Welcome to Aloha Beach Camp!

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. 2017 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 2017!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

What is Aloha Beach Camp?

We took a crack and an animated video. Not bad if we do say so ourselves (at least for the first go-around). We'll make a few adjustments and improvements, then repost later. For now, enjoy!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What Does "First Come, First Served" Really Mean?

We are posting this update because Summer Camp Application deadlines are approaching and we are receiving an extraordinary amount of emails from families who want to sign up for camp.

We do our best to respond to inquiries and process registrations promptly. At present, however, due to the sheer amount of interest in our 2017 summer program, we are averaging 1-2 business days to reply to emails, respond to inquiries, and process Camp Registrations.

As such, we will continue to process inquiries, materials, and Camp Registration Forms in the order they are received. Email is our preferred method of communication this time of year because it allows us to "time-stamp" your inquiry, your camper's Registration Form, and our reply. Faxes to (818) 337-2423 will also be time-stamped.

As you know, Aloha Beach Camp is only a small camp with limited space and we enroll campers on a strict first-come, first-served basis. This means your child's Camp Registration Form will be considered based on the date and time we receive it, NOT the date or time it's processed by our office. That means the families who sign up sooner rather than later stand the best chance of getting in. 

Please feel free to leave a comment here or email us at info@alohabeachcamp.com with any questions and we will get back to you ASAP. You can also text us at (818) 919-0833 for immediate assistance. This line is for texting only. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Top 20 On-the-Sand Activities at Aloha Beach Camp

Four campers with sunscreen all over their face after playing the "Sunscreen Soda" game.

As you probably already know, Aloha Beach Camp's summer program centers around the ocean. We offer a wide-variety of aquatic sports activities campers can pick and choose from. And sometimes, for one reason or another, kids might prefer spending time on the sand instead of in the water.

Even though our program's known for surfing and boogie boarding fun, there's tons of things for kids
A camper plays the "Jumping over the Boogie Board" games her counselor holds the boogie boards
to do on the sand too. In fact, campers could spend the whole day on the beach and never get bored. Believe it or not, many do just that!

The wide selection of land-based activities should make any camper happy who might be looking for alternative things to do if they want to have a break from spending time in the ocean.

Here's a partial list of some camp activities kids can enjoy at Aloha on the sand:

  1. Comsic Water Slide
  2. Sunscreen Soda
  3. Hurricane Popcorn
  4. Beach Hikes
  5. Digging for Sand Crabs
  6. Metal Detectors
  7. Surfing on the Sand
  8. Beach Twister
  9. Fishing
  10. Paint the Counselors
  11. Camper Talent Shows
  12. BBQ Cookouts
  13. Capture the Flag
  14. Flag Football
  15. Beach Soccer
  16. Candy Lei Making
  17. Arts and Crafts
  18. Lanyard Making
  19. Boogie Board Painting
  20. Relay Races

Teenage camper fishing off the Santa Monica Pier Remember, the above list is only a small sample of many available beach and land activities available at Aloha Beach Camp. We've got over 150 more.

So just as a friendly reminder, when your child attends Aloha Beach Camp, they child can spend the WHOLE day in the ocean if that's their preference, or they can do unlimited numbers of fun beach and land activities, too.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Are we adding a bus stop in Pasadena this summer?

Aloha Beach Camp's Pasadena Summer Camp bus
Yesterday we were chatting online (on our website) with a potential camp parent who was interested in our transportation program. She was asking whether we could add a new bus stop in the Pasadena area this summer because her son and three of his friends would like to attend Aloha Beach Camp.

I am happy and excited to explain to you exactly what I explained to her.

For many years (at least the past 6 or 8) we've hoped (and even attempted a few times) to add a summer camp bus stop in Pasadena so campers living in Altadena, Sierra Madre, La Canada Flintridge, and the surrounding areas could enjoy the Aloha Beach Camp experience without needing to drive too far to meet the bus at an existing stop like they do now.
Unfortunately, for one reason or another, we have not been able to figure out (logistically, anyway) the best way to do this, so we have simply not offered a pick-up point in the Pasadena area.

This might be changing for summer 2017!

We've spent the last several weeks working extremely hard to make our bus routes more efficient for the coming summer while determining the best way to add more pick-up and drop-off points, Pasadena included.

But not just in Pasadena.

We are hoping to include bus stop meeting points in the Burbank, Loz Feliz, and Glendale areas, too. This will help make the Aloha Beach Camp experience more accessible for everyone!

Now if you live in one of these areas, please don't get too excited -- yet. We have quite a bit of work to do before we can definitively say transportation will be available in these areas this summer. But we are getting closer and will make a specific announcement in a few weeks. Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

How we Define, "The Best Camp Experience Possible"

We often get contacted by journalists, bloggers, and various publications this time of year who want to interview us for articles they're writing about camp.

Today a writer named Jenna called to tell me she's compiling information for an upcoming article she's writing called, "How to find the Best L.A. Summer Camps for Kids and Teens."

Since Jenna's interviewing several other camp directors besides me and her article won't be done for a few more weeks, she asked me not to mention too much publicly about it till later. But I can tell you this.

One of the questions Jenna asked me was, "What exactly are you trying to accomplish through the Aloha Beach Camp program?

The answer is simple. We want make sure campers have the best camp experience possible. "The best camp experience possible" means making sure our campers make tons of new friends, bond with their camp counselors, learn new aquatic skills, create many happy memories and want to come back for more the following year.

If we don't accomplish at least these minimum outcomes, we don't feel like we've done our job. We'd be letting our campers down if they don't leave Aloha Beach Camp saying our program was the most fun they've ever had at any camp, EVER.

That's our pledge to Jenna... and to you. We hope you'll try Aloha this year to see what all the fun's about. But if your whole family doesn't love the Aloha Beach Camp experience, we don't deserve to keep your money. We'll give you 100%, no questions asked, money back refund on the spot whenever you decide.

That's our Happy Camper Guarantee, and it's only available at Aloha Beach Camp!