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Sierra Canyon Day Camp


11052 Independence Ave
Los Angeles, California
All bookings are free!
Camp Prices 2020
Camp Category: ACA Accredited, Archery, Arts&Crafts, Baking, Culinary, Drama, Games, Mad Sciencee, Magic, Music, Pool, Swimming, Traditional
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About Sierra Canyon Day Camp

Welcome to Sierra Canyon Day Camp! The "Happier" camp that provides endless excitement and fun for children since 1972. Please find some basic camp information below and throughout this website. If you have any further questions feel free to give us a call at any time. We look forward to inviting your family to be a part of ours!

Our sprawling campus and activities are only rivaled by our expertise with children. The Sierra Canyon Day Camp program has been perfected over the years to meet the diverse interests and capabilities of our campers. We are here to help children create meaningful relationships with other children through enriched, varied and creative activities.

Children enjoy participating in a variety of camp activities, discover new skills, and develop friendships while having fun! We combine the greatest staff with state-of-the-art facilities, lush landscaping, and put safety at the top of the list in all areas. Sierra Canyon Day Camp has created an environment where children always come first!
Location
Current Adress: 11052 Independence Ave, Chatsworth, California
History
Since Mick Horwitz and Howard Wang founded Sierra Canyon in 1972, thousands of children in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have experienced the joy and excitement of our summer camp programs. Sierra Canyon is nestled on 17 picturesque acres in the northwestern corner of the San Fernando Valley. Campers experience their summer fun surrounded by majestic shade trees and grassy fields. Our indoor camp activities are enjoyed in spacious air-conditioned facilities.

Sierra Canyon's landscape and activities are only rivaled by our expertise with children. The Sierra Canyon Day Camp program has been perfected over the years to meet the diverse interests and capabilities of our campers. We are here to help children create meaningful relationships with other children their own age through enriched, varied, and creative activities. Over the years we have seen children grow immensely in the areas of self-esteem and confidence through their camp experiences. The result is a unique and fulfilling summer that your child will look forward to year after year!
Philisophy
Our Philosophy has been the same since we opened the doors in 1972. Children enjoy participating in a variety of camp activities, discover new skills, and develop friendships while having fun! We combine the greatest staff with state-of-the-art facilities, lush landscaping, and put safety at the top of the list in all areas. Sierra Canyon Day Camp has created an environment where children always come first!

All of this adds up to the ultimate day camp experience!
day at camp
Available to children ages 4-14 years old.

Our regular summer camp program begins at 9:30 AM and ends at 3:30 PM. Complimentary supervision will be provided before day camp from 9:00 AM to 9:30AM and after camp from 3:30PM to 4:30 PM.

Extended Hours & Fees
Campers enrolled in the Extended Day Program can take advantage of even longer supervision for each day they attend camp. Just request this service when completing your child's registration. Hours and fees are:

7:00 AM — 9:00 AM
4:30 AM — 6:00 PM


$8/day per child for AM and PM
$6/day per child for AM or PM only
Transportation
Getting your children to and from camp safely.

Sierra Canyon Day Camp believes that the camp experience begins the moment that our campers get on the bus in the morning. Therefore, we strive to make the bus trip as enjoyable as possible. Our buses are each staffed with a bus counselor who greets the campers both in the morning and in the afternoon. Our counselors also help your campers find their way around camp when they arrive.
Our Transportation system is provided by Tumbleweed buses. All of their drivers are highly trained, qualified professionals who comply with Federal and State Department of Transportation regulations and Board of Education requirements.

All of our buses are equipped with seatbelts and have air conditioning.

Bus Rates:
$12 a day per camper for one way service
$16 a day per camper for round trip service

Just before the beginning of camp, if you are registered for the transportation program, you will be emailed a welcome packet. This packet will contain the Bus Schedule for the summer as well as the Emergency Contact Shuttle Authorization. Please make sure to complete and return this form prior to the start of camp.
Campus Security
Our #1 priority is the safety of your children.

