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h long days and war w ath r of SEASON TO summer are here again. s ids pil out of classrooms across South rang ounty, a s ason of ndl ss possibiliti s awaits th . h th r th y plan to hit th wa s or th boo s this su r, local ids can b n fit fro th opportuniti s ca ps around th ar a ar off ring this y ar. u r ca p allows ids to b producti and sociali during th su r, whil ploring th ir int r sts and possibl car r choic s. ass bl d a listing of so of th b st



ca p choic s for ids in outh rang ounty. h r ar ca ps for ids int r st d in art, usic, th at r, coo ing, athl tics, spirituality and uch or all within th gr at r ar a of ana oint, an l nt and an uan apistrano. also pac d this dition with id as for how to p ids ngag d on th off days, wh th r at th library or at an outdoor o i scr ning. ou ll find out about uni u oc an ca ps, disconn cting fro t chnology, sp nding ti at a sl po r ca p and uch or . t th nd of su r, wh n th ids r turn fro a s ason of l arning and fun, th y ll b rejuvenated, enriched and ready for another y ar of school only to dr a about what n t su r has in stor .


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Photo: Courtesy of The Ecology Center w alth of nowl dg , h cology nt r in an uan apistrano is a on -stop shop for all infor ation r garding th pr s r ation of our plan t. h at r ff ct is a progra ran by local student ambassadors to further educate schools and communities on simple tips to help conserve wat r, whil chall nging locals to us r usabl wat r bottl s. h cology nt r runs co-fri ndly wor shops throughout th su r to gi local ids tools to h lp th n iron nt.

FAMILY ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES Headquartered in San Clemente, Family Assistance Ministries (FAM) is a faith-based non-profit organi ation with on ission assisting thos in n d in rang ounty. h th r it b with food, sh lt r or couns ling, F casts such a wid n t of h lp that th r is an assortment of volunteer opportunities; anything fro h lping organi a food dri , to cl rical duti s, to tutoring a child. ach out to th organi ation for upco ing fundrais rs and nt opportuniti s.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH ALLIANCE o unity utr ach llianc focus s on uipping stud nts with th n c ssary tools to a s art d cisions and act as co unity rol od ls, staying fr fro drugs and alcohol. i bac whil also ha ing fun, as pow rs ids to l ad outh llianc clubs and acti iti s that includ id oga nts, fishing trips, co dy nights and or . is or than si ply olunt ring, it is a lif styl op n to all ag s.

Photo: Courtesy of The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo

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Exploring nature and leaving the cell phone behind BY ERIC HEINZ

Our natural surroundings are often overlooked in today’s technologically immersed way of life. And that’s to the detriment of our next generation of kids—getting out in nature is good for the mind, body and soul. Luckily for kids in South Orange County, getting away from the hustle and bustle is easier than it may seem. A quick drive in any direction and you’re outside the urban jungle.

The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Throughout the summer, the Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy offers programs for all ages to enjoy. Currently, the conservancy is hosting stargazing events and seeks volunteers for various activities. Located past the western border of San Juan Capistrano, the Reserve is home to a bounty of wildlife and open space. On June 3, The Reserve will host “Ready, Set, Summer Family Walk” from 9-11:30 a.m. and will include summertime games and activities. The walk is intended for ages 6 and up and is $5 per attendee. For more information on Reserve events, visit

San Clemente Beach Conservation Junior Environmentalists The San Clemente Beach Conservation Program is planning to offer a “Junior Environntalist c rtification progra this spring and summer to involve local youth looking to have fun at the beach. Anyone participating in three of the program’s beach cleaning events from April to August will receive a “Junior Environntalist c rtificat .

“With 12 beach cleanup events scheduled from April through August, this is a perfect opportunity to have some fun in the sun and get educated on the effects litter has on our beaches and ocean,” said executive director of the program, Shon Miller. “The Friday evening cleanups are at the San Clemente Pier, and free s’mores and pizza will be offered. At the Saturday events at San Onofre State Park campgrounds, there is free parking, breakfast and coffee. It’s a great way to meet new friends, connect with the local community and have fun at the beach all at the same time.”

