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  • 2020 Weekly Themes

  • Tech Camp Jr. Weekly Themes | Ages 6-8

    May 26 | StemQuest : Wizards vs. Aliens (4-Day Week)

    StemQuest unplugs campers from the computer screen in this action-packed, story-based program. Throughout the week, campers will be constantly on the move as they experiment and play. StemQuest has intentionally extracted the wide array of exhilarating challenges and mysteries from popular gaming apps and turned it all into a live adventure. Campers will use age-appropriate rovers, bots, drones, and autonomous creative technology to jump over walls, push down obstacles, lift up boulders, and navigate through galaxies. Teams of campers work together in indoor, outdoor, and open-spaced “worlds” throughout the week. In doing so, campers utilize life skills such as collaborative problem solving, design, and curiosity to outwit, out-build, and out-smart the program instructor, The Wizard.

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

    June 1 | Aquatic Robotics: Water Rescue!

    Campers will be working in their Coast Guard Squads all week performing Mock Rescue, Navigation, and Exploration Missions in and around the water. Campers will collaborate on how to power vessels and boats using modern robots, build bridges to travel over waterways, and let loose with some repurposed classics that will teach the campers about forces in motion, momentum, and engineering. Camper will also chart a course with Magellan, save endangered turtles, and compete in a sailboat race. This will be a wet week for both the campers and the tech.

    June 8 | Robot Racing & Obstacles

    This is a great introductory week for campers who have an interest in robots and drones, especially the racing aspects of the technology. This week will be filled with increasingly difficult relay races and head-to-head friendly competitions that will challenge the teams to communicate and strategize. Campers will also be contributing to the creative aspects of building a course themselves. Courses use two types of robots, and the integration of multiple devices and controllers presents a great collaborative environment for campers who have an excitement for technology.

    June 15 | Star Wars BB8 Planet Cruiser

    BB8 Adventures takes STEM to a galaxy far far away. This program combines all of the highlights from the latest Star Wars movies, specifically the newest droid, D-0 and the rest of the popular bots, which are certain to excite your 1st or 2nd grade camper! Each day, teams of campers (Squads) work together, with encouragement and guidance from their Jedi counselors, to customize droid-like robots and complete various Yoda engineering challenges. Throughout the week, campers will dunk intergalactic basketballs into mini hoops, play BB8 battleship, and joust in the balloon popping droid arena. Each challenge presents the campers with hands-on building and engineering lessons to help make their bots jump up ramps, roll through tunnels, and bounce over barriers. BB8 Adventures offers a friendly and collaborative environment, encouraging teamwork, sportsmanship and positivity – all while introducing campers to become active participants with today’s most applicable, exciting, and new technology.

    June 22 | Roller Coaster Challenge

    Work on building your very own roller coaster in the morning using K’Nex and other awesome materials, then go on a virtual ride in the afternoon. Roller Coaster Design allows campers to learn and test the science behind roller coasters. After building the coaster in the real world, let’s take it digital; campers will build and and see their roller coaster from the perspective of a front-row rider!

    June 29 | Dynamic Drones (4-Day Week)

    Designed for campers with little to no experience flying drones. We use the safest and most reliable drone products on the market, including the Parrot™ drones, for enhanced safety and most of all, fun. Campers learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air. Following a debrief on safety and basic flying maneuvers, young pilots will experience a program filled with excitement, challenges, and learning. Campers will also use rolling drones (including BB-8) and jumping drones to play Tic-Tac-Drone, Drone Bowling, and Duck-Duck-Drone.

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

    July 6 | Robot Battles

    Whether you are racing your robot through a challenge course or competing in a head-to-head battle, campers will love this action-packed tech week. Come prepared to customize your robots to complete various challenges like dunking a basketball in a mini-hoop or catapulting an orange towards a target. Program your robot to jump over the lava pit and form an alliance with other campers to take down The Counselor-Bot.

    July 13 | Dueling Drones

    Designed for campers with little to no experience flying drones or coding. Campers will learn the basic principles of how to utilize block coding to make drones fly and perform tricks. To complement the coding aspect of the program, campers will use other drones that roll and jump to teach the campers basic terminology and how to utilize them to conquer fun and interactive flight challenges. Campers will learn to pitch, yaw, and roll through self-built obstacle courses and then utilize iPads to navigate the drones through the obstacle courses.

    July 20 | StemQuest: Fortnight Battle Squads

    Fortnight Battle Squads extracts the thrills from the video screen and delivers the gaming experience directly into a live setting (without the video screen!). Fortnite has opened up a whole new world of fun for kids and video game enthusiasts, but now it is time to bring that excitement into the physical world of STEM. The Fortnite Island presents campers with a variety of head-to-head challenges where campers will learn to use sophisticated rolling bots, mini foam ball launchers, and jumping drones to simulate the video game battles. Each “Squad” is comprised of a team of campers who work together to establish and defend their “Base” against the other Squads of campers, but beware of the shrinking storm, the Volcano, and Viking Village. The ultimate goal is to earn points, gather resources, and explore new maps and terrains. Code your rolling bot to land on a portal and teleport around the block strategically to catch rival Squads off guard and establish alliances in order to bring the Counselor, Giant Mech to its knees.

    General Notes and Trademark Disclosure

    -“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.

  • Tech Camp Weekly Themes | Ages 9-12

    May 26 | Ultimate Dynamic Drones (4-Day Week)

    This program is specifically designed for both the novice and experienced drone enthusiasts. Drone search and rescue is a necessity for first responders around the world, adding a new layer of solutions to save lives across the globe. Now campers to can take part in and learn from simulated missions during this action-packed, creative, and educational program. Participants will learn to fly drones and rely on their rescue team to collect vital data in specific “rescue areas” to locate “victims” and safely rescue them. We use age-appropriate and cutting-edge technology methods available for creating plans, missions, and maps. Participants will also learn invaluable lessons on how to simply, quickly, and accurately make informed and targeted suggestions for real-world positive applications. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program.

