Every summer, children entering 1st through 8th grades participate in the popular Squirrels and Coyotes day camp programs. Based out of Crown Valley Park with excursions to the beach and local amusement parks, the camps allow campers to enjoy a variety of outdoor group games and teambuilding activities, swimming, crafts, and nature exploration in the 18-acre botanical preserve while under the supervision of caring City staff and VolunTeens. The pool is taken over on four Friday nights for “Rule the Pool” when youth, ages 8 through 13, jump, swim, dive and play while a DJ plays music and facilitates contests. Youth float on rafts and pool floats and enjoy relaxing in the spa with old and new friends.
Fall activities include the annual Haunted Trails special event, which provides opportunities for youth 13 years and older to volunteer as monsters, terrifying the attendees, while earning community service hours for their participation. Volunteers learn how to safely scare attendees, work as a team with their section, and provide their costume for this three night event.
In the winter, the Laguna Niguel Youth Committee often sponsors a free dance workshop. Instructors have taught basic instruction in swing, salsa and hip hop dance.
During the spring, youth and teens volunteer for the City’s Earth Day Celebration, helping to plant and clean up the Niguel Botanical Preserve. Middle school and high school bands are selected by the Youth Committee to perform in the Crown Valley Park amphitheater at the annual Music & Arts Festival. Colleges and employers represent their organizations at the annual High School Job & College Fair which gives high school students the opportunity to meet with representatives from post-secondary schools and speak with employers about seasonal employment opportunities.
Throughout the school year, the Junior Civic Workshops provide middle school students with an opportunity to learn about their city government while earning community service hours. Guest speakers have included representatives from the City Council, the City Manager’s Office, Police Services, the Orange County Fire Authority, Animal Services, the Chamber of Commerce, Community Development, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, the Orange County Registrar of Voters, and the Orange County Juvenile Court. This workshop meets in the Community Room at City Hall on the second Tuesday of the month.
During the school year, a series of “life skills” classes are also offered for middle school and high school students. Recent workshops have included: a food prep class called Chopped, Jr. for 6th to 8th graders, a Self Defense Class that taught 6th to 12th graders strategies to prevent victimization and promote self-confidence, a Resume Writing Workshop for high school students, and an Entrepreneur Workshop that provided high school students with some tools for starting a business venture.
For more information about Youth and Teen programs, check out LNTEENS.org, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, @lnteens or contact: Gretchen Malcolm at (949) 425-5100.
The Laguna Niguel Skateboard and Soccer Park features a 20,000 square foot concrete skateboard park and a synthetic grass soccer field. Both parks provide year-round enjoyment for skateboard and soccer enthusiasts with state-of-the-art facilities. The Skatepark is supervised by Parks and Recreation Department staff. Passes are required for all individuals using the park. Liability waivers signed by the parent or guardian is required. Proof of residency will be required by showing driver’s license or California I.D. Park users 18 years old and over are also required to sign a waiver on their own behalf. Skatepark identification cards will be issued once the waivers are signed. These I.D. cards serve as your permit to enter the park. Helmets, plastic capped elbow, and kneepads are required at all times while in the park. For more information on park hours, birthday parties, and lessons contact: Jeff Kirby at (949) 916-7755.