Summer at MMS – Register Now!

The 2018 Mountain of Fun Summer Program is returning for the weeks of July 9 and July 16, 2018! A full-day Horse Camp will be offered August 20-24.  

Art, Yoga, Sports, and Horse Camp

Imagination & Exploration, Forest Play & Garden Time

Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:30pm

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 are taught by experienced Mount Madonna School (MMS) teachers. Transportation is available from Soquel, Corralitos, Gilroy and Morgan Hill. Time and location details will appear once you have begun the registration process and selected the week(s) you would like to attend. Transportation will be provided in vans driven by MMS teachers and staff.

A Little Taste of Mount Madonna School: K – 1st grade

Weeks of July 9 and July 16
For children entering kindergarten-1st grade. This camp will be taught by MMS teacher Prema Gammons. $350/week

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Children entering kindergarten and first grade will have the opportunity to experience our mountain school through outdoor exploration, gardening, arts, crafts and story time. Daily activities will center around our beautiful campus environment with hiking and forest play. Children will be introduced to various artistic mediums and hands-on activities. We will spend time gardening, harvesting and preparing food together from the MMS children’s garden. Children will learn about yoga, meditation and mindfulness, and have time to practice reflection and creative self-expression. Storytelling and literature will foster positive character development through the exploration of friendship, right actions and kindness through social interaction.

A Taste of Mount Madonna School: 2nd – 5th grade 

Weeks of July 9 and July 16
For children entering 2nd-5th grades. The camp will be taught by MMS teachers Hema Walker and Isa Stead. $350/week

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For these programs, children 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 Mount Madonna School children’s 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.

Activities include:

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

Horsemanship Program: 1st – 5th grades

Weeks of July 9 and July 16
Half day option only; add $100 to Taste tuition
Children entering 1st-5th grades are invited to enjoy a half day of learning about horses at Mount Madonna Stables.

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This program 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 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 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

Mountain Fit Basketball Camp: 5th – 8th grades

Week of July 9
For children entering 5th-8th grades. MMS teacher, basketball and cross country coach Nick Cabassa will lead this camp. $350/week

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Ready…set…have fun and build fitness: Campers will participate in conditioning in the gym and on the mountain trails, specific basketball drills and scrimmages. Participants will learn about the rules of basketball as well as practicing dribbling and shooting techniques. The camp will focus on cooperative team building strategies that will not only help individuals to learn to work together, but also how to show good sportsmanship and respect for others. Campers will get a chance to play on a full-sized court and experience what it would be like to play in a real game situation. They will enjoy a multi-aged lunch break and free time to play in the redwood forest. They will also enjoy fresh fruit snacks in our children’s garden.

Horse Camp (full day): 1st – 8th grades

Week of August 20
Open to children entering grades 1st-8th. $500/week

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Enjoy a full day of learning about horses at Mount Madonna Stables. This program 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 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.

Activities include:

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

Questions? Contact our Summer Program coordinators.