Summer camps promote exploration and self-expression within a hands-on learning environment. At camp, children have a unique opportunity to find independence, community, and friendship. With prime locations near the ocean, parks, and campgrounds, North County San Diego boasts a wide variety of summer camps for children and teens of all ages and interests for the artist, athlete, comedian, or animal lover in the family. Whether a child or teen is looking for a traditional camp experience, a weekend science and discovery camp, a creative experience with an art camp, or a chance to get moving with a sports camp, summer camps in North County cater to them all. The ZCode 2016 Summer Camp Guide gives the inside scoop on the camp options available this upcoming season. We invite you to read along and discover the adventure awaiting you.

Something for Everyone at Maranatha Christian Schools Summer Camps

Academics, Athletics, Performing Arts, and Fun for Grades K-8

Celebrating 25 years of Academic Excellence!

[su_heading]by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography[/su_heading]

It may seem hard to believe, but summer is rapidly approaching. Local parents and children looking for summer enrichment at reasonable prices in a safe and nurturing environment can find a wide variety of academic, athletic, and fun-filled options at Maranatha Christian Schools (MCS). “In the heart of the 4S Ranch community is a thriving summer camp with opportunities for all ages. MCS offers over 20 enrichment classes, musical theater camps, and sports camps,” explained Jess Hetherington, MCS Superintendent. “We also offer a Summer Games program, which is a one week multi-sports camp for ages five to 12. MCS partners with K.I.D.S. Therapy Associates to welcome special needs students to the camp.”

“The most important quality of our program,”Jess emphasized, “is our desire to see students achieve their highest potential through arts, academics, and athletics with the gifts and talents God has given them.”

One of the most popular MCS camps is Summer Theatre Arts camp, a two-week expe rience that culminates in students performing a Broadway showcase production. During the camp, students will rotate and attend classes such as voice, acting, tumbling, dance, set-design, and stage make-up. “Our theater camp has become so popular that inquiries are already rolling in. It fills to capacity every year, and spaces fill up quickly,” revealed Hetherington.

“Children learn and play in a safe Christian environment. Classes are divided by grade level to ensure appropriate levels of challenge and participation.”

The program is designed to allow students to mix and match academics with fun classes for a well-balanced camp experience. Academic enrichment options range from general kindergarten up to ninth grade including subject-specific English, math, science, and computer courses. Fun classes include rocketry, arts and crafts, cooking, gardening, and other extracurricular fields to explore.

General summer camp sessions are broken into two three-week sessions, allowing for part-time or full-time attendance. Students can attend a single class or multiple classes that are divided into morning and afternoon schedules. Theater camp will be offered during one two-week session (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.).

According to Hetherington, MCS has a reputation for friendliness, safety, and cleanliness. “Our program is professionally managed by individuals who are passionate about building self-esteem in children. Our Christ-centered culture encourages a high level of dignity and respect, based on a solid foundation of ethics and morality,” stated Hetherington. Safety is a top priority, with each child signed in and out of the camp programs by a parent or guardian. All staff must pass a Live Scan ® screen and background check, and are trained in CPR and first aid. A majority of the summer staff consists of credentialed teachers and varsity coaches who are employed by MCS during the school year.

MCS is excited about welcoming the community to another summer of enrichment and exploration, “Summer session helps increase grades, confidence, and motivation all year long,” added Hetherington. “We provide a highly engaging learning environment that inspires students to work harder, reach higher, and achieve more success throughout the school year – and we have a lot of fun along the way!”

For more information please visit www.maranathachristianschools.org. The complete listing of camps and activities will be available after March 14, 2016.


Name of Business: Maranatha Christian Schools
Name of Superintendent: Jess Hetherington
Year of Establishment: 1991
Address: 9050 Maranatha Dr., San Diego, CA 92127
Website: www.maranathachristianschools.org
Email: mcs@maranathachristianschools.org
Phone: 858-759-9737
Description of Business: Maranatha Christian Schools is a Christ-centered learning community where students experience God’s love, are equipped to fulfill God’s unique call and purpose, and excel in their God-given potential through academics, arts, and athletics.

