Sahuarita Times: Fifth Year of Free Summer Camps to be Offered at Rancho Sahuarita

Through a continued partnership with Carondelet Health Network, Rancho Sahuarita is offering free “Be Well Summer Camps” this summer for residents. As part of the community’s ongoing initiative to deliver opportunities for residents to live healthy, fulfilling lives, the camps will help offer children of the community a fun, engaging and safe environment to pass the time this summer.

Rancho Sahuarita, in partnership with Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital, will be offering these camps to resident children beginning this June. The Be Well Summer Camps are entering their 5th year, and help to provide participating children a week of fun and engaging games and activities, with the focus centering on health and overall wellness. In 2016, the Carondelet “Be Well” Summer Camps hosted 180 children at no cost to the families. This year, the same number of children will be able to participate.

The camps, which are available in various sessions for different ages, will run from the first week in June to the last week in July. A total of six camps will be offered, with a maximum capacity of 30 children per camp. (Registration is available for residents on ActiveNet beginning in May).

The Summer Camps are just one event that Rancho Sahuarita has partnered with Carondelet to make possible. Past events have included “Walk with a Doc” sessions, community Health and Wellness Days and more. This last March, Carondelet was instrumental in the success of the first Rancho Sahuarita Cancer Walk, serving as the presenting sponsor on the inaugural event which helped to raise nearly $400,000 to benefit brain cancer research.

Maggie Smith-Diggs, Health and Wellness Manager for Rancho Sahuarita, said “Our Be Well Summer camps give children ages 4 to 12 years old the opportunity to learn about health and wellness.  We enjoy teaching children about sports and teamwork, doing arts and crafts, and dancing. Plus, our staff nutritionist, Sarah Marrs, will feature a nutrition presentation incorporating fun games.  Finally, the best part of the summer camps is cooling off at the Splash Park Day on Thursday’s [of each camp week].”

Carondelet Health Network is committed to providing Southern Arizonans with a full spectrum of high-quality, cost-efficient care and improving the quality of life for all those who enter its doors. Carondelet’s facilities include two acute care hospitals in Tucson, St. Mary’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital; and Holy Cross Hospital, a critical access hospital in Nogales. Carondelet serves as a local provider of healthcare with a primary care practice, Carondelet Medical Group, located in the Rancho Sahuarita Marketplace. The practice is open Monday – Friday, from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and offers pediatric and family care. The office is reachable by phone at 520-777-2277. For more information about Carondelet Health Network, please visit

Residents interested in learning more about any of the Be Well Summer Camp sessions are encouraged to visit ActiveNet or contact Club Rancho Sahuarita.