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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County
Off to Camp We Go!
May 20, 2015
The Adventure of Camping
The Arts

Science Camps
Sports Camps
Enrichment Close to the Heartbeat
Day Camps
Annual Passes Now Available at ParkStore Online!
Swim Lessons
FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach
Overnight Camps
Summer Festivals
Click to view our Business Directory
  The Adventure of Camping

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No envying now, well just a little perhaps...  Your kids will have a wonderful camp experience and you have the joy of giving!

Whether in the back yard, an overnight camp or day camp, camping is a safe adventure we can give 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. 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.

  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


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

Lutheran-Messiah Arts Camp

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

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If I create from the heart,

nearly everything works;

if from the head, almost nothing.”

Marc Chagall

"Ah, music," he said,

wiping his eyes.

"A magic beyond all we do here!"
- J.K. Rowling,

Harry Potter and

the Sorcerer's Stone



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  Science Camps

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Summer Nature Camp
Little Basin

August 3-7
Flyer & Info

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WOLF (Web of Life Field) School

MOD SCChildren's Museum of Discovery

Outdoor Science Fun

Seymour Ocean Explorers

Camp SEA Lab


Life Lab Science

MakersFactory Camps

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  Sports Camps

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Adventure Sports

Aikido Santa Cruz

Basketball Jones Hoop Camp

Bike Dojo Camp

 Camp Flip, Ohana Gymnastics

Catalyst Soccer

Lightspeed Martial Arts

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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  Enrichment Close to the Heartbeat

(AA Camp 2015) BillTrimpi.jpgHi-- I am owner of Santa Cruz Soccer Camp which has been kicking soccer balls and visiting the elf castle deep in the woods of Delaveaga Park for 31 years. I also work as a special guest teacher at Alianza Charter School and Fitness for Life, an after school program in Watsonville.

I have been aware over past years and exponentially this year a need for more enrichment for our youth in schools and programs. Children are natural barometers in feeling or experiencing the pressure build up. Let's open our eyes wider to this phenomena and provide the optimal environment for fun engaging activity for kids to express and taste more of who and what they are. Parents, coaches, administrators, and teachers are experiencing this explosion of energy in our youth. There is more behavioral problems and classroom unrest.

(AA Camp 2015) SCSoccerKidHug.jpgLet's step back for a moment, breathe, allow this feeling of now to be. Okay what to do about the situation at hand? Have kids receive more of what we just did together---stop, take a breath, get present, perhaps have a little fun, and let go of stress that has been building. We all know about the effects of stress, now is the time to maximize our effort to bring balance to our youth which is obviously not meeting a portion of the needs for the development of the whole child.

Santa Cruz Soccer Camp from my perception is riding the wave of the new paradigm. We are known for making soccer fun. Kids learn more deeply when they resonate with what they are doing. Our coaches are in touch with this truth---- what resonates works, and what doesn't resonate or feel good is not it. We are fortunate to not have a board of whatever telling us what and how we educate. Being teachers in Santa Cruz County schools, we stay close to (AA Camp 2015) SCSoccerCoaches.jpgthe heart beat and are informed to what our kids are needing, then we implement the antidote.

In closing, my main message is of play and joy! Bring more creativity, and fun games into the classroom subject matter, and if that is not possible let the kids have the energy release through games and play. When we empty the cup it can then be filled again. For sure you can bet on it, youth more then ever want connection and that means expanding their education to include more enriching activity which inspires and nourishes.

You can contact Santa Cruz Soccer Camp at 246-1517,

  Day Camps

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

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  Annual Passes Now Available at ParkStore Online!

(ABC_Feb 2015) Park_golden_poppy_2015.jpgAnnual park passes are now available in the ParkStore Online! By purchasing your annual passes through Friends of Santa Cruz Parks, a substantial part of the proceeds stay local to support our Santa Cruz County State Parks and Beaches.

There are two passes available: The popular "Golden Poppy" Annual Pass returns at $125, but this year with an expanded range similar to the previous year's Commemorative 150th Anniversary Pass including many of the premiere "destination" parks in the redwood region, and most of the state reservoirs. Parks like Julia Pfeiffer Burns and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park on the Monterey coast are included along with coastal units in San Luis Obispo and the Channel Coast area.

The "California Explorer" Annual Pass at $195 offers the most value including the popular Southern California beaches along the Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Coasts like Huntington Beach, Leo Carrillo and Carlsbad State Beaches. This pass is also honored at most parks throughout the state that are operated by California State Parks and charge a vehicle day use fee.

Purchasing your pass through our website benefits Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks!

Click here to order your pass in time for Summer!

  Swim Lessons

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 Adventure Sports Unlimited  Santa Cruz 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
 Santa Cruz County Jr Guards  Capitola Jr. Guards  
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Seahorse Swim Club
Make A Splash

FREE swim lessons
Seascape Club, Aptos
Sat, June 6
No appointment

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  FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach

FRIDAY NIGHTS - June 19 through September 4, 2015
TWO FREE SHOWS EACH FRIDAY!  6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand

June 19 Eddie Money "Take Me Home Tonight"
June 26 The Edgar Winter Band "Free Ride"
July 3 The Sun Kings tribute to The Beatles "Help!"
July 10 Macy Gray "I Try"
July 17 Berlin featuring Terri Nunn "Take My Breath Away"
July 24 Soul Asylum "Runaway Train"
July 31 Wang Chung "Everybody Have Fun Tonight"
Aug 7 Y&T "Summertime Girls"
Aug 14 Everclear "Santa Monica"
Aug 21 Blue Öyster Cult "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
Aug 28 Smash Mouth "All Star"
Sep 4 Papa Doo Run Run "(Santa Cruz) Beach Party"

  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

Mt. Hermon Camps

Camp Unalaye

Kennolyn Camp

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  Summer Festivals

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Summer Camp Guide
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Summer Camp Guide
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The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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  The Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 27-Jul 29)
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
City: Gilroy Phone: 408-846-6886 view all details >>
Summer Camp Guide
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Salsa Dancing!
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  Salsa Dancing!
Louden Nelson Community Center
Date: Every Wed (Sep 19-Nov 7) from 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Ages: 16+
Details: Popular Salsa Crash Course Cuban-style for Beginners.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6177 view all details >>
California Rodeo Salinas
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  California Rodeo Salinas
California Rodeo
Date: Every day (Jul 19-Jul 22)
Ages: All
Details: 2018 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
City: Salinas Phone: (831)775-3100 view all details >>
Free Movies at the Beach
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  Free Movies at the Beach
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Wed and Fri (Jun 15-Aug 31)
Details: Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Summer Camp Guide
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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 >>
Scotts Valley Art, Wine & BeerFestival
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  Scotts Valley Art, Wine & BeerFestival
Chamber of Commerce Scotts Valley
Date: Every day (Aug 18-Aug 19) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Come enjoy fine art, wine & beer tasting, great food, and live entertainment in an open park setting
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
Summer Camp Guide
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