Bronco Ball Youth Camps

If your child or teen is looking to improve their athletic skills this summer, look no further than Bronco Ball Youth Summer Camps. Bronco Ball offers high-quality instruction from experienced professional, college, and high school coaches who are hand-selected for their ability to teach and coach. For boys and girls ages 6 to 14, Bronco Ball camps will teach your student the fundamentals of the game while incorporating the team concept.

Each camp session runs for four days, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and each day includes group warm-ups, various skill clinics, game time, and team practices. What makes the program stand out, however, is their philosophy on the importance of skill enhancement. Coach Nick Gehler explained, “We are committed to helping campers improve their individual basketball skills in all areas of the game. Our camp philosophy is to treat each student as an individual.” At the end of the camp, each player will receive a skills assessment so they know what areas they should work on. Former player Tyler Fricke attested to the abilities of Bronco Ball coaches, “Coach Gehler is a player’s coach whose passion for the game brings out the best in his players. He is a great leader and mentor on and off the court.” Camp sessions run from June 13-16, 20-23, and 27-30, and the cost is $215. For more information visit www.rbbroncoball.com or call 760-960-1397.

Cathedral Catholic High School

Cathedral Catholic High School (CCHS), centrally located in Carmel Valley, offers a wide variety of summer enrichment and athletic programs for students currently in grades 3 through 11. Your student will be challenged in a safe environment that is intellectual, physical, creative, and, most importantly, fun!

The enrichment programs and athletic camps are offered June 20 through Aug. 5, with morning and afternoon sessions available. They are structured to hone academic and critical thinking skills, develop self-confidence, and foster motivation. The week-long sessions include a wide variety of programs, including a salute to Disney Drama Camp, Pre-Engineering, Digital Photography, soccer, tennis, football, baseball, and boys’ lacrosse, to name a few.

The academic acceleration courses are six weeks long and will run from June 20 through July 29 and July 11 through July 29, with the exception of the three-week Government and Economics program. Classes last from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CCHS offers online courses in World History, U.S. History, Economics, Government, and P.E. CCHS on-campus courses include various Math, Science (including Introduction to STEAM), and language courses. Unique courses include Computer Science and Engineering, Introduction to Web Design, and Introduction to Programming.

Please visit the school’s website for more information and registration at www.CathedralCatholic.org or call 858-523-4000.

North County Soccer Park

While North County Soccer Park (NCSP) lets children get in on the action with soccer and baseball classes year-round, they provide even more in-depth morning lessons during their summer camp sessions. From June to August, NCSP – the longest running arena soccer facility in Southern California – invites local children of any skill level to learn about soccer and baseball while having fun and making friends on the field. “Our soccer and baseball camps are for any boy or girl, regardless of skill, who are 4-12 years old,” said NCSP’s David Brennan.

Each camp session runs for one week per month, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. During a typical day, all campers participate in a combined group warm-up, before breaking up into their age and skill-appropriate groups for the rest of the morning. With a small coach-to-camper ratio, coaches are able to interact personally and get to know each camper, thus better providing them with lessons of sportsmanship, skill development, and safety. In addition to the well-qualified coaching staff, NCSP offers versatile facilities that include both turf and grass fields. With fun always being the focus, David said, “We know it’s been a great camp day when the kids are smiling, laughing, and talking to mom or dad about what they learned that day.”

Soccer camps run different weeks from baseball camps, with the exception of August. This summer, NCSP’s soccer camps run June 13-17, July 11-15, and Aug. 8-12. Baseball camps will run June 20-24, July 18-22, and Aug. 8-12. The cost of $130 per camper includes their camp shirt given to them the first day, a concession drink every day, and award certificate on the final day of camp. To learn more about NCSP visit www.ncspsoccer.com or call 858-748-4260.

Rancho Family YMCA

This summer the Rancho Family YMCA offers kids and teens the chance to explore, create, and imagine through a variety of camps and programs. Summer camps are separated by grade level to allow campers to develop friendships and learn with their peers. Camp Director Sarah Trujillo said, “Y camp is F.A.B. We believe that children thrive in environments where they can create FRIENDSHIPS, gain a sense of ACHIEVEMENT, and feel a sense of BELONGING. It is our priority to ensure that whether your child is with us for one week or ten that they leave Y camp with new friends, new experiences, and a place to call their own.” This summer, the Rancho Family YMCA is hosting 24 brand new camps and many favorites including Equestrian & More, Kids in the Kitchen, and multiple LEGO-themed camps. The Rancho Family YMCA believes that every child should have the opportunity to experience Y camp, and through generous donations from the community are able to provide financial assistance and reasonable additional support to campers with special needs. By choosing the Y you are joining a day camp program that is American Camp Association accredited, meeting the highest standards in the nation’s day camping industry. To learn more visit www.rancho.ymca.org/camp or call 858-484-8788.

