Los Angeles and Orange County programs (5-19) offer guidance in good citizenship, leadership and life skills through projects and community service.
Youth and Family Groups
Groups offering activities, camps and/or child care. Also see: your area of interest, as youth group activities are listed throughout Kidsguide. For additional resources, see our current issue.
Local branches match boys and girls with adult mentors who provide friendship and guidance. Volunteers are extensively screened. Catholic Big Brothers offer bilingual, deaf and hearing-challenged programs.
Cub Scouts (grades 1-5) and Boy Scouts (grades 6-12) participate in a variety of activities and earn badges. Cub Scouts tie knots, set up a tent, cook at a campfire and more.
Supervised activities (5 or 6-18) after school and during school vacations (see Camps), including crafts, field trips, homework help, career development, dance classes, sports, teen programs, leadership groups and more.
Long Beach Area Council – Programs include small club/groups, camps, arts and service programs. Inland Southern California Council – Orange County kids and teens participate in community service opportunities.
Most city recreation departments offer youth group activities and family programs. See Recreation Departments for contact information.
Girls (grades K-12) participate in a collection of activities and experiences in arts, STEM, financial literacy, community involvement, healthy living, safety, the outdoors, leadership, and career exploration.
Year-round programs for girls (4-18). After-school and vacation camps programs.
The following centers offer enrichment classes, preschools, family events, support groups, vacation-break camps and teen-specific programming.
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Year-round youth (5-17) program sponsored by police departments. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, computers, community service, homework help and field trips.
Middle-school students are matched with a volunteer for one-on-one academic mentoring at supervised locations in Lakewood and Long Beach.
Programs include child-care, fitness, teen clubs, day and resident camps, youth sports, aquatics and gymnastics. Parent/child programs are also offered to promote companionship between parents and their children.
YMCA of Greater Long Beach, through its seven branches, serves the cities of Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood, Hawaiian Gardens, Bellflower, Paramount, Cerritos, Artesia, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach and Big Bear. The Y offers swim lessons, child care, after-school programs, camps (see Camps), group exercise, teen activities, sports, family programs and more.