A full-time security team is on duty during camp hours. This includes all Fun Nights and Overnights. Upon registering for camp, you will receive a carpool pass in the mail which will be required to pick up your campers.

When you arrive for pick up you will be asked to show your carpool pass to gain entry to our campus. If you do not have your pass we will ask for identification and then confirm with our office that you are allowed to be on campus. Only authorized members of the Sierra Canyon Day Camp community are allowed to enter our campus at any time. The safety and security of your children are always our number one priority.
HEATH AND SAFETY
We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new and returning campers and their families. Sierra Canyon Day Camp has a licensed nurse on duty during camp hours. Our assistant is CPR and First Aid educated. Our health facility offers the security of knowing that your children will be cared for in the event of an injury or illness. The Health Office has first aid supplies, a two-bed, air-conditioned infirmary, an automated external defibrillator (AED), and Jr. and adult dosed Epi-Pens in the event of an anaphylactic life-threatening emergency. The campus is equipped with earthquake supplies, food, and water. Our Head-Counselors are all CPR and First Aid certified.
The Camper Medical Enrollment Form that you completed online asked questions about your child's health and immunization status. This information assists us in taking the best care of your children throughout the day.

Immunizations Policy
As of January 1st, 2016, California legislation eliminated the personal belief exemption. If your child/camper has a medical reason that they may not complete the immunization series, a Medical Exemption letter from your Health Care Provider will need to be placed in their file. Complying with the Los Angeles Health Department and State of California's regulations is of utmost importance in protecting the health of all our campers. In the event of an outbreak of a communicable disease, such as chicken pox, measles, etc, the camp, in conjunction with the Department of Public Health, is required to exempt all unimmunized campers during that diseases' incubation period.

Medications During Camp Hours
Over-the-counter medications: We recognize that some children may become ill, have discomfort, possible rashes or allergic reactions during camp hours. The Nurse will administer only those medications deemed "necessary" during the camp day. When the registration forms were completed online, a check-off area for over-the-counter medications that we can administer was provided. These medications included, but are not limited to cortisone cream and Polysporin, etc. Analgesics, such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen, or Benadryl require a form to be completed by both a parent and the physician. All doses of medication are based on the child's weight. We have an ample supply of these medications on hand for your convenience.

Prescription Medication: All prescription medication must be brought in its original and labeled container. A Request For Medication To Be Taken During Camp Form must be completed by the doctor and signed by the parent. The camper's name, dose of medication, and time to be administered, and prescribing doctor must be on the label. We need one form per medication that your child will need. All medications will be stored in our office. It is against our camp policy to keep medication in the camper's backpack unless prior arrangements are made with the Nurse. Medication tends to get misplaced, lost, or when outdoors, exceeds the temperature storage recommendations on the prescription. In an after-hours extended daycare emergency, our Head Counselors know the location of emergency medications such as Epi-pens and asthma inhalers.
We are able to store medications that require refrigeration in our office. The office is locked after hours, and cabinets are secure from access.

Allergies at Camp
Sierra Canyon Camp is aware of the many children who have food, insect, and other allergies. We make every effort to provide precautions to lessen the risk of illness for all of our campers. If your child has allergies, please be sure to document this on the Camper Medical Enrolment Form and notify the Health Office. Sierra Canyon is not a peanut-free camp, but we are allergy aware and make every effort to be conscientious and considerate of the students who have food allergies. All group leaders are given a list of campers and their specific allergies. Check in with the Head Counselor of their group and ensure your child's name and allergy is on their list.

