Frequently Asked Questions

Parents and Campers: The following are answers to the most commonly asked SSC questions.

Which group will my camper be in?

Campers are put into 8-14 different groups depending on their age and grade. Each group participates in age appropriate games, sports, and activities. A general breakdown can be found below.

Starfish/Lionfish = Pre-K/DK (all campers must be 5 years old by June 1st or by year K)

Seahorse/Stingray = Entering Kindergarten

Dusky/Striped/Spinner Dolphin = Entering 1st grade

Barracuda/Marlin = Entering 2nd Grade

Sharks = Entering 3rd/4th grade

Swordfish = Entering 4th/5th/6th grade

Triggers = Entering 6th/7th/8th grade

 CIT = Entering 9th/10th/11th grade

Jr. Counselor = 12th grade

You will be notified before camp begins as to which group your camper will be in. All pods, cohorts, and sibling requests will be honored. 

When can I meet the coaches and learn about the camp philosophy?

Parents, guardians, and all friends are invited to meet the Saken staff in person at one of our open houses, complementary training sessions or online. Camp tours are available. 

How do I get the schedules and weekly information?

Consult the Saken 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.

What are the camp hours?

Traditional Camp / Sports Clinics: 9:00-3:00pm

Early morning care / Drop off (optional): 8:50am

Pick-up: 2:50-3:10 (Baseball / Softball 2:00pm)

All campers should be picked up by 3:30pm unless special arrangements have been made. Please let a Saken staff member know if you need late pick up 310.273.2459

How does pick-up and drop off work? Where is camp located?

All campers in our youngest groups must be signed in and signed out daily.  Everyone will be checked in with a Camp Director. A Camp Director must be notified in advance if anyone other than a parent or guardian or someone not on your approved list will be picking up a camper. 
Camp locations:
*NEW: Turning Point School in Culver City!*
1. Winter and Spring Camp: ANNENBERG HOUSE 415 Pacific Coast Hwy. Santa Monica, CA 90402
2. Summer Beach Camp: Pacific Palisades: 14755 Pacific Coast Hwy. Santa Monica, CA 90402
3. Playa Del Rey: Dockweiler 12505 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Ray, CA 90293
4. Bel Air / Mulholland @ AJU: 15600 Mulholland Dr, LA, CA 90077 (LOT 4)
5. Encino @ 17301 W Oxnard St, CA 91316 (Baseball/ Softball camp only)

What is a typical week at Saken / Sand & Sea / Beach Volleyball Camps?

There will be a special theme each day and specific athletic activities. Please consult your Saken Calendar sent to you after you completed registration and/or visit us on the web. We also encourage you to talk to your camper’s coach and counselors to find out more details. 

What do I bring to camp?

A lunch with plenty of liquids and a snack. 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 different lunch areas. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation with this matter. Bring towel, bathing suit, sunscreen (campers must apply sunscreen before coming to camp, we will assist with re-apply), your new Saken Sand & Sea rash guard to help protect you from the sun, hat, and any other appropriate sports equipment for the week. You must label all clothes, towels, etc. 

How do I order hot lunch? What is served for hot lunch?

We hope to bring back Hot Lunch this summer.  Details will be sent after registration Consult the daily calendar for menu. We will serve an entrée, vegetable, fruit, dessert, and drink – a well-balanced meal. Costs $8-10 per lunch. You may pay when you login to your registration portal and register ahead of time. 

Basic Daily Schedule (subject to change)

9:00-9:30 Check in, group warm ups and meeting with campers

9:30-10:15 First activity – wash hands

10:15-10:30 Snack / Sanitize – wash hands

10:30-11:30 Second activity / swimming or water play – wash hands

11:30-12:30 Swimming or water play / sports / activities / games offered

12:30-12:50 Lunch / Sanitize – wash hands

12:50-1:15 Free choice games, camp group games, special themes and activities

1:15-2:00 Third activity / swimming or water play – wash hands

2:00-2:35 Shave ice or cool treat

2:35-3:00 Clean up and cool down games, get ready to leave – wash hands

3:00-3:15 Pick up your camper(s)/ Gam 



Can I add weeks and/or days?

Yes, provided we have space. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can reserve your spot. 

Sports Specific Specialty Camps

Our sports specific specialty camps/clinics are for the athletes who want to play that sport just a little more during the days/weeks. We offer a Flag Football Camp, soccer camp, baseball camp, basketball camp, and Sinjin Smith Beach 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 1-9. Volleyball goes to 12th grade.

Saken contact information


Camp Office Number: 310.273.2459

Camp Site Number: 310.266.7168 (to reach staff in the event of an emergency or urgent questions)


What about Safety and Swimming?

We offer swimming everyday at our beach locations. This is an optional activity. However, we ask that ALL campers arrive in their swimsuit to cool off and at least put their feet in the water. Certified lifeguards are in and out of the water supervising all campers. Young campers must stay in shallow area where they can touch the bottom with their knees / waist above water line at all times. Sunscreen will be reapplied. Camp rash guards are mandatory in the water. 

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 and videos taken at Saken Sports Camp may be used for promotional material in relation to the camp. 

Where can we buy camp gear?

Place your order with any coach or call the camp office at 310.273.2459. Kids sizes include S, M, and L. Adult sizes include S, M, L, XL, and XXL. Great new colors, excellent to workout in (we encourage campers to wear their camp shirts every day and rash guards in the water, rash guards are mandatory for water play).

What is the refund policy if my camper misses a day?

Full Refund Before May 25th (less deposit). Two make-up days can be given to campers who are ill or miss due to special circumstances. The current $25.00 camp deposit is non-refundable.  There are no refunds after May 25th, however we are always happy to issue Camp Credit. 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. 

What if a camper misbehaves?

If a camper is asked to leave for disciplinary reasons, there will be no refund. Good sportsmanship and good manners are expected. Saken Sand & Sea Camp has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for bullying and 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 once they demonstrate kindness and respect. NO refunds will be given to any campers that bully others. 


Saken Sports Camp, Inc.
Est. 1994
P.O. Box 260092 Encino, CA 91426