A camp for boys and girls between the ages of 7 to 16. Kids enjoy all kinds of super fun activities like kayaking, rock climbing, wakeboarding, backpacking, horseback riding, biking, arts and crafts and so much more.

Contact Information

Phone: 1-800-200-CAMP
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Email: info@navajotrails.com

4th of July Salt Dough Pins

By: Amanda Formaro

Difficulty: Easy

Age: 5 and up

Show your love for the USA by making one of these fun and patriotic pins!

What you'll need:

  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup water
  • Acrylic paint: red, white and blue
  • Pin backs
  • White craft glue
  • Small cookie cutters: heart, star (optional)
  • Acrylic sealer spray

How to make it:

  1. Mix together the salt, flour, and water. If dough is sticky, add additional tablespoons of flour one at a time until the mixture is smooth a pliable. Be careful not to add too much or your projects will crack.
  2. Roll out or press dough with your hand and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes or form your own shapes.
  3. Place shapes on cookie sheet and heat oven to 250 degrees F.
  4. Place cookie sheet in oven and bake for 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours, or until items are dry. Remove from oven and let cool.
  5. Paint all the shapes
  6. Turn pins over and glue on pin backs. Use a generous amount of glue and let them dry completely before wearing.


  • Salt dough can be kept in a covered container for a couple of days.
  • It is not necessary to dry out salt dough in the oven, you can air dry it, but the oven is faster.

How to Make Your Own Rock Candy

A fun simple summer activity!

You will need:
  • 1 Glass jar or drinking glass
  • 1 Piece of cotton string
  • 1 Pencil or stick
  • 1 Paper clip
  • 1 Food coloring (optional)
  • 1 c Water
  • 2 c Sugar
  • Additional sugar
Tie a short piece of cotton string to the middle of the pencil or stick. Attach a paper clip to the end of the string for a weight.

Moisten the string very lightly, and roll in a bit of sugar (this will "attract" the sugar crystals from the syrup to the string). Place the pencil or stick over the top of the glass or jar with the string hanging down inside.

Heat the water to boiling, and dissolve the 2 cups of sugar into it. For the biggest crystals FAST, heat the sugar-water solution a SECOND time, and dissolve as much additional sugar as you can into it. Add a few drops of food coloring to the solution if you want colored candy.

Pour the solution into the prepared glass or jar and leave undisturbed for a couple of days. Depending on how much sugar you were able to dissolve into the water, you should start to see crystals growing in a few hours to a few days.

Spinach Smoothies!

My dietitian friend, Janae "Pepper" introduced me to spinach smoothies!

You and your kids will never know there is spinach in this delicious drink!

Smoothies are a camp favorite!

Just add a handful of raw spinach to your favorite smoothie ingredients!

Yummy Smoothie with Spinach

  • 1-2 ripe bananas (or ones that you have frozen)-- bananas act as a sweetener
  • a handful of spinach leaves
  • about 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (frozen ones are cheaper, plus this is what makes the smoothie cold and icy without having to add ice)
  • any other fruit you if you want to add, fresh or frozen
  • half of a small yogurt, or more if you like
  • a dash of liquid, either milk (dairy or non-dairy) or any kind of juice, apply juice works very well

Blend all ingredients. If the smoothie is too runny, add more banana and/or frozen stuff or ice. If you are having trouble getting it to blend, you need to add more liquid — just a little at a time.

You can also try adding vanilla, honey, or cinnamon!


Home Made Finger Paints

Fun and easy activity for the summer!

Homemade Finger Paints

Homemade Finger Paints

Total Time Needed:
1 Hour

Inexpensive easy to make with items likely to have from home!

  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup
  • Washable, nontoxic tempera paint
  • Bowls
  • Finger-paint paper or freezer paper
  • Masking tape
  1. Finger Painting Before you begin: Spread out a plastic tablecloth, keep wipes handy, and wear a smock or old clothes.

  2. In a small saucepan, stir together the cold water and cornstarch. Whisk the mixture over low heat for about 5 minutes until it thickens and clears -- this will happen all at once. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup, then divide the mixture into bowls and stir a squirt of tempera paint into each one.

  3. After the paint has cooled, scoop blobs of it onto finger-paint paper (taped to your table) or let your kids scoop it out themselves -- whichever they prefer -- and commence smearing. Leftover paint can be stored in sealed containers in the fridge for a day or two.

Kool Aid Playdough!

1 batch dough

Easy to Make! Fun to Play with and smells yummy!


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt

  • 2 (4 g) packages unsweetened Kool-Aid powdered drink mix
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons oil


  1. 1
    Mix flour, salt, Kool-Aid and oil until blended.
  2. 2
    Add boiling water, mix with spoon until cool enough to knead.
  3. 3
    Continue kneading until color is blended.
  4. 4
    Store in air tight bag or container in the refrigerator.

