Camp O’Connor is a free, merit-based summer program for middle school students with a mission to educate, encourage and inspire the next generation of leaders. Participants in our Civics Camp gain a deeper, experiential understanding of our nation's democracy, branches of government, and the duties and responsibilities of citizenship.
The five-day summer program provides incoming 7th and 8th graders (entering either grade in the fall) with a unique, educational civics experience blended with leadership development. Camp O'Connor helps to prepare future leaders for greater participation in our democracy and strengthens their potential for lifelong success.
The first three days of the camp focus on a particular branch of government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. The fourth day focuses on the responsibilities of citizenship, while the final day is a mock political convention and closing ceremonies.
Camp O'Connor takes place in downtown Phoenix at the O’Connor Institute in the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law building.
"I would like to thank you all from the very bottom of our hearts! I was extremely impressed with this program and hope to bring components of camp to my school. YES, our students need civics education, and YES it can be incredibly fun!
I can see that my daughter has matured and seriously considers citizenship, politics, activism, etc. as civic duties."
-D.C., Camp O'Connor Parent, Chino Valley, AZ
The Camp O'Connor 2020 dates and application window will be announced in fall 2019.
At Camp O’Connor, we strive to:
Camp O’Connor has been made possible by generous grants from:
The Kemper & Ethel Marley Foundation
The Burton Family Foundation
Arizona Cardinals Charities
The Biltmore Bank
Arizona Republic Seasons for Sharing