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. 2019 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 2019!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

When Will Our Summer Activity Schedules Be Published?

A few families have inquired as to when we'll have our 2019 daily activity schedules finalized for our three summer camp programs. Shouldn't be long. In fact we anticipate having them all done in a week or two. We'll post them here. You'll be the first to know!

Meet Us at an Upcoming Live Event: Camp Fairs, Open Houses and More

Three boys boogie boarding side by side at summer camp.
We hope you'll meet us at one of our upcoming live events. Sometimes the process of how to choose a camp is foreign to many; while in other cases it's flat-out frustrating and confusing to know whether you're picking the right one because there's just so many available options.

Meeting the camp director and camp counselor in person can help you decide whether you feel the right "connection" between you and the people who will be caring for your child this summer.

Aloha Beach Camp will be exhibiting our programs at four different live events this winter and spring. We hope you'll join us!

Boy boogie boarding the waves with other kids swimming in the background at Zuma Beach.

Keep in mind these might not be the only live events we're attending this year. You might see us at even more, these are just the ones we have scheduled right now.

And please remember, if you are unable to make any of these events for whatever reason, we're always available to meet you at the beach for a private tour for you and your friends; feel free to leave us a comment below and we'll gladly set it up with you.

Monday, January 7, 2019

It Might Be Raining, But People are Signing up for Camp Like Crazy!

Don't let all this rainy weather fool you. Aloha Beach Camp is already filling up! We're only 7 days into the New Year (today is Monday, January 7, 2019) but over 40 registrations came in just this past weekend alone.

We're in the business of making Happy Campers! But we assure you, we always end up with at least some "unhappy campers" every year because their parents waited too long to sign up for camp.

Four Aloha Beach Camp kids with their Camp Counselor Jessica standing on the beach with the ocean in the background. They're all wearing matching light blue zync on their noses. Color coordinated!

Now please don't worry -- yet. We still have space for your child this summer, and you can probably still get your first choice of days/dates as long as you sign up soon.

But we HIGHLY suggest you don't wait too much longer. We always advise making early summer camp registration a priority for you, because we don't want your child to miss out!

We have a bunch of fun activities going on for our 2019 summer camp program, so grab your child's space today.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

What is the Job of Your Child's Camp Counselor?

Your child's camp counselor has many roles and responsibilites. Here are the Top 3.

1. To Keep (and Make them Feel) Safe

Protecting your child's safety is the number one job of any camp counselor. Your child must not only be safe at all times, but they need to feel safe and secure at camp, too. Your child's counselor should be taking role, doing head counts, and making sure all games and activities your camper's participating in are safe and free of hazards. Of course, 100% of the risk cannot be eliminated in any aspect of life, but at the same time, your child's camp counselor must leave no stone unturned with respect to safety, and must supervise, protect and care for your child as if they were their own.

2. To be a Role Model

Children are impressionable. They look up to adult supervisors and authority figures and model their behavior. If your child's counselor talks a certain way, or acts a certain way, your child may begin assuming the same attributes. To this end, it's imperative your child's counselor act with maturity, make responsible decisions, treat everyone with kindness and respect, and be cognizant that your child is watching.

3. To Make Sure they Have Fun

For a child, going to camp means having fun! Sometimes just being at camp with all the activities and new friends can be fun enough, but a good camp counselor can make it better. The best camp counselors play with the kids and participate in all the activities, and deep down inside may themselves still be a kid at heart. The best camp counselors set goals for themselves before the summer starts, and making sure their campers have fun is always as the top of the list. If your child's counselor did their job right, your child will look back on their camp experience all through their life and remember that amazing camp counselor who made the experience so fun.

Friday, January 4, 2019

When is the Right Time to Sign Up for Camp?

Let's get to the point quickly ... whenever you feel comfortable signing up for camp is the right time for you.

In other words, you should not feel rushed into making a decision about camp. Don't EVER let the camp director push you into a situation you're uncomfortable with. Making a summer camp decision for your child isn't one to take lightly. If you need time to think about it, you should definitely feel free to take all the time you need.

Large group of campers and their camp counselor on the beach at Aloha Beach Camp

And yet, there's a few other factors to be cognizant of at the same time. One of the bigger ones is that the longer you wait, the greater the risk the camp you want will be sold out. Most summer camps have a finite number of available enrollment slots, and when the last spot's gone, it's gone for good. Many of the popular programs typically sell out sooner rather than later, so a conversation with the camp director about space availability is always helpful.

Of course, this all presupposes you already know which camp you want your child to attend this year. If you're unsure, or need help finding a suitable program for your child, we suggest attending a Camp Fair -- similar to a wedding expo, but for camps! -- where you can meet representatives from dozens of different programs and learn about their offerings all in one place.

Attend the L.A. Summer Camp Fair!

Large banner promoting the Los Angeles summer camps fairs for 2019

Aloha Beach Camp -- and about 50 or more other camps and programs locally and from out of state -- will be on display at the upcoming L.A. Camp Fairs.

The Camp Fairs encompass three different events where you can go booth to booth meeting all the various camp directors and camp counselors, ask questions, get free brochures, and compare all the different program opportunities available for your kids this summer. It's like a "one-stop-shop" to find a great camp for you, because all the camps and program vendors are coming together under one roof to showcase their programs just for you! And the Camp Fairs are totally free!

 Here are the dates and locations of the L.A. Camp Fair events this year:

When you arrive at the Camp Fairs, please remember to visit us! Aloha Beach Camp will be exhibiting at all three Camp Fairs, so be sure to pick up a program directory from the Camp Fair organizers at the welcome booth when you walk in. Then follow the map right to our booth and we will have some fun and exciting surprises for you! For instance, you can spin our "Wheel of Fortune" and do other games and activities at our booth ... and you might even win free camp!

But remember, even if you don't choose Aloha Beach Camp for your kids this summer, we want your child to go to camp somewhere. So make sure you visit all the booths and discover all the great camps exhibiting at the Camp Fairs.

It'll will be fun and educational experience for the whole family!