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Don't miss out on Great Family Activities in Carlsbad, California.

Carlsbad is a coastal city in the North County region of San Diego County, California. Carlsbad is a popular tourist destination. The city's estimated 2019 population was 115,382. Among the nation's top 20 wealthiest communities. (Zip Code 92008-11)

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Looking for youth club activities? Several programs below help youth grow physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Some of these programs are widely recognized for both FUN and opening great career pathways, improving upon what your children may be getting from home, school or church.

This scouting program features many resources for organizing exciting outdoor adventure group activities and are available for rental by scout groups, families and other youth groups. Also find great youth discount rates to exciting family events.


Cub Scouting (ages 6-10)[]

Cub Scout Packs (BSA) holds weekly indoor/outdoor adventure activities for youth in grades K-5. Join in fun city tours, community service projects, STEM projects, nature hikes and more. Choose from Boy Packs, Girl Packs or Family Packs meeting in your neighborhood.

  • See BeAScout.org to find Boy Packs, Girl Packs and/or Family Packs meeting in your neighborhood.
Pack # Charter Org Location Status Notes
Pack 708 Salvation Army Oceanside Corps Oceanside CA Boys / Girls Cub Scouts
Pack 731 Elks Lodge #2243 La Costa Boy Pack an active pack with monthly Den and Pack meetings, and feature events such as family camping, hiking, outings to the beach, Pinewood Derby, and all around fun!
Pack 750 St Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church Carlsbad CA Cub Scouts
Pack 772 American Legion Post #416 La Costa Boy Pack Pack 772 supports boys from Encinitas & LaCosta. We believe in having FUN WITH A PURPOSE
Pack 775 Parents of El Camino Creek Elementary Carlsbad CA Boy Pack There are exciting Carlsbad events that take place like the Raingutter Regatta in October, the Pinewood Derby in January, and the Blue and Gold Banquet in February. In addition to these the pack goes on campouts, hike, bowl, participate in the Holiday parade, and more.
Pack 751 Boys & Girls Club of Vista Vista / Oceanside Boys / Girls Does your child enjoy learning new things and exploring the outdoors?
Pack 752 1st Presbyterian Church of Oceanside Oceanside CA Boys / Girls we come together for flag ceremonies, activities, award presentations, and service projects.
Pack 770 Carlsbad Firefighters Association Carlsbad CA Boys / Girls Cub Scouting

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Scouts BSA (ages 11-17)[]

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Scouts BSA - Troops for Boys / Troops for Girls-
Weekly meetings / monthly outings / annual summer adventure trips. Scouting teaches important life and leadership skills for youth ages 11-17.

  • See BeAScout.org to find Scout Troops meeting in your neighborhood.
Troop # Charter Org Location Status Notes
Troop 700 Oceanside Elks Lodge #1561 Vista / Oceanside Girl Troop First Scouts BSA Troop for Girls formed in North County
Troop 702 Mission Family Dentistry Vista / Oceanside Boy Troop LDS Legacy Scouting Unit
Troop 708 Salvation Army
Oceanside Corps
South Oceanside Boy Troop include young men from Oceanside, Vista and Carlsbad.
Troop 709 United Methodist Church Vista Vista / Oceanside / San Marcos Boy Troop With 60 scouts and this is one of the largest troops in North County.
Troop 745 St. Michael's Church by the Sea Carlsbad / Vista / Oceanside Boy Troop meet at the Scout House in Carlsbad's Holiday Park.
Troop 748 St. Patrick's Catholic Church Carlsbad Boy Troop Catholic Scouting - Meets weekly at the Scout House in Carlsbad's Holiday Park. Troop 748 has a fun-filled, scout run program that includes camping, hiking, canoeing, and other great activities that will help your youth grow in independence and self-reliance! We also stay involved in service activities that promote responsibility to the community and our environment.
Troop 750 St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church Carlsbad CA Boy Troop Catholic Scouting -
Troop 784 Carlsbad Kiwanis Carlsbad CA Boy Troop We are an active troop that goes backpacking, camping, fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and other outdoor activities.

