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Girl with horse riding helmet, hand painted sign, children on trail at camp shine

SUMMER CAMP

Open to K-5th/Incoming 6th graders

Children with baby animal

Create wonderful and lasting memories on our farm

At Camp SHINE your child(ren) may find themselves connecting with the land, with the animals, and with other children while they build relationships and joyful memories. Fall in love with nature, forge new friendships, learn new skills and enjoy the beauty and magic of childhood.

We will be weaving the SHINE Curriculum into an appreciation of the outdoors as your children learn practical tools for resiliency, emotional intelligence, conscious leadership/kindness and discovering how to listen to their own inner voice.

Camp is open to children from Kindergarten through 5th (incoming 6th) graders. 

Check out our Jr. Camp Counselor Program for older kids: DETAILS + ENROLLMENT HERE

A little taste of

What Camp SHINE is about

Farm Life

Located in the hills of Martinez, CA, we enjoy farm life with chickens, mini ponies, horses, pigs, goats 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, tend to the garden and learn about all the responsibilities of running a small farm. The children LOVE spending time on the farm! Each day at summer camp, the children visit the farm with plenty of time to really enjoy all the animals and garden. 

Holistic Health

We teach children about how our health is directly connected to the earth and what we put in and on our body! At Camp SHINE, we love bringing the tradition of holistic health by educating our youth on how to use herbs, plants and our natural world to support our bodies to be healthy and strong. We love bringing in guest health experts such as Andrea Telfer Karbo FNP, a functional practitioner and founder of The Remedy who has taught us how to make elderberry syrup from our trees on the farm and Dr. Levy, a very renowned Naturopathic Dr. who teaches us about how food is used to fuel our bodies. We’ve had Anna from East Bay Herbals who shares with us how to use plants to heal the body such as the power of herbal tea! Our bodies given a great environment will be healthy and thrive!

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 horse safety, how to groom, tend, and ride a horse. We have one horse dedicated day per session. This typically takes place on a Tuesday or Thursday. 

Mindfulness & Connection & Leadership

There’s nothing better than experiencing the peace of being outdoors. We love to do quiet solo sit spots or solo walks (a short path that is explored alone on our hike (always supervised), investigating all the beauty that surrounds us without distraction. We love weaving in quick mediations, mindfulness, Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping) and opportunities to soothe our nervous system. We also love exploring our super powers of self-responsibility, self awareness, kindness, self advocacy, and the power of choice! We seek to build the next generation of leaders, critical thinkers, and to cultivate a culture of thoughtfulness and kindness.  We love seeking ways we can take your child’s ideas and make them the teacher or the leader! We believe we all have unique gifts and talents and are here to spread our unique shine. We love seeing your child shine…it’s why we are here.

Nature-Inspired Art & Creativity

We love having nature as our muse! We do not do your typical “kid art” projects and we think that even adults would really love the art we explore!  We love to use high quality, natural products to create works of art that are inspiring and beautiful. They may create walking sticks, assemble and paint bird houses, create pottery, do natural dying, nature weaves, string art, learn to make soap and so much more! We often bring in the experts in their field to teach the children a new skill set they can enjoy for years to come.

Guest Teachers & Activities

Each week on Wednesdays we have either a guest teacher or a special focus for the week. These change each summer and are a surprise, so you may sign up not knowing your mystery guest or activity, but we promise it to be something special that enriches your heart, mind and body! ! In the past they have included: 

Guest Teachers:

Pottery teachers, teaching us the joy of clay!

Naturopathic physicians/Functional Docs teaching about our natural world and how it relates to healthy bodies!

Horticulturists showing us how to make shelter

Herbalist demonstrating how plants can heal the body.

Bee Keepers, teaching us about the complexity of bees and our ecosystem. 

Reptile exhibits discovering the wonderful world of snakes, tortoises and geckos! 

Special Activities:

Making elderberry syrup from our trees in late July/August to prepare to support our immune systems through the winter.

Talent shows or runways!

– Making something special from the garden 

And MORE!

Horse Riding Days

Each session your child will get to have a horse day! This is their special chance to learn about the unique relationship between horse and human. They will learn safety and also get to experience riding. 

