Bonding activities approaching as weather warms
By Jordan Rogers
It’s that time again. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and summer is around the corner. After two years of social distancing, COVID-19 restrictions are continuing to ease. It’s not too early to narrow down which summer camps are right for your children — and guaranteed to get them excited again about the joys of friendly camp bonding.
Summer camps have a plethora of benefits for kids of all ages. They provide opportunities to build self-esteem, make new friends, gain independence and try new activities. Whether it’s a program that encourages kids to unplug and enjoy the outdoors or tackle athletic activities like horseback riding, the decision-making process can sometimes be intimidating.
Arroyo Magazine has compiled a list of area camps guaranteed to pack in the fun, education and life-lasting memories.
600 Stoney Drive, South Pasadena
Camp Adventurewood is comprised of 100% “open air” activities. Boys and girls ages 4-13 are welcome to participate in the camp, which offers activities such as archery, canoeing, horse-drawn wagon rides and treasure hunts, among others. Parents have the option to enroll their children in a six-week program under a daily format, a Monday/Wednesday/Friday format, or a Tuesday/Thursday format. The camp offers a 6:1 camper-to-counselor ratio to exercise the option of offering a larger variety of activities with more individual supervision.
Camp Beyond the Classroom
304 Pasadena Avenue,
Camp Beyond the Classroom is a weekly camp for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade that offers fun and creative outdoor activities such as water games and scavenger hunts. The camp has a different theme, special guest and field trip over the course of nine weeks beginning at the start of July and finishing up at the beginning of August. Some themes are Camp Safari, Culinary School and Spy Camp. Depending on the week, children will take field trips to the Los Angeles Zoo, the Aquarium of the Pacific and Knotts Berry Farm.
Camp Kids Klub
1515 S. Garfield Avenue, Pasadena
626-441-2688 | campkidsklub.com
Camp Kids Klub is all about friendships. The summer camp holds team-building exercises every Monday morning to get campers familiar with one another, thus creating friendships at a rapid rate. Camp Kids Klub offers three unique age groups: the “Pioneers,” which is entering kindergarden through second grade, the “Mountaineers,” which is entering third grade through fifth grade, and the “Teens on the Move,” which is entering sixth grade through ninth grade. Each camp is planned accordingly as it pertains to each age group. Weekly themes, dress-up days and field trips are just some of the activities offered at this weekly summer camp.
Camp Galileo Pasadena
651 Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena
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Camp Galileo believes children who build creative confidence lead them on to a life that is filled with meaning and happiness. At this innovation-fueled summer camp, parents can enroll their children in five different age groups: the “Nebulas,” which is pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, the “Stars,” which is first and second graders, the “Supernovas,” which third and fourth graders, the “Meteors,” which is fifth and sixth graders, and the “Counselors in Training” program, which is incoming seventh graders to 10th graders.
Anderson Adventure Camp H2O
360 N. Arroyo Boulevard,
Anderson Adventure Camp H2O is held at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, where children entering first grade through seventh grade will be welcome to attend. This weeklong camp offers a wide array of activities such as arts and crafts, board games, swim lessons and sports, among others. Kids will also get the chance to do different activities if they so choose, such as soccer, kickball, dodgeball and more. Field trips will be taken throughout the week, depending on the age group, to places such as Knott’s Berry Farm, Soak City and Dave & Buster’s.
Kiddie Academy of Pasadena
169 N. Halstead Street, Pasadena
The Kiddie Academy of Pasadena is offering a summer camp program for children ages 5 to 12 years old. The summer camp will be centered around their trademarked “Life Essentials” curriculum through helping kids make connections to the world around them. The camp aims to be fun yet educational through hands-on activities, field trips and weekly themed events. Age-appropriate meals and snacks will be provided for children to eat on a daily basis.
615 E. Mariposa Street, Altadena
Camp Mariposa is a Girl Scout summer camp that offers young girls a safe space to form friendships, discover more about themselves, lean into new opportunities and more. At this day camp, girls from kindergarten to sixth grade can explore science in a STEAM Lab, go on nature exploration trips, experience outdoor cooking, games and themed activities, arts and crafts, and more over the course of nine different day camps throughout the months of late June, July and early August.
3697 N. Fair Oaks Avenue,
Summerkids Camp is a weeklong summer camp that welcomes children entering kindergarten through sixth graders, regardless of age. Some activities that children will get the opportunity to choose from are archery, swimming and hiking. This camp is held on a real-life campground. Occasional themed days such as Superhero Day, Circus Day and Crazy Backwards Day encourage collaboration between children of similar age.
Summer of Surf
2351 Braeburn Road, Altadena
Summer of Surf is a surf and beach camp starting at the beginning of June and will end in late August. Children ages 7 and up get the opportunity to spend a day at the beach learning how to surf, Boogie Board, swim and play beach games. This weeklong camp provides the surfboard/bodyboard, wetsuit, beach games, sunscreen, snacks and shade for children throughout the day. It offers a low camper-to-counselor ratio and is partnered with The Deluxe Charter Bus to provide transportation to and from the beach.
Tom Sawyer Camps
707 Woodbury Road, Site F, Altadena
Tom Sawyer Camps offers three different camps over the course of nine weeks that are broken into one- and two-week segments. The “Pre Camp” is available for ages 3 to 5, “Day Camp” is offered to children in kindergarten to fourth grade, and “Outpost” is set for campers in fifth to eighth grades. These camps are different depending on the camp, as each activity and premise of the camp is age appropriate. “Pre Camp” aims to introduce children to the open outdoors while offering introductory horse-riding lessons and swimming lessons. “Day Camp” takes the next step on those horse-riding and swimming lessons while offering competitive but friendly group rivalry through adventures, old-fashioned games and nature activities. “Outpost” camp offers horseback riding and swimming as well, but children are also introduced to rock climbing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. This camp is meant to be a more rugged and challenging camp than the previous two.