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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County
Summer, Glorious Summer
April 10, 2014
The Adventure of Camping

Is Overnight Camp the Right Option?
Overnight Camps
Why DayCamp Matters
Day Camps
Cell phones at summer camp?
Science Camps
Get Ready!
Swim Lessons
The Arts

Unique Focus Camps
Sports Camps

This Week
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  The Adventure of Camping

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Whether in the back yard, an overnight camp or day camp, camping is an adventure for our children.

When 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.  

Camp is about experiencing something new, creating memories and making new friends. Most day 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.

(Photos General) MountMadonna_Summer2.jpgGo online to our A-Z SUMMER CAMP DIRECTORY to find detailed descriptions and contact information.

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. 

Have fun planning a great summer! Parmalee

photos courtesy of Frontier Ranch and Mount Madonna.

 

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  Is Overnight Camp the Right Option?

Guest post by Katie Bugbee

(Photos General) Camp_GirlsTents.jpgHere's how to choose the right fit and get your child excited about the adventure.

Overnight camp can be an incredible growing experience for your child. Maybe you went yourself - or you wish you had. But for whatever reason, you just know your child will thrive in cabin-sleepover-living. Now, you need to make sure your child feels the same way.

Making new friends, trying different things, and being independent can seem daunting to some, but preparation can make all the difference. It'll be a team effort, and yes, there still might be tears at drop-off no matter how prepped you both are. But, these tips can help ensure your child is the one wiping your eyes - instead of the other way around. Read Katie's 7 tips for preparing for overnight camping>>>>>

Thank you ACA.   Katie Bugbee is the senior managing editor and resident global parenting expert of Care.com. A busy working mother of two, she's an expert on many parenting dilemmas, from appeasing picky eaters to finding the perfect babysitter.

  Overnight Camps
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Camp Campbell

Camp Hammer

Camp Koinonia

Camp Winnarainbow

Frontier Ranch at Mission Springs

Growing Up Wild

Monte Vista Horsemanship

Camp SEA Lab

Mt. Hermon Camps

Camp Unalaye

Kennolyn Camp

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  Why DayCamp Matters

Andy Kimmelman

When looking for summer activities for their children, parents today are faced with an incredible wealth of options. Many of these options describe (Photos General) Camp_StreamHiking.jpgthemselves as "camp": sports camps, arts camps, school camps (which always strikes one as somewhat oxymoronic), and, of course, the ubiquitous "day camps." Each of these offers benefits to the family, but certain programs stand apart.

According to several parents and camp directors, what we will term a traditional day camp, with a program mirroring the classic resident camp program, presents something uniquely advantageous to its campers and families. Traditional day camps matter in a way that differs from the host of other summer activities. Thus, questions arise: Why does day camp matter, and how do we position this kind of program among everything else?  Read more>>>

Andy Kimmelman is the camp director at Tumbleweed Day Camp in Los Angeles, California. He also serves on the Editorial Advisory Committee for Camping Magazine and in numerous other volunteer positions for the American Camp Association.

  Day Camps

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 Kruz Kids   Santa Cruz City Parks & Rec
Baymonte Summer Quest La Selva Beach Day Camp Santa Cruz County Parks & Rec
Boulder Creek Camps Live Oak Farm Camp Santa Cruz Montessori
Boys and Girls Club Montessori Scotts Valley Santa Cruz Waldorf
Boys In the Woodz Mount Madonna  SLV Quest
Camp Auxilium Mt Cross
Camp Capitola Mt Hermon Redwood Camp Renaissance Camp
Camp Gateway Orchard Performing Arts Tara Redwood Inner Compass
Camp Kayetz Peaceful Valley Farm Camp Watsonville Parks & Rec
Camp Seascape Quail Hollow Time Travelers Watsonville YMCA Day Camp
Camp Wonderworks Quaker Camp Sammy Slug Summer Camp
Campus Kids Connection Redwood Christian Park Kennolyn Camps

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  Cell phones at summer camp?

BY Mitch Albom, FREE PRESS COLUMNIST

(Photos General) Camp_LetterHome.jpgThe Fourth of July always meant summer to me, and summer, when I was very young, meant summer camp. And summer camp meant disappearing into another world.

