Welcome to our 11th year of summer camp at Sienna Ranch! This year with all the changes and with COVID-19 we are grateful to be serving our wonderful community from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. We will be running in person Summer Camps this summer under the new health order. Please see below for updates and contact us for any questions
Registration for Modified IN PERSON Social Distance Programs is Now Live!
We have just added a Week 11! Join us for Camp August 10th-14th. Please check your school schedule and the refund policy before signing up for camp.
2020 Summer Camp Weeks
|#1: June 1-5
#2: June 8-12
#3: June 15-19
#4: June 22-26
#5: June 29- July 3*
#6: July 6-10
#11: Aug 10-14
* Weeks with Teen Camp Programming available
Please choose programming based on the grade your camper is entering for the 2020-21 school year. PreK participants must be 4 years old by June 1, 2020 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 2020 Policies
Please read all our policies, including our Summer 2020 refund, transfer and credit policy carefully before registering for any camp or class as purchasing registration signifies agreement to the stated terms.
Welcome to Summer Camp 2020! 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!
Safety begins before camp even starts. We have some additional requirements for our families to complete before the first day of camp, and before arriving at camp each day.
TO DO: Before the First Day of Camp
- Sign the Sienna Ranch Family Safety Pledge
- Please let us know about any health updates by emailing them to email@example.com so we update your camper information on your account.
- Explain to your camper that Sienna Ranch will be a bit different this year because we are trying to keep each other safe from getting sick. For example, campers should expect the adults at the Ranch to all be wearing masks most of the day. Videos like this one can be good tools.
- Get a comfortable cloth face covering or mask for your camper. Practice until your camper can put it on and take it off independently.
- Practice washing your hands with your camper. Explain that we will be doing a lot of handwashing at Sienna Ranch this summer!
- Remind your camper that we always keep our hands to ourselves at Sienna Ranch
- Contact Sienna Ranch on 925 283 6311 or firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP if your camper or someone in your household is confirmed to have COVID-19. For the protection of our staff and families, do NOT come to camp until you hear from us.
TO DO: Before Each Day of Camp
- Complete the Respiratory Illness Symptom Screening Tool for Parents and Caregivers with your camper every day before camp. We may also take the temperature of campers at drop off.
- Contact Sienna Ranch on 925 283 6311 or email@example.com ASAP if the screening tool indicates respiratory illness, or if your camper or someone in your household is confirmed to have COVID-19. For the protection of our staff and families, do NOT come to camp until you hear from us.
TO DO: After Camp Ends
- Contact Sienna Ranch on 925 283 6311 or firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP if your camper or someone in your household is confirmed to have COVID-19 in the 14 day period after camp ends.
Social Distancing for Campers
Campers will not be expected to social distance from other campers within the same group, however camp groups will keep social distance of approximately 6 foot from each other throughout the day.
Face Coverings for Campers
- All campers must have a face covering and be able to put it on independently at the request of their instructor or Sienna Ranch staff member. Campers will be expected to put on their face coverings if asked by Ranch staff for any reason
- Face coverings may be cloth coverings, bandanas, or surgical masks. Most important is that they are easy to put on and take off, and are comfortable. See CDC Recommendations for Face Coverings.
- All campers must wear face coverings during pickup and drop off
- Instructors may require campers to wear face coverings when they are within 3 foot (arm-span) of their instructor. Examples of times when your camper will be asked to put their face covering on include:
- All pick up and drop off times
- First aid or one-on-one conversations with staff
- Helping open lunches, close backpacks, etc
- In the woodshop
- In the bathroom
- At other times, face coverings may be worn if desired by campers. Sienna Ranch staff must wear face coverings when within 6 foot of campers, parent/guardians or other staff members but may remove them if further away than 6 foot from another person.
Getting in Touch with your Camp Instructor or Sienna Ranch Staff
Maintaining direct contact with families is important, but it’s going to be a little different this summer. If you would like to speak with a member of the admin team or with your camper’s instructor please reach out to email@example.com or call us on 925 283 6311. We will arrange a phone call, zoom call, or social distanced in-person meeting as needed.
Required Reporting of Confirmed COVID-19 Contact
In the period beginning 14 days before camp starts until 14 days after camp ends if your child or someone in your household is confirmed to have COVID-19 you must contact Sienna Ranch administration immediately by calling the office on 925 283 6311 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sienna Ranch will follow all reporting guidelines required by the Contra Costa Health Services. Medical information will be kept strictly confidential and will be accessed by our camp directors only, except where required by Contra Costa Health Department and State or Federal laws. For more information please visit Contra Costa County Health Services or call the Contra Costa Health Department on (844) 729 8410.
What to expect if your camper shows signs or symptoms of infectious disease
We plan to be extra cautious this summer to protect our staff, families, and community from COVID 19 and other infectious diseases. If our staff observe any of the common signs and symptoms of infectious respiratory disease, or if a camper reports feeling sick, we will call home and request that your camper be picked up within one hour.
Campers who show signs or symptoms of any infectious disease must stay away from camp until 3 days after all signs/symptoms have disappeared or until their family provides a signed note from a medical professional stating that their camper does not pose a risk of infection to others.
Refund, Credit and Make-Up Policy – Injury and Infectious Disease Policy, including COVID 19
For the safety of our staff and families: campers who are experiencing signs and symptoms of infectious disease or who may be carrying infection from members of their household may not attend Sienna Ranch camps. In this case, we are unfortunately not able to issue refunds, transfers, or credits.
Families who are not able to attend camp due to camper injury, illness, or because a member of their household has an infectious disease are encouraged to add their names to the Make Up Camp Notification List.
We will contact all eligible families on the Make Up Camp Notification List if any free spaces are available in age-appropriate camps later in the summer. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Adding your name to the Make Up Notification list is NOT a guarantee that your camper will get a make up camp.
