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Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 2:00 am

There was a time when summer vacation meant a chance to take a break, but these days an idle mind and body is a rarity.

Everyone is off and running nowadays and there are camps out there for just about every athletic undertaking.

Here are a few ideas to start with as the summer fast approaches.

Three in one deal

The Ahwatukee Board of Management is hosting a golf, swim and tennis camp for kids ages 6 through 14. Each camp has somewhere between 20 and 30 kids each week.

The camps are four days a week starting June 4 through the week of July 30.

The days are from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day and start out at the Ahwatukee Community Center, 4700 E. Warner Road. The cost is $194 per camper.

“It’s a great way to introduce them to two different sports and see if maybe that would be something they would enjoy,” Ahwatukee Community Center director Susan Hyden said. “We have a low ratio (about 15 kids per counselor) and it keeps them very busy.”

For more information, go to

Golf in Ahwatukee

Mountain Pointe golf programs and the Ahwatukee Golf Properties are hosting a Junior Golf Camp in Ahwatukee this summer. Dates and location haven’t been settled yet.

Contact Tony Ramseyer at (480) 510-2930 or for more information.

Wrestling fundamentals

The Infinity Wrestling Club, run by Chuck Barbee, has youth and middle school camps scheduled at Desert Vista High School, 16440 S. 32nd St.

The middle school camp will focus on takedown offense and defense June 4-8 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (with a break where snacks and beverages are provided).

The youth camp, which will focus on takedowns and top and bottom technique, is June 11-15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. (with a break where snacks and beverages are provided).

There will be a third camp July 9-13 focused on mat wrestling and leg riding.

Each camp is $135 and capped at 50 wrestlers. Registering for two camps is $250.

Campers must have their USAW card to attend.

For more information, email Barbee at or call (480) 772-2472. You can also visit

Sun Devils volleyball camps

Arizona State is hosting several camps throughout the summer for girls of all ages.

The team camp at Arizona State for seventh-graders through seniors in high school will be July 12-14.

There is a 10-player max per team and it costs $250.

Additionally, there are middle school (sixth through eighth grades) day camp ($190) July 9-10 and a middle school position camp ($95) July 11.

The Little Devils Camp (grades third through fifth for $70) is July 9-11.

Camps for older athletes (seventh through 12th grades) are later in the summer as individual position camps (July 16 or July, $190) and the competitive all-skills camp (July 17-19 for $350) are the most popular.

For more information, visit

Valley Christian summer camps

The Valley Christian athletic department is hosting camps for boys and girls in grades third through 12.

There are camps for girls volleyball, wrestling, football, baseball, soccer and baseball throughout the summer.

The times and costs vary per sport.

Registration forms are available at

For more information, contact the school at (480) 705-8888 or email questions to

Suns summer camps

The Phoenix Suns will continue with its annual and popular summer camps.

An overnight camp will be June 29 to July 3 in Prescott with a cost of $495. The day camp will be July 4-8 at Thunderbird High, 1750 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix, at a cost of $350.

The camps offer the finest one-on-one instruction in a safe, positive atmosphere for boys and girls, ages 6-17. It’s the perfect camp experience for every hoop-loving kid from beginners looking to learn about the game to advanced players needing to hone their skills.

The overnight camps provide room and board and all campers must report to Pine Summit Camp on July 29 between 1 and 3 p.m. for registration. An awards ceremony will be at 11 a.m. on July 3 and camp ends at noon on July 3.

Each camper receives an official reversible camp jersey, camp backpack, camp T-shirt and a camp hat, along with a Phoenix Suns basketball, a free ticket to a Suns pre-season home game during the 2012-13 season, a free ticket to a Mercury home game in August or September during the 2012 season and the chance to meet Suns and Mercury celebrities.

For information, visit

YMCA camps

The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA offers several options throughout the summer.

There is a Get Your Fitness On camp June 11-15 and a Summer Olympic-themed camp July 9-13.

For more information, visit

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or

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