Ahwatukee families who are in need of a variety of summer camp options can pick from the plethora of camps offered by churches around the community.

St. John Bosco Catholic School will be offering nearly six different camps this summer that will surely keep any child preoccupied until returning to school in the fall.

Camps vary from a Vacation Bible School, Science Camp, K-Camp, LEGO Camp, a sports camp and Math Camp.

Ages vary depending on camps, but most ages for camps range from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade.

Each camp session will operate on a weekly basis beginning on Monday, June 16 and ending on Friday, Aug. 8.

Ryan Watson, vice principal at St. John Bosco Catholic School, said the campus wanted to offer different opportunities for children to choose from.

He feels that children seem to gravitate toward the LEGO Camp because it challenges their brains and is engaging.

“We want to make sure we offer a balanced camp schedule for this summer. We want to make sure we are incorporating different activities for all sorts of kids,” Watson said. “I think the kids that are coming to these camps are going to feel very welcomed, accepted… it’s really going to contribute to the overall camp experience for any young person who wants to come to St. John Bosco.”

Camps will be at St. John Bosco Catholic School, 16035 S. 48th St.

For additional information about each camp’s starting date and cost, visit www.sjbosco.org.

Mountain Park Community Church

Mountain Park Community Church will also be offering its summer kids camp experience to the Ahwatukee community.

Mountain Park Community Church, working in conjunction with United Christian Youth Camp, will offer fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders the experience of a “stay away” camp.

The “stay away” camp will be in Prescott, Ariz., where children will enjoy a four-day-camp, which includes chapel, zip lining, hiking, archery, swimming and paint ball-target practice.

Bob Hopkins, director of children ministry, said the camp typically takes 30 to 40 students.

“There’s so many opportunities for kids to participate in a number of activates, so for families to step up and send them to camps, it’s an investment in them,” Hopkins said.

For more information about kids camp, visit www.moutainpark.org.

Mountain View Lutheran Church

Mountain View Lutheran Church will kick-start the summer through its 2014 Summer Life experience, offering an array of experiences for all ages.

Camps include a Musical Vacation Bible School, a High School Camp and a Pre School Summer Camp. Dates and pricing vary for each camp.

For more information about different camps offered by Mountain View Lutheran Church, visit www.mvlutheran.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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