Family Camp Has Its Days in the Sun

Family Camp Has Its Days in the Sun

When my wife first dragged us all to family camp a few years ago, I had mixed emotions. I recalled my own overnight camp experiences of painful shyness around other kids, fear of mountain lions that might randomly attack me, and general cluelessness about campfire song lyrics.

Four years later, I'm itching to get back for our fourth annual week at the UCLA Bruin Woods family camp up in Lake Arrowhead, Calif. Maybe it has to do with the way my sons pal around with their fellow campers; hike, fish and swim fearlessly; and scream out silly songs so the whole facility can hear them. And maybe it has to do with the grown-up activities of inner-tube water polo, high-wire walking on the ropes course, and after-dark games of "mafia."

Family Camp

Apparently, my love of the family-camp experience is not unique. This kind of vacation has grown increasingly popular as adults learn that camper bonding, lanyard-making and lakeside overnights are not just for kids anymore. The American Camp Association (ACA), which accredits camps according to certain quality standards and represents about a quarter of the industry, notes an increase in family camps of 24 percent over the last four years. This means there are plenty of options, in every part of the country.

Like a rustic version of an all-inclusive Caribbean vacation, family camps' appeal seems to stem from Americans' desire to stay domestic and, in the case of some camps, save some money. These camps offer numerous features, including groups for the kids, prepared meals, comfortable accommodations and enough sports, arts-and-crafts and outdoor recreation to make adults feel young again.

Reasons to Go to Family Camp

Aside from having all the play opportunities, family camp is a unique chance for parents and children to deepen their bonds. In an environment far from the hustle and responsibilities of home and work, families can focus on each other.

They can try new things together, such as waterskiing and archery. At the camp my family attends, we've gone on counselor-led parent-child overnights under the stars and giggled through campwide picnic games. Though I haven't gotten the guts to do it yet, lots of parents perform with their kids in a talent show as well.

More Camps Offered

Navajo Trails Adventure Camp offers 2 week, 3 week, and 4 week camps for kids ages 9-16 years old. Choose your own adventure, you decide what adventure you want to go on for the week, then come back on the weekends and hang out, play games, and so much more. Adventures include: Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Wakeboarding & Waterskiing, Backpacking, Rock Climbing, and more.

Types of Camps

Navajo Trails has a camp for just about everyone!

Family Camp is a three day, two night camp for your entire family and friends. Activities include: photography, hikes, drama games, leather work, bracelet making, watercolors, water balloon volley ball, other water games, pottery, sushi making, yoga, cake decorating, games, and campfire!

Sleep in cabins or bring your own tent. $90 per person per cabin $60 per person bring your own tent. Babies 3 and under free. Plus $10 per person nonrefundable registration fee.

Detailed schedule and program information found in Family Camp Events on "Summer Camp Utah (Navajo Trails)" Page.

Contact navajotrails@comcast.net.

Tip of the Month

Goodbye Fruit Flies

To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2 full with apple cider vinegar. Add 2 drops of dish washing liquid soap; mix well. Set cup on counter and leave for a little while. You will find that those flies are drawn to the cup and gone forever.

Recipe of the Month


4 1/2 cups old fashioned oat, uncooked
1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup sliced almonds
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup raisins

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine oats, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together honey and apple juice, pour over oat mixture and stir to coat.
3. Spread mixture in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Bake 25 to 30 min. until golden brown, stirring twice during baking time.
4. Let cool, add raisins and cranberries. Enjoy!

About the Camp & Directors

Navajo Trails is a summer camp for girls and boys ages 7-16. It was started in 1966 by Don Sampson & Mont Ellet. He was a really neat guy. He loved the outdoors, adventures, and helping kids. He had a dream ever since he was in middle school to open his own summer camp and made his dreams come true in 1966. Now the camp is owned and operated by his son Dan Sampson and his wife Jenny Sampson. Dan grew up at the camp, now him and his wife raise their 4 sons at the camp in the summer. Along with raising their kids and running a summer camp Dan works at the U of U and Jenny runs her own floral shop.

This year Amy Hugh and K'Leena Mellor have joined up with Dan and Jenny to put out the best camp program around. Amy has been a camp director with the Girl Scouts of Utah for nine years. She graduated with her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling and her undergraduate degree is in Sociology. She loves hiking, backpacking, photography, pottery, and wants to maybe get into scuba diving for fun. She even has a entire room in her house dedicated to pottery. In addition to directing this camp she owns a photography company and lifeguard and other life saving instructing company.

K'Leena Mellor grew up at summer camp. She comes from a long line of camp director and loves the outdoors. Her grandfather ran a camp, her mother was a camp director, several of her uncles are camp directors and she was a camp director for four years. Now K'Leena is raising her daughter at camp and hoping that she loves summer camp as much as the rest of the family. K'Leena also got her degree in Sociology. She loves to do art stuff like painting, photography, pottery, crocheting, and on and on. She loves to swim, hike, backpack, dabble in horseback riding, garden. She assists Amy in running the photography and instructing companies and loves life.