  • The Chuck Wagon at Sierra Canyon School does not actively serve products that contain nuts. Be aware that some items sold (i.e. Chex Mix) state that they may contain traces of nuts. If an ingredient label says, "May contain traces of nuts or peanuts", treat the food is if it does contain tree nuts or peanuts. The menu is both listed online Menu and in the Sierra Day Camp Chronicle.
  • We encourage you to familiarize your children with the type of allergies they have.
  • Wash their hands before and after eating lunch or snacks.
  • Teach your children to eat off their lunch bag, lunch box, or a paper napkin instead of the tabletop.
  • A wet wipe should be packed in their lunch for them to wipe the table surface prior to eating. A counselor can assist them with this if they are not yet ready to do this.
  • Our cooking block counselor can be contacted in advance of camp beginning. Discuss your child's food allergies. Many parents find that letting them participate in the cooking block, but not consuming the snack, is more comfortable. Parents are then encouraged to send snacks from home that can be utilized during these times (ie, popsicles). They can be stored in the Health Office, and brought in fresh each week.
  • If symptoms of allergy occur, or your child begins to feel strange or thinks something is wrong, he/she should tell an adult immediately. Do not be embarrassed to get help, and do not wait! Even if your child(ren) is not personally affected by food allergies, here are some things that non-allergic students can do to help their food-allergic friends.
  • Don't share food with friends.Wash hands after before and after eating.Encourage your children to ask what their friends are allergic to and help them avoid it.
  • Don't trade food. Campers should eat only the safe lunch or snacks prepared for them at home.
  • Keep some healthy, non-allergic snacks for your children at school in case something unexpected happens. If their lunch falls on the floor, or a classmate contaminates their lunch, they will still have something to eat.
Special Medical Concerns
An RN or LVN staffs the Health Office each day. We care for campers with a wide variety of medical concerns, including asthma, life-threatening allergies, diabetes, and seizures. If your child has any special medical concerns, is important to schedule a meeting with the Health Office staff prior to your child attending their first day of camp. This way, we can ensure all forms, supplies, and necessary medications have been submitted.

Any child who becomes ill at camp will be taken to the health office and remain there until a parent or guardian can pick up the child. Parents should pick up ill/injured children within 30 minutes to 1 hour of notification. If the health office determines that your child has a fever of 100 degrees or more, you will be contacted to pick him/her up. Campers must be fever-free for 24 hours, and feel well enough to return to camp.

Injuries
The Health Office hours are 9AM-4PM each day. Any camper returning to camp with stitches, a cast or sling, or following hospitalization must have a note from their healthcare provider indicating the extent of the injury, and any limitations required while at camp.

  • Minor injuries
    • Counselors will bring campers to the Health Office for evaluation and treatment. A note will go home via backpack that day.
  • Moderate injuries
    • Counselors notify the Health Office and the child is evaluated at the site of the injury. Parents are notified by phone and a note will go home via backpack that day.
  • Serious injuries
    • In the event of a serious injury or sudden illness, emergency medical services are called (911). Evaluation and stabilization are provided.
We look forward to ensuring your child has a safe and memorable camp experience. Please feel free to contact the Health Office.
Pool Safety
We take many precautions to ensure that our pool is safe and fun for children of all ages!

Aquatics Staff
Each day your child will swim under the supervision of five experienced American Red Cross certified lifeguards and instructors, as well as several counselors who are trained in water rescue techniques.

Pool Depth, Maintenence & Heating
We have two beautifully maintained pools at Sierra Canyon Day Camp with different sections zoned out by lane lines for specific depths. Our shallow end is 2 and a half feet and our deep end is 8 feet. Both pools are inspected daily by both our aquatics team and a professional pool cleaning company to maintain safe PH and chlorine levels at all times. Pools are also heated between 85-88 degrees allowing a comfortable swim no matter what time it is!

Swim Testing and Ability
On the first day of camp your child's swimming abilities will be assessed. Each camper will be assigned to an area of the pool according to his or her swimming capabilities. "Free Swim" allows each child to choose from a variety of aquatic activities, including different types of water games, floating devices, the diving board and going down our 3 story water slide while interacting with other campers and counselors.

The Sierra Canyon Day Camp Water Slide
In addition to our wide variety of aquatic activities, at certain times swimmers who have been tested and deemed "swim safe" enjoy our totally tubular water slide. We have ample supervision on all aspects of the slide including a staff member who is available to catch our younger swimmers as they come down.

Swim Groups
Our Unit 1 campers are divided into three swim groups which are based on the American Red Cross guidelines for swim ability placement ranging from basic beginner to intermediate level. Each child is placed in the appropriate swim group and will participate in water activities based on their ability and comfort in the water.

