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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County
Summer, Glorious Summer
April 15, 2011

Benefits of Backpacking
Sports Camps

The Benefit of American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Programs

Dear Parents...
Day Camps
Letters from Campers
Art, Dance, Theater
Getting Ready!
Specialty & Overnight Camps
This Week
Beach Boardwalk Band Concerts
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(Icons/Graphics) CampScene140.jpgWhen we look at all the wonderful camps and summer classes we think fondly of the summers of our youth and just a little wistfully wish we were kids once more. It's  time to start filling out those registration forms and signing up for swim lessons. We have also included tutoring programs so that kids can get extra support over the summer. 

Camp is about experiencing something new, creating memories and making new friends. Most camps are offered on a weekly basis and some offer a daily rate. Many offer scholarships for families in need. Children as young as 3 can enjoy half day and full day programs and teens can find day, overnight camps, counselor in training (CIT) programs.

There are hundreds of camps and classes in Santa Cruz and you can find all of them on!

Go online to our A-Z SUMMER CAMP DIRECTORY to find detailed descriptions and contact information.

Plan your summer using our CAMP CALENDAR. Camp directors have posted delightful details for you. Select the dates you want, category and ages and find out which camps are available during that time.

If you know of a camp we have missed, let us know! Click on the camp ads below to reach their websites and you will be delighted with the quality programs available. 

Use our PARENT PLANNER to make your camp list. Check the box next to each camp and then click parent planner and you can email the list to yourself and others or you can print it. (There is a check box next to every resource listing and every calendar event.)

Have fun planning a great summer! Parmalee

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  Benefits of Backpacking

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Benefits of a Backpacking Trip

The potential for personal growth is immense for backpacking student students. In the company of other exceptional students great strides can be made in a young person, defining key aspects of their maturing personality. Challenges from an ascending trail or following their menu plan can become important practice for later. A wilderness setting includes the intrinsic serenity, beauty, and simplicity (lack of technology) of nature. Since everything from meals to setting up camp requires focus and attention, backpacking also fosters self reliance and working together. And the green exercise puts us all in wonderful shape.

Sensory Awareness Backpacking in Yosemite

(Site Photos) OSE_YosemiteinWoods.jpgIt takes a while to get our phones and computers out of our heads. At first our minds resist this break from technology, but very soon we are immersed in the natural sights, sounds and scents of nature. It is interesting how easy it can be to notice details of the trail, the trees and ecosystems we pass and even the good taste of cold, fresh filtered water. Soon we don't even notice we're doing it as we talk, laugh and even sing together. Our gear is good, and we already know how to use it. Taking responsibility for what we do and how we do it is clearly important and feels natural. We wake refreshed after a restful sleep and kind of wonder how that happened when you are on a sleeping pad. As the day starts we put everything in its' place and check each other's pack as we walk away. We glance back to make sure no one can tell that was our home for the night.

Walking is such a mental exercise. So much of what and how we feel is a choice. We can choose how we feel. Whether we think we're tired and hungry or ready to go. The trail goes up and down, left and right, sometimes flat, sometimes steep - we do it all. In a couple of days if at first something was hard it's now easier. We sometimes forget we're wearing our packs when we stop for breaks. It's hard to describe how nice it is on a warm day to sink our hot bare feet into a cold creek and enjoy a snack listening to the sounds of the creek. In the evening we put up our tents, and make dinner. We do a total clean up before dark including good dental hygiene. That is just the way we end the day.

It is surprising how far we go and how it seems sort of easy. Our ideas of what is hard to do change as we start to understand our limits and how they are almost always temporary. Looking at our challenges with a better understanding of character, honor and integrity makes them simpler and easier to meet.

(Site Photos) OutdoorScience_Backpacking_Group.jpgAt our highest point we're enjoying snacks on Clouds Rest and looking down at Half Dome. The next day we're climbing the cable steps on Half Dome itself and hope we have enough battery power in our cameras for more pictures. Before we know it we're going down the rock steps by the waterfalls and passing so many people going up. Some of them look at us with interesting looks as though to ask "How did you make it up here with full packs? It's hard enough carrying almost nothing." Our expressions might answer "We've done it all. This is easy." as we continue to the end of the trail feeling capable, strong and probably a little taller.

Irvin Lindsey and Diane Cornell teach science classes including physics, chemistry, biology and geology plus our environment and ecosystems, year round and take "older students" on backpacking trips to Yosemite in the summer. You can find Irvin and Diane at Outdoor Science Exploration and Classroom Science Fun.

  Sports Camps
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Learn about horses and
ride for hours every day!

