Adventure Camp: Into the Great Outdoors

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Santa Cruz – Adventure Camp

Our Adventure Day Camp transports 5th – 7th graders to authentic local settings for exciting, fulfilling outdoor experiences. Every day brings a different adventure, from mountain biking on beautiful trails or balancing on a stand up paddleboard to hiking in the woods or climbing a nearby crag.

Whether campers are adventure sport beginners or outdoor experts, our instructors use time-tested techniques to support them at every ability level. In addition to building their confidence and technical competence, we also instill the lifelong skills of assessing risk and using sound judgment.

With help from our inspiring team, campers develop the lasting skills, experience and self-assuredness for a lifetime of empowering outdoor adventure.

Camp Details

Grades Entering 5th - 7th
Hours 9:00am - 3:00pm
Extended Care: 8:00am - 6pm
Lunch $25 for a GoPicnic Daily Lunch
Dates JUNE: 19-23, 26-30
JULY: 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28, 31-Aug 4
AUGUST: 7-11
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Pricing: Sign up Early and SAVE! Join our email list for Early Bird discounts.

Through Feb 28 After Feb 28 Extended Care AM/PM
1st WEEK $474 $499 $25/$75
2nd Week & Additional Weeks:
SAVE $40 PER WEEK!
$434 $459 $25/$75
TOTAL 2-WEEK SAVINGS $90 off! $40 off!  

Not coming July 4th? Use code: NO4th to prorate July 3rd session

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THE WEEK’S ADVENTURES

Rock Climbing
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Outdoor IQ

We take campers to natural rock sites like the Castle Rock State Park. They learn the ins and outs of climbing techniques, equipment, and safety on climbs calibrated to their ability level.

Whether campers are riding for the first time or the hundredth, we get them comfortable with biking technique, safety, equipment, and maintenance at sites like Wilder Ranch State Park. They can bring their own wheels or borrow from our fleet, which has bikes for campers of all sizes.

On stunning trails in local sites like Henry Cowell State Park, campers get out into nature and back to basics, learning about flora and fauna and Leave No Trace principles as they explore and deepen their understanding of the world around them.

Campers build strength and balance on stand up paddleboards, playing games and gaining confidence on the water at local destinations.

Campers spend a full day building skills to increase their confidence in outdoor settings, learning to set up shelter, cook on backpacking stoves, read maps and GPS devices, assess risks and understand what it takes to be self-reliant in the outdoors.

We've put together a pretty awesome day camp schedule for your kids! Here's a sample:

Monday

Hiking

Tuesday

Mountain Biking

Wednesday

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Thursday

Rock Climbing

Friday

Outdoor IQ

MEET YOUR CAMP DIRECTOR

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Meet Your Camp Director, Jackie Latham

Growing up, Jackie attended the same summer camp in Michigan for five years, which left a lasting imprint on her.  Since, she has worked at Camp Kesem, a camp for children with a parent affected by cancer, for Point Reyes Summer Camp, and as Assistant Director of Avid4 Adventure’s Palo Alto camp.  Jackie’s passion is to expose as many people as she can to the beauty of the natural world and inspire them to take care of our environment.

Jackie received her B.A. in Environmental Studies at the University of Michigan and currently serves as the Program Coordinator at Exploring New Horizons at Loma Mar. She loves working with kids and helping them build confidence and friendships through outdoor experiences.  In her spare time, Jackie enjoys painting, dancing, listening to music, and exploring Henry Coe State Park and Los Padres National Forest.

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WE TAKE SAFETY SERIOUSLY

While no outdoor adventure is totally risk-free, we work hard to keep your campers safe. Every activity starts with a discussion about the risks involved—what they are, how to prevent them, how to respond if something goes wrong—so campers learn how to approach challenges with intelligence and skill.

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SANTA CRUZ PRE-CAMP GUIDE

SANTA CRUZ PRE-CAMP GUIDE

Already registered? All the information you need about your day camp adventure—where to go, what to bring, camp photo links—is waiting for you in our Pre-Camp Guide.

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