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Summer Camps and Programs for Families and Children

Summer Programs

We are aware that your best efforts are made when you know your family is well cared for, safe and sound.

Taking care of a family is sometimes a challenge, especially during the summer months, so at these times we want you to have those resources at hand to use as you strive to be a good parent and employee.


USC Resources
Community Resources
Web Resources

USC Resources

USC Trojan Kids Camp

Trojan Kids Camp

This summer sports program provides instructional sports opportunities for youngsters 9-15 years of age. The camp is open to boys and girls from the surrounding communitiy.


  • July 2-27, 2012
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

April 23, 2012, Trojan Kids Camp applications will be available at the USC Lyon Center. Fees apply.

After School Sports Connection (ASSC)
ASSC is a part of the overall USC Family of Five Schools (USC-FFS) community outreach effort.

ASSC offers after-school sports instruction to students in third through fifth grades (8-11 years of age) at the following schools:

  • Norwood Street Elementary
  • 32nd Street
  • L.B. Weemes Elementary
  • Foshay Learning Center and Vermont Avenue
  • St. Agnes and St. Vincent

ASSC also offers summer swim lessons through a partnership with Kids in Sports of Los Angeles.

For more information, parents and guardians should contact USC Recreational Sports at 213.740.6542 or email:

USC Summer Programs extends a tradition of excellence to outstanding high school students through 4 and 2 week summer course options, offering students a preview of "freshman year" through a variety of college subjects. Online courses are also available year-round.

Contact the USC Office of Continuing Education and Summer Programs at (213) 740-5679 or email: for more information.

USC Family Science Program
USC offers summer "science vacations" for families at the Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, just 20 miles offshore from Los Angeles. The programs are hosted by staff of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies: they feature educational activities led by experts at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center as well as hiking, snorkeling and kayaking around "the quiet end" of Catalina Island.

For more information, contact the Wrigley Marine Science Center at 310.510.4090 or send an email message to:

USC Sea Grant: The Urban Ocean Program

Weeklong Summer Science Programs for Young Women and Young Men provides middle school and high school students the opportunity to visit the USC Phillip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, and other coastal sites. Young women and men are invited to be a part of a community of scientists as they discover and explore the aquatic and terrestrial life of coastal California. The students form a dynamic community of young scientists through team projects, instructional and recreational activities and mentoring programs. They learn the effects that humans have on delicate ecosystems though the study of marine biology and oceanography. Through engagement with USC students, faculty and guest scientists, students learn the value of science, what is required to pursue a career in science and the wide diversity of science applications including environmental policy, research science, education, illustration, and diving safety.

Contact: Linda Chilton, 213.740.1965

The Island Explorers Program exposes students to marine science and other disciplines through classroom use of curriculum materials. The student-centered science curriculum is characterized by hands-on marine science and uniquely focuses on Southern California and Catalina Island coastal environments. It is multidisciplinary and multifaceted, introducing students not only to marine biology, but also to geography and geology, physics, chemistry, and ecology. To support teachers in the use of these curricula, Sea Grant provides teachers with lessons plans and in-person and online workshops with scientific experts.

Contact: Linda Chilton, 213.740.1965

The Parent Child Education Program is a unique opportunity for students and their parents to learn together. Parent/guardian-child teams meet weekly at a school or community center to learn about marine and environmental science issues, connecting the urban environment and the ocean. Sea Grant's goal is to excite students about learning science and to enhance and empower both the students and their parents through open communication, team building and learning activities. The Parent-Child Education Program makes basic science concepts approachable for parents and students working together, and helps to develop a sense of environmental stewardship, independent thinking, a lifelong interest in science and awareness of career opportunities

The Parent-Child Program has been offered at schools and informal education sites. The current program at the Los Angeles City EXPO Recreation Center serves families from the USC neighborhood and is provided to participants through grant funds from the USC Neighborhood Outreach fund. The program can be initiated at other locations; please contact us for information.

Contact: Linda Chilton, 213.740.1965

Community Resources

The California African American Museum encourages children and their families or individuals to participate in workshops and family festivals that expose them to a variety of artistic media, creative activities and lively, engaging entertainment.

The California Science Center offers science-rich, fun-filled experiences for children in pre-school through grade 12.

Youth Programs

Family Programs

Call (213) 744-7463 for more information.

Colburn School of Performing Arts provides music, dance and drama training from introductory to advanced level to students from preschool to adults. Call 213.621.2200 for more information.

The Los Angeles County Musuem has art programs for your children. information, please call 323. 857.6000.

LACMA art classes provide unique opportunities to learn about art through studio activities, discussion sessions, and visits to the galleries. Art classes are taught by a dedicated faculty of experienced artists and art educators.

No prior art-making experience is necessary. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required for all classes, camps, and workshops. Enrollment varies per class. Art materials and parking fees included in tuition.

  • Art Camp
    Spend an exciting week with paint, clay, found objects and much more! Campers have adventurous experiences looking at, talking about, and making art. Presented by a team of fun, creative, and professional museum educators and contemporary artists

The Museum of Contemporay Art has programs that can help introduce contemporary art to your children. For information, please call 213.621.1712.


The Natural History Museum's Adventures in Nature is a day camp offered every summer. In it, children K through Grade 8 have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of Museum topics — Earth's features, creatures, and cultures from around the globe. Enroll your children in our hands-on, interactive classes and they will learn about fascinating topics through active encounters that spark children's natural curiosity and creativity.

All camps are from 9 am to 3 pm daily and are one week in length. Find more information online at or call (213) 763-ED4U from 9 am to 4 pm.

Web Resources

The Center for Work and Family Life is sharing this public information with University employees. Neither the Center nor the University of Southern California is responsible for the websites, content information or referral information provided unless otherwise specified. Therefore we encourage you to be an educated consumer and research all situations carefully.

  • American Camping Association (ACA)
    This website has a searchable database of day and residential camps that are ACA accredited.
  • National Camp Association (NCA)
    This industry trade organization provides parents with referrals to overnight camps for children. The camps are NCA accredited.
  • is a nationwide directory of summer camps – day, overnight, sports, arts, special etc. Basic information is provided.
    This site has a large listing of camps, but only basic information is provided. An online form to request addtional information is provided.
  • Tips On Trips and Camps
    This is a free referral service for summer camps and trips.