Summer Camp 2023



Welcome to Summer Camp at Sienna Ranch! Please see below for updates and contact us for any questions. Our Camps this year will continue to be full day 9am-3pm programming.

Program Registration will be live Wednesday January 11th at 10am!

Please check your school schedule and the refund policy before signing up for camp.

Questions about our Safety Policies?  Read our Rain or Shine suggestions and our COVID Parent/Guardian Guidelines for more info.


2023 Summer Camp Weeks

#1: May 29- June 2
#2: June 5-9
#3: June 12-16
#4: June 19-23*
#5: June 26- June 30

#6: July 3-7
#7: July 10-14
#8: July 17-21*
#9: July 24-28
#10: July 31- Aug 4
#11: Aug 7-11

* Weeks with Teen Camp Programming available

 Sienna Ranch OPEN the week of Memorial Day.  Dates and rates May 29th-June 2nd reflect a full 5-day week of program.   Sienna Ranch OPEN the week of July 5th.  Dates and rates July 3rd-7th reflect a full 5-day week of program. 

Please choose programming based on the grade your camper is entering for the 2023-24 school year.  PreK participants must be 4 years old by May 29th, 2023 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


Summer 2023 Policies

Please read all our policies, including our Summer 2023 refund, transfer and credit policy carefully before registering for any camp or class as purchasing registration signifies agreement to the stated terms.

Sienna Ranch COVID-19 Camp Guidelines

Welcome to Summer Camp 2023! As always, the health and safety of our staff, apprentices, campers, and their households is of the utmost importance. In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked diligently to adapt our summer camp meet or exceed the recommendations outlined by the CDC, Contra Costa County Health Services, the American Camp Association, and Cal/OSHA. We thank you in advance for doing your part to keep our staff, apprentices, campers and their families safe!

Please see our COVID Policies here. The Summer Camp policies will adapt from these School Year Guidelines.

Pick up/Drop Off Policy

Sienna Ranch Summer Camp 2023 Pick Up/Drop Off Policy

Overview:
Camper Drop-Off 8:55 am – 9:10 am
Camper Pick-Up 2:55 – 3:10 pm

For the safety of our campers and staff, we will be limiting the number of vehicles on site by staggering pick-up/drop-off times. Timing will be staggered by last names as follows:

Drop-Off

A-L :  8:55 am – 9:05 am

M-Z : 9:05 am – 9:10 am

Pick-Up

A-L : 2:4=55 pm – 3:05 pm

M-Z : 3:05 pm- 3:10 pm

Parents should stay in their cars at all times (with the exception of PreK Groups). 

NEW Waitlist Policy

NEW Waitlist Policy: 

  • How the Waitlist works: If a Sienna Ranch camp is full you can get on our waitlist. You will follow the same steps to add to the waitlist as you would for a open camp. If a spot were to open up the active system sends out individual emails to each family with 2 choices; accept the spot and pay immediately, or reject the spot. If you Accept, the tool stops if that fills the session. If you reject, it will move on to the next family. If the time window of 48 hours expires, then it moves to the next family.
    • What happens if a family misses their time window but still want the spot?  If a family misses their time window, they are automatically removed from the waitlist. If they want to be put back on the waitlist, they will need to sign up for the waitlist again. 
    • What happens if the feature goes through the entire waitlist and there is still a spot open?  The spot will automatically be opened up online (if registration is still open) for anyone to sign up!
Rain or Shine Policy

SHINE (May-September)

Green hills turn golden as the winter rains dissipate and give way to longer, drier days.  Sun protection and hydration are key for comfort here in the warmer months, so we recommend the following five tips any time you see sunshine in the forecast:

  1. Pre-Hydrate:  Help students/campers get a great start to their day by dropping them off to the ranch well-hydrated.  Challenge them to drink and refill their water bottle at least once while they are at the ranch and ask them about it when you pick them up.
  2. Pre-[sun]Screen: Please apply sunscreen before dropping your child off for program.  Instructors do keep a small bottle of sunscreen in their first aid kits and can offer it to students who wish to reapply during the day.
  3. Label Layers: The morning chill burns off quickly and layers are often shed during exploring and games throughout the day.  We do our best to help keep children and their possessions together, but it’s easier to reunite a missing jacket and its owner with your child’s name in it.
  4. Check for Critters: Make a head-to-toe tick check part of your post-ranch routine.  Deer ticks are part of the natural Sienna Ranch ecosystem.  Ask your doctor if you are concerned about tick-related illnesses.
  5. Hats, yes, Sandals, no: We encourage students to wear sun hats while hiking and playing.  Consider letting your child pick out a hat they want to wear to increase the likelihood of it staying on during program.  To keep toes safe and prevent blisters or splinters from dampening the day, please make sure to send all participants in socks and close-toed shoes.  Students in the Riding and Horsemanship programs have additional horse-safe footwear requirements.

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. 

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

Summer 2023 Refund, Transfer, and Credit Policy

SUMMER CAMP POLICIES

Purchasing registration implies agreement to the terms below:

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. Phone calls and voicemails are not valid forms of notification.

Summer 2023 Refund, Transfer & Credit Policy

Email received on or before

Cancellation,

Refund

Transfer to Another Camp Week

Cancellation, SR Credit

May 1st

Minus 5% credit card processing fee

No fee

No fee

May 1st- 2 weeks before start of camp week*

Not available

Minus $25 fee per program

Minus $50 fee per program

Less than 2 weeks before start of camp week*

Not available

Not available

Not available

Post-Program 

Not available

Not available

Not available

*Date ranges are based on the Sunday evening prior to the first day of camp or session in question.