PUSD Summer Youth Enrichment Camps

Poway Unified School District’s (PUSD) Summer Youth Enrichment Camps offer a variety of fun and enriching activities for students this summer. Children can nurture their minds by focusing on study skills, coding and keyboarding, storytelling, or even foreign languages. If they’re looking to get creative, then camps in culinary, visual, and performing arts are also offered, with classes ranging from photography to sewing to cooking. Sports and fitness camps are also available for those interested in getting active this summer.

Each camp runs for one week and is open to students post kindergarten through eighth grade. All activities are age-appropriate, with campers being grouped by level: post kindergarten to second grade, grades three to five, and middle school. Camps are offered from June 13 through July 1, with new classes starting each Monday. For more information visit www.powayadultschool.com or call 858-668-4024. Early bird discounts will be available when registration begins on March 16.

Prodigy Dance Company

Prodigy Dance Company’s (PDC) Summer Dance Camps, offered for students ages 3 to18, are a great option for students interested in a wide variety of dance styles and techniques. “Our camps incorporate fun and appropriate music and movement for each age level,” said Owner Melissa Sanchez. “It is important to create a positive and nurturing environment, so each dancer leaves the camp with a smile on their face and wanting more.” The company also provides summer intensives – which utilize professional teachers and choreographers – for dancers of all ages and skill level.

Each dance camp runs for four days throughout July and August, and most camps offer both half-day and full-day options depending on the age group. July features camps such as a So You Think You Can Dance and Dance on Broadway for various ages, as well as Pretty Princess Camp for ages 3 to 5. During the month of August, dancers can participate in Frozen Dance Party, as well as Just Dance! for ages 6 to 8 and 9 to11. Snacks, water, and fun memories are guaranteed for each camper. “Our dance camps are fun and interactive, incorporating not only dance but also crafts related to dance,” said Melissa.

PDC’s nurturing environment and challenging programs help their students grow not only as dancers but also as individuals. Their staff, who always go the extra mile for students, gives special attention to each dancer to ensure the best learning experience possible. If you’re interested in joining the Prodigy family and turning your child’s dreams into a reality visit www.prodigydance.com or call 858-484-8032.

Del Mar Pines School

Del Mar Pines School, in the heart of Carmel Valley, will kick off their 26th season of Summer Discoveries. The school’s day camp programs offer a wide selection of classes to choose from that create an enriching and fun experience for children. Parents can choose from Session I, running from June 20 through July 7, and/or Session II, running from July 11 to July 28. Space is limited and classes fill up fast.

Del Mar Pines School courses provide a blend of academics and creativity. The highly regarded reading and writing workshops are always very popular. Other enriching classes include but are not limited to subjects such as math, science, arts and crafts, ceramics, sports, baking, theater, computer science coding, and more. There’s truly something that caters to every child’s interest and unique needs.

Summer day camps at Del Mar Pines School are open to all children from kindergarten through sixth grade. The school offers morning and afternoon programs Monday through Thursday, offering flexibility to children and their parents who can register for either or both. The school’s camp setup is designed to help parents provide their child with a stimulating and creative summer, while also accommodating their own schedules. Del Mar Pines School is celebrating 38 years of academic excellence and recently opened a new building which will further enhance the learning experience of Del Mar Pines students and its summer day campers.

To learn more about Del Mar Pines School visit www.delmarpines.com for course descriptions, schedules, and registration forms. The school recommends signing up early, so call 858-481-5615 to confirm space availability.

Studio West Recording Arts Camps

Musical teens can hone their skills and have a blast in San Diego’s largest professional recording studio, which has hosted the likes of Blink-182, Ike Turner, and the Arctic Monkeys. Musicians and non-musicians of all skill levels are welcome – there are plenty of roles for everyone, from singer to musician to producer to engineer.

