• Need more information?

    Click here to fill out our online information form.
  • Posts found under: Los Angeles Summer Camp Archives |

    What Do We Really Do All Year

    You see us running around all summer long, playing, laughing, micromanaging…but have you wondered what it is that our camp staff does outside of the summer months?  After a few busy months, what is it that we all do when the kids head back to school and the weather cools down?  Contrary to popular belief, we do not make like a bear and hibernate for the cold months, nor do we travel to the southern hemisphere to get a second dose of summer camp.  Instead, we spend our entire year devoted to the thing we love most: camp.  For some of us who are lucky enough to make a life out of camp, we get the pleasure of working hard all year long to get ready for each and every camper that comes through our gates and for the exciting summer that is to come. As busy as we are during the summer, our non-summer months have become nearly as hectic as we constantly add to our camp to-do lists.  Here are a few of the items on the long list of things we do when camp is not in session:

    Get in contact with other camps

    The camp community is like a huge family, and throughout the year, camp directors and camp staff work together to make sure that the summer runs smoothly for every summer camp.  In the off season, we work to build a network of camps that support each other all year round.   At camp conferences and events, we get a chance to meet with other camp staff and to learn important new skills and guidelines for summer camps. Building positive relationships with other camps means that there is always someone to bounce ideas off of or to help answer tricky questions.  Plus, it sure is fun to hang out with other people who love camp as much as we do!

    Hire staff

    Our counselors are what make camp great, and recruiting high-quality counselors is a huge priority in the off season.  Every year, we go to great lengths to make sure that our counselors and staff are the very best around.  Whereas many jobs have a simple, quick recruitment and hiring process, hiring for a summer camp job often requires traveling around the world, college visits, and several rounds of interviews.  Even after potential staff members have been interviewed at length, background checks have to be processed and references must be checked.  Although it is time consuming, hiring and getting to know our new staff members is one of the most rewarding parts of our off season.

    Prep and plan

    They say that Rome wasn’t built in a day, but if you ask us, the saying should be camp wasn’t planned in a day.  As soon as the last camper gets loaded onto the bus at the end of the camp season, we begin planning for the next summer.  Every aspect of each camp session has to be perfectly organized and coordinated.  We brainstorm for weeks around spirit days, evening programs, campfires, and all the events in between.  Just when we start to think we have it all figured out, we shift our focus to the most appetizing area of our planning- our meal menus.  Once we are sure that our vegetable-to-dessert ratios are perfectly balanced, we move on to planning bunks, making sure every camper will be happy in their cabin group.  Although all the planning gets exhausting, watching camp run like a well-oiled machine makes it all worth it.

    Reach out to campers

    Our campers mean the world to us, so spending time talking to our campers and their families is one of our favorite ways to spend our time.  Throughout the year, we constantly field emails, chat on the phone, plan visits, and find various other ways to make sure we stay in touch with our past campers and start to build relationships with potential campers.  We love to hear our veteran campers’ feedback from their summer at camp and their excitement for the next summer.  We also spend time reaching out to potential future campers to let them know about camp and all of its glory.  Camp tours, home visits, and community events are great opportunities for families to get a good taste of camp, and for us to begin getting to know our future campers. We even attend camp fairs all over the country in hopes that we will be able to share camp with more and more eager kids each year!

    The ultimate goal of the off season is to make sure that we go into each summer feeling prepared, invigorated, and excited for the triumphs and challenges that are to come.  While the non-summer months are an incredible amount of work, as soon as our campers arrive and we see those radiant smiles on their faces, we are instantly reassured that it was worth all of the blood, sweat, and tears.  Speaking of which, we we had better get back to work, the spirit days aren’t going to plan themselves and there are checklists calling our names!

    Read more...

    Back to Camp 2017

    Back To Camp has come and gone, and the official countdown to summer 2017 has begun! The weekend was filled with laughter, new friends, plenty of hot chocolate, and even some snow!

    Counselors traveled from around the country to join in on the amazing weekend back at camp. On Saturday morning we picked up a bus load of eager campers, some veterans and some first timers, from Los Angeles and made our way up to Canyon Creek.

    Once we arrived, the campers met their counselors and began to settle into their new bunks. After a quick lunch, we were out at the soccer field playing a camp classic; Barnacle! You could tell the campers were in for a fun weekend as they followed the counselors instructions to act like a mermaid, roll around on their back like a ‘crazy crab’, or to pile into the largest make believe boat and sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”.

    The rest of the afternoon was filled with Free Choice activities ranging from Arts & Crafts to Minibikes to Soccer; there was something for every camper!

