The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may continue to be a source of upheaval in the world today, but Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department is offering a small degree of normalcy for the county’s youth with a slate of summer camp programs at county parks.

Starting July 6 and running in three, two-week sessions Monday through Friday, the summer camps offer a variety of activities.

Locally, the programs are offered at Jackie Robinson Park in Sun Village, Stephen Sorensen Park in Lake Los Angeles and George Lane Park in Quartz Hill.

“We understand that there are limited out-of-school camps this summer due to COVID-19, and therefore, we are joining together to ensure families have safe options for their children,” Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation Acting Director Norma E. Garcia said.

To ensure the safety of campers and staff, these programs are conducted under the safety protocols set by the Public Health Department and staff are all fully trained by health department officials.

This means adhering to physical distancing, cleaning and wearing protective gear including face coverings.

In the Antelope Valley, campers may take part in the ESTEAM Camp program at Jackie Robinson and Stephen Sorensen parks.

This program, which stands for environment, science, technology, engineering, arts and math, encourages children to become stewards of parkland, according to department notes.

During the two-week session, they will have the opportunity to better connect with the outdoors, explore early career pathways, build self-confidence and an understanding of science and learn to take action to improve the natural environment.

The program emphasizes hands-on learning activities to expose campers to a variety of skills and ideas through project-based activities such as nature walks and designing scavenger hunts.

At George Lane Park, Recreation Adventures Camp awaits. This program features group games, fitness activities, sports, cultural arts and science projects. It is intended to promote teamwork, making new friends, building self-confidence and an appreciation for fitness and physical activity.

Registration is required for the summer camps. The deadline for the July 6 session has already passed, but remains open for the next two sessions which begin July 20 and Aug. 3.

Fees vary for the different camp programs and scholarships and subsidized fees are available.

For information and to register, visits the Department of Parks and Recreation website at parks.lacounty.gov/summercamp20

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