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Gymnastics, Yoga & Art Camps
Gymnastics, Yoga & Art Camps prioritize awareness and creativity. We create a space of imagination, love and play where kids can learn and build friendships and new skills. These are really special camps–combining yoga, gymnastics, different forms of art and dance, relaxation and meditation. They are dedicated to the amazingness of human ability and fun! With multiple days of practice, students really get a chance to see their progress and be comfortable. Each camp has a different theme where we dive into a world of learning together. Also, since our camps run through the City of Los Angeles, these beautiful camps come at a more affordable price.
Camps are held at Westwood Recreation Center 1350 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Our camps run at school breaks throughout the year and are for ages 4.5 - 11. There is also a Leader in Training Program for ages 10 - 15, by permission only. Kids are divided into groups based on age and skill level. Most of the day, kids will be in small groups, but also will have time where we come together as a whole camp. Our program is based on somatic developmental principles, honoring the needs and wisdom of the body and spirit. Teaching style is based on connection and deep listening and children will be supported to develop ease in moving and being.
Each day, students will practice yoga, gymnastics, movement and art. There will also be free play time and special activities. Magical things happen at these camps. Kids build confidence, connections, and healing happens as they step into their presence, strength, and ability to learn. Please bring a daily snack, lunch, and water. Come dressed for movement and leave technology at home. Scroll down for the Summer 2019 schedule!
In Summer Camp!
Gymnastics, Yoga & Art Camp is 4 days (Monday - Thursday) with the option to add a field trip on Fridays for kids 6 & up! Half-Day Campers do daily yoga, gymnastics, art and dance. Some weeks will focus more on art and some more on dance, plus special studies based on the theme. Full-Day Camp is where is gets a bit different in Summer. Full-Day Campers will stay with the gymnastics staff until 2:30 having extra gymnastics practice time and then will join Camp Westwood. At this point, they will get to choose to do water activities or camp games. They can choose each day. Kids 7 & up get the option of swimming in the Olympic pool. Kids under 7 get to have small outdoor pools, slip and slides and water balloon fun. (Due to legal limits, kids under 7 cannot go in the Olympic pool, regardless of how competent they are in swimming. It is simply based on age.)
Each week will include special activities including a picture day, a party (pizza, ice cream or popsicles) and some weeks we will put on a show! Full day campers will also have a special Camp W event each Thursday afternoon. Each week, you'll receive a schedule of events. Enrollment forms must be done in person only at Westwood Recreation Center. You can get your spot online - click here, or call (310) 473-3610. Email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding camp. Please enroll early to get your spot and tell your friends! These camps will fill up.
These camps are taught by Laura Fuller, Gregory Barnett, Emily Glenn, Megan Fuller, and counselors.
Week 1: June 17th - 20th • Spirit of mount Olympus
This week, all the nations of the world come together in the spirit of the Olympics. We will bring in mythology of ancient Greece and the idea that Olympians were part human and part divine. In modern times, the Olympics represent a time when the world can come together in peace in a celebration of what is possible. Join us this week as we learn about the history of the games, and light the flame of your champion heart!
Week 2: June 24th - 28th • Jungle Camp
Let’s find the rhythm of our ancient heart: drumming, the wild beauty of nature, and perhaps even your dinosaur self. We will honor the wisdom of our ancestors and how our bodies know how to run, jump, rest and heal. And honor the wisdom of the animals through how our bodies want to move. We will form our tribes, build our huts, and explode like volcanos. Full-Day campers will join with Camp W Jurassic Camp, continuing the dinosaur experience
———— no camp the week of July 1st - 4th ————
Week 3: July 8th - 12th • Namaste Circus
Yoga, gymnastics, acrobatics, juggling & art with the magic and imagination of the circus! The circus encourages some awesome attributes– imagination, courage, balance, trust, safety, and working together. Kids will learn the details and basics of safety, and then enter the magic of creativity. We will put all of these into action as we do circus virtue yoga, make masks, practice juggling and balancing, and make up a show together!
Week 4: July 15th - 19th • Heart of Gold
Calling all cowboys, cowgirls, and cacti: this week will include an end of Summer country fair, love for California, and an adventure to remember the our hearts of gold. Yoga, Gymnastics, line dancing, and hobby horse riding! This will be a great end to the Summer.