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Venturing BSA (ages 14-20)[]

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Venturing BSA hold weekly activities for youth ages 14-20. Most units are co-ed and have a venturing theme.


  • See BeAScout.org to find Venturing Crews meeting in your neighborhood.


Crew # Charter Org Location Status Notes
Crew 709 United Methodist Church Vista Vista / San Marcos / Oceanside Co-ed Scouting Hi-Adventure - Check them out on YouTube
Crew 2000 Sts Constantine & Helens Greek Orthodox Church Cardiff CA Co-ed Scouting Hi-Adventure

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Sea Scouts BSA (ages 14-20)[]

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Sea Scouts hold weekly activities for youth ages 14-20. For over 100 years Sea Scouting has promoted better citizenship and improved members’ boating skills through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills, outdoor, social, service experiences, and knowledge of our maritime heritage.

Ship # Charter Org Location Status Notes
Ship 789 Santa Margarita Yacht Club Oceanside Harbor Co-ed Camp Del Mar Marina -
Ship 1542 Oceanside Elks Lodge #1561 Oceanside Harbor Co-ed S.S.S. Polaris

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BSA Council Scout Camps[]

This scouting program features many resources for organizing exciting outdoor adventure group activities and are available for rental by scout groups, families and other youth groups. Also find great youth discount rates to exciting family events.

Exploring (ages 14-20)[]

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Exploring (ages 14-20) hold weekly activities for youth ages 14-20. Exploring leaders volunteer their time to provide real-world career experiences for young adults. The priority of Exploring is gaining practical experience in a career field.


Post # Program Location Status Notes
1600 Valley Center Fire Explorers Valley Center CA Co-ed Focuses on the actual expectations and educational goals for the fire service.
2200 Carlsbad Fire Explorer 2200 Carlsbad CA Co-ed Fire Exploring is a hands-on program available to young men and women between 15 and 20 years of age interested in learning  more about a career in the fire service.
2223 Escondido Fire Explorers Escondido CA Co-ed Explorer Post is a career-oriented youth program chartered through Learning for Life. Our Post has been active since 1981. Expose young people to the various aspects of the fire service while developing character, morals, values and a sense of responsibility.
2740 North County Fire Explorers Fallbrook CA Co-ed The North County Fire Explorer Post is a youth oriented program directed at helping young adults who have an interest in the fire service

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Girls Scouts of USA[]

  • Girl Scouts San Diego - Girl Scouts prepares girls to empower themselves and promotes compassion, courage, confidence, character, leadership, entrepreneurship, and active citizenship through activities involving camping, community service, learning first aid, and earning badges by acquiring practical skills. Girl Scouts' achievements are recognized with various special awards, including the Girl Scout Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

Girl Scout membership is organized according to grade, with activities designed for each level. GSUSA is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and accepts girls of all backgrounds.

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Home School Clubs[]

Community homeschool clubs are a cooperative of families who homeschool their children. It provides an opportunity for children to learn from other parents who are more specialized in certain areas or subjects. Parents can also share best practices with each other. Co-ops also provide social interaction. They may take lessons together or go on field trips. Some co-ops also offer events such as prom and graduation and shakespeare clubs for homeschoolers.

Charter schools are built on the belief that kids come first. They keep red tape and bureaucracy out of public education and give passionate teachers the freedom to do what they do best: teach. That means that charter schools are launching bright futures and sending more kids to college, especially in communities where high-quality schools are needed most.

