As summer inches closer, one thing on many parents’ minds is what will be available for kids with COVID-19 still a factor. Thankfully, as restrictions are becoming less prevalent and COVID-19 cases are decreasing, several locations within Pasadena will be hosting summer 2021 camps for all ages. While COVID-19 restrictions will still be in place at each location, at least this summer will see a return to some normalcy for children. Check out these local camps this summer.
Established in 1947, this camp limits the number of admitted campers to offer more individualized supervision while kids are involved in a variety of activities. Groups of 12 campers, ages 4 to 13, and two counselors (6:1 camper-to-counselor ratio) will engage in a plethora of activities, including archery, canoeing, horse-drawn wagon rides, swimming, treasure hunts, painting for gold, capture the flag and more. Camp runs from June 21 to July 30 with three different time layouts: the full six weeks, five days a week; Monday, Wednesday, Friday; and Tuesday and Thursday.
Arroyo Park, 600 Stoney Drive, South Pasadena, 626-922-0945,
Camp Galileo Pasadena
This COVID-19-safe day camp involves rediscovering summer fun with innovation-igniting, hands-on learning for three weeks of set activities. Week one is National Park Adventures, during which campers will take part in activities revolving around the animals and awe-inspiring scenery of Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and Olympic National Park. Week two is Galileo Olympic Games, during which campers will create Olympic medals and learn the science behind athletes and their equipment. Week three is Toy Makers Workshop, during which campers will get their chance to put their own creative twist on classic games like Go Fish, cornhole and more. Camp is for grades pre-K to seventh and runs from June 21 to July 30.
St. Andrew Catholic School, 42 Chestnut Street, Pasadena, galileo-camps.com
Camp Kids Klub South Pasadena
As the largest Camp Kids Klub location, South Pasadena hosts Pioneers (kindergarten to second grade), Mountaineers (third to fifth grade) and Teens on the Move (sixth to ninth grade) for 10 weeks between June 7 and August 13. Each week includes a specific theme, paired with STEAM-based activities throughout. Some of the themes include Hawaiian Adventure Week, Wizarding World Fantasy Week and Travel Through the Decades.
1515 Garfield Avenue, South Pasadena, 626-241-6688, campkidsklub.com
Six days and five nights of fun, friendship and nature exploration. For 99 years, Woodcraft has offered the full outdoor adventure experience, including rock wall climbing, singing camp songs, making arts and crafts, eating s’mores and making forever friends. The curriculum also includes learning experiences in outdoor ethics, nature education and environmental responsibility. Camp runs between June 20 to July 23.
340 E. 2nd Street, Suite 200, Los Angeles, 213-249-9293, campwoodcraft.org
iD Tech Camps
Kiddie Academy CampVentures
Turn your child’s ordinary summer into a summer of exciting exploration. This program nurtures children’s development by expanding on the Life Essentials curriculum and helping to make connections to the world around them. Through hands-on activities, field trips and themed events, while balancing individual needs and interests, CampVentures inspires imagination.
169 N. Halstead Street, Pasadena, 626-606-2800, kiddieacademy.com
Pasadena Waldorf School
Children in preschool and kindergarten are invited to Early Childhood Camp with the rhythm and structure of a regular day in Waldorf Early Childhood programs. Grades Camp for children in grades first through eighth will offer themed weeks such as gardening, games, puppetry, fine arts and crafting, with plenty of outdoor playtimes. Both camps will follow the latest health and safety guidelines, including drive-thru wellness checks at drop-off time each morning. Camp runs between June 14 to August 6.
Machris Mariposa Campus, 209 E. Mariposa Street, Altadena, pasadenawaldorf.org/summercamp
Available online or in person, this award-winning summer tech camp has been about giving kids a fun, confidence-boosting experience where they can explore and develop new multimedia skills with their friends since 2003. Whether it’s learning code, making movies, modding Minecraft or building robots, kids will use their summer to do incredible things with technology at this camp. Camp runs from June 28 to August 6.
Blair Middle School/Blair High School 250 Allendale Road, Pasadena,
School of Rock Pasadena
Get ready to rock out — literally. Campers between ages 7 to 18 can learn how to play in a band or learn to write songs with a variety of music camps and workshops that cover topics such as Beatles, Led Zeppelin, mixing and production, and more. No experience is required, but space is limited for these online camps. Musicians of any skill level who want to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard or sing can join. Camp runs between June 1 to August 13.
Steve and Kates Camp
Campers aged 4 to 12 will engage in pod-like groups called Squads for a multitude of interest-based activities. Squads include Stitching Society, Maker Crafts, Athletic Association, Coding and Gaming, and more. Campers will also have the opportunity to enjoy outdoor classes and recreation; wacky or wet inflatables; or a circuit of rotating activities like food and clay, animation stations and more. Camp runs between June 28 to August 20.
Walden School, 74 S. San Gabriel Boulevard, Pasadena, steveandkatescamp.com/pasadena
Summer of Surf
Summer of Surf is a surf and beach camo that provides daily transportation to the beach and has been serving Pasadena for seven years. It offers an array of beach activities, including surfing, boogie boarding, swimming and games. Its focus is on providing a safe and supportive atmosphere for children to grow and develop their skills in the ocean, whether they are brand new to the waves or they are experienced surfers. Camp runs between June 14 to August 20.
Jefferson Park (pickup location), 1525 Monte Vista Street, Pasadena, 626-250-0045, summerofsurf.com