There is limited availability at Lyman Lake SP event. No other slots are currently available. Contact Shawn (623) 282-2267
Please review the information on this page and follow the Registration link (below) to start your application. After your application is reviewed a Camp Coordinator will contact you. After talking with your Camp Coordinator you will be sent an email with a link to for pay your program fees online using a credit card to complete your registration. Each weekend program is limited to 10 families. Registration is first come, first served. Thank you for your interest.
(Photo: all ages enjoyed the Mountain Biking workshop during our first Family Campout weekend at Lost Dutchman SP in Apache Junction on 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 new 2013 Arizona Family Campout Program (March, April, June 2013) 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 six Arizona State Parks throughout Spring & Summer 2013. Parks include Catalina SP, Kartchner Caverns SP, Lyman Lake SP, Lost Dutchman SP, Dead Horse Ranch SP, and Patagonia Lake SP. Click on park name to learn more about each park, or see map for park locations.
Registration Fee: $65 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.
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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.
If a program is listed as FULL there is a waiting list available.
Activities at this park will include: Archery, a petroglyph hike, and more!
CONTACT Shawn (623) 282-2267, shyde(at)azstateparks.gov
Menu varies depending on location.
Meals Provided (1) Breakfast, (2) Lunches, (1) Dinner
Lunch: Bean/Cheese Burritos
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: Turkey Ham Chef Salad (Lettuce/Spinach, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Bell Pepper, Crackers)
Beverages: Water, Coffee, Tea, and Lemonade
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 Arizona State Parks Foundation also supports this program.
In addition the program recognizes the critical contributions of Lower Gear Backpacking Center , REI , Ace Verde Valley Hardware , and the Friends of Catalina SP , the Friends of Kartchner Caverns SP , and the Friends of Lost Dutchman SP .
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