It was a world of woods and fields and bunks, a world without Mom and Dad, without friends from the neighborhood, without TV, without movies, a world where you wrote letters to communicate with your "other" life.

You know what? That never scared me.

Today, kids get the shakes about summer camp, because they might have to surrender their cell phone, BlackBerry, Droid, PDA, iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Some will opt out of summer camp altogether if it means they can't arrive with their plugs, adapters, chargers and monitors.

Apparently, it's a dilemma for summer camps, which, after all, need kids to operate. And it's obviously a dilemma for the campers. But after looking into this a bit, you know whose dilemma surprises me the most?

The parents

It is often Mom and Dad who want little Joey to be in touch at all times. It is Mom and Dad who can't bear the thought of not having their baby within the press of a speed dial.

Check out the message boards and forums on camp Web sites. You will find a startling number of postings by parents who think their kids SHOULD have cell phones all through summer camp. Some worry about safety. Some worry about their child's loneliness.  Some worry about bigger issues.  We can't live in constant fear.  it's summer. Lighten up.

I'm in favor of a ban on all electronic devices once you step on that camp bus. And like those nervous parents, I say this out of fear. I fear kids are losing the ability to exist.

When we went to camp, we were in the moment. We jumped in the pool; we didn't film ourselves jumping in the pool. We spoke while looking eye to eye; we didn't text each other across the bunk.

Kids need to learn that memories are not the same as storage devices and feelings are not the same as postings. Summer camp is a great place for that. I can't remember all the sensations from childhood, but I can sure remember the heat of a campfire on my face, the freeze of a Popsicle on my lips, the sweaty shirt that stuck to me after a baseball game, the excitement of a letter from home.

No phone was necessary. No one needed an alert. You can't absorb an experience if you're constantly sharing it. Remember, as kids, we didn't have any problem letting go for the summer.

As parents, we shouldn't either.

Contact MITCH ALBOM: 313-223-4581 or malbom@freepress.com.

  Science Camps

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Camp SEA Lab  
HOWL Science MakersFactory Camps Nature's Apprentice
IRIS Museum of Natural History Summer
Outdoor Science Fun
Life Lab Science WOLF (Web of Life Field) School
 
Seymour Ocean Explorers

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  Get Ready!

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

Backpack
Swimsuit, towel in "zip lock"
Sunscreen (apply first coat at home) & sunglasses
Swim goggles and/or earplugs
Light jacket
Hat
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

Money
Expensive clothing
Cell phones
Pocket video games
iPods
MP3 players
Bakugans
Toys
Trading cards
Silly Bandz
(Icons/Graphics) NoCellPhone.jpgJewelry
Sports equipment
Cameras
Other valuables

  Swim Lessons

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 Adventure Sports Unlimited  Santa Cruz State Jr. Lifeguards  Jim Booth Swim School
 Cabrillo Swim School  Seahorse Swim School SLV Swim Center
 Cougar Swim School  Simpkins Swim Center  SC County Swim Classes
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  The Arts

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All About Theatre

Aptos Academy of Performing Arts

Aptos Music Camp

Art Factory

Be Natural Music

Community Music School

CYT Musical Theatre Summer Camp

Dancenter

Cabrillo Youth Chorus

Earth Art Studio

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Seven Directions

Steps Dance

Studio 501

Studio Sprout

Romanoff Music

Watershed Art

West Performing Arts

Young Actor's Theatre Camp

Kimberly Hardin Art School

International Academy of Dance          Santa Cruz Mountain Arts
Motion Pacific Dance Orchard Peforming Arts        Musical Me

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  Unique Focus Camps
Aux Tois Pommes Chartwell Summer New Leaf Cooking Camp
BasketBall Jones
Club Z Pediatric Therapy
Cabrillo Summer Youth Forest Farm Camp SPCA Camp
Camp SEALab Growing Social
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  Sports Camps

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 Adventure Sports

Aikido Santa Cruz

 Basketball Jones Hoop Camp

Bike Dojo Camp

 Camp Flip at Ohana Gymnastics

 Catalyst Soccer

MB Horse Center

Monte Vista Equestrian

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 Santa Cruz Soccer Camp

Surf School Santa Cruz

Toadal Fitness Camps

 UCSC Sailing

 Valley Sports Camp

 Horse 'n Around

 Luma Yoga

Pleasant Valley Horse Club

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  This Week

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SUMMER FESTIVALS 


 

 
Now in our third year of operation, the MakersFactory Summer Camps offer the most technologically-advanced camps in the Santa Cruz County with an added heaping dose of fun.

