Summer 2018 - camprocks.org
Summer 2018 - camprocks.org
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Camp Rocks! GSNorCal Summer Camp 2018 3 Why Camp Rocks . 4 Our Camp Promise . 5 Council-Run Camps Organized resident camps run by full-time and seasonal Girl Scouts of Northern California council staff members. Girls attend as individuals, not with their troops or parents (except for our designated family camp and troop camp programs).
Bothin . 6 Skylark Ranch . 12 Skylark Ranch Equestrian Program . 17 Leadership Programs . 22 Sugar Pine . 24 Troop & Family Camp . 28 Affordable bonding opportunities for troops and families in the great outdoors. Volunteer-Run Camps . 29 Day and resident programs run by volunteers held at Girl Scouts of Northern California properties and other community locations. Parents can often attend with their daughters in exchange for assisting with camp operations.
Outdoor Experiences Beyond Summer Camp . 30 How to Register for Council-Run Camps . 32 Camp Registration Form . 33 Financial Aid Form . 35 Table of Contents
4 Encourage your girls to turn their technology off and turn their personalities on as they connect with the outdoors! At Girl Scouts of Northern California (GSNorCal) camps, we help girls ages 5-17 discover more about who they are and what they can become. From our compassionate staff members to our engaging progression programs, our camps are designed with girls’ interests in mind. By creating a safe and supportive space, we empower girls to take healthy risks and experience new things as they build essential life skills, such as: ⇨ Interpersonal and social skills ⇨ Conflict resolution and collaborative teamwork ⇨ Critical thinking and problem solving ⇨ Sense of confidence and independence Not a Girl Scout? Not a problem.
You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to attend one of our camps. Whether she’s a first time camper or an experienced adventurer, an outdoor enthusiast or a creative artist, your girl will find her perfect program at one of our overnight council-run camps. Sessions at Bothin, Skylark Ranch, and Sugar Pine range from 4-13 days, with longer options for leadership programs.
Why Camp Rocks Girl-powered adventures that build life skills Hi there! I’m Roxy the Raccoon, the Camp Rocks mascot. If you’re at any of our council-run camps this year, you may see some of my wild cousins roaming the area. As a kit, I loved hearing the girls sing around the campfire and always wanted to be a part of their circle of friendship. I started hanging around camp so much, the counselors adopted me. Now I’m a full-fledged camper and get to show new campers the ropes. Follow me throughout the brochure for tips and tricks to help you have the best summer ever!
Hey, parents! Do you need help finding the perfect program for your girl? Start with the camp location she wants to go to, then use the Schedule-At-A-Glance to look for your grade level and session dates.
Once you find a program that fits her age and summer schedule, flip to the page number listed to learn more about it. Swimming, horseback riding, cooking, drama, art—with so many awesome activities to choose from, you’re sure to find something that fits her interests! General Registration for all council-run camps opens December 1, 2017 Visit us at camprocks.org
Camp Rocks! GSNorCal Summer Camp 2018 5 Girls live in units with 12-24 other campers who are in the same program and of a similar grade in school. The unit participates as a group in activities and forms strong bonds throughout the session. Programs range from camp activities samplers to specialty programs where girls spend extra time in activities related to a theme, like horseback riding, surfing, rock climbing, or theater arts. Every unit program, regardless of focus, includes outdoor cooking, hiking, swimming, singing, stargazing, and arts and crafts. Activities vary at each site, while campfires, theme meals, talent shows, carnivals, and other types of all-camp events add to the fun.
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Staff are carefully screened We recruit from colleges and universities nationwide, community agencies, and international cultural exchange organizations. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and pass a thorough background check before they are selected for their skills, experience, enthusiasm, and ability to serve as positive role models. All staff members attend an intensive orientation prior to supervising campers, and specialists have appropriate credentials. Our #1 priority is health & safety All of our council-run camps—Bothin, Skylark Ranch, and Sugar Pine—meet standards for health, safety, maintenance, program, and personnel, which are set by the state of California, Girl Scouts of the USA, and the American Camp Association.
We have a 1:6 staff-to-camper ratio for girls in 1st-3rd grade programs and a 1:8 ratio for 4th grade programs and above. Each camp has a health supervisor on-site with a doctor on call, and in the case of emergencies, we notify parents immediately. Refer to the “About Us” section of the camprocks.org website for more details.
ACA Accreditation Council-run camps are accredited by the American Camp Association—the prestigious national organization that sets high standards for the health and safety of campers and staff, as well as the quality of programs a camp delivers. Our Camp Promise We’re intentional about our camp programs
Camp Bothin 6 Bothin Program Highlights A r chery F i e ld Trips A n imals F i n e Arts R o pes Course S w imming P e r f o rming Arts F a mily Camp
Camp Rocks! GSNorCal Summer Camp 2018 7 Bothin Unleash your curiosity, creativity, and courage Tucked away in the beautiful hills of Marin, Bothin’s cozy tree-covered canyon offers a wide variety of classic camp activities, from high ropes adventure to performing arts, and everything in between.
With unique free- choice special events during every session, girls can spend their summer days their way! Whether your girl wants to take aim on the archery range, zip line through the redwoods, perform on the theater stage, or let her creativity shine in the Art Barn and Maker Zone, Bothin has it all!
Accommodations Sleeping accommodations vary from dormitories and open-air cabins to platform tents with mattresses. Transportation Transportation is NOT provided to or from Bothin. Check-in is from 2-3PM on the first day of each session. The closing ceremony will start at 11AM on the last day of each camp session. Parents are encouraged to attend and celebrate their daughter’s week of camp. Check-out will be directly after the closing ceremony at noon. Campers are expected to be dropped off and picked up during these times.
