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Summer Camps

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Give Your Child their Best Summer with Parks and Recreation Summer Camps!

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Summer registration, previously scheduled to begin April 11, has been postponed until further notice. Please check back here for updates or contact our main office at or 831-420-5270 with any questions.

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In consideration of recommendations from Santa Cruz County Public Health and the CDC recommendations, Parks and Recreation Admin will be closed until further notice. For more information, see Parks & Recreation’s COVID-19 Response.  

Keep your child’s body and mind active and engaged this Summer. Our Summer day camps offer a wide range of activities from field trips and games to arts and crafts. Our day camps offer a special place for friendships and adventures during those long summer months. Our range of programs promise a good camp fit for everyone. Free weekly swim days are also included! See individual camp descriptions below for specific program details. Please make sure your camper is well-equipped for fun with closed-toed shoes, sunscreen and a lunch everyday. A cash material fee is due to the site supervisor the first day of camp. Camp sessions fill quickly. No camp 7/4.



Camp Cruz is our largest and most versatile camp. With all day to spend together, Camp Cruz provides a wide variety of session-themed games, arts, crafts, and field trips (both local and out of county). The fun, active structure of Camp Cruz allows for large group experiences as well as smaller group activities like 'Crews' where your camper can choose which interest they would like to pursue! Crews give your child the opportunity to spend time around other campers with similar interests; examples of Crews from previous summers include: Cooking Crew, Sports Crew, Building Crew, and Art Crew. Camp Cruz has an all day field trip once each session.

SUPER CAMP 5 - 6 yrs

This is a super way to introduce your youngster to the world of Summer Camps; it is the perfect beginner day camp for your little one who is ready for summer fun. Our caring, nurturing staff leads activities and games that are tailored to the theme of each session and your little guy or gal. Super Camp meets in Kids’ Kottage which is perfectly fit for our small campers. Campers will take field trips to local beaches and parks. See Camp Beyond if you need supervision before and after day camp.


Junior Explorers is the place for your active adventurer. Fun, energetic, nature-minded staff lead campers on field trips throughout the county to discover the beauty and natural wonder of our area. The beach, the forest and the fields are all within reach. This on-the-go camp will have your little explorer excited about each new daily experience. See Camp Beyond if you need supervision before and after day camp.

THE SPOT 9 - 12 yrs

The Spot has evolved! This summer: chartered bus field trips out of county and fun community service projects. Wagner Cottage will be The Spot where your active 9 -12 year old will want to hang out. They will participate in more in-depth activities and projects tailored specifically to their age group. The Spot provides an excellent mix of high energy atmosphere with mellow activities to satisfy everyone. Campers learn to appreciate our beautiful community while learning the value of preserving it. See Camp Beyond if you need supervision before and after day camp.

CAMP BEYOND 5 - 12 yrs

Prerequisite: Must be registered in Super Camp, Junior Explorers or The Spot. Go above and beyond your regular Summer camp experience! If your child needs supervision before and after Harvey West Park Summer Camps, sign up for Camp Beyond. Children may arrive as early as 7:30 am and leave as late as 5:30 pm. More of the same fun and games that you've come to expect from the great Harvey West Park Summer Camps Staff. Participants will be escorted to and from day camp by camp leaders and activities are geared for each age group.

BEACH CAMP 6 - 12 yrs

Beach Camp is the place for your child to experience sand, sun and ocean fun all summer long! Experienced staff lead beach and ocean themed games, art, activities and walking field trips from the convenience of Main Beach. Campers will enjoy all the beauty and wonder the marine environment provides while learning to respect and conserve it. Camp times coincide with Jr Guards times and campers will be walked to or from those programs if registered. Choose from morning or afternoon sessions.