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 The City of El Cajon Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of fun day camps on a seasonal basis that are designed to appeal to a broad range of interests.  Camps are offered for youth ages 4-13, though the age range for individual camps will vary.

Not all camps are offered in all locations or during every session- for the most up-to-date camp listing, please see the latest Rec Guide.

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Spring Into Fun! (Ages 6-13)

Spring Break is a great time to get together with your friends for a week filled with fun.  Our day camp experience provides awesome spring themed activities including art exploration, indoor and outdoor discovery, cooking, and group games.  We'll even have a variety of sports activities to enjoy, including dodgeball, noodle hockey, indoor soccer, and so much more!  Come join our experienced and knowledgeable camp staff for a week or two of fun.

Check out our extended camp care to add more to your Spring into Fun experience!  For more information, contact Hillside Center at (619) 441-1674.



Basketball Camp (Ages 6-13)

Love basketball?  Campers will develop skills in the fundamentals of passing, dribbling, shooting, rebounding, and individual and team offense and defense.  Fee includes all activities and a camp t-shirt.

Volleyball Camp (Ages 8-14)

Summer Volleyball Camp will help children learn and develop the fundamentals of volleyball.  Kids will not only learn the rules and develop skills like setting and passing, but also learn how to use these skills to develop effective teamwork.  All skill levels are welcome.  Space is limited, so don't miss out!

Aquatics Camp (Ages 7-12)

Aquatics Camp provides a wide range of activities, all of which will "wet" the educational, physical, and leisure appetites of young swimmers!  Fee includes all activities and a camp t-shirt.

Skate and Scooter Camp (Ages 7-15)

Whether you already love to skate or ride or you want to learn, this is the summer camp for you.  Recreation staff will provide instruction for beginning and intermediate riders.  Our goal is that all campers expand their skills in a safe and enjoyable environment.  Fee includes all activities and a camp t-shirt.  Helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and skateboard or scooter are required.

Dance Camp (Ages 7-15)

Love to dance or want to learn?  Daily instruction in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop!  Camp includes theme days, crafts, and games.  At the end of camp, you will put on a big dance show for family and friends!  Fee includes all activities and camp t-shirt.

Mini Dance Camp (Ages 4-6)

Instruction in dance for 4-6 year old dancers.  Enjoy dance, crafts, games, and so much more!  Fee includes all activities and camp t-shirt.

Gymnastics Camp (Ages 7-15)

Gymnastics Camp is designed for enthusiasts with instruction in balance beam, uneven bars, vault, and tumbling.  Other activities may include guest demonstrations, water activities in the park, and arts and crafts.  Fee includes all activities and camp t-shirt.

Fun in the Sun Camp (Ages 6-13)

Fun in the Sun Campers will receive a fun camp experience with games, sports, arts, STEM activities, and of course dodgeball!  Campers will have a great time making new friends and learning new games.  They will learn about nutrition and culinary skills in our cooking corner, and their interest in science will be sparked by awesome experiments!  Campers will enjoy field trips as well as in-house events.  Campers will need to bring a sack lunch and gym shoes daily.

Check out our extended camp care to add more to your Fun in the Sun experience!  For more information, contact Hillside Center at (619) 441-1674.

Kids Can Cook Camp (Ages 6-12)

Young chefs will work with different recipes each day and create a cookbook with the recipes they made throughout camp.  Campers will learn basic cooking skills, how to work with kitchen equipment and tools, explore new foods, the importance of sanitation, and the value of good nutrition.  All supplies are included.

Art Camp (Ages 6-13)

Art Camp is an exciting way to explore and create art in new ways.  Activities include tons of arts and crafts as well as playing games and making new friends.  At the end of camp, we will hold a live art exhibit for friends and family.

Living a Fairytale Camp (Ages 5-10)

Every little prince and princess will enjoy this fairytale adventure filled with dance, music, crafts, games, cooking, and more.  At the end of camp, we will have a Fairytale Tea Party where every prince and princess can dress in their favorite royal attire.