  • California Home School Network - Family home school expos in California.
  • California Charter Schools Association -
  • San Diego Homeschool - More listings for San Diego
  • Pacific View Charter Schools is in Oceanside and they offer homeschool options for kindergarten through 8th grade. The school emphasizes a personalized learning model and creates individual education plans that fit each student. Pacific View has several online classes and a small workshop-based program for students in 9th-12th grade.
  • The Classical Academies have campuses in Escondido and Vista. Their third campus, Coastal Academy, is in Oceanside. The Classical Academies have programs for transitional kindergarten through 12th grade, with choices that combine classroom and home study. They strongly emphasize science and the arts.
  • Learning With Jenny - Learning with Jenny Tutor for Bonsall, Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Fairbanks Ranch, Fallbrook, La Costa, La Jolla, Oceanside, Poway, Ranch Santa Fe, San Diego, San Luis Rey, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Torrey Pines, Vista. Homeschooling, elementary school, middle school, high school, SAT, ACT, college preparation, special needs, CBEST, RICA, CSET -
  • Springs Charter School Besides educational guidance and supervision, they offer workshops two days a week in subjects like Musical Theater, STEM, Drawing Fundamentals, and more. For those who need education now, we have a Free Public Open Classroom available for all children grades K-8, and resources available for high school students.

Sports[]

Team Sports[]

  • La Costa Youth Organization - provides baseball and softball programs for youths between 5 to 16 years old who live mainly in the Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista and Encinitas areas. Our baseball programs are associated with "Pony" Baseball. Our softball programs are associated with Amateur Softball Association (ASA).  
  • Carlsbad Stagecoach Winter Basketball League -
  • Our City Soccer Club - With nearly 4,000 members hailing from every corner of Carlsbad, our surrounding communities and all over the world, City SC is truly it’s own community within Carlsbad.
  • FootGolf San Diego - Rancho Carlsbad Course
  • Coastal Dragons Youth Rugby - The rugby culture is truly unique and teaches the children respect and sportsmanship.

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Individual Sports[]

  • Dennis Tennis - conduct junior and adult classes at various locations throughout North County San Diego, including Altamira 4 Tennis Club (Carlsbad).
  • So Cal Surf Lessons - offers year round surf lessons in Carlsbad, CA and surf camps June-Aug. We teach men and women of all ages, the art and sport of surfing using safety minded techniques that are proven to work.
  • Surf In Fire - Billabong Surf Camps is North County's Premiere Surf School Destination. Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas.

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Open Sporting Events[]

  • Carlsbad Marathon (3rd Sun of January) - The BEST and most scenic winter marathon & half marathon with the BEST swag. Miles and miles of breathtaking ocean views and outstanding course support stations and entertainment at every mile. Turn your Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend into a run-cation!
  • North County Run Club - Run North County a hub for runners, and is dedicated to promoting and supporting the local running and walking community in North County, San Diego.

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Arts & Culture[]

City Parks & Recreation[]

  • Carlsbad Youth Sports - The City of Carlsbad Parks Recreation Department Youth Sports Division offers a wide variety of programs for area youngsters in a recreational, non-competitive environment. The programs are designed for children of all abilities, with the goal of having fun.
    • Basketball
    • Tennis
    • Soccer
    • Ice Skating
    • Ice Hockey
    • Volleyball
    • Summer camps
  • Carlsbad Sports -
    • Youth Basketball Leagues in Carlsbad = Largest and Best Youth Basketball League in Carlsbad. With over 700 kids in K-12th boys & girls divisions. New High School boys division Freshman-Senior.

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Duty To God[]

BSA A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion. To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the following religious emblems programs.

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Local Family Attractions[]