Week long, Sleep Over or Day Sessions  ~  June-August, Sunday-Saturday

English, Show Jumping  ~  Horse Show on Saturday  ~  Swimming, Archery, Crafts    Great Staff, Awesome Horses



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  The Benefit of American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Programs
(Site Photos) Seahorse_TiffanyandChild.jpgby Tiffany Harmon

Commodore Wilbert E. Longfellow, developed the American Red Cross's Learn-to-Swim Program in 1914, and published his first article in the May 1921 Edition of the Junior Red Cross News. He said that the first step in learning to swim was to overcome fears of the water. The next steps would be to learn how float like a jellyfish, to breathe in and out with your mouth making sounds like a motorboat, to glide & slide through the water and to use your windmill arms and powerful kicks to push yourself through the water like a steamboat. The last suggestion he gave was to practice, practice, practice.

Red Cross swim programs continue the traditions by utilizing the century long ways of the Learn-to-Swim program. Through a progressive, six-level instructional approach, Water Safety Instructors teach to the individual and include water safety topics in the lessons. Whether in a group environment or in a priva(Site Photos) Seahorse_GoodForm.jpge lesson, instructors focus on helping each swimmer overcome their fears by providing a safe learning environment. As participants gain confidence in the water, they begin to open up to learning new aquatic skills.

Clear, concise instructions are paired with positive corrective feedback to teach and correct the motor skills used for each stroke. Swimmers are coached to repeat skills, allowing them ample practice time within each lesson.

A Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program emphasizes water safety while increasing swimming skills and overall fitness. Each participant is taught with patience, encouragement and expertise. Here's a great visual description of levels and skills.

(Site Photos) Seahorse_Joy.jpgA new Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program for adults, infants and children, adult lap swimming, a non-competitive swim team, water aerobics, public recreational swim times and a Pool Jr. Guard program opens this summer at Santa Cruz High School. These programs will continue the Commodore's technique of encouraging "bathers to be swimmers and swimmers to be lifesavers."

Tiffany Harmon, owner and operator of Seahorse Swim School, is an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer in Water Safety. She earned her Bachelors of Arts degree at UCSC in 1997, specializing in Child Education and Development and holds a California Teaching Credential in Health and Safety. You can find Tiffany and her instructors at Toadal Fitness, Seascape Sports Club, Chaminade and Santa Cruz High School. (831) 476-7946 or for more program information.



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  Dear Parents...

by Peg Smith, CEO, American Camping Association

Welcome! Welcome to the joy of being a camp parent. The greatest gifts that parents can give their children are independence and resiliency, and by choosing to send your child to camp, you have given both.

By choosing to send your child to camp, you are placing them in an intentional environment designed specifically to help develop the life skills needed to be a successful and competent adult - skills like self-confidence, leadership, and empathy. Your child will have the opportunity to develop new interests and authentic relationships with mentors and peers - experiences that truly last a lifetime.

Through the camp experience, your child will become a member of a wonderful community - a community where character is built and civility toward each other is nurtured. In a world where interactions with other people have become increasingly impersonal, the ability to relate to another human being - to understand that the world is bigger and more complex than a Facebook profile page - is paramount.

Tomorrow's leaders will not be those who can type or text with lightning speed, they will be those who can have a face-to-face conversation and articulate their thoughts, ideas, and values. Tomorrow's leaders will be able to relate globally and find common ground with people who are vastly different from themselves - people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Tomorrow's leaders will be made and educated by experiences like camp. Read more>>>>>

  Day Camps

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  Letters from Campers

"I can't even begin to explain how much the program means to me. Primarily, it means family and togetherness. After that comes leadership. I don't think anybody can truly be a strong leader without a strong support system to keep them going. And that's exactly what the program is."
- Julie, age fifteen

"To me, the program presents the chance to free myself from childhood and take steps into adulthood. I can become a more influential person in society through teaching and being a role model."
- Adam, age fourteen

"Over the past four years, I have gained knowledge I normally would not be able to experience elsewhere. I have made lifelong friends, learned how to accept others, and have gained so much confidence. The opportunities offered at camp are unique and special. Camp has helped me to grow as a person."
- Tara, age seventeen

"To me, the program means leadership and honesty, friendship and community. I think it means leadership because it trains teenagers to take control and be a leader and not a follower. It means honesty because you shouldn't steal or lie to your friends. It's where new friendships are formed."
- Greg, age fifteen

Read the entire article by Stephen Wallace >>>>>

  Art, Dance, Theater

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Welcome to
International Academy of Dance
where we...
Dance for the Joy of It

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Camps & Ongoing Classes
320 Encinal St, Santa Cruz

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  Getting Ready!
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All items should be labeled with your camper's name.