Sienna Ranch Summer Camp 2020 Pick Up/Drop Off Policy
Camper Drop-Off 8:45 am – 9:15 am
Camper Pick-Up 2:45 – 3:00 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:
A-L : 8:45 am – 9:00 am
M-Z : 9:00 am – 9:15 am
A-L : 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm
M-Z : 3:00 pm- 3:15 pm
Parents will be required to wear face masks/coverings once they pull into the parking lot. Face masks MUST remain on at all times when onsite. Parents should stay in their cars at all times (with the exception of PreK Groups).
Children MUST wear face masks during drop-off / pick-up. They will be able to remove their masks once they join their camp group and are instructed to do so by their instructor.
When You Arrive:
Drop-Off Procedures: Morning
Verify Emergency Information: (Monday Only)
- Parents will be required to verify camper information and emergency contact details.
- Sienna Ranch will provide parents with a Camper Verification Card.
- Parents will be required to display these cards on their dashboard during pickup and dropoff for the duration of the camp week.
Daily Health Screening Questions (asked at drop-off each day)
- Does your camper have any of the following?
□ Shortness of breath (not severe)
□ Repeated shaking with chills
□ Muscle pain
□ Sore throat
□ New loss of taste or smell
- Does anyone in your household have signs and symptoms of an infectious respiratory disease?
□ If yes then, in the past two weeks has anyone in your household had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
Pre K Camps:
- Parents will park in the parking lot and walk campers into the PreK zone in the family waiting area. (See diagram below)
- Parents and campers must follow social distancing protocol (stay at least 6 feet apart)
- Campers must have their temperature taken by Admin staff before joining their group.
All Other Camps:
- Parents will follow the drive through drop off procedure (See diagram below).
- Campers will unload at the designated drop off zone, have their temperature read, and will be directed to their camp group which will be marked by colored flags.
- If a parent has children in both older camp and PreK, they must first drop off the older kid through drive through and then park and walk-in PreK camper.
Pick-Up Procedures: Afternoon
Pre K Camps:
- Same as drop-off. Parents will park in the parking lot and wait in line in the family waiting area to pick up their child. (See diagram below)
- Parents and campers must follow social distancing protocol (stay at least 6 feet apart)
All Other Camps:
- Parents will display their Camper Verification Card on their car dashboard at the driveway entrance. Sienna Ranch staff will radio for their kid to be ready.
- Parents will pull up to the designated pick-up locations
- Blue Garden Gate Area for Nature and Farm Hands (Grade 1-2) and Horse Camp
- Fire Deck Area for Nature and Farm Hands (Grade 3-5)
When Exiting Sienna Ranch
- All cars must exit right turn only onto Deer Hill Road
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. See our Riding and Horsemanship School page for more information about heat index.
Questions about the rainy weather policy you can read the fullRain or Shine suggestions for more information about how we embrace exposure and the elements.
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 email@example.com. All refund, credit, and exception requests must be made within 6 months after the program’s start date. Voicemail message or in-person conversations cannot be considered as official requests.
Summer 2020 In Person Refund, Transfer & Credit Policy
|Email received||Credit Card Refund||Transfer Camp Weeks||SR Credit|
|Prior to May 7th||Available, 5% credit card processing fee||Available, no fee||Available, no fee|
|May 7th-May 13th||Not Available||Available, no fee||Available, no fee|
|May 13th – 2 Weeks prior to camp||Not available on or after May 7th||Available, ($25 fee per program)||Available, ($50 fee per program)|
|Less than 2 weeks before camp||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). Credit never expires.
- 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.
- Please note that ALL credit card refunds are subject to a 5% processing fee.
Summer Camp Discounts
Summer Camp Discounts
- Ranch Play Discount for Weeks 6-10 Only: 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 5% off the 5th registration and all future 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 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.
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.
|6-15||$10 / driver|
|16+||$1 / min late|
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.
In-Person Social Distance Camps (9:00-3:00pm)
Farm Hands – Farm Life, Animal Care, Garden Harvest
PRICE: $595 (Prek/K), $586 (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, ducks 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 awesome new Morning Camp curriculum will now also include an age-appropriate mix of bonus specialty content from our afternoon camps such as woodshop, pottery, gardening, cooking, and archery for older students.
*PreK-K campers must be a minimum of age 4 and fully independent using the restroom as of June 1, 2020 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 – Nature Crafts and Outdoor Exploration
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, pottery, gardening, cooking, and archery.
Natural Adventures – Outdoor Adventures, Team Building, and Hiking
PRICE: $586 per week
OFFERED: Weeks 1,4,7, & 9
GRADES: 1st-2nd & 3rd-5th for Week 1, 4,& 7
GRADES: 3rd-5th & 6th-8th for Week 9 (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, pottery, gardening and cooking.
Ranch Equestrian Camp – Riding, Groundwork and Horsemanship
PRICE: $745 per week
OFFERED: Every Week!
GRADES: 2nd-5th for Weeks 1-4, 6-8, & 10
GRADES: 5th-8th for Week 5 & 9 (Teen Week)
CLASS SIZE: max 12
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!
Horses and Heat: If the heat/humidity index is too high for the horses to exercise safely then we will substitute this with other experiential horse-themed activities. It is our preference for campers to experience mounted riding each day, whenever possible.Horse-safe footwear requirement
Survival in the Wild – Wilderness Skills, Hiking, and Navigation
PRICE: $586 per week
OFFERED: Weeks 2,5,8 ,& 10
GRADES: 1st-2nd & 3rd-5th for Weeks 2,8, & 10
GRADES: 3rd-5th & 6th-8th for Week 5 (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: fire making, 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, pottery, gardening, cooking, and archery.