Summer Day Camp

JUNE 17 - AUGUST 16, 2024


Drop Off Window
8:15 - 9:00 am

Pick Up Window
4:00 - 4:45 pm

The Annual UCSB Summer Day Camp provides a fun, energetic, and active environment in which children can enhance the development of their physical and interpersonal skills!

We pride ourselves on offering 9 full weeks of exciting opportunities for your children to build relationships with their co-campers, use our incredible facilities, and engage in a day full of activities! Highlights include pool time, ropes course, arts & crafts, and fun Fridays!

In addition, we host themed weeks where we provide our campers with additional educational opportunities to learn more about the Environment, Protecting Our Oceans, Cultures of the World, and so much more!

We look forward to your camper joining us for another great summer!




Registration Information

Please fill out this online Consent To Treat form on or before your child's first day in the program.

Camp is for all children ages 5-14 and is divided into four age groups. The age groups shown below are approximate and could vary depending on the age ranges at camp during a specific week.

Sessions run Monday – Friday from 8:15am - 4:45pm, with drop-off from 8:15 - 9am and pick-up from 4 - 4:45pm. We do not offer pro-rated prices for partial weeks.

Swim Lessons must be purchased separately. Counselors are available to walk children to 4:30pm lessons only. Parents must pick-up 4:30pm lesson participants at the Rec Cen. Swim Lessons run Monday-Thursday for two week sessions beginning June 26.

Extended Care

Extended care is available for purchase during registration, in which parents/guardians can receive an additional two hours of care.
Hours: 7:15am - 8:15am; 4:45pm - 5:45pm; *Drop-Off: 7:15am - 8:00am; Pick-Up: 5:00pm - 5:45pm

Please Note: 'Walk-up' registration will not be accepted You must pre-register by the Friday before each session at 10am to secure space.
Parent Information Packet
Consent to Treat Docusign
Youth Programs Authorized Pick Up - Add On
Youth Programs Friend In Group - Add On

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Blue Crew
Ages 5 - 6

Blue Crew Camp Schedule


Ages 7 - 8

Roadrunners Camp Schedule

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Ages 9 - 10

Mapaches Camp Schedule

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Ages 11 - 14

Gauchos Camp Schedule

2024 Session Schedule

Session 1


June 17 - 21*


Camp Olympics
On your marks, get set, GO! This week, campers will show off their Olympic skills as they learn about different ways of getting active and having fun! Be prepared to run, skip, and leap as we explore different sports.
Friday Dress Up: Rock your Sportswear!


Session 2


June 24 - 28


My Spidey Senses are tingling! This week campers will embody their favorite superheroes while participating in games and crafts! 
Friday Dress Up: Dress as your favorite Superhero!


Session 3


July 1 - 5*


Party in the USA
Happy Fourth Of July! This week we will join together in celebration of the independence of our great nation!
Friday Dress Up: Red, White, & Blue / Stars!


Session 4


July 8 - 12


The Great Outdoors
"Camper" takes on a whole new meaning this week. Children enrolled in camp this week will get to explore the great outdoors and see all of the exciting surprises that nature and Campus has to offer!


Session 5


July 15 - 19


Carnival week is one of our favorites and is jam packed with exciting activities! Join us for the fun this week where we bring out our Rock Wall, Bounce Houses, Carnival games and so much more!


Session 6


July 22 - 26 


Magical World of Camp
This week, campers will be surrounded by the magic of the Happiest Place on Earth! They will get to enjoy themed games and crafts about all of their favorite characters.
Friday Dress Up: Disney Merch!



Session 7


July 29 - August 2


Around the World
Incoming travel! This week, campers will get to explore different cultures and learn about what makes them all different! We’ll be flying all around the world.
Friday Dress Up: Represent Your Culture!


Session 8


August 5 - 9


Camps Got Talent
For this week, our campers will show off their creative skills and talent as they paint, craft, and create. Campers will end their week with a talent show, with the option to either participate or watch, so be sure to start preparing your act now!


