Thanksgiving Break Camp


THANKSGIVING CAMP REGISTRATION
 Dates: November 25-27, 2019 

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Please choose programming based on the grade your camper is in for the 2019-2020 school year.  PreK participants must be 4 years old by September 1, 2019 and fully independent using the restroom. If you are trying to pair siblings or friends in the same age group, you may enroll an older child in a younger age group; however, please do not enroll a younger child into an older age group.


Thanksgiving 2019 Policies

Please read all our policies, including our Holiday refund, transfer and credit policy carefully before registering for any camp or class as purchasing registration signifies agreement to the stated terms.

Rain or Shine Policy

RAIN (October-April)

Instructors are prepared to run program, no matter the forecast.  Preparing your child with the right mindset on a rainy day is just as important as sending them in the best footwear, jacket and rain pants.  Here are some ways you can help our staff keep your children happy and safe while they are at Sienna Ranch in the rain:

  1. Gear Up (as much as possible):  Students need to have at least a rain jacket or poncho to keep their core dry (and layers underneath to keep them warm).  Consider taking a trip together to a second-hand gear/clothing store and letting your child pick their “ranch jacket”.  Wear it just for ranch programming and rest assured no one will judge you for how muddy it may get!  Rain boots are also highly recommended, with rain pants as another fantastic option.  Wool is strongly preferred when possible, especially wool socks, since it keeps you warm even when damp.
  2. Set Expectations (as much as possible): Does your child love testing how deep every puddle is when they wear rain boots?  Many Sienna Ranch puddles and streams are definitely deep enough to flood the average boot, so consider taking your child for a puddle-stomping romp before wearing new gear to the ranch.  Soggy feet have lesser consequences when warm socks are just inside the house.  Please also encourage students to zip/snap their jackets up themselves so they can work their layers independently at the ranch.
  3. Hype it up (as much as possible): Our winter rains are a defining part of our climate here in the Bay Area, and rain makes a lot of things at Sienna Ranch even more fun!  Instructors love taking time to cozy up by a fire in the tipi, make impromptu sailboats to race down the culverts and experience the feeling of playing a full-speed game of tag in the arena with water dripping down their cheeks.  It’s fun, if we make it fun!
  4. If in doubt, pack extra layers: Know that your child is the one likely to lay down in the flowing runoff by the buckeye tree at first glance?  Help instructors keep your child safe and warm by having an extra set of base layers and socks packed in a gallon-sized ziplock bag in their backpack.  Despite best intentions, instructors will have to call home and ask families to bring dry clothes if they feel a child would not be safe wearing what they have until pickup.  Best case scenario, extra clothes come home dry and in their baggies!

All programming continues, rain or shine.  Some activities, such as Horseback Riding are subject to adaptation when it is too hot and/or humid for the horses to exercise.  See our Riding and Horsemanship School page for more information about heat index.

Questions about the sunny weather policy you can read the full Rain or Shine suggestions for more information about how we embrace exposure and the elements.

Holiday Refund, Transfer, and Credit Policy

School Year & Holiday Camp Refund, Transfer and Credit Policy

Camp or class refund, transfer or credit requests must be made in writing to admin@siennaranch.net. All refund, credit, and exception requests must be made within 6 months after the program’s start date. Voicemail messages cannot be considered as official transfer or refund requests.Voicemail messages cannot be considered as official transfer or refund requests.

Refund: Receiving cash, check or credit card reimbursement for programming paid for out-of-pocket. Charter school funds cannot be turned into cash, check or credit card refunds. All credit card refunds are subject to a 5% processing fee which the credit card and registration company charge us.

Transfer: Moving tuition monies within the Sienna Ranch registration system directly to programming in a different date range (different week of camp or different session of the school year) for the same child.

Credit: Releasing tuition monies from a specific class/camp/program and applying them to a family’s general account. Sienna Ranch credit never expires and can be used by any member of the immediate family for any Sienna Ranch program including camps, classes, special events, or store items. Credit cannot be turned into cash, check or credit card reimbursement. Charter School Funds may not be turned into credit, as they are only valid for the exact session & class listed on the PO/voucher.

