Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast

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Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast serves the counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz.

Girl Scouts of Tres Condados began with the formation of a council in Santa Barbara in 1921. Between 1923 and 1945, additional councils developed in Atascadero, Carpinteria, Ventura and Fillmore. To serve all of Ventura County, another council was added in 1946. The Santa Barbara Council expanded to include San Luis Obispo County in 1958. With this expansion, the Santa Barbara Council was renamed the Los Padres Council. By 1964, the Los Padres Council and the Ventura County Council merged to form Tres Condados Girl Scout Council.

Girl Scouts are divided into Daisies (grades K-1), Brownies (grades 2-3), Juniors (grades 4-5), Cadettes (grades 6-8), Seniors (grades 9-10) and Ambassadors (grades 11-12).

For more information, visit www.girlscoutsccc.org or call the Southern Region Office at 800.822.2427.

Tawni's Ponies & Animal World Petting Zoo

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At Tawni's Ponies & Animal World Petting Zoo provides pony rides, petting farms, for birthday parties, school events, carnivals, company picnics and other special events.

Serving Ventura County, West Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley. Santa Clarita Valley & Santa Barbara.

More information at www.animalworldpettingzoo.com or call 805.524.5181.

Young Rembrandts Art Classes for Kids

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Founded in 1988 by Bette Fetter, Young Rembrandts has become a recognized leader in art education. What began as one person, working with children in her home, has developed into a nationwide business teaching drawing to thousands of students weekly.

Fetter applied her fine arts education and background in child development to create an original, step-by-step method to teach children drawing, the fundamental skill of all visual arts. Research and education experts say what Young Rembrandts has always delivered: there is a significant correlation between involvement in the arts and achievement in the classroom.

Children who learn to draw using the Young Rembrandts method develop spatial reasoning and fine motor skills, order and sequencing abilities, visualization, and self-discipline as well as fundamental art skills.

Today, as in the past, Young Rembrandts partners with pre-schools, elementary schools and community centers to either augment or supply their art education programs. Young Rembrandts has a solid reputation for offering well-organized classes and teaching original, high quality curriculum in a positive environment.

Young Rembradts operates around the country and offers classes at locations and schools throughout Ventura County. Visit www.youngrembrandts.com/venturacounty-ca for more information.

Boy Scouts of Ventura County

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The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America—incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916—is to provide an educational program for children and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.  The Ventura County Council of the BSA is located at 509 East Daily Drive in Camarillo.  Visit www.vccbsa.org or call 805.482.8938 for more information.

The traditional Scouting divisions are Cub Scouting for children ages 7 to 11 years, Boy Scouting for youth ages 11 to 18 and Venturing for young men and women ages 14 (or 13 and having completed the 8th grade) through 21. Learning for Life is a non-traditional subsidiary that provides in-school and career education. Beginning in 2018, girls have the opportunity to join Cub Scout dens, and in 2019, programs for older girls will make it possible to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

Tiger Cubs is a year-round family- and home-centered program that encourages the ethical decision-making skills for first-grade (or 7-year-old) boys and girls. These children participate in the program with their adult partners. The program emphasizes shared leadership, learning about the community, and family understanding.

Cub Scouts is a year-round family and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for children in the second through fifth grade (or who are 8, 9, and 10 years old). Activities emphasize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.

Webelos Scouts is a year-round family and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for fourth- and fifth-grade (or 10-year-old) children. Webelos Scouts participate in more advanced activities that begin to prepare them to become Boy Scouts.

Boy Scouting. A year-round program for boys 11 through 17 designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. (Children also may become Boy Scouts if they have earned the Cub Scouting Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade.)

Varsity Scouting. An active, exciting, year-round program for young men and women 14 through 17 built around five program fields of emphasis: advancement, high adventure, personal development, service, and special programs and events.

Venturing. A year-round program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age to provide positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help them pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills.

Orca Youth Rugby Club - Ventura County

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The Orca Youth Rugby Club has teams for Boys and Girls ages 11-18 and for all skill levels. We play teams between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. Many of our club members are current athletes at local schools and high schools who also compete in multiple sports. The ultimate goal of our club is to promote and teach the sport of rugby and become a dominant force in Southern California Rugby. Off the pitch we look to build positive relationships with local business and community organizations. We aspire to be a positive force in the community and spread the love of rugby throughout the County. No experience necessary! We encourage players of all ability levels to come out and join our squad. We emphasize physical fitness and a strong understanding of the fundamentals of rugby. We are always looking for the opportunity to meet new teammates.

Rugby season (January-April) does NOT conflict with football; it is GREAT off-season practice! NO ONE RIDES THE BENCH -- NO RUGBY EXPERIENCE EXPECTED!

Orca Rugby emphasizes SAFETY AND FUN.  Orca Rugby is ALL volunteer; NO ONE is paid. Orca Rugby has teams for 11-18 year olds.  Orca Rugby limits team size; everyone plays. Practices are Tuesday and Thursday 6-8 pm, Games on Saturday.  Get more info and register online now at www.venturacountyrugbyclub.com.

Parks In and Around Ventura County

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There's dozens of local area parks highlighted at THIS LINK that have play areas for the kids.

The Do Something section of the site has even more parks compiled at THIS LINK. All told we have well over 300 parks to park ourselves in and around Ventura County and adjacent areas.

So grab that leash and see you at the park!

Ventura County Master Children’s Choir

The Ventura County Master Children’s Choir was founded by the Ventura County Master Chorale and Opera Association as a choral organization dedicated to the training of children in the classical choral arts.  The organization is committed to giving children quality vocal training and music education, as well as professional level performance training.

The vocal training in the choir utilizes the bel canto style of Italian singing, which is the basis for good vocal production. As members of the choir, children gain an appreciation for great singing and enjoy concertizing and sharing their music with others.

The group performs locally several times a year and goes on tours. Contact the choir director to schedule a friendly audition! More information at www.mastercc.org.