Go for a Bike Ride Riding a bike is one of the simplest joys of summer. Various trails for biking are available throughout Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. Search for route maps on the respective city websites, www.san-clemente. org, and Brenda Miller, a co-founder of the PEDal bicyclist advocacy group, said the areas where the city and county are currently making impro nts will b n fit cyclists throughout th southernmost point of Orange County. o bi trails in an l nt ar sp cifically s clud d fro traffic, gi ing rid rs and parents of young riders—peace of mind. Miller said the construction project along . l a ino al l ading to th acific oast Highway will give people almost nine contiguous miles of uninterrupted trail. Search for local bicycle rental shops within the three towns.

Hike Tenaja Falls Located just outside Lake Elsinore, Tenaja Falls Trail offers a serene experience outdoors far from urbanity. It’s best to go with the kids on this trip. “A pleasant half-hour hike will take you to Tenaja Falls, with a dramatic sight when water is flowing,” according to the Cleveland National Forest website. “Spring is the best season to view the falls as active wildlife flock to the water and an abundance of wildflowers and birds are present. The trail winds another 2.1 miles up the canyon ending the Morgan Trail.” Visit recarea for more information.

r e m m u S t s i L g n i d a Re Libraries in the tri-cities have options for book worms


The library has long been a place for curious minds to explore and be inspired. Luckily the libraries in the tri-cities are well-stocked with media and expertly staffed by librarians who can put the right book, magazine or movie into the right hands at the right time. Our libraries also host regular events throughout the summer, which engage kids and teaches them important lessons in a fun, social setting. Whether it’s reading to a dog, participating in a dress-up story time or watching a kid-friendly movie, the libraries have numerous ways to help young minds grow. DANA POINT LIBRARY


Multiple dates throughout the summer The Dana Point Library hosts Read to a Dog sessions throughout the summer, which is shown to help children improve reading skills and boost their self-esteem. Check back with the library for event dates.


Multiple dates throughout the summer Reading groups and story time sessions will be held throughout the summer for kids from preschool up. Check the library’s website for sp cific dat s and ti s. SAN CLEMENTE LIBRARY


First Thursday of every month at 5 p.m. atch a throwbac classic on th first hursday of the month at the San Clemente Library. Titles rotate throughout the summer.




First Friday of every month at 7 p.m. La Sala auditorium at the San Juan Capistrano ibrary hosts a o i night on th first Friday of each month. A $2 donation supports the library.


Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. Children ages 3-6 and their caregivers are invited to join the library staff for stories, songs, crafts and fun.


Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Join the library for historias y canciones (stories and songs) in English and Spanish. All ages are welcome. No registration required.


Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. All ages are invited to enjoy historias y canciones (stories and songs) in English and Spanish with a craft following the stories.

Third Monday of every month at 5 p.m. The National Charity League Sunshine Readers offer energetic and entertaining stories for kids of all ages at this family storytime. Wear your pjs and join the fun.



Multiple dates throughout the summer Kids of all ages have a group they can go to for story time and fun at the San Clemente Library. h c th library s w bsit for sp cific dat s and times.

Every other Thursday at 3 p.m. starting June 8 Studies have shown that children can improve th ir r ading s ills and boost th ir s lf-confidence by reading to a licensed therapy dog. Reserve your spot by calling the library.

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Breaking the mold of the traditional sleepaway camp BY KRISTINA PRITCHETT

The traditional overnight camp, where kids sleep in a cabin with the noises of the woods surrounding them, is not the only option for today’s overnight camps. Now, Orange County kids and families, are able to board ships, create science and technology projects and catch a wave or two. Check out these three overnight camps in the nearby area.

