Summer at Mount Madonna School

Summer Program: Mountain of Fun

4 Weeks of discovery, exploration, friendship and fun!

July 17-Aug 4 & Aug 14-18
Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:30pm

Register for any or all 4 weeks!
Transportation available

Each program encourages and promotes creativity, cooperation and community building; and helps to foster kids’ self-discovery, empathy and compassion in action. Campers will develop their social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills.

All programs at Mount Madonna School (MMS) are taught by experienced MMS teachers. Horse Camp, hosted at the nearby Mount Madonna Stables (Stables) is led by qualified instructors. Transportation will be provided in vans driven by MMS teachers and staff.

Questions? Contact our Summer Program coordinators.

Week 1, 2 and 3 – July 17-Aug 4

A Taste of Mount Madonna School 
Week 1 – Full Day Camp

Week 2 and 3 – Full Day Camp w/half-day Horse Camp option
Children entering kindergarten-4th grade will have the opportunity to explore the mountain and grow their appreciation for nature while hiking, learning and playing in the forest. Campers will create art using a variety of mediums to produce their own pieces and share in collaborative works. They will experience the joy of harvesting from the garden and preparing food to share together. Children will learn about yoga, meditation and mindfulness, and have time to practice self-awareness, reflection and self-expression. Storytelling and literature will foster positive character development through the exploration of friendship, right actions and kindness. The camp will be taught by MMS teachers Hema Walker and Isa Stead.

Activities include:

  • Forest Play & Hiking
  • Crafting & Art Projects
  • Gardening & Baking
  • Yoga & Mindfulness
  • Storytelling & Exploration

Week 1: July 17-21

Eco Camp: Forest Ecology and Stewardship
Full Day Camp Only
Children entering 5th-8th grade are invited to learn about forest ecology through hands-on field science, guest speakers, and exploring the forest surrounding MMS. Children will engage in forest stewardship projects in service to the environment as part of the MMS Forest Nursery and Ecological Literacy program. Each day, the children will experience yoga and mindfulness practices that enhance their awareness and connection to themselves and their environment. Together, participants play, create, experiment, and explore. This class will be taught by Katrina Leni-Konig, MMS middle school award winning science, STEAM and mathematics teacher.

Activities include:

  • Forest Stewardship & Field Science
  • Yoga, Mindfulness & Discussion Circles
  • Natural History & Human Impact Learning
  • Climate Change Science Experiments
  • Animal Rescue Guest Speakers
  • Art Projects, Crafting and Nature Journaling
  • Outdoor Education & Hiking

*Optional Campout at Mount Madonna State Park (Thursday night).

Week 2: July 24-28

Volleyball Camp
Full Day Camp w/ half-day Horse Camp option
Children entering 4th-8th are invited to come up the mountain to play volleyball, one of Mount Madonna’s championship sports. This camp is designed for all levels of players, beginners through advanced. Players will have time warming up and conditioning their bodies to build strength and flexibility. They will work on various techniques, including best serving practices, receiving and passing the ball, setting the ball, hitting (spiking) and blocking. Players will also develop confidence in these skills and practice team building, and cooperation. Players will also hike around the MMS campus and visit the garden for nutritious, delicious fruit. This camp will be taught by Erin Mitchell, MMS MS athletic director, volleyball coach, PE teacher and volleyball champion

Activities Include:

  • Conditioning & Yoga
  • Techniques & Skills
  • Team Building & Cooperative Games
  • Hikes & Garden Visits

Week 3: July 31-Aug 4

Sports Camp
Full Day Camp w/ half-day Horse Camp option
Children entering 4th-8th are invited to come up the mountain to learn about a variety of sports and get in shape while having fun! Sports Camp includes five days of non-competitive sports activities with an emphasis on sportsmanship and game rules. We will explore numerous sports, including but not limited to: tennis, basketball, flag football, badminton and soccer. The camp is focused on helping students learn the rules and skills necessary for playing different sports, and to develop positive and healthy gamesmanship skills while building strength and flexibility. Players will also hike around the MMS campus and visit the garden for nutritious, delicious fruit. Sports Camp will be taught by Nick Cabassa, MMS 4th grade teacher, HS cross country coach, and competitive tennis player.

Activities include:

  • Conditioning and Yoga
  • Various Sports, Techniques & Skills
  • Team Building & Cooperative Games
  • Hikes & Garden Visits

Weeks 2-3: July 24-Aug 4

Horse Camp
Half day option only
Children entering 1st-8th are invited to enjoy a half day of learning about horses at Mount Madonna Stables. The camp has been educating riders for more than 20 years at their state-of-the-art stables, located just minutes away from MMS. The stables provide a safe environment and this camp is designed for all levels of riders, beginners through advanced, with a knowledgeable and experienced staff. This camp is designed to help each rider learn and improve their skills while having fun.

The half-day program requires enrollment in a full-day summer program at MMS. Transportation between MMS and the Stables is provided by MMS vans. All riders will be picked up at MMS at lunch and brought to the stables, and driven back to MMS at 3:20pm. for pick up. The Stables will provide helmets.

Activities include:

  • Tacking & Untacking Horses
  • Proper Grooming & Horse Anatomy
  • Riding Lessons & Mounted Games
  • Vaulting & Trail Rides

Week 4: Aug 14-18

Horse Camp
Full Day

Children entering 1st-8th are invited to enjoy a half day of learning about horses at Mount Madonna Stables. The camp has been educating riders for more than 20 years at their state-of-the-art stables, located just minutes away from MMS. The stables provide a safe environment and this camp is designed for all levels of riders, beginners through advanced, with a knowledgeable and experienced staff. This camp is designed to help each rider learn and improve their skills while having fun.

The Stables will provide helmets. Riders will go directly to the Stables in the morning and leave from the Stables in the afternoon.

Activities include:

  • Tacking & Untacking Horses
  • Proper Grooming & Horse Anatomy
  • Riding Lessons & Mounted Games
  • Vaulting & Trail Rides

Questions? Contact our Summer Program coordinators.