YMCA Offers Outdoor Activities

Registration for the Palisades-Malibu YMCA summer day camp is now open and parents are encouraged to enroll early because last year the camp was full. Sessions run from June 6 through August 12. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Not only is it one of the most competitively-priced camps, it is also located at one of the premier locations in the county, at Simon Meadow, at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Temescal Canyon Road.

Situated on a landscaped four-acre park at the entrance to the Santa Monica Mountains, this camp takes advantage of its location. A mile from the beach, a quarter of a mile from the Palisades High School swimming pool and near hiking trails, campers are able to have the best of all worlds.

Campers are divided into different group depending on age. Leaping Lizards are for kids aged three to five years old. Activities include hiking, sports and games, arts and craft and camp songs. The moon bounce is available and outdoor education is emphasized. This camp helps children with motor skills and places an emphasis on healthy social development.

Kindergarten and first grade students participate in Mountain Cubs. These campers are encouraged to try new experiences. Everyday activities include archery, arts and crafts, hiking, football, soccer, dodge ball, moon bounce, mini-golf and party games.

Coyote campers are those in second and third grade and Hawks are fourth and fifth graders. Older campers, in addition to sports and arts, are also exposed to team building activities. Once a week, campers enjoy splash time at the PaliHi pool; children will be provided with group swim lessons by certified instructors at no additional charge. Private swim lessons are also available for an additional fee.

Older campers go to the beach once a week, and have fun playing in the sand and water.

Special groups come to Simon Meadow weekly to offer a variety of activities, such as visiting with exotic animals, playing outdoor laser tag or trying a rock-climbing wall. Enrichment classes at camp have included cooking, Spanish, Mad Science, nature and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

A Coach program is available for sixth and seventh graders. These students work directly with the YMCA staff and help guide the younger campers. They learn leadership skills, while making new friendships.

This year’s camp director is Marilyn Rodrigues. Email marilynrodrigues@ymcala.org or call (310) 454-5591.


YMCA campers display their arts and crafts. Photo courtesy of Palisades-Malibu YMCA

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