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Slide Ranch Summer Camps are an exciting way to light up any young person’s summer. Our camps provide unique, hands-dirty opportunities for learning, growth, and fun - all at our working ranch on the stunning Marin County coast. Campers spend their week immersed in the natural world, becoming stewards of the environment. Each camp week is loaded with creative, enriching activities led by skilled environmental educators. Campers milk our goats, care for our chickens, hike our wild lands, explore tide pools, get crafty with wool and nature, tend and harvest our organic garden, make farm fresh food, learn about plant and animal ecosystems, and more. 

This engaging experience will spark a life-long appreciation of the outdoors in your child, and help them explore how people and the environment are all connected.

We will host 10 weeks of Summer Camps, each targeting specialized age groups from 5-13. There are also three weeks for teenagers ages 14-18 to serve as Junior Camp Counselors, cultivating teaching and leadership skills through helping with camp groups. 

2016 Summer Camp Dates: 

Week One
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)

Week Two
Slide Explorers (5-8 yo)

Week Three
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)
Junior Camp Counselors (14-18 yo)

Week Four
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)

Week Five
Slide Explorers (5-8 yo)
Junior Camp Counselors (14-18 yo)

Week Six
Junior Farmers (8-13 yo)

Week Seven
Slide Explorers (5-8 yo)
Junior Camp Counselors (14-18 yo)

Week Eight
Junior Farmers (8-13 yo)

Week Nine
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)

Week Ten
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)

Read on to learn more about each camp week, transportation, scholarships and AFTERCARE.


What Does Your Child Do at Slide Ranch Summer Camp?

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Slide Ranch emphasizes hands-on experience and exploration of our working farm and surrounding countryside. Campers are encouraged to touch, taste, smell, hear, observe, and ask questions. We focus on teaching respect for animals, plants, the earth and each other. Slide Ranch campers milk goats, collect eggs from chickens and ducks, card and spin wool, create nature-based crafts, learn to compost, plant seeds, harvest and cook from our organic garden, and explore the tide pools and trails of our beautiful coastal lands. 

Slide Ranch Teachers-in-Residence, lead small, age-based groups of about eight campers, tailoring the activities and focus to the interests, age, and needs of the campers in each group. Camp day begins at 9:00am and ends at 2:00pm or 3:00pm, depending on the week. Aftercare is available Monday through Thursday until 5:00pm for an additional fee. Campers receive a t-shirt and photo with their camp group and should bring lunch every day.

At Slide Ranch, we strive to create a learning environment that feels safe and welcoming to everyone. We are delighted to partner with SummerAde’s teen mentor program to provide opportunities for youth with special needs to attend Slide Ranch summer camp.  Please contact SummerAde directly at www.summerade.org for more information. 


Summer Camps Summary

Slide Explorers - Ages 5 to 8

The Slide Explorers camp weeks, geared for our youngest campers, abound in hands-on, sensory-rich activities in a slightly shorter day format.  Campers discover exciting tastes, smells, textures and colors in the garden and in simple cooking projects.  They make connections with and learn how to take care of animal friends. Days are full of fun and games, story-telling, songs, crafts, hikes, beach play and exploration. Children develop their understanding of the needs of animals and plants and make connections with their environment and each other. 

 

Ranch Rangers - Ages 5 to 13

Our all-ages camp weeks bring everyone together to enjoy the wonders of Slide Ranch. A great way for siblings to attend camp at the same time, small groups are designated by age and guided in developmentally appropriate activities. 

 

Junior Farmers - Ages 8 to 13

Older campers gain an in-depth experience and longer day format in the Junior Farmers camp weeks. Campers participate fully in ranch life, practicing principles of organic gardening and animal care, and undertaking stewardship projects. They contribute ideas towards shaping their experience, including making choices about more ambitious craft and cooking projects. Guided by a Slide Ranch teacher and working as a team, campers investigate native plant and animal habitats and ocean/tidepool ecology, and take on more challenging hikes to explore new terrain.

