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!


Camp Sidekicks 2016 – Day 3

Camp Sidekicks woke up to another beautiful, sunny day today! After breakfast, the campers continued their adventures in their classes, experiencing everything from ultimate frisbee, to soap making, to a unique game call KUBB.

thumb_DSC02163_1024A last minute scheduling change brought a story-themed Field Day to our slate of afternoon activities. The activities were based on stories such as the Bridge to Terabithia, Holes, Avatar, and many more!

The senior campers ventured out on their Senior Overnight on the Mogollian Rim where they watched the sun set over the valley before setting up a traditional camp site. STEM Education has seeped into Camp life as our juniors enjoyed a night full of science and physics experiments.

We are calling it an early night here at Camp Sidekicks in order to be well rested for Lake Day tomorrow!

Camp Sidekicks 2016 – Day 2

Day 2 of Arizona Camp Sidekicks 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 Sidekicks enjoyed classes like rock climbing, Mao, and the Art of Relaxation.

Water Day Sidekicks 2016The afternoon brought a wet and wild Water Day, thanks to a mountain of water balloons and a fire engine from the Christopher-Kohls Fire Department imitating an impromptu rain shower.

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!

Camp Sidekicks 2016 – Day 1

Our AZ Camp Sidekicks campers travelled up to 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 C4 Motorcycle Ministry and greeted with a full-day planned with cabin activities, camp tours, group activities, and of course getting their iconic lanyard photos taken.

13633347_10205041116946360_1892896019_oThis 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!


Arizona Camp Sidekicks 2019

Our resident camp for sisters and brothers of children who have or have had cancer, ages 8-16, (ages 17-18 can apply to our Leader-in-Training program).

Camp Sidekicks is located at our camp property at R-C Scout Ranch outside Payson, AZ. Camper transportation is provided from Phoenix and Tucson.

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