Attendees get hands-on time in a world-class recording facility, experiencing exactly what goes into making great-sounding music. Students will learn songwriting techniques and other skills such as how to create electronic music, how to record instruments and vocals, and how to produce and arrange a song, all while using top recording industry software. Starting with a basic melody, by the end of the week attendees will take home an original composition they’ve arranged, produced, and recorded.

Studio West has been teaching Recording Arts for 10 years. Programs span teenagers to industry professionals and include industry certifications and a year-long degree program in Recording Arts for those interested in a professional career in the audio industry. After-school programs are also offered throughout the school year. Week-long camps run Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at our location in Rancho Bernardo, from June 20 to Aug. 5. Get a 10% discount for signing up by April 15 at www.StudioWestTraining.com.

Outpost Summer Camps

Inspired by 14 summers of camp experience as a camper, counselor, and director, Stuart Jones decided to start his own venture, Outpost Summer Camps, after moving to San Diego in 2001. As the current owners and directors of the camp, Stuart and his wife Kelly strive to provide children with a traditional camp experience that they deserve, complete with outdoor adventures and lasting friendships. A summer at Outpost is free from distraction, as the programs are 100 percent outdoors and device-free – the directors call it “outside and unplugged.” The camps are open to children ages

3 to 14, and according to Stuart, “Each camp has exciting, age-appropriate activities for the different age groups, but all share in the philosophy of creative, spontaneous fun facilitated by the counselors and campers.”

Their three-week sessions are what make Outpost so unique. Stuart explained, “By staying longer at camp, children of all temperaments have enough time to learn names, get completely comfortable with routines, and make and keep new friends.” Another way the camps stand out is with their commitment to safety. Outpost Camps have been continuously accredited by the American Camp Association and have also received Markel Insurance’s coveted Safety First designation for many consecutive seasons with a perfect safety record.

Stuart and his wife both have graduate degrees in psychology and bring years of long-term child development experience to Outpost. Additionally, the duo hires, trains, and retains their director team from their best counselors, who have invested eight to 10 years at the camps and are specialized in their programs. For more information about Outpost Summer Camps visit www.outpostsummercamps.com or call 858-842-4900.

The Inspired Mind Learning Center

Established in 2013, The Inspired Mind Learning Center inspires children in grades K-12 to achieve greater academic success with the help of math tutoring, STEM classes, and test prep courses. When the center introduced their first camp program during winter 2014, it was so wildly successful that they expanded their programs to the summer, providing students with a more in-depth experience.

“Our camps are academically challenging and intellectually stimulating,” said David Robins, the center’s founder. “We expect students to learn the material presented to them and be able to apply it to the projects they create. Our camps are both fun and educational.” Inspired Mind Learning Center’s summer camps utilize project-based learning that helps develop skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, and collaboration. Programs such as coding and robotics are offered for older students, while younger students can enjoy camps like Dino-Roar! or Art Smart. This summer, the center is also bringing back their popular CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Weird Science camps.

Camps rotate by age groups, with one week focused on kindergartners through fifth grade, and the next week switching to grades six through nine. For each age group, parents can choose between half-day (one subject) or full-day (two subjects) programs. “Every activity is designed to ignite children’s natural curiosity and provides the opportunity to develop critical skills they will use their entire life,” said David. With a dedicated staff and high quality programming, The Inspired Mind Learning Center can provide campers with a summer experience that allows them to bring home fun hand-made projects and a new love for learning. Learn more at www.myinspiredmind.com or call 858-231-8477.

Rockin’ Jump

Rockin’ Jump, The Ultimate Trampoline Park, is located at 8190 Miralani Dr. Attractions include a large free-jump trampoline arena, two trampoline dodgeball arenas, X-Beam Jousting, Basket Ball Dunk lanes, a Air Bag Stunt Jump arena, a toddler-only jump area, a Vertical Ops rock climbing wall, and an 18-hole outdoor mini-golf course. They have an on-site café and provide a great venue for parties and camps of any type, including corporate parties and team-building events.

Rockin’ Jump hours are Monday through Thursday 3 to 8 p.m., Friday 3 to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. They cater to the younger jumpers with Rockin’ Tots, where parents can bond with their young ones on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. They will open early for large private parties and camps.

