Since 1949, St. Joseph’s Youth Camp has provided summers of fun and adventure for thousands of kids. As a traditional youth camp and nonprofit organization, St. Joseph’s Youth Camp provides youth ages 7 to 17 with a week-long overnight opportunity to get outdoors, learn from nature, and have fun.
Located just 23 miles southeast of Flagstaff, the 19-acre camp is nestled within the Coconino National Forest at Mormon Lake. Temperatures at this rustic overnight camp average just 79 degrees and offer a refreshing change from Arizona’s hot summers.
For over 70 years, they have been changing Arizona, one child, one generation at a time. It’s their mission to provide positive and impactful outdoor, traditional camp experiences for Arizona youth.
What Makes St. Joseph’s Youth Camp Unique
Unlike other summer camps, St. Joseph’s Youth Camp enrollment is limited to just 60 to 80 campers per week.
Campers receive more individual attention with camper to counselor ratios of just four to one.
All staff members are background checked and certified with CPR, First Aid, and AED Training.
Each week also includes an onsite camp nurse available 24/7.
Weekly program activities include horseback riding, kayaking, zip-line course (Teen Week Only), trail hiking, archery, shelter building, astronomy activities, insect and animal discovery and education, campfire and telescope nights, arts & crafts, outdoor volleyball, tetherball, kickball, basketball, and soccer, indoor foosball, checkers, chess, board games, and much more.
A week of camp includes all lodging and meals, roundtrip transportation from Phoenix, a camp t-shirt, and memories that last a lifetime!
2022 Summer Camp Schedule
Cost: $800 Per Week ($750 if you register before March 31)
Week 1: June 12 – 18 | Ages 13 – 15 (Teen Week)
Week 2: June 19 – 25 | Ages 7 – 12
Week 3: June 26 – July 2 | Ages 7 – 12
Week 4: July 3 – 9 | Ages 7 – 12
Week 5: July 10 – 16 | Ages 7 – 12 (Catholic Week)
Meet a former St. Joseph’s Youth Camp camper turned camp counselor
Name: Raksha (Roxy) Vikram Aditya
School: BASIS Chandler
What was your favorite memory from attending St. Joseph’s Youth Camp?
My favorite memory was the night when all the counselors slept out in the field. We laughed and enjoyed the starry night, while lying in our sleeping bags.
What activities at St. Joseph’s Youth Camp did you enjoy?
I enjoyed a lot of activities at camp such as hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding. Those were the activities that helped me get to know the campers more and have fun with them. Not to mention, the view at the end of the hikes were breathtaking.
Want to be a camp counselor this summer?
Teens ages 15 to 17 can participate in St. Joseph’s Youth Camp Counselor Training Week, designed to inspire teens to be stronger leaders and mentors. They will learn skills like team building, leadership, and receive training and certification with CPR and AED.
If selected, counselors in training will be asked to return as counselors for the five camper weeks that follow to put their skills into action by leading kids ages 7 to 15 at no additional cost. Also, counselors have an opportunity to earn 94 community service hours for each week they attend summer camp!
Counselor Training Week: June 5 – 11 | Ages 15 – 17
What parents have to say about St. Joseph’s Youth Camp
“My kids younger and older love SJYC. This has been the greatest experience for them. They love the staff and love the togetherness SJYC provides. SJYC has been a summer tradition in my family since my now adult boys were small and now my youngest just attended his 1st yr this past week. Thank you SJYC.” – SJYC Parent
“My son loved it so much that he wants to go again next year. That’s how much fun he had.” – SJYC Parent
“It is the best kids’ summer camp around. The kids learn camaraderie, teamwork, friendships, and nature. It teaches them that there is life outside of their cell phones and iPads.” – SJYC Volunteer & Supporter
“My girls have been going for many years and love it! Now two are counselors and one was staff last year. It’s a great way to spend summer. They always have great stories and memories year after year.” – SJYC Parent