Best Los Angeles Summer Camps

In the Los Angeles area, there's a wide variety of programs because so many kids have so many different interests. For the purposes of this article
let's say you're looking for a summer camp and your child loves skateboarding. You might go online to research some skateboarding camps. After you
find two or three that appeal to you, you dig a little deeper to compare them so you can find your idea of the best one. Perhaps your idea of the "best"
camp is one that's close to your home, or offers transportation, or is extremely affordable, or has a nice website. There's many different criteria you
might use to decide which camp is the "best." In fact the best camp may simply be the one that "feels right" to you.  

But it's important to remember somebody else's child may absolutely hate skateboarding. A skateboarding summer camp would be out of the question
for them. So they're using a whole different set of criteria that's important to them when it comes to identifying their "best camp."
By Eric Naftulin, Executive Director, Aloha Beach Camp
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Finding the best L.A. summer camps usually depends on personal preference. But there's also some specific criteria you can use to help you find the best camps.

The Top Two Factors to Consider When Picking the Best Summer Camp

To the first point, I'm a big proponent of sending kids to accredited summer camps. Picking a non-accredited camp isn't necessarily bad or wrong. In
fact there are many good non-accredited summer camps. But when you choose an accredited camp, you are guaranteed the camp meets certain safety
(and other) standards non-accredited camps aren't held to. If the camp you're choosing is not accredited, you should ask the camp directory why.

Regarding point #2, I can't stress enough the importance of sending your child to a camp with activities they enjoy In my experience, too many parents
send their kids to summer camps without including them in the decision-making process or considering their likes and interests. Consider the
skateboarding camp example. What would happen if your child doesn't like skateboarding but you sent them to a skateboarding camp anyway? You're
setting them up for a camp experience they won't like at all. Unfortunately we see this kind of thing happen each summer at summer camps
everywhere. That's too bad, because it's an easily avoidable mistake.  By simply considering your child's likes and dislikes, and signing up for camp
accordingly, you'll be setting them up for the best camp experience possible in Los Angeles or anywhere else.
Even though the criteria people use to find the best summer camp can vary from person to person, in my opinion there's two crucial points everyone
should include on their list no matter what. The two things I would always make sure of when choosing a camp for your kids are:

  1. Is the camp accredited by the American Camp Association?
  2. Does my child actually LIKE the activities the camp offers?
When you own a camp you get lots of questions. Most of the folks I talk to have an interest in our summer camp and
want more information. Since Aloha Beach Camp is based in L.A., many parents also ask my opinion on which local
camps are the best.

Well, I'll tell you what, that's NOT an easy question to answer.  The reason why is because choosing a summer camp,
in Los Angeles or elsewhere, is a completely subjective process.  Saying "this camp is better than that one" is based
entirely on people's opinions. It's sort of like saying "Restaurant A" is better than "Restaurant B." But that kind of
argument usually doesn't work since the "best" restaurant, in my view, is likely different than yours.

Look at it this way. Some people like steak, while others like chicken, while others don't like meat or chicken at all. We
all have different opinions and feelings about what makes something "good," "bad" or "the best." Generally the things
that interest or appeal to us the most are what we consider to be the best.