Follow Rockin’ Jumps on Facebook for specials and announcements. They can be reached at 858-693-JUMP (5867) or sandiego-ca@rockinjump.com.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego (BGCGSD) is committed to helping kids of all backgrounds and interests develop into well-rounded, successful young adults. “Our clubs are an age-appropriate place of physical and emotional safety and stability for our club members, where they have structure and clearly defined boundaries,” said Brandon Horrocks, Vice President of Operations. “Our youth can build strong, positive connections with adult role models and their peers. The staff makes the club feel like a home where members can be free to be themselves and enjoy being kids.”

BGCGSD focuses on programs that promote academic success, character development, and healthy lifestyles. The Clubs offer an Ultimate Summer Camp for all ages. A Summer Adventure Club for middle-schoolers is available at select sites, including 4S Ranch and Poway. A typical camp week includes arts and crafts, computer lab time, physical fitness activities, game room time, and field trips.

Learn more about the programs at www.sdyouth.org.

Horizon Prep Summer

Horizon Prep Summer offers students entering pre-school, elementary school, middle school, and high school outstanding opportunities for enrichment, advancement, and fun, both inside and outside the classroom.

Horizon Prep students, as well as community guests and friends, are invited to attend summer courses where they can explore interests, develop important skills, improve athletic ability, and become even more prepared for the challenges of the next academic level. Students will find the summer program offerings diverse, engaging, and interactive! Horizon Prep’s goal is to ensure that each student is challenged to develop their abilities so they can excel in the classroom and beyond.

Horizon Prep is a Christ-centered, classical school with a reputation for academic excellence and a campus filled to the brim with joyful learners. The school brings that same commitment and excitement to Prep Summer. HP’s enthusiastic teachers and faculty are ready to provide a spiritual, educational, challenging, and fun-filled summer experience.

Enrichment courses • For-credit courses
Summer athletic camps • And more!
Sessions offered June-August 2016

Visit horizonprep.org to find everything you need: registration forms, dates, and course catalogs. It’s going to be a great time at Prep Summer 2016!

Danceology Performing Arts Campus

Introduce your young camper to the art of dance with an exciting camp at Danceology Performing Arts Campus. Danceology offers a variety of camps and classes throughout the summer session to provide flexibility for every family and fun for every budding dancer. Catering to young girls of all experience levels, programs range from five different tiny tot camps to intermediate workshops for dancers with at least one year of dance experience. And for those who haven’t danced before, Danceology Owner Nicole Lucia shared, “It’s never too late to start!” She continued, “We introduce young campers to the art of dance in a child-friendly environment, using proven methods of age-appropriate techniques to instill a love for the beauty of movement. We assess each dancer’s individual level and commitment and recommend classes specially designed for your child’s need.”

Themed tiny tot camps for dancers aged three to five years old run Mondays through Thursdays, and include three different classes each day along with breaks for crafts and snacks. On the last day, dancers perform in a special in-studio showcase for families and friends. Tiny Tot and Beginner Program Director Julia Pearson said, “Every week, our dance camps offer new routines and themed music with special props to enrich the dance experience. Your camper can go all five weeks and learn new routines each time!”

The high-quality instruction, professional facility, and engaging programs bring summer campers back year after year. Proud Danceology parent Sabrina Roux shared, “We treasure every summer spent at Danceology. My daughter would not be as poised and well-rounded of a dancer today without having started in one of Danceology’s dance camps.” To learn more about Danceology’s summer camps visit www.danceology.biz or call 858-613-1155.

Mathnasium Summer Programs

With school out of session, summer can be tons of fun – but it can also lead to a loss of academic skills called the “summer slide.” Luckily, Mathnasium is here to stop the decline! Students can close gaps from the previous year, deepen problem solving skills, build up their mastery of math facts and number sense, get a refresher for an upcoming course, or get a head start on skills they will learn in the new year.

The summer program offers drop-in sessions for students in grades 1 to 12. The initial assessment helps the talented Mathnasium team develop an individualized learning plan for each student, and later, a progress report to document growth and achievement by the end of summer. The Mathnasium Method has demonstrated great success in helping kids catch up, keep up, or get ahead in math. Call now!

