Grand Canyon Council Receives Funding from AZ OnTrack to Provide Summer Scouting Opportunities at No Cost

Whether a Scout or Not, All Youth Can Participate in Five Summer Camps throughout Arizona

PHOENIX (May 23, 2022) – The Boy Scouts of America’s Grand Canyon Council (GCC), an independent nonprofit organization chartered by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in Arizona, has been granted more than $1 million in funding from the State of Arizona to provide summer camp options free of cost for Arizona youth.  

Launched by the Office of the Governor Doug Ducey, AZ OnTrack is an effort to overcome academic and social losses that Arizona youth suffered during the pandemic. With the funding provided by AZ OnTrack, GCC will host five AZ OnTrack Summer Camps, available for Scouts and non-Scouts a like, at no cost to families, including Adventure Day Camp, Fish Camp, Drone Flight School and Spade Ranch Adventures at Camp Geronimo.

“The funding provided by AZ OnTrack and the office of the Governor provides an opportunity for Arizona students to have hands-on camping experiences and learn about STEM, arts, literature, and other academic subjects as well as life skills provided by the Grand Canyon Council,” says Gregory Harmon, Director of Support Services at GCC.

Each camp has a unique curriculum and focuses on important life skills. Camp Geronimo is a year-around facility hosting the Scouts BSA Summer Camp Programs located north of Payson in the Mogollon Rim on nearly 200 acres of forest and meadows and surrounded by over 5,000 acres of ponderosa pine forest.  In addition to the Scouts BSA Summer Camp Program, Camp Geronimo hosts a number of events ranging from unit camping opportunities to training courses and district events. Here campers build their own schedule around their interests.

The Drone Flight School, led by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students, is an immersive program at Camp Geronimo that focuses on math, physics, career exploration, and mastering drone flight technology. Youth 13+ learn to tune the drones’ performance using software controls and fly in competitions with first person viewer mode in real-time.

At R-C Scout Ranch located in Payson, Fish Camp participants learn about fisheries management and master the art of provoking fish to attack your fly.

Youth 14 years and older looking for an exciting and challenging outdoor experience can join Spade Ranch Adventure. Campers will mountain bike, rock climb, go canyoneering, explore caves and so much more.

Adventure Day Camp, located in Phoenix at the Heard Scout Pueblo, is intended for kids ages 6 – 10, where they will participate in daily activities that inspire creativity, boost literacy, and develop critical thinking skills.

“AZ Outdoor Ed is a perfect opportunity for local students to experience camping for the first time with trained leaders and skilled older Scouts,” says Andy Price, Grand Canyon Council CEO. “We are looking forward to providing camping experiences to anyone who is interested regardless of their financial situation.”

Certain camp sessions begin as early as mid-June. For more information on camp dates, availability and enrollment information for all five of the camp programs visit

About the Grand Canyon Council, Inc.: 

The Grand Canyon Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America is a legally and financially independent nonprofit organization chartered by BSA to deliver Scouting programs throughout most of central and northern Arizona, a small part of southern Utah, and a small part of southwestern New Mexico. Their mission is to prepare young people make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. For more information, visit Youth looking to join Scouting can visit to learn more.