• Pathfinders Camp | Ages 7 to 9

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  • 2020 Weekly Themes

  • May 26 | Dangerous Boys & Daring Girls (4-Day Week)

    Inspired by the popular books The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls, campers compete head to head in a week long tournament of creative challenges. This program is offered to campers who are interested in team spirit, creative building, strategy games, and even espionage. Learn to make the greatest paper airplane in the world, “The Harrier”. Compete in Boys vs. Girls competitions all week long in events such as The Dot Game, Chinese Jump Rope, Capture the Flag, and (of course) The Water Balloon Launch!

    *No camp on Monday May 25 due to the Memorial Day Holiday.
    Tuition is prorated to reflect a 4-day camp week.

    June 1 | Stop-Motion Animation

    A whirlwind of costumes, props, claymation, and fun, campers will plan, shoot, and edit their own stop motion animation movie. Campers will be provided with boxes of materials that they can use to create their very own film. Rancho animators will go through the entire process of stop motion in small groups chosen by campers based on their interests. At the end of the week, the animators will present their Stop Motion Animation Films to the entire camp. All campers will receive a digital copy of their work for their creative portfolios. Let’s start, stop motion!

    June 8 | Incredible Inventors

    Campers, put on your thinking caps and get ready to innovate! Scheme with fellow campers to come up with out-of-the box inventions to solve everyday problems. Campers will be supplied with a box of materials to make their favorite invention ideas come to life!

    “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
    -Thomas A. Edison

    June 15 | Game Show Mania

    Rancho, COME ON DOWN! Contestants, are you ready to compete in the first ever Summer Camp Game Show? Create, play, and film your very own game show experience in front of a live audience. Giveaways galore in this over-the-top, super fun program!

    June 22 | Seriously...Do Try This At Home!

    You ready for a DYNAMITE summer? Hold onto your socks, ‘cause we’re going to test the OUTER LIMITS of science! What’s that look like? How about seeing sound move, exploding watermelons, volcanic soda bottles, and the HUGEST bubble you’ve ever seen! That’s right, so big you can climb inside! And you know what? You’ll know WHAT…and HOW…and WHY these DIY experiments work. So see you at Seriously Do Try This at Home!

  • June 29 | Rancho Perfect: Trick Shots and Challenges (4-Day Week)

    Dude! It’s Rancho Perfect! Bounce the ping pong ball off the slide, over the bridge, and land in a bucket. Campers will create, film, and edit awesome trick shots all week long. Can you knock the bottle off of the table with a paper airplane? How about from across the room? After a week of trick inventions and battles, campers will challenge counselors to a Rancho Perfect finale showdown.

    *No camp on Friday July 3 due to the July 4th Holiday.
    Tuition is prorated to reflect a 4-day camp week.

    July 6 | Star Wars: Jedi Academy

    Climb on the Millennium Falcon with your pilot Oz Solo for a week filled with interstellar awesomeness! Our Jedi program will blow campers’ minds when they participate in The Light Saber Training Academy with the great Ranch-Yoda. Race to build the largest starship and make sure to save room at lunch for our Star Wars-themed edible crafts. Travel to the ice planet Hoth to search for secrets hidden in the ice!

    * Star Wars Jedi Academy will take place at Rancho Summer Camp, U.S.A, Planet Earth, Solar System 7, Milky Way Galaxy.

    July 13 | Artful Antics

    Prep your paint pallet, sharpen your pencils, and get ready to create! Flex the right side of your brain as we paint, sculpt, and draw our way through another awesome week at camp. Mix colors and paint with acrylics and watercolor; learn how to mold, carve, and build three-dimensional works of art; and prepare to showcase your work for all to see at the summer camp art gallery on Friday. Campers will go home with their very own portfolio.

    July 20 | Movie Making: Commercials & Trailers

    We are ready to make our own commercials and trailers! Put on your beret and sunglasses for this hyper-creative movie making program. All campers will design, direct, film, edit, and present their projects. The young movie makers (and stars) will learn the ins and outs of movie making and editing software. From pre-production storyboarding to camera angle technique, all campers will have the opportunity to challenge themselves creatively and socially as they work in teams to produce a final project that will be aired for the whole camp. Each camper will be given a digital copy of their work to add to their creative portfolio.

    Additional Information & Trademarks

    -“Shark Tank” is a trademark of the company and TV show which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse Rancho Camp or any of its classes.
    -LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of Companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse Rancho Camp or any of its classes.
    -Star Wars® is a trademark of the Disney® which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse Rancho Camp or any of its classes.

  • Pathfinder’s Camp is designed for campers who enjoy adventures using both the mind and body to engage in hands-on project-based challenges. Pathfinders Camp will broaden your camper’s horizons in an innovative, creative, team-based environment. Swimmers have the opportunity to participate in free swim every day under the supervision of our highly trained lifeguards.

