By Laurie Hanson
Registration is now open for a fascinating, fun and unique camp experience offered for at the Youth Center’s Camp S.H.A.R.K. and Teen Camp. Camp S.H.A.R.K. features programming that weaves science, art, sports and specialty add-on classes into the trusted camp offerings you’ve come to rely upon from The Youth Center.
Camp S.H.A.R.K., stands for “Science, Hands-On, Art, Recreation, and Knowledge.” In its third year, the camp offers kids ages 5 to 12 themed weekly events and new individualized daily classes including sports classes in soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis. Hip Hop dance, art class, a baking class and, “Mad Science” class is also offered to keep kids physically active and engaged. Nine themed weeks including Under the Sea, Mad Science, Disney, Animal Planet, Party In the U.S.A., Around the World, Fantasy, Fear Factor and Game Show Mania, will be offered at this no electronics camp.
Optional field trips are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to places like the Discovery Science Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, Rock’n Jump and Big Air trampoline parks, Knott’s Soak City and Knott’s Berry Farm, Los Angeles Zoo, Boomer’s Irvine, rollerskating and ice skating. There will be walking field trips every Friday to places like Yogurtland, Chick-Fil-A, In-N-Out Burgers, Top It Off Pizza, Starbucks, Subway and Chipotle.
Kids keep cool every Friday on Water Days which will feature a giant waterslide, and slip’n slides. A bounce house will be featured on opening day, and a dunk tank will be on closing day.
Teen Camp is offered to youth ages 12 to 17, where kids get to choose some of their field trips and activities every week. Teen campers will go on trips to Disneyland, Catalina Island, Glowzone, Universal Studios, the O.C. Fair, Laser Quest, and more.
Camp S.H.A.R.K. runs out of Rossmoor Park from June 3 to Aug. 2. Teen Camp initially meets out of Rossmoor Park and is from June 24 to Aug. 2. Basic hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and extended hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. are offered for both camps. For more information on the Youth Center’s summer camps, please call the Youth Center office at 562-493-4043 or visit online at www.theyouthcenter.org.