    Back To Camp always holds a special place in our hearts as a time to remember what we miss about the days of summer camp. At Back To Camp it feels as if anything is possible. There’s a special magic in the air, even the hot chocolate tastes a little better! 🙂

    Saturday night found our Back To Campers in a lively game of Bingo which somehow turned into a spontaneous karaoke/dance party in between each number called.

    After an electric first campfire that saw classics such as “Moose Alpaca” and “Ronald McDonald” belted out from our oldest campers to our newest, the campers made their way back to the bunks for a much deserved sleep.

    Sunday saw our campers tackle the heights of the ropes course, race around the go kart track, and try their hand at scoring a bullseye at archery.

    The surprise of the weekend was after lunch…a Winter Wonderland! Being a sleep away camp located in Souther California, we don’t see much snow during the year, but that didn’t stop us from bringing in the ‘white stuff’.

    There was a snowman building contest, snowball toss, and of course…sledding! Campers took turns flying down the sled run and then making their way over to the snowman building area.  Appropriately enough, the Winter Wonderland ended in a big snowball fight!

    Back To Camp is a taste of summer packed into one weekend, which meant Sunday night was Lip Sync! During the summer, cabins select their Lip Sync song, but this weekend we switched things up! Counselors picked from a bag of songs and had to make up a performance based on what song they selected. To say it was a huge hit would be an understatement!

    The cabins brought so much energy to songs like, “Don’t Stop Believing” and “It’s Tearin’ Up My Heart”.  Each performance seemed to bring the house down and it was a definite highlight to the weekend.

    The power of camp is a special thing to witness, and this weekend was no different. In just three short days we saw new friendships form, fears conquered, and memories made. The only thing that it made us long for were the days of summer.

    Another Back To Camp has come and gone and that has us counting down the days until we are reunited back at The Creek this summer. The only question is…will you be there?!

    Read more...

    Healthy Habits You Learn At An Overnight Summer Camp

    Overnight Summer Camp is full of fun, sun, and games, but camp can also help children to pick up some important healthy habits. While most kids at camp are more focused on taking on new adventures and meeting new friends, healthy habits are developed naturally during a stay most California summer camps. While at camp, children are given endless opportunities to make decisions and push their own limits, which can ultimately lead to the development of healthy habits. Here are four of the many healthy practices that kids might learn from their time spent at camp.

    Making smart food choices

    Camp often presents itself as the first time a child gets to experience true food freedom. While counselors and camp staff might suggest healthy meal choices, when the options are endless, kids will often test the limits. Although loading up a plate with pizza and french fries might yield some short-term tummy trouble, kids ultimately learn from their unhealthy food choices and figure out how to find balance in their diet. In time, allowing children some freedom in what they eat, as is often the case at camp, can help children to develop healthy eating habits that will keep them choosing healthful options and feeling great in the future.

    Staying active

    Kids today spend more time in front of a screen than any generation of children in the past, and thus our kids spend less time being active and outdoors. At this Overnight Summer Camp, where the distraction of computers, televisions, and phones are removed, kids can truly discover the fun there is to be had beyond the screen. With the fast pace of a day at camp, kids are swept up into activities that they might have previously shown no interest in. All summer long, even the most resistant campers gain interest in sports, art, dance, music, and so much more. Although these interests might or might not have been born at camp, the experience of a summer free of screen time forces kids to think outside the box when trying to stay occupied. Camp kids enjoy more than just a summer of engaging activity- camp often inspires children to continue exploring their interests and to stay moving all year long.

    Getting rest when needed

    Children, especially when in exciting environments, do not have the ability to regulate their energy the way an adult usually can. Camp, with its abundance of high-energy activities, is a recipe for exhaustion among children, teens, and even camp staff. Rest time is embedded into nearly every Overnight Summer Camp day to prevent campers from completely tuckering themselves out, but kids are still ultimately responsible for ensuring that they get the rest they need. After a few long days of fun in the sun upon arriving at camp, nearly every camper realizes the importance of getting rest- both during the day and at night. Campers learn the happy balance between pushing themselves to the limit and taking it easy, which allows kids to better regulate what their body needs in terms of rest both at camp and at home. By the time campers get back home at the end of the summer, they might have a whole new appreciation for sleep and bedtime!

