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About Us

Take a look at what our camps are all about with this short video adventure!

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
“…thank you for all the fun. I thought it was the best days of my life. I want to go back and have lots of fun again…” – Love, Bailey

Partnering Organizations

These organizations have partnered with and/or are continuing partners with Arizona Outdoor Adventures in providing healthy outdoor activities for boys and girls.
Family Wellness
One on One Partners
Estrella Charter School
Moon Valley Baseball
Helping Hands
Gangs to Jobs
Town of Guadalupe
Durango Juvenile Facility
Round Valley Boys and Girls Club
Crossroads Youth Intervention
Son Life Church
The Neighborhood Center
The Creighton School District
The Creighton Girls Club
Girls Scouts of Sierra Vista
The Catholic Diocese
Imago Dei Church
Pure Heart Church
East Valley Boys and Girls Club
Guthrie Mainstream
Heart for the City
Broken Vessels
Maricopa County
Other camps with no organizational ties

Dan Priest Inducted Into Arizona’s Outdoor Hall of Fame

Scottsdale, AZAugust 2015

In the summer of 2015, Dan Priest was inducted into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame at the 18th annual Hall of Fame Banquet by Wildlife for Tomorrow. Inducted along side him, Senator John McCain, Audubon Arizona, Jim O’Haco, and John W. Harris. This award is highly esteemed and signifies outstanding contributions to Arizona’s wildlife resources. Watch the short video below highlighting Dan and his contributions over the years!

Video by Carol Lynde of the Arizona Game and Fish Department highlighting AOA

– Visit the Wildlife for Tomorrow website –

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