Week 5: July 22nd - 26th • Aloha Camp
Did you know that "Aloha" means "we share breath"? Really–Namaste and Aloha mean very much the same thing. It's about the place where we are all connected. We will journey from learning sacred hulas, to using hula to tell our own stories, and then on to surf style gymnastics. The spirit of Aloha is a perfect match for yoga as we weave life and tribe through lei making, and practice "hanging loose" to slow down and enjoy.
Week 6: July 29th - aug. 2nd • Camp Hollywood
Lights, Camera, AWESOME! Tumbling, theater improvisation games, voice, and choreography from the early days of Hollywood to modern. This camp is all the good of Hollywood and performance: the cultivation of awareness, presence, and ever-expanding fun. Come be your all-singing, all-dancing, most radiant self!
One-Time Registration Fee: $25
Half Day: Ages 4.5 - 12 • $200 per camper, per week (includes early care 8 - 9am)
Full Day: Ages 6 - 12 • $230 per camper, per week (includes early & late care, 8am - 5pm)
Full Day + Friday Field Trip: Ages 6 - 12 + LIT • From $280 - $330 depending on trip
Leaders in Training: Ages 10 - 12 • $150 per week (requires permission & attendance at June 14th training)
Being a Leader in Training at Camp
Being a LIT at camp is a deeper layer of learning. Participants continue their personal studies through gymnastics, yoga and dance, and also learn to help others along the way. They are supported to become more playful while becoming more responsible, working on themselves while learning to understand others and see how to help. LITs (aged 10 - 12) spend 2 of the days as participants at camp and 2 days in the role of assisting. At 13 years old, or with enough experience, they may choose to spend all 4 days as an assistant and step up into larger responsibilities. Each week, LITs gather for a mentorship meeting with one of the teachers. Participants will learn about teaching from a somatic developmental lens, increase their practical skills in how to teach movement arts, and experience personal growth and fun.
There is a mandatory training Friday, June 14th from 4 to 6 pm. Attendance and permission is required. If your child cannot make this meeting but has attended other trainings before, we may be able to make arrangements to get the training in another way. Email Laura at email@example.com with any questions
Stay tuned for these other favorite themes. They will come around again!
Earth Power Camp
Let your kids get their hands dirty, and their hearts aligned to the magic that is always around them. For EarthPower Camp, we will focus on the nature, people, the Earth, and how connection to these things can balance and strengthen us. Many seeds will be planted this week - ones that grow flowers AND seeds in meditation to grow peace, adventure and love. We will do art outside. And have a special smoothie making day with all our favorite fruits and veggies! In a high tech world, this is a really cool camp.
Medieval knights, princesses, fairies, and happily-ever-after. Magic, court dances, and lots of ninja courses and gymnastics to conquer the dragons. A favorite theme of many kids, we will follow the hero's journey, and study the yoga of alchemy–transforming the led into gold.
For full day campers, this week includes the City of Los Angeles Camp Jamboree where all the city camps come together at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center for games and fun. The Jamboree is on Thursday, so there will be no show this week.
I AM the artist Camp
This wonderful camp is focused on creativity, artistic techniques and expression. Take time to look, feel, dance, and weave it together in a way that only you can see. The focus will be on art as a way of participating in life: feeling different energies–from sweet, slow to powerful and strong–and coming to trust your own eye and heart.
Camp W 'Ninja Warrior'
Yoga awareness, capoeira for agility, gymnastics for safety and cat-like speed and reflexes–then put it all for an awesome American Ninja obstacle course! Great for high-energy kids, this camp will support students in finding their own ways to move and work with gravity and flow while also learning to receive coaching and ideas.
Each Thanksgiving break, we will give your kids a lot to be grateful for! Gymnastic, yoga, art, and play, with an attitude of appreciation for all of the good things we have in life. On Wednesday, we will have a Thanksgiving Eve Pizza feast.
Winter Wonderland Camp
Let's get excited for Winter fun and connection. Gymnastics, Yoga, Art, & Play with themes of snow and joy. We will imagine sledding, ice skating, and crazy blizzards, then build your winter house and curl up by the fire with people you love. Winter holidays celebrate the light within and remind us of love. We will use yoga to rest in the connection and sweetness and gymnastics to bring the fun. On Thursday, we will have a special reindeer lunch and vegan hot chocolate buffet.
Start the new year as the hero of your own life! Here is a camp for mystical and mythical heroes and heroines! All magical creatures, fairies, princesses, knights of the round table, and gods & goddesses are invited! We will celebrate the path that led us here and get excited for the journey that lies ahead! Each day has a theme focused on The Hero's Journey. We will weave the theme through gymnastics, yoga, dance and mythical art projects.