“To enrich and positively impact children’s lives through fun outdoor activities in the peace and quiet of nature.”
Young people today are in desperate need of high quality, safe and wholesome activities. The mission of Arizona Outdoor Adventures is to affirm, enrich and positively impact children through the outdoors and all its associated activities.
For over 15 years AOA has been serving children ages 9-14 who have never had the opportunity to experience the peace and quiet of nature, but often spend the long, hot summer in the city where idleness and boredom can lead to destructive choices.
We partner with established youth organizations who will bring 8-10 children for a 3-5 day outdoor adventure. AOA provides the tent camps which are situated in the breathtaking back country of Arizona’s White Mountains. All camping equipment, food and necessary licenses are supplied at no charge. Activities include fishing, hiking, backpacking, jeep rides, outdoor cooking and horseback riding, to name a few. A series of camps are provided from May through October of each year.
|“…thank you for inviting us to camp. I hope you can invite us again. I really enjoy going to camp. Please invite us again one more time. Thank you. Invite us again…”
– From Odette
Through campfire talks and during those “teachable moments” while fishing or hiking, AOA works to educate children about:
- Respect for the outdoors and other people
- Making constructive, not destructive, choices for their lives
- Responsibility and cooperation with their family and others in authority
- Adult role models who care about them and will help them achieve their dreams and enjoy life