Summer Day Camp

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Summers at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County are a blast!

Friends galore, activities abound, weekly Thursday field trips scheduled, and Friday Special activities keep the kids busy and laughing! Age-appropriate groups rotate through all the offerings at the Club, ensuring each receives a fulfilling, well-rounded day, with sports, arts, chill-out time, snacks, swimming (every day Downtown, Tuesdays at Live Oak), games, and friendships.

Like our afterschool program, our summer day camp is drop-in. Current members can come for any of the days and spend as much or as little time at the Club as they/their parents want and are not required to register for specific days in advance. However, early registration and pre-payment does speed up the front desk check-in time and some of the popular special programs have limited spaces available.

Meals during the Summer

Free breakfast and snack all summer long!

  • The Downtown Clubhouse is proud to be a Community Bridges Free Summer Lunch for Youth site from 6/10 – 8/9, Mon – Fri.
  • Live Oak Clubhouse offers a free lunch all summer.
  • Joe & Linda Aliberti Clubhouse does not have a free lunch program at this time.

Be sure to send your child with a lunch to Clubhouses that are not offering free lunch!

Registration for Summer

Registration is open! You can print all forms out below or pick them up at the front desk of any Clubhouse.

  1. Download and fill out a membership application.
  2. Fill out and sign the Summer registration packet 2019 (o en español).
  3. Choose which days and/or special programs you want for your child.
  4. Turn everything in and pay at the front desk.

2019 Junior Guards Walking Bus

Need help getting your kids from Junior Guards at Cowell’s Beach to the Club? They can walk with Club staff this summer! We are responsible for youth between the designated junior guard program hours. Staff will wait at beach with snacks between Morning and Afternoon sessions.
Session 1: Monday, June 17 through Friday, July 12, 2019 (no transportation July 3,4,5)
Session 2: Monday, July 15 through Friday, August 9, 2019
Days: Mon – Fri

  • Afternoon Session: leave Club for beach at 11:30am, stay with staff until Guards at 1:00pm
  • Morning Session: staff pick up at beach at 12pm and return to Club at 1p (30 min walk)
  • Afternoon Session: staff pick up members at beach at 4:00pm (30 min walk back to Club)

Cost: $10/week (Club membership required plus summer day fee)


Contact the appropriate Clubhouse below, or email with the primary Clubhouse your child will be attending.

  • Downtown Clubhouse 831-423-3138
  • Live Oak Clubhouse 831-477-4095
  • Joe & Linda Aliberti 831-535-7017

2019 Downtown Field Trips

All field trips are on Thursdays except as noted.

Registration Opens Field Trip Date Field Trip Description
April 15 10am June 20 Roller Skating
April 15 10am June 27 Beach Day (WALK)
June 24 7:30am July 11 Movie (6- 8 yo) (WALK)
June 24 7:30am July 11 Movie (9 & up) (WALK)
June 24 7:30am July 18 Rock Climbing
June 24 7:30am July 25 Mini Golf (WALK)
July 22 7:30am July 31 (WED!) A’s Game (BUS)
July 22 7:30am August 8 Bowling (WALK)
July 22 7:30am August 15 Boardwalk (WALK)

Downtown Summer Special Interest Classes

last revised: 4/12/19

Arts & Music & Character

Studio Recording

Ages: 8 & up | Cost: $35
Learn how to record and mix your own music in our professional recording studio.
Mondays & Wednesdays OR Tuesdays & Thursdays
3:00 – 3:30, 3:30 – 4:00, 4:15 – 4:45, OR 4:45 – 5:15
Session 1: June 10 – June 27 (Registration opens Apr 15 10am)
Session 2: July 8 – July 25 (Registration opens June 24 7:30am)
Session 3: July 29 – Aug 15 (Registration opens July 22 7:30am)


Watershed Rangers

Grades: 2nd – 8th | Cost: $10
Is your child interested in the great outdoors, science, hiking or learning about how they can protect the environment? The Watershed Rangers program engages youth in exploring the San Lorenzo River and conducting scientific investigations to learn what impacts the health of the San Lorenzo River. Youth will take field trips to Loch Lomond Recreation Area and Henry Cowell State Park, as well as walk from the Boys & Girls Club to explore the San Lorenzo River in Downtown Santa Cruz. The Watershed Rangers Program is provided by the Coastal Watershed Council in partnership with us and with financial support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
(Registration opens Apr 15 10:00am)
June 24, 25 & 26 (2nd & 3rd graders)
July 8, 9 & 10 (4th & 5th graders)
June 22, 23 & 24 (6th – 8th graders)
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9am – 12pm