Swimsuit, towel in "zip lock"
Sunscreen (apply first coat at home) & sunglasses
Swim goggles and/or earplugs
Light jacket
Spare shorts, t-shirt, socks & unders in a "zip lock"
Lunch -Ask if it will be refrigerated.
Water bottle
Ask about cell phone policy.

What to Wear
Dress for comfort and safety. Expect to get dirty; wear "old clothes" and
Sneakers -no sport sandals or open-toed shoes

A Typical "Do Not Bring" List

Expensive clothing
Cell phones
Pocket video games
MP3 players
Trading cards
Silly Bandz
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Sports equipment
Other valuables

  Specialty & Overnight Camps

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Aux Tois Pommes

June 21st - July 31st

Classes in 9 languages:

FrenchSpanish ItalianJapaneseGermanRussianArabicMandarinPortuguese

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Santa Cruz

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  This Week

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to find upcoming weekend events ->


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Arts & Performing Arts
All About Theatre

Art Factory
Ben Jammin Santa Cruz Academy of Performing Arts

International Academy of Dance
Kids on Broadway
Motion Pacific Dance

Mountains Art Center Camp
Museum of Art & History
Musical Me
Santa Cruz Mountain Arts

St. Andrews Summer Music Camp
The Studio Palette
WEST Performing Arts

Day Camps
Aptos Academy Summer Adventure

Auntie Wendi's Summer

Boys and Girls Club
Camp Hammer

Camp Seascape
Camp Wonderworks

Gateway Summer Camp
Glen Arbor Camp


Montessori Scotts Valley
Mount Madonna

Orchard Performing Arts

Peaceful Valley Farm Camp
Santa Cruz Montessori

Santa Cruz Parks & Rec

Santa Cruz County Parks & Rec

Santa Cruz Waldorf
Tara Redwood School

Science Camps
Life Lab Science
Outdoor Science Fun
Seymour Center
Camp SEA Lab


Specialty Camps
Aux Tois Pommes
Camp Krem
Chartwell School

Frontier Ranch

Pediatric Therapy


Basketball Jones Hoop Camp

Camp Flip at Santa Cruz Sports Central
Catalyst Soccer
June Bug's Gym
Mantis Martial Arts

Horse and Heart

Monte Vista Horsemanship
Pacific Edge Climbing Gym
Pleasant Valley Horse Club
Rod Sanford's Traditional Martial Arts

Santa Cruz Soccer Camp

Soquel Sports Camp

Adventure Sports Unlimited
Cabrillo Swim School
Cougar Swim School
Jim Booth Swim School
Seahorse Swim School

Simpkins Swim Center

Advanced Interactive Tutoring
Club Z! In-Home Tutoring  

Don Mordasini M.A., M.F.T


Preschool Camps

Bayside Baptist

Capitola Sonshine
Coastal Community
Early Childhood Learning Center
El JardinBilingual Parent Co-op
Scotts Valley Children's Center

Simcha Preschool
The Village Preschool

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June 17
Sept 2



Santa Cruz Blues Festival
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  Santa Cruz Blues Festival
Santa Cruz Blues Festival
Date: Every day (May 24-May 25) from 10:00am to 10:00pm
Details: The music is strong from start to finish
City: Aptos view all details >>
Camps and Summer Festivals
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Camps and Summer Festivals
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California Rodeo Salinas
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  California Rodeo Salinas
California Rodeo
Date: Every day (Jul 18-Jul 21)
Ages: All
Details: 2018 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
City: Salinas Phone: (831)775-3100 view all details >>
The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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  The Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 26-Jul 28)
Ages: All
Details: "Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three days of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment and
Special Instructions: Santa Teresa Blvd & Club Dr
City: Gilroy Phone: 408-846-6886 view all details >>
Steinbeck Festival
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  Steinbeck Festival
Steinbeck Festival
Date: Every day (May 3-May 5)
Details: The 33rd Annual Steinbeck Festival is Old Home Week for Steinbeck lovers from across the world and down the street.
City: Salinas Phone: 831.775.4726 view all details >>
Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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  Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
City of Watsonville
Date: Every day (Aug 4-Aug 5) from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Details: Strawberries, music, food and strawberries every way you can imagine
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-768-3240 view all details >>
Camps and Summer Festivals
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  Camps and Summer Festivals
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Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival
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  Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival
City of Santa Cruz
Date: 08/18/2019 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Discover the excitement of outrigger canoe racing, taste of the tropics- fresh flower leis, Hawaiian shaved ice, Maori face pain
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-420-5273 view all details >>
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