Medical Needs & Attention
The highest priority of the Sierra Canyon Day Camp aquatics staff is to provide your child with a fun and safe summer. If your child needs any special medical attention such as ear plugs or sunscreen (which we provide), or if he or she cannot swim because of an illness, please send a note with your child to camp. We are happy to accommodate any of your requests.
Activities
Camp Activities:

  • GO CARTS
  • ROCK WALL
  • BUNGEE JUMPING
  • 2 SWIMMING POOLS
  • 3 STORY WATER SLIDE
  • INFLATABLE WATER PARK
  • ARTS AND CRAFTS
  • LASER TAG
  • MAGIC
  • LEGO ARCHITECTURE
  • ARCHERY
  • MOVIE MAGIC
  • MUSIC
  • HIKING
  • OUTDOOR SPORTS
  • ARCADE
  • TEAM BUILDING CHALLENGES
  • FUN ZONE INFLATABLES
  • BAKING
  • MAD SCIENCE
  • STORYTIME
  • DRAMA
  • VARIETY SHOWS
  • CONCERTS, DJ'S & MORE!
Accreditation
We are proud members of the American Camping Association.

We are fully accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). ACA Accreditation means that the camp you are considering for your child cares enough to undergo a thorough (over 300 standards) review of its operation – from staff qualifications and training to emergency management.

About American Camp Association:

The American Camp Association collaborates with experts from The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth service agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Sierra Canyon Day Camp and ACA form a partnership that promotes summers of growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.

Sierra Canyon Day Camp partners with ACA to provide:
  • Healthy, developmentally-appropriate activities and learning experiences
  • Discovery through experiential education
  • Caring, competent role models
  • Service to the community and the environment
  • Opportunities, leadership, and personal growth
Dance Camp Program
Show us your moves!
Sierra Canyon's Dance Camp provides a new and exciting element to the already fun-packed day camp experience. SC Dance Camp is open to all levels of dancers, beginning to advanced, for campers entering 1st grade and above. From classical ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary dance, this specialty camp is designed to expand any dancer's repertoire while giving them the freedom to explore their own creativity. Dance Camp starts in Sierra Canyon's' state of the art' Performing Arts Studio furnished with a proper floor and mirrors. The day begins with a yoga exercise to get dancers in the right frame of mind followed by a full warm-up of stretching, strengthening and technique. After warm-ups, campers will learn choreography, dance theory and have opportunities to create their own choreography pertaining to that week's style of dance. At the end of each day, Dance camp will enjoy a dip in one of Sierra's two large swimming pools and have the chance to ride our three-story water slide! On Fridays, the dancers will share what they have worked on all week during Unit 1 and Unit 2's closing circles. Dance Camp will provide a day of creativity, physical and mental exercise, and a bonding experience like no other.

Dance Camp Dates for Summer 2019

6/17 - 6/28 - Musical Theater "NEWSIES"
7/15 - 7/19 - Hip Hop with Miss Julie
7/22 - 7/26 - Ballet
7/29 - 8/2 - Contemporary / Lyrical
8/5 - 8/9 - Hip Hop with Miss Alyssa
Technology Camp Program
Crack the code for a great summer!

We are proud to offer our new and exciting, summer tech camp. The camp will focus on utilizing technology to design and create projects on multiple platforms. Each day, campers will have the choice to create short films, digital art, digital music, plus coding and robotics projects. Each student has their own iPad and desktop computer, with the following apps and websites available: iMovie, iMotion, Garage Band, Pixie Art, Scratch, Tynker and many more. We also have video game contests each day, between the campers and teachers. The activities will be engaging, hands-on, and allow students to cultivate their imaginations, critical thinking, collaborative skills, and creativity. Our instructors, Mick Donahue and Josh Kitzerow are both experienced educators. Their goal is to make every learning experience fun, engaging, relevant, and memorable. Space is limited to 24 students per one week camp. Campers may sign up for more than one camp, as the daily coding and robotics challenges will be different for every day of each new camp. Tech Camp is open to incoming 3rd-7th graders.


