2016 Summer Camps
June 13th – August 19th, 2016
- 9 am – 3 pm (extended care available)
- $230 – $250 / week (half-day camps vary in price)
- Ages 5-16 (varies by camp)
Summer is a great time to get outside, to learn a new sport skill or polish a familiar one. Elings Park offers a range of week-long camps for kids ages 5-12 in a spectacular Santa Barbara setting. There’s a maximum of 10 campers for every counselor, and each counselor is CPR and First Aid certified. Our programs are based on the six pillars of Character Counts: fairness, caring, citizenship, trustworthiness, respect and responsibility. We offer eight different camps and our partnerships with the Reptile Family will make this summer one your child will never forget.
Or you can register in person. Just download a registration form and bring to the office located inside the park.
Elings Park offers a variety of camps in a great location. Our counselors are CPR and First Aid certified and we maintain a minimum 10:1 counselor-to-camper ratio for each camp. In addition to our award-winning camps, Elings Park is proud to incorporate Character Counts® into this year’s program! The Six Pillars of Character® include: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.
Each week, we will host our special guest. They are:
- The Reptile Family, inspiring the discovery and appreciation of the earth’s most misunderstood creatures through innovative, educational, entertaining and hands-on experiences.
Contact P.A.L. at (805) 962-5560 for more information.
Most camps run from 9 AM — 3 PM each day. Our extended care hours are:
- 8 AM – 9 AM cost $5
- 3 PM – 6 PM cost $15
Register by checking the extended care option on the registration form. Already register but need to sign up for extended care hours? Email email@example.com and request the Extended Care Form.
Camp Elings is pleased to offer half-day camps for the following:
- Lacrosse Camp (9AM to Noon)
- Tennis (9AM to Noon)
What to Bring
What to Bring
Each camper is provided with a camp T-shirt and is encouraged to wear it daily. Please label your child’s belongings. We recommend bringing the following items:
- Lunch backpack/bag
- Water bottle
- Sturdy closed-toe shoes
Please provide your child with a packed lunch everyday. Friday is BBQ day at the park and Camp Elings will provide all campers with lunch.
Camp Elings will provide nutritional snacks and popsicles throughout the week, including:
- Granola bars
- Sun Chips
- Fruit Snacks
- Trail Mix
- And much more!
Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Most camps run from 9 AM — 3 PM daily. Early care is from 8AM to 9AM each morning and after care is from 3PM to 6PM each afternoon. If you are not using extended care, please drop off your child no earlier than 15 minutes before camp starts. Please pick up your child no later than 15 minutes after the camp ends each day. Campers will be released only to the parent/guardian listed on the original registration form.
Sign-in and sign-out is required each day when you drop off and pick up your child. If you wish to designate another person for pick up and/or drop off, please write their name on the sign-in sheet.
Counselors-In-Training (CIT) Program
10th — 12th graders: Do you have community service hours to complete? Are you energetic, responsible and great with kids? Camp Elings can help satisfy your community service requirements and provide you with training and experience in outdoor sports and recreation. Each camp week has a CIT cost of $25 which includes daily snacks, shirt and Friday BBQ lunch. Download your application here.
We are always happy to help you move to another session so your child will not miss out on their fun summer camp experience. If you do need to completely cancel your child’s participation, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible. Refund amounts depend on the notice you are able to give us.
~ If you cancel more than 7 days before camp session starts: Entire camp fee is refunded, less a $25 administrative fee.
~ If you cancel 7 or fewer days before camp session starts: A $25 camp processing fee will be charged and half (50%) of camp is refunded.
~ If you cancel after camp has started, no refund is provided.
MEDICAL REASON FOR CANCELLATION
If your child has a medical emergency or becomes ill, please let us know as soon as possible. We will ask for a written medical excuse note from your child’s physician, but will work to help you place your child in a later camp session is at all possible. If your child is unable to participate in a future camp session, a $25 camp processing fee will be charged and you will be refunded the remaining balance.
Please call the Elings Park administrative office at (805) 569-5611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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Our programs are based on the six pillars of Character Counts: fairness, caring, citizenship, trustworthiness, respect and responsibility. We offer 8 different camps and our partnerships with the Reptile Family will make this summer one your child will never forget.
Nature and Games
Nature and Games
Nature & Games Camp includes nature hikes, outdoor games, plant germination, arts and crafts and education about plants and animals. Games will include Steal the Bacon, Capture the Flag, scrimmages, and of course…Sharks and Minnows! Guest speakers include the Reptile Family. New this year: special focus on recycling and how kids can make a difference and a focus on nutrition and building healthy eating habits.