The Ocean Institute 949.496.2274. The Ocean Institute offers three types of overnight camps in the Dana Point Harbor for area kids. h first is th Fa ily a r for gu sts 8 and older. Those who attend will join the crew on The Pilgrim, help raise the sail, hoist cargo and more. Dinner will be served by th ca p fir with s a chants, l g nds and stori s. Fa ili s will b abl to ca p out in th Institute before whale watching aboard the R/V Sea Explorer. The second overnight option is an EcoExpeditions camp for children 10-12 years old. In this camp, kids will get a unique learning experience about organisms and how they adapt to their habitats, which range from the Dana Point Harbor to the deep sea. They will also be able to drive a remotely operated vehicle, ride in a kayak in the Harbor and have dinner by the ca pfir . The third camp is for the adventurous 11- to 13-year-olds. Campers will take a voyage to Catalina Island aboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point and learn about the tall ship sailing life. The days will be split between the Ocean Institute and two to four days at sea.

Photo: Courtesy of The Ocean Institute

Endless Summer Surf Camp 949.498.7862. f th thought of sp nding fi days in th sea catching waves is more your child’s speed, th ndl ss u r urf a p ay b th camp for him or her this year. The camp isn’t just for beginners, and it’s not just for the pros—it’s for everyone. The camp has been open for 25 years and the staff prides themselves on using their knowledge and expertise to help kids surf. The camp location is ideal for kids learning to surf with a beginner-friendly, sand-bottomed beach br a at an nofr . Instructors work in small groups, including a 3:1 student to instructor ratio for beginners, to provide each camper with individual attention. uring th fi -day o rnight stay, ids will l arn th basics of surfing, surf ti u tt , oc an awareness and more. At the end of the week, ca p rs can participat in a ust for fun surf contest. ot only is th r surfing, but ids will b abl to skateboard, play ping pong and basketball, get surfboard ding repair demonstrations, tour local surf shops and more. Campers will be able to use top-of-the-line surfboards and wetsuits, and the camp provides a variety of longboards and short boards to meet every camper’s needs. nd if fi days isn t nough, th ca p allows kids to stay multiple weeks.

Catalina Sea Camp 909.625.6194 If adventure is what your kids are after, send them to Catalina for a one- or three-week camp with atalina a a p. The one-week camps for kids ages 8-13 includes a three square meals, social nights, elective courses, and a lot of sea exploration. Ocean activities include snorkeling, introduction to ploration, sailing, stand-up paddling, kayaking and underwater photography. Kids will get to safely explore the ocean at night, as well. There’s also a crafting component for the campers, which includes tie-dying, murals, painting, jewelry making and or . nd th on -w rsion of a a p also includes all the overnight camp favorites li ca pfir s, ic cr a socials, a b ach party, swimming and sports, dancing and more. The three-week program is open to kids ages 12-17. It’s a combination of diving, sailing, marine science and adventure courses that is sure to be irresistible to outdoorsy kids. h ca p off rs c rtification and excursion, boat and shore diving, small boat and catamaran sailing and ocean kayaking.

Burst of Inspiration How to craft a one-week, athome art camp


Art has a unique way of opening a child’s imagination. When you put a pencil, camera or pastry brush in their hands, you empower them to create something in their own vision. You needn’t be a Handl or Hemingway to give your kids exposure to various art forms this summer. In fact, the less rules the better. But by rotating artistic endeavors over the course of a week, you’ll keep your child engaged and end up on Friday with a catalogue of art. Feel free to put your own spin on the one-week art camp—play a different instrument every day or ba fi ca s fro fi contin nts throw in dance, jewelry or clothing design, or kid-friendly woodwork. The possibilities are endless. Here’s a sample of one week of camp.


PAINTING It’s well known that kids love to paint, if for no other reason than it creates a big, fun mess. Though water colors and paint to numbers are fun, throw the activity on its head and get outside for a painting excursion. Follow the lead of plein air painters in the tri-cities and set up an easel for you and your kids at one of the area’s picturesque locations. Plein air painters have previously set up in front of tall ships in the Dana Point Harbor, overlooking the San Clemente Pier and on historic Los Rios Street in San Juan Capistrano.


