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.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley is a non-profit organization that provides time-tested programs offering leadership training, character development, fine arts, academic support, technology, health and fitness.

Clubs feature Learning Centers, Games Rooms, Computer Technology Centers, Fine Arts Rooms, Multi-Purpose Rooms, and Character and Leadership Centers. For grades 5 through 8.  Visit www.bgcconejo.org for more information. Also spring/summer camps for grades 1 to 12.

Local Clubs:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley offers a variety of indoor spaces for rent for family events, fundraisers and meetings at the Sequoia, Colina and Los Cerritos clubs listed above. Contact individual clubs for more information about facility rentals.

Los Robles Children's Choir

The Los Robles Children's Choir consists of four choirs for kids ages 6 to 18: 

  • The Apprentice Choir or beginners ages 6-9 with no prior musical experience.
  • The Bel Canto Choir (for beginners that are able to sing in tune). No audition required.
  • The Amadeus Choir (advanced treble choir for those who can also read music). Audition required.
  • The Camerata Youth Choir (for advanced high school singers ages 14-18). Audition required.

Rehearsals are in Westlake Village.  For more information and a schedule of upcoming performances, visit www.singingchildren.org or call 805.480.9416.

Boys & Girls Club of Ventura

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The Boys & Girls Club of Ventura serves more than 3,000 children ages 6 to 18 each year, many of them from disadvantaged circumstances.  The numbers keep growing, but with the ongoing community support, Ventura's children will continue to have a safe, friendly and educational place where they can have fun, learn, play and grow. The Club's mission is to provide a positive place for all youth, and quality programs to help them become healthy, responsible, confident and productive members of our community.

Locations at:

Bill LeFevre Center (1929 Johnson Dr., Ventura) 641-5599

Robert Addison Center (1440 N. Olive St., Ventura) 641-5588

Westview Center (234 W. Vince St., Ventura) 641-0523

Oak View Center (555 Mahoney Ave., Oak View) 649-9000

E.J. Harrison Youth Center (11321 Violeta St., Ventura) 641-5599

Learn more by visiting www.bgclubventura.org or call 805.641.5585.

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Discovery Center Teens - Service Club (Grades 8 to 12)

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Discovery Center Teens is a club that meets monthly to explore science/technology career options. In addition, DC Teens help to staff programs for younger kids and the broader community that explore science and technology in fun and interesting ways.

DC Teens learn leadership skills through organizational work and event planning, and earn community service credit for volunteer hours.

The DC Teens are part of The Discovery Center for Science and Technology, an educational non-profit organization with a mission to make science and related subjects understandable and fun. The goal of the Discovery Center is to build a hands-on science museum in the Thousand Oaks community for people of all ages.

Meetings are held at The Goebel Senior Center, located at 1385 East Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.

For more information visit: discoverycntr.org/dc-teens or call 818.879.2021.

Conejo Valley Youth Orchestras

Founded in 1961, the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestras enroll over 250 student musicians ages 5 to 21 in its programs.  Orchestras rehearse weekly from September through June in Westlake Village.

There are 3 levels of orchestras:  Conejo Valley Youth Strings (entry level), Conejo Valley Prepratory Youth Orchestra (intermediate orchestra that also includes brass, woodwinds and percussion) and Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra (advanced).  Each group includes up to 100 musicians.  In addition to the Orchestras, CVYO offers opportunities to students with a Harp Ensemble, a Brass Quintet, a Percussion Ensemble, and a Chamber Ensemble. Concerts are held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.  More information at www.cvyo.com or call 805.523.8045.

YMCA of Southeast Ventura County - 4 Locations

YMCA of Southeast Ventura County serves the areas of Agoura, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village. General information at www.triunfoymca.org or call 805.497.3081 x104.

Conejo Valley YMCA is located at 4031 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks (805.523.7613). Open 7 days a week. Facility has a 25-yard indoor heated pool) activity room, fitness center, gym, outdoor multi-sport court, frisbee golf/horseshoes, hiking and biking trail, babysitting, swim lessons, etc. www.triunfoymca.org/conejo

Triunfo YMCA is located at 31225 La Baya Drive, Suite 106, Westlake Village (818.707.9622). Closed on weekends. Facility has aquatics, fitness center, classes, camps, child care and various sports. www.triunfoymca.org/Triunfo

Simi Valley YMCA is at 3200 Cochran Street (805.583.5338). Open 7 days a week. 25 yard swimming pool, fitness center, indoor cycling, child care, camps, classes, sports, etc. www.triunfoymca.org/SimiValley

Miller Family YMCA is located at 320 Via Las Brisas, Newbury Park (Dos Vientos). Open 7 days a week. 25 yard indoor swimming pool, fitness center, indoor cycling, sports, youth flag football league, youth soccer program from March-May for kids ages 3-8 years old. child care, etc. www.triunfoymca.org/miller

Free Monthly Jewish Content Books from the PJ Library

Conceived as a giving library, PJ Library is a family engagement program designed to strengthen the identities of Jewish families and their relationship to the Jewish community. We provide Jewish children, ages 6 months through 8 years old, a treasured, age-appropriate Jewish-themed book or CD FREE in the mail every month—that’s 12 packages each year. Along with the gift of children’s books and music, families receive a monthly e-newsletter and reading guides to enhance their PJ Library experience—all at no cost to the recipient.

This dynamic program has engaged more than 5,250 Jewish children in the 5 Valleys (Conejo, Antelope, San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Simi) since launching in 2008 and 4,200 in the Greater Los Angeles Metro-City area since launching in 2010.

To sign up for PJ Library, visit our website at www.pjlibrary.org and enter your postal code to find your community.  For more information, please contact Jessica at JJablon@JewishLA.org.

PJ Library in Los Angeles program is made possible by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, generous local donors and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

City Corps of the Central Coast/Ventura

City Corps of the Central Coast / Ventura is committed to youth development through volunteerism and civic responsibility.  Through a myriad of experiential service learning projects and youth mentoring, City Corps integrates life skills, creative ideas, energy and capability with leadership, vocational skills, accountability and positive social relationships. By virtue of sharing a common goal, void of obstacles they may otherwise face such as race, gender, class, culture, age, level of functioning, family experience, physical appearance, personality, and gang affiliation, City Corps provides teamwork, self-development, and meaningful connections between youth and their communities.

City Corps Members, ages 12-24, are exposed to experiential learning and hands-on training through a variety of projects including community outreach and beautification, environmental stewardship, care and hospitality, festivals, art and music events, townskeeping & graffiti abatement.

More information by calling 805.653.2351.