Mountain of Fun Summer Camps

Unplugged, Outdoors and Active!

2022 Camp Details

  • Redwood Horse Camp 

  • Forest Play

  • Performing Arts

  • Nature Crafts

  • Hands-On Science Experiments

  • Cooking and Baking

  • Organic Gardening

  • Returning this year: Redwood Explorers for children ages 10-13

  • … and much more!

Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:30pm
Transportation available from Aptos, Corralitos, Gilroy and Morgan Hill

Every camper receives a T-shirt!

Register your child in Mount Madonna School’s Mountain of Fun summer day camps! Explore our 375 acre campus, nestled in the redwood forest of Mount Madonna, just a few miles down the road from Mount Madonna County Park between Gilroy and Watsonville. Take a virtual tour of Mount Madonna School, or contact us today to schedule a personal tour. 

Questions? Contact the Summer Program Director.

Each camp program encourages and promotes creativity, cooperation and community building; and helps to foster campers’ self-discovery, empathy and compassion in action. Campers will develop their social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills while building lasting friendships in an outdoor setting!

MMS follows all COVID safety precautions and guidelines as directed from the CDC, the State of California, as well as the local health department. Masks are required at all times. All programs are taught by experienced teachers. 

Safe transportation (additional fees apply) is available from Aptos, Corralitos, Gilroy and Morgan Hill.

Campers remain on the school campus all day; or may choose to participate in a half-day horsemanship program (additional fees apply) at Mt. Madonna Stables (located just down the road from campus – transportation is included with this portion of the program).

Please choose one of the following based on your child’s age: 

Redwood Explorers: A Middle School Experience, ages 10-13

Week of July 18
$395/week

This camp will feature performing arts, sports, forest hikes, visual arts and cool, hands-on science projects. Campers will have a small, safe social circle of friends for active fun and creative activities with opportunities each day to explore the mountain away from computer screens: 

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  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • Coding & Makers’ Lab
  • Outdoor Sports & Hiking
  • Spanish Immersion
  • Hands-on Science
  • Yoga & Mindfulness

Mountain Explorers, ages 5-10*

Weeks of July 11 & July 18 (SOLD OUT!). NEW WEEK ADDED: July 25th!!
$395/week

Elementary aged campers will have the opportunity to experience a week of no-screen time with plenty of outdoor exploration, gardening, performing arts, arts, crafts and story time.

Add your child to the July 11 or 18 waitlists!

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Daily activities will center around the beautiful natural environment with hiking and play in the redwood 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 Mount Madonna School children’s garden and preparing food from their bounty. Children will learn about yoga and mindfulness, and have time to practice self-awareness, reflection and self-expression. Performing arts, singing, storytelling and creative writing will foster positive character development through the exploration of friendships, right actions and kindness.

Activities include:

  • Forest Play & Hiking
  • Crafting & Art Projects
  • Gardening & Baking
  • Yoga & Mindfulness
  • Storytelling & Performing Arts
  • Friday Family Art Show

*Your child will be assigned to either the Deer Group (ages 5 – 7) or Hawk Group (ages 8 – 10) and will spend the majority of their time with similar-aged peers.

Half-day Horseback Riding Lessons, ages 7-13

Weeks of July 11 and July 18 
Half-day option only; add $295 to MMS summer camp tuition
Children ages 7-13 are invited to enjoy a half-day of learning about horses at Mt. Madonna Stables.

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The half-day program requires enrollment in a full-day summer program at MMS. Transportation between MMS and the stables is provided by MMS. All riders will be picked up at MMS and brought to the stables, and driven back to MMS after their lesson. The stables will provide all riding equipment, including pre-assigned helmets. Riders must wear closed-toe shoes.

Activities include:

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

The Redwoods on Horseback (full day), ages 7-13

Week of August 1 (SOLD OUT!)
NEW WEEK ADDED: AUGUST 8!!
9:00-am-3:00pm; $700/week

Enjoy a full day of learning about horses at Mt. Madonna Stables.


Add your child to the August 1 waitlist!

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This program has been educating riders for more than 20 years at their state-of-the-art stables. With knowledgeable and experienced staff, the stables provides a safe environment and this program is designed for all levels of riders, beginners through advanced, with a knowledgeable and experienced staff. Their team helps each rider learn and improve their skills while having fun. The stables will provide all riding equipment, including pre-assigned helmets. Riders must wear closed-toe shoes.

Activities include:

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

Questions? Contact the Summer Program Director.