Free and Reduced Cost Summer Camps at Los Angeles Parks Enrolling Now for Summer 2020

Yes, Los Angeles, there is summer camp. Not only that, there's free summer camp, cheap summer camp, and summer camp scholarships. And these are all live, in-person camps set up to help working families at 50 different parks around LA County.

Space is available now for these free and reduced cost programs that include mini-camps and full-day camps for kids ages six and up. The Board of Supervisors is offering both 50% and 100% scholarships for the LA County Parks 2020 Summer Camps programs—available on a first-come, first-served basis—to provide support for families that are slowly integrating back into the workforce. 

Registration ends Monday, July 13, for Session 2 which begins July 20. Session 3 begins August 3, 2020. Each session is two weeks long. 

Visit the online registration page to reserve a spot (and hopefully grab a scholarship). 

  • Select "Youth Programs" under Activities. Use the map or filters find a camp near you. Scholarship details are in the description of each camp.
  • Create an account for your household; add children to household account.
  • Select a camp. Add camp to Cart. Scholarship (if any) is applied at checkout.

The LA County Parks 2020 Summer Camps have more than 100 options for mini-camp and full-day camp sessions, with curricula focused on instilling positive youth development, learning new skills, and making friends as safely as possible. Themes include ESTEAM (environment, science, engineering, arts and math), non-contact sports, fitness, and arts and crafts. There are also free teen camps and workshops at some sites.

All camps will adhere to COVID-19 summer camp health guidelines that include physical distancing, cleaning, and the inclusion of personal protective equipment required for both staff and participants. Campers will be assigned to stable groupings during each session. County staff have been trained by the Public Health Department on the protocols required for summer camps.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is subsidizing the LA County Parks 2020 Summer Camps by offering scholarships at a free or discounted rate (from 50% to 100%). The availability of these scholarships is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. (Note that the discount will be applied at check-out.) 

“Thanks to the support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, we are able to offer free scholarships and affordable day camps for children and youth across the County,” says Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation Acting Director, Norma E. Garcia. “We understand that there are limited out-of-school camps this summer due to COVID-19, and therefore, we are joining together to ensure families have safe options for their children.”

Check out the full camp descriptions and details on the LA County Summer Camp 2020 webpage.

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