WRITING Anyone who has read a short story or journal their kid has brought home from school knows that writing is truly a space where kids can explore the depths of their imagination. Focus your ca p writing acti ity on a finish d product—something of which he or she will feel proud and that you’ll cherish for years to come. Come up with wacky writing prompts to spur your child’s imagination like “What would happen if people lived in the ocean?” or “What if your dog was president?” And the form the writing takes can be up to you or your kid—free writing, haiku, poetry, short story, a novella, a screenplay, a comic book. Let your minds go wild.


PHOTOGRAPHY Technology has made the art of photography accessible to more people than ever before. With phones, tablets and computers, kids are almost inherently equipped to snap a photo. In fact, photography may not even seem like an art to kids as much as a critical piece of communication. That’s why creating an art project that uses photography to tell a story can be so fruitful. Take a road trip and have your child snap photos from beginning to end. Or have them snap photos from the minute they wake up to the time they go to sleep. Whatever your excursion, have your child package the photos in a slide show or photo essay to share with friends and family.


SCULPTURE If you think about it, kids are making sculptures almost before they encounter any other art form. From building blocks to playdough to clay, children are drawn to create out of a variety of materials. For sculpture camp day, get out of the house and head to the beach. There, you can help your child create a sand building (they won’t even know they’re doing art), or partake in the art of rock stacking—the process of balancing rocks of different shapes and sizes on each other.


FOOD h culinary arts ha officially ta n off across the nation. You needn’t look any further than TV shows like Chopped Junior or Masterchef Junior to see that kids as young as 7 are fully capable of and interested in preparing world-class meals. On the last day of camp, research a recipe and then go to a store or farmers’ market to pick out ingredients. Let your kid sample and smell flavors and take risks with the recipe. Then, with careful supervision, watch your young chef prepare dinner for the family—that’s not a bad way to end a week of at-home camp.

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Movies screened outdoor and in theaters can enrich a child’s summer

‘The Secret Life of Pets’ will show at Tierra Grande Park on June 9. Photo: Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures

We often look at the big screen as an indulgence. But for kids, movies can inspire creativity, boost self-esteem and help them unwind from a busy day, just like adults. Luckily, South Orange County is home to several opportunities to view kids’ movies in theaters as well as in community parks. If you can’t get enough screen time at these places, check out the library schedules in Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano—they often host movie nights for kids and adults. There’s also several concerts in city parks throughout the area, which will complement your movie-going experiences this season. Here are some screening options in the area that are favorite spots for local movie buffs.



The city of San Clemente hosts open-air screenings of child appropriate movies in Tierra Grande Park every summer. The fun kicks off on June 9 with a showing of The Secret Life of Pets. The showings are always free and run throughout the summer. For a full list of dates and movies, visit Also, you can stop by the Krikorian Theater throughout the summer for air conditioned enjoyment of new releases. Children’s tickets are only $9. Check out their schedule at

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are a great place to catch a movie, host a kids’ party or just get out of the heat. The Regency has an always rotating selection of new movies, and a full restaurant and bar. Best yet, they offer $6 admission on Tuesdays, so the whole family can get in for a quick movie on the cheap. For more information, visit

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Locals have flocked to Lantern Bay Park in Dana Pointon weekend nights the past several summers for a movie screening in the park. h fil s ar id-fri ndly, and r fr sh nts including popcorn are available. All you need to bring is blankets, lawn chairs and your family to have a good time. The movies generally screen Fridays at 8 p.m. throughout June. Check for a list of showings.


