July 24-26, 2020 - Canceled
Wapiti Weekend is probably the youth event we are most known for. This event is an annual event and parents almost fight to get their children into this event each year. Wapiti Weekend is a two-day educational camp for children and teens ages 5-18.
Registration this year will be an ONLINE PROCESS
Dear Wapiti Campers,
After carefully watching global and local developments unfold around the Covid-19 crisis, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of Wapiti Weekend 2020.
With our state fighting valiantly to suppress the spread of the virus and the Governors recommendations to stay at home, we cannot in good conscience put any campers, family members, volunteers or staff members at risk. The well-being of our campers, volunteers and staff is of the utmost importance to us, so remaining at home and avoiding unnecessary travel is the most prudent choice at this time.
As a nonprofit organization in one of the hardest hit industries during this crisis, we stand united in the fight against the spread of Covid-19. We remain dedicated to being an inspiration and support for families that want to explore the great outdoors. For now, we just have to do it in spirit, and that spirit may need to evolve to reflect a new reality for the coming years. We remain hopeful that we can build great memories together again soon.
Thank you all for your understanding, compassion and continued support during this difficult time. We wish you and your family health and happiness today and always. Wherever you are, please stay safe.
Note: That refunds are being issued and should be reflected within 5 business days.
Still Need Volunteers See Below
(Wap·i·ti – ‘The Elk’)
2-Day Educational Camp for Youth 5-18 Years Old
Presented by the Arizona Elk Society and
sponsored by the
Arizona Game and Fish Department
YOUTH FEE: $55 per participant.
- Youth fee covers all meals, activities and a t-shirt for the camper.
- Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
- All youth participants must be accompanied by an adult.
ADULT / ADDITIONAL WEEKEND MEAL TICKET: $30 PER PERSON.
- You may purchase Additional Meal Tickets (Includes all meals provided during the camp) for adults or other family members of registered youth camper.
This event is ‘wildly’ popular and will sell out fast! Only 100 spots available. So gather your kids, your family, your neighbors and come and have a hootin’ good time with us!
7709 S. Boy Scout Camp Road,
Camp Raymond is located west of Flagstaff and just south of I-140, on the edge of the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness area, near Williams, and nestled in the cool pines. Each of our campsites are located under tall, cool ponderosa pine trees and most sites are only a short walk from the center of camp. All campsites have picnic tables, latrines, washstands and a flagpole.
WAPITI WEEKEND CAMP ACTIVITIES
Every year families from all over Arizona sign up their children and join us for two AH-MAZING days of jam-packed fun. Wapiti Weekend has become known as the ultimate youth camp for kids and it fills up quickly. Parents are encouraged to join in and have fun with us, camping on site is available.
The 2020 Wapiti Weekend is located at the beautiful Camp Raymond near Williams. This location offers the opportunity for the kids to enjoy a whole host of fun activities in the beautiful outdoors. Activity examples include:
- Archery*: Participants learn how to use a bow in a correct and safe manner.
- 22 Shoot*: Participants will live fire a .22 rifle and learn gun safety.
- Muzzle Loader*: Participants 12 years and older will have the opportunity to live fire a muzzle loader and to watch the loading process.
*All shooting events are taught and supervised by Certified Safety Instructors.
- Hunter Ethics Simulator: AZGFD teachers go over situations that the young outdoor sportsmen will encounter while hunting in Arizona. Participants will be presented with real life situations where ethical decisions need to be made.
- Game Calling: Participants receive an elk call and learn how to use various other game calls too.
- Wildlife Identification: Participants will learn about the many types of wildlife in Arizona. They will also learn what to look for when trying to identify wildlife.
- Tracking: Participants learn the importance of wildlife tracking and receive tracking tips.
- Make-’n’-Take: Each participant makes and takes home a model of a wild animal track.
- Predator Hunting Demonstration: Participants learn different techniques to attract predators in hunting situations. The campers learn to recognize different Arizona predators and their habits.
Youth camp volunteers help provide a fun, safe experience for participants as they learn about and experience issues related to hunting and wildlife conservation. We can always use volunteers to help at Wapiti Weekend.
THE RETURN OF WAPITI WEEKEND 2020
By Ken Turner
WAPITI WEEKEND is a two-day educational camp for young people and probably the family event we are most known for. After a few years on the shelf, Wapiti made its’ successful return as part of the Elk Society’s youth programs.
Our leaderships’ extensive search for a camp setting more centrally located for all of our AES members, Camp Joseph became available. Located a short drive south east of Flagstaff, the camp sites on the shore of Mormon Lake, nestled up into the pine trees.
To kick off this year’s event, we decided to enlist the assistance of Moenkopi Riverworks and their fleet of Kayaks. Our campers were shuttled to Ashurst Lake where they were provided basic instruction before taking off on a trek on the lake. Kayaking was not only a hit with the kids on the water, but with their folks on the shore, who came back to camp soggier than the kids.
Paracord survival bracelets were as colorful as always…campers were instructed in the many uses of paracord and how to create an attractive yet functional accessory. As instructor Austin repeated several times, they are not only fashionable, they’re made of super strong military spec paracord. The ultimate in survival gear!
Always a camp favorite, archery a was set up differently this time around with a short course for our younger groups and a longer 3-D target course for our teens. Supervised by Carmen and David Gunn from 3-G Archery, our archers were instructed on proper archery techniques, shooting styles, equipment and of course safety under JOAD procedures.
Our shooting sports included a BB gun range for our younger shooters and 22 rifle range for our older, more experienced shooters. Our shotgun program was run under SCTP guidelines by coaches David, Tammy and Emily Inserra from the Ben Avery Clay Busters Team.
Saturday night was amazing, after dinner we recognized our volunteers for all they do as well as celebrating with our participants with goodie bags full of bling, AES hats and apparel, multi-purpose survival tools plus rod and reel combos donated by Cabala’s. Pete Thomas and family were also generous in making sure all of our campers received a voucher from AZGFD for a free hunting and fishing combo license. Ray Evridge donated a custom knife as our grand prize for one lucky young person. Al Ordorica and our gold prospecting club not only ran our prospecting classes but donated a an actual gold nugget to another lucky young person.
As our evening progressed, the clouds dispersed and we all gathered around the camp fire to roast marshmallows and enjoy smores, while astronomers from Lowell Observatory joined us for a telescope presentation in the lower meadow for a fun family star gazing class. Their multiple telescopes were positioned so we all could see various planets, stars, a comet and various UFD’s (unidentified flying debris) zipping across the sky.
Sunday, began with a gorgeous sunrise, glassing a large herd of elk grazing out in Mormon lake followed by yet another wonderfully prepared meal by the Swishers’ and their amazing crew–thank you Bob and Caren for all of your efforts. We concluded our weekend activities with geocaching, owl pellet dissection, track making, and effective glassing methods.
An AES corner stone class, wildlife identification and game calling, was presented by Ray and the Phoenix Varmint Callers group. Campers not only get to hear and learn what sounds animals make but get a hands-on approach to learning by touching and holding animal hides, antlers and skulls. Rays’ passion for sharing his love for all things outdoors with our young people during our youth events will be greatly missed with his sudden passing earlier this month. God bless you Ray...
In conclusion, I would like to thank Bucky our Camp Joseph host. Crystal, Toni and Erica for helping ensure that all of our campers and were registered in a timely manner. A big thank you to all of our awesome volunteers, Wapiti Weekend couldn’t happen without you. Steve, educating our young people and making sure every event is first class are always in your heart and on your mind. Thank you!