Come play at one of Elings Park’s most popular camps. Participants enjoy a variety of games and team-building sports activities including hiking, tag, relay races, basketball and soccer drills, dodgeball and more. All activities are fully inclusive, cooperative and integrated with music for an action-packed week of fitness, friends and fun!
BMX – Ages 5 and up
Come ride the Elings Park BMX track with other young athletes from across the County! BMX Camp is designed for riders of all levels and abilities. Improve basic skills, learn track etiquette and get a great workout in the beautiful outdoors. BMX is one of the fastest growing sports in the US and Elings Park is home to many nationally ranked riders. Each participant must bring a full face helmet, a functioning bike and obtain an annual USA BMX track membership for $60 before participating in camp.
Instructor: Andrew Onderdonk
Andrew has instructed at Woodward West Action Sports Camp and this is his second year instructing at Camp Elings; Skateboarding & BMX at Summer Gravity Camp in Whistler British Columbia and currently is a licensed BTI bike mechanic at Velo Pro Santa Barbara. He is an avid biker with concentration in dirt jumping, downhill and BMX track.
Tennis – Ages 5 to 18
Train with top international coaching staff and rise to the next level by gaining a competitive edge in combined high-performance tennis, fitness, and mental toughness program designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. Full-day camp from 9 am to 4 pm or half-day camp from 9 am to 12 pm. 4 to 1 player to coach ratio. Match play; tactical and technical drills; ball machine; one semi-individual attention per week (for full-day campers); final evaluation for each camper; nutritional, dynamic warm-up and stretching education.
Instructor: Dimitar Yazadzhiev – Dimitar has been coaching at the top professional level for almost 20 years. He has been a Head Coach for the Weil Tennis Academy (Ojai, CA) for over 10 years. Before this, he was a coach at the Maleeva Tennis Academy, a Tournament Director for the Bulgarian Tennis Federation, and a Management Director for the Academic Tennis Club (Sofia, Bulgaria). He has been ranked among the Top Four Juniors in Bulgaria and has been a professional USPTR since 1993. He graduated from the prestigious Bulgarian National Sports Academy with a master’s degree in Physical Education and Sports Management. Dimitar has been coaching and working with some of the top ranked national and international junior players, among them: Sesil Karatancheva (Top 40 WTA and French Open Quarter Finalist), Ksenia Milevskaya (Top 200 WTA, 2007 #2 ITF), Nolan Bauer (#1 Southwest Section B14s, Top 40 US B14s), and Grigor Dimitrov (#1 ITF B18s, 2006 Orange Bowl Boys 16s Singles champion, 2008 Jr. Wimbledon champion, and 2008 Jr. US Open Singles champion).
Lacrosse Youth Camp by SBLA, SBGLA & SBLAX Camp – Ages 5-15 (Boys and Girls Instruction & Play)
The SBLA, SBGLA & SB LAX Camps are teaming up with Camp Elings this summer! Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America, and with good reason; the pace, challenge, and values of the game appeals to boys and girls of all ages. Camp Elings will teach fundamental skills of lacrosse, like passing, catching, picking up ground balls, agility, shooting, and teamwork with fun games and challenging activities. Boys and girls will be in separate groups. The Advanced Sessions will include in-depth offensive formations, rides & clears and defensive concepts, including zone defense. The Advanced Sessions will also be fun! Every week at Elings is a great opportunity for players of all levels to enjoy their summer mornings playing lacrosse and improving their game. Can’t wait to see you all out there, and make sure you bring a friend!
Director: Paul Ramsey (UCSB). Coaches: Boys – Bijan Firouzan & Andrew White (UCSB) and Girls – Katelyn McAleer & Taylor Paige (UCSB).
Paul enters his ninth season as the head women’s lacrosse coach of the Gauchos and will coordinate curriculum and staffing. Boys Coaches – Bijan played at Gettysburg College and coaches at UCSB. Andrew played at Stevenson University and coaches at UCSB and is also the coach for the club at SBCC. Katelyn played at Robert Morris University and coaches at UCSB. Taylor played at Mary Washington College and coaches at UCSB.
Softball Camp – Ages 5-13
The Softball Camp will focus on fundamental softball skills, including throwing, catching, batting, bunting and fielding. In addition there will be emphasis on strategy and game situations. Girls and Boys 5 to 13 of all skill levels are welcome. A portion of the camp will be devoted to developing pitching skills with one-on-one training with Clyde Bennett, one of the area’s finest mentors of fast pitch softball. Boys and girls will work hard to learn the skills and although fun, there will NOT be time to goof off. Every player will be able to field a ground ball, catch a fly ball, tag a runner out, slide into a base, swing well and bunt within the 5-days. They will understand the fundamentals of the game and how every defender moves on every pitch.
