Rancho Tech Camp

Offers Girls and Boys an Exciting New Theme Each Week of the Summer.

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Daily Swimming, Rock Wall and Extended Care are all included in the weekly tuition.

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Why Attend Rancho Tech Camp?

Led by experienced adults who work in education, children enjoy a safe, nurturing and fun summer camp environment. Rancho’s Tech Camp offers stimulating and traditional weekly themes, complemented with an abundance of varied daily activities and traditions. Review the themes below and register today. Perfect for kids who are either experiencing camp for the first time or returning from a fun experience last summer.

2021 Date and Themes For Rancho’s Tech Camp

Tech Camp Junior, Ages 6-8

May 24: StemQuest : Wizards vs. Aliens

Rancho Camps’s StemQuest program 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. Rancho Camps 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.

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.

*Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, observed on Monday May 31st, this session will only meet for 4 days (Tues-Fri). The session will start on Tuesday June 1st and the tuition will be prorated accordingly.

June 7: 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 14: 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 21: 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 28: Dynamic Drones

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.

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.

*Due to the Independence Day Holiday, observed on Monday July 5th, this session will only meet for 4 days (Tues-Fri). The session will start on Tuesday July 6th and the tuition will be prorated accordingly.

July 12: 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 19: 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” consists 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.

Tech Camp, Ages 9-12

May 24: Ultimate Dynamic Drones

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.

June 1: Robot X Games*

Robot X-Games competitions leave 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 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.

*Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, observed on Monday May 31st, this session will only meet for 4 days (Tues-Fri). The session will start on Tuesday June 1st and the tuition will be prorated accordingly.

June 7: 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 provides campers with endless opportunities for crafting and engineering boats and bridges, learning concepts of force and momentum in the water, and competing in tons of fun races.

June 14: Speedster Drone Championship

This program is specifically designed for both the novice and experienced drone enthusiasts. This 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 21: 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 28: StemQuest : Empire vs. Rebellion

Bring 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!

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.

*Due to the Independence Day Holiday, observed on Monday July 5th, this session will only meet for 4 days (Tues-Fri). The session will start on Tuesday July 6th and the tuition will be prorated accordingly.

July 12: 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 19: StemQuest: Clash Royale

Our StemQuest program 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.

Rancho’s Tech Camp Weekly Activities Include

Activities are approximately 30-minutes long and are intended to provide campers with a fun and educational opportunity to experiment with a variety of unique and innovative programs. Not every activity is offered on a weekly basis. Please check the Tech schedule for the activities being offered each week.

GaGa and Backyard Sports

Traditional indoor and outdoor sports including: GaGa, Soccer, Volleyball, Beach Games, Cornhole.

Interactive Play-Fitness Games

Get your body moving and your steps in as campers experience the Camp Rock Wall, Ninja Obstacle Course, Relay Races, Scavenger Hunts, and more.

Campers Vs. Bots

Campers must strategize to defeat the opposing team’s robots and drones from scoring points during these action-packed activities. Activities include: Bots on the Run, RoboMaster, Sphero Battles, Robotic Arm Challenge

Engineering, Architecture, Design

Get ready to extract the thrills from the video screen and reconstruct the gaming experience directly into a live setting (without the video screen!). Teams attempt to outwit and out-maneuver one another to score points during friendly competition.

Eco Innovations

Build your own Solar Oven, Circuit Powered Mechanism, or Biosphere.

Technology Visual Arts

Utilize traditional technology and robots to design, paint, and create visual arts.

Digital Media

From the green screen to YouTube productions. Campers enjoy a wide array of technology and cartoon animation.

Daily Swimming

Summer is hot so we like to cool down daily with Open Swim & Swim Games led by Red Cross Certified Lifeguards and Swim Instructors.

A Typical Day At Rancho’s Tech Camp

Complimentary Morning Extended Care
(7:30am to 8:45am – included and free)
Normal Camp Hours
(8:45am to 9am)
Each Day Begins With:

Morning Meeting & Counselor Challenge Games

ACTIVITY 1

Morning Activity 1

ACTIVITY 2

Outdoor Backyard Sports or Indoor Interactive Game Wall & Fitness

COMPLIMENTARY SNACK

(Before 10:30am – included and free)

ACTIVITY 3

Morning Activity 3

ACTIVITY 4

Morning Activity 4

LUNCH

Campers Bring Their Own Lunch

All of the above is an example of a daily schedule. Activity times and programs change week-to-week.

ACTIVITY 5

Afternoon Activity: Activity 5

ACTIVITY 6

Afternoon Activity: Activity 6

ACTIVITY 7

GaGa, Create-a-Game & Sport, or Water Sports

ACTIVITY 8

Afternoon Activity: Activity 8

Each Day Concludes With:

Afternoon Meeting & Counselor Quest Challenge

All of the above is an example of a daily schedule. Activity times and programs change week-to-week.