4S Ranch

10543 4S Commons Dr., Suite 17

San Diego, CA 92127


13557 Poway Rd.

Poway, CA 92064

Rancho Peñasquitos

9873 Carmel Mountain Rd.

San Diego, CA 92129

South Escondido

1835 S Centre City Pkwy., Ste G

Escondido, CA 92025

Country Montessori School

This summer, parents who want to give their children the opportunity to broaden their horizons need look no further than local Country Montessori School (CMS). The three-acre campus, located in a convenient, peaceful area of Poway, will be open for seven weeks of week-long sessions, with half-day and full-day options available. Cricket Camp is open to children ages 2.5 through Kindergarten, and Kookaburra Camp is open to children in first through fourth grade. Each session will have a different theme, from exploring Ancient Greece to Dr. Seuss to Fun with Aeronautics. “All camps include art, music, and movement related to each theme,” said Adela Corrales, Head of School.

CMS is Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredited and a full member of the American Montessori society. “All camps are led by CMS staff,” explained Sheila Walker, Director of Admissions and Enrollment. “It’s a great way to introduce your child to the school if you are considering enrolling in the future.”

Discover more at www.countrymontessori.org.

4S Dance Academy

Your child’s imagination and enthusiasm for dance will soar this summer with 4S Dance Academy’s (4SDA) Summer Dance Camps! 4SDA has designed several different programs to inspire dancers ages three and up. “Our smaller class sizes provide a nurturing environment in which our dancers are encouraged to imagine and create while still learning the proper ballet and dance technique,” expressed 4SDA Owner Shay Galloway.

Younger dancers will learn about different fairytales and storybook ballets throughout the week by dancing and acting them out. They will create props and headpieces that will bring their characters to life throughout class and during the in-studio performance for parents at the end of the week. Older dancers will be able to take their technique and training to the next level with 4SDA’s Summer Intensive Camps. Curriculum will include daily ballet class, as well as pointe/pre-pointe, variations, jazz, contemporary, and so much more. To learn more visit www.4sdanceacademy.com.

All-Star Academy

With close to 60 programs, All-Star Academy provides children with a well-rounded summer camp experience that implements educational, athletic, and imaginative activities for campers. Focusing on elementary students during the school year, they expand their summer programs to middle school students. During regular camp sessions, the Academy allows campers to explore sports like tennis, ice skating, swim, dance, and more. In addition, they offer engaging STEAM classes – including but not limited to Game Design and Lego Robotic Engineering – that foster critical thinking and problem solving skills. To keep the environment fresh and vibrant, classes change weekly and different themes are carried out throughout summer. For fifth to eighth graders interested in challenging themselves, All-Star Academy offers their unique Youth Academic and Leadership Camp, which features programs such as Speech and Debate, SAT Vocabulary, Competition Math, and more.

“At All-Star, our mission is to provide balance to students’ lives as well as their parents’ during the summer through a diverse group of hands-on, enjoyable, engaging programs,” said Nina Hong, Executive Director. “We are dedicated to providing a wide variety of high-quality programs all in one summer camp.” To accommodate parents’ busy work schedules, All-Star is open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. full-day and extended day camps are optional, with programs offered at different times throughout the day. All-Star also offers an excellent value for parents, providing various programs at pricing that
fits families’ needs.

Kindergarten through fifth grade camps are held on-site at All-Star Academy, while sixth through eighth grade camps are hosted at a local middle school. All classes and activities are designed age appropriately, with students’ skills and interests in mind. Every activity and lesson at All-Star is brought to life by qualified professional instructors and teachers who have earned master’s degrees, bachelor degrees, and California teaching credentials. To learn more about All-Star Academy’s value and programming visit www.all-staracademy.com or call 858-217-5990 or 858-356-7751.

Kumon Math and Reading Center

With convenient locations in 4S Ranch and Rancho Bernardo, Kumon Math and Reading Center is ready to help local students unlock their potential so they can achieve more on their own. Founded in Japan in 1958, the learning method uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration, and develop better study skills. Kumon has 26,000 centers in 48 countries and more than four million students studying worldwide.