  • 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). Credit never expires.
  • 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.
  • Please note that ALL credit card refunds are subject to a 5% processing fee.

Summer Camp Discounts

Summer Camp Discounts

Summer Camp Discounts

  •  Multi-Camp Discount:  Register the same camper for any 4 Summer camps, automatically receive 5% off the 3th registration and all future Summer 2023 camp registrations. Note: Discounts are automatically applied to programs that are purchased in the same order. Please contact office to apply discounts to programs purchased separately.
  •  Multi-Sibling Discount:  Register two or more siblings for camp, automatically receive 5% off the second and subsequent child’s registration. Note: Discounts are automatically applied to programs that are purchased in the same order. Please contact office to apply discounts to programs purchased separately.

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. If extremely necessary we ask that you pick up during the lunch break times between 11:45-12:45pm. We will not allow early pick ups after 2:15pm.


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.


Full Day Camps (9:00am-3:00pm)

Farm Hands
PreK-5th Grade

Farm Hands – Farm Life, Animal Care, Garden Harvest

PRICE: $777 (Prek/K), $738 (1st+) per week     
OFFERED: Every Week! GRADES: PreK-K (*2 sections), 1st-2nd or 3rd-5th CLASS SIZE: max 8 PreK-K, max 10 1st+

Spend a week getting to know the residents of Sienna Ranch: the chickens, sheep, goats, duck and horses. Campers will experience engaging interactions and complete meaningful chores while learning how to care for our animals. Campers will enjoy traditional farm activities including milking our goats, making goat milk treats such as smoothies or cheese, 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 build relationships and learn respect for the living creatures at Sienna Ranch and delight in the timeless pleasures of ranch life. Our full day curriculum will now also include an age-appropriate mix of bonus specialty content from our historical afternoon camps such as woodshop, gardening, and cooking.

*PreK-K campers must be a minimum of age 4 and fully independent using the restroom as of May 29th,  2023 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!

*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.

Makers By Nature
1st-5th Grade

Makers by Nature – Nature Crafts and Outdoor Exploration 

PRICE: $757 per week     
OFFERED: Weeks 3,6 & 9 
GRADES: 1st-2nd & 3rd-5th  
CLASS SIZE: max 10

This is a camp for makers!  Campers will learn how to use natural materials such as clay, oak galls, corn cobs, and wood and turn them into projects like lamps, figurines, darts, and spoons. In between focused craft times, we will be out on the land finding signs of the animals that live there and building shelters out of logs and branches. By the end of the week campers will have lots of cool projects and fun memories to bring home. Camps will also include an age-appropriate mix of bonus specialty content from our afternoon camps such as woodshop, gardening, cooking, and archery.

Natural Adventures
1st-8th Grade

Natural Adventures – Outdoor Adventures, Team Building, and Hiking 

PRICE: $757 per week     
OFFERED: Weeks 1,4,7, & 10 
GRADES: 1st-2nd & 3rd-5th for Week 1, 7,& 10
GRADES: 3rd-5th & 6th-8th for Week 4 (Teen Week)
CLASS SIZE: max 10

Campers will spend this week challenged and inspired by the great outdoors.  Natural Adventures campers will enjoy cardboard sledding down our grass hills, shooting a bow and arrow, and working together as a team. They will also get to hike and explore the many hills and valleys of the land.  The week will culminate with an all morning hike out to the Sienna Ranch Time Capsule, where campers can add their names and connect to campers from the past. Camps will also include an age-appropriate mix of bonus specialty content from our afternoon camps such as woodshop, gardening, cooking, and archery.

Equine Adventure Camp
2nd-8th Grade

Equine Adventure Camp – Riding, Horsemanship, and Natural Adventures

PRICE: $962 per week     
OFFERED: Weeks 1-4, 6-8, 10-11 
GRADES: 2nd-5th for Weeks 1-3, 6-7, & 10-11
GRADES: 5th-8th for Week 4 & 8 (Teen Week)
CLASS SIZE: max 8

This winning combination of horse and nature activities is perfect for horse kids who love to explore! 

Each day will be split between horse activities and nature exploration. Campers will receive a daily semi-private (2-student) riding lesson as well as instruction on the fundamentals of horsemanship. In addition to riding lessons and groundwork activities, campers will learn the basics of horse care/safety, anatomy, tack and equipment, behavior, and herd dynamics through crafts, games and horse care activities. During nature adventure activities campers will enjoy playing nature games, exploring the hills and trails of Sienna Ranch, visiting our other animal friends, and practicing their outdoor skills. 

Horses and Heat:  It is our goal for campers to experience mounted riding each day, whenever possible, however, If the heat/humidity index is too high for the horses to exercise safely, then we will substitute riding time with other experiential horse-themed activities.

 Horse-safe footwear requirement 
Survival in the Wild
1st-8th Grade

Survival in the Wild – Wilderness Skills, Hiking, and Navigation

PRICE: $757 per week     
OFFERED: Weeks 2,5,8 ,& 11
GRADES: 1st-2nd & 3rd-5th for Weeks 2,5, & 11
GRADES: 3rd-5th & 6th-8th for Week 8 (Teen Week)
CLASS SIZE: max 10

Surviving in the wild is no easy task, but with the right skills, it’s a lot of fun! This camp introduces the fundamentals of staying alive: shelter building, foraging for food, and purifying water. Activities will include hiking, practicing lost proofing skills, and sharpening our awareness of our surroundings. Campers will assemble a survival kit to bring home and will practice their navigation skills in a culminating hike in the hills surrounding Sienna Ranch. Camps will also include an age-appropriate mix of bonus specialty content from our afternoon camps such as woodshop, gardening, cooking, and archery.