Camp Colley Foundation

Camp Colley was acquired by the City of Phoenix to create a space in Arizona’s northern remote wilderness to offer underserved Phoenix children access to the beauty and wonder of nature for positive learning and growth.

Image of Camp Colley grounds

Camp Colley was named in honor of James Colley, who served for 22 years as the director of the City of Phoenix Parks, Recreation and Library Department. Jim Colley believed that parks and recreation services were essential to the quality of life for all people. The camp reflects his commitment to the outdoor experience and the enduring benefit it provides.

For more than a decade RIESTER and the RIESTER Foundation have supported Camp Colley Foundation’s mission to provide nature experiences for underserved Phoenix kids. The Camp Colley Foundation has funded scholarships for over 4,000 Phoenix children to attend summer camp. Starting in 2022 the Camp Colley Foundation plans to offer scholarships to a variety of camps for underserved Phoenix children so that they can continue to experience the joy and enrichment of camp activity.

Camp Colley Foundation will continue to support camp experiences to nurture healthy development and resilience, foster meaningful relationships, and encourage exploration.