent, Nov. 4, 2013, attended Dead Horse Ranch event
“We attended the Family Campout at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Kudos to the staff who put on a wonderful event. Keep up the good work. The food and company were great and the service project a blast.” —Parent, Nov. 5, 2013, attended Dead Horse Ranch event
“Had an absolute wonderful time this weekend. The kids enjoyed themselves, saw a lot, learned a lot. Looking forward to more of the outdoors. Thank you Laurie, Beth, Bob, etc.. and all the other staff and volunteers.” —Parent, Nov. 3, 2013, attended Catalina event
“I write this letter to thank you and all the Volunteers for arranging such a wonderful campout program. We had a lot fun. We appreciated it and are very thankful for all people who made it possible. We are the family from China. During our visit here, we experienced so many amazing things, especially in the family campout program at Catalina State Park. We had a wonderful weekend of happy moments [that] will be cherished memories in our hearts always.” —Parent, Nov. 3, 2013, attended Catalina event
“My family had a wonderful time at the Family Campout this weekend. The program had some very engaging activities and the volunteers were excellent. The mountain biking course with Louie and Randy was superlative. We liked it so much that we would very much like to attend the Family Campout at Lost Dutchman SP to reinforce the concept of environmental stewardship with the children and give them another very healthy weekend in the great outdoors.” —Parent, Sept. 22, 2013, attended Dead Horse Ranch event
“What an incredible program! As a single mother of three this provided me and my boys a camping experience that was safe, educational, and fun. Thanks to the AZ State Parks staff, volunteers, Lower Gear, and anyone else that contributed!” —Parent, Oct. 6, attended Kartchner Caverns event
“This is a great program for families. We have been to 2 of the different ones and plan to attend another one or two this year! Highly recommend this. My kids had a blast!” —Parent, Oct 14, 2013, attended Dead Horse Ranch & Lost Dutchman events
“Thank you to Howard, Catie, Louie, Laurie, Bob and everyone who made our weekend at Kartchner Caverns State Park such a great experience!” —Parent, Oct. 20, 2013, attended Kartchner Caverns event
“Thanks to all the staff for making this such an enjoyable weekend! Louie & Georgie were especially great, my grand kids loved them. It was their first camping experience and according to them, not the last. We hope you do these family campouts again next year. Thanks again to everyone that worked hard to give us a great weekend!” —Grandparent, Oct. 21, 2013, attended Lost Dutchman event
(Photo: The Mountain Biking workshop at our first Family Campout weekend at Lost Dutchman SP in Apache Junction was a success! March 9 & 10, 2013.)
“Had to tell you one more time what a great time we had last weekend at the Family Campout. Thanks again — keep up the good work and good luck with the rest of the program!” —Parent, March 22, 2013
“We wanted to share that we had a great time this last weekend. We enjoyed all the activities and meeting all the other families. All the volunteers were great. They helped us and taught us a lot. Thanks again.” —Parent, April 15, 2013
“Hi, just wanted to say Thank You for coordinating a good weekend for so many folks. I know it takes a LOT of planning plus good execution for an event like that. Plus you have the unique ability to adjust during the event as things come up, and just go with the flow when needed. You and your team did all the above well, with the result being a lot of fun for kids and parents. Good job. Thanks.” —Parent, April 15, 2013
“My family wishes to thank you, the volunteers, and anyone else who made it possible for this wonderful camp out experience. Perhaps one day we can help out as volunteers if additional help is ever needed. Thanks again for the memories.” —Parent, April 16, 2013
“I wanted to thank you and the other volunteers for an excellent weekend. This was the first time we had ever camped as a family. It was both enjoyable and a learning experience. We had never done Geo-Caching before and the astronomy group was a lot of fun. Of course, my kids would say the s'mores and singing around the camp fire were the best part. The volunteers were excellent, polite and knowledgeable. It made for a wonderful time with my family.” —Parent, April 17, 2013
“Thank you so much. We had a wonderful time and truly enjoyed meeting you. The weekend was better than I could have ever imagined. We will definitely be watching for future events.” —Parent, April 23, 2013
“The weekend was a great outing for me and my two sons. We absolutely loved it and we learned a lot. Garret and his crew were awesome! We highly recommend this program. Programs like this make Arizona a great place to live. Thank you!” —Parent, May 5, 2013
The Arizona State Parks Family Campout Program is supported by 5 full-time AmeriCorps members through grant from the Corporation for National & Community Service , through the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families and the Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism . The Friends of Lost Dutchman SP also support this program.
This program gives families who are not comfortable with camping the opportunity to visit, learn about, and camp at Arizona State Parks, while experiencing how to safely recreate on public lands, and completing an environmental service project.
AmeriCorps is a National Service initiative, promoted and supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service. It allows individuals to donate their time and talents to non-profit and government agencies. It’s a chance to apply skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. AmeriCorps members can service full or part time in communities near to them, or across the country. More specific information is available at www.americorps.gov