Tech Camp Dates:

6/17/19 - 6/21/19
6/24/19 - 6/28/19
7/8/19 - 7/12/19
7/15/19 - 7/19/19
8/5/19 - 8/9/19
Adventure and Teen Camp Program
Take your summer camp experience offsite!

Are you ready to take camp to the next level? Offsite outings to Knotts Berry Farm, Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Hurricane Harbor, Universal Studios, miniature golfing, California beaches, laser tag, indoor go-karting and bowling (to name just a few).

Adventure Camp (4th - 6th Grades) and Teen Camp (7th - 9th Grades) take the Sierra Canyon experience to destinations across all of southern California. Camp hours are the same as our Day Camp program (9:30am – 3:30pm) with a few 'late arrival' days (typically on Wednesdays) for special trips.
Camp Services
Transportation Rates:

  • $12 a day per camper for one way service
  • $16 a day per camper for round trip service
Extended Day Care Rates:

EDC is available from 7:00am to 9:00am and then again from 4:30pm to 6:00pm

From 9:00am to 9:30am and from 3:30pm to 4:30pm we provide complimentary day care

$6 a day per camper for AM or PM day care

$8 a day per camper for both AM and PM day care.

FAQ
WHAT ARE THE CAMP HOURS?
Our regular camp program begins at 9:30 AM and ends at 3:30 PM. Supervision is included before camp starting at 9:00 AM and after camp until 4:30 PM.

IS YOUR CAMP ACCREDITED?
Sierra Canyon Day Camp is fully accredited by the ACA (American Camp Association). Many of Sierra Canyon's directors also teach classes to other camp directors at several ACA conferences and events.

DO YOU HAVE EXTENDED DAY CARE?

Sierra Canyon Day Camp does provide extended day care if needed. The hours and fees are as follows:
7:00 AM — 9:00 AM
4:30 PM— 6:00 PM
$8/day per camper for AM and PM
$6/day per camper for AM or PM only

WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD WEAR TO CAMP?
Any comfortable clothing is acceptable at Sierra Canyon. Closed-toe shoes are preferred but not required. Sierra Canyon is not responsible for lost articles of clothing, swimwear or accessories. Parents are requested to mark their child's first and last names on all belongings!

WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD BRING TO CAMP EACH DAY?
Your child should bring a swimsuit, towel and lunch bag or lunch ticket. All items should be labeled with your child's first and last name. Swim apparel should be carried in a tote bag which should also have the camper's name on it. We provide popsicles in the afternoon.

DO YOU APPLY SUNBLOCK TO CAMPERS DURING THE DAY?
Yes we do reapply sunblock to our campers and we usually do so after they visit the pool. We also encourage our campers to wear UV protective wear while they are participating in our water activities.

DO YOU PROVIDE WATER DURING THE DAY?
At Sierra Canyon, we provide ice cold water jugs at every location on our campus whether it's a hot day or a cold day. Our staff will also make stops for water in between activities to make sure that your camper is hydrated at all times!

DO YOU DO SOMETHING SPECIAL IF IT'S MY CHILD'S BIRTHDAY?
Of course! Every camper who has a birthday during the camp season will be recognized during closing circle at the end of the day! Please do NOT bring food for your child's group.

CAN MY CHILD BUY LUNCH?
A catered lunch (hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, sandwiches, salads, fruits, and desserts) may be purchased daily for $7.50. For your convenience, lunch tickets may be purchased in advance in our business office. Please put cash or a lunch ticket in an envelope with your child's name on it. A counselor will collect these items at the start of each day if the camper is in Unit 1.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS OR IS EXTREMELY HOT?
Camp will be in session as usual. Sierra Canyon has excellent indoor facilities.

ARE YOUR GROUPS CO-ED?

Yes, all group campers and staff are coed.

HOW WILL MY CHILD BE PLACED IN A GROUP?
Children are grouped according to grade level. All groups are co-ed and are supervised by at least one head counselor, one junior counselor and two CITs throughout the day. We can only guarantee one friend request for campers in the same grade.