Session 3 July 1-July 13 Off Broadway Grades 5-8 • pg 10 Session 3A July 1-July 6 “I Gotta Be ME!” Grades 4-6 • pg 8 Fire Crackers! Grades 4-6 • pg 8 Monkey Business Grades 4-6 • pg 9 Suncatchers Grades 4-6 • pg 9 On Belay Grades 6-10 • pg 9 Movie Makers Grades 7-12 • pg 10 Session 3B July 8-July 13 Star Girls Grades 3-5 • pg 10 Fire Crackers! Grades 4-6 • pg 8 InSPAration Grades 4-6 • pg 8 Suncatchers Grades 4-6 • pg 9 Animal Lovers Grades 5-8 • pg 9 On Belay Grades 6-10 • pg 9 Session 4 July 15-July 27 Off Broadway Grades 8-12 • pg 10 Session 4A July 15-July 20 InSPAration Grades 4-6 • pg 8 Monkey Business Grades 4-6 • pg 9 Suncatchers Grades 4-6 • pg 9 Star Trekkers Grades 5-8 • pg 9 Summer Retreat Grades 6-9 • pg 9 Movie Makers Grades 7-12 • pg 10 Session 4B July 22-July 27 Star Girls Grades 3-5 • pg 10 Fire Crackers!
Grades 4-6 • pg 8 Monkey Business Grades 4-6 • pg 9 Suncatchers Grades 4-6 • pg 9 Animal Lovers Grades 5-8 • pg 9 On Belay Grades 6-10 • pg 9 Session 1 June 17-June 22 “I Gotta Be ME!” Grades 4-6 • pg 8 Monkey Business Grades 4-6 • pg 9 Suncatchers Grades 4-6 • pg 9 Animal Lovers Grades 5-8 • pg 9 Star Trekkers Grades 5-8 • pg 9 Summer Retreat Grades 6-9 • pg 9 Session 5 July 29-August 1 Fantasia Grades 1-3 • pg 8 Zoomunji Grades 2-4 • pg 8 Fundaze Craze!
Grades 4-6 • pg 8 H.I.P. Grades 6-10 • pg 8 Session 2 June 24-June 27 Fantasia Grades 1-3 • pg 8 Zoomunji Grades 2-4 • pg 8 Fundaze Craze! Grades 4-6 • pg 8 H.I.P.
Grades 6-10 • pg 8 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! August 2-August 5 See page 28 for details Bothin Schedule At-A-Glance Little known fact—Stone House at Bothin is almost 100 years old! Its grey rock walls were built from stones removed from a nearby hillside in 1919 to make room for a railroad tunnel. If you get a chance between feeding chickens, building gadgets in the new Maker Zone, and putting on skits, sit for a bit on the stone steps. Don’t take your me-time for granite!
Open House Bring a picnic lunch and meet the staff on Sunday, June 10, 12-3PM
Camp Bothin 8 Fantasia Grades 1-3 Fee $450 n 2• June 24-27 n 5• July 29-August1 The magic of camp is waiting for you! Swim in the pool, have fun at the Art Barn, dress up in costumes, dig in the garden, have a cookout, and go on a special adventure to find the hidden fairy steps. Let your imagination take flight as you create your own set of fairy wings and wands, then put on a party with your new camp friends and dance under the twinkling stars. Activities by Choice! Customize your camp adventure with Bothin’s unique Activities by Choice program structure.
In addition to their themed program agenda, campers will also have free-choice time where they get to make independent decisions on early morning and afternoon activities. Before breakfast, campers can choose from GUAM (Get Up And Move) activities, like sunrise yoga, polar bear swims, dance parties, and journaling. In the afternoon, they can pick from even more activities, such as specialty arts, tinkering in the Maker Zone, archery, high ropes, hanging out in the Bothin Organic Garden, fort-building, and drama skits. And for every new activity they try, they’ll receive an “Activity Bead” to show off their accomplishments—it’s a great opportunity for girls to experience all the fun of camp, their way!
Note: Campers on field trips will not participate in free- choice activities when they’re off camp property. Grade means level entering in the Fall. Campers in 1st-3rd or 2nd- 4th grade programs do not participate in archery or high ropes activities. Zoomunji Grades 2-4 Fee $450 n 2• June 24-27 n 5• July 29-August1 Bunnies, birds, and bears, oh my! Discover how different animals live and play as you have fun in the Art Barn when you make wild animal masks or colorful critter collages. Hang out with the Bothin chickens and even make your own Bothin Teddy Bear. Learn the Teddy Bear Waltz and song as you dance the days away with all your new friends, bears included!
Fundaze Craze! Grades 4-6 Fee $450 n 2• June 24-27 n 5• July 29-August1 Celebrate the summer, Bothin style! In this fun-filled adventure just for you, get a real taste of camp life. Let your imagination go wild in the Art Barn, splash in the pool, learn cool dance moves, then put on a party with your new camp friends. Create your own archery target and take aim, climb to the treetop canopy on the adventure course or take a twilight hike, and then cook tasty treats over a campfire. There’s so much to do, you’re sure to have a craze-y good time! H.I.P.
Grades 6-10 Fee $450 n 2• June 24-27 n 5• July 29-August1 Hike, Imagine, and Play your way! In this ultimate camp experience just for older girls, you and your group will design your own camp experience.
What will you do? Create a work of art, build funky rafts in the pool, plan a flashmob, take a twilight hike to see spectacular views of the Bay Area, or maybe hang from the trees on the adventure course. Try a little bit of everything and just be H.I.P.! Fire Crackers! Grades 4-6 Fee $640 n 3A• July 1-6 n 3B• July 8-13 n 4B• July 22-27 Snap, crackle, and pop! Get ready for your camp adventure to explode with fun! It’s something new every day—shoot archery, star search the night sky, spark your imagination with art, reach the treetop canopy by scaling the triple stack on the adventure course, or even plan a torchlit pool party.
Learn different ways to cook over a fire and make yummy treats with your new camp friends, too.
“I Gotta be ME!” Grades 4-6 Fee $640 n 1• June 17-22 n 3A• July 1-6 If you like to dance, sing, create art, or act, then this is where you want to be! Unleash your creative side as you participate in activities that let you truly express yourself. Get inspired at the Art Barn, grab a mic and sing the night away at a karaoke party, share your own poetry, or plan a dance routine or cool skit to showcase at campfire with all your new friends. This is your chance for YOU to be YOU! inSPAration Grades 4-6 Fee: $640 n 3B• July 8-13 n 4A• July 15-20 Recharge your inner girl power by pampering yourself at camp! Develop your own line of homemade facial and sugar scrubs and create lip gloss and lotion from eco-friendly ingredients.