Normal Camp Hours Pick-Up
(2:55pm to 3:15pm)
Complimentary Afternoon Extended Care
(3:15pm to 5:30pm – included and free)

About Rancho’s Tech Camp

Rancho’s Tech Campers will want to arrive early each day of Rancho Tech Camp. Girls and boys enjoy a new theme each week of the summer. This one-of-a-kind summer camp strikes the perfect balance between a focused weekly tech project, interactive and daily sports or games activities, and a variety of multiple innovative daily programs. Some examples of Rancho’s Tech Camp theme-weeks include: Drone Racing & Obstacle Course, Engineering Adventures, Relevant Robotics, Kids vs. Bots, Digital Media Production, Eco Innovations, Technology Visual Arts, and so much more.

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!

Led by experienced and creative adults who work in both education and camps, Rancho’s Tech Camp provides your son or daughter with a summer camp environment specifically designed for boys and girls who want to focus on a single project throughout the week, but also prefer to extend the learning and fun through multiple experiences that provide a variety of real-life applicable technology of the present and future. 

Each week offers boys and girls a new camp-theme and multiple activities, providing them with interactions, experiences and stories which will become the focus of attention during both the ride home and at the dinner table.

Activities

Rancho’s Tech campers will flourish with a healthy balance between daily hands-on STEM projects and interactive high-energy daily activities that include both indoor and outdoor activity and play. Parents, you will not have to worry about your Rancho Tech campers sleeping well in the evening as they fall asleep dreaming about the next camp day’s fun-filled, interactive, and action-packed camp day! Daily indoor and outdoor activity and play is extremely important for all campers attending Rancho Camps and there will be no shortage each day with a lineup and variety of both timely and timeless tech games and activities.

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.

We believe there is a direct correlation between the movement of the body and an enhanced capacity for the developing mind to innovate and create. Therefore, each day all Rancho Tech campers participate in a variety of play, from the enjoyment of traditional sports and games to creative play. All activities and games are team-based and challenge campers to either beat the clock or engage in friendly competition.

Our Leadership

Rest assured parents, because we are obsessed with the details of sourcing, hiring, and training excellent instructors and counselors to work at Rancho Camp. Our company has 22+ years of experience sourcing, hiring and training well-qualified professionals to lead your children, who are entrusted under our supervision and care, each and every day. All Rancho Tech campers are led by experienced and creative adults who have extensive experience working in education and/or working in a camp setting. Each Rancho instructor who works with your son or daughter is fully vetted and has passed local and nationwide criminal background checks, in-depth reference checks, and a behavioral personality test – all to ensure that our company core values are upheld and our expectations are fully met each and every camp day.

Moreover, we have a dedicated team at Rancho’s Winter Headquarters who work year-round to ensure each camp team member is a proper fit and represents our high level of standards including: safety, experience, courtesy, respect, professionalism, flexibility, and enjoyment. Our entire team of full time and seasonal professionals is filled with persons who lead-by-example, put others before themselves, serve as mentors and friends, and lastly celebrate your camper’s effort over results.

Our Training

Rancho’s dedicated full-time Talent Acquisition team works year-round at Rancho Winter Headquarters, all of whom have children of their own and obsessed with the execution of a proven and extensive professional hiring process. Moreover, we work throughout the year to develop an immersive multi-day, 30+ hour training experience which includes teachings, materials, professional development, and lessons presented: online, during webinars, in-person and on-the-job.

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“I know how hard it is for the older kids to attend camp. For full transparency, my 7th grader really did not want to go to our camp this morning. However, he came home today so excited that two of his friends were in his group AND that he got to learn a new type of coding language. Here I was nervous all day and he totally surprised me when I picked him up. Just wanted to let you know since I most likely sounded the “false alarm” earlier today when we spoke in the morning. Here’s to a great rest of the week”

Jermaine D.

“Spectacular camp. Amazing. Cinthia and all of her friends attended camp last week (they were the Heroic Stemsters team) and each had an absolute blast. The camp had quite an impression on all of them since they could not stop talking about the fitness games, computer games, and counselor games they played and participated in. The Rancho counselors provided the confidence and builds the self-esteem these girls need to feel comfortable in a mostly all boys program. I can assure you that more and more girls will be attending your camp in the future since I am now your biggest fan. Thanks again.”

Anna P.

“Your free extended care was really helpful to Dorothy and me this past summer. I cannot thank you enough for adding that as a free option. Usually, I cannot afford to send my older daughter to this high level of a camp because of the cost to attend these programs in the area. But since you include all of the free options, my husband and I can now send D to multiple weeks of your camp. Thank you for your generosity and making it affordable for all to attend.”

Kristy T.

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