With new hands-on, collaborative challenges, kid-tested projects, and engaging subjects this year, our camps are ready to inspire the next generation of innovators, programmers, gamers, builders and dreamers.

Summer is the perfect time to tap into kids' natural curiosity to learn about the world around them through the high-tech tools we teach like 3D printers, laser cutters and robotics.

Our small class sizes insure a relaxed, supportive environment where the ideas of all campers can take flight.

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Just look at a few of the Outdoor Science Exploration summer science topics designed to ignite children's imaginations and introduce them to an amazing world of science.

Frederick Street Park parking  - Very cold Temps+candles, Invisible Water Balls, Oxidizing+phase changing Zn+Fe, Radiometers+Reflecting Fun...

behind Nat'l History Whale Museum - Boomerang Physics, Rock Cycle+Fossils, Paper Clips+Magnets+Dust, Venus Fly Traps, Pi+UV Beads, Buzz Gloves... 
Pogonip Preserve/Golf Club Dr. parking - Spin Forces of Tops+Wheels, Suction cups, Touch Sensor Density, Kinetic Energy Sticks, Bridge physics...

Depot Park parking - Playing Catch with a Van, Laws of Motion, Bernoulli Ping Pong, Revolving+Balloon Catching, Water Misters, Maxi Colors...â

Blue Ball Park parking - Multi-Siphons, 2 Liquids=Bouncing Ball, Balloon Helicopters, Wrist Holes, Lateral+Averted Vision, Buzz Saws...
Antonelli Pond by Natural Bridges - paleolithic Turnduns, Finding pulses, Balance point, Water arthropods, Marine Terrace Fault, Kinetic+potential...

You can see why children come home abuzz with new ideas.  These are only a fraction of the topics and locations for Outdoor Science Exploration with Irvin Lindsey.

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Date: 04/19/2014 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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Rejuvenation Festival
Date: 05/17/2014 from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Details: Free Family Fun under the Sun!
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Boardwalk 2017 Concerts
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Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Fri (Jun 16-Sep 1)
Details: Come on down for free Friday night concerts
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Free Movies at the Beach
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Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Wed (Jun 21-Aug 16) at 9:00pm
Details: Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!
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The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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Gilroy Garlic Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 28-Jul 30)
Ages: All
Details: "Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three d9ys of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment and
Special Instructions: Santa Teresa Blvd & Club Dr
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Cabrillo Music Festival
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Cabrillo Music Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 30-Aug 12)
Details: The HERE and NOW of contemporary music for a world-class orchestra!
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Redwood Mountain Faire
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Valley Women's Club
Date: Every day (Jun 4-Jun 5)
Ages: All
Details: Join us RAIN or SHINE! Music lovers, arts and crafts aficionados, people of all ages, will enjoy this remarkable festival
Special Instructions: Parking: $5
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Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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City of Watsonville
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Details: Strawberries, music, food and strawberries every way you can imagine
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Details: Discover the excitement of outrigger canoe racing, taste of the tropics- fresh flower leis, Hawaiian shaved ice, Maori face pain
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Japanese Cultural Fair
Date: 06/10/2017 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Explore traditional and contemporary Japanese culture
Special Instructions: Japanese Theme
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Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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City of Watsonville
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Details: Strawberries, music, food and strawberries every way you can imagine
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Scotts Valley Art, Wine & BeerFestival
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Details: Come enjoy fine art, wine & beer tasting, great food, and live entertainment in an open park setting
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Capitola Village
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Sep 4) from 7:00am to 8:00pm
Details: A Labor Day weekend filled with fun events for the whole family. Beautifully decorated floats, concerts, sand
City: Capitola Village Phone: (831)476-6522 view all details >>
     
California Rodeo Salinas
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Date: Every day (Jul 20-Jul 23)
Ages: All
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