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June 13, 2010 | By Michele Bigley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In my youth, nothing spelled summer more than my box of stationery, stashed in a trunk next to my insect repellent, shorts, towels and bathing suit. Summer camp was the pinnacle of the illusion of freedom, albeit in a controlled environment. There I learned to swim and French kiss, and my parents learned only what I wrote on that pink paper and mailed home. Whether a response to the world's changing landscape, or the Peter Pan-esque ambitions of summer camp aficionados, a handful of California camps have invited parents along — and not just for the talent show.
October 16, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
BEIJING - Turn on the TV, and there's a commercial for a car. There's also a damsel in distress, a woman who stops the car and jumps into the passenger seat while screaming about an apparent heist. The vehicle, which turns out to be the pocket-sized Smart car, zooms away in pursuit of a man sprinting through city streets with a painting, presumably priceless. The denouement comes when the driver throws the car into reverse, screeches backward down a narrow alley and hurls a basketball at the perpetrator, knocking him off a fence and saving the day. Kobe Bryant, hero to the Chinese.
July 21, 1996
Here's a thought: Stash the kids at museum camp and take in a little culture accompanied by the sounds of silence. This summer, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is staging its first summer camps, for children ages 6 to 12. The four one-week camps are from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays in August. The schedule: "Is It Art?" teaches children to look at art in different ways by making an installation piece and turning found art into sculpture. Aug. 5-9.
August 19, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Carter Paysinger, the principal of Beverly Hills High School, said Monday that he welcomes an independent review called by the Beverly Hills Unified School District into the for-profit summer sports camp he owns. The review was in response to an article in The Times last week that reported that the Beverly Hills Sports Academy, held on campus, is owned by Paysinger and operated by two school employees. Parents say they were led to believe that the academy was a mandatory school-sanctioned camp for athletes and that fees would help fund sports teams.
April 6, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Sporting goods stores might want to stock up on sleeping bags, mosquito spray and hiking boots. And grocers may want to boost their marshmallow supplies. With an improving economy, enrollment in summer camps nationwide is surging, forcing some camps to hire extra counselors and build bigger facilities. And many camps are filling up much faster than in previous years, with the remaining spaces going quickly. The growth in enrollment ranges from 5% to more than 30% among Southern California camps, with some camp directors saying they expect to reach capacity in the next month or so - nearly a month earlier than previous years.
June 16, 1998 | JOHN POPE and DEBRA CANO
Summer camps in the nearby mountains and on Catalina Island are being organized by the Anaheim Family YMCA. Registration is now being accepted for Camp Fox on Catalina Island, which will run from June 22 to June 29, for children ages 13 to 18. Camp Osceola, near Big Bear, is open for children ages 7 to 12, and will run from Aug. 29 to Sept. 4. Camp scholarships are also available for children who qualify. Information: (714) 635-9622.
Michael Zacuto is a city boy. But he says it was a mountain camp for dying children that gave him a life. He was 10 years old and suffering from a brain tumor in 1986 when his parents wrangled him a bunk at the weeklong outing for children with cancer. He returned home from the rugged hills above Malibu stronger than anyone expected. "It was wonderful," Zacuto said. "I'd been handled like a delicate piece of china in the hospital. At camp I was just a normal kid."
After a school year of shootings and copycat threats, summer camps are bracing for the arrival of millions of children--and tightening security to make sure tragedy doesn't follow them. Some overnight camps are asking parents to pack their children's bags to keep out weapons, and camp directors say they will be more vigilant in searching campers and sending kids home if they don't behave.
Over the years, Ventura County has produced an abundance of actors for movies and commercials. After all, Oscar-winning actor Kevin Costner spent his high school years living in Ventura. If your kid wants to be another Macaulay Culkin ("Home Alone") or is simply a ham, there are a number of summer camps and classes in the county that offer acting instruction. Most of them welcome beginners, as well as those who already have agents.
You've worked with real estate brokers. You've heard of yacht brokers. But are you ready for camp brokers? Yes, the high-stakes world of high-end summer camps has breathed economic life into yet another urban profession. Who would have thought summer camps that charge $1,000 a week would get as many bids as Westside homes at the peak of the market?