 

Jr. Camp Counselors - Ages 14 to 18

Slide Ranch offers Junior Camp Counselors (14-18) the opportunity to experience Slide Ranch camp in a leadership role, assisting the Teacher-in-Residence in leading a group of Slide Explorers and being a role model for the young campers.  Junior Camp Counselors apply for the position by completing a questionnaire describing their interest and relevant experience (application is online.)  The first day of camp includes orientation and training to help prepare them for this role.

Questions? Please email admin@slideranch.org


Transportation

While Slide Ranch does not expressly provide transportation services, we are happy to announce a partnership with Rides for Kids service Kango, who is offering discounted rates to Slide Ranch families for getting campers to and from camp. Please visit www.kangoapp.co for more information, and make sure to indicate "Slide Ranch" in the notes field when booking your ride to take advantage of the special 15% discount only for our families. Kango is also waiving the typical monthly membership fee for Slide Ranch summer camp families. Families can also further reduce the cost of rides by carpooling and splitting rides within Kango's service.

Slide Ranch encourages carpooling, via Kango or otherwise. Eight weeks before the start of your child’s summer camp week, we will send you a list of the other families enrolled for that week, sorted by town or city (please opt in to receive these emails). We will help facilitate additional carpools on the first morning of camp, but suggest that you contact other families from the carpool list prior to the week of camp.  We are located 30 minutes from San Francisco and 15 minutes from Mill Valley.


Aftercare 

In Aftercare, campers will enjoy a variety of outside adventures and projects, suitable for all ages and energy levels. Activities may include spending time with the farm animals, nature journaling, games, garden scavenger hunts, and more. Please provide any additional snacks or supplies your child may need for a longer day. This will be supervised recreation time by Slide Ranch staff for campers of all ages.

  • Hours
    • Monday through Thursday, starting immediately after camp until 5:00pm each day.
  • Cost
    • Pre-registration online: Aftercare is $15/hour when registration and payment are received before 5:00pm on the Wednesday before your child’s camp week. Online registration is closed after this time.
    • Drop-in: Aftercare is $20/hour when registration and payment are received after 5:00pm on the Wednesday before your child’s camp week. You can make payments by calling the office or in person at camp.
    • Siblings receive a 50% discount when registering for Aftercare. (Please be sure to select the Sibling Aftercare option when registering online.)
    • Junior Camp Counselors are invited to join Aftercare at no cost. Please contact the office for details and to sign up in advance.
       
  • Cancellation Policy
    • You will receive a refund in the amount of 80% of your entire Aftercare purchase if you cancel before 5:00pm on the Wednesday before your child’s camp week.
    • No refund for Aftercare will be issued if you cancel after 5:00pm on the Wednesday before your child’s camp week.
       
  • Customize Your Week
    • Aftercare purchases may be customized to meet your needs each day of camp. Aftercare may be selected for any number of days during your child’s camp week and can be scheduled in 1 hour increments. Please make each day’s purchase separately and add each choice to your shopping cart.

Scholarship Program

Scholarships are available for low-income families and will be awarded on the basis of need and availability. If you want to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the scholarship application first before registering for camp.


Help A Child Attend Summer Day Camp

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Slide Ranch is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on donations to subsidize our programs and give low-income families and community groups the chance to experience the wonders of nature and learn about healthy and sustainable living. 

Please make a donation today and help us make Slide Ranch possible for all!  


Cancellation & Change Policy

If you must cancel your registration, you will be eligible for a full refund minus a $50 processing fee per registration if the cancellation is made at least 6 weeks before the camp starting date. Cancellations received with less than 6 weeks' notice will not be eligible for any refund unless a replacement is available to take your camper’s spot.  If a replacement is found, you will be eligible for a full refund minus a $50 processing fee. If you would like to reschedule your camp week, a $25 processing fee will be charged and changes will be accommodated only when there is space available.