    Keeping up with hygiene

    While the thought of camp probably renders up images of filthy children frolicking through mud, in reality campers tend to learn a thing or two about hygiene during their stay at camp.  After a full day of swimming, playing, and sweating it out, even the most slovenly campers find pleasure in getting to hit the showers and freshen up. Overnight Summer Camp activities often encourage kids to get in touch with their messiest selves, but camp also encourages kids to take responsibility for their own cleanliness at the end of the day. And while brushing teeth might be a nightly battle at home, at camp, keeping their smile clean is an enjoyable and social part of each day. Good hygiene is all about establishing positive routines, and camp is just the place for kids to take ownership of their daily practices and to begin taking better care of themselves.

    While your child might not return from camp loving kale and flossing twice a day, camp can help your child to discover ways to keep themselves feeling at the top of their game. At camp, children are constantly challenged to find healthy balances in their eating, play, and rest time, and these experiences can help a child to maintain a healthy lifestyle outside of camp. A summer at camp is a great step in helping your child become the happiest and healthiest they can be all year long. Learn more today!

    Read more...

    Teachers Love Having California Overnight Summer Camp Kids As Students

    Every first day of school, as students share what they did over the summer with their friends, teachers quietly listen in, hoping to hear those magic word- ¨I went to California Overnight Summer camp.¨ Those five words are music to a teacher’s ears and teachers all over hope to have at least a handful of students who spent the summer away at camp. Why are residential campers so desirable in the classroom? Kids who go to camp have gained experiences and skills that other children often don’t possess. These skills make students more successful in the classroom and in interactions with their peers. Check out four of the many reasons that teachers love having camp kids as their students.

    California Overnight Summer Camp kids know how to be independent.

    If there is one quality a teacher hopes for in their students, it is independence. The ability to work independently is important for student success in the classroom as well as for increasing a teacher’s productivity.   Students who have been to camp have copious practice in developing independence throughout their time at camp. Camp challenges children to make and stick to a schedule, prepare themselves for a day full of activities, and to make choices on their own throughout the day. When children practice managing themselves and making decisions (even small decisions like what to eat for breakfast), children become more prepared to continue being self-sufficient outside of camp. Independence in the classroom allows for teachers to work with small groups, enables students to keep busy if they finish work early, and makes students more ready to work on homework or classwork with little support.

    Students who spent time at camp are resourceful.

    In a California Overnight Summer camp setting, kids are often forced to make something out of seemingly nothing- whether they need to plan a last minute skit for campfire or they are tapping into their creative side during an arts and crafts period. Working with limited time, supplies, or help can make campers grow into more resourceful and innovative young people that can make them successful throughout their stay at camp. This ability to be resourceful is a benefit to students in the classroom as well. Students are constantly pushed to meet deadlines and to adapt to different classroom conditions. Since kids who have been to camp understand how to think outside of the box and to make due with what is available to them, these students are more prepared to meet the demands of school.

    Residential campers are able to work well in groups.

    Collaborative learning is a huge part of most classrooms today, and collaboration requires students to have a wide range of social skills. Students who have spent time at a residential camp have extensive practice in meeting new people, getting along with bunkmates, and working through problems that arise between campers. These experiences translate into an ability to work with new and diverse partners or groups in the classroom and an understanding of how to make group work a success. Spending time with groups of other campers around the clock at camp can make working in groups for projects or classwork seem like a breeze.

    Camp kids have heightened confidence.

    Summer camp provides children with a wide range of opportunities for success. Campers learn new activities, perform skits and talents in front of peers, and form new friendships. Each of these small triumphs helps children to build confidence in themselves and their abilities. The confidence that camp inspires outlasts the child’s time at camp and is carried with that child to home, school, and beyond. Self confidence is a quality that makes students more successful at school and in their relationships with peers. A confident student is more likely to take healthy risks at school and is more able to overcome setbacks. A student with high levels of confidence is also better able to make and keep positive relationships with other students and adults.

    The California Overnight Summer Camp experience at Canyon Creek has benefits that far exceed the length of the summer. Many of these benefits make children better prepared and more successful at school, as well as adored by their teachers. Although academic success rides on a wide range of characteristics and skills, the happiness and growth that can be attributed to a summer at camp is sure to make any student feel more prepared than ever to take on the new school year.

    Read more...

    What I Learned About Friendship At Camp

    We all know that California summer camps are a great place to learn how to make friendship bracelets, but camp can also teach you a thing or two about making the friendships themselves. Kids Camp Los Angeles provides campers and counselors with endless opportunities to grow and learn, and one of the most important opportunities that camp provides you with is the ability to meet countless new friends. And while making friends at camp might seem a bit nerve wracking, the friendships that grow from camp are well worth the effort and experience. Of all the important things you can gain from a summer at camp, friendship tops the list. Here are a few of the many lessons to be learned about friendship from your time at camp.

