Winter Retreat 2019

Last week, our Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks teens gathered up at camp for a retreat February 1st – 3rd. Campers played games, made crafts, and even had a snowball fight!

What did our campers have to say about retreat?

  • Jonah S., 16 – I liked seeing my friends and connecting with them.
  • Louis C, 16 – It’s always a fun time.
  • Taylor P, 16 – I liked the new friends I made.
  • Jada C, 17 – I liked getting to meet new people and see friends.
  • Serena H, 17 – I liked getting to connect with new and old people I know.  I liked building stronger relationships with the counselors and campers.
  • Eleri M, 15 – I liked having so many options of fun things to do and being surrounded by people who understand me!
  • Abby S. 14 – I love friends!
  • Nicole F, 15 – I LOVE the amazingly positive and weird personalities that all of campers and counselors have.

Check out some of the photos on the AZCS&S Facebook Page.

Camp Sunrise 2016 – Day 2

Day 2 of Arizona Camp Sunrise is in the books!

After breakfast, the campers ventured off to their first day of classes. In addition to traditional favorites like fishing, hiking, and archery, this year’s campers enjoyed classes like Outdoor Games, Lego Master Builders, and Spy Camp.

The afternoon brought a wet and wild Water Day, thanks to a mountain of water balloons, frozen t-shirts, and a make-shift Car Wash.

After drying off and enjoying some cabin camaraderie, the campers descended on the fire pit for a night of singing, dancing, an good old fashioned camp fun.

Until tomorrow, good night from AZ Camp Sidekicks! Remember to check out Facebook for updates throughout the week!

Also, here’s the next episode of Storytime with Uncle Bob! Subscribe to our YouTube channel for real time updates.

Camp Sunrise 2016 – Day 1

Our AZ Camp Sunrise campers arrived at R-C Ranch in Payson, AZ this morning, and wow, what a day! Day One has been filled with lots of excitement and adventure. The campers were escorted to camp by the ACE Corvette Club and greeted with a full-day planned with cabin activities, camp tours, group activities, and of course getting their iconic lanyard photos taken.

This week’s theme is “Adventure is out there,” a wild and wooly ride through storytelling and adventure. We kicked off the theme with a rousing edition of Storytime with Uncle Bob (featuring a cameo from Lizard), and wound down the night with each cabin group imagining and creating their very own cabin characters and mascots.

The campers might be falling asleep in their bunks, but we are already looking forward to another full day tomorrow and lots of sunshine!

This week, follow along on YouTube as we tell the story of the Snurf who Snarfed Camp Sunrise!

Camp Sidekicks 2016 – Day 6

As the 2016 edition of AZ Camp Sidekicks comes to an end, we look back on an incredible week. Our Sidekicks enjoyed a day at the lake, a day filled with water activities, several field days, a myriad of classes, a night of dancing, and so much more!

Today, we capped off the week with two of our favorite activities! After the final set of daily classes, the campers and counselors put on their finest clothing for the world-renowned Jell-O War. Only at AZ Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks can you launch Jello at your closest friends!

Finally, the night wound down with Chuck Roast hosting our camper talent show! All the cabin groups shared their incredible talents with camp. Special appearances from the comedy and dance classes helped bring the night to a close.

But you can never forget the Rootbeer Float Social hosted by the Spiders!

Once again, Camp Sidekicks proved that Cancer can’t keep any of us down. It can’t keep our Sidekicks from smiling and laughing. Camp Sidekicks is a very special place where kids can be kids, and we celebrate life every day!

Until next year!

Camp Sidekicks 2016 – Day 5

The week might be winding down here at Camp Sidekicks 2016, but the excitement is ramping up!

Today was the second to last day of classes, with campers enjoying some basketball, ultimate frisbee, and even a hike to the top of the mountain. At the end of classes, an afternoon activity involving Westerns and Fantasies before everyone prepped for dinner.

thumb_DSC02451_1024With the campers and staff in their best story-based costumes, our Leaders-in-Training hosted a night of fine Italian dining, followed by our world-famous dance. DJ Falling Rock and Mix Master Keegs spun tracks well into the night, giving our Sidekicks the ultimate opportunity to Celebrate Life.

Tomorrow is the last full day of camp for our Sidekicks, and another full day of activities awaits!

Camp Sidekicks 2016 – Day 4

Although today might be Tuesday, here at Camp Sidekicks we call it Lake Day! After another wonderful breakfast from our kitchen staff, our campers loaded up the buses and headed off to Willow Springs Lake. The campers took advantage of a warm, sunny day by hiking, swimming, fishing, and filling the lake with canoes. Not even the early afternoon wind could deter the fun!

Upon arrival back at Camp, outreach teams from Nike and Beads of Courage were waiting to provide the campers with an afternoon of fun activities. Nike played a myriad of outdoor games with the kids, while Beads of Courage helped the kids make symbolic jewelry.

In case that was not enough, we wound down the evening with a movie and popcorn, before the campers mosied back to their bunks after our most active day yet!

Tomorrow is one of our camper’s favorite days, as DJ Falling Rock and Mix Master Keegs light up the night at the annual Camp Dance!