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Exciting Summer Adventures Await: CARD Summer Camp Registration Opens April 1st

March 19, 2024

Children with swimming gear splash in a pool under adult supervision, while one boy leaps into the water.
Toddlers enjoying their swim lessons at the PV Pool

The Chico Area Recreation & Park District (CARD) is thrilled to announce the opening of registration for its highly anticipated summer camps and aquatics programs, starting April 1st. Offering a diverse range of camp experiences designed to engage, educate, and inspire youth of all ages, CARD invites families to explore the summer possibilities that await.

This summer, CARD is proud to present a wide range of 80+ camp options, catering to various interests and age groups. From outdoor adventures and sports clinics to creative arts and scientific explorations, there is something for every young camper eager to embark on a summer of fun and discovery.

A child practices archery with guidance from two smiling adults outdoors.
Camper practices archery at Camp Chi-Da-Ca

“Summer is a time of adventure, learning, growth, and play,” said CARD’s general manager Annabel Grimm. “We’re excited to offer a variety of camps that promise not just fun, but meaningful experiences that will last a lifetime. Our team is dedicated to making this summer unforgettable for every camper.”

Highlighted Camps Include:

Camp Chi-Da-Ca: Experience the excitement of Chico’s oldest running day camp since 1951! Campers will enjoy a variety of fun activities in Hooker Oak Park, including singing camp songs, going on nature hikes, playing games, doing skits, and cooling off in Big Chico Creek.

Sports Camp: Gain a love of the game for life at Sports Camp! Your child will have the opportunity to better their skills, try something new, and make new friends.

Camp Chico Creek: Wild adventures await at the Chico Creek Nature Center! Camp Chico Creek provides outdoor exploration, builds friendships, and promotes a love for nature. Campers enjoy hands-on natural science labs, up-close animal encounters, nature walks, arts and crafts, building tree forts, swimming in Big Chico Creek, and camp BBQ’s every Friday.

Summertime Delight: Summertime Delight is a predominantly indoor camp with activities ranging from fun games, swimming in the PV Pool, kids’ clubs, sports, crafts, and weekly movies and field trips.

CARD Swim Lessons: CARD offers swimming lessons at the PV Pool for all ages! Kids will learn this incredibly important life skill in a safe, caring environment while having fun and making new friends!

Group of children and adults in masks posing in a gym with a basketball hoop in the background.
Little Hoopsters strike a pose on Superhero Friday

Each camp promises to provide not only fun and entertainment, but also to encourage learning, personal growth, and the development of social skills. With experienced instructors and a commitment to a safe, inclusive, and nurturing environment, CARD summer camps are the perfect place for your child to make lifetime summer memories.

Summer Camp Registration Details:

Opening Date: April 1st, 8:00 AM

How to Register: Visit, call 530-895-4711, or visit us in-person at 545 Vallombrosa Ave in Chico to secure your spot.

Scholarships: Financial assistance is available for qualifying families through the Jan Sneed Youth Scholarship program. Learn more at

Inclusion: CARD’s Inclusion Team is here to help everyone play! We offer one-on-one aides to help participants who need a little extra assistance to be successful. Learn more at

Two kids playing in a river, one smiling at the camera, holding onto a log.
Campers cool off in Big Chico Creek at Camp Chico Creek

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make your child’s summer unforgettable! Spaces are limited, and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Ensure your spot by registering early and get ready for a summer filled with adventure, learning, and laughter.

For more information about CARD summer camps, please visit our official website at, or view our Summer PLAY Guide at for a quick overview of our summer offerings. Don’t forget to stay connected with CARD on social media by following us on Facebook and Instagram @ChicoRec.



About Chico Area Recreation & Park District

Founded in 1948, the Chico Area Recreation & Park District (CARD) is a California Special District focused on creating recreational opportunities that bring friends and families together to have fun and build lasting memories. CARD manages and cares for more than 15 community and neighborhood parks, four community centers, one swimming pool, the Chico Creek Nature Center, and more. The PLAY Activity Guide highlights the numerous sports, classes, camps, special events, and more CARD offers. Learn more about CARD at