Frequently Asked Questions About Aloha Beach Camp
Before you sign up for camp, we realize you may have questions. We've done our best to answer them here, but
please don't hesitate to contact us for more information any time.
Program and Activity Questions
1. What is Aloha Beach Camp?
Aloha Beach Camp is an aquatic-themed summer day camp for kids, teens, and tweens in Los Angeles, California.
The camp is comprised of three age-appropriate programs under the Aloha Beach Camp name:
• Keiki Camp is exclusively for younger campers ages 4 through 7
• Kahuna Camp is for campers 8 to 11
• High Action Camp is for older kids 12 to 15 years old
All three programs include over 200 exciting aquatic activities, convenient day-by-day enrollment, free
transportation to and from camp, top-notch counselors and staff, modern high-end equipment, low camper-to-
counselor ratios, 100% safety records, and risk-free, 100% money-back guarantees.
2. What's the Difference Between the Keiki Camp, Kahuna Camp, and High Action Camp Programs?
The programs are much more similar than they are different. The major difference between them generally relates
to the age-level each one's designed for. The pace at Kahuna Camp is slightly more relaxed than High Action's.
The pace at Keiki Camp is a little slower than Kahuna's. This age-appropriate approach enables your child to make
the most of their summer camp experience with us while enjoying a safe and fun beach camp experience they'll
3. Where is the Camp Located?
4. What are the Camp Activities?
5. Who are the Camp Counselors?
Our staff is comprised of college students, teachers, and childcare professionals with years of experience working
with kids...and years of experience working at Aloha Beach Camp. Many are returning for their 5th or 6th summers
working with us and have grown up through our program, starting out as campers and working their way up to
become counselors and directors. Our staff is chosen for their ability to work with kids in a leadership capacity plus
serve as positive role models. Aloha camp counselors must pass a rigorous 3-phase interview process including at
least two in-person interviews, 3rd party reference checks, and a criminal background check. Our staff's top priority
is protecting your child's safety while making sure they have lots of fun at camp!
6. What is the Camp's Philosophy?
Kids who attend our program enjoy an amazing beach and surf summer camp experience unlike any other. They
develop lifelong water safety skills and master new aquatic sports like surfing and boogie boarding. They study
beach and ocean safety, wave judgment and selection, and how to swim safely in the ocean and more, always
with an emphasis on beach safety and environmental respect. Most importantly, we will never force a child to do
any activity they're uncomfortable with; we will positively encourage their participation instead. When summer's
over, Aloha kids come away with a new sense of confidence, esteem, and appreciation for the beach and ocean
environment so they can enjoy these natural wonders safely all their lives.
7. Does My Child Need to Know How to Swim?
Knowing how to swim before attending camp is not a requirement. At the same time, it may be a good idea for
your child to have at least some swimming experience before signing up if you think this would help you feel more
comfortable before sending them. Whatever you decide, please rest assured many campers who attend our
program have very little (in any) swimming experience in the ocean or the pool. Accordingly, our program is
designed to accommodate kids of all swimming levels because we offer many fun activities both in the water and
on the sand. Everyone (even non-swimmers) is welcome at Aloha Beach Camp!
8. Does My Child Need to Take a Swim Test?
We prefer to call it a swim assessment, not a test, because there is no "pass or fail" involved. (Everyone "passes"
no matter what :) We realize some campers may get anxious over this but there's no need to worry. Here's how it
works. On your child's first day of camp, our counselors will enter the shallow ocean water together with your child,
and we'll duck under a wave together to see who pops out first! It takes just a minute or less to complete this
assessment, and from this point forward our staff will be able to help your child become more safe and
comfortable in the ocean and improve their aquatic safety and swimming skills. So remember, it's not a test, only
an assessment, and your camper will be fine, no need to worry! :)
9. Is Prior Ocean Experience Required to Participate?
Absolutely not! Aloha Beach Camp's activities are instructional and presented at each child's most comfortable
pace. Some campers are experiencing the beach and ocean environment for the first time, while others have more
experience. We also understand some campers may have prior swimming experience in the pool, but not the
ocean. Our program is designed to accommodate kids from every aquatic background so everyone will be safe and
have fun no matter what.
10. Can My Child be in the Same Group as Their Friends?
Of course! There's a designated field on your child's Registration Form where you can list the friends your child
wants to be grouped with. Just enter their names and we'll handle the rest.
Rest assured we are extremely sensitive to your safety concerns and impose strict safety guidelines at all times.
Our equipment is modern and top-of-the-line, our staff is experienced, certified, and well-trained, and our risk-
management program virtually eliminates risk where it can be eliminated. You'll be pleased to know any risks you
can think of are generally more perceived than actual. One thing we hope you won’t do is deny your child a
fantastic beach camp experience because you may have an unfounded perception it's not as safe as traditional
camps. Truth is, you'll be hard-pressed to find another camp where your child will be safer than they will with us...
and our 19-year, 100% safety record proves it. In fact there's a motto we picked up from some old sailing buddies
we now use as our underlying philosophy: "If it's not safe, we're not gonna do it, and if it's not fun, we're not
gonna do it for very long.” We welcome your calls and emails to discuss safety in further detail.
