Summer CampCreate wonderful and lasting memories on our farm
Join us to connect with the land, animals, and with other children. Fall in love with nature, forge new friendships, learn new skills and enjoy the beauty and magic of childhood.
ENROLLMENT OPENS SOON!
The program includes but is not limited to…
- Farm animals, collecting eggs, grooming mini ponies, feeding the animals, and getting dirty with life on the farm.
- Holistic Health Education with guest teachers and experts in their field of in Naturopathic Medicine, Functional Medicine and Herbalism.
- Biodiverse gardening + the art of growing our own food.
- Horseback riding, learning to be confident and calm leaders.
- Hiking and exploring
- Taking a dip in the pool to cool off and enjoy one another’s company.
- Art + self-expression with nature-based good quality art material.
- Making lemonade from the lemon tree!
- Games and so much more!
Camp Shine Summer Program
What can your child expect?
Each week your child will have a main lesson and guest teacher who comes to camp. Think of this as the cherry on top of an already wonderful sundae. This could be a local artist, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Naturopathic Dr, woodworking specialist, local business, survival skills guide and more!
All our guest teachers are truly and equally exceptional! We often encourage people to sign up without knowing so they can try something perhaps outside of a “normal” interest.
Each week your child will also get 1 horsemanship day. This will include grooming, floor skills and riding.
All while enjoying the great outdoors, we will be weaving in the SHINE
Curriculum, learning practical tools for resiliency, emotional intelligence, conscious leadership/kindness and discovering how to listen to our own inner voice.
Located in the hills of Martinez, CA, we enjoy farm life with chickens, mini ponies, horses, and a bunny! It is not uncommon for the children to enjoy art or chat with a chicken tucked under their arm. We collect eggs, groom ponies, and feed the animals. The children LOVE spending time on the farm!
Herbs & Holistic Health
We teach children the power of plants! At Camp SHINE, we are bringing back the tradition of holistic health by educating our youth on how to use herbs and their unique properties to support our bodies. This program is mainly taught by guest teacher Andrea Telfer Karbo FNP, a functional practitioner and founder of The Remedy.
Horsemanship & Riding
Through working with horses, children experience being calm and confident leaders. They discover reading the language of a horse and how to be aware of their surroundings, a huge life skill! They also learn to groom, tend, and ride our two horses, Marty and Piper.
These are not your typical “kid art” projects. They will use high quality, natural products to create works of art that are inspiring and beautiful. They will whittle walking sticks, sand, assemble and paint bird houses, create pottery, do natural dying and so much more! We often bring in the expert in their field to teach the children a new skillset they can enjoy for years to come.
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Freedom & exploration in a safe and nurturing environment.
All while enjoying the great outdoors, we weave in the SHINE Curriculum, teaching the kids the power in their choices. We share with the kids the freedom in self responsibility, self-awareness, and the art of self-counseling. We create a safe and friendly environment for the kids to express themselves. We are dedicated to creating a culture of kindness, where people are celebrated and valued. We instill in the children that they are born special! Our goal is to help create resilient and self-assured children so they can shine as they were born to do!
In addition, the philosophy and the foundation of our program is that it is child lead. Although we have clear activities and plans, we always leave plenty of room for the creative imagination and child lead activities. We are here to light a spark as opposed to filling a bucket!
We also believe that true health stems from a deep connected to nature and realizing our part in our ecosystem. Our mission is to help children take excellent care of our planet and enjoy/appreciate the beauty that surrounds us all.
2023 Summer Camp Schedule
These are tentative dates and are subject to change.
More details to follow.
Enrollment Opens March 2023
Summer camps run Mondays-Thursdays
MAY – JUNE
Session 1: May 5 – June 2
Session 2: June 5 – June 8
Session 3: June 12 – June 15
Session 4: June 19 – June 22
Session 5: June 26 – June 29
NO CAMP JULY 4TH WEEK
Session 6: July 10 – July 13
Session 7: July 17 – July 20
Session 8: July 24 – July 27
Aftercare for Morning Sessions
2:30pm-5:00pm | Additional $40/day (no discounts on aftercare)
*Aftercare not available for Bonus Session and Sessions 1 and 8
Early Bird Registration
Sign up siblings or enroll in more than 1 session and receive 15% off at check out! (only available the first 3 days of enrollment)
Enroll in more than 1 session and/or siblings and received 5% off at check out.
If you are enrolling in more than 1 week, we strongly encourage signing up for 2 consecutive sessions. We have found children who come consecutively really benefit from their time that much more! We continued with our weekly option as we know summer is busy for many families and we wanted to provide flexibility and choice.
Once you register for Camp you will receive a welcome letter a week prior to your start date with all the details of your week at camp! What we will be up to and what the main lesson is for that week.
Are you interested in sponsoring a child to come to CAMP SHINE?
Reach out to us HERE to be connected with a child who could use assistance.
Sample Summer Day in the Life at Camp SHINE!
9:30 – 10:30am:
Circle | Socialize | Farm Animals
10:30am – 12:00pm:
Snack | Main Lesson
12:15pm – 1:00pm:
(farm, games, group play, building, etc.)
1:00pm – 2:15pm:
2:15pm – 2:30pm:
(Can eat lunch upon arrival)
Not limited to
(Each week there is 1 horseback riding day + Guest Teacher)
- Holistic Health
- Horseback riding
- Leather working
- Wet felting
- Woodworking Projects
- Walking Sticks
- Talent shows/Play
- Hiking + Exploration
- Soap/lotion making
- Biodiverse farming
- Natural Dying
- Tree House Building
+ so much more!
What is your Covid-19 policy?
Is Camp SHINE for boys and girls?
What is the location of Camp SHINE?
How many kids are in each session?
How does it work with mixed ages?
Do you provide a buddy option so friends can enroll together?
Will my child feel left out if they don’t know anyone or come with a friend to Camp?
We have had many kids come to camp “alone” but the environment of camp makes it easy to make friends. Our staff is also trained to look for kiddos who need help connecting. No child will ever be left standing alone! EVER! We find many campers meet new friends that are lasting and continue outside of camp 😊
Camp SHINE sounds utopic! Does conflict arise?
What's the supervision like at Camp SHINE?
Do you offer Camp SHINE scholarships?
Each year we give away 5 pay what you can spots at Camp SHINE. Please email us HERE to apply. It’s on a first come first serve basis. When you apply, your name gets added to a list and we will reach out if you are selected.
Does my child need to know how to swim to come to Camp SHINE?
Can My kindergartener come to Camp SHINE?
Camp SHINE is a long day, do the kids get tired?
If I cannot make a day of Camp, do I get reimbursed?
How will the morning and afternoon sessions work?
What is your cancellation policy?
How do you handle horse safety and riding?
We do our best to create a safe environment, however it is important to note, that all animals are unpredictable. We mitigate risk by teaching the children about horses’ safety and how to create an environment that is safe for ourselves and the horse. When your child interacts with the horse it is supervised and 1 to 1.