Summer 2021 schedule, dates, and prices TBD. Please check back with us soon. 


We know that it may be a challenge to find safe summer fun for your children, so we wanted to share some resources that may help! Enjoy this Resource Guide.


UCSB Department of Recreation will not hold summer 2020 youth programs/camps

A Message About COVID-19 From UCSB Recreation Youth Programs
UCSB Recreation is committed to the health and well-being of each camper and staff member. In March 2020, most Recreation Department employees transitioned to working remotely, including Summer Camp staff. UCSB took preventative measures to help fight the spread of COVID-19. We continued to monitor public health and government recommendations as we planned and prepared for our in-person camp programs this summer. 

After evaluating the CDC’s, government, and University updates closely, we have determined that the most responsible option for our campers and staff is to cancel this summer’s youth programming. This includes our UCSB Summer Day Camp, Surf & Kayak Camp, Junior Lifeguard Camp, and youth swim lessons. This difficult decision falls in line with the cancellation of other on-campus summer programming. 

If you have already registered for any of our programs, rest assured that all fees will be refunded in full. No action is needed on your part. We will process all registration refunds by Friday, May 22nd. If you originally paid for your camper’s registration with a credit/debit card we will issue your refund through that original credit/debit payment method, which takes 3-10 business days to process. If you originally paid by cash/check for your camper’s registration or if for some reason we are unable to refund you via credit/debit card, you will receive a check in the mail with an estimated arrival date of 4-6 weeks. Due to current circumstances, checks may take longer to arrive.
The UCSB Department of Recreation has been an integral part of the community for the past 39 years, serving thousands of youth annually. We truly believe that this is the smartest and safest decision for our community and we cannot wait to come back next summer stronger than ever!
We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at To stay informed with the latest information about COVID-19 planning, preparedness and prevention at UCSB, visit
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 39 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 or call (805) 893-3913.

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Swim Lessons

Check back for information on Fall 2020 lessons.

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.

Click here for more information and to register.

Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp

We will be back in 2021!

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: $175-$205 per week
Ages: 5-14

UCSB Surf & Kayak Camp

Surf & Kayak Camp

We will be back in 2021!

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: $125 per week (Plus a one time $25 fee for a rash guard)
Ages: 9-15


Jr. Lifeguards

We will be back in 2021!

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: $395 per 4-week session | $650 for both sessions
Age: 8-17



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