Here is what some parents said about our camp!

“My daughters loved circus camp and have both expressed that it was their FAVORITE part of last summer. It really was such a great experience!” — K Mensing – 2022

“My four children have been attending camp at Phoenix Youth Circus Arts for the past two years, and it is one of the highlights of their summer!…. The camp is conducted in a safe and supportive environment.  The instructors are all incredibly knowledgeable about circus arts, passionate about teaching, and know how to encourage and challenge kids simultaneously.  I can’t say enough good things about PYCA and what they have done to grow my kids’ self-esteem, encourage their curiosity, and teach them how to be resilient.” — E. Girard (PYCA summer camp 2018, 2019)

“My daughter had a blast last week! She told me that it was hands down the best camp she’s ever been to!”  — N. Lawson (June 2018)

“My kids can’t get enough circus time with Mr. Jens. They attend weekly during the school year & beg to attend the summer camps. They make great strides in weekly circus throughout the year but with summer camps we see progress from each kid by leaps & bounds.” — M Kratzer – (PYCA summer camps 2018-2019; Desert Marigold School Circus club 2014-2024)


  • Session 1: June 3-7
  • Session 2: June 10-14
  • Session 3: June 17, 18, 20, 21 (the host school is closed for the Juneteenth holiday on Wednesday June 19)

Camp Hours: 9AM – 3PM (drop off begins at 8:30AM)

Location: The Gymnasium at Capitol Elementary School 330 N 16th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007 (the gym is on the corner of 17th Ave and Polk St). You will enter the parking lot on 16th Ave for drop-off and pick-up.

Who can sign up? kids ages 7 – 16

What will the kids do? Campers will learn all the circus basics – juggling of different forms, acrobatics,  balancing, aerial skills (such as silks, lyra, Spanish Web, trapeze) and clowning. Each camper gets to try all the different skills and then towards the end of the week they choose two skills to specialize in. The last day of camp finishes with a show for family and friends!

Cost: Circus camp is $275 for a one-week session (less for week three which is only 4 days). Limited scholarships will be available for campers who are students in existing PYCA school programs. Yes, the camp price has increased this year due largely to a huge rent increase for use of the gymnasium. A parents who is available to provide administrative assistance during camp staff hours (8AM – 4PM) can be given credit for their child’s camp costs. Contact Jens (jens@phxyouthcircus.org) for more information on scholarships or administrative opportunities.

Payment:  Registration and Payment for camp can be done via credit or debit card by clicking here. Payments are made to the  “Technical Assistance Partnership of Arizona” (TAPAZ is PYCA’s fiscal sponsor).  The payment platform is administered by Allyra. If necessary, payments can also be made by personal check – make arrangements via the contact address on this website.

Cancellation policy – Full payment is due to register for camp. If you need to cancel your registration, you can receive a full refund if the cancellation is within 6 weeks of the date of purchase and more than four weeks from the start of the camp session you have paid for. Less than four weeks  prior to the start of a camp session, credit will be given for camps in the future or handled on a case-by-case basis.

Registration Form – each camp participant must have completed the online registration and liability process by the beginning of camp. Click here to access the online registration and waiver.  In the drop-down list for “Location of Class/Camp/Name of School” choose “Phoenix Summer Day Camp”. The form can also be filled out at the first day of camp – but no child will be able to participate fully without those forms.