    Offering a new theme every week: from Intro to LEGO™ Robotics, Intro to Entrepreneurship (Fish Tank) and the STEM Olympics to Movie Making, Dangerous Boys & Daring Girls and Ravin’ Rockets, this weekly-themed camp program allows the camper to open their mind and enjoy a safe summer filled with both indoor and outdoor projects, outdoor sports and games, the Rancho rock wall and teamwork development in a fun and innovative setting.

    • Campers are grouped by age
    • Campers enjoy free swim every day under the supervision of our highly trained lifeguards
    • Rancho Camp aims for a counselor to camper ratio of 8:1 in our Pathfinders Camp programs
    • Each Camper Receives A Camp T-Shirt (one shirt per summer)

    At Pathfinders Camp, we challenge campers to expand their interests while encouraging them to open their creative minds. We emphasize individual skills, basic fundamentals and techniques, and overall well-being in a positive, safe and fun learning environment—all while developing character and self-confidence.

    Our approach to teaching and hands-on learning focuses primarily on teamwork, leadership and self-confidence. Daily improvement along with the effort over results is the fundamental principle that the Rancho Camp was built upon. If you are looking to broaden your horizons in a fun and positive environment this summer, then the Rancho Pathfinders Camp is the perfect camp for you!


    Rancho Solano Camps offers extended care before and after the camp day for children who need to arrive early or stay late. Campers in the extended care program participate in a variety of well-supervised, age-appropriate activities ranging from sports, stories and puzzles to board games.

    Extended Care Hours
    • Morning Extended Care is available from 7:30 am to 9:00 am
    • Afternoon Extended Care is available from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Extended Care is available weekly and daily

    Regular Camp Hours
    • Regular Drop-off is from 8:45 am to 9:05 am
    • Regular Pick-up is from 2:50 pm to 3:10 pm

    Rancho Camps has an extremely strict late pickup policy and an associated penalty fee — please pick your camper up by 5:30 pm to avoid that penalty from being automatically charged.

    • You can add extended care options to the “shopping cart” during the online registration process. Currently Extended Care Is Complimentary (a $200 Value)

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  • Weekly Activities

    • Summer Swimming Fun
    • Rancho Rock Wall
    • Creative Play Time
    • Friday Field Day
    • Sports & Games Olympics
    • Tournament of Champions
    • “The fact that my son wants to keep going back week after week to experience a new theme is fascinating as he has never shown such a high interest in any other camp before.”

  • Xpedition Camp Traditions

    Rancho Solano Summer Camps has established many wonderful traditions. Every day in camp is an opportunity to create memories and overall fun. Rancho Summer Camps treasure its daily routines and traditions. All of our programs center on the enjoyment of creative play and learning.
  • Xpedition and Innovation Morning Meeting

    The best way to start the day! Xpedition and Innovation start their days with a fun and energized morning meeting. From Camper and Counselor competitions to Whacky Wednesdays and Fabulous Fridays, there is a lot in store at Xpedition and Innovation Camp morning meeting. Xpedition and Innovation Campers also end their day with an all camp meeting to reflect on the current day and prepare for the next exciting camp day.

    Xpedition Leaders

    Every afternoon, counselors from each group nominate an Xpedition and Innovation Leader who will help the counselor meet and welcome new campers to their respective groups. Campers are chosen to be Xpedition and Innovation leaders based on their positive attitude and “we” over “me” qualities. Captains must wear their special Xpedition Leader Eye Black.

    Plinko for Icees

    Throughout the week, campers cheer on their peers as the Plinko puck drops, deciding the fate of whether or not the campers will receive an ice-cold ice pop. On really hot days, the Plinko Board has an amazing way to find the proper slot so everyone wins!

    Fabulous Friday Fun Day

    Shhhhh. It’s a surprise and each week is something new and exciting. From treasure hunts to magical mystery theater, campers work in teams to win the ultimate prize: The Viener Snitzel Snazzle Award. Sorry, you have to come to camp to experience it in real life.

    Counselor Competitions

    Creative and fun staff games where campers support their own program counselors and have the opportunity to see them participate in team-building and friendly competitions both physical and mental. Our Oreo Cookie on the forehead contest is a hit for all campers (and counselors).

  • The Rancho Solano Dunk Tank

    We like to take advantage of the hot sun as well as a helpless staff member–where campers throw and counselors get dunked in front of their peers to cheers all around

    The Rancho Solano Rock Wall

    All campers throughout the week will have an opportunity to climb the wall and aim to ring the bell at the top!

    Daily camper Awards & Give-Away Items

    Summer Pops (Icees), Camper Eye Black, Camper T-Shirts, Leadership Recognition and Responsibility Certificates.

    Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie.

    Constant visits from our professional camp mascot, Ozzie!

    Family Reunion Night

    The best time of the summer! Towards the end of each summer all families (siblings and friends included) are invited back to an evening of fun and entertainment. DJ tunes, face painting, moon bounces, carnival snacks and family games are enjoyed to celebrate the summer camp season coming to a close

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