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Several cities through Orange County host similar open-air movie nights. Irvine hosts a free outdoor movie from June through July at the Orange County Great Park. It’s a cozy scene, with families sprawled out across the expansive lawn, and food from a snack bar and food trucks available. In Lake Forest, there is a Friday night outdoor movie throughout the summer. Showings are held at the Nature Park, located at 26215 Dimension Drive. And if you’re in the mood for an old school theatrical show, Newport Beach hosts outdoor Shakespeare performances throughout the summer. For more information on these events and others throughout Orange County, visit

Sounds of the Season

Learning to play a musical instrument this summer will be a lasting gift BY MATT CORTINA

Live music and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly. There’s something about listening to a concert under the stars or noodling around on a guitar on a hot afternoon that just feels right. But music isn’t just a way to pass time in the hot months—getting your child involved with music this summer can pay serious dividends down the road. By giving your child exposure to live music and teaching them how to play instruments or sing, you give them a gift that lasts a lifetime. They’ll look back on the friends they made at music camp or the guidance of a music teacher often throughout their life. Also, learning to play music improves kids’ ability to focus, instills discipline and opens creative avenues in their minds—all in a relaxed, fun setting. South Orange County is home to several camps, lessons and open mic nights that are appropriate for kids of all ages to check out this summer.

BANDING TOGETHER Summer camp is a great way to teach kids music in a group setting. Students at the Los Rios Rock School in San Juan Capistrano are doing amazing things, including putting on concerts that rival the quality and precision of musicians twice their age. And their weeklong summer camps run from th start of un to th first w of ugust and are catered separately to beginner/intermediate groups and advanced groups. Camps end with a live performance on the last day of camp. Check out su r-ca ps to find out or infor ation. In Dana Point, Danman’s Music School offers summer camps and lessons. Students

who play or want to learn to play guitar, piano, bass, drums, ukulele or vocals are invited to r fin th ir crafts at an ans. tud nts l arn teamwork, musicianship, music theory and discipline. Check out summer-camps for more information.

SOLO LEARNING Private lessons offer individual attention and the guidance of a serious musician. The Copenhaver School of Music in San Clemente offers a variety of ways for young musicians to learn. From private lessons to band sessions grouped into styles like jazz, rock and vocal harmony, Copenhaver caters to individual musicians. Visit for

more information. At the Beach Cities Rock Club, students can pick up myriad instruments—violins, pianos, guitars, drums, banjos and more—and learn to play. Beach Cities also has their own radio station, so kids can see another side of the music industry and even get their tunes on the air. Visit for more information. Chances are Kenny’s Music Store in Dana Point has just the right lesson for your child. Guitar lessons are broken down into classical, l ctric, ca pfir and or . ids who play band instruments in the strings and woodwind families also have a home at Kenny’s. Visit for more information. And at the Arts Project OC, where creative pursuits are the name of the game, kids can learn a variety of vocal techniques, musical instrument skills and musical theater repertoire. There are parent and me programs for kids ages 2-5, and other small groups for young musicians of any age. Visit for more information.

GETTING ON STAGE One of the best ways for a child to learn the art of musicianship is to play live. Luckily, the Community Outreach Alliance (COA) hosts monthly live music nights for youth in the community. Kids are invited to bring their instruments, or their voice, and play with a band or by themselves. They’re also welcome to simply check out other performers of a similar age in a safe, drug- and alcohol-free environment. Visit for more information.

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Paddleboard and bodyboarding camps get kids on the waves BY VICTOR CARNO

The beach is synonymous with summer. Thanks to our beautiful resource just minutes away, the ocean provides plenty of fun in the sun while simultaneously teaching up-and-coming beachgoers safety, respect for the environment and how to have fun in a social setting.


Making a resurgence in Southern California, bodyboarding comes with all the technique and fun of surfing, but with s all r and l ss p nsive gear. A perfect combination, especially for kids who just want to test the waters. Thanks to founders Emily and Steve Barnes, this will b th first bodyboarding ca p off r d in an Clemente. “I was interested in the sport and wanted to improve my skills, but I soon realized there weren’t a lot of camps, especially locally,” Steve Barnes said. This curiosity and research led Steve to find prof ssional bodyboard rs and own rs of eBodyboarding in San Clemente, Jay and Vicki Reale. “There’s a rich history of the sport here in San Clemente, with T-Street being the epicenter in the late ’70s, so it made sense to open the summer program in this hot bed,” Vicki Reale said. With full support from the city of San Clemente, Bodyboarding Adventures was finally appro d for its first progra this y ar. Impressed with the community support, the four began piecing together a curriculum that was palatable for all levels of bodyboarders. Ages range from 6-16 years old, and the camp is open to both seasoned boarders and newcomers.

