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L.A. summer camp programs and opportunities for kids and teens
The most gratifying part of our job is when we're able to provide information families can use to find amazing summer programs for their kids.
This past weekend we held a summer camp expo at UCLA where over 1,000 people showed up to meet camp representatives from over 60 day camps and sleepaway camps to find their right camp for their children.
By all accounts it was successful in every way. Here's a quote from Ken F., a Los Angeles resident who attended last Sunday's UCLA Camp Fair with his family:
"The L.A. Camp Fair at UCLA was a win-win for our family. My wife, son-in-law and most important 11 yr old grandson came away with plenty of insight into the vast world of camping. From robots to fencing to sports, to stand-up comedy, to language immersion, to water, land and plenty more activities we have so many options to review. Thanks to you and your staff the show was well organized and upbeat from the moment we were greeted at the door to the reps behind the camp tables. The enthusiasm of adults and kids was palpable throughout the venue. Congrats on a superb effort."
Please note, we're not showing you Ken's description of the UCLA camp fair to pat ourselves on the back. Far from it, and quite the opposite in fact.
Instead we wanted you to see how valuable attending a Camp Fair can be as a resource to help you find a great camp, and more specifically, so you mark your calendars for our next two upcoming Camp Fair events in Thousand Oaks on April 14 and Calabasas April 22, respectively.
The Calabasas and Conejo Valley Camp Fairs will be fun for the whole family!
For those families searching for the perfect summer camp, we highly encourage you to come out to one of our next two Camp Fairs! Both events will be fun for the whole family with games, prizes and free food for everyone, not to mention the best part of all -- meeting and greeting staff from over 50 local and out-of-state summer day camp programs and overnight camps and so many other kinds of camps in between!
We had a GREAT time at last Sunday's L.A. Camp Fair at UCLA!
Despite the rainy weather -- and the last minute move to hold the Camp Fair inside Pauley Pavillion rather than outside the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center -- over 1,000 people attended the Camp Fair! These families got to meet and interact with camp representatives from 62 amazing day camps, overnight camps, and every other kind of camp and summer program you can imagine.
We are so happy to be able to match up so many families with so many wonderful programs. We know you will find a fantastic summer camp experience for your kids this year, simply because you attended the Camp Fair!
But if you were among the hundreds (and hundreds and hundreds and HUNDREDS!) of families who attended Sunday's event, now your real work begins!
After collecting lots of brochures and meeting many people, you now have the task of sorting through all your materials to find a great camp for your child.
Sometimes it can be overwhelming seeing so many camps and people together in one place, so we've compiled a list for you below with links to all the camps who participated at Sunday's Los Angeles Summer Camp Fair. Just click on the links below to visit each camp's website and learn more.
(By the way, the following list is also a great resource for families who may have missed Sunday's UCLA Camp Fair and want to find a super program for their kids this summer!)
Participating Camps and Programs at the L.A. Camp Fair at UCLA on Sunday, March 11, 2018
Thank you again to all who attended and we hope you have an awesome experience at camp this summer!
Camp Quest West is a sleep-away summer camp for curious minds: fun, exploration, science, critical thinking and Humanist values. Learn and grow in a tolerant environment of support, inclusion, and diversity where participants openly discuss what it means to be a skeptic, a scientist, a philosopher, a feminist, a leader, a freethinker, and a Humanist.
You can meet representatives from Camp Quest West and many other overnight summer camps at the upcoming L.A. Camp Fair events on March 11 at UCLA, April 14 in Thousand Oaks and April 22 in Calabasas.
Attending L.A. Camp Fair the free and smart, fast and easy way to find your child's perfect summer program for 2018 because it removes the overwhelming and time-consuming process of spending time visiting hundred's of camp websites, making phone call after call, and sending and receiving countless emails to and from camp directors and then sorting through everything just to find some that interest you.
