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Teen Summer Camp

Teen Summer Camp

Dive into summer and make new memories with us at Teen Summer Camp.

Santa Ana Parks & Recreation staff will host this NEW summer youth program for ages 13-17 years at the Garfield Community Center. This program strives to foster personal growth for youth by providing safe, enjoyable, and engaging activities. Participants can look forward to exciting weekly off-site excursions, Wednesday catered dinner featuring industry experts, fun themed activities, eSports & technology! Free lunch provided by the Santa Ana Unified School District at Garfield Elementary Monday to Friday from 11:00am-12:00pm.

Look forward to 10 fun-filled weeks, each with a different theme. The weekly fee is inclusive of all activities and an excursion. Thursdays will be off-site excursion days. One shirt and jacket per participant is included at initial registration for the duration of the summer. We kindly ask that all teens bring a water bottle and snack each day, and be prepared to wear the camp shirts on Thursdays for the planned excursions.

2024 Teen Summer Camp Hours & Pricing:

  • Drop-in Hours: Monday – Friday, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    • (FREE) Teens can enjoy fun; staff supervised activities at the Center prior to camp.
  • Teen Camp Hours: Monday – Friday 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    • Residents weekly fee: $25
      • Resident sibling rate (per additional family participant): $20
    • Non-residents weekly fee: $35
      • Non-resident sibling rate (per additional family participant): $30

Teen Summer Camp offered at the following recreation center:

  1. Garfield Community Center. 501 N Lacy St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Weekly themes and excursions for 2024 Teen Summer Camp from June 3 - August 9:

    • Week 1 (June 3 - June 7): Into the Garfield-verse
      • Thursday excursion: Frida Cinema
    • Week 2 (June 10 - June 14): Five Nights at Garfield
      • Thursday excursion: Balboa Island Newport Beach
    • Week 3 (June 17 - June 21): Garfield’s FYP
      • Thursday excursion: Camelot Golf Land
    • Week 4 (June 24 - June 28): Garfield Times
      • Thursday excursion: Santa Ana Zoo
    • Week 5 (July 1 - July 3): Garfield Good Vibes
      • No camp on Thursday, July 4th & Friday, July 5th
      • Thursday excursion: No offsite excursion this week!
    • Week 6 (July 8 - July 12): Vincent Van Garfield
      • Thursday excursion: Orange County Museum of Arts
    • Week 7 (July 15 - July 19): Garfield GPT
      • Thursday excursion: Round One Bowling
    • Week 8 (July 22 - July 26): Garfield Shark Week
      • Thursday excursion: Huntington State Beach
    • Week 9 (July 29 - August 2): Garfield Olympics
      • Thursday excursion: Fountain Valley Skating Rink
    • Week 10 (August 5 - August 9): Garfield Wrapped
      • No offsite excursion this week

All excursions with transportation are included in the weekly camp fee for each participant. No guardians will be permitted on the excursions with the camp groups.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)?

  • What are the days and times camp is held?
    • Monday to Friday, 3:00PM to 6:00PM, Center Drop-in hours will be from 12:00PM to 3:00PM.
  • What is the difference between Drop-in hours and Teen Summer Camp hours?
    • Drop-in hours is an opportunity for teens to experience free programming with staff supervised activities Monday to Friday from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.
    • Teen Summer Camp hours are Monday to Friday from 3:00pm – 6:00pm with exciting specialized activities such as weekly off-site excursions, Wednesday catered dinner featuring industry experts, fun themed activities, eSports & technology, and much more!
  • What if my teen has summer school?
    • We recognize not all of our teens will be available the whole day due to other commitments such as summer school, sports, etc. and as a result have modified camp programming hours to 3:00pm – 6:00pm to accommodate these commitments. We welcome teens to attend the hours and days of camp they are able.
  • When can I register my child?
    • Registration is open April 20th for all 10 weeks up until Monday morning of that camp each week. Example: Registration for Week 1 starting June 5th is open April 20th up until the Monday, June 5th.
  • What is the price?
    • Residents: $25 for one child, $20 for each additional sibling
    • Non-Residents: $35 for one child, $30 for each additional sibling
  • What if my child can only attend certain weeks?
    • The parent can pay just for those weeks. Each week is paid separately.
  • Where can my teen eat lunch?
    • Prior to camp hours, free lunch provided by SAUSD is available at Garfield Elementary, Monday – Friday from 11:00am – 12:00pm.
  • How does my teen check-in and out of camp daily?
    • We highly encourage parents of teens to sign in and out their participants daily. However, we recognize that not all parents will be able to do. Please speak to camp staff and prior arrangements can be made.
  • If I work during the day, how can my teen get to camp?
  • How do I find out more about camp?
    • Check out the City website here as well as follow us on Instagram at @santaanaparks for program updates.



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