Unleash your own unique style with funky hair wraps and jewelry that you design. Then treat yourself to a refreshing summertime fruit smoothie and relax around the glow of the campfire.
Camp Rocks! GSNorCal Summer Camp 2018 9 Suncatchers Grades 4-6 Fee $640 n 1• June 17-22 n 3A• July 1-6 n 3B• July 8-13 n 4A• July 15-20 n 4B• July 22-27 Catch some summer fun as you and your group create your own adventure! What will you choose? Climb the giant cargo net and fly through the trees on the zip line, shoot arrows at a target you make, swim in the pool, or let your imagination soar in the Art Barn. Once the sun goes down, choose from night time activities, like cooking delicious treats over a campfire or sleeping in the meadow under a blanket of stars. Whether the sun’s up or down, you’ll definitely have the time of your life!
Monkey Business Grades 4-6 Fee $680 n 1• June 17-22 n 3A• July 1-6 n 4A• July 15-20 n 4B• July 22-27 Have you ever wanted to swing through the trees like a monkey? Here’s your chance to climb, hang, and zip through the air on the adventure course and challenge yourself on different elements. Will you conquer the triple stack or vertical playpen to reach the sky bench above the trees? Or scale the giant cargo net tunnel to get to the zip line? At the end of the day, relax around the campfire and make tasty treats, like banana boats, with your new friends. Star Trekkers Grades 5-8 Fee $680 n 1• June 17-22 n 4A• July 15-20 Discover a whole new side to Bothin—at night.
Boldly venture through the woods on a moonlit hike, shoot a round of glow-in-the-dark archery, or dash around in the dark playing flashlight tag. Sleep in the meadow under the night sky and identify summer constellations by telescope. By day, take a trip to Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences to further investigate the secrets of the stars. Animal Lovers Grades 5-8 Fee $690 n 1• June 17-22 n 3B• July 8-13 n 4B• July 22-27 Do you love animals? Then it’s off on a safari adventure for you! Head to Lucky Ones Ranch Animal Sanctuary for a hands-on visit and meet tortoises, llamas, pot-bellied pigs, and more.
Hang out with some furry friends from SaveABunny, a rabbit rescue group. Then have an overnight at the Aquarium of the Bay! Learn about fascinating aquatic critters, then fall asleep under the crystal clear tunnels of the Aquarium as sharks, skates, fish, and bat rays swim overhead. It’s an Animal Lover’s dream!
Summer Retreat Grades 6-9 Fee $690 n 1• June 17-22 n 4A• July 15-20 Step into your own summer getaway and enjoy all that Bothin offers! Climb to the top of the adventure course, express yourself in the Art Barn, aim for the bulls-eye in archery, and discover breathtaking views of the Bay from the top of the Skyline Trail. Hang out with all your new friends on an overnight at the Pt. Reyes Youth Hostel, and explore the lighthouse, search for tule elk or elephant seals, and relax around your beach bonfire under starry skies. It’s the perfect summer retreat! On Belay Grades 6-10 Fee $740 n 3A• July 1-6 n 3B• July 8-13 n 4B• July 22-27 Get “on belay” when you climb into this week-long challenge on the Bothin adventure course.
Set goals to conquer the course elements, work with your teammates to scale the triple stack, climb the giant cargo net backwards, and fly through the trees on the zip line. Try your hand at the Great Zip Line Target Drop—how high will you score? Finish off your week with a thrilling Eco Canopy Tour in Sonoma where you will soar through the treetops on seven zip lines!
Camp Bothin 10 Bothin Theatre Company Immerse yourself in the world of performance art! Campers in these programs will explore and practice different aspects of theater production within a focused theme. Themes include acting, singing, dancing, improvisation, stage makeup, set design, technical support, and more. All groups will work toward a special project or performance at the end of their session. Girls will also have time to enjoy other beloved camp activities like swimming, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, exploring the organic garden, and gathering around the campfire!
Note: Campers in these programs can participate in GUAM (Get Up and Move) activities, but may have limited time to try the afternoon free-choice activities.
Star Girls Grades 3-5 Fee $660 n 3B• July 8-13 n 4B• July 22-27 Take the stage and shine like the star that you are! Show off your talents with creative skits, upbeat dance moves, and songs galore. Express yourself with costumes, make-up, props, and more. Then be the opening act for the BIG Off Broadway performance where all of camp can see you and your new friends light up the stage! Movie Makers Grades 7-12 Fee $680 n 3A• July 1-6 n 4A• July 15-20 Lights. Camera. Action! Direct and produce your own short camp documentary with an outdoor spin. Will you scale to the top of the ropes course to record your teammates flying down the zip line? Or be inspired by the bird’s eye view of Camp Bothin from the treetop canopy? With your fellow film crew, shoot footage, learn basic editing, and create a team DVD to show to friends and family.
Off Broadway Grades 5-8 Fee $980 n 3• July 1-13 Grades 8-12 Fee $980 n 4• July 15-27 It’s showtime! From auditions to the final bow, work with your group to put on a complete musical production. Participate in daily rehearsals, design sets, create costumes, and learn about all aspects of a Broadway show and professional stage work. Attend a local theater performance too. At the end of your session, present your production to all of camp—parents and friends are welcome to attend and can join you for a special cast party following the performance. Can you hear the applause?
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Camp Skylark Ranch 12 Skylark Ranch Program Highlights R i d ing A rchery B e a ch K a y a king R o pes Course M usic W i l d e rness Skil l s F a m ily Camp F i e l d Trips T r oop Camp
Camp Rocks! GSNorCal Summer Camp 2018 13 Just north of Santa Cruz, Skylark Ranch provides campers with the excitement of both land and sea. From exploring the Pacific Ocean beaches and climbing the trees of the high ropes course to cooking outdoors and sitting around flickering campfires, Skylark Ranch has a wide variety of classic camp activities, making it the perfect outdoor retreat.