Instead, at the Camp Fair, you can meet and interact with camp representatives from many of the best summer camps in Los Angeles in person. You can get a much better impression and personal feel for the programs and people you're entrusting your child to this summer when you meet them face to face versus emailing them back and forth!
The L.A. Camp Fair is like a "one-stop-shop" for finding the best camp because instead of spending time tracking down all the camps individually for information, all the camps come to you!
Best of all, the Camp Fair is FREE so grab you free tickets today and we'll see you at our UCLA, Thousand Oaks, or Calabasas (or even better, all THREE) Camp Fair events soon!
Get Five Free Raffle Tickets to Win a FREE Camp Session From Participating Camps at the L.A. Camp Fair
The drawings and raffles will take place at all three of our Camp Fair events, so get your free tickets to whichever event works best for you.
When you arrive at the event, just show your tickets to our staff and get your five free raffle tickets on the spot.
You never know, you might win a free camp session or just for coming to the Camp Fair!
Calabasas Camp Fair: Sunday, April 22 at A.C. Stelle Middle School
If you live in Calabasas or the surrounding communities of Agoura Hills, Malibu, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Studio City, Tarzana, Reseda or anywhere else within a short driving distance of Calabasas, you won't want to miss the L.A. Calabasas Summer Camp Fair.
This FREE event will feature over 60 kids camps and summer programs at A.C. Stelle Middle School on Sunday, April 22 from noon to 3pm.
[FREE Calabasas Camp Fair Tickets]
Attending the Calabasas Camp Fair will be an amazing opportunity to find the perfect summer program for your child in 2018. All the camps will be showcasing their programs and activities and you will have the chance to meet their staffs, pick-up brochures, and gather other valuable information from each one to help you make the best camp choice for your family. With so many camps assembling in one place for your educational benefit, attending the camp fair is like enjoying a "one-stop-shop" for finding the ideal camp for you!
Here's just a sample list of all everything you'll enjoy at the L.A. Camp Fair in Calabasas:
More than Only Calabasas-based Camps!
Though the Camp Fair takes place in Calabasas, please don't think only Calabasas-based camps are attending the event. Far from it!
Here's a current list of all the participating camps so far. As you will see by visiting the various programs' websites, some camps are located directly in Calabasas, others nearby, and others elsewhere, but ALL of them serve Calabasas kids!
More Information, Free Tickets
We wish you all the best in your summer camp search this year. But we also hope we've convinced you what a valuable opportunity attending the L.A. Calabasas Camp Fair would be to help you in your search!
Please feel free to leave us a comment if we can be of further help or you have any questions. And don't forget to grab your FREE tickets to the Camp Fair today...just one ticket admits your whole family and automatically enters you into a drawing to win a free camp session from participating camps.
See you Sunday, April 22 for the Calabasas Camp Fair at A.C. Stelle!
Beautiful Day Camp and Resident Camp in the San Bernadino Mountains
Their beautiful and private 14-acre site is in the middle of the National Forest, therefore, it offers much more than just what is contained within its boundaries.
Camp Nawakwa is ideal for large groups. There are many buildings that can serve as sleeping cabins; the main lodge/dining hall can be used as a roomy in-door meeting area; and there are many quiet outdoor spots to work in or to just enjoy.
The camp has the capacity to house 210 participants year round. Outside of the summer months groups are welcome to rent out the entire facility and perform their own catering or save all the hassles and worries, by leaving the cooking to the camp staff.
If you are looking for a summer day camp, overnight camp or both, consider Camp Nawakwa! Representatives from their program will be available to meet you and answer all your questions at the L.A. Camp Fair at UCLA on Sunday, March 11. Come by and say hello!
Each day hundreds of parents visit our website looking for the perfect Los Angeles summer camp for their kids. We appreciate being considered a valuable resource for families in that regard.
From time to time we get phone calls, asking for tips on picking the right summer program or requesting referrals to some. We always enjoy speaking with parents about the value and benefits of the camp experience and helping them find the right program for their kids.