Swim Lessons

Group swim lessons

Ages: all | Cost: $35.00 per 3 week session
Session 1: 6/11- 6/27 (Registration opens Apr 15th 10:00am)
Session 2: 7/9-7/25 (Registration opens June 24th 7:30am)
Session 3: 7/30-8/15 (Registration opens July 22nd 7:30am)
Levels 2 – 4 are offered. Lessons are 2 days per week per 3 week session.
For help deciding which class your child belongs in, review the Swim Level requirements and skills.
Level 2: Tu & Thu 9:00 – 9:30pm
Level 3: Tu & Thu 9:40 – 10:10pm
Level 4: Tu & Thu 10:20 – 10:50pm

Swim Team / Water Polo

Ages: all | Cost: $65.00 per 8 week session
June 18 – Aug 8 (Registration opens Apr 15th 10am)
Recreational, skills-based 9-week swim team. Must be a Level 4 swimmer.
Tues & Thurs: 1:45 – 2:45pm


Girls Basketball

Ages: 3rd – 8th graders | Cost: $99 (plus special $21 Athletics-Program-Only membership)
This 9 week recreation-orientated program provides a fun, positive and semi-competitive atmosphere for girls entering 3rd – 8th grades. Teams will practice for 1 hour Monday or Tuesday afternoon, and have a single 1 hour game, Thursday or Friday afternoon. Players develop agility, coordination, endurance, flexibility, speed and strength.
June 10 – August 9th (no practice or games Thurs 7/4 or Fri 7/5)
Time: 4 – 6pm
Mon & Thu: Entering Grades 3, 4 & 5
Tues & Fri: Entering Grades 6, 7 & 8

Basketball Work Opportunity

High School students wanting to learn the ins and outs of refereeing and scorekeeping can assist with our girls league for Grades 3-8.

Flag Football

Ages: 8-14 | Cost: FREE
The 49ers Prep Flag Football is a brand new program to educate and empower youth through football. Meets at Branciforte Middle School.
June 16 – July 28 (except July 7)
Sundays: 9am – 12pm

2019 Live Oak Field Trips

All field trips are on Thursdays except as noted.

Registration Opens Field Trip Date Field Trip Description
May 13 June 13 Felt Street Park (WALK)
May 13 June 20 Roller Skating (BUS)
June 24 June 27 Movie: Toy Story 4 (WALK)
June 24 July 11 Jose Park (WALK)
July 8 July 18 Movie: Lion King (WALK)
July 15 July 25 Giggles n’ Wiggles (WALK)
July 22 July 31 (WED!) A’s Game 9am – 6pm (BUS)
July 15 August 1 Bowling (BUS)
July 15 August 8 Museum of Discovery (WALK)
July 15 August 15 Boardwalk (BUS)

Live Oak Summer Special Interest Classes


Summer Brain Gain

Ages: 6 – 11 | Cost: FREE
Prevent summer learning loss! Summer Brain Gain focuses on reading, programming, activities, projects, and assessments. All Club members will participate in our Brain Gain program. Classes are designed to be developmentally appropriate and help Club members reach our priority outcome areas of Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. Curriculum has been designed to engage members in hands-on learning experiences that may include: cooking, gardening, technology, sports and fitness, art, music, performance and Community service. A well rounded youth grows into a successful adult.
Time: Daily 9:00 am – 2:00pm

2019 Aliberti Clubhouse Field Trips

All field trips are on Thursdays except as noted.