“We are trying to teach a healthy respect for the ocean. Along with being out on the water, we want to teach the kids about the surrounding ecosystem so that they are able to leave with a well-rounded education,” Barnes said. rtifi d first-aid b rs and p ri nc d lifeguards make up the instructors of the camp, which meets from June 5 to August 18. Two sessions are offered each day; 9 a.m.-noon and 12:30-3:30 p.m. For more information, visit


Diane Wenzel heads Westwind Sailing in Dana Point and has put on a stand-up paddleboarding ca p for th last fi y ars. start d a ca p sp cifically d dicated for kids in 2012, and our goal was to teach kids safety techniques while out on the water,” Wenzel said. We want (to teach) them to be strong and safe paddlers through having fun.” Wenzel recalled the warm reception she received after adding paddle-boarding to her list of programs. “After 30 years of sailing programs, I knew that sailing just wasn’t some people’s thing. After adding the paddling program, I was met with positivity and it was an o rall positi p ri nc . From June 6 to August 22, the camp will meet at the OC Sailing and Events Center every Tuesday through Thursday, from 8:30-11 a.m. New activities are offered each day, including relay races and trips to the Dana Wharf for snacks. For more information, visit

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This year, indulge your child’s interests by enrolling them in camps that ensure they have a memorable summer

949 Volleyball

Aloha Beach Camp

949 Volleyball Club, celebrating 8 years in San Juan Capistrano, provides summer camps for both boys and girls ages 9 to 18 at any ability level. The club has won 10 Junior Olympic medals, as well as 4 National Championships at the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Junior National Championships. The summer camp’s goal is to teach beginners the fundamentals of the game and to prepare juniors and seniors looking to compete in the NCAA. 949 Volleyball Club promotes sportsmanlike behavior inside and outside of the gym, instills the values of integrity, dedication and hard work, and focuses on having fun! Space is limited; please register early. For more information contact Justin directly at 949.374.2890 or visit

Aloha Beach Camp, located at T-street Beach, offers the ultimate beach surf camp for kids ages 6-16 of all surfing abilities. We provide private lessons and surfing groups with a 2:1 camper to instructor ratio. For body boarding, body surfing and beach activities, the camper to instructor ratio is 5:1. Aloha focuses on surf etiquette, water safety, rip currents, lateral currents, in-shore holes, beach hazards and more. The camp’s lead instructor, Matt Colapinto, is a surfer, beach lifeguard and elementary teacher with more than 25 years of experience. Private and group surf lessons are offered year-round. More information is available at

Acting Academy for Kids

Summer performing arts camps with Acting Academy for Kids guide campers ages 4-13 through a full theater immersion experience via four daily classes—music, acting, dance and fusion. The culminating event will be a Friday performance on one of our three main stage theaters. Children can participate for any duration of time ranging from one week to the entire summer. It’s time to watch your star shine! Z Playhouse (Inside Holiday Inn Express), 35 Via Pico Plaza, San Clemente; Community Roots Academy PAC, 29292 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel; OC Music & Dance, 17620 Fitch Avenue, Irvine. 949.427.0072.

Basics of Skateboarding

Basics of Skateboarding is a hands-on camp designed to bring kids together with their community. At this camp, children develop and enhance their skateboarding skills while creating new friendships with other camp participants. Our camps are here to guide participants with little to no skateboarding experience through the basics by providing structured lessons. We also offer intermediate and advanced camps. Camps are open to young skateboarders ages 3-12. 949.922.9922.

Bodyboarding Adventures Summer Camp

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Bodyboarding Adventures Summer Camp

h brand-n w odyboarding d ntur s Summer Camp at North Beach offers a fun-fill d w focus d on th basics of bodyboarding. n addition to l arning about ocean safety, participants will learn how to spot and catch wa s, and cut spin o s, rolls and or . p n to boys and girls ag s 6 and up of all s ill l ls. ll uip nt, including bodyboards, rash guards and fins, will b pro id d. For or infor ation, isit www.bodyboardingad ntur .

