The Best Traditional Summer Camps in L.A.

The Best Traditional Summer Camps in L.A.

January 6, 2022

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Whether you’ve got a renaissance kid who loves to try a little bit of everything or just a fan of all camp activities, traditional summer camp is the way to go. Traditional summer day camp remains a staple of childhood, and provides the perfect opportunity to get your kids to enjoy the outdoors without screens. It’s a win win!

Here are some of the best traditional camps you can find in Los Angeles.

Be sure to check in with all the camps listed for info on their COVID protocols and schedule for summer 2022. Many camps are still TBD, we will update as more info becomes available.

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Westside and Beach Cities Traditional Camps

Camp Awesome

Endless beach activities for kids ages four to 13 are the staple of this summer program—sports, crafting, exercises, water training, and more!

Playa del Rey: 6677 Pacific Ave, Playa del Rey, CA 90293.

Redondo Beach: George Freeth Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Sandy Days

Designed for kids ages four to 14, Sandy Days is a youth camp located on the beach in Pacific Palisades that provides all the quintessential fun, including gymnastics, dance, arts and crafts, and more. 

Address: 15800 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.

Tumbleweed

With a long history extending across 60 years, Tumbleweed is one of the most famous summer camps in Los Angeles. Aimed at kids up to 2nd grade, campers will get to experience the beautiful surrounding nature of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Address: 1024 Hanley Ave Los Angeles CA 90049.

San Fernando Valley Traditional Camps

Cali Camp

A day camp designed for kids as young as three up to 15, Cali Camp offers all the activities you’d expect of a summer camp—arts and crafts, hiking, swimming, ropes courses, and even go-carts!

Address: 1717 Old Topanga Canyon Rd., Topanga, CA 90290.

Camp Woodland Hills

Part of Woodland Hills Private School provides three different camp experiences—Junior, for Kindergarten campers, Explorer, for 1st and 2nd grade, and Adventure for children from 3rd to 6th grade. Activities include all the classics like lanyards, leatherwork, woodwork, weaving, as well as talent shows and spirit days.

Address: 22555 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

Camp Wildfolk

A project-based learning camp, Camp Wildfolk encourages creativity and budding interests in children. It consists of four different programs for kids in pre-K up to 7th grade, as well as leadership training for teens.

Address: 12020 Burbank Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607, USA.

San Gabriel Valley Traditional Camps

Tom Sawyer Camp

With nearly a century of experience, Tom Sawyer camps are a solid and reliable youth camp for summer fun. They have three programs—Pre-Camp, Day Camp, and Outpost.

Address: 707 W. Woodbury Rd, Suite F, Altadena, CA 91001.

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Steve & Kate’s Camp

Designed for children ages four to 12, Steve & Kate’s Camp has multiple locations across LA County. The camp is unique in that it focuses on allowing kids to choose the activities they’d like to do, rather than following a set schedule.

Address: Multiple locations are available here. 

LA Parks

The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks runs some of the best and most affordable summer camps available within the Los Angeles area. Check out this list of Parks and Rec. day camps available near you. 

Camp Galileo

Galileo Camps operate across the country within many neighborhood schools. It has over 50 locations and offers art, science, and outdoor games activities all centered around encouraging kids to think outside the box and become more innovative as they use their imaginations.

Address: Take a look at their multiple locations here.

YMCA Camp

Nothing more reliable than the well-known and all-time favorite local YMCA Summer Camp. Affordable rates for a classic camp experience, with activities varying according to location.

Address: Find your local YMCA Camp here.

Have you tried any of our summer camp recommendations? Share your experiences with other LA parents in our Local Anchor Facebook group!

Looking for more summer camp options? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps In Los Angeles.

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