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Activities

Arts & Crafts 

  • Instruction for children and adults
  • Ceramics, pottery, jewelry making
  • Paper crafts
  • Glass fusing
  • Lanyard making
  • Raku and much more

All of the supplies and instructions you need are included for jewelry making, ceramics and other projects. Youth activities and a variety of instructional classes will take place in our Arts and Crafts Yurt high in the forest.

Sports 

  • Tennis, volleyball, softball, basketball
  • Tournaments or just-for-fun
  • Archery
  • Fitness classes
  • Fully equipped fitness center

Tennis, badminton, basketball, bocce ball, soccer, volleyball, horseshoes, softball and shuffleboard are all available at Bruin Woods. During the week, you will enjoy camp-wide softball games, adult tennis and volleyball, the all-camp Field Day and lots more. The archery ranges provide instruction in marksmanship and safety.

Swimming 

Our solar heated swimming and wading pools are open from early morning until dinnertime for lap swims, children’s group swimming, water tournaments, free swim time and aqua-fitness classes. The pool is open one evening for a relaxing, old-fashioned family swim under the clear night sky.

Faculty Lectures 

  • Renowned UCLA faculty
  • Two faculty members each week
  • Six different lectures

You have the opportunity to interact with some of UCLA’s foremost faculty exploring such topics as computers, art, music, economics, politics, astronomy and human relationships. Each week, two concurrent lecture series provide stimulating choices among six topics.

Field Trips 

  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Sightseeing
  • Kayaking

During the week, several exciting off-site field trips are offered. You might be offered these activities on any vacation, but here you will participate with friends and the details will be organized by us.

Frontier Village 

  • Authentic Conestoga wagons
  • Wild west projects, fire pit, tales of the frontier
  • Learn to use a lariat
  • Earn a rockin’ horseshoe
  • Magical rain tree

Our Frontier Village is home to two authentic Conestoga wagons that sleep up to ten children each. Enjoy a horseshoe pit, instruction using a lariat, dozens of Western projects including candle dipping and leatherwork, and a toasty fire pit for your every s’more. In all, you will experience a frontier adventure that you will not want to miss.

Fishing 

  • Fishing guides
  • Six trips daily
  • Rental of rod, reel & tackle

Pontoons are used for early morning, mid-morning and evening fishing trips for adults and children 2nd grade and older. The catch on almost every trip includes trout and large- and small-mouth bass, and on scheduled days we cook your catch for you. We supply all tackle. You just you bring the luck. Younger kids use poles supplied by us to fish off the docks with mom or dad.

Boating 

Bruin Woods owns four boats: two waterskiing boats and two pontoons. Waterskiing is available Monday through Friday. The pontoons are used for shopping trips to the Village, moonlight excursions for teens, sightseeing around the lake and, of course, fishing. Every youth group gets out on the lake at least twice during their stay.

Challenge Course 

  • High and low ropes
  • Climbing wall and team wall
  • Zip line
  • Giant’s ladder and more!

The Bear & Grill, etc. 

  • Traditional grill fare
  • Bruin burgers and fries
  • Shakes, smoothies and snacks
  • Games and sports equipment

At the Bear & Grill, you can purchase between-meal treats and snacks. Bruin Burgers, yogurt, smoothies and ice cream top the list. In accordance with our Bruin Honor Bar tradition, adults enjoy opening and closing cocktail parties throughout the week as well as peaceful “adult time” in our beautiful Lakeview Room.

Evening Programs 

  • Musical productions
  • Bingo, Speakeasy Night, outdoor movie
  • Campfire songs
  • Family talent show
  • Adult dance and karaoke

Evenings the young and young-at-heart gather for campfires, staff shows, the Family Talent Show, movies, dances, Casino Night entertainment and Bingo. Our traditional opening and closing shows, presented by our talented student staff, are light-hearted, filled with song and dance and fun.