Field Trip Date Field Trip Description
June 12 (WED) Santa Cruz Farmers Market Trip (BUS)
June 20 MAH (Museum of Art and History)/Ice Cream (BUS)
June 27 Henry Cowell State Park (River walk/hike) (WALK)
July 2 (TUES) UCSC Farm Tour (VAN)
July 11 Movie TBA (BUS)
July 18 Rock Climbing (Pacific Edge) (VAN)
July 25 Mini Golf (BUS)
August 1 Wilder Ranch Tour/Hike (VAN)
August 8 Bowling (BUS)
August 15 Boardwalk (BUS)

Aliberti Summer Special Interest Classes


Ages: 9 – 12 | Cost: FREE
To promote interest in and awareness of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and provide STEM-related learning opportunities for traditionally underserved groups, including girls and young people of color.
Fridays 2 – 3 pm

Smart Girls

Ages: 8 – 10 | Cost: FREE
Health, fitness, prevention/education, and self esteem enhancement program for girls. The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles. Registration begins June 15th.
Mondays 2 – 3 pm

Green Team

Ages: all | Cost: $5/day or $50 for whole 10-week summer
A summer long community service commitment. We will be going to Henry Cowell State Park in Felton every week and providing community service in many ways such as: River clean up, trail care, helping visitors, eco-system help, brush clearing etc. There will always be some fun involved! We will be taking the city bus to and from the park each day. Child must have lunch, backpack, water bottle, hat, suit and sunscreen for each trip. Good walking shoes is a must!
Every Wednesday 10:30 am – 3 pm

Beach Team

Ages: all | Cost: $5/day or $50 for whole 10-week summer
A summer long commitment where we travel all over Santa Cruz County to help learn and beautify our community. We will travel by city bus to coastal locations including beaches. Child must have lunch, backpack, water bottle, hat, suit and sunscreen for each trip. Good walking shoes is a must! Layers are important for this trip!
Every Tuesday 10:30 am – 3 pm

2020 Dates

  • Tuesday, April 14th 10am – 7pm: Summer Registration (day camp and classes) for Downtown Clubhouse ONLY
  • Monday, June 1st – Friday, June 5th: Club Closed for Summer Prep Week
  • Monday, June 8th – Friday, August 7th: OPEN FOR SUMMER DAY CAMP!
  • Friday, July 3rd: Club Closed for Independence Holiday
  • Monday, August 10th – Friday, August 14th: Club Closed for Summer Cleanup Week

Hours / Fees for All Clubhouses

  • Hours: Monday – Friday | 7:30am – 6:00pm
  • Summer Day Fees: $15 per day/child or $65 per week/child or $600 for entire 10 weeks of summer/child). Teens (13 year old and up) arriving after 10am do not need to pay day fee.
  • Current annual membership ($100) required.

Check out what’s happening at each Clubhouse by downloading our Summer Program!

Summer Program Highlights

  • Open recreational swim: Downtown daily, Aliberti on Fridays (bus to Downtown), Live Oak on Tuesdays (at Simpkins)). Recreational swim for all ages in our indoor, heated swimming pool at the Downtown Clubhouse or in the Simpkins outdoor pool. Bring swim gear (bathing suit & towel) on swim days (everyday at Downtown). Certified lifeguards are on duty at all times when pool area is open. Club members who wish to swim in the deep end must pass the swim test (testing available at the beginning of each swim time). Members who don’t take and pass the swim test may play in the shallow end of the pool during their swim time.
  • Technology program: Daily computer activities will feature lessons on coding, Minecraft Edu, Internet safety sessions, as well as other education-based game play. Our professional staff ensure Club members are receiving fun and educational screen time and provide excellent supervision while on the computers.
  • Creative Arts: Members will work both individually and in groups to create works of art using a variety of media. Projects will include: collage, drawing, watercolor and acrylic painting, arts and crafts, group mural projects and much more.
  • Athletics: Club members will participate in daily athletic activities in our indoor gym. Members will participate in a fun filled summer of recreation games and skill-building activities as well as opportunities to play on team sports.
  • Summer Brain Gain: grades 1 – 6 Summer Brain Gain is comprised of one-week modules with fun, themed activities aligned with Common Core standards. Each module takes a project-based learning approach: youth engage in a process of learning through discovery, creative expression, group work and a final project. As a result, kids develop higher-order thinking skills through the summer while staying on track for the coming school year.
  • Project Learn: BGCSCC will be implementing a Club-wide summer learning loss prevention program that focuses on hands-on, experiential learning through high yield learning activities. This initiative offers youth the opportunity to develop their skills in three outcome areas: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Good Character & Citizenship. Project Learn programs and activities are offered throughout the day for all youth participating in summer day camp.