Summer Camp 2018



Check out our Summer 2018 schedule below.

Questions about our hot/wet weather policies?  Read our Rain or Shine suggestions for more information about how we embrace exposure and the elements.

Please read all our policies, including our Summer 2018 refund, transfer and credit policy carefully before registering for any camp or class as purchasing registration signifies agreement to the stated terms.


2018 Summer Camp Weeks

#1: June 11-15
#2: June 18-22
#3: June 25-29
#4: July 2-6
#5: July 9-13*
#6: July 16-20
#7: July 23-27
#8: July 30-Aug 3
#9: August 6-10*
#10: Aug 13-17

* Weeks with Teen Camp Programming available

 Sienna Ranch OPEN July 4th.  Dates and rates July 2-6 reflect a full 5-day week of program. 

Welcome to our 9th year of summer camp at Sienna Ranch! Each year we feel honored and grateful to be serving our wonderful community from all over the San Francisco Bay Area.

If this is your first year, we welcome you, and if you are returning we welcome you back. This year promises to be another exciting summer at the Ranch, filled with all your favorite animals (plus a few new ones!), all the secret magical places like the Tree Fort, Tire Tunnel, and the Buckeye tree, and of course our fabulous, passionate and dedicated staff.

Most of the Sienna Ranch camps filled up very quickly last year. Unfortunately, we had to turn many people away. To ensure a spot for your camper, please register early.

Please be aware that the specific activities described below are subject to change without notice. If camp activities are changed we will endeavor to replace them with activities which are as close as possible to the original activities described.


Please choose programming based on the grade your camper is entering for the 2018-19 school year.  PreK participants must be 4 years old and fully independent using the restroom by June 1, 2018.


Morning Camps, 9:00-1:00

(Early Bird care available 8-9am, Ranch Play bridge care between morning and afternoon programming available 1-2pm*)

 

Farm Hands – Farm Life, Animal Care, and Old Fashioned Arts and Crafts

PRICE: $375 per week      Register Here
OFFERED:    Every week!
GRADES:     PreK-K (*2 sections), 1-2 or 3-5 
CLASS SIZE: max 8 PreK-K, max 10 1st+

Spend a week with the residents of Sienna Ranch: the chickens, sheep, goats and bunnies. Campers will experience close interaction as they learn about and care for our farm animals. Old fashioned arts, crafts, and games will enhance the camp experience. Farm Hands campers will enjoy unique activities including milking our goats, making goat milk treats such as smoothies or cheese, making and eating butter, making ice cream, harvesting from our garden, and crafting with wool from our sheep. Our staff bring a passion for youth and animals together in this fantastic program where children will not only build relationships and learn respect for the living creatures at Sienna Ranch, but will also delight in some of the simple pleasures which used to entertain children in times past.

*PreK-K campers must be a minimum of age 4 and fully independent using the restroom as of June 1, 2018 to enroll.  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! 

Return to Morning Camp Options

 

Makers by Nature – Creative Experiences Outdoors 

PRICE: $350 per week      Register Here
OFFERED:    Weeks 3,6 & 10  
GRADES:     1-2 & 3-5  
CLASS SIZE: max 10

This week is all about discovering clever things to make and do in nature. We will craft our own medicines out of native plants, practice our fire making skills, and explore the hills of Briones for tracks and clues from the wild animals that live there.  Among our many projects, campers can look forward to practicing their aim with homemade bird bows, and making leather pouches. All ages will enjoy the fun games and epic landscape that Sienna Ranch has to offer.

Return to Morning Camp Options

 

Natural Adventures – Roughing it in Nature 

PRICE: $350 per week      Register Here
OFFERED:    Weeks 1,4,7  
GRADES:     1-2 & 3-5
CLASS SIZE: max 10
OFFERED:    Week 9 (Teen Week)  
GRADES:     3-5 & 6-8
CLASS SIZE: max 10

Campers will spend this week challenged and inspired by the great outdoors. This camp nurtures confidence and trust in campers’ abilities and builds teamwork with fellow campers.  Campers enjoy destination hikes in Briones, ascending with rope and harness, building forts, learning how to make a one match fire, designing and running obstacle courses, sledding down the grass covered hills, team building challenges, and learning to shoot a bow and arrow.

