Our Story

Camp Hubbard, established in 1998, is a co-ed summer camp offering one week sessions to campers 4.5 to 14 years old. Camp Hubbard is a fun, active, unplugged environment that engages campers in a variety of games, activities, sports and themes. Campers love the energetic, kind staff and develop friendships throughout the summer. Hubbard provides a safe, active environment to encourage physical, social, and emotional growth for a lifetime of success.

About Us

Our Philosophy

Our campers build character and confidence through daily activities geared towards learning and fun in a positive environment. Campers connect with others, make new friends, try new things, and laugh! It is a true pleasure to produce camper smiles every day and to see campers take pride in their accomplishments!

  1. Whatever it Takes
  2. Everyone Is Family
  3. Do Small Things with Great Love
  1. Enjoy being active
  2. Be Playground ready!
  • I will
  • Be kind and loving
  • Be safe
  • Be helpful to others
  • Try new things

Safety

We take safety very seriously. Understanding the importance of our care for your child while they are at camp, we focus on both the physical and emotional safety of all our campers.

We do formal training with all of our staff prior to camp where we focus on child development, communication, emergency action plans, and personal connection.

All staff are First Aid and CPR certified and go through background checks and drug tests. Anyone who is responsible for the children while swimming is Lifeguard Certified.

Our camp directors are teachers who have experience in the classroom working with children and parents. They oversee all the counselors and campers and communicate with the parents. We keep communication open and are available to help with every child in every situation.

We look forward to working together with campers and parents to make sure every camper has the best possible camp experience.

Dear Parents,

Twenty plus years ago Camp Hubbard was founded by Bob and Kathy Hubbard. Kathy’s background included 10 years as a camper in a “sleepaway” camp followed by several years as Directress at that same camp. Bob & Kathy wanted their children and their friends to experience the fun, friendships, and active play that come with a camp experience.

Having 8 children who all gravitated to different sport opportunities, they believed that summer camp was a perfect opportunity to expose kids to a variety of sports and to give them an opportunity to learn many different skills.

Ann Marie, their oldest daughter was the camp director from that very first summer.

"My excitement to work with amazing staff, campers and families every summer doesn't change. The most rewarding part is when past campers apply to work as counselors. Over and over we hear that they “want to give back to the camp that was such a wonderful part of their lives."

My husband and I have four campers ranging in age from 6 to 13 years old. We completely understand the reality of picking camp programs and scheduling summer activities for kids. Our team is here to make this the best place to come and PLAY. We focus on being UNplugged. We want them to CONNECT with each other and the staff.

We love working with campers and parents to make sure every camper has a positive experience."

Ann Marie & Camp Hubbard Staff

Our Team

Ann Marie - CEO

“Put your name on it”, is a common phrase that you will hear from Ann Marie. She says it with pride because she has lived it for years as she works to improve and grow the Hubbard Family Swim Schools and Camp Hubbard. She has put her heart and soul into the business that her parents, Bob and Kathy Hubbard, founded in 1998. She believes that the Hubbard Camps and Swim Schools provide tremendous opportunities that impact the families in our communities.

Ann Marie understands the importance of a strong business model while believing in the reason she is in business; to better the lives of children and impact staff. Ann Marie has been director of the Sports Camps since 1996 and helped her parents start the Hubbard Family Swim School in 1998. In 2004, she joined Hubbard Family Swim School full time with her husband, Pat Sunderhaus. Ann Marie spends her summers focusing on the camps. As CEO of Hubbard Family Swim Schools, she oversees operations for the swim schools.

Ann Marie attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio where she earned her undergraduate degree in business and excelled as the goalkeeper on the women’s soccer team, who were Atlantic 10 Champions her senior year. In 2015, she was inducted into the XU Hall of Fame for her accomplishments as a leader and a soccer player.

She continued her soccer career after college, playing professionally with the Arizona Heatwave and the Cincinnati Ladyhawks. During that time she entered the coaching world, training youth teams and eventually finding her way back to Xavier University as the assistant coach for the women’s soccer team for four years. While coaching, she earned her Master’s Degree in Sports Administration.

Ann Marie was born in Cincinnati but grew up in Phoenix. She is a graduate of St. Thomas the Apostle and Xavier College Prep. Ann Marie is married to Pat Sunderhaus, Director of Operations at Hubbard Family Swim School. They are proud parents of Frank, Kevin, Molly, and Travis, four great kids who love the water and a variety of sports. They love their family time and staying active.

Susie McArdle - Executive Director

Susie has been with Hubbard since early 2019 in a variety of roles and is looking forward to spending the summer at camp! Prior to coming to HFSS, Susie spent 10 years with the nonprofit organization Boys Hope Girls Hope, managing the boy's residence and serving as a parent mentor for dozens of high school boys. Susie studied English in her undergrad at Wartburg College in Iowa and played collegiate softball and tennis. She obtained a master's degree in Non-Profit Management from Arizona State University. In her free time, she thoroughly enjoys tennis, hiking, camping, and exploring all that this state has to offer.

Check out this awesome article from our own Executive Director for Camp Susie McArdle:

Camp was a natural part of my childhood as I was able to attend Girl Scout camp and an outdoors camp in western Kentucky. As formidable, fun, and memorable as these experiences were, I never pictured myself actually making a career out of camping later in life. After a 10-year stint in the nonprofit world, however, I found myself exactly there, helping run a sports summer day camp in Phoenix, Arizona. My first summer on the job was quite a whirlwind, filled with learning the programs, meeting all the people, making on-the-spot decisions, and just figuring out what the heck was going on.

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Check out this awesome Testimonial

Every Friday has a theme at Hubbard Sports Camp. It was Hawaii day when we visited for this summer’s My Day at Camp project.

We arrived at 8:30 am to find campers showing up in hula skirts, Hawaiian shirts, flip flops, and straw hats. As they got out of their cars, heading for the gymnasium at Tesseract School on Shea, they were greeted by name by their enthusiastic counselors.

Kids were hanging out in the gym, shooting hoops, or playing tag with the counselors. Different age groups were identified by Arizona sports team names: Diamondbacks, Sun Devils, Coyotes, Rattlers, and Cardinals.

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