And with our specialty Equestrian Program for beginning to advanced riders, girls have plenty of opportunities to saddle up! Accommodations Sleeping accommodations are platform tents with beds, hammocks, or tree beds/lashed hammocks. Transportation Chartered bus from San Jose or Santa Cruz. Family camp does not include transportation.
Open House Bring a picnic lunch and meet the staff on Sunday, June 10, 12-3PM Skylark Ranch Where the Santa Cruz Mountains meet the sea .
Camp Skylark Ranch 14 * Program spans multiple sessions. Participants return home between sessions. See camprocks.org for more details Skylark Ranch Schedule At-A-Glance Session 4 August 2-August 12 Gilligan’s Island Grades 5-8 • pg 15 Sand, Sun& Route 1 Sand & Sea Route Grades 8-12 • pg 16 Apprentice CIT* 17 yrs/Grade 12 • pg 22 Apprentice WIT* 17 yrs/Grade 12 • pg 22 Session 4A August 2-August 7 Dreamcatchers Grades 4-6 • pg 15 Sea Stars Grades 4-6 • pg 15 Beach Boogie Grades 5-8 • pg 15 Hip, Hip, Belay!
Grades 5-8 • pg 15 Pacific Adventures! Sea Quest Grades 6-9 • pg 16 Moonshadows Grades 8-12 • pg 16 Session 4B August 7-August 12 Dreamcatchers Grades 4-6 • pg 15 Sea Stars Grades 4-6 • pg 15 Pacific Adventures! Seafari Grades 5-8 • pg 16 Guitars & Gourmet Grades 6-9 • pg 16 Beach Girls Grades 7-10 • pg 16 Pacific Adventures! Up, Up, and Away Grades 7-10 • pg 16 Session 3 July 18-July 29 Gilligan’s Island Grades 8-12 • pg 15 Advanced CIT* 16 yrs/Grade 11 • pg 22 Advanced WIT* 16 yrs/Grade 11 • pg 22 Apprentice CIT* 17 yrs/Grade 12 • pg 22 Apprentice WIT* 17 yrs/Grade 12 • pg 22 Session 3A July 18-July 23 Dreamcatchers Grades 4-6 • pg 15 Beach Boogie Grades 5-8 • pg 15 Hip, Hip, Belay!
Grades 5-8 • pg 15 Pacific Adventures! Sea Quest Grades 6-9 • pg 16 Moonshadows Grades 8-12 • pg 16 Session 3B July 23-July 29 Gilligan’s Island Grades 5-8 • pg 15 Pacific Adventures! Ocean’s Away! Grades 6-9 • pg 16 Beach Girls Grades 7-10 • pg 16 Session 3C July 23-July 26 Mermaid’s Lagoon Grades 2-4 • pg 15 Sandpipers Grades 4-6 • pg 15 Session 3D July 26-July 29 Mermaid’s Lagoon Grades 2-4 • pg 15 Sandpipers Grades 4-6 • pg 15 Session 1 June 17-June 28 Gilligan’s Island Grades 8-12 • pg 15 CIT* 15 yrs/Grade 10 • pg 22 Session 1A June 17-June 23 Farmtastic! Grades 5-8 • pg 15 Gilligan’s Island Grades 5-8 • pg 15 Pacific Adventures! Ocean’s Away! Grades 6-9 • pg 16 Session 1B June 17-June 20 Mermaid’s Lagoon Grades 2-4 • pg 15 Sandpipers Grades 4-6 • pg 15 Session 1C June 20-June 23 Mermaid’s Lagoon Grades 2-4 • pg 15 Sandpipers Grades 4-6 • pg 15 Session 1D June 23-June 28 Dreamcatchers Grades 4-6 • pg 15 Sea Stars Grades 4-6 • pg 15 Beach Boogie Grades 5-8 • pg 15 Pacific Adventures! Seafari Grades 5-8 • pg 16 Pacific Adventures! Up, Up, and Away Grades 7-10 • pg 16 Session 2 July 3-July 14 Gilligan’s Island Grades 5-8 • pg 15 Sand, Sun& Route 1 Stars & Sky Route Grades 8-12 • pg 16 Session 2A July 3-July 8 Dreamcatchers Grades 4-6 • pg 15 Sea Stars Grades 4-6 • pg 15 Hip, Hip, Belay!
Grades 5-8 • pg 15 Guitars & Gourmet Grades 6-9 • pg 16 Pacific Adventures! Up, Up, and Away Grades 7-10 • pg 16 C.I.T.* 15 yrs/Grade 10 • pg 22 Session 2B July 8-July 14 Farmtastic! Grades 5-8 • pg 15 Gilligan’s Island Grades 5-8 • pg 15 Beach Girls Grades 7-10 • pg 16 Advanced CIT* 16 yrs/Grade 11 • pg 22 Advanced WIT* 16 yrs/Grade 11 • pg 22 Session 2C July 8-July 11 Mermaid’s Lagoon Grades 2-4 • pg 15 Sandpipers Grades 4-6 • pg 15 Session 2D July 11-July 14 Mermaid’s Lagoon Grades 2-4 • pg 15 Summer Magic Grades 7-12 • pg 15 When you stay at Skylark Ranch, be sure to say, “Hi!” to all my animal friends.
Skylark Ranch is known for their horses, but did you know there are tons of other animals in the area, like ravens, banana slugs, and elephant seals? Troop Camp August 17-August 19 August 24-August 26 Family Camp August 31-September 3 See page 28 for details
Camp Rocks! GSNorCal Summer Camp 2018 15 Hip, Hip, Belay! Grades 5-8 Fee $680 n 2A• July 3-8 n 3A• July 18-23 n 4A• August 2-7 Swing through the air with the greatest of ease and experience the thrill of the low and high ropes courses! Tackle the challenge of the elements as you and your teammates work together to master daily obstacles while climbing through the towering redwoods. Soar through the air on the giant swing, traverse the wobbly multi-vine, take flight on the flying squirrel, and so much more. Build more trust with your fellow climbers when you learn how to belay, too. Belay on! Beach Boogie Grades 5-8 Fee $690 n 1D• June 23-28 n 3A• July 18-23 n 4A• August 2-7 Sand, surf, and sun are waiting for you at Skylark Ranch! Spend a day cruising the waves in Santa Cruz on a boogie board.
