Frequently Asked Questions
Parents and Campers: The following are answers to the most commonly asked SSC questions.
1. Which group will my camper be in?
Campers are put into 10-14 different groups depending on their age and grade. Each group participates in age appropriate games, sports, and activities. Here is the general breakdown:
- Starfish/Lionfish = Pre-K/DK (all campers must be 4 years old by the time camp starts)
- Seahorse/Stingray = Entering Kindergarten
- Dusky/Striped/Spinner Dolphin = Entering 1st grade
- Barracuda/Marlin = Entering 2nd grade
- Sharks = Entering 3rd Grade
- Swordfish = Entering 4th/5th Grade
- Triggers = Entering 6th/7th Grade
You will be notified before camp begins as to which group your camper will be in. We will try our best to honor group requests.
2. When can I meet the Coaches and learn about the camp philosophy?
Parents, guardians and all friends are invited to meet the Saken staff at the campsite. Camp tours are also offered through out the school year. Please call to set one up!
3. How do I get Schedules and Weekly Information?
Consult the SSC Daily Calendar that will be sent to you upon enrollment. Additional schedules of upcoming events and activities will be emailed or sent home with your camper on an as needed basis. SSC Celebrating 25 years of FUN!!!!!!!!!
4. What are the camp hours?
Camp hours are as follows:
9:00-3:00pm Traditional Camp / Sports Clinics
8:30am Early morning care / Drop off (optional)
3:30-4:00pm extended care if needed
All campers must be picked up by 4:00pm. All staff at Saken and Curtis leave at 4:00pm. If your camper cannot be picked up by 3:30pm, you must let an SSC staff member know ahead of time.
5. How does Pick-up and Drop off work? Where is Camp Located?
All campers in our Pre-K/DK & Kindergarten groups must be signed in and signed out daily, no exceptions! This is for the safety of your Child. Thank you for your anticipated patience during this process.
Camp is located at 15871 Mulholland Dr. just west of the 405 (at The Curtis School). You will turn onto Walt Disney Dr. show the security kiosk your SSC Parking/Carpool Pass (additional passes are available). Proceed down the hill where you will be greeted by coaches, directing you to the carpool line. You may drop off your camper(s) at the pool or park in a lined space to the right as you enter the campus. Campers will be picked up and dropped off at the pool area (Summer camp) or in the Circle (Winter/Spring camp) where they will be signed in and out (Pre-K/Kindergarten). A camp Director MUST be notified in advance if anyone other than a parent or guardian will be picking up a camper .
6. What is a typical week at SSC?
There will be a theme most of the days and specific athletic activities. Please consult your Calendar and/or visit us on the web. You are also encouraged to talk to your camper’s coach to find out more details.
7. What do I bring to camp?
A lunch with plenty of liquids and a snack. Hot Lunch Program is offered for $8 each day (you still bring a snack those days). A couple of campers are allergic to peanut butter so please provide a peanut butter substitute when possible. If your camper only eats peanut butter we can separate into two different lunch areas. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation with this matter. Bring towel, bathing suit, sun screen (please, please apply before coming to camp for extra protection, we will re-apply if you tell us to), your new SSC rash guard to help protect you from the sun, SSC hat, and any other appropriate sports equipment for the week. You Must Label all clothes, towels etc!!!!
7b. How do I order Hot Lunch? What will be served for Hot Lunch?
For your convenience Hot Lunch is now offered Five Days a week. Consult the Daily calendar for Menu. We will serve an entrée, vegetable, fruit, dessert and drink. It will be a well-balanced meal. Please pay Carlye or Coach Rio. Cost $8 per lunch. Yum! You may pay in the morning, or when you login to your registration portal and register ahead of time.
8. Basic Daily Schedule: (subject to change)
The typical daily schedule is as follows:
9:00-9:30 Check in, group warm ups and meeting with campers
9:30-10:15 First activity
10:30-11:30 Second activity
11:30-12:30 Swimming (optional) / other sports /activities/ games offered
12:50-1:15 Free choice games, camp group games, special themes and activities
1:15-2:00 Third activity
2:00-2:35 Shave Ice or Cool treat.
2:35-3:00 Clean up and cool down games, get ready to leave.
3:00-3:15 Pick up your camper(s)
9. Can I add Days?
Yes, provided we have space. Please let us know as soon as possible. Camp fills up quickly. 2018 was sold out!!!!!!!!!
10. SSC Sports Specific Specialty Camps
Our sports specific specialty camps/ clinics are for the athlete who wants to play that sport just a little more during the day/week. We offer a Baseball Camp, Soccer Camp, Flag Football Camp, Basketball Camp and Volleyball Camp: On their first day campers will receive a separate schedule for these programs. Please bring appropriate gear and clothes for the sports specific camp you will be attending. Example for baseball: Cleats, glove, hat, bat, etc. These camps are designed for athletes in grades 3-7.
11. Saken Sports Camp contact information:
Web Site: www.sakensportscamp.com
310. 273-2459 Camp Office or 310.889-3708 my office at the Curtis campus
310. 266-7168 (Camp cell – to reach Coach Rio or staff in the event of an Emergency or really urgent questions)
12. What about Swimming?
We offer swimming everyday for most groups. This is an optional activity. Certified Lifeguards are in and out of the pool supervising all campers. Young campers must stay in shallow area where they can touch the bottom. Sunscreen will be reapplied if you request it, please ask your coach. Campers in our Pre-K/DK group will NOT swim, however, they will engage in other forms of water play (water slides/jumpers)
13. Do I need to fill out a medical release form and release of liability?
Yes. Medical release forms are part of the information you will fit out when you register online. All pictures/ video taken at Saken Sports Camp may be used for promotional material in relation to the camp.
14. Camp Clothes. We love the Camp Shirts, Rash Guards, and Hats! Can we buy more?
Absolutely! There are sizes for the whole family. Place your order with any coach or call the Camp Office 310.273-2459. Kids sizes: S, M, L and Adults S, M, L, XL, and XXL. Great new colors, excellent to work out in (We encourage campers to wear their camp shirts every day and rash guards in the water).
15. Missed a day? Going to miss a day? Refund Policy?
Two make-up days can be given to campers who are ill or miss camp due to special circumstances. The $110 Camp deposit is non-refundable. There will be no refunds after June 15. Please note: if there is a special circumstance we are always eager to work with families whenever possible. We ask you let us know your situation as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.
16. What if my Camper misbehaves?
If your camper is asked to leave for Disciplinary reasons there will be no refund. Good sportsmanship and good manners are expected.
Saken Sports Camp has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for bullying/unkind behaviors. It is extremely important that you discuss this with your camper(s), as any/all campers who bully other campers will be asked to leave and will be unable to return. NO refunds will be given to any campers that bully others.
Thank you, and I am looking forward to a great summer Celebrating our 25th year Anniversary!!!!!!
Saken Sports Camp, Inc.
P.O. Box 260092 Encino, CA 91426