About

WHO ARE WE

As kids we would spend weekends at our grandma’s house in Gamboa… days spent barefoot exploring the streets and treasures of the surrounding jungles of the grand Canal Zone. We are a family that enjoyes being outdoors in nature, discovering the wonders that surround us. We loved playing games outside like frisbee, catching some waves on a beautiful sunny day at the beach, camping and sleeping under the moon and stars.

We created Camp Hughes because we want the new generation to experience Panama like we did. Get dirty, have fun outside, get to know your surroundings, make friends and, most importantly, create memories that will last a lifetime.

After years of experience, we believe we have found the perfect formula that your children will enjoy. Our campers will get sweaty playing sports, making friends, and learning how to solve problems using their hands and minds.

Here at Camp Hughes we are more than just a camp… we are a lifestyle!

CAMP HUGHES IS NOT JUST A CAMP, IT’S A LIFESTYLE!

EMBRACE INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES

Inspiring kids and teens to love learning, embrace culture, and live mindfully.

FLORA & FAUNA

Inspire youth to love nature by exploring local flora and fauna.

SCREEN FREE CAMP

Reconnect with ourselves, our community, nature and the world at large.

LIFE LONG MEMORIES

Learn, make friends and create lifelong memories.

CAMP DIRECTOR JAY HUGHES

I grew up exploring in the old Panama Canal Zone. It was always a grand adventure to live in a place with diverse wildlife. Even my backyard was a jungle!

My summer vacations were usually spent exploring, and attending, summer camp programs offered by, what was formally known as, the Panama Canal Commission.  I would also spend my weekends at Grandma Hughes’ house in Gamboa, traversing the old roads and scouting jungle for flora and fauna.

All of these experiences made me who I am and have fostered my passion for this special area of Panama, the  Canal Zone. It’s also the reason why I want to share this excitement and adventure with others.

After many years working overseas in places like Italy, Germany, and Belgium with the MWR (Morale Welfare Recreation), ODR (Outdoor Recreation) and the YS (Youth Sports) programs, I moved back to Panama. For nearly a decade I have been working as a physical education coach at an international school with children. During this time, I decided to start Camp Hughes to combine my passion for educating children through  real world experiences connecting with nature. After teaching for several years, I have noticed how kids spend much of their time with technology instead of creating connections with each other and the world around them. With my program, kids will interact with each other as they learn to problem solve, develop independence and responsibility,  gain hands-on skills (wood working, crafts, etc…), play sports and games, as we ignite a curiosity within them. With over 20 years of experience working with children, sports, and the outdoors, I invite you to be a part of the Camp Hughes family and lifestyle.

As of 2020 I am the President of the Asociación Panameña de Campamentos (PANACAMPS).

Coach-Jay-Hughes