How We Helped Three Conejo Valley Families Find a Summer Camp
Just yesterday three different parents from Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Oak Park emailed us inquiring about local summer camp opportunities. These families had kids ranging in age from three to fifteen, and their all questions were pretty much the same: Where could they find some really good summer camps in the Conejo Valley?
That's an easy question to answer! Come to the L.A. Conejo Valley Camp Fair and meet staff from over 50 programs all in one place.
What's the Conejo Valley Camp Fair?
In a nutshell, the Conejo Valley Camp Fair is the biggest and best summer camp expo for kids and families in the Conejo Valley area.
Presented by L.A. Camp Fair 2018, the Conejo Valley Camp Fair takes place Saturday, April 14 at Conejo Creek North Park in Thousand Oaks. The Conejo Valley Camp Fair is a totally free summer camp expo where over 50 camps and programs will all come together "under one roof" to showcase their programs and activities for summer 2018.
There will be day camps, overnight camps, sports camps, acting camps, music camps, gymnastics camps, Jewish camps, science camps -- you name it! All kinds of camps and programs will be there, and many will be doing live demonstrations and sample activities at their booths so your child can experience the exact same activities they'll be doing at camp this summer.
You'll also be to get brochures and other promotional materials from all the camps, participate in raffles and drawings to win free camp sessions from many of the programs, enjoy great food and have an all- around fun day at this free event.
Attending the Conejo Valley Camp is by far the easiest, most convenient, and efficient way to find the perfect summer program for your child because it provides the opportunity for you to meet so many camp directors from various programs at the same time. Isn't that a whole lot better than contacting each camp individually for information? Of course it is! : )
Which Camps are Attending the Conejo Valley Camp Fair?
It's important to note that while the Conejo Valley Camp Fair will feature many local camps and programs, you'll also meet many camp counselors, directors and staff members from out-of town-camps, too.
Here is a current list of all the camps attending the Conejo Valley Camp Fair. This is only a partial list and growing by the day! There will be more camps than this exhibiting at the Camp Fair in Conejo Valley.
Are Children Welcome at the Camp Fair?
Absolutely! This will be a fun, informative, festive event designed for your whole family. Your kids will love meeting all the enthusiastic camp counselors from the participating camps, and we will have many fun activities and great food for them to enjoy too. It will be a family-friendly day all around!
Conejo Valley Camp Fair Location: Creek North Park, Thousand Oaks
The Conejo Valley Camp Fair takes place at the Lakeside Pavillion in Conejo Creek North Park. Admission is entirely free. When you enter the park, follow the access road all the way around until you see the Lakeside Pavilion. There will be people, cars, canopies and fun activities taking place everywhere, just like you'd imagine at a carnival or festival. When you arrive at the Camp Fair, please check in with our friendly Camp Fair staff at the welcome booth to pick up a free directory of all the participating camps and then start making your way around to visit all the booths. You shouldn't have any trouble finding the park, but just in case, we're including a map below for your reference.
Tickets and Parking
Admission to the Conejo Valley Camp Fair is totally free and so is parking with over 200 free parking spaces nearby. But even though admission to the Camp Fair is free, we suggest grabbing free tickets ahead of time because your free ticket automatically enters you into our raffles and drawings to win free merchandise (and even free camp!) from participating camps. When you arrive at the Camp Fair, just show you tickets to any Camp Fair representative on site and they will check you in and hand you your raffle tickets for the drawing.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the Conejo Valley Camp Fair! It's going be a great time!
L.A's filled with an amazing variety of summer camp opportunities for kids. The types and programs and activities are endless. While many kids are perfectly happy attending a traditional camp experience where they get to enjoy a diverse set of camp activities such as horseback riding and archery, other kids may have more focused interests. We've highlighted three popular beach-themed summer day camp options in the L.A. area for kids. Click through to their websites for more information, or meet them in person at the upcoming L.A. Summer Camp Fair and Expo in March and April.
