Summer Camps 2014

June 9th thru August 15th 2014
9 am – 3 pm (extended care available)
$225 / week (half-day camps vary in price)
Ages 5-13 (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 8 different camps and our partnerships with the Reptile Family will make this summer one your child will never forget.

Register online for summer camp 2014!

Or you can register in person. Just download a registration form and bring to the office located inside the park.



Sports Activities – Ages 5-8 and 9-12

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!

Instructor Mary Gish
Hi everyone! My name is Mary Gish and I was born and raised right here in sunny Santa Barbara. Working with children is my passion, and it has been since I was very young. I love laughing, singing, art, nature, and staying active. I recieved my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Westmont College and am currently in the Masters and Credential program through Azusa Pacific University. I am the first, second, and third grade Physical Education Instructor at Coastline Christian Academy, and I absolutely love what I do! I am very excited to meet you!

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: Brian Mohr, BMX Pro

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 – Ages 6-15 (boys and girls)

The SBLA is teaming up with Elings Park to provide summer lacrosse camps. This will allow kids to learn and play lacrosse at the basic level and as they advance, so will the camp. Each camp day will teach skills and then allow time to play games. Boys and girls are welcome to participate in the fastest growing sport in America . The camp is divided between beginner and advanced groups. We offer the sport between boys and girls camps. Lacrosse started as a Native America sport and now we will make it the All American Sport! Come join us for the fun!

Head Coach: Paul Ramsey

Paul enters his fourth season as the head women’s lacrosse coach of the Gauchos. He returned to UCSB for the 2007-08 academic year after ten seasons away from the UCSB program.

Overall it makes it his seventh year as a head coach at UCSB. Ramsey coached UCSB 1990 – 92 then Westmont College, College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, Hofstra University on Long Island, Pepperdine University in Malibu and then returned to coach again at UCSB. Under Ramsey, the 2008 & 2009 UCSB teams won WWLL championships and the 2010 team were runners-up.

The Gauchos have advanced to at least the WDIA National Championship quarerfinals three years in a row. Ramsey was rewarded by his team’s efforts in 2008 and was selected WWLL Coach of the Year.

Camp Coordinator : Rick Lehman

Rick grew up in Rye , New York just north of NYC with lacrosse all around. He is one of the founders of the new Santa Barbara Lacrosse Association (SBLA)( of which he is the current President. Rick will be joined by male and female coaches who have played lacrosse at various levels including some of the UCSBWomen’s lacrosse team players.

Rick started playing lax in 1980 in New York and played through high school as a center
midfielder achieving honors, recruited for college, but chose to pursue medicine instead. He now has over 30 years of lacrosse experience and has coached youth lacrosse, basketball and soccer for years. His family recently moved from the University of Virginia , home of NCAA Division I Championship level lacrosse.

Baseball Camp- Ages 5-12

Elings Park is proud to be partnering with Caleb Johnson for Camp Elings Baseball! Caleb recently graduated from UCSB in Zoology and Exercise and Sports Studies Coaching. He currently is the Head Junior Varsity Baseball Coach for Dos Pueblos High School and has organized many sports events and tournaments. We are thrilled to add Caleb to the Camp Elings Family!

Softball Camp – Ages 5-12

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 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. The 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.

Beach and Hike Camp - Ages 8 to 12

Elings Park is excited to offer our first Beach and Hike Camp at the park. Hike through our beautiful South Park, learning about plants, animals and nature on the way to Hendry’s Beach.  At the beach, activities will include hiking along the shore, playing games and building sand castles. Please note that there will be no swimming while at the beach, all activities will be on the sand.  After a picnic lunch on the beach, campers will hike back through South Park returning in time for pick up at 3pm.

The Beach and Hike Camp will be offered during Weeks 9 (August 5 to August 9) for $225 per week.  Sign up now for this exciting new offering.

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
  • 4:1 camper to adult ratio
  • Trained Facilitators
  • Adaptive PE Camp Counselors
  • Supervision by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Up to of 30 hours of tailored educational fun. Register Now! Visit and click the Elings Park Inclusion Camp link.