Clyde Bennett is the men’s fast pitch softball guru of Santa Barbara. A member of the Santa Barbara Softball Clubs hall of fame, Clyde has competed, coached and umpired at the national level for over 40 years. In addition he is a certificated Elementary teacher with many years of teaching experience in the classroom and in the field of Physical Education. For over 4-years Clyde has coached softball camp and we are excited for him to come back for another year.
Elings Park Theatre Summer Camp – Ages 8 to 14
Theater Camp for actors and actresses entering grades 4-8. Play improvisation games, learn stage combat, fine-tune your acting skills, Students learn vocal range, proper breathing technique, and how to use their voice as an instrument. Movement classes include characterization, neutrality, action, and using the body as an instrument. Stage direction, etiquette, and professionalism are taught. Students also role-play, improvise, and learn mime through theater games and activities. This camp culminates in a performance (TBA) for friends and family. This camp is taught by a local theatre professional.
Matthew is pleased to be teaching for the Elings Park Summer Theatre Camp. He has been serving as the managing director/producer/ actor of BOXTALES Theatre Co. Graduating from UCSB and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory where he received his M.F.A. in acting. He has also been working in Santa Barbara playing such roles as Trinculo/Alonso in Lit Moon Theatre Company’s production of the Tempest, Michal in The Pillowman, Karl in The Last Days of the Empire, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Telemachus in BOXTALES production of The Odyssey; Joe in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, David in The Rivals, and Thurio in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Matt in Wrench, and Bobby in American Buffalo. Matthew also teaches acting, Shakespeare and stage combat, and is directing the GVJH spring production here in Santa Barbara. He has also enjoyed working at the Westport Playhouse, The Odyssey Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Asolo Theatre, Santa Barbara Theatre Group, The Ensemble Theatre, The Santa Barbara Revels, Speaking of Stories, Santa Barbara Shakespeare Co., and City at Peace.
Elings Park Friendship Camp – half day from 1pm – 4pm
This summer, Camp Elings is proud to announce a partnership with PeerBuddies to provide a summer camp program tailored for children with special needs. Activities will include: hiking, tag, relay races, basketball, soccer, arts and crafts and more! Your child will receive professional and dedicated support, including:
- Pairing with same aged or slightly older Peer Buddy (Camp ages 4 years old to 19 years old)
- Individualized Social Skills Goals targeted throughout camp
- 2:1 camper to adult ratio
- Feedback given to parents daily
- Trained Facilitators
- Adaptive PE Camp Counselors
- Supervision by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Instructor: Elika Shahrestani, M.S.; B.C.B.A.,Camp Director. Elika is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® with over 10 years experience working with children and adolescents with special needs. She obtained her Masters of Science in Counseling and Applied Behavior Analysis from CSULA, where she developed expertise in Positive Behavior Supports, Pivotal Response Treatment, the implementation of Functional Behavior Assessments, and teaching social skills to individuals with special needs. Elika has presented at numerous conferences throughout her career, including presentations at the California Association for Behavior Analysis, the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and Cal-TASH. She has collaborated with school district and regional center personnel as well as families, service providers, and staff. Currently, she is the founder and director of PeerBuddies, a Santa Barbara-based social skills program involving peer-mediated interventions to facilitate social interactions. She is most passionate about inclusion and regards it as the key element in ensuring meaningful gains are achieved when teaching social skills to individuals with special needs.
Instructor: Taryn Price is a local Santa Barbara teacher who is passionate about special education, and above all, inclusion. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in sociology with a focus in elementary education at UCSB in 2008. Upon graduation, she accepted a full time job at Garden Street Academy. After her first year working in their third grade classroom as instructional support and assisting in running their afterschool care program, the private school promoted her to Co-Lead Teacher in their first/second grade classroom. Taryn then began her post-graduate studies at Antioch University. In 2010, she was hired at a community-based camp for children and teens with special needs. Under Judy Chavez’s directorship at Happy Adventure Summer Camp, Taryn fostered her narrowed focus within the specific avenue of special education. For the past three years, Taryn has been supporting a 15 year old student with Down Syndrome by adapting curriculum, providing accommodations and modifications, in both whole group mainstreamed settings as well as teaching one on one. Taryn’s continual collaboration with a multitude of teachers, specialists, and therapists includes Elika Shahrestani, as well as the general education teacher and director of the Artios Homeschool Academy. Taryn has spent the past two years subbing for this Academy’s director/general education teacher, providing supports to fifteen diverse learners, where she utilizes her skills as both a general ed and special education teacher. Taryn looks forward to continuing her collaboration and shared passions for supporting ALL children with Elika Shahrestani and Judy Chavez this summer at Inclusion Camp!