“Our program is completely individualized based on each students abilities,” shared Diana Shyu, Director of the Rancho Bernardo center. “We cover a wide range of material that’s suitable for a three-year-old or a high schooler.” The Kumon Math Program can take students all the way from counting to calculus; the Kumon Reading Program runs from basic phonics to advanced reading comprehension. Visit www.kumon.com/4s-ranch and www.kumon.com/rancho-bernardo to learn more, or follow www.facebook.com/Kumon.

Del Mar Junior Lifeguard Program

If your child’s idea of the perfect summer day includes heading to the water, consider Del Mar Junior Lifeguard’s camp programs for a summer of improved self-esteem, physical fitness, and fun. With one, two, and four-week sessions offered for youth ages 9 through 17 – and a Little Turtles program for those ages seven and eight – Del Mar Junior Lifeguard provides a fun, safe environment for children and teens to learn new skills and knowledge pertaining to the beach and ocean environment. Each day’s activities include games, warm-up swims, surf and oceanography lessons, and mock rescues. “Some activities are for fun and some can help save a life,” shared Director Turtle Rudolph. “We are here to learn and have fun, make new friends, push ourselves physically and mentally, and expand our horizons.”

All Del Mar Junior Lifeguard instructors have at least three years of experience as ocean lifeguards, as well as current CPR and First Aid certificates, in addition to holding specialty certificates. Turtle commented, “All of our instructors are extremely proud of what they do. Each strives to pass their excitement for the ocean and their sense of discipline and integrity along to their students.” Visit www.delmarjg.com or call 760-944-1657 to sign up.

Southern California Ballet

Young dancers of all backgrounds can discover a passion for dance this summer at Southern California Ballet. In addition to regular weekly classes, the award-winning company is excited to offer two different categories of camps – Weekly Recreational Camp and Summer Intensive. “The summer camps are meant to introduce new dancers to our curriculum in an enjoyable and educational manner,” said Executive Director Kate Hirsh.

The Weekly Recreational Camp on mornings in June is specially geared for children aged four to six and aged seven to nine. Younger children are introduced to dance through storytelling and creative techniques. Ages seven to nine can explore ballet and a variety of dance styles from contemporary to hip-hop – anything you might see on So You Think You Can Dance. “Emphasis is placed on proper warm-up, safe stretching techniques, mastering specific moves, finding the dancer’s inner style, and having fun!” added Kate.

For dancers who already have some experience in dance, the four-week summer intensive is a great way to delve deeper into the world of dance. Intermediate to advanced dancers have the opportunity to explore the Cecchetti ballet curriculum, commercial-style jazz, modern, contemporary, Stanislavsky method acting, classical Chinese dance, dance history, and pointe classes. Dancers can sign up for one-week sessions or all four weeks from July 5 through Aug. 1.

Southern California Ballet is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary of creative excellence under the continuing leadership of renowned Artistic Director Sylvia Palmer. Discover more at

Pacific Swim and Rancho Arbolitos Swim and Tennis Camps

The philosophy at Pacific Swim and Rancho Arbolitos Swim and Tennis Camps is all about having fun while making friends, learning sportsmanship, and building skills. Spring Swim & Tennis Camp will run from April 11 to 15; Summer Swim & Tennis Camps will run from June 13 to Aug. 12; and Summer Swim Team will run from June 13 to Aug. 13.

Swim & Tennis Camp

Parents can choose full-day camps or half-day camps. Weeklong sessions feature tennis or swim and tennis combined. “For 20 years our camps have provided a safe place in the summer for kids to make new friends while learning to swim and play tennis,” revealed Owner Di Molenaar.

Kids are divided by age and ability, from beginning to advanced in swim and tennis. In the pool and on the court, children can work on technique, play games, and win prizes. Early drop off and aftercare is available.

Pacific Swim Summer Swim Team

The Pacific Swim coaches are CPR, Lifeguard, and USA Swim Coach Certified. “We have taught and coached thousands of kids from Poway and San Diego over the past 28 years,” added Di. The kids have a good time while learning and improving their strokes and new skills. Swimmers attend three times per week and there are three fun novice swim meets where everyone wins ribbons. In the beginner novice class the swimmers must be able to swim across the pool in freestyle and backstroke. Their lessons last 30 minutes. The advanced novice swimmers know their strokes and swim three times weekly for one hour. Days and times are flexible as multiple classes are offered in the morning or afternoon, Monday through Thursday and Saturday morning.