Note: Week #9 Teen camp camp (8/6-8/10) requires an off-site 9am drop off on Friday August 10th at a nearby trailhead for all Natural Adventures campers (no Early Birds available for Natural Adventures campers this day).  Campers will hike through Briones East Bay Regional park back to Sienna Ranch for their final adventure of the week.  More details will be sent to families the week of your enrollment.  Sienna Ranch is not permitted to transport students by vehicle, so thanks in advance for arranging your transportation directly to the drop off site.

Return to Morning Camp Options

 

Survival in the Wild – A Wilderness Skills Adventure

PRICE: $350 per week      Register Here
OFFERED:    Weeks 2,8
GRADES:     1-2 & 3-5
CLASS SIZE: max 10
OFFERED:    Week 5 (Teen Week)  
GRADES:     3-5 & 6-8
CLASS SIZE: max 10

Surviving in the wild is no easy task. This camp introduces the fundamentals of staying alive: fire, shelter, food, and water. Campers will learn a series of basic wilderness skills including fire making, shelter building, food preparation, and water purification. Campers will practice lost-proofing techniques with staff along with activities to sharpen awareness of our surroundings. As a culmination of the camp activities, campers will assemble a basic survival kit that they can continue to build on at home.

Return to Morning Camp Options

 

Ranch Equestrian Camp – Riding & Groundwork

PRICE: $525 per week      Register Here
OFFERED:    Weeks 1-4, 6-8 & 10  
GRADES:     2-5
CLASS SIZE: max 8
OFFERED:    Week 5 & 9 (Teen Week)  
GRADES:     5-8
CLASS SIZE: max 8

Riding, horse-themed games, vaulting and horsemanship skills are the main activities in this camp. Campers will enjoy daily mounted and dismounted lessons in riding and horsemanship and other fun and educational horsey activities.  Each day campers work on new skills appropriate to their level during their mounted lesson. Groundwork games, activities, and crafts will include instruction in 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 many ponies and horses! 

Horses and Heat:  Temperatures and humidity can sometimes exceed the heat stress index veterinarians deem too high for safe horseback riding. Please know that it is our preference for campers to experience a mounted riding rotation each day of program. However, we reserve the right to substitute riding with other creative, experiential horse-themed lessons and games should the index be too great for the horses to be exercised safely.

 Horse-safe footwear requirement 

Return to Morning Camp Options


Is your preferred Camp SOLD OUT?  Put your camper on the Wait List if you’d like to be included in a batch email to all interested customers should a spot arise.

As a reminder, registration is first-come, first-served.  Being on the wait list is the best way to be notified about changes but does not guarantee a spot in programming.


Additional Camp Options

Our extended care service for families who need an earlier start to their day, Early Birds campers meet in the backyard area and play, draw, read or relax before morning camp begins. Ranch Play is a supervised play time offered after morning camp. Relax at the story station, enjoy the craft of the day or play on the play structure in our backyard area.
Flexible drop-off as early as 8am or up until 8:45.

Cost: $60/week or $15/day

Available to morning or full-day campers only.  This is a set program from 1-2pm.

Cost: $60/week or $15/day


 

Afternoon Camps, 2:00-5:00 


 

Archery – Real Bows and Arrows

PRICE: $245 per week      Register Here
OFFERED:    Weeks 1-4, 6-8 & 10
GRADES:     3-5
CLASS SIZE: max 8
OFFERED:    Week 5 & 9 (Teen Week)  
GRADES:     6-8
CLASS SIZE: max 8

Campers will enjoy learning or improving their archery skills with an opportunity to shoot for at least an hour and a half each day on Sienna Ranch’s designated archery range, with distances ranging from 10 to 25 yards. Instructors model and encourage proper shooting form and techniques and help campers to reach their potential. Over the course of the week, campers will be given the opportunity to work on several archery related crafts, such as leather arm guards and homemade wooden arrows. Beginners are always welcome!