Back on land, explore the tide pools, play games in the sand, and participate in our Annual Sandcastle Contest at Bean Hollow State Beach. You’ll even plan a dance party for other campers and boogie the night away.
Farmtastic! Grades 5-8 Fee $760 n 1A• June 17-23 n 2B• July 8-14 Ever wonder what it would be like to live on a farm? Join us and find out! Meet the goats at Harley Farms and learn all about cheese making, then taste some delicious cheeses. Bake Australian Damper Bread over the campfire and then gather berries at Swanton Berry Farms to make sweet jam for your bread. Or even bake a pie in an outdoor oven! Spend your nights back at camp hosting whimsical parties full of treats and delights you’ve gathered from the farms. Gilligan’s Island Grades 5-8 Fee $810 n 1A• June 17-23 n 2B• July 8-14 n 3B• July 23-29 Fee $940 n 1• June 17-28 n 2• July 3-14 n 4• August 2-12 Grades 8-12 Fee $940 n 3• July 18-July 29 The ultimate outdoor skills experience! You’re stranded on an imaginary island with only your wits and camp friends to depend on.
What will you do?! Lash a tree bed to sleep in, cook your own meals, and learn outdoor skills and wilderness techniques, of course. Then use your imagination to make this primitive camp “island” your Mermaid’s Lagoon Grades 2-4 Fee $460 n 1B• June 17-20 n 1C• June 20-23 n 2C• July 8-11 n 2D• July 11-14 n 3C• July 23-26 n 3D• July 26-29 Spend a long summer day at Skylark’s very own beach lagoon. While at the beach, enjoy playing games and building sand castles for mermaids near the shimmering waves. Explore the tide pools where sea creatures spend their days. Visit Fern Grove to build a fairy house, get creative with arts and crafts, play meadow games, and more.
Sandpipers Grades 4-6 Fee $460 n 1B• June 17-20 n 1C• June 20-23 n 2C• July 8-11 n 3C• July 23-26 n 3D• July 26-29 Bury your toes in the sand and search for seashells while you spend a day at the beach laughing with new friends. Back at camp, build a campfire, and cook some tasty treats in the great outdoors. Then fly through the air on the nitro swing in the low challenge course and soar to new heights on the high ropes course. Sing songs with your camp mates, try your hand at archery, and get creative in the art center. Let’s fly away to summer fun!
Summer Magic Grades 7-12 Fee $460 n 2D• July 11-14 A quick getaway to experience the outdoors, summer fun, and magic of Skylark Ranch.
Create a unique work of art, hang out at the beach, cook goodies over a campfire, try your hand at archery, or experience the thrill of the high ropes course. It’s four days of fun and new friends just waiting for you! Sea Stars Grades 4-6 Fee $650 n 1D• June 23-28 n 2A• July 3-8 n 4A• August 2-7 n 4B• August 7-12 Explore all that Skylark Ranch has to offer! Discover sea critters in the tide pools while hanging out with new friends on the beach. Make a sand candle inspired by your oceanside experience and spend the afternoon shooting archery and swinging on the low and high ropes courses. From skits around the campfire to a sleep-out under a blanket of stars, a great summer adventure awaits you! Dreamcatchers Grades 4-6 Fee $690 n 1D• June 23-28 n 2A• July 3-8 n 3A• July 18-23 n 4A• August 2-7 n 4B• August 7-12 Catch the best summer adventure when you explore Skylark by day and night.
Try lashing and build awesome forts, then have fun with cookouts, archery, and climbing through the trees on the high ropes course. When the sun sets, go on secret night hikes, have a stargazing extravaganza, and enjoy campfires and sleep-in breakfasts. Weave a dreamcatcher to hang over your hammock and sleep out under a sea of stars. Dream on!
General Camp Programs Note: Grade means level entering in the Fall. Campers in 2nd-4th grade programs do not participate in archery or high ropes activities.
Camp Skylark Ranch 16 home away from home! Guitars & Gourmet Grades 6-9 Fee $650 n 2A• July 3-8 n 4B• August 7-12 Looking for the perfect ingredients for a delicious and magical summer? Nothing makes for a better camp experience than spending your days cooking gourmet outdoor meals and jamming out to your favorite camp songs around the campfire. From dutch ovens and solar cooking to chord-progressions and strumming patterns, you’ll learn techniques to wow your friends with tasty meals and beautiful music.
Top it all off with enchanting serenades under starry skies.
Note: No previous music experience needed. Guitars are provided. Beach Girls Grades 7-10 Fee $740 n 4B• August 7-12 Fee $810 n 2B• July 8-14 n 3B• July 23-29 Ready for some EXTREME summer fun? Spend a day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, go on an overnight at a lighthouse hostel, enjoy swimming and boogie boarding at a local beach, and hang out at a summer BBQ. Don’t miss out—be a Beach Girl! Moonshadows Grades 8-12 Fee $740 n 3A• July 18-23 n 4A• August 2-7 Just for older girls. Enjoy your favorite camp activities by day and discover Skylark Ranch by night. Share night-time talks sitting around the campfire under the stars and sleep in late if you choose.
Stay overnight at a lighthouse hostel, enjoy a sunset sea kayaking tour, and end your day under the moonlight surrounded by new friends. Pacific Adventures!
Seafari Grades 5-8 Fee $690 n 1D• June 23-28 n 4B• August 7-12 Explore the wealth of wildlife roaming the endless Pacific! Your Seafari begins by visiting the elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Beach. Then head to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center and check out the dolphins, otters, and other marine mammals before exploring the expansive tide pools at Natural Bridges State Beach. Your adventure continues when you hop aboard a catamaran and sail through a kelp forest where you may catch a glimpse of sea lions, seals, and sea otters.
Sea Quest Grades 6-9 Fee $770 n 3A• July 18-23 n 4A• August 2-7 Leave the shoreline for an amazing adventure at sea.
