June 20-July 31
Santa Barbara, CA
Camp New Heights is a two, four, or six week overnight summer program for campers aged 9 through 17, located in Santa Barbara, California. Programs are personalized to fit individual needs with the focus of helping each camper build a better version of themselves and reach new heights. While at camp, they can enjoy the independence of a college-style living experience and world-class counselors and staff. We believe that regardless of your skill level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced athlete), everyone can reach new heights. Camp New Heights is the preeminent California summer camp experience.
3 Program Tracks. Which One Are You?
Little to no experience with athletics.
Looking to learn about nutrition, health, and exercise principles.
Eager to see how much you can improve your physical skills and general health.
Looking for an edge with your health and life.
Interested in healthy weight loss and management
Some athletic experience (club/school)
Looking to learn about nutrition to help maximize athletic potential
Learn about exercise and physiology to be able to train on and off the field
Learn the skills and tools to get in better shape and prepare for the upcoming season
Very experienced in organized athletics.
Looking to work with world-class performance coaches and trainers.
Interested in giving yourself a performance advantage with your school or club teams.
Eager to give yourself a lifelong edge with little known training and nutrition secrets.
We will customize the program to best fit the need of your camper. In general, Monday through Fridays consist of four (4) activities that are interactive, fun and focused towards their New Height Goals. Two (2) of their daily activities are with the group and two (2) elective activities will be the ones the campers selected from the optional courses list that gives them an opportunity for personal development. Group activities will be focused on physiology, building strength, proper form, techniques, and recovery. Creating community and support within the campers is instrumental, so to build camp culture, there will be group activities after dinner for all the campers to enjoy.
Saturday will consist of optional excursions that stimulate campers and expose them to different sites around the Campus or within the Southern California area. If your camper chooses not to participate in an excursion, they will be able to enjoy the beach in beautiful Santa Barbara, California.
Sunday will be a day of 3 R’s (rest, relaxation and recovery) for campers’ minds and bodies. We will offer cooking classes, time to do laundry and general free-time.
Comprised of athletes who are just beginning their
active lifestyle journey
Beginner Competitive Swimming
Keep that head down and blow out your nose! Swimming is a tremendous workout and a lifetime sport. You will learn how to utilize the front-crawl/freestyle stroke and make that next beach day a time to flaunt your awesome swimming skills.
The safety, happiness and well-being of our campers is of utmost importance to us. At Camp New Heights, we believe that a successful camp experience begins with the staff. Our camp leadership are CPR-trained, certified teachers (e.g., nutritionists, certified lifeguards) in their field of expertise and are trained to handle campers at all age levels.
Stephen is a former physical education teacher and athletic director who previously worked in the Los Angeles United School District. Stephen hails from Boulder, Colorado where he lives with his wife and son. Stephen is an avid amateur triathlete and endurance athlete.
Stephen is a founding member of Camp New Heights, and his enthusiasm in educating youth about health and wellness is unparalleled.
"A well rounded education should most certainly include nutrition, exercise, physiology, and cooking. I think these skills are highly undervalued in our school systems and I want to change that completely. I want all of our campers to leave camp with the skills and tools to live a healthy lifestyle and prosper in their lives."
Director of Sports and Human Performance
JT is a former Division 1 collegiate student-athlete. A graduate from The University of Louisiana at Monroe. JT was a 3x All-Conference, All-Louisiana selection during his career. Which led him to gain experience in the NFL, CFL and AFL football leagues as a Defense Back.
A Director of Sports Performance down in South Florida, JT has rapidly become one of the areas top performance specialists. JT has trained many Professional Athletes in All-Sports, along with some of the top high school teams and all sport youth leagues in the area. JT also has years of experience directing youth and high school skill camps all over the country. He is also the founder of JT’s Sports Performance with a vision of “Getting You Better Everyday”.
Liz Maria Vizcarra
Liz is from a small border town in Southern California by the name of Calexico, where there isn't much to do but play sports. Due to this, she developed a love for basketball and tennis at a very young age. She played on the varsity team for both tennis and basketball during her 4 years in high school. She soon realized nutrition was key to excel in any sport.
She is a recent graduate from San Diego State University. She double majored in Nutrition and Spanish in hopes of being able to teach the importance of healthy eating habits to the people of her community.
In 2010, at the age of 12, Liz began her volunteer work at the Community Center coaching and working with kids from a variety of ages. Till this day she continues to work with kids.
“I’ve been a coach for a long time, however I now strive to share the knowledge I learned as an undergraduate student to those around me. I can’t wait to be part of the Camp New Heights family.”
