The Youth Center presents Camp S.H.A.R.K. for summer of 2024

Camp Shark on a Walking Trip to the Youth Center for Tie dye fun.

By Alisha Donahue

The Youth Center proudly introduces Camp S.H.A.R.K. at Rossmoor Park, offering a dynamic STEAM summer program for children aged 5-12. This esteemed summer camp, acknowledged by the US Congress, the California Assembly, and the president, promises a season of enriching activities, learning opportunities, and cherished memories.

Camp S.H.A.R.K., which stands for Science, Hands-on, Art, Recreation, and Knowledge, is more than just a traditional camp; it’s an immersive journey of discovery and growth. Through the generosity of our community and partnerships with the Rossmoor Community Service District, scholarships are provided to families in need, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for all children.

“We’re excited to provide an exceptional summer experience for the youth in our community,” stated Lina Lumme, Executive Director of The Youth Center. “It’s heartening to witness former campers return as volunteers and staff, and the positive feedback we receive from parents is truly gratifying. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our supporters and our dedicated Camp Shark team for their commitment to creating a memorable summer for every child.”

This summer, Camp S.H.A.R.K. boasts an expanded array of science and maritime activities, courtesy of the Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation and the Port of Long Beach. Further bolstered by support from The Adams Legacy Foundation, the Run Seal Beach Foundation, and the Rossmoor Women’s Club, the camp offers a comprehensive curriculum supplemented with additional games, art supplies, and sports equipment.

Since its start on June 10, Camp S.H.A.R.K. has welcomed 350 campers, organized field trips for 150 children, and facilitated sports activities and outdoor games for over 250 participants.

Limited spaces are available, and local parents are encouraged to register promptly to secure a spot. Camp hours run from Monday to Friday, with both basic and extended hours options. Tuition rates are competitive, with additional savings offered for weekly registrations. For registration and inquiries, please visit

About The Youth Center: The Youth Center is a local nonprofit dedicated to providing educational, recreational, cultural, and social activities to youth in the community. Through various programs and initiatives, The Youth Center aims to empower youth and foster their personal and academic growth.

Alisha Donahue is director of Camp S.H.A.R.K.