Journey up the Santa Cruz coast on a team challenge sailing regatta with experienced skippers from Pacific Yachting. See marine mammals up close when you paddle through the harbor in your kayak, then take your adventure to the next level by learning to balance yourself on a stand-up paddle board in the ocean! Note: Must be able to swim face down in deep water. Oceans Away! Grades 6-9 Fee $870 n 1A• June 17-23 n 3B• July 23-29 What could you see, when step out to sea? Spend a day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and get a fish’s eye view on an underwater adventure as you surface scuba dive in the Great Tide Pool! After an overnight in Monterey, explore the ocean on a boating excursion as you look for whales and other marine creatures.
Then venture the ocean waters near the coast for a day of sea kayaking. Note: All equipment is provided. Must be able to swim face down in deep water. Maximum age limit is 13 years old for surface scuba. Up, Up, and Away Grades 7-10 Fee $800 n 1D• June 23-28 n 2A• July 3-8 n 4B• August 7-12 Soar through the air across sky bridges, and zip lines over 400 feet long on a thrilling canopy tour near Santa Cruz. Enjoy the pristine beauty of the coastal forest on this unique sky-high adventure! Then challenge yourself on an aerial adventure course, with different self- guided aerial trails through the trees.
Try multiple elements such as swinging logs, cargo nets, and cables up to 80 feet in the air! Back at camp, scale the elements of the high ropes course and learn basic climbing knots Note: Campers must weigh between 70 and 250 lbs. Sand, Sun, and Route 1 It’s the ultimate seven-day road trip with your friends. Create a playlist for the trip, pack up the car, and prepare to camp in some of the most scenic parts of California. Check out lighthouses, beaches, and other stunning spots as you discover the magic and fun of a great American road trip along Highway 1!
Note: Must be able to swim in deep water. Stars & Sky Route Grades 8-12 Fee $1,180 n 2• July 3-14 Head up the Coastal Highway to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve to explore the fascinating tide pools and view the epic surfing waves of Mavericks. Stay overnight in a lighthouse hostel, then visit Golden Gate Park and the California Academy of Sciences for a stellar planetarium show. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and take in the San Francisco skyline before you travel to Sonoma for a zip line adventure through the treetop canopy. Head to Tomales Bay for an evening bioluminescence kayak tour too!
Sand & Sea Route Grades 8-12 Fee $1,180 n 4• August 2-12 Cruise your kayak along the shores of Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row in Monterey.
Spend the day exploring the trails and sights of Big Sur. Check out breathtaking coastal beaches before you travel on to see the glamorous Hearst Castle. Visit Morro Bay for a glass bottom boat cruise. Who knows what you’ll see! Then try balancing yourself on the ocean waves with a surfing lesson. Round out your road trip with an overnight by the beach, listening to the waves, and enjoying time with new friends.
Camp Rocks! GSNorCal Summer Camp 2018 17 Campers in all levels: ⇨ Have daily riding lessons (unless noted) ⇨ Participate in theory lessons ⇨ Take part in horse care and management ⇨ Participate in the sport of vaulting, which teaches balance while learning to move with a horse. Similar to gymnastics on horseback, campers first practice on a barrel, then show off their skills on the horse! ⇨ Receive a written evaluation of their skills throughout the session and a ribbon of completion Choose the riding style that’s right for you . Western Style: From reining to rodeos, Western Equitation is a thrilling way to experience horseback riding.
Participate in lessons at the arena or set off on fantastic trail rides. Jump in the saddle and become a cowgirl today!
English Style: Are you a hunter or a jumper? From ground poles to jumping over fences, gain skills in this traditional riding discipline. Develop proper balance and form through Hunt Seat Equitation and even ride through the countryside. Choose the level that’s right for you . Finding the correct riding program for your daughter is important not only for the quality of her program but also for her own safety. To help you select the program that would best suit your daughter, review the levels of the Equestrian Programs offered and their descriptions. ALL skills listed for the chosen style of riding need to be met consistently to qualify for that riding program.
Riding time varies with each program and lessons are more in depth as riding levels advance.
Note: Campers unable to meet requirements will be placed in an alternate program or may not be able to ride. Classes are kept small with a ratio of at least one instructor to six campers. Maximum weight of participants is 225 lbs. Skylark Ranch Equestrian Program Skylark Ranch offers quality riding school instruction in a summer camp setting. Our program features beginning to advanced lessons in both English and Western riding. Emphasis in all program levels is on skill development, progression, and expanding knowledge of horses and horse care. Campers receive a riding assessment on the first day of camp and are placed in riding classes based on their skill level.
Skylark Ranch Equestrian Program 18 Equestrian Program Schedule At-A-Glance Session 4 August 2-August 12 Flying Striders Grades 6-12 • pg 21 Le Trec Grades 6-12 • pg 21 Session 4A August 2-August 7 Pony Tails Grades 3-5 • pg 19 Take the Reins Grades 4-6 • pg 19 • pg 19 The Mane Event Grades 4-6 • pg 19 Silver Spurs Grades 3-5 • pg 19 Climb & Ride Grades 5-8 • pg 19 Session 4B August 7-August 12 Climb & Ride Grades 5-8 • pg 19 Session 3B July 23-July 29 Saddle & Paddle Grades 6-12 • pg 19 Take the Reins Grades 6-12 • pg 19 The Mane Event Grades 6-12 • pg 19 Session 3C July 23-July 26 Saddle Sampler Grades 5-8 • pg 19 Session 3D July 26-July 29 Saddle Sampler Grades 2-4 • pg 19 Session 1A June 17-June 23 Pony Tails Grades 6-12 • pg 19 Happy Trails Grades 6-12 • pg 20 Mount Up Grades 6-12 • pg 20 Saddle & Paddle Grades 6-12 • pg 19 Saddle Up Grades 6-12 • pg 20 Silver Spurs Grades 6-12 • pg 19 Take the Reins Grades 6-12 • pg 19 The Mane Event Grades 6-12 • pg 19 Session 1D June 23-June 28 Pony Tails Grades 3-5 • pg 19 Silver Spurs Grades 3-5 • pg 19 Take the Reins Grades 4-6 • pg 19 The Mane Event Grades 4-6 • pg 19 Happy Trails Grades 6-12 • pg 20 Session 2A July 3-July 8 Pony Tails Grades 3-5 • pg 19 Silver Spurs Grades 3-5 • pg 19 Take the Reins Grades 4-6 • pg 19 The Mane Event Grades 4-6 • pg 19 Climb & Ride Grades 5-8 • pg 19 Happy Trails Grades 6-12 • pg 20 Session 3 July 18-July 29 Tally Ho!
