Model Boat Shop Summer Program

June 20 – August 5 (2022)

Recreation Leaders will be on site to assist participants with the construction of model sailboats at the Model Boat Shop for seven weeks this summer. Races are held each Friday afternoon at the Colorado Lagoon. This is a drop-in program for children ages 7 years and up. The summer program ends with the Clyde W. Ellerman Memorial Model Boat Regatta on Friday, August 5.

1 seven-week session, June 20 - August 5, 10:00am - 3:00pm, Monday - Friday. 5119 E Colorado Street. $65 to register online. LINK HERE

Additional boat building supply fees:

12" Model Boat $25

18" Model Boat $30

24" Model Boat $35

30" Model Boat $40

36" Model Boat $45

40" Model Boat $50

*Registration for 2023 will begin in May.*


The Model Boat Shop was opened in 1948 by Rod Ogilby.

“Rod started this program, along with my dad (Clyde W. Ellerman),” Former Director Joann Pike said. “I started as a 6 year old, and my dad ran it from 1961 to 1978.” After a short hiatus, Pike decided to run the program herself during the summer of 1982, she said. After her father passed away in 1999, the model boat regatta was renamed in his memory.

“It teaches them how to work with their hands and have pride in their work,” Pike said. “It’s a unique and one-of-a-kind program. They have a structured environment here, but they can come in when they want and take their time making the boats,” Pike Retired in 2018.

I (Peter Beck) started as an attendee at the Model Boat shop in 2011. I attended the program every summer and eventually became a volunteer. My knowledge of model boats and woodworking grew as I developed my skills through independent projects as seen throughout my portfolio.

After another short hiatus between 2018 and 2022, I reached out to the city hoping to bring back the iconic Long Beach program. With help from the experienced and skillful Parks and Rec employee, Isabella Morgan, we have successfully re-instituted the Long Beach Model Boat Shop.

Parent Response:

"These kids are learning a SKILL and they’re learning self-reliance, independence, pride….we’ve been going to camps for YEARS. None have been as memorable as this one. This is a TREASURE!! Thank you!!!!"

"Everything ran so smoothly and my 8 year old chose to go to model boat shop over football and baseball camp! It was a unique and unforgettable experience for them and now we have these really cool boats to display in our house. Thank you!!!"

- Feel free to contact me with any questions.