DISCOVER Summer Camp

We offer a variety of summer experiences at GateWay Community College's Washington Campus for elementary and middle school children. Your child will experience a fun, active environment.

Updated summer camps for 2020 are listed below.

Contact Leia Wilson at (602) 286-8135 or with questions. 

Kids can't have all the fun! Visit for adult Community Education workshops. 


Program Location

Washington Campus
108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, MA1100 N/S

Camp Gecko

GateWay Community College now offers a dynamic summer camp experience for children ages 6-12 years old. Your child will have the opportunity to experience eight weeks of excitement through crafts, field trips and themed activities. Each week children will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of activities that will help them create memories to last a lifetime. Call (602) 286-8130 or email for cost and more information. 

Breakfast, lunch, two snacks and all field trips included in the cost. All camps will be held in MA1100 N/S on the Washington Campus.


Ages: 6 - 12
When: Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Cost: $175 per week 

Contact: (602) 286-8130

Registration Packet


Week 1 | Camp Gecko's Got Talent | May 25 - 29 

Campers will find their inner superstar at Camp Gecko’s Got Talent week! This week will give the campers a chance to showcase their own unique talents and prepare themselves for a fabulous camp-wide performance at the end of the week.


Week 2 | Amazing Animals | June 1 - 5

Have fun learning about different types of animals. Throughout the week, we will explore animal habitats, the types of foods they eat, and learn how we can help take care of them. We will take a field trip to the Phoenix Zoo where children will have the opportunity to see real animals and learn how zoos help animals stay healthy and safe.


Week 3 | All About Arizona | June 8 - 12

Arizona is full of history and places to explore. Throughout the week, we will learn about the geology of Arizona and the first people to make Arizona their home. We will take a field trip to the Heard Museum where we will learn about plants and animals that are native to Arizona, while also exploring Native American culture and history.


Week 4 | Mystery Week | June 15 - 19

Calling all amateur sleuths! This week we’ll put YOU in the detective’s chair so you can develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Your child will participate in a live-action game of “Clue” across the whole campus.


Week 5 | The Power of STEaM | June 22 - 26

Join us for a week of exploration, experiments, art projects and math games. Throughout the week, we will provide activities that teach all about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. To enhance the experiences, we will take a field trip to the Arizona Science Center.


Week 6 | When I Grow Up | June 29 - July 3

Community helpers are all around us. This week, your child will have the opportunity to learn about and meet community helpers that work all around us. Through their experiences, children will have the opportunity to learn about the different types of work that people do. Children will engage in pretend play and creative activities to enhance their understanding of careers. This week we will take a field trip to the Hall of Flame Fire Museum.


Week 7 | Go Green | July 6 - 10

Planet Earth is the most valuable resource to children. Throughout the week, children will learn what it means to be a good steward of their community. Children will have the opportunity to create projects with recycled materials, learn about zero waste, help build an earthworm-composting garden and participate in a community service project. This week we will take a field trip to the Rio Salado Audubon or the Botanical Gardens.


Week 8 | Community Service | July 13 - 17

Community, equity and equality are current conversations happening around our country. It is important for children to learn how they fit in to their community and how they can support, serve and provide a positive impact. Throughout the week, children will learn about different types of community service. They will have the opportunity to collect information about services they care about, learn how other children created their own community service initiatives and find ways to participate in those projects. During the week, children will go on a field trip to Feed My Starving Children where they will learn about children around the world who are suffering from food poverty. During the experience, children will pack food for starving children from another country.


Week 9 | Kids Baking Challenge | July 20 - 24

This week will be an awesome week of baking exploration. Children will learn all about the kitchen and how to bake. At the beginning of the week, children will learn about kitchen and food safety. After children learn how to be safe, they will have the opportunity to learn about baking techniques, cupcake decorating and food presentation. At the end of the week, children will engage in their very own, cupcake baking challenge. Each team will bake and decorate a group of cupcakes that will then be judged by our very own special guest judges. During the week, we will take a field trip to tour a local bakery and learn some baking skills from a professional.


Week 10 | Summer Olympics | July 27 - 31

Get excited for the 2020 Summer Olympics this week! Phoenix is the perfect place to engage in an assortment of athletic and sporting activities. Children will have an opportunity to explore an assortment of physical activities indoors and out. We will take a field trip to the swimming pool and to a local sporting event so that children can relate their own sports ideas to real life events.

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