Summer is the perfect time for kids of all ages to embark on a new adventure. Whatever your child’s passion – honing their athletic skills, exploring their creative talents, or discovering new ways to learn – North County San Diego’s summer camps are here to inspire that journey. The friendships and memories made at camp can last a lifetime. Read along to learn more in ZCode’s 2020 Summer Camp Guide.

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Sporty Summer Fun

Rancho Arbolitos Offers Popular Swim and Tennis Programs Run by Pacific Swim & Chira Tennis Academy

Summer is the perfect opportunity for your child to learn swimming and tennis or improve their skills. Rancho Arbolitos, the popular private recreational club in Poway, has been providing summer camps for both of these activities for the past 30 years in a friendly, secure setting. The club’s owner, Di Molenaar, proclaimed, “We aim for the kids to have a good time, meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and improve their swim and tennis skills in a safe environment.”

Camp Basics
The typical camp is Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but there are also day-to-day drop-off options available. Camps run weekly from June 15 until Aug. 14, and offer tennis-only, swim-only, or a mix of both. Early drop-off and late pick-up are also available to accommodate your family’s schedule. Kids are divided by age and ability, so your child will fit in whether they are a beginner or advanced.

The kids play tennis from 9 to 11 a.m. and have a snack break from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Then the kids get ready for the pool and have free play and swim for 30 minutes until they’re organized into groups for their hour-long swim lesson.

Swimming is run by Pacific Swim. Camp coaches are CPR, Lifeguard, and USA Swim Coach-Certified, and have many years of swimming and coaching experience. The Pacific Swim Team has been around since 1993. Not only have they won Junior Olympics Championships, but have consistently placed in the top three teams in San Diego for the past 20 years.

Chira Tennis Academy runs the tennis camps. Its director and founder, Catalin Chira, has been a certified tennis professional for the past 20 years. In 2012, Catalin was awarded the USTPA San Diego Coach of the Year, and he is an USPTA-certified Elite Professional, PTR-certified, and Etchberry-certified (strength, conditioning, and movement in tennis). Many of his students reached top national rankings and have received full tennis scholarships.

Having Fun!
The summer camps are designed to provide solid instruction, but there is always room for fun, according to Di Molenaar! Campers play games and also earn prizes on the court and in the pool. Kids can also look forward to smoothies, ice-cream, and pizza that is provided on various days.


Name of Camp: Rancho Arbolitos, Pacific Swim, & Chira Tennis Academy
Name of Owner: Di Molenaar
Years in Position: 30
Year of Establishment: 1990
Address: 14343 Silverset St., Poway, CA 92064
Phone: 858-486-3670
Description of Camp: Rancho Arbolitos is a private recreational and sporting club with nine tennis courts, an entertainment pavilion, barbecues, a fitness center, and two year-round heated pools. Membership is open to families, singles, and non-residents of Poway. Masters swimmers and league tennis players train at the club. Pacific Swim and Chira Tennis Academy offer competitive programs for beginners to advanced levels of all ages.