Crescenta Valley Armenian Center Launches Summer Day Camp

LA CRESCENTA–The Crescenta Valley Armenian Center has established a summer day-camp: "Camp Zavarian" for local Armenian children ages six and up. Campers are enjoying activities such as acting, cooking, martial arts, swimming, arts & crafts and social skills classes. The martial arts classes are taught by Renchi Mihran Aghvinian of Hye Kach Do. The social skills classes are facilitated by experienced family therapist Nora Chitilian-Kalachian. The camp has special guest visitors every Friday from well known community members and role models.

Camp Zavarian opened its doors on June 30 and will continue operating through August 29. The day-camp is open every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. under the direction of Mrs. Arpi Dabbaghian, an experienced and skilled educator with decades of experience dealing with children. The camp is also staffed with a licensed lifeguard.

"As a parent, every summer we would be on the lookout for a well managed summer day camp where our children are entertained with a culturally rich program," said Mrs. Rosetta Rajoyan. "Now, thanks to the Crescenta Valley Armenian Center Summer Day-Camp, my children will have fun in a safe and friendly environment."

The camp also offers extended hours for working parents who need to drop off or pick their children outside the camps regular hours.

"Parents have often asked that we create a program to educate and entertain children in the summer months," said Mike Keleshian, the camp’s executive director. "Our new summer day-camp program with its rich cultural and educational program is a fulfillment of our community’s requests. As an organization this is just one of the ways with wich we cater to the needs of our community."

More information about the camp can be obtained by contacting the camp’s executive director at (818) 653-1735 or online at


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