More than just a summer camp, Easterseals Blake Behavioral Health's Campo del Oeste provides Pima County youth with year-round nature-based experience in the Sonoran Desert. We strive to empower youth to be a positive force of change in their lives and community.
Located in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains, Campo del Oeste implements outdoor education to help youth grow, develop, and learn in a way that enhances psychological, social, and emotional health. We guide youth in the exploration of their environment, renewing and deepening their connection to themselves, their community, and nature.
Campers explore the Sonoran Desert through hikes, overnight trips, desert gardening, animal husbandry, expressive arts, and service learning. Activities emphasize character development, self and social management, healthy living, and environmental stewardship.
The program models a mentor-based structure to teach personal responsibility, increase self-esteem, and develop skills beneficial to making healthy life choices. Campers are ages 4 to 17. Returning youth 13 and older, who demonstrate exceptional leadership, are asked to apply to our junior mentor program.
Our year around youth programs address the changing needs of adolescents. Currently, we’re offering weekly boys & girls groups