Grades 8-12 • pg 21 Wild West Adventure Grades 8-12 • pg 21 Session 3A July 18-July 23 Pony Tails Grades 3-5 • pg 19 Silver Spurs Grades 3-5 • pg 19 Take the Reins Grades 4-6 • pg 19 The Mane Event Grades 4-6 • pg 19 Climb & Ride Grades 5-8 • pg 19 Session 2B July 8-July 14 Happy Trails Grades 6-12 • pg 20 Mount Up Grades 6-12 • pg 20 Pony Tails Grades 6-12 • pg 19 Saddle & Paddle Grades 6-12 • pg 19 Saddle Up Grades 6-12 • pg 20 Silver Spurs Grades 6-12 • pg 19 Session 2C July 8-July 11 Saddle Sampler Grades 2-4 • pg 19 Session 2D July 11-July 14 Saddle Sampler Grades 2-4 • pg 19
Camp Rocks! GSNorCal Summer Camp 2018 19 Beginner Riding Campers do not need any previous experience.
Saddle Sampler (English & Western) Grades 2-4 Fee $550 n 2C• July 8-11 n 2D• July 11-14 n 3D• July 26-29 Grades 5-8 Fee $550 n 3C• July 23-26 Take part in two riding lessons, one vaulting lesson, and learn about how to take care of your horse! Campers will get to try Western or English style. Climb & Ride(English & Western) Grades 5-8 Fee $770 n 2A• July 3-8 n 3A• July 18-23 n 4A• August 2-7 n 4B• August 7-12 Yee Haw and On Belay? That’s right! Enjoy two of your favorite Skylark Ranch activities in this dynamic duo adventure. Learn the basics or practice your previously established riding skills, and ride three times including at least one trail ride.
Then trade your saddle for a harness and hit the ropes when you scale the incline beam to the pipe dream, soar through the trees on the giant swing, or traverse the wobbly multi-vine. Have fun on the trail and in the trees! Saddle & Paddle(English & Western) Grades 6-12 Fee $840 n 1A• June 17-23 n 2B• July 8-14 n 3B• July 23-29 The best of both worlds! Climb in the saddle and participate in one arena, one trail, and one vaulting lesson. Learn the basics or enhance the skills you already have in horseback riding. Demonstrate balance on your horse in vaulting, then take that balance to kayaking as you paddle through the water off the Santa Cruz Coast.
Pony Tails(English) Grades 3-5 Fee $770 n 1D• June 23-28 n 2A• July 3-8 n 3A• July 18-23 n 4A• August 2-7 Grades 6-12 Fee $840 n 1A• June 17-23 n 2B• July 8-14 During daily riding lessons, you will learn to ride in an arena without a lead line, demonstrate the basic balanced position at the halt and walk, and demonstrate control at the walk and the trot. Learn to groom and care for your horse, too!
Silver Spurs(Western) Grades 3-5 Fee $770 n 1D• June 23-28 n 2A• July 3-8 n 3A• July 23-29 n 4A• August 2-7 Grades 6-12 Fee $840 n 1A• June 17-23 n 2B• July 8-14 During daily riding lessons, you will learn to ride in an arena without a lead line, demonstrate the basic balanced position at the halt and walk, and demonstrate control at the walk and the trot according to your riding style. Advanced Beginner Riding Campers must: • Have taken a minimum of five previous lessons (not just trail rides) • Demonstrate control at the walk and trot (English) or jog (Western) • Demonstrate correct reining position • Halt a horse • Ride in an arena without a lead line • Lead a horse comfortably • Know the correct application of turning/riding aids The Mane Event(English) Grades 4-6 Fee $770 n 1D• June 23-28 n 2A• July 3-8 n 3A• July 18-23 n 4A• August 2-7 Grades 6-12 Fee $840 n 1A• June 17-23 n 3B• July 23-29 Improve your English riding skills in daily lessons and learn how to identify, groom, and care for your horse in theory lessons.
Learn the rising trot and ride in a half seat jumping position over raised poles. Practice your halt, steer while trotting through obstacles, and more! Take the Reins(Western) Grades 4-6 Fee $770 n 1D• June 23-28 n 2A• July 3-8 n 3A• July 18-23 n 4A• August 2-7 Grades 6-12 Fee $840 n 1A• June 17-23 n 3B• July 23-29 Improve your Western riding skills in daily lessons and learn how to identify, groom, and care for your horse in theory lessons. Learn to pick up stirrups without looking, walk your horse over poles, and practice steering while jogging figure eights and serpentines!
Skylark Ranch Equestrian Program 20 Intermediate Riding Campers must: ⇨ Meet ALL requirements from Advanced Beginner ⇨ Take a minimum of monthly lessons ⇨ Demonstrate control in a group while maintaining a basic balanced position at the walk and trot (English) or jog (Western) ⇨ Ride without stirrups at the walk and trot (English) or jog (Western) ⇨ Explain the aids for the canter (English) or lope (Western) ⇨ Demonstrate confidence at the canter (English) or lope (Western) Mount Up(English) Grades 6-12 Fee $940 n 1A• June 17-23 n 2B• July 8-14 Each day, work on refining your riding style and participate in lessons on theory and horsemanship.
Improve your jumping technique over different types of fences and practice perfecting your canter. Effectively control your horse through a series of ground and elevated elements. Go on a trail ride to jump a fence in the open! Note: Mount Up campers must also be able to maintain a safe jumping position at the trot, maintain a safe, balanced position at a controlled canter, maintain control while jumping a trot course at 1’. Saddle Up(Western) Grades 6-12 Fee $940 n 1A• June 17-23 n 2B• July 8-14 Improve your riding skills in Western pleasure, reining, and trail classes. Perfect your upward and downward transitions at the walk and jog, take your horse through a series of fan poles, and practice your lope technique.
