Mountain of Fun Summer Camps

Unplugged, Outdoors and Active!

2021 Camp Details

  • Redwood Horse Camp 

  • Forest Play

  • Performing Arts

  • Nature Crafts

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

  • … and much more!

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

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.

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. Social distancing and masks are required at all times. All programs are taught by experienced Mount Madonna School (MMS) teachers. 

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

Campers remain on the school campus all day; or may choose to participate in our afternoon 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: 

Mountain Explorers, ages 5-10*

Weeks of July 12 and July 19
$375/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.

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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 (if gathering is allowed)

*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.

New this year!
Redwood Explorers: A Middle School Experience, ages 10-13

Week of July 19
$375/week

Middle school-aged students can join a small, safe social circle of friends for active fun and creative activities with opportunities each day to explore: 

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

Afternoon Horseback Riding Lessons, ages 5-13

Weeks of July 12 and July 19
Half day option only; add $100 to MMS summer camp tuition
Children ages 5-13 are invited to enjoy afternoons 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 after lunch and brought to the stables, and driven back to MMS at 3:20pm for pick up. 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 5-13

Week of August 2
9:00-am-3:00pm; $500/week

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

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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.