August 16, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
With 20 minutes to go before making their high-stakes start-up pitches, the wannabe entrepreneurs were understandably nervous. In one corner of the room, Marc Pakravan and Robert Davis, who came up with the idea for an online shopping site for men's ties, were struggling to put on their own neckties. A few feet away, Jessica Chan-Ugalde looked exasperated as she chastised her partner for not knowing what a hashtag was. Meanwhile Neil Serebryany, whose start-up idea Transformo offers language translation through a headset device, was utterly unfazed as he surveyed the last-minute frenzy.
August 10, 2013 | Mary MacVean
If you can't eat gluten and you're a kid, life can be tough to negotiate. No thanks to the pizza party, the birthday cake, the trades at school lunch. But for a week, for 67 kids, there's Camp Gluten Free, about 6,000 feet up in the San Bernardino Mountains. For the most part, it's camp -- arts and crafts, songs, archery and cabin life. But in the dining hall, it's another matter. On Tuesday, the lunch menu is "bodacious burger, wacky potato wedges, fresh cantaloupe. " So what's so great about Camp Gluten Free?
August 8, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Cody Kessler liked the feeling. On Thursday, for the first time since arriving at USC in the spring of 2011, Kessler took the first snap with the starting offense in a scrimmage. "I feel very comfortable with the ones," he said afterward. "Very in command. " Whether Kessler takes control of USC's quarterback competition remains to be seen, but he is making a case by continuing to show the efficiency and leadership he displayed during spring practice. Kessler and fellow sophomore Max Wittek both played well Thursday at the Coliseum.
July 22, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
On a recent Tuesday, the leader of the French Toast Mafia looked harmless. She wore a lime-green shirt featuring Carlton from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and her mafia "thugs" were 17 smiling high schoolers in slacks and black polos. But she does want her bunch to enter some big battles. Specifically, Kim Merino is worried because of the nearly 4,000 students who took the Advanced Placement computer science exam in California last year, not even 400 of them were black or Latino.
April 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
It's called the Care Camps Big Weekend , but it could be subtitled "Camping for a cause. " KOA campgrounds rewards campers who stay May 10 at one of more than 400 sites nationwide with a second night for free. The idea is to raise awareness and funds to support summer camps that serve children with cancer. The deal: The free night applies to tent and RV camps as well as cabins available at selected sites. And it just happens to coincide with Mother's Day , which could make for a nice family getaway.
April 2, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA opened spring football practice Tuesday under unusual circumstances. Unusual and pleasant circumstances. For the first time in years, there is no quibbling about who will man the quarterback position. This is Brett Hundley's team, as it was in the fall last year. Life won't get much easier for Coach Jim Mora as far as that goes. "Last year, it was so unsettled," Mora said, referring to last spring. "We were trying to put the pieces together, decide who we were going to be offensively and what we were capable of doing.
Tremaine Fowlkes of Crenshaw High was a relatively unknown college basketball prospect by national standards until he showcased his talents in summer tournaments in Michigan, California and Nevada. The 6-foot-6 Fowlkes, who earned fame while competing in the Converse ABCD Summer Jam 1993 July 3-9 on the campus of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, is now considered one of the top five senior prospects in the state and one of the top 10 small forwards in the country.
July 28, 2005 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
For as long as he can remember, Randal Williams has played video games. So it wasn't surprising when he decided one day to design his own game, or that it involved a five-headed dragon that has taken control of Japan. Complicated stuff for some, but for the 11-year-old from Irvine, it all seemed logical enough. And Randal is not alone. He is one of a growing number of adolescents who are spending a part of their summer at camps learning to create video games.
December 16, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
To generations of children attending summer camp in the Santa Monica Mountains, Grant Gerson was the happy-go-lucky guy in the boots and cowboy hat who brought the West alive for them. Gerson, who opened the Calamigos Star C Ranch in 1947, died Dec. 6 of natural causes at his home in rural Agoura, family members said. He was 92. A Navy veteran who served as an aquatics instructor during World War II, Gerson began his career in outdoor education when he went to work as a YMCA camp counselor before opening his own covered wagon-themed camp in Beverly Hills.
August 29, 2012 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Cathy was getting mixed signals from her 14-year-old daughter on the way to YMCA Camp Whittle near Big Bear Lake. "Mom, I'm really excited but really terrified," Alison said from the back seat of the car. Seven days in a cabin with a group of strangers can be daunting for any adolescent, especially for someone as shy as Alison. But lately Alison's confidence has been growing: Cathy has spotted her singing along to YouTube videos, and she recently started voice lessons. Her new dream is to become a singer like Adele or Katy Perry.
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