Session 9


August 12 - 16


Summer Send Off!
Campers will end their summer the right way with our week-long counselor games and an epic music festival to send them back to school. Campers will dance, play, run, and jump their way back into school!

*Camp WILL meet on June 19, but WILL NOT meet on July 4.

Weekly Camp Activities

Arts & Crafts
Beach Days
Field Trips
Group Games


Nature Hikes
Ropes Adventure Course
Special Events


Talent Show
Ultimate Frisbee
and much more!

Youth Programs Staff

The UCSB Summer Day Camp is run by the Department of Recreation. All Camp staff are CPR & First Aid Certified. Camp staff include: Youth Programs staff,  the Youth Programs Student Manager, Head Counselors, Arts & Sports Specialists, Junior Counselors, and the Youth Programs Coordinator.

Counselors & Specialists

Our general staff consists of head counselors, individual group leaders, support counselors and specialists. Head Counselors are credentialed teachers and/or professionals with five or more years of camp experience. Individual and support counselors are credentialed teachers, college students and instructors from the local community. Our specialists are qualified instructors in the fields of swimming, arts & crafts, gymnastics, drama, kayaking, rock climbing and martial arts.


Jr Counselor Program

The Department of Recreation Junior Counselor Program provides children the opportunity to learn and develop valuable communication and leadership skills. The Junior Counselor Program is for children that are highly motivated and who can demonstrate the ability to take on the responsibilities of being a leader amongst their peers and the challenges that come with it. Junior Counselors will work under the direct supervision of the UCSB Summer Day Camp Including Camp Counselors, Head Counselors, and the Youth Programs Coordinator. At the time of enrollment, your child must either be an incoming Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior in Highschool for Fall of 2024.

This is a volunteer position. Service may count towards community service/volunteer requirements. Community service paperwork must be submitted to the Youth Programs Coordinator no later than August 14, 2024.

The fee for participation in this program is  as follows:

  • $80 for up to 2 Sessions
  • $160 for up to 4 Sessions
  • $240 for up to 6 Sessions
  • $320 for up to 9 Sessions

Registration for this program includes a T-Shirt. In addition to the registration fee, students will be required to complete an online Bullying Prevention training prior to their first day.

Positions are available at the Summer & Spring Day Camp only. We do not allow Jr Counselors to work at the Surf & Kayak Camp.



Early Registration

$280 per week

Payment must be received 4+ weeks before your session begins. See below for Early Registration deadlines for each session.

Regular Registration

$305 per week

Last day to sign up for any session is the Friday before the session begins at 10am.

Extended Care

$50 per week

Extended care must be purchased at the time of registration. We do not offer pro-rated prices for partial weeks.


2024 Dates

Early - $280


Regular - $305



If Paid By


If Paid on or after


June 17 - 21

May 20


May 21


June 24 - 28

May 27


May 28


July 1 - 5*

June 3


June 4


July 8 - 12

June 10


June 11


July 15 - 19

June 17


June 18


July 22 - 26

June 24


June 25


July 29 - August 2

July 1


July 2


August 5 - 9

July 8


July 9


August 12 - 16

July 15


July 16


*Session 3 is prorated as follows due to the July 4th Holiday (No Camp on July 4th): $224   $244

Payments must be received by the above dates to qualify for promotional price. Postmarks will NOT be accepted. Price increases take effect online at midnight on dates indicated. In person payments must be made by 5pm on dates indicated.

Family Discount

If you have more than one child between the ages of 5 and 14, you can save $15 per additional child when they attend the same session(s). This discount is valid for siblings only and does not apply to the first child. This discount is only valid when both children attend the full day at the Summer Day Camp. Discount CANNOT be used for Beach 'n Surf Camp, Jr Lifeguards, the Summer Day camp and Beach 'n Surf Camp Combo or other UCSB Sports Camps. For instance if one child is at the Summer Day Camp and the other is combining the Day Camp with Beach 'n Surf Camp, there is no sibling discount allowed.

To receive the sibling discount rate you must sign your first child up at the full rate then sign additional children up in the corresponding "Sibling" course.