Girl with horse and boy in hammock at Camp SHINE
Bunnies in child's lap at Camp SHINE

Camp SHINE Summer 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!

Sample Summer Day in the Life at Camp SHINE!

Boy examining an insect and kids at tree at Camp SHINE

Our days look something like:

 

9:00am – 9:30am:
Circle | Socialize`

9:30am – 10:45am:
Snack | Main Lesson
(horseback riding, art, projects, building, hiking, etc.)

10:45am – 12:00pm:
FARM LIFE

12:00pm:
Lunch

12:30pm – 1:30pm:
Pool

1:45pm – 2pm:
Closing Circle

Group A – Horses (Tuesdays)
Group B – Horses (Thursdays)
Wednesdays are Guest Teacher day!

Please note:
Camps are held Mondays-Thursdays

Group A – 9am – 2:00pm
Group B –  10:30am – 3:30pm
Aftercare – add-on until 5pm

Dig into the

SHINE Curriculum

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.

Happy campers near positive handmade signs with tent in background at Camp SHINE

Testimonials

What People Are Saying

“Love, joy, and friends”

Mia had a wonderful time at Camp Shine and can’t wait to go again! Stephanie and Lauren are very caring and warm leaders and their messages of self-love come at a perfect time. Camp Shine is all about love, joy and friends — what we value most!

-ANONYMOUS PARENT

“Everything you want for your child”

Camp shine is everything you want for your child. It’s nature inspired, heart focused, well- rounded, and earthy. Every child yearns for the experiences camp shine offers. We are blessed to have camp shine in our community fostering our future.

-ANONYMOUS PARENT

“Super fun”

“I am really glad I did this because it was super FUN and helpful in real-life situations.”

-FEMALE, AGE 13

2024 camp shine

Summer Camp Details

Building a hut from natural elements at Camp SHINE
SUMMER 2024 DATES

Group A : 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Group B : 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Session 1

June 10 – June 13

Session 2

June 17 – June 20

Session 3

June 24 – June 27

Session 4

July 8 – July 11

Session 5

July 15 – July 18

Session 6

July 22 – July 25

Session 7

July 29 – August 1

Session 8

August 5 – August 8

Pricing

Two Groups + Aftercare

Offered for each week of camp

GROUP A | 9:00am-2:00pm

Investment: $528

Aftercare until 5PM: Additional $235/session*

 

Group B | 10:30am-3:30pm

Investment: $528

Aftercare until 5pm: Additional $120/session*

Pre-Camp Care 9:15am-10:30am Additional $120/session*

*We do not offer per-day aftercare.

PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE – 

Contact us at hello@campshine.com for details

What is your cancellation policy?

We have a $30 cancellation fee and you can cancel anytime up until 2-weeks to the start of your camp week. If you notify us after the 2 weeks you are fully responsible for tuition.

Early-Bird Specials

Register early to ensure you get the week you want!

OPENING WEEKEND:
FEB. 2-FEB. 4, 2024

10% OFF

Use code: EARLYBIRD10!

 

 

SIBLING DISCOUNT  |  STARTS FEB. 5, 2024

5% OFF

Use code: SIBLINGDISCOUNT

Sibling discount cannot be combined with the early-bird discount.

5% sibling discount can be used when enrolling more than one child.

*Discounts apply to tuition only and are not applied to aftercare costs.

Expert Tip:

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.

Details by email:

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! This will give you an idea of what we will be up to and what the main lesson is for that week.

Parents’ Corner:

Login, view payment info, schedules, etc.

You can always hop over to the parent’s corner (link in top navigation of our site) to login in your enrollment account.

Please note:

  • Once you register you will get a welcome letter automatically sent to your inbox. If you don’t receive one, please check your junk mail and then reach out to us at hello@campshine.com to make sure that you are indeed registered with us.
  • There is a $30 fee for cancellations per enrollment.
  • Cancellations must be made 2 weeks prior to your camp date or the guardian is responsible for full tuition.
  • Should you miss camp for any reason we do not refund or credit, this may include vacations, make up days, illness or unforeseen incidents.
  • We are not responsible for lost items at camp.

We strive to include everyone.