    Everyone is in the same boat

    Regardless of whether you are heading to camp with a bus full of friends or you are making a solo journey to camp, everyone departs on their camp experience with a similar goal in mind – to make new friends. Everyone also feels a little nervous about venturing out to meet new people. Even counselors come to camp each year with butterflies in their stomachs in anxious anticipation of the friends they will make. Once you realize that everyone at camp- both campers and counselors alike- is just as nervous and excited to meet people as you are, you might just realize that you are surrounded by future friends who are ready to get to know you.

    It’s easier than it sounds

    The idea of making friends can seem like a daunting task but once you get down to it, making friends at camp is easier and far less scary than it sounds. While at camp, you are constantly surrounded by potential friends at activities, evening programs, meals, and during bunk time. Each activity period or meal time presents itself as an opportunity to strike up a conversation or work cooperatively with other campers, which are great first steps towards building a friendship. Since camp is a place without the constant interruption of cell phones or computers, there is more time and less distraction to forge genuine bonds with those who surround you. With all of this time dedicated to genuine interaction, it is nearly impossible not to make a few great friends while enjoying your time at this Kids Camp Los Angeles. Making sure the camp is accredited is very important. Canyon Creek is proud to have become accredited by the American Camp Association in its very first year.

    Every friendship is different at Kids Camp Los Angeles

    The friendships you form at camp are as unique as the people you meet at camp. There are literally no two that are quite the same. Campers come from all different walks of life and with very different life experiences that shape their friendships with others. Some friends rely on constant communication and togetherness, whereas other friends find themselves content in giving each other independence and freedom. A friend you meet during your bus ride to Kids Camp Los Angeles will likely lead to a much different friendship than that with a friend you meet in your bunk and choose to spend every waking moment with. Regardless of how a friendship begins or how the relationship is structured, all friendships can bring a whole lot of fun, laughs, and memories. Having diverse friendships can be complex but the reward is immeasurable as each different friendship brings its own benefits and lessons. It does not matter if you are from California, Utah, New York or even from outside the Country, having diverse friendships can be complex but is so worth it as each different friendship brings its own benefits and lessons.

    What you put in is what you’ll get out

    Like all relationships, friendships take effort, but the time and energy you put into meeting new friends and maintaining friendships will benefit you long after your summer session ends. Being at Kids Camp Los Angeles might also put certain demands on your friendship- whether those demands are finding time to spend together, overcoming disagreements, or balancing several different friendships- that might take work to navigate but ultimately make your friendship grow. When camp ends, new challenges may arise as you are forced to leave many of your new friends who might live in different cities, states, or even countries. Distance might make maintaining friendships challenging, but putting energy into being a good friend, even from afar, often leads to relationships which are resilient and some of the best. Logging some hours on the phone or on Skype can lead to lifelong friends that you will be so glad you chose to commit to.

    Kids Camp Los Angeles friends are unlike others you meet at school or on a sports team. With your camp friends, you have so many shared experiences that form an unbreakable bond. While you might feel nervous about making camp friends, rest assured that year after year, the friendships are what keep campers counting down the days until their return to camp, where they can pick right up where they left off with some of the best friends they could possibly ask for.

    Read more...

    10 things to look for when registering for summer camp in 2016

    Nothing helps to get through the long, cold winter quite as well as planning for an exceptional summer to come, and for many, that means planning to send the kids off to summer camp.  Whether your child is a first time camper or a camping veteran, there are numerous factors to consider (more…)

    Read more...

    Los Angeles Summer Camps List – What’s right for you?

    Choosing The Right Los Angeles Summer Camp

    Summer Camp Is For Everyone

    Choosing the right Los Angeles summer camp and area for your child is not an easy task. There are more options today than even five years ago. Today, there are camps to meet every interest, price range, and schedule. Knowing your options, as well as your child’s personality, will help you identify programs from which your child will benefit most. We are one of a bunch of Los Angeles summer camps you should consider for your childs ultimate experience! (more…)

    Read more...

    Why Canyon Creek Is the best California Summer Camp

    As sleepaway camps in California continue to gain popularity, the title of “Best Camp in California” is always a debate. Canyon Creek’s great range of activities, coupled with its fantastic staff and facilities, have enabled Canyon Creek of the top California Summer Camps on the west coast. (more…)

    Read more...
  • Upcoming Events

  • Order Camp Gear

    Check Back Soon!