Why Canyon Creek

February 28, 2019

Sleepaway camps in California have been popular for decades. Therefore, there has been decades of debate as to which one is the best.

While Canyon Creek has an amazing range of activities, its fine facilities, location and fantastic staff have enabled Canyon Creek to be considered one of the top California Summer camps on the West Coast.  


Its short commute from the Los Angeles area makes Canyon Creek an easy trip. Still, it’s far enough from the hustle and bustle of the city, creating an immersive camp experience. With two convenient drop-off locations, campers have the option of making the ride to camp on buses with hundreds of other ecstatic campers.  Upon arrival, the picturesque 81-acre property provides an oasis for campers and staff to unplug and appreciate their surroundings. Plus, just a short ride away from the property is the beautiful Castaic Lake, where campers go waterskiing, tubing, and wakeboarding. With a quick look around, it’s easy to see that Canyon Creek’s location is tough to beat!  


Camp would just like any other ordinary place without the people – and the counselors are truly the people who make Canyon Creek stand out.  Canyon Creek counselors are in a league of their own – their compassion, enthusiasm, positivity, commitment, and kindness make them the ultimate role models.  Counselors work around the clock to make sure that EVERY camper has the experience of a lifetime. Ask any camper – Canyon Creek counselors are some of the best around!


Nobody goes hungry at Canyon Creek because there are seemingly endless dining options.  A professional chef cooks three nutritious and well-rounded meals a day while still keeping kid-friendly food choices in mind.  The menu offers numerous choices at each meal to make sure that even the most selective eaters are happy and satisfied. From traditional barbeque-style lunches to gourmet Italian-themed dinners, meal time is a favorite time of the day for campers and staff alike.  And with fruit, salad, and even organic options available, parents agree with their campers on this one – the food at Canyon Creek gets a big two thumbs up!

NBA All-Star Basketball Camp

While a game of pickup basketball might seem like just an average camp activity, training with professional NBA players is an experience that makes Canyon Creek truly stand out from its competitors.  Each summer, enrolled campers get to build skills, scrimmage, and hang out with some of the best players in basketball. In years past, Canyon Creek has been home to notable players such as Jrue Holiday Emmanuel Mudiay, Kevin Love and others. This year we welcome back Justin Holiday for his 3rd year.  Not only does Justin bring his great knowledge of the game and awesome cross over, but his passion and love for the campers at Canyon Creek make the experience special.  

Arts and Crafts Center

Friendship bracelets are the quintessential glue that holds summer camp together, and there is no shortage of friendship bracelets at Canyon Creek!  The Arts and Crafts center proudly produces some of the most fashionable bracelets around. You can find a lot more than lanyard string and yarn at the Arts and Crafts Center. Campers also enjoy painting, sculpting, sketching, and designing.  No summer would be complete without a visit to the amazing Arts and Crafts Center at Canyon Creek!

Ropes Course

Adventurous campers can find their home away from home at Canyon Creek’s expansive ropes course.  The ropes course has a wide range of activities that give campers the thrill of a lifetime. The multiple high ropes elements and the always-popular rock wall allow campers to challenge themselves and build their self-confidence.  One of the most sought-after activities is the across-camp zip line. Creekers love to sail over the heads of the other campers going from one end of our property to the other. Canyon Creek’s ropes course is an adventure that is too great to miss!

Sports Facilities

No matter what your favorite sport is, Canyon Creek has high-quality athletic facilities to suit your needs.  With grassy green fields, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, a golf course, and even a hockey court, every athlete can find their place at Canyon Creek.  The sports facilities offer campers a place to build skills, work on their teamwork skills, and even learn some unique new games that are sure to put smiles on everyone’s faces.  Only at Canyon Creek can you hit a home run at the “Field of Dreams,” score a few touchdowns on the football field, and get that game-winning goal on the soccer field all before lunchtime!

Extreme Sports

Campers satisfy their need for speed as they navigate our adrenaline-pumping mini-bike and go-kart tracks.

Under the instruction and supervision of experienced staff, safety is our key to excitement and fun. All riders go through a pre-training instruction before they are set off to tackle our tracks. As some of the most anticipated activities in camp, Creekers of all ages and abilities find this to be a thrilling part of their camp experience.

The Unbeatable Camp Feel

While trying new activities and learning new skills is a great piece of camp, at Canyon Creek we want every camper to feel special and have a positive, life-changing experience. We are, and always will be an owner-operated camp. You will always find Daryl getting the campers excited for the first day, and you will always find him shooting hoops or having a casual conversation with campers during their stay. Camp is a place where every individual gets to be proud to show their true colors and have a blast while doing so.  Canyon Creek’s supportive, cooperative environment makes every camper excited to be part of the CCSC family. Camp spirit radiates from each and every staff member, and no one displays that spirit more than our director Nick.

Camp is so much more than just a few weeks away from home – it is an experience that has the ability to shape and support campers of all ages.  While we love everything about Canyon Creek, what really makes it the best camp is the lasting confidence, friendships, and excitement that each camper takes home with them at the end of the summer. Daryl’s wife, Natalie, sees to this end with our Camp Mom, Jill.

Canyon Creek is a great Overnight Summer Camp in California for kids ages 7-16.  Share the love of Canyon Creek with a family member or your next-door neighbor. Ask them to visit  canyoncreeksummercamp.com to join your camper in one of our best summers yet.