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: Judy Chavez. My name is Judy and I am from Ontario, California. I recieved my bachelors from Cal State Fullerton in Communication in 2006. During my time at CSUF, I was involved with Camp Titan for 2 years. Camp Titan is staffed by college students and funded by the University for children in Orange County who come from low-income families and/or foster homes. Right before I finished school, I became a classroom aide in a special needs classroom for a year and eventually started substitute teaching. As a sub, I became more involved in classrooms with students who had moderate to severe needs and realized that was where I belonged. I came to Santa Barbara in 2008 and started the masters credential program at UCSB. After grad school, I worked at Cornerstone House of Santa Barbara and also co-directed Happy Adventure Summer Camp (HASC) for 2 summers. Cornerstone is a Group home for 6 adults with disabilities who program HASC every summer. HASC is a community based camp for children with special needs in the Santa Barbara area. In 2009, I got the privilege of living with two adults with disabilities as their housemate through San Felipe Supported Living. After completing a year with my two housemates, I got a teaching position back in Ontario and moved back down south. In August of 2011, I got a teaching job at San Marcos High School. I was hired as the Transition Program Teacher for students who are 18-22. I currently live back in Santa Barbara with my chihuahua Tootsie, and I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to lead the very first Elings Park and Peer Buddy Inclusion Camp. I love working camps and have a passion for including our children and encouraging them to believe that no obstacle is ever impossible.

Instructor: Nancy Dianne. My name is Nancy Dianne Sanchez and I’m from Los Angeles, California. I received my bachelors in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2008. During my time at UCSB, I was working at Devereux in Santa Barbara as a personal attendant. Devereux is a nonprofit behavioral health organization that helps empower children and adults with intellectual, emotional, developmental, and behavioral challenges to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. Upon graduating from UCSB, I became an academic tutor working with students grades K-12 throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District’s jurisdiction. As an academic tutor, I had the opportunity to work on a one-to-one and small group instruction setting. My main job was to design and tailor each lesson plan to meet the student’s specific academic needs in Language Arts and Mathematics to not only make it meaningful but engaging for the student. In 2012, I was admitted into the Education Specialist Credential program (ESC) in The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education University of California, Santa Barbara. In this program I have developed expertise in Positive Behavior Supports, Pivotal Response Treatment, the implementation of Functional Behavior Assessments, a wide range of classroom management techniques, and academic lesson planning targeting several skills. For instance, in the Fall (Aug.-Dec.) I was placed at Mountain View Elementary in a special day classroom (4th-6th). Here, I got valuable experience implementing behaviors plans as well as teaching socials skills to a student that used assistive technology to facilitate communication. During winter quarter (Jan.—April), I student taught in a transition program for students ages 18-22, located at San Marcos High School. There, I had opportunities to teach vocational and life skills in the community and in the special day class setting. Working in this transition program gave me a good perspective on the outcomes of special education students and the importance of keeping outcomes in mind while designing education plans. I am currently student teaching in a special day classroom program at Harding Elementary School (K-6). There I am getting valuable experience working with an outstanding cooperating teacher who runs a highly structured program that has great behavior management and instructional planning. Upon completion of my program I will earn a Moderate/Severe Credential together with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) I currently live in Goleta and I’m looking forward to have the opportunity to work at Peer Buddy Inclusion Camp. I am very excited to work at his summer camp providing social skills training for children with autism and general social delays through peer mentoring in the community.

General Information

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.

Special Programs

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.

Extended Care

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 and request the Extended Care Form.

Half-Day Camps

Camp Elings is pleased to offer half-day camps from 9 AM — Noon for the following:

  • Lacrosse Camp
  • Tennis

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
      • Hat
      • Sunscreen
      • Sturdy closed-toe shoes


Please provide your child with a packed lunch everyday. Friday is pizza day 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

Most camps run from 9 AM — 3 PM daily. 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. Download your application here.

Cancellation Policy

      • All cancellations must be in writing, by mail or fax at 805-569-3316
      • Cancellations received 15 or more full days before the reserved camp date will receive an 80% refund
      • Cancellations received 7 – 14 full days before the reserved camp date will receive a 50% refund
      • Cancellations received less than 7 full days before the reserved camp date are not eligible for a refund

Please call the Elings Park administrative office at (805) 569-5611 or email if you have any questions.
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Register online for summer camp 2013!