SPONSORSHIP:

Interested and able to donate toward our scholarship fund? Be sure to add this on to your enrollment when signing up.

Thank you to our shining community for your ongoing generosity!

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Camp SHINE offers 1 scholarship per session for a family truly in need. Please join the waitlist and we will notify you if you are selected. Please note – the waitlist does not guarantee you a spot. It is first come first serve.

Yes, please add my info:

I’d like our family to be considered for a scholarship opportunity for Camp SHINE.

SOME OF OURMain Lessonsmay be:

(Each week there is 1 horseback riding day + Guest Teacher)

  • Holistic Health
  • Horseback riding
  • Leather working
  • Pottery
  • Weaving
  • Wet felting
  • Painting
  • Woodworking Projects
  • Walking Sticks
  • Talent shows/Play
  • Hiking + Exploration
  • Soap/lotion making
  • Biodiverse farming
  • Natural Dying
  • Tree House Building
    + so much more!

SummerCamp FAQ

Is Camp SHINE for boys and girls?
YES! Camp is for everyone! In fact, my own sons – 8- and 12-year-olds – LOVE camp!
What is the location of Camp SHINE?
We are in the hills of Martinez, CA at a private farm. Once you register for camp you will be provided further directions and info about our location.
How many kids are in each session?
We have on average between 18-22 kids in each session.
How does it work with mixed ages?
We love mixed ages at Camp SHINE. Since everything we do is universal and enjoyed by everyone from young children to even adult. We don’t do traditional “kiddie projects” and so what we explore is really satisfying for all. In addition, the older kiddos get to support the younger ones and practice leadership skills. The little ones get to rise to the occasion and try something new. We enjoy mixed ages as there is a place for everyone at Camp SHINE!
Do you provide a buddy option so friends can enroll together?
We do not provide a buddy system. The best way to ensure signing up with a friend is to correlate amongst families and to enroll early and on the same day for your chosen session.
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?
Of course! We take each bump in the road as a learning opportunity. Kids need guidance and loving help. None of us are perfect! We help kids to awaken their empathic skills and discover non-violent communication. We help kids to learn how to kindly take responsibility, recognize their own needs and take good care of themselves. We use camp as a learning playground to become better and kinder humans not perfect ones! 😊
What's the supervision like at Camp SHINE?
In each session there is a lead teacher who is supported by 2 Camp Counselors (High school Students). We also have guest teachers who come once a week and we also have a lifeguard to help supervise time at the pool. We have a lot of support 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?
No, however they will be required to wear a lifejacket the entire time we are near the pool, which is a separate fenced area from the rest of camp. We also provide a lifeguard in addition to our Camp Counselors who oversee the pool time. We take pool safety very seriously.
Can My kindergartener come to Camp SHINE?
We will accept Kindergarteners if they have experienced some school and are used to longer days or if they have a sibling in the program.
Camp SHINE is a long day, do the kids get tired?
Great question! We provide times in the day that are naturally quieter. Hammocks to rock in and quiet spaces to relax. We teach the kids to honor what they need and help them find ways to take good care of themselves. Since we are 100% outdoors, we find that kids are not as overstimulated as they might be in a classroom with bright lights and objects all around them. They tend to not have melt downs or feel overwhelmed. This is the beauty of being outside. Many parents report that their child’s behavior at home improves after their time at camp…however we make no official claim to that! 😊
If I cannot make a day of Camp, do I get reimbursed?
We do not prorate the program. We look at the program as a whole and not a per day basis. We do not reimburse for missed days.
How will the morning and afternoon sessions work?
We are so excited to offer a morning and afternoon session at Camp SHINE. We want to keep out session sizes down to provide a more intimate experience. Each session will have their own teacher and camp counselors to Shepard them through the day. Each session will also receive a different color t-shirt. The groups will not mingle very often but be on their own journey and schedule throughout the day.
What is your cancellation policy?
You can cancel anytime up until 2-weeks to the start of your camp week. If you notify us after the 2 weeks you are fully responsible for tuition. If the spot if filled, we will refund you. You can ask us about our waitlist or transfer your spot to a friend.
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.

Do you have Camp SHINE for adults?
We get this question all the time 😊. Coming soon because us adults need CAMP SHINE too!