WHAT IS A "UNIT"?
Sierra Canyon is divided into two units. Unit 1 consists of children entering pre-kindergarten through second grade. Unit 2 includes children entering third Grade and above as well as specialty camps. (Sports World, etc.)

WHAT IF MY CAMPER DOESN'T START ON THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP?
At Sierra Canyon we have new campers who start whether it's week 1 or week 9! Our counselors are fantastic at introducing and integrating your new camper to new friends and showing them the ropes. At Sierra Canyon we have a saying that on the first day of camp you're a "new timer" but by the end of the first day of camp you are an "old timer"!

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF DAYS I NEED TO ENROLL MY CAMPER FOR?
Each camper is required to be enrolled for a minimum of 10 days. They can be any days you choose throughout the summer. Sierra Canyon Day Camp is a vast camp sitting on nearly 30 acres of property. Anything less than ten days would highly diminish the fun, friendships and activities in the way they were meant to be experience.

I WOULD LIKE TO ENROLL MY CHILD INTO MULTIPLE CAMP PROGRAMS, IS THAT POSSIBLE?

Yes it is! Please specify your individual dates for each camp program during your registration. Drop off and pick up times work the exact same for all camp programs.

I'VE ENROLLED MY CAMPER ONLINE BUT I'D LIKE TO CHANGE A COUPLE DAYS. WHAT DO I DO?
Once you have submitted your registration and processed your deposit, all date changes, cancellations or additions must be made through the camp office. The deadline for schedule changes is May 13, 2019 and all schedule changes must be submitted via email.

I NEED TO CANCEL A FEW DAYS I REGISTERED FOR, CAN I RECEIVE A REFUND?
All cancellations and schedule changes must be submitted to our admissions office no later than May 13, 2019 by 4:00pm. All final balances will be processed on May 17, 2019. Before this date we offer a 50% refund on your deposit, after this date all programs are non-refundable.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY CAMPER IS SICK?
Each camper is allowed two make up days per summer in the event of sickness. Please contact our camp admissions office 24 hours in advance to schedule your make up days.

HOW DOES YOUR GENERAL CAMP PICK UP AND DROP OFF WORK?

When you arrive at Sierra Canyon every day, please place your carpool authorization pass on your dashboard where it is visible. A Sierra Canyon staff member will approach your car and call for your camper who will then be escorted to our carpool pick up line. Please stay in the carpool line as your camper is walked by a staff member to your car. Please move all the way up the line so that we can serve as many cars as possible. Never exit your vehicle during carpool. Don't worry, we are great with car seats!

ARE YOUR STAFF BACKGROUND CHECKED?
All Sierra Canyon employees who are 18 and older are required to provide mandatory live scans before they are allowed to work with our organization. Any employees under 18 are required to provide a valid work permit. All employees go through a rigorous ACA accredited training course before the start of the summer in addition to several courses on first aid, CPR and crisis management. Your child's safety is our highest priority and you can rest assured that there is no safer place in the world for them to be then in our care.

DO YOU HAVE A REGISTERED NURSE ON STAFF?
We have a registered nurse on campus at all times throughout the camp day.

DO YOU PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM YOUR CAMP?
Sierra Canyon utilizes a fantastic shuttle service that helps accommodate our campers from many different parts of the valley.
Registration Policies
Deposit of $300 per camper due upon registration.

All campers must register for a minimum of 10 days when enrolling.

Schedule Changes:

All schedule changes must be submitted in writing by May 13th, 2019 no later than 4:00pm. After this date there will be a $25.00 schedule change fee per camper, per change.

Make-up Days:

Campers are allowed two make-up days due to absences or illness. Please contact the camp office if your camper is going to be absent, all make-up days must be scheduled with the camp office at least 24 hours in advance.

  • There are no refunds or credits for absences.

  • Make-up days may not be scheduled on Wednesdays.

Refund Policy:

Should you withdraw your child from camp prior to May 13th, you will receive 50% of your deposit as a refund for each child. After this date all programs are non-refundable.

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