General Outdoor — Summer Camp 2017

Camp Elings
Elings Park offers a variety of weeklong camps: sports activities, nature and games, tennis, BMX, lacrosse, and Inclusion Camp, a partnership with PeerBuddies for kids and teens with special needs. Kids will also enjoy presentations by the Reptile Family, Beach Day, and Friday’s free lunch and slip-n-slide. Counselors are CPR and first-aid certified.
Ages 4-19. June 12-Aug. 18, 9 am-3 pm. Extended care from 3-6 pm. $170-$355/week. Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Rd.

Cate Summer Institute
Spend a week devoted to academics, leadership, and outdoors. Your days will be full of excitement: experiential education, making friends from around the world, experiencing the ropes course, and sleeping in dorms overlooking the Pacific.
Grades 7-8. Sun.-Sat., June 18-24 and June 25-July 1. $1,850/week. Cate School, 1960 Cate Mesa Rd., Carpinteria. Call 684-4127 x134.

Fairview Gardens Farm Camp!
Join for one-week camps all summer long on a 12.5-acre organic farm as campers engage in gardening activities, harvest and prepare farm-fresh snacks, create land-based arts and crafts, play games, climb trees, and tell stories to deepen the children’s connection to their food and the natural world.
Ages 4-10. Mon.-Fri., June 12-Aug 18 (no camp the week of July 4). Ages 4-5: 9am-1pm; ages 6-10: 9am-3pm. Sliding Scale: $255-$355/week. Fairview Gardens, 598 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Call 967-7369 or email

Hearts Beginner Summer Horse Experience
This camp offers a safe and integrated horse & ranch experience for children with and without disabilities. This unique learning experience includes horsemanship skills, science, art projects, unmounted horse activities, herd observation and how it relates to peer development, and three one-hour riding lessons with a certified riding instructor. This camp is intended for beginner riders.
Ages 6-10. Mon.-Fri.; June 26-30, July 10-14, and July 24-28; 9am-1pm. $350/week. Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Ctr., 4420 Calle Real. Call 964-1519.

Ocean Explorers Summer Camp
Make waves with this weeklong program that focuses on ocean sports and marine education topics. Campers will interact and play in the waves to learn about ocean conservancy, marine wildlife, and ocean safety. Other activities include paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing, bodyboarding, and more.
Ages 7-14. Mon.-Fri.; July 24-28, July 31-Aug. 4 and Aug. 7-11; 9am-3pm. $255+/week for members, $295/week nonmembers. Paddle Sports Ctr., S.B. Harbor. Call 617-3425.

Orca Summer Camp
Orca Summer Camp celebrates the longest-running and most fun beach camp with a dynamic program of building confidence in the water, bodyboarding, surfing, kayaking, beach games, tide pools, dolphin days, and driftwood designs. Experienced and enthusiastic counselors ensure your child stays safe, keeps learning, and has fun.
Ages 6-14. July 10-Sept. 1, 9am-3pm. $325/week, $90/day. Rincon and Santa Claus Ln.
Call 448-3308 or email

Peak2Pacific Outdoor Adventure Camps
Youth and teen adventurers with a passion to explore will be inspired by nature and challenged by choice through a variety of adventures: hiking, bouldering, biking, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, and more. Peak2Pacific Outdoor Adventure Camps provide campers opportunities to explore S.B. through the creative eyes of an artist and the inquisitive mind of a scientist, challenge their bodies in adventure, and deepen their hearts as environmentalists.
Ages 6-15. Mon.-Fri.; June 19-23, June 26-30, and July 3-7; 9am-3pm. $375/week; $100/day. Register for all three weeks, and save $125. Drop-off/pickup at S.B. Mission Rose Garden, Plaza Rubio. Call 689-8326.

Rancho Palomino Santa Barbara
Campers will enjoy horseback riding, farm animal care, art projects, archery, cooking, obstacle courses, games, culture, and water play. There will be an end-of-week performance and awards ceremony. Daily snacks and water are provided.
Ages 6-11. Mon.-Fri., June 12-Aug. 18, 9:30am-3:30pm. $300. Sibling discount available. Rancho Palomino, 1051 Palomino Rd. Call 570-5075.

S.B. Unified School District Summer Program
The after-school program runs all year, with academic enrichment, field trips, gardening, hip-hop dance, art, games, and more taught by credentialed teachers with a 1:14 ratio. Breakfast, lunch, and a snack are provided. Children from all schools within the district can enroll.
Grades K-2. Mon.-Fri., June 9-Aug. 16, 7:30am-5 or 6pm. $200/week. Must sign up for two weeks. Call 965-4633 x6502.

Wild Roots Summer Camps Enjoy the diversity of natural places through exploration, games, tracking, singing, storytelling, and fun! Wild Roots offers direct experience with nature with a small group size. Locations include Douglas Family Preserve, Skofield Park, Rocky Nook Park, and Ellwood Preserve.
Ages 2½-7. Mon.-Fri.; July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug. 4, Aug. 7-11, and Aug.14-18; 8:45am-1pm.
$275/week. Various locations. Call 570-3087.

Wilderness Youth Project Summer Camp
Spend one or two weekday camps visiting a different wild place (beach, mountain, creek) in S.B. each day. Wilderness Youth Project focuses on child-centered exploration and play by returning to the traditions of childhood wandering in nature, under the careful guidance of experienced and dedicated mentors.
Ages 4-17. Mon.-Fri., June 12-Aug. 18, various times. $255-$895/session. Scholarships available. Drop-off/pickup for most camps at Tucker’s Grove, Cathedral Oaks Rd., or S.B. Mission Rose Garden, Plaza Rubio. Call 964-8096.

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