Montrell is a youth educator, professional dancer, and outdoor education instructor. He was born and raised in Memphis Tennessee.
Montrell has been educating youth through the art of dance, music, and outdoor education since 2010. He was featured on season 12 of So You Think You Can Dance (Stage vs. Street). Following the conclusion of the show, he joined the show's European tour in 2016.
"My mission is to strive to form our youth to become better leaders of today and tomorrow. At camp I'm seeking to increase camper's awareness of their bodies through athleticism, performance, and nutrition. I believe the Camp New Heights program elevates mental, physical, and emotional health."
Peter has always been passionate about two things: sports and helping others. This has shown up in many ways throughout his life, from playing and coaching sports to working in outdoor education and after school programs. Soccer is at the center of Peter's love of sports having played since he was young and having coached since he was a senior in high school.
Peter is currently running an after school program at a middle school in San Diego, where he was born and raised. He loves helping the next generation to succeed and grow. Peter has previous camp experience as an outdoor educator in Julian, Ca and has coached a wide array of sports from the rec level all the way up to the high school varsity level.
"I am very excited for the opportunity to join the Camp New Heights team and share in this journey with all of the campers. I look forward to getting the opportunity to share my knowledge of the game and passion for soccer with those I coach. I am very passionate about helping kids to grow and achieve their goals and look forward to the opportunity to do that both on and off the field."
Growing up as a Virginia native, Austin has always been passionate about competition, education, and sports. Just completing his third year in the outdoor education field, Austin has used this practice throughout his early career in many other jobs such as coaching youth soccer, summer camp directing, and working in the Montessori education system.
Austin is currently earning his second degree in Art education at Salem State University in Salem Massachusetts, where he hopes to continue his journey in upper education and facilitation.
“I am overly excited to have this opportunity to work and grow with camp new heights! To be able to share my own fitness and wellness journey with the campers is quite a 360. I am thrilled to teach the correlations between both sports and art! I am passionate about teaching proper and healthy ways for youth to express feelings of emotions, competition, and creativity”
Youth Activity Leader
Victoria is a college student at Arizona State University. Victoria is a former Camp New Heights camper and has a passion about fitness and nutrition.
Victoria swam for her high school swim team in Tucson, Arizona. Victoria competed in the 50 meter free, 100 meter free, and 200 meter relay. Victoria's team won the Arizona Regional Qualifier in 2019.
Victoria's enthusiasm, out-going personality, and passion for helping campers is what makes her an outstanding staff member. We're excited to have Victoria return for her second year as a staff member.
Youth Activity Leader
Annika is a student at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo studying Nutrition and Exercise Science. She is working towards becoming a Sports Dietitian. She just started working for the Cal Poly Sports Team where she gets to work with different athletes on their diet.
Annika has grown up loving all things fitness, especially water sports. She swam competitively for 11 years and is now on the Cal Poly Club Swim Team. When she has a break between studying and swimming, her biggest love is surfing. She says that she uses every opportunity she can to drive to the beach and surf. She is excited to work with all levels of surfers on their techniques and she hopes they develop a love for surfing too.
“I always wanted to have a career where I can help others with my passion of nutrition and fitness. Camp New Heights is the perfect camp to follow my passion and make a difference in people’s lives. I can’t wait to meet the campers and help them with their surfing skills!”
Youth Activity Leader
Daniel is a two time Camp New Heights alumni who is joining our staff. Daniel was in the advanced Camp New Heights program for his freshmen and sophomore years of high school. Daniel parlayed the skills he obtained from camp to become a recruited baseball player during his high school years.
Daniel's high school OBP was an impressive .483 and he has dabbled in pitching with several relief pitching appearances throughout his high school career.
Daniel's demeanor and uplifting nature make him an extremely warming presence at camp. His ability to elevate himself while simultaneously uplifting his peers and students is impressive. Daniel's demeanor and commitment to the Camp New Heights mission make him a great addition to our team.
Patti is a transportation specialist with years of experience in transporting passengers safely. Patti has experience in both public transit and university transit systems. Patti has an infectiously positive attitude that uplifts everyone around her. Her combination of wit, charm, and safe driving make her an essential part of the Camp New Heights team.
Camp New Heights Staff
Camp New Heights is and industry leader in staff acquisition. We pride ourselves on a highly competitive and intense interview process. We strive to assemble a diverse staff that has a 1:1 male to female staff ratio. Keep checking back throughout the year to see our new staff members as they are added to our roster.