2023 Mountain of Fun Summer Camps

Unplugged, Outdoors and Active!

2023 Camp Details

  • Redwood Horse Program

  • Forest Play

  • Nature Crafts

  • Low Ropes

  • Hands-On Science Experiments

  • Cooking and Baking

  • Organic Gardening

New this year:

  • Preschool Camp for ages 3-5

  • Creative Arts and Outdoor Survival for ages 10-13

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. All programs are taught by experienced teachers. 

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 add on an 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 from the following based on your child’s age:

Nature Explorers: Preschool Camp, ages 3-5

Weekly, June 26 through August 4
$395/week
Daily activities will include hiking, garden time, story circles, yoga, Montessori lessons, baking, arts and crafts, similar to our year-round preschool and led by our fully qualified preschool teachers.

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This program offers a unique balance of Montessori-inspired learning and discovery through a play-based education. We guide each child’s unique path of development with intentional lessons based on the child’s curiosity, creativity and imagination. Daily hikes in the redwood forest bring awareness to children’s senses through a practice of mindfulness and an appreciation of the beauty that surrounds around us. The sights, sounds and smells of the forest spark curiosity and wonder for our natural world. In our outdoor classroom and children’s organic gardens, we learn hands-on life science and a respect for our environment and all living things. Daily activities will include hiking, garden time, story circles, yoga, Montessori lessons, baking, arts and crafts.

Mountain Explorers, ages 6-10*

Weeks of July 10, July17 and July 24
$395/week

Elementary aged campers will have the opportunity to experience a week of no-screen time with plenty of outdoor exploration, gardening, arts, crafts and story time. Each week, families are invited to the Family Friday hour (2:00-3:00pm) to see the campers’ creations and for a glimpse into the program.

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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

Redwood Explorers: Creative Arts Experience, ages 10-13

Week of July 10
$395/week

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This camp will feature rock band, hiking, culinary arts, visual and digital arts. 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. On the last day of camp, families are invited to the Family Friday hour (2:00-3:00pm) to see the campers’ creations and for a glimpse into the program. 

Redwood Explorers: Outdoor Survival Camp, ages 10-13

Week of July 17
$395/week

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Daily activities will center around the beautiful natural environment with exploration in the redwood forest. Activities for campers will include low ropes, team building, a nature obstacle course, hiking, astronomy, wood chopping and one overnight camping experience! On the last day of camp, families are invited to the Family Friday hour (2:00-3:00pm) to see the campers’ creations and for a glimpse into the program. 

Half-day Horseback Riding Lessons, ages 7-13

Weeks of July 10 and July 17
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

Questions? Contact the Summer Program Director