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Youth Camps

Wildlife Week at Whispering Pines

thumbnail_23 FF winner logoMonterey Recreation offers several fun and diverse camps for children, pre-teens and teens. These programs offer sports, outdoor adventure, arts and crafts, camp skills, work experience and more. Camps are a great way for kids to learn, have fun, recreate outdoors, exercise and meet others in an organized and supervised environment. Scroll down this page to learn more information about our traditional summer camps including the Summer Fun Playground Program, Camp Quien Sabe Youth Overnight Camp and Whispering Pines Day Camp.
Monterey Recreation also offers a variety fun and educational specialty camps including;
 - Tiny Tots Summer Camp
 - Sports Camps including Challenger International Soccer, Flag Football, Basketball, Track & Field and Beach Volleyball
 - Playwell LEGO, Chess, Woodworking, Art, Dance, Gymnastics Camps and much more!

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Refund Policy: No refunds or transfers three (3) business days before the session begins for summer camp programs including Camp Quien Sabe Youth Overnight Camp, and Whispering Pines Day Camp. A 25% service charge will be applied to refunds prior to three (3) business days.

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Summer Fun Playground Program
A great summer program available at three neighborhood parks - Hilltop, Via Paraiso and Casanova! Recreation Leaders supervise children, ages 5-10, in games, sports, singing and free-play. For additional camp information, visit or use SmartRec to register online. Thank you!

Whispering Pines Day Camp
Whispering Pines Day Camp will celebrate 65 years of providing an exciting, organized and supervised program for children, ages 5-9. Whispering Pines Day Camp also welcomes children ages 5-17 who require special accommodations. Weekly activities include hiking, singing, folk dancing, arts and crafts, outdoor cooking, camp skills and nature activities. Special excursions are planned. On Fridays, participants will cook their own lunch and participate in a campfire program with songs and skits. Children bring their own lunch and drink Monday through Thursday. Snacks are provided. Weekly sessions are offered Monday-Friday from 9am - 5:30pm every June and July. For additional camp information, visit or use SmartRec to register online. Thank you!

Camp Quien Sabe Youth Overnight Camp
Camp Quien Sabe is a traditional overnight summer camp experience, held at Toro Regional Park in the youth overnight area. The camp area rests on an attractive oak-shaded knoll with excellent hiking trails, campfire stage, kitchen and restroom facilities, a private swimming pool, and a lake with a dock for boating activities. The Regular Program for younger children, ages 7 to 11 years, is a closely supervised program devoted to teaching children basic camping skills and an appreciation for the great outdoors. Regular campers spend a week sleeping outside under the stars and learning to live in a natural setting without altering or damaging the environment. A variety of outdoor activities including swimming, hiking, boating, crafts, cookouts, games, nature lore and campfires make this an exciting and memorable week for all that attend.
The Environmental Team is a program dedicated to the young pre-teen of 12 years. "ET's" participate in regular camping activities as well as special activities aimed at developing an understanding of environmental concerns. The Work Experience (WE) Program, for ages 13 to 15 years, combines the fun of camping with two hours of work experience each morning in which the "WE's" participate in various outdoor projects to improve Toro Park under the supervision of their counselors. The WE's receive a a job evaluation that may be of value when seeking future employment. Please Note: There will be no Family Camp Weekend for 2023 as we rebuild our youth camps programs. For additional camp information, visit or use SmartRec to register online. Thank you!

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"Monterey Recreation is dedicated to making the community better now and in the future by providing recreational programs and facilities that promote healthy lifestyles, strong families and positive youth development while striving to increase the social, cultural and physical well-being for all ages."  Monterey Recreation Mission Statement
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  • City of Monterey Recreation Programs Release and Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement eff. 12/01/2023
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  • Concussion Information Sheet - English
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  • Concussion Information Sheet - Spanish
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  • Monterey Recreation Behavior Policy
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  • Authorization for Emergency Medication - Epi-pen or Inhaler Only
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  • Whispering Pines Day Camp Parent Letter
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  • CQS Regular Camp Parent Ltr and Equip. List (7-11 yrs.)
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  • CQS ET Camp Parent Ltr and Equip. List (12 yrs.)
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  • CQS WE Camp Parent Ltr and Equip. List (13-15 yrs.)
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