PHOENIX SUMMER CAMP scheduled for June has been cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic.

The situation is still too unstable to have an in-person camp this June. The school district will not have any activities on its campuses in June and so even if we wanted to do a camp – there would be no where to hold it. We waited until the last possible date to cancel because we were holding on to the hope that things would improve more quickly. We may be doing summer programs of a more limited nature as artists-in-residence for other camp programs – and we look forward to being back next summer in full health and circus strong!

PYCA remains available to provide other summer programs under modified conditions and our camp in Moab, Utah will also proceed if at all possible as planned in July. For information about our Moab, Utah camp click here

[Phoenix Youth Circus Arts will hold two one-week sessions of Circus Summer Day Camp in Central Phoenix in June 2020.  Kids can enroll in one or both sessions of camp.]

Here is what some parents said about our camp!

“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 2014-2020)


Session 1: Monday June 1 – Friday June 5 [CANCELLED]

Session 2: Monday June 8 – Friday June 12 [CANCELLED]

Session 3: Monday June 15 – Friday June 19 [CANCELLED]
(A camper can attend ANY COMBINATION of sessions)

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

Location: the Gymnasium at Emerson Elementary School, 915 E Palm Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85006

Who can sign up? kids ages 7 – 15

What will the kids do? Campers will learn all the circus basics – juggling of different forms, acrobatics,  balancing, aerial skills (such as silks, 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 sessions are $200 per week. Discounts are available for kids attending multiple weeks of camp and for siblings attending the same session. Limited scholarships will be available for some campers whose families need financial help at a rate of $75 per week, with preference given to students members of the Emerson circus club, other Emerson students and students of other PYCA title 1 programs. Contact Jens (jens@phxyouthcircus.org) for more information on scholarships.

Payment:  Registration and Payment for the Central Phoenix 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).  Payments can also be made by personal check made out to “TAPAZ-PYCA” and  mailed to the contact address on this website.

Cancellation policy – Full payment is due to secure your spot and register for camp on our credit card platform. If you need to cancel your registration, a full refund can be given up to 4 weeks prior to the start of your camp session (May 4 for session 1). 50% of the cost will be returned if the cancellation is between two and four weeks of the start of the camp session for which you have paid. Between one and two weeks prior to the start of a camp session, 25% will be returned. Less than one week before the start of camp, there will be no refund.

Registration Form – each camp participant must have a completed registration and liability waiver form by the beginning of camp. You can view and download the form here.  For “name of class”, write “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 a signed waiver.

For information about our Moab, Utah camp in July click here