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UCLA cancels Youth Summer Camps

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Rightfully so amid the coronavirus pandemic

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The UCLA Bruins athletic administration had to do the tough thing this past weekend, cancelling all of the UCLA Youth Athletic Summer Camp programs for 2020. Though the right thing to do during the COVID-19 pandemic, it still is a tough blow to those younger generation Bruins to lose out on their summer camp opportunities.

The UCLA Athletics Department issued this statement:

Guided by our commitment to protecting the health and safety of our Bruin community, and based on the recommendation of campus leadership, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and UCLA Recreation have made the decision to cancel all youth summer camp programs for 2020. All paid registration fees will automatically be refunded in full via the original method of payment.

UCLA offers a wide variety of youth summer camp options from classes for children aged 5-6 to junior rowing camps for teenagers aged 16-17 as well as counselor training for the same age bracket.

There is also an extended care and late night date night packages and swimming lessons in between. They typically offer a wide variety of summer camp classes for kids in grades K-12 with activities, arts, crafts, swimming, indoor/outdoor games and even field trips.

They are, however, offering a virtual summer camp option, which is a welcome addition to the news.

After much consideration, we have decided that we are unable to operate our summer programming as planned. Despite not seeing campers and staff in person as soon as we would like to, we are excited to announce that we will be offering virtual youth summer camps beginning June 22. Please check back for Session 1 schedules and registration information.

You can head to recreation.ucla.edu/summercamps for more information regarding those virtual camps.