City of San Clemente d ntur s ar now open with arly bird sa ings lasting until pril 23. The city of San Clemente is offering or than courses and camps this summer. plor a ari ty of progra s fro sports to p rfor ing arts, coo ing and or . isit a p aloo a at th ista r osa ports ar on aturday, pril 1 , to t instructors, arn fr gi aways, disco r ca p discounts and n oy r cr ational swi ing. For infor ation and r gistration isit www.san-cl nt .org r cr ation or call . . .

Danman’s Music

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Kids’ music camps start the week of June 19 this summer at Danman’s Music. There will be four different camps this summer: one vocal camp and three rock camps. Camps run onday to Friday 1 a. .-1 p. . cti iti s includ for ing a band, s l cting songs to play, r h arsing, pic ing a band na , cr ating a band poster and T-shirts, a photo-shoot and a conc rt on Friday for fa ily and fri nds, which will b h ld at tillwat r pirits ounds. Fun, n rg tic and prof ssional t ach rs l ad th ca p. ost is p r w . ring in this writ -up and r c i off. 6 l rado, ana oint. . 6.6 6.

For si y ars, h cology nt r has b n capturing th i agination and curiosity of local kids each summer. Campers are immersed in an acre of interactive eco-labs nestled around an historic far hous and ad ac nt to a -acr organic far . n award-winning -bas d curriculum is at the core of each camper’s p ri nc . cti iti s includ chic n car , planting s ds, har sting fruits and g tabl s, building ini wor bins, co crafts, gard nbas d coo ing, and pl nty of outdoor ga s. Three summer camps will be offered, each four days long. n ca p for ag s -6, and th oth r two for ag s - . a ps run u sday through Friday fro a. .-1 p. . at 1 lipa t., an uan apistrano. Find out or at www. th cologyc nt or call . . .

Club Literacy

Club Literacy classes are a fun, powerful, and ff cti way to pr nt su r r ading loss. n st in your child by ping th r ading and writing this su r th b n fits ar endless! Our dynamic line-up of classes and ca ps will includ our foundational r - to rd grad art tart lass s as w ll as our Summer only specialty classes. Join us for a art tart lass, oo s oo s, ugs oo s, r ati ursi , ath ournals, ll bout crapboo ing riting , and h l uthing uad ancy r w ardy oys . acific oast ighway, ana oint, . 1 .66 , www.clublit .

Endless Summer Surf Camp

Club Literacy

Learn to surf at San Clemente’s premier surf camp, where dreams have come true since 1992. Whether you have never surfed or if you want to ta your surfing to th n t level, we have surf instruction and coaching for you. ha day and o rnight surf ca ps as w ll as pri at and group l ssons for b ginning, int r diat and ad anc d surfers. We also offer surf and turf camps at al ga olf ours with ach r of th ar andy hang. . . 6 .

Ocean Institute Summer Camps

St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Be inspired, explore interests and have fun at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School this summer. Summer camps are designed and taught by St. Margaret’s renowned faculty on the beautiful 22-acre campus, in dynamic, technology-rich learning environments. STEM, Performing and Visual Arts, Athletics and Exploration camps available weekly for students Preschool through Grade 12. Registration open now. For more information, visit 31641 La Novia, San Juan Capistrano. 949.661.0108.

Westwind Sailing

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Grass Stains Outdoor Volleyball We are excited to add USC Trojan Outside Hitter and former San Clemente Triton Lucas Yoder as our camp clinician this summer. Camp instruction runs daily Monday through Thursday and concludes with a Friday tournament. Registration is open to youth ages 8-18. Participants with all experience levels are welcome. Locations include San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Ladera Ranch. Camp costs start as low as $99. Please text your name and email address to 949.584.5446 for additional information.

