Brando Galeno was already feeling the dog days of summer catch up.
The Oak View Elementary School fourth-grader had spent his time out of school sleeping, watching TV and playing video games. Then the Oak View Family Resource Center started its two-week summer day camp, and Brando was back kicking a soccer ball with his friends.
"I was bored," the 9-year-old said, adding that he missed the social activity of being in class.
For that matter, he was also lucky. The resource center's annual summer camp can only enroll 120 participants, but this year, the program got an overflow of parents wanting to sign their children up. Part of the reason: The Huntington Beach City School District had canceled summer school this year for all but special-education students due to budget cuts, and many kids were at a loss to fill their time.
Last year, day camp coordinator Beatriz Flores said, some parents were still signing up their children at the door on the first day of camp. This year, all 120 spots were booked by the start of June, and about 200 students remained on the waiting list.