Aloha Beach Camp
Established in 1999, Aloha Beach Camp Summer Day Camp is a veritable aquatic playground for kids and teens. This camp bills itself as L.A's most comprehensive aquatic summer camp, and we can see why. The camp takes place at a wide variety of Malibu beaches like Zuma and Paradise Cove, plus day trips to Castaic Lake. Hurricane Harbor and other fun aquatic venues on a rotating basis where campers enjoy surfing lessons, boogie boarding instruction, jet skiing activities and more. Free transportation on buses and vans is provided. The camp also offers a 100% money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied. www.alohabeachcamp.com
Sandy Days Kids Camp
Fitness by the Sea
L.A. Camp Fair 2018 is a summer camp expo in Los Angeles featuring over 100 summer day camps, sleepaway camps, specialty camps and many other kinds of fun and exciting programs where families can connect live in person with camp counselors, staff and other representatives from the exhibiting camps and learn about their programs.
Attending a Camp Fair is one of the most (if not THE most) convenient and informative ways to find out about all the available summer camp opportunities for your child because Camp Fairs provide an environment where so many different camps all come together under one roof to share and discuss their programs and activities with you and to see if their program would be a good fit for your son or daughter this summer.
In fact, many of the participating summer camps will be doing sample live activities and demonstrations at their booths so your child can get a "sneak peak" at the actual activities they'd enjoy at camp this summer.
Where Does the L.A. Camp Fair Take Place?
The Camp Fair takes place at three different locations in greater L.A. on three separate dates this year in March and April. No matter where you live in L.A., you'll find a convenient Camp Fair event near you.
Camp Fair Tickets are Entirely Free
Several parents have reached out to us inquiring about whether L.A. Camp Fair tickets cost money. The answer is no! Tickets to all three camp fair events are entirely free, and just one ticket will admit your whole family to any of the three Camp Fairs.
What happens if you show up to the Camp Fair without tickets? No worries, you won't be turned away! To the contrary, you'll be welcomed with open arms to any or all three L..A. Camp Fair events whether or not you show up at the door with tickets. But we suggest getting tickets beforehand for two reasons.
First, reserving your tickets ahead of time helps us know how many families to expect at each event. We want to make sure we have the right amount of games, food, activities and everything else, so your advance ticket helps us plan better for the right number of people.
Second, your free Camp Fair ticket automatically enters you into drawings and raffles to win gifts, prizes, and even free camp sessions from participating camp exhibitors
Free Tickets to One, Two or All Three Camp Fair Events
Here's where to get your free tickets to the L.A. Camp Fair. You can reserve your tickets today and they'll will be emailed to you immediately, and you can print them out or even download them and/or save them to your phone so you don't have ever have to print them in the first place. Upon your arrival at the Camp Fair, just show your ticket to one of our helpful L.A. Camp Fair concierges and we'll give you a bunch or free raffle tickets on the spot.
Many families view specialty camps as all the rage, but L.A. has its fair share of traditional summer camp camps, too. In fact these types of programs have been a staple for Los Angeles children to enjoy every summer for years.
One such program is Young Set Club.
For over 30 years, Young Set Club has provided a hands-on experience where campers choose from a variety of activities, have opportunity to progressively build skills, and gain a sense of belonging. Their camp leaders -- their counselors and staff -- build a culture that encourages everyone to help each other become more creative and thrive in a fun and supportive camp environment.
Young set club is a traditional summer day camp located in Thousand Oaks. To learn more about the Young Set Club's program and meet their staff in person, come to the L.A. Camp Fair on Saturday, April 14 at Conejo Creek North Park.
Not only will you meet representatives from Young Set Club, there will be many other excellent camps and programs who operate summer camps in Los Angeles just like theirs for you to discover.
The L.A. Camp Fair is free and fun for everyone and will be an exciting event for the whole family, so be sure to join the fun on April 14.
Blog posts by Cora Carter of L.A. Summer Camps.com
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