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

    June 1 | Robot X Games

    Robot X-Games competitions leaves no stone unturned. BMX Big Air! Stadium Super Trucks! Street Luge! SnowMObile Freestyle! Moto X Quarter Pipe! Campers will be crafting, testing, and racing X-Games themed gear to compete in the some of the competition’s most storied events. Campers will have endless exposure to technology like Sphero SPRK and Ollie, Parrot Drones, etc. through competition and creativity.

    June 8 | Aquatic Robotics: Water Racers

    Come check out these awesome Hydro Missions using the aid of Robot technology! Perform in swim meets, sailboat bonanza, and cargo races with ocean liners, all while dodging sharks and getting a taste for treasure. This will be an action-packed week that gives campers endless opportunity for crafting and engineering boats and bridges, learning concepts of force and momentum in the water, and competing in tons of fun races.

    June 15 | Speedster Drone Championship

    This program is specifically designed for both the novice and experienced drone enthusiasts. This is week is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Obstacle Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Campers will use iPads and remote controls to navigate the drone through short and long obstacle courses.

    June 22 | Adventures in Engineering

    From simple Rube Goldberg Machines to complex autonomous systems, test your skills as an engineer in this exciting and creative camp! Explore the science of space and shape. Sketch, plan, and build model bridges, skyscrapers, railways, and much more. Test your projects to see how much strain they can take before they crumble to the ground.

    June 29 | StemQuest : Empire vs. Rebellion (4-Day Week)

    StemQuest: Empire vs. Rebellion brings the galaxy from far far away, to much much closer to camp. Using custom built podracers, foam ball blasters, and rolling droid drones), campers will split into two separate groups and participate either as a member of the controlling Empire or of the elite Rebellion strike force. Teams work together in hands-on building activities to prepare for the multiple battles that occur throughout the week – all in a friendly competitive environment. Build your own TIE Fighters, Starships, and more. Create and design self-made defenses to protect home base from the opposition. The ultimate daily and weekly goal is for campers to use both their minds and their hands to eliminate the opposing team’s holdout positions through strategy and collaborative planning. At last, it is time to bring justice to the galaxy. May the StemQuest force be with you!

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

    July 6 | Drone Racing Madness

    Get ready to pitch, yaw, roll, and thrust around the Drone Arena in this exhilarating camp program. Throughout the week, campers will enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying before fine-tuning their hand-eye coordination skills and free fly the drone. Campers will advance through an abundance of skill challenges, both in the air and on the ground, as they learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Each day, teams of “flight squads” post up against one another in friendly competition as they race against not only one another, but also the clock. Pilots will first maneuver the drone through creative yet compact obstacle courses before taking on the challenge of flying for speed. There is a creative component to this camp program, as flight squads will help to create the course design and then, help build the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activities and Drone Olympic competition.

    July 13 | Battle Bots Xtreme

    This camp offers hands-on opportunities to build and program robots. Working in small teams, participants will design robots to compete in fun real-world activities. Each day will bring a new challenge, and your team’s robot will have to morph to become better, adapt with each new task before you. Campers will compete in the Xtreme Battlebots competition at the end of each day to prove their robot is the best. This camp is perfect for the young engineer who has a big imagination and likes to build!

    July 20 | StemQuest: Clash Royale

    StemQuest unplugs campers from the computer screen in this narrative-based program. We have intentionally extracted the wide array of exhilarating challenges and mysteries from gaming and esports and generated a live adventure. Campers will use rovers, bots, drones, and other autonomous creative technology to jump over obstacles, push down walls, lift up boulders, toss energy balls, and navigate through mazes. Teams of campers work together indoors, outdoors, and in open-spaced “arenas” throughout the week, utilizing life skills such as: design and systems thinking, collaborative problem solving, curiosity, mindfulness, and imagination to outwit, outbuild, and outsmart one another, as well as the program counselor, The Wizard. Use your resources wisely to defend the kingdom and lead your clan to victory.

    General Notes and Trademark Disclosure

    -“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.

  • • Tech Camp is suitable for both experienced and beginners. No technology experience needed.
    • Tech Camp is designed for 6 to 12 year olds.
    • Tech Camp campers will be separated into two age groups: Tech Camp Jr. (ages 6-8) and Tech Camp (ages 9-12)
    • Campers are grouped by age.
    • Campers enjoy the opportunity to participate in free swim under the supervision of our highly trained lifeguards.

    Description:
    Join Rancho Tech Camp and explore STEM in a fun and innovative way!

    Tech Camp allows participants to explore the components of Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics. Each week focuses on a new and exciting theme so campers can register for one or all of these newly designed programs. Tech campers will learn the basics of robotics and coding, challenge each other to build and compete in a drone obstacle course, and launch water balloons from home-made catapults.

    Together with our adult-led staff, campers will have a blast working in small groups as they create, build, strategize, and challenge one another in this one of a kind tech adventure.

    Each Camper Receives A Camp T-Shirt (one shirt per summer).

    IMPORTANT NOTES
    • Tech Campers will swim and have access to the Rancho Rock Wall

    At Tech 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 Camps was built upon. If you are looking to broaden your horizons in a fun and positive environment this summer, then Rancho’s Tech Camp is the perfect camp for you!

    ENROLL NOW AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE EXTENDED CARE BOTH IN THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON, A $200 Value!

    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 Camp 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.”

      Kelly
  • 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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