City of El Cerrito Recreation

El Cerrito, CA
Dance & Theater, Martial Arts, Sports, Swimming & Water Sports
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Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kinder, School-Aged, Preteens, Teens, Young Adults, Adults

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Sports Camp

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March 2011

Hi! This will be my 6 year old son's first year in a camp and I am kind of nervous about the whole thing! He really loves sports so we were looking at him attending the EC Sports camp. I haven't read any reviews. Does anyone have any experience (good or bad) with it? We were also looking at the Albany YMCA which I have heard good things about. Thank you!! Leslie

My kids haven't gone for a few years, but when they were younger they attended various El Cerrito camps including Sports Camp. While it's maybe not for kids who want to specialize in a particular sport, it has a nice, friendly atmosphere. Some of the counselors come back year after year and the kids seem to admire them a lot. They do keep them running around; my kids always slept quite well when they were going to sports camp. Also their hours are convenient in that you can drop your children off at 7 in the morning and pick them up by 6 in the afternoon, which isn't true of many places. Liz

My son loves El Cerrito Sports Camp! He has been attending since he was 6 (he's 9 now), and he's having a blast every time. I know it sounds grueling to spend the whole day outside. But the camp counselors offer a variety of sports during the day, and they have different schedules every day of the week. They always have chess or board games for kids who feel tired and need to chill. My son doesn't like going to the pool on a cold day, and they're OK with that, he just stays at the park with a counselor while the other kids swim. He comes home very happy and completely exhausted, and it only takes him seconds to fall asleep every night. There are kids who spend their entire summer there, but we have found that it's good to take breaks between weeks at the Sports Camp (never two weeks back-to-back, it's just too exhausting.) You have a variety of options just in El Cerrito (City camps, Windrush Camp, the new Steve and Kate's at Prospect Sierra.) Happy Camper's Mom


March 2007

Re: Gymnastics camp for 6 year old novice
I have the perfect camp for your child: Gymnastics camp at El Cerrito Community Center, on Moeser. They have week-long morning camps (9-12:30) for this age group, and no prior experience is required. I believe they offer this most weeks of the summer, but you'll have to check. My daughter did it last year and will go again this year, and she had a blast. Check out the website for the City of El Cerrito's rec program and search around until you find the info, or go directly to the Community Center and register. Christine

Summer Camps


March 2014

We are thinking about sending our 5 and 7 year old boys to El Cerrito Camp. I checked the archives but don't see many recent posts about this camp. Can anyone share their positive or negative experiences? We sent our older son to a different camp last year but he didn't love it. We are looking for a half day camp two afternoons a week so if anyone has other recommendations [we're already familiar with Steve and Kate's], I would appreciate the advice. Summer is a comin'

My then 6 yr old son was at Adventure Camp during Summer 2013 and loved it. The staff were excellent and the camp offered a range of activities. They would visit the pool daily and there were weekly themed activities, art projects, sports, cooking, etc. We also did a few specialty camps like Lego and Art (also through the City) which he liked. I highly recommend the EC camps and we plan to return this year. Anon

Feb 2013

Re: Camp for 1st grader that lasts more than 2 weeks
For the last few years, we've been sending our daughter to the Junior Explorers Camp that is run by the City of El Cerrito Recreation Department. It is available for ten weeks, and each week they do different activities and a short local field trip. They also swim at the El Cerrito Community Center in the afternoons on M,W,F. My daughter never gets bored, and in fact, she has made some nice friends there. They have all day coverage too, which is great for parents that still have to work all day. Happy Camper's Mom

June 2011

I'm wondering if any parents have recent experience with either the YMCA camp or the El Cerrito Adventurer camp? I would love my active girl to be at a camp that included swimming as part of their day. Do the instructors seem kind, calm and well connected to the kids? Also considering these for her younger sister who will be entering Kindergarten next year - too young? curious camp mom

I had a recent experience with El Cerrito Adventurers camp, on June 20. My child was enrolled in half day, afternoon. When we arrived the first day on week two there was a sign on the door that they had gone to the community center and would return at a specific time. We waited for 10 minutes before someone arrived. It was not a good sign. They were running late was the only explanation. A coordinator did not arrive until 1:30. There was no clear connection with the children, no effort to learn my child's name. I gave them the benefit of the doubt for two other days and saw a subtle improvement but I am sure now it is not the right fit for our family. I called and gave feedback to Cory at the Rec Dept. she seemed genuinely interested in making improvements to the program. My child liked the water play, ''squirted with the hose'' and the popcorn snack - when they watched The Little Mermaid. Not the camp experience for us.

March 2004

We are considering the City of El Cerrito Summer Camp (Castro site) for our active seven-year-old boy. Also, perhaps Windmill Gymnastics for a few weeks. Unfortunately, he won't have a little pal with him at either program because many of his friends are not doing a summer program so I'm worried that it will be a difficult adjustment. Has your child split the summer between more than one camp and been able to navigate each program successfully? What do you think of Castro Camp vs. Windmill? Are there other summer day camp programs in or near El Cerrito that you've had good experiences with? Any input would be helpful. Thanks

Well my almost 8 year old has attended El Cerrito summer camp for the past 2 summers and he loves it. He also attends two weeks of cub scout camp as well. He likes the counslors,the kids stay busy and it is very affordable. Good hours also... Danielle

Jan 2002

Does anyone have experience/opinions about the Harding Summer Camp program in El Cerrito? It sounds like fun from the description. My soon to be 7 year old son is extremely shy and takes a long time to warm up to new situations, especially adults. He does best with smaller less chaotic groups. He likes art, cooking, sciencey things, being active, but not particularly sports. Any opinions about Harding, or other camps more appropriate for a quieter guy would be appreciated. We live in East Richmond, so convenience is an important factor, ie: north Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, etc.Thanks, June

My 7 year old daughter attended Harding Summer Camp last summer & will be there this summer. It has always seemed pretty crowded and chaotic to me, but she loves it. Unfortunately due to the closure of the El Cerrito Community Center pool this summer, they won't be swimming every day, only once a week at the Albany pool. My older daughter, who is much less outgoing than her sister disliked Harding Summer Camp, I think mainly because of the rowdy behavior of a lot of the kids. Her little sister IS one of the rowdy kids, so she fits right in! M.G.

Jan 1998

In response to Summer Camp recommendations: My children have been attending the summer camps run by the City of El Cerrito for many years. They offer seperate camps for different ages beginning with Kindercamp all the way to Surf & Turf for teenagers. The sign-ups are in the Spring on a first-come-first-serve basis. El Cerrito residents have priority registration. Camp sign-ups are done on a week-by-week basis, but are offered all summer. The campers go swimming every day at the El Cerrito Community Center pool. Swim lessons are offered at an additional charge. Lynn

El Cerrito Soccer Club

Christina (11/99)
Another league is the El Cerrito Soccer Club, listed in the business section of the white pages. I would second all the recommendations made by other parents -- good exercise, good for girls to do something that makes them feel tough and part of a team, good to have friends from outside school. My daughter is not a star player, but she has learned a lot (she's been playing two years) and it has given her a lot of physical confidence I don't think she would have gotten anywhere else. It's great to pick her up from practice all muddy, and with a red face from running around. It does eat up a lot of your life, but if you can carpool, it's not so bad --