Palisades Camps: A Vacation in Paradise

Local faith communities welcome neighborhood kids to study the Bible, swim, make crafts, hike and more!

Stores are already holding those “back-to-school" sales, but in the lush and beautiful Pacific Palisades there is plenty of time left for summer fun. This is a rundown of camps and Vacation Bible Schools still accepting enrollments. Patch also gives a "tip of the sunshade" to the churches that finished camp earlier in the summer.

Forest Home Christian Camp in the San Bernardino Mountains is the destination for third, fourth and fifth graders from Calvary and other churches in Southern California.

Sleep-away campers enjoy swimming in the lake, propelling friends off of a large inflatable blob, horseback riding, archery, creating unique crafts, completing a low ropes course and much more. The main goal, however, is to enjoy a little separation from their busy lives and to spend time enjoying friends, God's creation and hearing stories from the Bible.

Camp takes place August 14 to 19. Tuition is $450. For more information contact Director of Children’s Ministries, Amy Pendergraft at (310) 454-6537 x105 or email her at: apendergraft@calvarypalisades.org.

For the Calvary Church camp video, click here.

Camp Gan Israel is dedicated to enriching the lives of children from diverse Jewish backgrounds and affiliations through a stimulating camping experience. 

Located in the high school campus at Temescal Academy, participants enjoy indoor classrooms, an outdoor play yard and a tennis court.

Kiddy Camp offers a wonderful opportunity for youngsters ages 2–4 to have their first experience in a real summer camp. The children are guided in organized activity, play and social skills by loving, patient and caring staff who serve all year-round as pre-school teachers.

Four Week Option:

  • Half-Day Kiddy Camp, $920
  • Full-Day Kiddy Camp, $1,050

Weekly Option:

  • Half-Day Kiddy Camp, $275
  • Full-Day Kiddy Camp, $300

Classic Gan Izzy, which is for campers ages 5–10 years old, is known for its summer spirit second-to-none. Each group enjoys a bunk theme and lively, enthusiastic counselors to guide them through the excitement of each day. Every Tuesday and Thursday campers have a blast at Boomers, go skating, travel to Knott’s Berry Farm, museums and more. Wednesdays are half-day beach days so campers may enjoy our beautiful surroundings!

Four Week Option:

  • Classic Gan Izzy, $1,120

Weekly Option:

  • Classic Gan Izzy, $325

Camp is held from July 25 to Aug 18 at Temescal Academy, located at 777 Temescal Canyon Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a 12:30 p.m. (half-day) option for Kiddy Camp only.

For more information, call (310)-454-7783, info@CGIPalisades.org.

To watch the Chabad camp video, click here.

Methodist Pre-school has two more weeks left in their summer camp, which ends August 5. Summer session is open to children who are 3-5 years old and potty trained. Activities include "Carnival Week," which is filled with creating and playing nostalgic carnival games; "Water World," when the yard will be set up as a water wonderland with sprinklers, water obstacle courses and water slides; and the petting zoo, which serves as inspiration to create very special art.

Camp is separated into morning ($275/week) and afternoon ($200/week) sessions with the option to do both for a discounted price of $475. Lunch is from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. for campers attending the full day. Please bring a packed nut-free lunch. 

For more information contact Assistant Director/Summer Program Coordinator Janet Kim via email at janet@methodistpreschool.org, or by phone at (310) 454-4600.


Vacation Bible School for children ages 3–9 will take place August 1 to 5 in Janés Hall on campus from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Thursday is water day with an inflatable slide and games. Tuition is free but donations are gratefully accepted. The theme for the week is Harry Potter as VBS goes to Hogwarts. The church will have all kinds of activities interspersed with Bible stories to acquaint kids with God. A live band will entertain kids every day and snacks will be provided.

For more information, contact Youth Director Natalie Kelley at (310) 663-2903 or via email at nattykelley@yahoo.com.


Family Vacation Bible School took place in July during which they studied Nazareth: Jesus’ Hometown.

To find out what’s coming up next for kids at Palisades Lutheran, contact Youth Director Daryl Lohmeyer at 310-459-2358 or email him at dcedaryl@plc.cc. 


Summer camp registration is closed at St. Matthew’s.

For more information about Christian formation for young people, to enroll your child, or to contribute your gifts and energy to ministry to children at Saint Matthew’s, contact Missy Morain at (310) 573-7787 x 139, or via email at missymorain@stmatthews.com.


Neither nor hold summer camp, but both of their youth programs will be back in full swing come the fall. 

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