Camp Wildcat

Helping Little Feet Take GIANT Steps - Since 1965

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We're devoted to helping Tucson's youth!




Established in 1965, Camp Wildcat is a student-run, non-profit organization at the University of Arizona that provides quality, cost-free camping trips and day activities for underserved and at-risk youth throughout the Tucson community. We offer children the opportunity to challenge personal limits, build interpersonal skills, explore creative outlets, enhance self-esteem, and view higher education and personal success as attainable goals!

Our non-profit organization is composed of over 100 University of Arizona student volunteers. Since our creation in 1965, we have done all administration, fundraising, and camp directing without any paid staff or faculty assistance. Each year, Camp Wildcat members perform over 30,000 hours of community service towards helping Tucson's youth! Click here to see a list of our Board of Directors.

As an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Camp Wildcat looks to businesses for tax-deductible donations. Special thanks to all of our donors! A list of past and current donors can be found here. Camp Wildcat is also eligible for the Arizona Tax Credit Program for Contributions To Qualifying Charitable Organizations. If you are interested in making a charitable contribution to Camp Wildcat, please click here!

Camp Wildcat's Events


Big camps

Weekend-long camps in the wilderness where students learn about college and general success while participating in games, songs, and educational activities.

Adventure camps

Just like our Big Camps, but with a day-long hike on the Saturday of camp!

On-campus camps

Weekend-long camps on the University of Arizona campus. Similar to Big Camps, but students get to experience a closer look at campus life.

Day activites

Shorter activities that the members put on in schools. We bring the fun to you!

Let's Go Camping!


Information for campers, parents, and teachers

"My child got invited to camp"

Your child is in for a treat! Camp Wildcat events are free of charge and are staffed by U of A students. We've had multiple generations of campers join us since our first camp in 1965.

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"I wanna go"

Unfortunately, Camp Wildcat doesn't work that way! We run many events throughout the year, but we always select a school to work with first and then invite students to join us.

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"Let's work together"

We work with Title 1 schools from several school districts in the greater Tucson area. We're always looking for new kids. If you believe students at your school or program would benefit from participating in one of our programs, please let us know!

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Support CW

Camp Wildcat is a non-profit completely supported by generous donors and hard working volunteers.

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Stay in touch via our mailing list or continue your support via Friends of Camp Wildcat! CW wouldn't exist today without the thousands of students who have volunteered over the past 50 years!


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Camp Wildcat
1303 E University Blvd
Box 20681
Tucson, AZ 85719-0521



Phone: (520) 429-0348
mail@campwildcat.org