UCSB Summer Day Camp 2023
Registration coming soon!

Please Note: 'Walk-up' registration will not be accepted You must pre-register by the Friday before each session at Noon to secure space.

Parent Information Packet

Consent to Treat Docusign

Youth COVID-19 Symptom Screener

Weekly Schedules will be available one week prior to the start of each session.

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! Some of our favorites 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 actual age ranges at camp during a specific week.

  • Blue Crew — ages 5-6
  • Roadrunners — ages 7-8
  • Mapaches — ages 9-10
  • Gauchos — ages 11-14

Sessions run Monday–Friday with arrival time between 8:15–9:00am and departure time between 4:15–5:15pm. 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 20.

2023 Session Dates

Session 1  |  June 19 - 23*

Session 2  |  June 26 - 30

Session 3  |  July 3 - 7**

Session 4  |  July 10 - 14

Session 5  |  July 17 - 21

Session 6  |  July 24 - 28

Session 7  |  July 31 - August 4

Session 8  |  August 7 - 11

Session 9  |  August 14 - 18

*Camp WILL meet on June 19
**Camp WILL NOT meet July 4


Arts & Crafts
Beach Days
Field Trips
Group Games
Nature Hikes
Ropes Adventure Course


Special Events
Talent Show
Ultimate Frisbee
and much more!

2023 Weekly Theme Schedule

Session Dates Theme    



June 19 - 23


Athletes in Action
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!




June 26 - 30


Around the World
Join us this week as we take a tour around the world and explore a variety of cultures and traditions! 
Friday Dress Up: Represent your culture!




July 3 - 7


Under the Sea
This week campers will become ocean explorers as they learn about local ocean life as well as conservation efforts! 




July 10 - 14


Stars and Stripes
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!




July 17 - 21


Goin' Green
Goin’ Green! This week we will teach our campers the importance of recycling and the impact it has on our planet! Let’s do our part in protecting Earth!
Friday Dress Up: Wear Green!




July 24 - 28 


Creative Campers
For this week, our campers will show off their creative skills 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 prepare your act now!




July 31 - August 4


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!




August 7 - 11


California Adventure
This week we will take our campers on an educational and fun adventure around California as we explore its rich history! 




August 14 - 18


Young Einsteins
Get ready to challenge those brains! This week our campers will put on their lab coats as they explore the wonders of science and put their imaginations and creations to the test this week with some exciting science experiments! 


Summer Day Camp Staff

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

Counselors & Specialists

Our general staff consists of head counselors, individual group counselors, support counselors and specialists. The 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.

Summer Day Camp Counselor Job Description
Summer Day Camp Counselor Application

Jr Counselor Program

The UCSB Summer Day Camp 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 2023.

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 16, 2023.

The fee for participation in this program is $TBD, which includes a camp t-shirt and gives your child the option to participate in up to two full weeks of camp. 

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

Jr Counselor Program Information
Jr Counselor Application


Early Registration

$265 per week

Payment received 4 weeks or more before session begins. Guarantee your spot in camp by paying for all of your sessions at once or you can follow the payment schedule and still receive the discounted price.

Regular Registration

$290 per week

Last day to sign up for any session is the Friday (11:59PM) before the session begins. 


2023 Dates

Early - $265


Regular - $290



If Paid By


If Paid on or after


June 19 - 23

May 22


May 23


June 26 - 30

May 29


May 30


July 3 - 7*

June 5


June 6


July 10 - 14

June 12


June 13


July 17 - 21

June 19


June 20


July 24 - 28

June 26


June 27


July 31 - August 4

July 3


July 4


August 7 - 11

July 10


July 11


August 14 - 18

July 17


July 18


*Session 3 is prorated as follows due to the July 4th Holiday (No Camp on July 4th): $212   $232

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 Surf & Kayak Camp, Jr Lifeguards, the Summer Day camp and Surf & Kayak 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 Surf & Kayak 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.

Refunds & Cancellations

Review our Refund/Transfer/Cancellation Policy & Fees here