UCSB Department of Recreation current status of Summer 2021 youth programs - Updated 6/21/2021

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. We are confident in our ability to offer the UCSB Surf & Kayak Camp, Campus Pt. Junior Lifeguard Program and youth swim lessons following all safety protocols and still providing children with the summer enjoyment and activities they so desperately need. 

Surf & Kayak Camp and Junior Lifeguards: Registration open to all.
Youth Swim Lessons: Registration open to children of UCSB students, staff and faculty ONLY

As of June 21, face coverings are still required of all visitors to campus.

Please be aware that CDC guidelines still require a 10 day quarantine period for unvaccinated people following travel outside the state. Please keep this in mind should you have travel plans and complete the quarantine before returning to UCSB Youth Programs.


A Covid-19 Daily Symptom Screening is required of all participants and campus visitors.
Access the screening here.

While we cannot wait to serve our community this summer, we will not offer the UCSB Summer Day Camp in 2021. The UCSB Department of Recreation is committed to the health and well-being of each camper, staff, and community member. Given the pace of the UCSB campus reopening and an attempt to limit campus visitors this summer, we have determined that the most responsible option for our campers and staff is to not offer this program in 2021. The UCSB Department of Recreation has been an integral part of the community for the past 40 years, serving thousands of youth annually. We know that not offering the Summer Day Camp will come as a disappointment to our community, but we truly believe this is the safest decision for our community and we look forward to offering this program again in 2022. In the meantime, we hope to see our beloved campers and families in our beach and aquatic programs this summer. 
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this past year and moving forward. If you have any questions, please feel free to 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

2021 Registration on sale April 28 for UCSB Campus affiliates and May 1 for all others. 

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 
Age: 8-17

UCSB Surf & Kayak Camp

Surf & Kayak Camp

2021 Registration on sale April 28 for UCSB Campus affiliates and May 1 for all others. 

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

2021 Registration on sale May 26.
Open to children of UCSB students, staff and faculty ONLY.

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

Summer 2021 canceled.

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



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