  • See Also : San Diego County, California Family Attractions
  • Scout Tours by Carlsbad Historical Society - Under the direction of the Carlsbad Historical Society, a specially designed tour was developed to teach local third grade students about local history.
  • Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center - Located on the shore of Buena Vista Lagoon. The center offers programs that help foster a knowledge and appreciation for the plants and animals that make up the natural ecosystem of our community.
  • Lake Calaveras Nature Reserve - The city’s Lake Calavera Trail Guide notes that the access roads through California Department of Fish and Wildlife land allows only for pedestrian use. No other pedestrian trails are authorized on the reserve property.
  • Agua Hedionda Lagoon Visitors Center - The Foundation operates a visitors center on the south shore of the lagoon. Volunteers lead tours, help staff the museum, assist with general office work, and help maintain the trails.
  • Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Center - The Foundation operates a nature center on the north shore of the lagoon. Visitors lead tours and help maintain the trails.
  • Miniature Craftsmanship Museum - The Museum is located in eastern Carlsbad, and is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of small, precision crafted engines and other devices.
  • Leo Carrillo Ranch - The former Rancho de los Quiotes, which was at one point the private residence of Hollywood actor Leo Carrillo, preserves the Spanish and Mexican heritage of the Carlsbad area. Volunteer docents lead tours, guide school groups, or help staff the visitor’s center.
  • Museum of Making Music - The Museum is located near Legoland, and celebrates the history of the musical instruments industry. Volunteers serve as docents, gift shop clerks, event staff, and with general clerical duties in the office.
  • Legoland California - Major Southern California themepark
    • Legoland: Themepark, arcades, roller-coasters, miniland exhibit, interactive kids shows and more
    • SeaLife Aquarium: Oceanlife
    • Legoland Waterpark:
  • The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch (Open March - Mother's Day) - For over sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch® in Carlsbad, California, are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May – literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area’s local heritage, also is one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in Southern California.
  • K1 Indoor Carting (Vista) - Our Arrive and Drive is perfect for groups who want to come in and experience the competition, thrills, adrenaline, and excitement or racing in a convenient, accessible, and affordable package. For individuals who are looking for the ultimate indoor go kart racing experience in locations nationwide, K1 Speed also offers a variety of race events, including instructional classes, Challenge GP events, and night races.
  • Camp Lake Guajome - Some 4.5 miles of multi-use, non-motorized trails meander through diverse Southern California habitats such as woodlands, chaparral, wetlands and mixed grasslands. Two ponds attract a migratory birds and serve as home to a variety of fish that will test the skills of any angler. Guajome also has two day-use areas with new playgrounds, a basketball court, restrooms and lots of green lawn space make this park ideal for picnicking – along with 33 tent and RV campsites, a caravan pavilion and a rustic cabin for those wishing to extend their stay overnight.
  • The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum = living-history museum founded in 1969 located on 55 acres of county-owned land on the outskirts of Vista, California. The Museum offers educational and recreational opportunities to the public through exhibits, demonstrations, activities and programs displaying the art of invention fulfilling necessity.
  • Rancho Guajome Adobe = historic 19th-century hacienda in Rancho Guajome Adobe County Park. Built in 1852-53, it is a well-preserved but late example of Spanish-Mexican colonial architecture, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.
  • Boomers Vista - Boomers offers Vista's best family-friendly fun, featuring an awesome arcade, exciting go kart racing, two 18-hole miniature golf courses, kiddie rides, laser tag, and bumper boats!  
  • Wave Waterpark (Summers only) - North county's only waterpark features 4 giant waterslides, lazy river, tube flow surf rider, competition/lap swimming pool and swimming lessons.

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Other Local Youth Programs[]

Social Media[]

List your favorite community social media channels here. (This is another opportunity for you share your youth group or to ask questions about other youth groups nearby.

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Open Social Media Groups[]

  1. Carlsbad CA Exchange - Facebook Swap Meet
  2. Carlsbad Exchange - Facebook Swap Meet
  3. Carlsbad CA Exchange - No Rules - Facebook Swap Meet
  4. Carlsbad Friends- Facebook
  5. Friends of Carlsbad - (0.5K) Facebook
  6. Living in Carlsbad - (1.8K) Facebook
  7. Wake Up Carlsbad - (2.3K) Facebook Group
  8. Friends of Carlsbad State Beach - Facebook
  9. Carlsbad Connection - Facebook
  10. Carlsbad Social Group -
  11. You Know you're from Carlsbad... - Facebook
  12. The Carlsbad Know - Facebook
  13. Carlsbad Social Group - Facebook

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Carlsbad News[]

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