Email received  Credit Card Refund  Transfer Session/Camps  SR Credit
1+ month prior 5% credit card processing fee no fee no fee
2-4 weeks prior 15% fee per program 15% fee per program 15% fee per program
1-2 weeks prior not available 15% fee per program 15% fee per program
less than 1 week not available not available not available

* ‘Time until the start of class/program’ is counted from the start time of the first day of the session.

* AM & PM camps are separate programs and incur separate fees for cancellations or transfers.

* Credit and Transfer are available for use between immediate family members only.

* We will do our best to honor all transfer requests but cannot guarantee space availability due to the first-come, first-served nature of our programming.

*Please note that ALL credit card refunds are subject to a 5% processing fee.

**With one or more week’s notice, one-day programs like Try-It Archery, Private Archery and Try-It Riding Lessons may be transferred to a different date within the same school year.  These programs do not qualify for refunds or credits. For Family Day refund/transfer requests, please read more here.

Holiday Camp Discounts

Holiday Camp Discounts

Holiday Camp Discounts

Thanksgiving Break Camp does not have an early registration discount, rather, the following applies:

  • Full-Day Discount:  Register for a full week of AM camp, Ranch Play and PM camp and receive the value of Ranch Play free.
  • Multi-Sibling Discount:  Register more than one sibling and save 10% on the second child’s camp balance.

Absences and Early and Late Pick Up

Early Pick Up

Early Pickup: Unplanned early pick ups are disruptive and difficult to accommodate as campers may be midway through an activity or hiking offsite.

For AM Camps- If extremely necessary please call the office before the start of camp to tell us your pick up time

For PM Camps- Early pickup is at 3:30pm only.  Please fill out the form below with at least 24 hours notice, otherwise we cannot guarantee your camper will be available for early dismissal.

Afternoon Camp Early Pickup Request

Late Pick Up

Late Pickup Fees:  Please note that while we do appreciate a call or voice mail if you are running late, we will likely be away from the phone actively dismissing campers and may not receive your message immediately.  Thank you for being on time.

Minutes Late Fee
1-5 none
 6-15 $10 / driver
16+ $1 / min late

Absences

Missing A Day of Camp: We are unable to offer make ups or to prorate camp tuition if your child misses a day of camp.


Morning Camps, 9:00am-1:00pm

(Early Birds available 8am-9am, Ranch Play available 1pm-2pm)
Everything Ranch Camp
PreK-6th Grade

“Everything” Ranch Nature Camp

PRICE: $225 for the 3-Day Camp  Register Here

OFFERED: Monday November 25th-Wednesday November 27th, 2019
GRADES: PreK-6th Grade
CLASS SIZE: 8 max

This popular holiday camp includes the highlight lessons and activities from Sienna Ranch’s year-round homeschool and after school classes. Possible activities include learning life saving first aid techniques, creating nature-based crafts like corn cob darts or walking sticks, learning how to care for and cook from our garden, and visiting our favorite ranch animal friends. “Everything” Ranch camps give campers a taste of it all! Activities will vary based on age group. The “Everything” Ranch Nature Camp will be different in each session so feel free to sign up for all our holiday camps!

Food Allergies: Although we do not provide meals for campers, campers may cook from the garden and could be exposed to eggs, fruits, vegetables or other basic baking supplies.  At the time of registration, please disclose any specific dietary needs, especially around eggs, dairy or wheat.  You are welcome to note any/all sensitivities or say you prefer your camper not eat ranch snacks.

*Want to make sure friends/buddies end up in the same group?  Make sure to select the same class number (#1 or #2) and you’ll be all set! 