Try your hand at gymkhana and learn patterns used in barrel racing competitions. Go on a trail ride to explore Skylark Ranch on horseback.
Note: Saddle Up campers must also be able to perform large circles at the walk and jog and maintain a safe balanced position at a controlled lope. Happy Trails(English OR Western) Grades 6-12 Fee $800 n 1D• June 23-28 n 2A• July 3-8 Fee $870 n 1A• June 17-23 n 2B• July 8-14 Hop in the saddle, hit the trail, and explore the majestic redwoods on horseback! Participate in daily trail rides or arena trail lessons and work up to progressively more challenging trail rides. Navigate both natural and human-made trail obstacles and increase your confidence in the saddle! Enhance your riding skills further with team building games on horseback in the meadow.
Learn more advanced horse care and how to better assess your horse’s health needs, too.
Camp Rocks! GSNorCal Summer Camp 2018 21 Advanced Intermediate NOTE: For the Advanced Intermediate and Advanced levels, ALL requirements must be met to qualify. Campers must: ⇨ Meet all requirements from Intermediate ⇨ Take a minimum of bi-monthly lessons ⇨ Explain the application of and reasons for various aids ⇨ Demonstrate increased and decreased speed and show confidence and control at all gaits ⇨ Mount, dismount, walk, trot (English) or jog (Western), canter (English) or lope (Western) various horses with control Flying Striders(English) Grades 6-12 Fee $1,085 n 4• August 2-12 Get a leg up and work on your equitation on the flat and over fences as you explore the world of Hunter/Jumper.
In expanded jumping lessons, practice judging distances to fences and controlling striding between elements. Learn to further care for your horse including basic first aid, nutrition and proper show turnout. Show off your skills while riding your horse to a demonstration in the meadow! Note: Flying Striders Campers must also demonstrate balanced and steady position over various jump obstacles at 2’. Le Trec(English OR Western) Grades 6-12 Fee $1,085 n 4• August 2-12 Discover the world of Trec, one of the fastest growing equestrian sports that every horse and rider can enjoy. The emphasis is on having fun with your horse! The sport is made up of three phases: orienteering, control of gaits, and a cross country obstacle course.
Each day work on lessons that will teach you how to overcome obstacles in the natural environment.
Advanced Riding These programs are by application only. The application and additional information is on camprocks.org. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Campers must be able to: ⇨ Meet ALL requirements from Advanced Intermediate level for your riding style ⇨ Take weekly lessons ⇨ Ride without stirrups at all gaits ⇨ Be able to safely and confidently adjust the speed at the canter (English) or lope (Western) on advanced horses ⇨ Show progress toward an independent seat and coordinated use of aids ⇨ Demonstrate knowledge of barrel patterns and gymkhana exercises (Western) ⇨ Jump a single course of 5-7 obstacles at the trot and canter (English) ⇨ Demonstrate a balanced and steady position over various jump obstacles at 2’6” (English) Tally Ho!(English) Grades 8-12 Fee $1,190 n 3• July 18-29 Explore the world of Hunter Seat competitions and take both undersaddle and over fences classes to improve your equitation skills.
In addition to flatwork, take lessons on dressage, jumping, cross country, and more! Create a drill routine to perform. A horse show will be held at the end of the session—families are welcome to attend. Wild West Adventure(Western) Grades 8-12 Fee: $1,190 n 3• July 18-29 Focus on Western pleasure, reining, and trail work. Sharpen your skills in gymkhana and practice timed events like barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole, and a flag race. Develop your reining techniques from circles to flying change. A horse show will be held at the end of the session—families are welcome to attend.
22 Camp Rocks! GSNorCal Summer Camp 2018 Leadership Programs With our council-run leadership programs at Skylark Ranch, girls in 10th grade and up have the opportunity to mentor younger campers as they learn the ropes of camp. After girls complete the first Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program, they can move on to more advanced CIT programs or enhance their horseback riding skills with our Wrangler-In-Training (WIT) programs. These quality learning opportunities have limited space, so girls must submit an application at the time of registration. For more information regarding the application process, visit www.camprocks.org/leadership.
Note: Girls will return home between sessions Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Grades 10-12 Fee $1,080 n 1• June 17-28 & n 2A• July 3-8 Improve your leadership skills and learn about the needs of children in the camp setting. Explore the basics of developing and delivering camp program and camp operations. Spend some time working with younger children. Take the lead and experience camp from the counselor’s perspective Hey older girls, want to build your leadership skills this summer? The best part of being a CIT is learning hands-on from our talented camp staff and getting to help run all the awesome activities you loved when you first went to camp! Advanced Counselor-In-Training Grades 11-12 Fee $1,080 n 2B• July 8-14 & n 3• July 18-29 Focus on camp management and gain practical experience in various areas of the camp operation.
Practice your leadership and program skills while working with younger campers. Note: Must have completed CIT or its equivalent. Advanced Wrangler-In-Training (WIT) Grades 11-12 Fee $1,080 n 2B• July 8-14 & n 3• July 18-29 Improve your leadership skills and learn the basics of horse care and teaching ground lessons. Explore the essentials of delivering a riding program, assist with lessons, theory, and program operations. Note: Must have completed CIT or its equivalent and have advanced riding skills and experience in resident camp horseback riding programs.
Apprentice Counselor-In-Training Grade 12 Fee $1,180 n 3• July 18-29 n 4• August 2-12 Find your place in camp. Use your leadership and program skills as you work under the supervision of camp staff, in units, or at your favorite specialty area. Carry out an individual project and learn more about camp management. Note: Must have completed Advanced CIT or its equivalent. Apprentice Wrangler-In-Training Grade 12 Fee $1,180 n 3• July 18-29 n 4• August 2-12 Under the supervision of the Riding Staff, assist with beginning riding lessons and learn more about horseback riding program operations and management.
Help plan and present the advanced horse show Note: Must have completed Advanced WIT or its equivalent and have advanced riding skills and experience in resident camp horseback riding programs.