Camp O'Connor

Camp O’Connor is a free, merit-based summer program for middle school students providing civics education and leadership development. Participants gain a greater understanding of our democracy and their important role as citizens.

The inaugural Camp O’Connor will be held June 5-9, 2017. This day camp is open to incoming 7th and 8th grade students in the Greater Phoenix area. Future Camp O’Connor sessions will welcome campers from around the country for a weeklong overnight camp.

Through Camp O’Connor, the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute intends to capitalize on the innate interest that so many youth have in social issues—to help them realize that they have unique ideas, beliefs and leadership abilities, and that they can impact their community through civic engagement. Among Camp O’Connor attendees, we strive to:

  • Strengthen campers’ understanding of civics and the American government
  • Fortify the leadership skills and confidence of students
  • Encourage camp graduates to be role models and leaders in their schools and communities

As Arizona was the 48th state to enter the Union, 48 students will be selected from applications received to attend the inaugural Camp O’Connor. Campers will develop leadership skills and greater knowledge of our nation’s democracy. The program will also include hands-on experience to witness civics in action.

The goal of Camp O’Connor is to educate, inspire and encourage the next generation of leaders to develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for our democracy and their important role as citizens.

Congratulations to the 48 students selected for the inaugural Camp O'Connor. These incoming 7th and 8th graders represent 35 different schools throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. 

Schools Represented at Camp O'ConnorNumber of 7th GradersNumber of 8th Graders
Arizona School for the Arts1
ASU Preporatory Stem Academy12
BASIS Ahwatukee1
BASIS Mesa Charter School1
Basis Phoenix Central1
Cactus Middle School1
Cicero Preporatory Academy2
Cocopah Middle School15
Connolly Middle School, Aspire Academy1
Coyote Hills1
Fremont Jr. High School1
Heritage Academy1
Highland Arts Elementary School1
Horizon Community Learning Center1
Ingleside Middle School11
Kyrene Akimel a-AL1
Kyrene del Pueblo1
Lake Pleasant Elementary1
Madison #11
Madison Traditional Academy1
Mesquite Jr. High / Gilbert Classic1
Paradise Education Center3
Paradise Valley Christian Prep1
Poston Junior High1
Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School1
Sonoran Hights Elementary1
Sossaman Middle School1
St. Mary-Basha Catholic School1
St. Theresa Catholic School1
St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic1
Stapley Junior High1
Summit School of Ahwatukee1
Sunset Heights Elementary School2
Tempe Preparatory Academy2
The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies1


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