Guide to Camp Wildcat for Parents, Campers, and Schools

About Camp Wildcat

  • Founded at the University of Arizona in 1965.
  • A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
  • Student run, with support from a university advisor. Current advisor is Steve Holland, Assistant VP for Risk Management & Safety.
  • 7 weekend camps for students from Title I schools and various single-day activities annually.
  • Annual budget of more than $20,000, met through constant fundraising efforts by membership.

General camp information

  • Cost: Free. (All meals and supplies provided.)
  • Duration: Friday afternoon-Sunday afternoon.
  • Capacity: 40-60 campers on a "Big Camp," 20-35 campers on an "Adventure Camp."
  • Counselor to camper ratio that does not exceed 1:2.
  • Held at campsites in local state parks, Mt Lemmon or on the University of Arizona campus.
  • Participating schools in the 2012-2013 school year: La Paloma Academy, Wheeler Elementary School, Doolen Middle School, Hudlow Elementary School, Walter Douglas Elementary School, Sahuarita Middle School, Blenman Elementary School

Activities on camps

  • Hands-on art, social studies, and science projects.
  • Team-building.
  • Hikes.
  • Environmental awareness.
  • Original skits, planned, rehearsed, and performed at camp.
  • Conversations about college and general success.

Camp Wildcat staff

  • University of Arizona student volunteers from a variety of academic disciplines
  • Fingerprinted and must pass a federal background check
  • Trained in Camp Wildcat policies prior to camp
  • Strictly enforced "truddy" system that requires counselors interacting with campers to be in groups of 3 or more at all times

Risk Management

  • Camp Wildcat is insured and adheres to a strict risk management policy
  • An Insurance Officer is designated on every camp to maintain the Camp Wildcat insurance policy and serve as "camp nurse." The IO is responsible for attending to any illnesses/injuries and administering all medications
  • Approximately 50% of staff, including "Insurance Officer," is CPR/First Aid Certified on any given camp
  • At least 1 staff member per camp is Food Handler Certified

Working with parents

  • Parent information letters and applications sent out, in both English and Spanish
  • Parents called by staff the week before camp, in English or Spanish
  • Parent Meeting held the week before camp

Working with schools

  • Camp Wildcat selects schools from a comprehensive list of Title 1 schools posted by each school district in the greater Tucson area.
  • We make an effort to bring different schools on our camps every year.
  • Schools are contacted at least 4 weeks prior to camp date and weekly meetings are arranged between the school administrators and Camp Wildcat camp directors.
  • Camp Wildcat counselors meet with students of the selected school 2-3 weeks prior to camp date.
  • Camper selection process is flexible, but often this is done on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Camper pick-up and drop-off will done at the campers´ school on Friday and Sunday afternoons, so arrangements must be made for a school representative to be present and school gates to be open at the designated times. Camp Wildcat is not allowed to drive campers to their homes.

If you believe students at your school or after-school program would benefit from participating in a Camp Wildcat program, please fill out our online application to be added to our database.

How to contact us:

  • Email:
  • Office Phone Number: 520-429-0348 (Please note that the office is not reguarly staffed during the summer months and UA holiday vacations.)
  • Mailing Address: Camp Wildcat / University of Arizona / 1303 E. University Blvd / Box 20681 / Tucson, AZ 85719

Still have questions?

Please see Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at the email address or phone number above.



Does Camp Wildcat not meet your needs? Check here for other resources:

(Please note that Camp Wildcat has no relation to these other organizations and is not responsible for their website content or conduct.)

College Resources

  • College Board Complete resource for all things college: preparing for college, required tests, college search, information about paying for college, and more.
  • Fast Web Guide to help pay for college including links to numerous scholarships, financial aid, military-service options, and job searches.
  • US Department of Education Information and paying for college through government subsidized loans.
  • AmeriCorps Earn money for college while serving your country and learning new skills as a civilian service member.

Arizona Family and Youth Resources

  • Child and Family Resources List of various resources in Tucson for all types of families in need.
  • Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA) 24-hr Sexual Assault Crisis Lines: (520) 327-7273 or (800) 400-1001 (Se habla espanol) It is their mission to reduce the trauma and incidence of sexual assault by providing treatment and promoting prevention of sexual abuse, incest, molestation and rape. They provide a safe place for survivors to gain strength, learn coping skills, and develop trusting, caring relationships.
  • EON Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth Center. Provide support groups, drop-in center, homeless youth resources and shelter, tutoring, and leadership development programs. They also provide 24-hour Anti-Violence crisis line for people of all ages: 520-624-0348 or 800-553-9387
  • <a data-cke-saved-href=" " href=" " =""="" "http:="""" cgi-%20bin="" id="" city.cgi?city="Tucson&state=AZ&quot;"> Homeless Center Directory List of emergency homeless shelters for men, women, and children in Tucson.
  • List of Arizona Resources for Teens including suicide prevention hotline and counseling services provided by Youthline.

National Family and Youth Resources


  • National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) Resources concerning youth runaways for both parents and teens. The crisis line for runaway youth seeking resources, a safe space, or just someone to talk to: 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)
  • Youth America Hotline Providing peer-to-peer consulting and resources for youth in crisis. Talk to a fellow youth and not an adult: 1- 877-YOUTHLINE (1-877-968-8454)
  • Child Help Dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Resources for both victims of abuse and those suspecting abuse of another. National hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800- 412-4453)
  • National Dometic Abuse Hotline Anonymous and confidential help for victims of domestic abuse and their peers: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799- 7233) 1-800-787-3224 (Text telephone)
  • National Center for Victims of Crime Providing legal and social support for crime victims.
  • Suicide Hotlines: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-782-2433) in English, 1-800-SUICIDA (1-800-782-2432) en Espanol
  • List of other National Resources including missing children, victims of rape and crime, domestic abuse, among other categories provided by




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