12. How Will My Child Get to Camp?
Daily transportation, on safety-equipped, fully insured buses and vans is included from your area. To ensure short
rides and reliable schedules, we have arranged convenient meeting points. Campers are picked up each morning at
their respective meeting points between 8:00 and 9:00 AM, then transported directly to the day's activity site -- a
local beach or lake, for example -- then returned home to the same meeting point each afternoon between 4:00
and 5:00 PM.
13. Where Are the Transportation Meeting Points?
We have bus stops throughout Los Angeles and the local Valleys. Below is a general list of our transportation pick-
up and drop-off areas. We're pretty sure you'll find a bus stop near you, but even if you don't live within the
following transportation boundaries, you should not let this stop you from signing up for camp since we still may
be able to work with you to establish a new bus stop for you that's convenient and meets your needs.
The general transportation service area is bounded by:
- Porter Ranch/Granada Hills to the North;
- Wilshire Blvd. to the South;
- Studio City/Toluca Lake to the East; and
- Calabasas/Agoura to the West
We also have pick-up points at:
- 3rd Street School in Hancock Park
- The Brentwood Country Club in Brentwood
- Palisades High School in the Pacific Palisades
- Bluffs Park in Malibu
- Cheviot Hills Park in West L.A.
14. Does Transportation Cost Extra?
Nope! Using our bus service is entirely free and included in your camp tuition as a benefit of enrollment. Unlike
other camps, Aloha Beach Camp never charges more for transportation.
15. Who Drives the Buses?
Driving duties are typically handled by professional school bus drivers, and sometimes Aloha Beach Camp
counselors. Each vehicle usually has at least one additional Aloha Beach Camp staff member on board for
additional safety and supervision.
16. How Do We Pick Our Meeting Point?
There is a dedicated space on your camper's Registration Form where you will be able to choose the transportation
meeting point closest to your home or office. We have more than 20 meeting points throughout L.A. and the
Valley, so depending on where you live, you should not have to drive more than a few minutes to meet the bus.
There will definitely be a bus stop close to you!
17. What are the Pick-up and Drop-off Times?
Morning pick-up is between 8 AM and 9 AM. Afternoon drop-off is between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Here's a link to
our 2019 transportation meeting point schedule. Please note you will also receive a dedicated transportation
packet in the mail confirming your family's specific bus information, including pick-up and drop-off times and
chosen meeting point location, the week before your child starts camp.
18. What if We Live Outside the Transportation Area?
If you live outside our transportation boundaries, please let us know because we still may be able to
19. How Long Does the Bus Ride Take?
It depends how far away you live from camp and which bus route you choose. In general, campers living closer to
the beach have shorter rides, while those living further away can expect to their rides to be somewhat longer. We
do our best to keep bus ride times to one hour or less, even for kids living furthest from camp. Please note,
however, driving times may vary depending on traffic and road conditions, camper enrollment, questions from
parents at the bus stops, and other factors beyond our control.
20. Do the Kids do Any Activities on the Bus?
Yes. There is generally at least one additional counselor (in addition to the bus driver) on each Aloha Beach Camp
bus route. The counselors provide safety, supervision and entertainment for the kids en route to and from camp.
21. Is There a Discount if We Don't Use the Bus?
22. Do the Buses Have Seat Belts?
Unfortunately not. Riding the bus is an important part of the camp day where campers play games, sing songs,
make new friends, bond with their counselors and have lots of fun. We don't want anyone to miss that, but even if
you prefer driving your child to camp yourself, our transportation contractor will not extend us any discounts based
the number of campers who take the bus; we are required to pay their full rate whether or not the bus is full.
Yes. All Aloha Beach Camp vehicles are equipped with seat belts which are required to be worn by every passenger
at all times.
Enrollment and Tuition Questions
23. How Much Does Aloha Beach Camp Cost?
Current camp prices are $110 per child per day for beach and surfing days and $115 for lake and activity days.
These are the Early Bird Discount rates expiring June 15. Rates will increase at least $3 per day after that. Daily
prices include all standard day camp activities, supervision, program equipment, and transportation. Our prices and
discounts page furtherer details Aloha Beach Camp's 2019 summer camp program and pricing information.
24. What are 2019 Summer Camp Dates?
The first day of camp is Monday, June 17. The last day is Friday, August 23. Camp will be closed Thursday, July 4.
25. What are the Starting and Ending Times?
Assuming your camper takes the bus to and from camp each day, morning pick-up is generally between 8:00 AM
and 9:00 AM, and afternoon drop-off between 4:00 AM and 5:00 PM. If you're dropping off and/or picking up your
child at camp, we suggest arriving at 9:45 AM for morning drop-off and 2:35 PM for afternoon pickup.
26. What is day-by-day Enrollment?
Day-by-day enrollment gives you complete flexibility planning for camp. It's the first camp enrollment format that
works with "real-life" schedules allowing you to truly customize your own camp schedule by signing up for camp by
the day. You don’t have to conform to rigid prearrange camp sessions because we don't have sessions. Instead,
you can send your child to camp a day here, a day there ... whatever works best for your family. Day-by-day
enrollment means your other summer activities won't conflict with camp scheduling ever again. Just tell us which
days you want to come to camp (they can be any days you want), and as long as we have space those days,
you're in. Easy!
27. What is the Enrollment Protection Plan?
For just $50, the Enrollment Protection Plan lets you make free unlimited changes to your child's enrollment
schedule all summer. You can switch a day here for a day there, trade one scheduled week for different one, ,
rearrange one combination of enrolled days to another, etc. If you don't buy the Enrollment Protection Plan, every
change you make will cost $35. The Enrollment Protection Plan is a bargain because it pays for itself immediately.
If you'd like to take advantage of this Plan, make sure the appropriate box is check on your child's Enrollment Form.
28. We've Heard the Camp Fills up Fast. How Much Space do you Have Left?
Aloha Beach Camp is getting full, but we do have limited availability in select age groups. Please view our space
availability page for details.
29. Is There a Registration Deadline?
There is no registration deadline per se, but we advise signing up sooner rather than later so you can avoid the
waiting list. Aloha Beach Camp is only a small camp with limited space, and when the last spot's is gone, it's gone
for good, and then enrollment will be closed for the year. (You can check our space availability page for current
openings). The other reason it behooves you to sign up now is because you might qualify for a discount that won't
be available later. So if you're considering Aloha for your child this summer, it's best not to wait.
30. What if My Child's Sick and Can't Make Camp One Day?
You're always entitled to a make-up day (space permitting) for any days your child might miss. Just let us know
alternate day tha works for you, and as long as we have space, you're in :)
31. Do You Offer Any Discounts?
32. How Do We Sign up for Camp?
"Nitty Gritty" Summer Camp Questions
Aloha Beach Camp is a family business owned and operated by Eric and Teri Naftulin, husband and wife, for the
past 19 years. Eric is on site with the campers everyday during the summer while Teri manages the camp office.
34. How Long Have You Been in Business?
Aloha Beach Camp was founded in 1999 by Eric and Teri Naftulin, husband and wife, in 1999. Summer 2019 will be
our 20th year in business operating the camp program.
35. Is Aloha Beach Camp Accredited?
Yes. Aloha Beach Camp is fully accredited by the American Camp Association. In fact, we are the first and ONLY
accredited beach and surf camp in the Los Angeles area. If the camp you're considering is not accredited, then it
might mean the camp's not complying with certain summer camp safety standards, so please be careful!
36. How Can We Connect With You on Social Media?
37. What Should My Child Wear and Bring to Camp?
If you decide to sign up for camp, we'll send you a "Family Handbook" which describes what to wear and bring to
each day. But generally, we suggest a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, and lunch inside a backpack. You might also
want to send a change of clothes for the end of the day. Campers can also bring a little spending money if they
want to buy lunch or snacks at camp. Other than that, you'll be all set!
38. What if We Sign Up But Our Child Doesn't Like It?
We're pretty sure that won't happen, but we offer a 100% money back guarantee just in case. If you're not
completely satisfied, we'll give you all your money back, no questions asked, and best of all we'll still be friends,
no hard feelings at all. (Please note, your camper must attend his or her first two scheduled days of camp to
qualify for the money-back guarantee. After the first two days, there will be no refunds.)
39. How Can We See More Pictures and Videos of the Camp?
Instagram and YouTube are great starting points. We post pictures on Facebook pretty often, too. And we also
have THOUSANDS of pictures and videos from the past two summers (2017 and 2018) available for viewing on our
Google Photos site. Enjoy!
40. Can Parents Come to Camp Too?
Aloha Beach Camp has an open door policy on parent visitation. We suggest calling ahead of time to confirm our
location, but otherwise, feel free to stop by and hang out with us any time. (We even have organized "Parent
Days" this summer where you can come to the beach to see all the fun things you're child is doing at camp and
meet other camp familes, too. Stay tuned for the dates, as we will post them here soon.)
41. When is Your Next Open House?
42. We Have More Questions. What Should We Do?
Our last Open House of the 2019 summer camp season was Sunday, May 5 at Zuma Beach, Malibu, Lifeguard
Tower 7 (where camp takes place during the summer). We may add more open houses later this spring depending
on demand; if so, we will post details here. For now, if you'd like to meet our counselors and staff in person and
see our site before camp starts and learn how camp operates on a day-to-day basis, we invite you to schedule a
free private tour where we will be glad to show you around! Please send us a note with some potential dates and
times that work for you, and we'll gladly arrange a meeting at the beach!
Learn more about our Open House options or email or call us whenever you want at (818) 932-4600. Please also
visit our blog or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram where you can learn a lot more about our summer
camp. We're looking forward to connecting with you and seeing you at camp this summer!