Friday, May 16, 2014

Summer Camps 2014

This summer parents can have their children participate in a plethora of programs being offered by Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce members that range from learning how to open your own business to discovering dinosaurs to band camp. Among the programs are:

YES Week 2014

Do you have a budding entrepreneur in high school? If so, NACET and the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce would like to invite your student to YES Week 2014!
Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES) Week is a week long summer event for high-school-aged students in the Northern Arizona area to create their own businesses and to learn the ins and outs of startups!  At YES Week, students will gain an understanding of entrepreneurship as a viable career option and learn about resources in their community, generate business ideas to create an atmosphere of fun, meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs, learn to work and cooperate in groups, develop critical thinking, leadership abilities, and life skills, and identify and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities in Northern Arizona. To learn more and to register, call the Chamber at 928.774.4505.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army offers a wide variety of summer camps to youth ages 7 through 16. Their five different camps include Salvation Army Youth Camp, Band Camp, Gospel Camp, Teen Wilderness Camp, and Discovery Camp. Each program is held at The Salvation Army Southwest Division Camp Ponderosa Ranch in the White Mountains of Heber, AZ. At every Salvation Army summer camp:
Youth live in common aged cabin groups with councilors.
Meals are served “family style” by wait staff to each table.
Each day’s programming includes Bible emphasis and Chapel times.
An on-campus certified Health Care Supervisor handles all medications and incidences at the Camp.
Contact the local Salvation Army Corps/Unit in your community to inquire about eligible camps, possible scholarships, and for Camper Applications.

Theatrikos Theatre Company

Theatrikos Theatre Company is offering several summer camps in the coming months! Expose your child to the thrill, excitement and creativity of theater. This summer, kids ages 7-14 can be a part of many popular performances, including Peter Pan Jr. and James and the Giant Peach. Children ages 6-12 also have the opportunity to learn about play production, test out their juggling skills, and practice their acting, dancing and singing. For more information and to sign up for classes, visit

The Boys & Girls Club of Flagstaff

The Boys & Girls Club of Flagstaff’s Super Summer Day Camp is a nine week summer program that kicks off June 2nd, and will run Monday- Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Kids will enjoy many field trips and exciting activities throughout the summer, including participating in the Youth Police Academy presented by The Flagstaff Police Department, going on treks with the hiking club, and themed weeks such as Super Heroes week and Space week. Career week also includes fine arts classes, time in the technology room, indoor sports activities, swimming, bowling, movies and much more. The camp costs $70 a week per child  plus a $20 membership fee. Multiple child discounts and scholarships are available. No child will be turned away. For more information please visit or call the Boys & Girls Club of Flagstaff at 928-266-0489.

Museum of Northern Arizona

From dinosaurs to clay, floating the San Juan river or excavating an archaeological site, make your child’s summer one to remember. Museum of Northern Arizona camps offer meaningful exploration with a focus on the diverse traditions of the arts, natural sciences and Native cultures of the Colorado Plateau. Experienced educators will delight and teach using hands-on activities and field trips. The Museum of Northern Arizona Discovery Program offers summer camps for children ages 4 to 13. Camps run for 8 weeks from June 9 to August 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 6 to 13 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 4 through 5. Camp dates, descriptions and costs are listed on the museum’s website, Scholarships are available.

Hitchin’ Post Stables

A horseback riding camp at Hitchin Post Stables features equine education, riding lessons, activities, crafts, snacks, drinks and a Hitchin’ Post Junior Wrangler T-Shirt. Kids 7 to 16 years will learn about horse and barn safety, tack lessons and vet care. Gentle horses on a roomy ranch provide a backdrop for a fun-filled time. Monday through Thursday from 8 am to Noon. Sessions are  June 2-5, 9-12, 16-19 and 23-26. Cost is $300 per four-day session. Reservation are required, so call 928.774.1719.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week May 5-9

A few years ago, the Board of Directors of the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce met to discuss possible initiatives it could invest its time and work in to better our community. While several ideas were discussed, the one that met with instant universal support was finding a way to help our teachers, who work tremendously long hours and often feel underappreciated.
How can businesses expect world-class education across our state, it was asked, if we do not invest in and recognize those that inspire, motivate and lead students? How can we honor those professionals who serve as one of the most influential forces in our children’s - and our future employee’s - lives?
As a result of that dynamic and passionate discussion, a terrific new Chamber initiative was born: Flagstaff Values Teachers.
Flagstaff Values Teachers (FVT) incorporates a three-pronged approach to supply teachers with the items they need in their classrooms, provide low-cost professional development, and a wonderful business discount card with sizable breaks from local businesses. Hopefully, these gestures will give a morale boost to local teachers and ensure that they feel appreciated.
“We are really excited about providing ways for our local business community to honor local educators,” said Board Chairman Guillermo Cortes. “K-12 teachers lay the critical foundation for educational attainment.”
FVT’s teacher discount card helps ease the financial burden that many teachers feel by offering them special savings at more than 100 Chamber businesses. More than 400 teachers have enrolled in the discount card initiative. Meanwhile, our partnership with APS and Lessons2Life provides low-cost professional development through on-site meetings with local business owners and managers about the skills businesses are looking for when they hire.
Lastly, in August, Suddenlink and the Chamber host a three day teacher supply drive at the two WalMarts in town. Last year’s drive secured more than $43,000 worth of supplies. It is our hope that this will grow annually and that no teacher will have to pay out of their own pocket for classroom supplies. Every student deserves a fully supplied classroom to optimize learning.
No matter what kind of student you were, you probably remember at least one outstanding teacher who was passionate about your achievement and who made a big impression on you. Teacher Appreciation Week is a fabulous time to take a moment to reflect on how important teachers are to you, your family, your business, our community and more. Send a card with your student to his or her teacher, celebrate teachers on your favorite social media platform, invite a teacher to dinner at your house! Those small steps could be the start of something big - making sure our local educators know just how much they are valued.