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Junior Lifeguard Challenge

About Junior Lifeguard Challenge

Gear up for our Junior Lifeguard Challenge! Your body and mind will be tested as you work together as a unified team. Learn how to save lives on land and in water. Learn survival skills, communication skills, strength training and fitness. Grab a friend and get ready! Limited to 24 participants each week.

Test your underwater agility and precision, as you carry out tasks that chisel your mental sharpness, functional preparedness and readiness. Exercises will be water to land to water: Swim -> Out of the pool to perform beach-ready rescues -> Paddle across the water to your waiting team -> Work together to solve puzzles and prove your team’s strength as a rescue team -> Race out of the water and across a field, through obstacles -> Then back to the water for more!
This is a dynamic, communication-and team-centric camp geared for the 9-14 year olds who want to create and be part of an exciting group. Be prepared to storm the beach!

Age 9 – 14 (by the first day of camp)
Demonstrate continuous 75 yards of freestyle with side breathing
Tread water for one minute
Submerge and swim 10 feet under water

Daily Activities

9:00 Team building warm-up
9:15 New skills/swim challenges
10:30 Snack, sunscreen, team cheer!
10:45 Land fitness/Team activity
11:15 Lifesaving practice/Team competition
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Free Swim
1:00 Bonus challenges/Surf board paddling

The camp is hosted by Menlo Swim and Sport at the beautiful Burgess Pools facility. Activities for Camp Menlo may take place in either of two pools. One is a 25-yard, 11-lane competitive pool that is heated to 80 degrees. The second is a 25-yard, 6-lane rim-flow warm pool used primarily for instruction that is heated to 87 degrees and has a large shallow area. The Burgess facility also has third pool, which is a baby pool for ages 6 and under, heated to 87 degrees.
More about the Facility. View a map to 501 Laurel Street in Menlo Park.

Schedule & Pricing for Junior Lifeguard Challenge

Camp Menlo 2020 Schedule
June 15-19
June 22-26
June 29 – July 3
July 6-10
July 13-17
July 20-24
July 27-31
August 3-7
August 10-14
August 17-21
Age 9–14 Camp: 8:45am – 2:00pm

Design Your Camp

Menlo Swim & Sport is excited to offer some new features to Burgess Pool this summer with our very own “Design Your Camp” layout! We will be offering camps in three different time slots throughout the day for your Campers week.

Pre Camp (8:00-8:45am) – Drop the kids off early and get them meeting new kids right away!
Morning Camp (9:00am – 2:00pm) – The main camp lesson for the week with lessons/instruction and pool time.
Afternoon Camp (2:00 – 5:00pm) – Choose your activity! Your child can either swim, play tennis or play games/crafts throughout the afternoon. Your choice!

You can select just our Morning Camp or all 3 options! Design your week however you like!

Pre Camp

Camp Menlo Pre Camp
We are pleased to offer early Pre Camp from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m., so you can drop off your kids and be on your way! You can be sure that check-in will be fast and your child will receive great care for a happy start to the day!
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. – $45/week

Morning Camp

Camp Menlo Junior Lifeguard Challenge
Camp Menlo Tennis & Swim Camp is our main Monday – Friday camp for kids. Daily hands-on lessons throughout the week. See our description for more details.
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – $379/week

Afternoon Camp

Afternoon General Camp Menlo
Afternoon Camp is just the ticket for your child to rest and re-energize, play social games, read, advance some new skills or listen to music! Tried and true, our Menlo Swim and Sport counselors provide a safe and lively afternoon of new and varied activities, full of opportunities for the campers to mix and mingle or have some quiet time; build and create; or have fun with more sports! The kids won’t miss a beat, as they seamlessly transition to the afternoon segment of their day of excitement.
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. – $186 per week

Afternoon Tennis Camp
Your child will continue their day playing tennis at the Burgess Courts adjacent to the pool. There will be plenty of activities including games and matches for them to learn and compete with other campers there in the Afternoon Tennis Camp.
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. – $261 per week

Afternoon Swim Camp
Keep your child in the pool for even longer! Afternoon Swim Camp will have your child in the pool for more instruction and plenty of down time to enjoy playing with other kids. Let them swim all day with our Afternoon Swim Camp.
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. – $261 per week

Additional Info:
Sibling discount: Receive a 10% sibling discount off for each additional sibling registering for Camp Menlo. Discount based on the highest priced camp. One discount per child. Call or visit the Service Center (650) 781-5525 to register with this discount.

*Menlo Swim & Sport is a proud affiliate of the Challenged Athlete Foundation (CAF). Talk to one of our Service Center representatives today to learn more!

*Youth Scholarships available from Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation. For more information and to see if you qualify please fill out this form. Solicitud en español disponible aquí.

Registration is now open!
Call the Service Center (650) 781-5525 or register online.
For any questions regarding our Cancellation Policy, please visit Policies/FAQ’s.

Coaches / Instructors

Instruction and activities for our Junior Lifeguard camp are led by one of our senior Menlo Swim and Sport lifeguards.

Camp Menlo is directed by a year-round professional staff who focus on quality, safety, enjoyment, efficiency, and value. The well-being of each camper is our primary concern and campers are under constant supervision.

Head of Camps: Jojo Duffey

My name is Jojo Duffey, and I have been working for Menlo Swim & Sport for almost 14 years. Over this time, I have had the pleasure to work for the Menlo Swim School, and Menlo Service Center. Last Summer, I was the head of the Palo Alto Swim & Sport’s Camp. I also currently manage the Menlo Swim & Sport Pro Shop, and have been for the last 5 years. I am thrilled to be heading camps at Burgess this summer! I welcome all camp enthusiasts and cannot wait to create some memorable experiences! I am a Menlo Park native (MAHS Alum) and mother of two. Kieran, my swim baby, who loves to surf and plays water polo for St. Francis High School, and Bodhi who is in the third grade and is a basketball fanatic. I look forward to being a part of such a fun and high energy summer extravaganza!

Policies and Frequently Asked Questions


Camp Menlo Cancellation Policy
Cancellation up to one month from the date of camp…Full Refund
Cancellation between 4-2 weeks before the date of camp… Full Credit to Account
Cancellation within two weeks before the date of camp…No credit, No refund

After registration, you may switch to another camp ONE time only.  Switching to another camp is prohibited up to 30 days before the camps date (this may vary depending on registration numbers of desired week).

Conduct and Safety
The camp is directed by a year-round professional staff who focus on quality, safety, enjoyment, efficiency, and value. The head coach is an experienced aquatics instructor/coach with a skill emphasis on childhood development. The head coach is assisted by counselors with experience in promoting safe and fun activities. The well-being of each camper is our primary concern. Campers are under constant supervision by the camp director, head coach, or counselors.