Thank you for visiting Aloha Beach Camp's summer camp blog. Aloha Beach Camp is an aquatic-focused day camp program for kids and teens ages 4 to 14 in Los Angeles, California. 2015 Summer Camp activities include surfing lessons, boogie boarding, ocean swimming lessons, tubing, jet skiing and more at Zuma Beach and Paradise Cove in Malibu, and Castaic Lake in Valencia (just outside L.A.) plus other amazing aquatic venues. Join us for summer camp 2015!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Top 10 Day Camps in Los Angeles

Proud moment here! Aloha Beach Camp was just named the #1 summer day camp in Los Angeles by the venerable website! :)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Beach Camp Ocean Safety Tip: Never Swim Alone

Ocean safety is a big part of Aloha Beach Camp's summer program. One of the points we really stress to kids is to never swim alone.

Instead, they should always enter the water with a group of friends AND their camp counselor.

Three little girls and their camp counselor holding hands entering the ocean at Aloha Beach Camp in Malibu.

There's safety in numbers, especially in the water.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Aloha Beach Camp "Popsicle Jump"

Teenage girls jumping together off the back of a boat playing the Popsicle Jump game at Aloha Beach Camp summer camp.
Aloha Beach Camp kids love to play the "Popsicle Jump" game at Castaic Lake.
We used to do this activity every Wednesday at Castaic Lake. Haven't done it for many years, can't remember why, but the kids loved it so much we're gonna bring it back again this summer.

The way it works is, campers are divided up into three or four groups of several campers each. Each group takes turns jumping into the lake (wearing their life vests, of course!) from the back of the dock. 

As the campers jump into the air, they scream "POPSICLE JUMP" as loudly as possible before landing in the water. 

The group that screams the loudest wins free Popsicles at snack time for a whole week! Good times!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to Stand Up on Your Surfboard the Very First Time You Try

Boy camper surfing at Zuma Beach in Malibu with the assistance of Aloha Beach Camp surf instructor Matthew Duda.Matt
Parents often ask us how we can guarantee kids will be able to stand up on their surfboards the very first time they try. We're won't give away all our secrets, but suffice to say our counselors are skilled at helping campers ride their boards from the ocean to the shore even if they've never surfed before.

What Kind of Buses Do You Use?

People are often curious about what kinds of buses we use to provide our summer camp transportation service. In general we just use regular yellow school buses because they are widely considered to be the safest vehicles for carrying kids. Here's a photo: