Summer Enrichment & Education for at-risk youth, homeless youth & families in LA County
It is our belief that ALL children deserve a great camp experience!
The CLF started inviting families from homeless shelters & at-Risk youth and agencies serving them in the summer of 1993…
Since 1993, more than 75,000 children have attended Camp for All Summer Camp Program, which provides crucial academic and social experiences to transitioning homeless and at-risk youth from urban and shelter environments. Camp for All is designed to provide positive, educational, enriching, life-affirming outdoor experiences-which highlight care for our natural environment and eco-systems, and learning about the magic of nature.
Our partner organizations—shelters, missions, Boys and Girls Clubs, foster care and schools—have access to this program, and we invite more than 800-1,000 children to Camp for All each summer. Since 2006, the CLF has been conducting Surf Camp for All in Zuma Beach in Malibu, where children and families from local area shelters hit the beach and learn to surf in a day! An amazing bonding experience, and offering an unparalled, lasting dose of self-esteem, Camp for All also offers an incredible Summer Teen Counselor Program for high school students looking to volunteer and give back their time in a fun, effective and highly meaningful way.
WILDERNESS DAY CAMPS
A transformative outdoor experience in the Mountains…
The CLF also provides a classic camp activities like swimming, Talking Circles, nature arts and crafts and special Wilderness Hikes, native Chumash history- combined with our special focus on mindfulness, compassion, and upcoming special STEM workshops to bring out the very best in the under-served youth we serve. Additionally, story-telling and portrait classes, finance workshops with our friends at Capital One, Magic Workshops and an emphasis on overall health and outdoor fitness round off our core series of camp activities. These enriching, memorable and fun Wilderness Day Camp experiences take place in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains at King Ranch Gillette in Calabasas. Low-income elementary and middle-school aged students who are experiencing homelessness and/or are very highly at-risk attend our Wilderness Camps.
The CLF started Camp for All because we saw first-hand how hard it was for families in shelters to participate in anything enriching, healthy or recreational that they could afford. Even something as simple as going on a hike, or taking a trip to a nearby beach, became nearly impossible without desperately needed resources, and the necessary feeling of hope.
*Agencies who we invite to participate in Camp for All include: A Place Called Home, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Malibu, Venice and the West Valley, Covenant House, Doors to Hope, Girls Inc., Homeboy Industries, My Friend’s Place, Operation Progress, Para Los Ninos and Urban Compass.
*All of the CLF’s programs are offered FREE-OF-CHARGE to all participating teens, families and agencies.
fun, healing refreshment while learning to surf!
In June, July and beginning of August, over 850 at-risk youth and homeless children and their parents attend our awesome Surf Camp Sessions at Zuma Beach.
the ocean heals and enriches
There, they actually will learn to stand up on the surf board and learn to surf in one afternoon, enjoy a great meal right on the beach, and participate in other fun, interesting activities activities like art, ocean safety lessons and yoga. We utilize instructors like our friends the Mighty Underdogs and local lifeguards, and our staff makes sure each camper has the best day ever at the beach!
It is surprising how many low-income Angelenos never make it out to our beautiful local beaches and state parks. Camp for All aims to change all of that-and we do it -free-of charge.