WELCOME to the Cabrillo Beach Youth Waterfront Sports Center—a one-of-a-kind, youth, aquatic center. Our goals are to provide unique aquatics and camping experiences for the youth of Southern California and, in turn, give youth self-confidence by exposing them to water safety, rescue methods, care and use of equipment, and physical fitness.
In January of 2003, Cabrillo Beach Youth Waterfront Sports Center was turned over to Learning for Life, which is a subsidiary of Boy Scouts of America. In 2014 we started working with the Los Angeles Area Council Boy Scouts of America. In 2015 Los Angeles Area Council merged with San Gabriel Area Council to create The Greater Los Angeles Area Council.
The Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America originally leased our property in 1946, shortly after World War II. Located at the base of the cliffs directly below Fort MacArthur, Cabrillo Camp, as it was then known, catered tto both Scouts and other youth groups. Cabrillo Camp was a primitive facility with old military Quonset huts and portable trailers.
In the late 70s/early 80s, the Port of Los Angeles granted the Los Angeles Area Council a long-term lease. In 1987, the Spielberg Center opened its gates with the swimming pool, campgrounds, dining area, craft center, Scout Shop, staff quarters, boat house and amphitheater that are present today. The facility is 12.3 acres and the building is 25,000 square feet of Spanish and Mediterranean architecture.
Our facility is available for conferences, camping, day camps, field trips, retreats, banquets, receptions, and Boy Scout, Cub Scout, and Girl Scout badge classes. The maximum capacity is 265 people. Our food service center/multi-purpose room will seat 140 for dining and 200 for assemblies. Our center is equipped with ramps and outdoor walkways designed to meet the special needs of physically challenged youth and adults.
Adventure awaits you...call the Center Office for information, prices, and reservations. Our facility is open year-round and is available to Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA/YWCA groups, Girl Scout Troops, Boy Scout Troops, Cub Scout Packs, churches, synagogues, schools/colleges or any other youth-based groups.
WARNING!! Kids and adults may explore and experience fun while camping at our facility!!!