Parents who were unhappy with the city’s summer-camp registration
method, which had people camping out in George Izay Park to be first
in line, can use the city’s new lottery registration system starting
“We surveyed our folks and people were more interested in doing it
online or randomly,” said Mike Flad, director of Park, Recreation and
Community Services. "[This way] everyone has the same opportunity to
sign their kids up.”
While space is always available at the camps, three programs have
been especially popular -- the camps at Verdugo and McCambridge parks
that feature trips to places like Disneyland and include swimming.
Those will be expanded by 25%, but the ratio of campers to counselors
will stay the same, Flad said.
“It’s going to be great for the parents because it’s going to be a
better opportunity for them to get their kids into these programs,”
Recreation Coordinator Jennifer Griffin said. “In the past, there
have been waiting lists. So I don’t think we’ll be seeing as much of
Brochures for the camps, which outline the new process, are
available at recreation centers, City Hall and libraries.
Parents will be given a number when they register for the lottery.
On camp registration morning, May 3, a random number will be drawn.
The person with that number will register first, with registration
following that pattern.
Summer swim lessons will use the same process, with lottery
registration running April 21 to May 7, and camp registration on May