Youth Camps & Teen Programs
Outdoor recreation can be a lifelong pursuit with rewards at every step of the way. Since 1994, Center Activities has offered an incredible opportunity for youth between the ages of 6 and 17. All of our youth and teen programming emphasize building confidence, encouraging teamwork and learning outdoor, aquatic and fitness skills in a safe, fun, supportive environment.
Center Activities has over thirty years of experience offering outdoor programs, with an enthusiastic staff that brings extensive experience in outdoor recreation and a deep commitment to safe instruction. Individualized instruction is an essential element of the camps and is made possible by keeping the participant to instructor ratio low at 6 to 1.
No Previous Experience Needed
No previous experience is needed to participate in any of the camps. For our Aquatic Camps, each student must demonstrate that he or she is water safe by swimming a short distance using any stroke and by treading water while wearing a life jacket. Camps are designed to accommodate youth ages 10 and older.
With the generous support of local agencies such as the Humboldt Area Foundation, Humboldt Sponsors and the California Department of Boating and Waterways, we are able to offer qualified low-income youth an opportunity to participate at a reduced fee. Scholarships are based on a sliding scale with applications reviewed on an individual basis. Contact Center Activities for additional information and a scholarship application. Scholarships are awarded based on financial & family needs, camp space availability and timely application. Download a scholarship application today!
Open to all teen athletes, this program includes exclusive, individualized training in the areas of plyometrics, speed development, strength development, power development, agility, Olympic lifting and flexibility.
This camp is a great option for the older camper who enjoys the thrills of our Aquatics Camp, but is ready for a new twist. Join us for an exciting week of teambuilding activities, climbing on a rock wall and surfing. Th fun continues as we head out to Ruth Lake for two nights under the stars and sunny, warm days filled with kayaking, canoeing, sailing and stand up paddling galore!
Get ready for one of the most well‐known summer camps in Humboldt County! This camp offers a variety of aquatic skills for campers of all skill levels. Campers can look forward to many exciting activities, including flatwater kayaking, canoeing, surfing, stand up paddling and sailing! Our caring and supportive staff also teaches water safety, environmental education and promotes positive group development.
Surf’s up for a popular favorite geared toward both our newest and veteran campers. Participants will enjoy both group and individual surf instruction on their choice of bodyboard or surfboard. Also offered during this four day camp are ocean safety and awareness, as well as positive group and personal development. This camp is ideal for both the experienced and beginners alike.
This program focuses on developing paddling skills to get your teen started in whitewater kayaking. During the week, your teen will be introduced to the basics of kayaking on flatwater with a progression to moving whitewater. The focus will be on boating safety, basic strokes, boat control, hydrology, wet exits, and rolling the kayak. A combination of inflatable kayaks and hardshell kayaks will be used depending on the individual needs and skill progression. Teens will have plenty of opportunities to create new friendships and will finish out the week with an overnight campout on the Trinity River.
Come out for a week of exploration and fun on Humboldt Bay! Campers will learn kayaking and water safety skills, as well as a respect for the wonderful marine environment that we have in Humboldt Bay. Activities include general kayak instruction and rescue techniques, Humboldt Bay ecology and history of Old Town Eureka Waterfront, and a variety of games and skill-building exercises. If you have any questions, contact the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center at 707-443-4222. Please ask for the Aquatics Coordinator.
This camp is perfect for the ocean-minded teen who is looking for a fun and exciting adventure. All skill levels are welcome, from those who have never seen the ocean to those who would like to refine their skills. This week consists of group and individual surf instruction, ocean safety and awareness, team building activities and plenty of saltwater action. The week includes a two night campout near Crescent City.