Dear Camp Parent,

We are very excited that your child will be joining us for camp at the Living Coast Discovery Center!

Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the following information. This will help ensure the best possible experience for you and your child. 

You can select your camp title from the sidebar on the left to find camp-specific waivers and information about daily activities.


Check-in/check-out process:

At the beginning and end of each session, the instructors will meet you at the camp station located in the Discovery Center parking lot to check in or sign out the campers (see picture on left). The instructors will ride the shuttle with the campers to and from the Discovery Center and camp station.

Directions: From Interstate 5, take the E Street exit in Chula Vista and go west.  Follow the signs to the Discovery Center's parking lot, located at 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista 91910. 

Check-in: Parents/Guardians are required to sign each child in with an instructor or assistant. Check in for camp will begin 15 minutes before the camp is scheduled to begin.  Please make sure you arrive on time, as late arrivers will miss the shuttle into the center.  If you do arrive after the start time of camp, you will need to call the center and wait for directions on how to your child into camp.  The front desk staff will direct you to the camp location where you can sign your child in.

Check-out: At pick up, a parent/guardian must show picture ID card to camp staff, who will match their name to the list of authorized adults (listed during registration). If the adult is not on the authorized list, we cannot release the child until a parent/guardian is contacted. Again, photo ID will be required to pick up a child on each day of camp. These policies are in place for one reason – the safety of children attending camp at the Discovery Center. There is a pick-up grace period that is 15 minutes after the end of camp for you to pick up your child, starting after the grace period a fee of $10 per ten minutes, per camper, is applied.


How to prepare your camper:

  • Campers should wear clothes that they can play in & get dirty! We will be doing arts & crafts, taking hikes, playing outside, etc.
  • Campers must wear sturdy walking shoes, such as gym shoes. Shoes with skate bottoms, flip flops, sandals and other open-toed shoes are NOT allowed. Children will not be allowed into camp without proper footwear.
  • We recommend applying sunscreen and/or bug spray to your child before arriving at camp.  We are not able to apply sunscreen or bug spray directly to the campers though you may send it with the child if you feel they can apply it themselves.

What to bring to camp each day:

  • If your child is attending camp for a full-day, please pack a lunch with extra snacks, preferably in an insulated container.  We will have 2 times for snack breaks (one morning, one afternoon) in addition to lunch.
  • If your child is attending camp for a half-day, please pack a small snack, preferably in an insulated container.
  • Water Bottle (please label)
  • Hat or Visor (optional, please label)
  • A camera (optional and may get wet, please label)
  • If it looks like rain, send along a poncho or raincoat
  • Spending money (optional)— campers will be permitted time on the last day of camp to purchase non-food items from the Discovery Center gift shop, if they so desire. $5 – $15 is a good amount of money.  

What to leave at home:

  • All electronic equipment should be left at home, with the exception of cameras and cell phones (for emergency calls and camera use only). Cell phones must be turned off and put away during the camp and are to be used for emergencies only.
  •  Knives and other sharp objects are prohibited on Discovery Center grounds, as well all other weapons.  These objects will be confiscated immediately and may be turned in to law enforcement if necessary.

Program Cancellation Policy:

 No refunds are given on programs cancelled by registrant less than 7 days prior to the program date.  For cancellations made by registrant more than 7 days prior to first date of program an 80% refund will be given.  LCDC reserves the right to cancel any program.  In the event that LCDC cancels a program, all program fees will be refunded.


If you have questions or special needs, please call (619) 409-5908 or send an email to  

We look forward to seeing you at camp!

     Elizabeth Argyle         Jenni Paulus 

             Education Director                         Public Programs Education Specialists

(and the rest of our Education Team)

Living Coast Discovery Center