Learn more at www.psswim.com and www.ranchoarbolitos.com.

Therapeutic Literacy Center

While summer vacation offers ample time for students to run, play, and exercise their bodies, it also offers the perfect opportunity to exercise their minds. During the busy school year, students may not get the one-on-one time with a teacher or tutor nor the therapy to develop their underlying weaknesses in learning skills. This is where the Therapeutic Literacy Center (TLC) comes in.

While the center, located in Solana Beach, offers specialized training to students year-round, they utilize the extra time that summer affords by offering specialized camp programs to prepare children for success when school starts in the fall. Their summer programming includes an intensive therapy to overcome challenges and learning disabilities by focusing on underlying learning skills, as well as a learning “bootcamp” for children that are strong in their underlying skills but need work in the areas of math, handwriting, or keyboarding. All of TLC’s programs can help a student be successful in the Common Core curriculum.

TLC’s summer programs include both group learning experiences and individualized one-on-one sessions, provided by specially trained clinicians. If a full-day program is chosen, the day may even include outings to a surf camp in Solana Beach or an activity at the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA. “A cognitive bootcamp mixed with hours of outdoor exercise is the perfect summer combination for children wanting to enter their next grade level with confidence in their success,” said Maria Bagby, TLC Executive Director.

Because spaces fill up quickly, early registration is encouraged. To learn more about TLC and how they can help eliminate learning challenges in reading, writing, and math visit www.therapeuticliteracycenter.com or call 858-481-2200.

YMCA Overnight Camps

Since 1921, the YMCA of San Diego’s overnight camps have been providing positive, life-changing experiences in the outdoors. They combine the fun children want with the growth experiences they need. YMCA Camp Marston has been a San Diego favorite for thousands of children and families. Camp Marston offers adventure, fun, friendships, and great staff – all on a spectacular 236-acre site – with activities including archery, swimming, climbing, crafts, sports, and more. YMCA Raintree Ranch is a wonderful small camp dedicated to western horseback riding. Thirty-eight horses, two instructional arenas, and miles of trails all provide an excellent learning environment. YMCA Camp Surf is a spectacular, ocean-front camp just south of San Diego. This 45-acre facility offers one- and two-week sessions filled with surfing, bodyboarding, and traditional camp activities. These camps add laughter, leadership, and lifelong memories to a host of activities. Learn more at www.ymca.org/camp.

Frozen Ropes

As the all-star staff is proud to say, “There is never an off-season at Frozen Ropes!” The baseball and softball training program provides year-round opportunities for young athletes to learn and grow. With locations in 4S Ranch and Del Mar, Frozen Ropes is the largest baseball and softball development program in San Diego and offers private lessons, classes, cage rentals, clinics, camps, and travel ball teams. Frozen Ropes looks forward to the start of Summer League 2016 – last year’s program hosted over 250 young players! Participants in all programs range from 3 to 18 years old, and camps are offered for ages 6 to 12. Parents can sign their children up for morning, afternoon, or full-day sessions, and 2016 camps run every week of summer beginning June 10.

“Player development is our priority at Frozen Ropes,” explained General Manager Curt Holcombe. Staff members include coaches who have won National Championships and played in the Minor Leagues, as well as Ron Witmeyer, who played with the Oakland A’s and coached at Stanford and UC Berkeley.

Learn more about the 4S Ranch location at www.sdfrozenropes.com or by calling 858-485-9399, and learn about the Del Mar location at www.dmfrozenropes.com or 858-643-9390. Mention this article and receive 10% off any Frozen Ropes summer camps.

ZCode 2016 Summer Camp Directory

4S Dance Academy

4S Dance Academy’s summer dance camps provide a nurturing and supportive environment for dancers of all ages and skill levels. Learn ballet, pointe/pre-pointe, variations, jazz, and so much more.

17631-A West Bernardo Dr.

San Diego, CA 92127

All-Star Academy

With a variety of programs, All-Star Academy provides a fun and affordable opportunity for children to explore athletics, creative projects, and participate in hands-on lessons to improve critical thinking.

10760 Thornmint Rd.

San Diego, CA 92127
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