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Join us for an open house!

July 3, 12 pm to 3 pm
This is a free opportunity for you to learn
more about our camp programs!
Registration (opening soon!) required to ensure adequate physical distancing. 

Summer Day Camp & Early Explorers Day Camp

This summer, we’re offering two types of day camp – our regular Summer Day Camp (for campers ages 7-12) and our Early Explorers Day Camp (for campers ages 3-6). Both programs are designed to provide campers with fun, exciting days filled with engaging, age appropriate activities.

Cost:

$370 per child per session. 

Schedule:

All sessions run Monday through Friday. Hours vary by program; please see descriptions below for more details.

Session 1, Summer Day Camp: July 5 – 9
Session 2, Summer Day Camp: July 12-16
Session 3, Early Explorers Day Camp: July 19-23
Session 4, Early Explorers Day Camp: July 26-30

 

Summer Day Camp

Pathfinder Ranch’s Summer Day Camp is designed for all children ages 7-12 who are interested in all the fun of a traditional Summer Camp experience, without staying overnight in cabins.

Schedule:

7:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Each day includes a light breakfast, lunch, and lots of fun activities. On Friday, campers have the option to stay for dinner and Campfire, with pick-up extended to 8:45pm.

Drop off: 7:15 – 7:45am, Monday through Friday 

Pick up: 4:30 to 5:00pm, Monday through Thursday; 8:45 to 9:00pm on Friday for those campers who stay for Campfire. 

Summer Day Camp Extended Care:

Afternoon extended care options are available for families whose schedules require it. Extended care supervision is less structured than regular programming; campers will be offered opportunities for free play, structured games, and time to interact with farm animals.

Extended care costs an additional $5 an hour, and parents/guardians may choose to register their camper for as many or as few of these hours as they choose. In general, parents/guardians need to register their camper for extended care hours prior to the week of their session in order to ensure staff availability. Day camp staff may choose to accommodate extenuating circumstances on short notice when staffing is available. 

PM Extended Care – Available 5-6PM

  • Supervision/activities provided
  • Campers registered for PM Extended Care hours will be offered an additional snack at 5:30PM

Early Explorers Day Camp

Pathfinder Ranch’s Early Explorers Day Camp has been designed for all children ages 3-6 who are interested in exploring outdoors. With a well-balanced mixture of exploration, play, and activities guided by engaging camp staff, children will spend each day enjoying fresh air and the company of friends as they learn more about the natural world around them and practice new skills.

Schedule:

8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Drop off: 8 to 8:30am 

Pick up: 4 to 4:30pm  

Early Explorers Extended Care:

Morning and afternoon extended care options are available for families whose schedules require it. Extended care supervision is less structured than regular programming; campers will be offered opportunities for free play, structured games, and time to interact with farm animals.

Extended care costs an additional $5 an hour, and parents/guardians may choose to register their camper for as many or as few of these hours as they choose. In general, parents/guardians need to register their camper for extended care hours prior to the week of their session in order to ensure staff availability. Day camp staff may choose to accommodate extenuating circumstances on short notice when staffing is available. 

AM Extended Care – Available 7:00-8:00AM, Tuesday through Friday ONLY

  • Supervision/activities ONLY provided, no additional snacks

PM Extended Care – Available 4:30-6:30PM

  • Supervision/activities provided
  • Campers registered for both PM Extended Care hours will be offered an additional snack at 5:30PM

 

 

Day Camp & Early Explorers Scholarship information:

To be considered for a camper scholarship, please refer to the Summer Camp Scholarships information page

FAQs

Some answers to frequently asked questions.

My child has developmental delays and/or a disability. Is this program for them?

We do not turn away campers due to disabilities or developmental delays; however, we are not able to provide continuous one-on-one care. We are happy to speak with you personally to discuss your child’s individual needs and how this program might support them. Please contact Sarah, one of our Program Managers, at sarah@pathfinderranch.com

My child isn’t potty trained. Is that a problem?

Your child does not need to be potty trained, but keep in mind that we do not have diapering stations, so children in diapers need to be comfortable using pull ups.

What types of activities will my child participate in?

Each day will be filled with a balance of exploration, play, and guided activities. Campers will have the opportunity to learn more about themselves and how to make and maintain friendships as well as about the natural environment, local animals, and plants. Because we know that play is learning for young children, we’ll also inadvertently work on academic skills such as early math and literacy. 

All of this takes place on site at Pathfinder Ranch, where we’ll base out of our 15-acre Nature Preserve. Campers will also have opportunities to visit other locations on site, including our farm, garden, and nature center. Daily activities will include things like making bug hotels, practicing bird calls, daily story time, and short hikes.

Will my child be properly supervised?

Yes! We maintain a 6:1 staff to camper ratio or better at all times. All staff are certified in adult/pediatric first aid and CPR and have undergone extensive training on how to keep young children safe and engaged as well as on how to respond to emergency situations.

What will you do to make sure my child stays safe and healthy?

Health and safety are at the top of everyone’s minds these days, and understandably so. We believe that optimal child development occurs in the sweet spot between total, bubble-wrapped safety and moderate risk. Therefore, we never allow children to enter hazardous situations, but we do help them to develop their own risk assessment skills through low-risk activities such as running on uneven surfaces, climbing on low rocks/logs, and trying new things that might seem scary at first (like touching our pet snake, Gwar!). 

We require campers to wash their hands frequently, including before and after each meal as well as after using the bathroom, and we sanitize materials regularly. Every staff member is trained in first aid and CPR and carries a first aid kit. They are also trained in preventing dehydration and responding to minor illnesses like upset stomachs. Whenever a child becomes ill or injured, we notify their designated parent/guardian – either immediately or at pick-up, depending on the severity of the concern.

Additionally, we closely follow the recommendations of the Governor as well as the CDC and local public health officials on how to reduce risk of transmission of infectious diseases, including the Coronavirus. Due to the fluid nature of these recommendations, our policies around personal distancing, use of face masks, and other behaviors may change week to week.

Will my child get dirty?

Most likely. Playing outside is dirty business! Your child may also get wet, sandy, or acquire grass stains. For this reason, we recommend sending children to camp in play clothes so that they don’t have to worry about getting them dirty. We also require that parents send a spare change of clothes in case their child becomes uncomfortably wet or muddy during their play and needs to change.

Do you have a preview day or open house for this program?

Yes! Provided stay at home orders have been lifted at that time, families can register for free two hour sessions throughout the day on July 3. Registration is required so that we can ensure everyone has the ability to maintain appropriate physical distancing. 

Can I stay with my child on their first day?

To help reduce risk of spreading communicable disease, parents are not permitted to accompany their children after drop off.

Will meals be provided?

Yes, campers will be provided a nutritious and kid-friendly breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack each day. Sample menu:
Breakfast – muffin, applesauce, milk/water
Lunch – pita bread, grilled chicken breast, sliced bell peppers & melon, chips, milk/water
Snack – carrot sticks & hummus, water

My child has a food allergy. Can you accommodate it?

We strive to accommodate camper’s dietary needs, but it’s best to make sure. Please contact our Food Services Manager at meals@pathfinderranch.com with your child’s specific needs.