Let Summer 2015 Begin…
The school year is coming to an end. It is time for children to grow social skills, foster friendships, move and be active, be independent, put down electronic devices, and make decisions for themselves. In other words, it is time for Summer Camp!
Child development professionals stress the importance of camp. They say it helps children mature socially, emotionally, intellectually, morally, and physically. The main building blocks to increase self-esteem include belonging, learning, and contributing, and that is summer camp. Long Beach has a variety of camps that can accommodate and complement a family’s busy summer schedule.
Sports Based Day Camps:
(Excluding Club Sports and Specialized Sports that require try outs)
Camp environment teaches kids resilience. They can learn to fall and then get back up again. Complete challenging activities, and accomplish tasks that might be frightening or impossible. They can try something new that might be out of their comfort zone. California State University at Long Beach, CSULB, has just the program, 49er Day camp. Children will increase physical fitness and experience archery, basketball, gymnastics, soccer, softball, hockey, tennis, racquetball, golf, volley ball, dance, track and field, and daily swim lessons on the beautiful college campus. There are still openings in the second session: July 20 – August 14, Monday – Friday from 12:30pm – 5pm. Ages 5 – 13 are welcome to participate. The cost is $500 per child.
CSULB also offers a physical day camp for children with special needs and disabilities, Camp Nugget. This camp is a low cost camp for children the ages of 5 – 12 years old. The daily activities include swimming, sports, games, fitness, relaxation, and breathing exercises. Camp is Monday – Friday 9 am – 12 pm, and starts the last week of June for four weeks.
Swim Long Beach also offers a physical day camp with its B.A.L.F, Beach Activities Lifestyle Fun, and junior Waterman Beach Camp. Its primary focus is safe – fun junior waterman skills development in the ocean and on the sand. This includes boogie boarding, body surfing, stand-up paddling, and field trips to Orange County beaches. All activities include education on ocean safety while having fun. Two week sessions begin June 22 – August 6th and meet Mondays / Tuesdays / Wednesday from 1:20 pm – 4 pm. There are two age groups available 6 -8 years old and 9 -13 years old. The cost is $192 for any (2) week session.
Educational and Specialized Day Camps:
Sports is not always the perfect match for some children. Educational and specialized camps allow children who excel or have an interest in a specific subject to spend their summer exclusively perusing their passions. These camps tend to attract likeminded children with similar interests to work together, build social skills and friendships.
CSULB Academic Enrichment Camps: Session 1: June 22 – July 17th, Session 2: July 20 – August 14th Monday through Friday 8:30am – 12:00 pm for grades K – 8. The cost is $500 per session. This camp provides basic skills taught in math, English language arts, common core, and age appropriate art in a relaxed learning environment.
CSULB Specialty Camps:
Young Artist Camp: July 27 – August 14, Monday – Friday from 1 pm to 5 pm. It is for children ages 9 – 14 years old and costs $350. Art mediums taught at this camp include drawing, painting, print making, mixes media, sculpture, and ceramics.
Young Scientist’s Camp: July 27 – August 7, Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 12 pm. For kids in 2nd grade through 8th grade. It costs $300, and includes kitchen chemistry, science beyond game apps, and forensic investigation.
Young Writer’s Camp: Session 1: June 22 – July 16 and Session 2: July 13 – July 31 Monday through Friday 8:45 am to 12 pm for kids in grades 1 – 12. It costs $350. The motto of this camp is writing with smiles in a relaxed environment. The camp includes workshops to help with specific content, editing, peer response, teacher conferencing, and publication.
Aquarium of the Pacific: Themed one week camp sessions for children of all ages including mommy and me. The camps include hands on activities, behind the scenes tours, and helping with animal care.
Dance and Theater Summer Camp at Elevations Dance Studio. Three weeks of camp July 13 – 31 for kids ages 5 – 12 years old. Each week has a different theme. The students will focus on jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, conditioning, fitness, musical theater, character, singing, and acting. The camp is Monday through Friday 10 am – 3 pm with extended before and after hours available for an additional cost.
Summer Adventures at Ranchos Los Cerritos. Kids ages 6 – 10 years old are invited to learn about Old California through games, crafts, chores, and hands on activities. Sessions available July 13 -31 from 10 am – 2pm Monday through Friday. It cost $100 per week. They also have Middle School Adventure Camp for grades 5 – 8. Kids can enjoy challenges and work together to meet difficulties related to 19th Century science and technology. This camp takes place August 3 – 7, Monday through Friday 10 am – 2pm. It too costs $100.
Kidsworks Children Center offers camp for kids in grades K – 5 in the month of July. They offer Batik Art from Southeast Asia July 6 – 10, Monday through Friday from 1 pm – 4pm. They also have a Global Chef Camp July 13 – 17 Monday through Friday from 1 pm – 4 pm. Travel around the world and learn about different cultures and cook their international foods.
MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art) Summer Camp: Children between the ages of 6 – 15 can experience bilingual art and culture through workshops, martial arts, dancing, and cooking. The camps are one week long Monday through Friday in the months of July and August. The cost is $200 per child per (1) week session.
The philosophy of camps tend to include and not exclude others. There are no tryouts, tests, or grade requirements to participate. It is an environment that encourages open mindedness, acceptance, and respect. Long Beach also has more traditional style of summer camps as well as sleep over camps. It is a time for children to join a close knit community and make new friends by singing, laughing, and talking. Combine these activities and children will grow social skills and create new friendships. Children are allowed to experience a range of emotions such as nervousness the first day, excitement when they enjoy an activity, and eventually sadness when camp comes to an end.
The Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach, Camp Komaroff 2015, creates just the environment. They provide all children with a safe, nurturing place to discover dreams, hidden talents, and develop new skills in sports including swimming, cooking, art, field trips, education, theater, and much more. Camp Komaroff is Monday through Friday 9 am – 4 pm with extended day care hours before and after camp for an additional cost.
Sleep Over Camp:
Long Beach YMCA: Spend a week at YMCA Camp Oakes in Big Bear. Live in a cabin and enjoy the all that nature has to offer. Activities include hiking, swimming, lake canoeing, volleyball, horse shoes, and much much more.
Long Beach Campfire also has sleep over camp at Camp Winitaka as well as traditional day camps at their Long Beach Location. Camps run all summer Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm with extend day care available for children in grades K- 12. The cost ranges between $145 for a three day camp to $185 for a five day camp. Experience the outdoors with hands on activities related to weekly themes. Explore nature and local attractions. Older campers have an opportunity to have leadership roles by mentoring younger campers and assisting camp counselors.
Day Camp in Long Beach Parks:
Long Beach Park and Recreation and Marine offer day camps at Long Beach Parks. Summer General Camps for ages 5 – 12 years old will enjoy arts and crafts, sports, and field trips Monday through Friday 9 am – 4pm with extended hours at additional costs. The sessions are one week long and run June through September, and cost is $105 per (1) week session. Call individual parks for registration: El Dorado Park, Silverado Park, Sterns Champion Park, and Veterans Park.
Summer Pee Wee Camp for children ages 5 – 8 years old take place at Wardlow Park. Music and Arts Camp for ages 8 to 12 years old take place at Whaley Park and Summer Hi-Five Sports Camp for ages 5 to 12 years old will be at Pan America Park.
Free Summer Fun Days in Long Beach:
Children ages 5-12 years old can visit neighborhood parks for fun activities including games, crafts, and special events Monday through Friday July 17 through August 30. Each park is open for six hours a day. This is a drop in program, however there is no custodial child care. Free or a paid, summer camp is a priceless investment in a child’s future.