RUNNING AND FITNESS CAMPS

Wings of America’s Summer Running and Fitness Camps (R&F) are designed to promote healthy lifestyle choices among American Indian youth, ages 6-18 years old.  Held at schools and community centers in collaboration with local youth programs, educators and coaches, these FREE day camps underline the importance of regular exercise when many are tempted to enjoy their break in more sedentary ways. Encouraged by the fun of group games lead by high school and college-aged Native facilitators, Wings camps offer applied fitness and health education, as well as a glimpse at the rich history of Native running. Every R&F camp attendee receives a small incentive (bandana) in thanks for their participation.

Sample Agenda (2024)

As successful American Indian student-athletes, Wings R&F Camp facilitators are trained at the

2022 Summer Facilitators pose at the conclusion of their last camp in Flagstaff, AZ

beginning of each summer to provide a fun, safe and culturally appropriate environment for all camp participants. As peer mentors, Wings facilitators are uniquely positioned to convey messages of self-respect, self-betterment and cultural awareness. Seen as friends and role models rather than authority figures, Wings facilitators help camp participants find the inspiration they need to make a commitment to a healthy, active and culturally conscious lifestyle on their own terms.

Additional details, pre-registration links and flyers for R&F Camps are listed in chronological order below. Please note that some camps only offer onsite registration and some are not open to the public:

June 10th-11th: Jemez Pueblo, NM; Walatowa Youth Center; 8:00am-3:00pm (onsite registration from 8-9am). In collaboration with Walatowa summer youth program. (Camp not open to general public)

June 12th: Rio Rancho, NM; Mountain View Middle School; In collaboration with Rio Rancho Public School’s Native American Summer Academy. (Camp not open to general public)

June 12th: Isleta Pueblo, NM; Isleta Recreation Center; In collaboration with Isleta Pueblo Summer Recreation and Behavioral Health Summer Programs. (Camp not open to general public)

June 13th-14th: Santa Fe, NM; Bicentennial/Alto Park (behind the pool); 9:00am-3:00pm (onsite registration from 8-9am). In collaboration with SFPS Native American Student Services’ summer program.

June 17th-18th: Shiprock, NM; Shiprock High School; 9:00am-3:00pm (onsite registration from 8-9am). In partnership with Navajo Nation Division of Behavioral & Mental Health & Shiprock High School Athletics.

PRE-REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/sXMEnCCXTcjdTqL96

June 19th-20th: Newcomb, NM; Newcomb High School; 9:00am-3:00pm (onsite registration from 8-9am). In partnership with Navajo Nation Division of Behavioral & Mental Health & NewcombHigh School Athletics.

PRE-REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/PQWqyUDq8VEToQBb8

June 20th-21st: Albuquerque, NM; Lynnwood Park; 9:00am-3:00pm (onsite registration from 8-9am). Presented in partnership with the Native American Community Academy.

PRE-REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/r6NUGYWHZzefrN5J9

June 24th-25th: Rehoboth, NM; Rehoboth Christian School (“KK” gymnasium/track/field); (onsite registration from 8-9am). In partnership with Navajo Nation Division of Behavioral & Mental Health & Shiprock High School Athletics.

PRE-REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/ZFwFYQczWyKJR9jf7

June 24th-25th: Ojo Encino, NM; Ojo Encino Day School; (onsite registration from 8-9am). In partnership with Ojo Encino Day School summer program. 

PRE-REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/1Q2bsQHrZNvUA3Ti6

June 26th-27th: Chinle, AZ; Chinle High School; 9:00am-3:00pm (onsite registration from 8-9am). In partnership with Navajo Nation Division of Behavioral & Mental Health & Chinle High School Athletics.

PRE-REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/LofsuXXN98frBRPh9

July 8th-9th: Taos Pueblo, NM; Wellness Center; 9:00am-3:00pm (onsite registration from 8-9am). Presented in partnership with Taos Pueblo Diabetes Program. (Camp not open to general public)

PRE-REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/xBLiiwh9P8tBH59y8

July 8th-9th: Ft. Defiance, AZ; Window Rock High School (Beeholdzil Fight Scouts Events Center); (onsite registration from 8-9am). In partnership with Navajo Nation CHR-Outreach Program & Window Rock High School Athletics. **Participants required to bring extra pair of “court shoes” to play on gym floor**

PRE-REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/gLjE4ADxbcJ8WZde9

July 10th-11th: Pine Hill, NM; Pine Hill School; 9:00am-3:00pm (onsite registration from 8-9am)

PRE-REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/APjmfejusofLZjRn9

July 11th-12th: Cedar City, UT; Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Pow-Wow Grounds; 9:00am-3:00pm (onsite registration from 8-9am)

PRE-REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/UFied6E2wH8SXtZ97

July 15th-16th: Kayenta, AZ; Monument Valley High School; 9:00am-3:00pm (onsite registration from 8-9am). In partnership with Navajo Nation CHR-Outreach Program and Monument Valley High School.

PRE-REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/Uk9CLGmeeunGyZdy8

July 17th-18th San Felipe Pueblo, NM; Soccer Field; 9:00am-3:00pm. In collaboration with San Felipe summer youth program. (Camp not open to general public)

PRE-REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/n1LdWf1AkfNCt2kz5

July 22nd-23rd: Crownpojnt, NM; Office of Dine Youth (ODY) Gym; 9:00am-3:00pm (onsite registration from 8-9am). In partnership with Navajo Nation CHR-Outreach Program and Crownpoint ODY.

PRE-REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/tKf5EaL1P6pTqewv8

July 29th-30th: Tuba City, AZ; Tuba City High School; 9:00am-3:00pm (onsite registration from 8-9am). In partnership with Navajo Nation CHR-Outreach Program and Tuba City Regional Healthcare Corporation Health Promotion Diabetes Prevention. 

PRE-REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/JrLDPu23wbKHAfdg6

Dates To Be Announced….

Zuni Pueblo, NM; Zuni High School; 9:00am-3:00pm. In collaboration Zuni High School Athletics. 

In the last 10 years, Wings has hosted R&F Camps with community partners in South Dakota, Oklahoma, New York, Arizona and New Mexico. We are always open to new partnerships to serve Native youth. If you think your community might benefit from hosting a Wings R&F Camp, please contact our Executive Director, Dustin Martin, (dustin@wingsofamerica.org) for more information about the possibility of training facilitators from your community.