UCSB Department of Recreation current status of Summer 2022 youth programs - Updated 3/10/22

We Are Back!!

We are excited to announce that we have received University approval to once again offer our safe, engaging, and fully outdoor beach and aquatic programs as well as the popular Summer Day Camp. We are confident in our ability to offer youth programming following recommended safety protocols while providing children with the summer enjoyment and activities they so desperately need. 

Campus policies regarding COVID-19 mitigation efforts can be found here: 

A COVID-19 Daily Symptom Screening is required of all participants and campus visitors.

Youth symptom screener:
This should be filled out by the child's parent or guardian.

Adult symptom screener:


We appreciate your patience and understanding during the past two years and moving forward. If you have any questions contact us at camps@recreation.ucsb.edu. To stay informed with the latest information about COVID-19 planning, preparedness, and prevention at UCSB, visit www.ucsb.edu/COVID-19-information.

Thank you and stay healthy!

Youth Programs Staff
UCSB Department of Recreation

Youth Programs

The UCSB Department of Recreation has provided quality youth programs to the Santa Barbara community for over 40 years and served thousands of youth annually. We prioritize safety in all of our youth programming and our staff is trained in CPR and first aid. Our summer programs are of great value yet affordable - the best deal in town!

Campers will be expecting a fun and enriching summer experience. Our programming utilizes the UCSB Recreation Center which includes multiple pools, sports fields, basketball courts, and more! Activities are also held throughout UCSB's campus such as our Adventure Ropes Course, gymnastics gymnasium, and on-campus beach, Campus Point.

For questions, contact camps@recreation.ucsb.edu or call (805) 893-3913.


Jr. Lifeguards

June 20, 2022 - Aug 11, 2022

Jr. Lifeguards provides youth the opportunity to learn and train with professional lifeguards. More than just a summer camp, this program provides participants a wide variety of skills in oceanography, first aid, CPR, water rescue techniques, mutual cooperation, competition techniques, and lifesaving methods. Our instructors are a mix of local teachers and college students with extensive lifeguarding experience.

Click here for more information and to register.

Cost: $480 per 4-week session, $865 for both sessions, $440 for each additional sibling 
Age: 8-17

UCSB Surf & Kayak Camp

Surf & Kayak Camp

June 20, 2022 - Aug 12, 2022

The Surf & Kayak Camp takes place at Campus Point, the beach on UCSB's campus. The camp includes surfing instruction, kayak instruction, beach activities and environmental education. This program is designed to encourage marine interaction through recreation and education, and is a unique opportunity for kids to learn about, respect and enjoy the resources our coast provides.

Click here for more information and to register.

Cost: $175 per week (Plus a one time $30 fee for a rash guard)
Ages: 9-15

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Swim Lessons

June 20, 2022 - Aug 11, 2022

We offer swim lessons for children ages three and up, all experience levels. Private and group lessons are available (depending on age and level). All lessons are taught by American Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructors. On sale beginning April 27 at 10 a.m.

Click here for more information and to register.

Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp

June 13, 2022 - Aug 12, 2022

Campers enjoy daily swimming at the Recreation Center, access to the UCSB Gymnastics Room, as well as weekly visits to the Adventure Ropes Course. Activities vary weekly and include arts and crafts, group games, movies and more! UCSB Summer Day Camp offers a variety of activities to engage children of all ages and interests. Our Jr. Counselor program is also available.

Click here for more information and to register.

Cost: $250-$275 per week
Ages: 5-14



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