KG Beach Camps

Come down to the Dana Point Harbor for a week of fun! There are activities from stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking and tide pool walks to games, crafts and much more. Join us for an adventure on a 60-foot catamaran while we look for whales and explore the open ocean. The little ones will join us for a different adventure every day; crab hunting, treasure hunts, water games and sand castles will fill th ir days at ca p. 1 ns nada Place, Dana Point. 949.842.5211.

Ocean Institute Summer Camps

Sign up your child for an adventure they will never forget! Campers will explore the local tidepools, kayak around Dana Point Harbor, search for whales off the coast, or set sail for adventure on our tall ship, Spirit of Dana Point. Become a Sea Star Member of the Ocean Institute to receive special pricing. Visit www. or call 949.496.2274 today for more information. Adventures begin June 19. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point. Accredited by the American Camping Association.

St. Anne School The Summer Knights Day Camp is the ideal combination of fun and education for kids 2 years old through middle school. Camp days ar fill d with a balance of light academics, arts and crafts, water play, weekly th s, sp cial gu sts, coo ing and fi ld trips with a flexible schedule for working parents. The eight week-long camps begin June 12 with full-day, half-day and extended hour options. Visit for pricing and more detailed information. 32451 Bear Brand Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. 949.276.6711.

Welcome aboard! Westwind Sailing opened in 1987 to provide public access boating education in our community. Summer fun at Westwind includes sailing and SUP camps and classes for all ages and skill levels. We are a sanctioned US Sailing Community Sailing Center and our instructors hold US Sailing, , , , and first aid c rtifications. Our programs meet at the OC Sailing & Events Center, located in the Harbor at 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point. 949.492.3035.

YMCA of Orange County Summer Day Camp at the Y is a great way for kids to learn new skills, develop character and make new friends during the summer break. Y campers will embark on a S.T.E.A.M.-themed su r fill d with sports, outdoor acti iti s, fi ld trips and sp cialty clubs r lating to science, technology, engineering, arts and math. With more than 40 locations across Orange County, YMCA Summer Day Camp is a safe local venue for your child this summer.

KG Beach Camps


Whether kids are in camp this summer or not, chances are they’ll be complementing their warm weather activities with trips to the beach. Though a great place to exercise, socialize and unwind, it’s important kids learn basic safety tips before hitting the sand. Here are five quick tips courtesy of the Orange County Lifeguards on how to ensure a fun, safe summer in the waves.


Rip currents are the No. 1 cause of lifeguard rescues at local beaches. They tend to be foamy, brown and mushroom-shaped, and they pull water (and those in the water) away from the beach. The best way to avoid getting caught in a rip current, which can pull you far from shore, is to practice swimming, locate lifeguards before entering the water, and learning the parts of the rip current—information which is available at


Lifeguards use flags, flying from beach posts and lifeguard towers, to help beachgoers recognize surf conditions. A red flag indicates extremely hazardous ocean conditions, and only expert swimmers and surfers should enter the water. A yellow flag

indicates moderate ocean hazards and rip currents. A green flag indicates mild ocean hazards, however it’s important to note the ocean can be hazardous on any given day.


Rocky cliffs and outcroppings are fun to explore, but caution needs to be taken while doing so. Areas with water are prone to breaking surf, which can put people in harm’s way. Powerful waves are common at reef breaks, so swimmers should be careful and scuba divers should be mindful of their depth while exploring the area.


Proper skin care can prevent painful burns and limit cancer risk. All it takes is covering your skin with a sunscreen of 15 SPF or higher. Wearing a hat and shirt, using an umbrella for shade, wearing U.V.-protection sunglasses and limiting time in the sun can all b b n ficial.


It seems obvious, but learning proper swim techniques can save lives. The OC if guards r co nd w aring fins to aid swimming, supervising young swimmers, and reeling in those that can’t swim overhead for more than 15 minutes to only waist-deep water.

2017 Summer Camp Guide  

Presented by San Clemente Times, Dana Point Times and The Capistrano Dispatch

2017 Summer Camp Guide  

Presented by San Clemente Times, Dana Point Times and The Capistrano Dispatch