Return to Afternoon Camp Options

 

 

Art and Animals – Art with Natural Materials

PRICE: $245 per week      Register Here
OFFERED:    Every Week! 
GRADES:     K-2
CLASS SIZE: max 10

Two favorite hobbies- one fantastic camp! Each day, campers will enjoy interacting with the Sienna Ranch animals- activities such as collecting eggs, caring for the goats, feeding the bunnies, and grooming the pony. After spending time with their farm friends, they will settle in for a unique nature-based art or craft project. Instructors model and encourage the use of natural and recycled materials, some found on the ranch!

Return to Afternoon Camp Options

 

*NEW* Destination Discovery – Your Passport to Adventure

PRICE: $245 per week      Register Here
OFFERED:    Week 3
GRADES:     3-5
CLASS SIZE: max 10

Come see all of the destinations Sienna Ranch has to offer and complete your Adventure Passport by solving clues that lead to hidden stamps throughout the property.  Each day will have a new mystery to solve, a new survival skill to learn, and a new spot to explore at the ranch.  Campers will have fun using their problem solving skills, learning about maps and compasses, and completing physical challenges.

Return to Afternoon Camp Options

 

 

Fun with Horses – Just Horsing Around

PRICE: $275 per week      Register Here
OFFERED:    Weeks 1-4, 6-10  
GRADES:     K-2
CLASS SIZE: max 8
OFFERED:    Week 5 (Teen Week) 
GRADES:     2-5
CLASS SIZE: max 8

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 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!

 Horse-safe footwear requirement 

Note: Fun With Horses does not include daily riding.  For a camp with more of a focus on riding instruction, please see our morning Ranch Equestrian Camp, offered 9:00am-1:00pm each week.

Return to Afternoon Camp Options

Pottery 

PRICE: $245 per week      Register Here
OFFERED:    Weeks (1,3 & 7) 
GRADES:     K-2
CLASS SIZE: max 8
OFFERED:    Even Weeks (2,4,6,8 & 10) 
GRADES:     3-5
CLASS SIZE: max 8
OFFERED:    Teen Week (9) 
GRADES:     6-8
CLASS SIZE: max 8

 

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.  At this time we do not have wheels for throwing pottery, but there is so much to do just with your hands!

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.  

Return to Afternoon Camp Options

 

*NEW* Potions and Pies – Harvesting the Ranch’s Bounty

PRICE: $245 per week      Register Here
OFFERED:    Weeks 7 & 9
GRADES:     K-2 & 3-5
CLASS SIZE: max 10

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.

Return to Afternoon Camp Options

 

Ranch Wranglers

PRICE: $245 for per week      Register Here
OFFERED:    Weeks (2,5 & 9)
GRADES:     3-5
CLASS SIZE: max 8

wran·gler:  a person in charge of horses or other livestock on a ranch.


Join Sienna Ranch’s staff to spend time caring for, learning about and having fun with Sienna Ranch’s beloved animal friends. Oh, and did we mention you might get to ride a horse?!  Some other highlights include taking our goats for a walk, feeding the horses lunch, learning how to maintain our animal pens (scooping poop is fun!) and shearing Dora our adorable Angora bunny, all the while learning about our animals, how to care for them and what we use them for. One day during the week there will be a short horse riding lesson, so please plan to wear appropriate footwear (no riding experience necessary, lessons will focus on vaulting skills).

Return to Afternoon Camp Options

 

Woodshop & Natural Building – Carpentry & Woodworking 

PRICE: $245 per week      Register Here
OFFERED:    Even Weeks (2,4,6,8 & 10)
GRADES:     K-2
CLASS SIZE: max 8
OFFERED:    Week 1,3 & 7  
GRADES:     3-5
CLASS SIZE: max 8
OFFERED:    Week 5 & 9 (Teen Week)  
GRADES:     6-8
CLASS SIZE: max 8

In this camp we will be building toys, games, and basic structures out of wood and other natural materials. Each day will begin in the Sienna Ranch Woodshop where students will learn to safely use hammers, saws, and drills to create kid-approved projects. Once confidence and skills are gained in the woodshop, students will use their hands and an array of natural materials such as branches and logs, rope and rocks, to build huts and survival shelters. This portion of the class will focus on basic structural design and building techniques that could come in handy in the backyard, during a camping trip, or even in a survival situation. Students can expect to take home at least 2 small projects.