Ranch Equestrian Camp
2nd-5th Grade

Ranch Equestrian Camp 

PRICE: $337 for the 3-Day Camp  Register Here

OFFERED: Monday November 25th-Wednesday November 27th, 2019
GRADES: 2nd-5th Grade
CLASS SIZE: 12 max

Riding, horse-themed games, and horsemanship skills are the main activities in this camp. Campers will enjoy daily mounted and unmounted lessons in riding and horsemanship and other fun and educational horsey activities.  Campers work on new skills appropriate to their level during each mounted lesson. Through groundwork games and activities campers will learn horse communication, grooming, tacking, leading & tying, and how we care for horses to keep them healthy and happy.  When they are not working directly with the horses, campers will spend time practicing skills on the ground via various games and exercises that help develop their ability in the saddle.  Our Equestrian campers love getting to know our four legged friends!


 Afternoon Camps, 2:00-5:00pm 

Campers can attend an Afternoon Special Interest camp only, OR add it on to a Day Camp for a full-day Sienna Ranch experience.  Ranch Play extended care from 1:00-2:00 is offered at no charge for full day campers, and can be added to a morning camp for $30. Ranch Play drop in’s are $15/day. 

Archery
3rd-5th Grade

Archery: Real Bows and Arrows

PRICE: $165 for the 3-Day Camp  Register Here

OFFERED: Monday November 25th-Wednesday November 27th, 2019
GRADES: 3rd-6th Grade
CLASS SIZE: 8 max

Campers will enjoy learning or improving their archery skills, with an opportunity to shoot up to an hour and a half each day on Sienna Ranch’s 25 yard archery range.  Instructors model and encourage proper shooting form and techniques and help campers to reach their potential.  Over the course of the week, campers will make an arrow and target to take home.  Beginners are welcome to register.

Fun with Horses
K-2nd Grade

Fun with Horses: Horse Care and Equestrian Games 

PRICE: $183 for the 3-Day Camp  Register Here

OFFERED: Monday November 25th-Wednesday November 27th, 2019
GRADES: K-2nd Grade
CLASS SIZE: 8 max

Fun With Horses campers do exactly that, spend a week having fun with horses!  Children in this special interest camp will have the opportunity to learn to “speak horse”, as they are introduced to the various ways horses communicate with each other and with us. Using fun games and activities, campers will learn about colors and breeds of horses, parts of a pony, and gaits. They will participate in the various ways we care for horses to keep them healthy and happy, such as grooming, stall care, and feeding.  Highlights of this week for many of our campers are the times spent with pony rides, vaulting, leading, and grazing, and creating chalk or painted murals right on a horse!

Note: For a camp with a focus on riding instruction, please see our morning Ranch Equestrian Camp.

Potions and Pies
2nd-4th Grade

Potions and Pies: Harvesting the Ranch’s Bounty

PRICE: $165 for the 3-Day Camp  Register Here

OFFERED: Monday November 25th-Wednesday November 27th, 2019
GRADES: 2nd-4th Grade
CLASS SIZE: 10 max

Potions are real.  Pies are delicious!  Join us at Sienna Ranch as we learn how to make treats from trees and medicine from plants growing here at the ranch.  Summer is the best time to create scrumptious pies from Sienna Ranch’s homegrown abundance. Campers will love making potions with mysterious powers, like healing salves and sprays to defend against bug attacks. In our free time we will enjoy hanging out under shady trees, visiting animals, exploring and playing games.

Food Allergies: Although we do not provide meals for campers, campers may cook from the garden and could be exposed to eggs, fruits, vegetables or other basic baking supplies.  At the time of registration, please disclose any specific dietary needs, especially around eggs, dairy or wheat.  You are welcome to note any/all sensitivities or say you prefer your camper not eat ranch snacks.

Pottery
K-2nd Grade

Pottery: Hand Building and Exploration

PRICE: $165 for the 3-Day Camp  Register Here

OFFERED: Monday November 25th-Wednesday November 27th, 2019
GRADES: K-2nd Grade
CLASS SIZE: 8 max

Campers will be delighted by making useful and beautiful clay projects in Sienna Ranch’s engaging pottery camp. This hands-on exploration into pottery has a unique Ranch twist as campers learn to put their imagination into their creations. We will explore new hand building techniques each day and complete take-home projects which encourage investigation into size, shape and form.  

Campers will create an array of air dry clay projects by hand in our outdoor pottery studio and will also see at least one animal each afternoon.