Monarch Camps has been a leading day camp in Los Angeles, California since 1971. Operating on 105 acres, their facilities include an Olympic sized aquatics complex, two gymnasiums, multiple athletic fields, a football stadium, a soccer field, two basketball courts, a softball field, three tennis courts, a newly renovated baseball field, an archery range, an arts & crafts facility, recreation rooms for science fun lessons and experiments, a fully outfitted kitchen, two game rooms, a dance studio, a rock wall, and a performing arts auditorium.
The 24-hour, on-campus Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Substation and Los Angeles Fire Department station directly across the street on Burbank Boulevard maintain their safe environment at all times. No camp has a safer, more complete physical facility than Monarch Camps.
Campers aged 5-13 are always met with a fun and enriching environment where growth is a natural outcome of participation. The sports and activities Monarch Camps offers to facilitate the development of cooperation, creativity, motor skills, and sportsmanship among campers. They instill camp traditions in the lives of thousands each year, cultivating the essential life skills of confidence, empathy, problem-solving, and happiness. Their motto, “Where Campers Come First!” fuels the positive influence that Monarch Camps has on campers’ growth from childhood through their teen and adult years. Monarch Camps exposes campers to new and different experiences. The weekly field trips provide a full camp experience about learning and enjoying the world. They strive to find a way to get all campers involved in activities. If campers do not want to play a sport or do an activity, you can be sure that they will find a way to get them involved.
The staff that brings Monarch Camps to life are passionate, diverse, and most importantly, experienced. They are dedicated to the idea that having a camp experience in children’s lives in a necessity and that teamwork, life experiences, and character building lead to success. The best part is that most staff members are former campers, coaches, educators, and people dedicated to providing a memorable camp experience that all children need.
All of Monarch Camps counselors and sports coaches have graduated from high school. They each go through extensive online background checks, reference checks, and are TB tested. Most are CPR and First Aid trained or certified. Most members of their adult staff were either campers or work year round with children at a school or the Monarch Camps After School Camp. Communication between groups and counselors is facilitated by Lead Counselors; an internal term used to describe veteran counselors that embody the Monarch Camps belief that campers come first and know the important role that peer-to-peer guidance plays in connecting and serving our campers.
Monarch Camps believes that camp experiences shouldn’t end after middle school. Their Junior Counselor Program is a volunteer program designed for high school students to teach and practice necessary job skills to prepare them for their future. Junior Counselors (JCs) are teenagers ages 14-17 that assist counselors in the day to day operations, such as interacting with children, ensuring group safety, and organizing activities. Most JCs have been through Monarch Camps Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program, and all go through an intensive training cycle. They receive volunteer hours for school and in most cases were campers themselves.
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