Return to Afternoon Camp Options

 

 


Is your preferred Camp SOLD OUT?  Put your camper on the Wait List if you’d like to be included in a batch email to all interested customers should a spot arise.

As a reminder, registration is first-come, first-served.  Being on the wait list is the best way to be notified about changes but does not guarantee a spot in programming.


SUMMER CAMP POLICIES

Please read our policies carefully before registering for any camp or class.  Purchasing registration implies agreement to the terms below:

Refund, Transfer, and Credit Policy

Sienna Ranch camps are outstanding because our staff is outstanding.

Our refund policy allows us to reliably staff our programs with brilliant educators for your children.  Note: Camp refund, transfer or credit requests must be made in writing to admin@siennaranch.net.  Voicemail message or in-person conversations cannot be considered as official requests.

Email received Credit Card Refund Transfer Camp Weeks SR Credit
Prior to May 1st $25 fee per camp no fee no fee
May 1st – 2 weeks prior not available $25 fee per camp $50 fee per camp
Less than 2 weeks prior not available not available not available
  • Refund: receiving cash, check or credit card reimbursement for programming paid for out-of-pocket.
  • Transfer: moving tuition monies within the Sienna Ranch registrations system 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 for use by any other sibling (not to be turned into cash, check or credit card reimbursement).
  • Date ranges are based on the Sunday evening prior to first day of camp or session in question.
  • AM & PM camps are separate programs and incur separate fees for cancellations or transfers.
  • SR credit and tuition transfer 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.

Summer Camp Discounts

  •  Ranch Play Discount:  Register the same child for AM camp, Ranch Play and PM camp the same week and automatically receive $60 off that week’s total.
  •  Multi-Camp Discount:  Register the same camper for any 5 camps (morning and afternoon camps count separately), automatically receive a one-time $50 discount for the summer.
  •  Multi-Sibling Discount:  Register two or more siblings for the same week of camp, automatically receive 5% off your total camp tuition for that week of program.

 


Other Tips and Info

Our camps fill up quickly!

Tips to avoid disappointment:

  • Sign Up for our Newsletter mailing list: We will notify you via email when our registration opens.
  • Sign Up Early: Some of our summer camps begin to sell out as early as January, and many weeks fill by May!
  • Try Different Camps: We plan one-week units and find that campers who spend multiple weeks with us enjoy variety in their camp experience.  With three different themed nature camps, Farm Hands and Ranch Equestrian morning camps for most ages, as well as five different afternoon programs, we hope there is a lot for each camper to experience with us this summer.  Call the office if you would like a recommendation!
  • Register from a computer: our registration links do not always work from a phone or tablet.

Early Pickup: Early pick up is discouraged as it may disrupt the flow of the camp and the experience of all the campers. Please only enroll in morning camp programming your camper can attend in full.  We understand that swim team or alternate camp dismissals may conflict with 5pm pickup so for afternoon camps only, early pickup at 3:30pm is available upon reservation.  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 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 SR Action Fee
1-5 none none
 6-15 call home $10 / driver
16+ call again $1 / min late

A Note on Age Groups: If you are trying to pair siblings, cousins, 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. Our age groups have been chosen based on years of experience working with children and they are important for maintaining the quality of the camp experience.  Please email the office for help if you have any questions.


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.


Food Allergies: Although we do not provide meals for campers, Farm Hands campers work with goat and cow’s milk, and there is always the chance that campers might enjoy an impromptu snack from the garden during their time at the Ranch. At the time of registration, please disclose any specific dietary needs, especially around eggs, dairy or wheat.  Cooking projects in the past have included enjoying scrambled eggs, home-made ranch dressing, butter made with heavy cream, crackers (gluten-free option available), goat milk smoothies, goat cheese, fruits, vegetables and fruit juice popsicles.  You are welcome to note any/all sensitivities or say you prefer your camper not eat ranch snacks.

Please do call (925) 283-6311 or email admin@siennaranch.net with any questions or concerns.  We are happy to help you understand how we keep campers with food allergies safe!


Is your preferred camp SOLD OUT?

Put your camper on the Wait List if you’d like to be included in a batch email to all interested customers should a spot arise.

As a reminder, registration is first-come, first-served.  Being on the wait list is the best way to be notified about changes but does not guarantee a spot in programming.


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