• Pathfinders Camp | Ages 7 to 9

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  • 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.

    IMPORTANT NOTES:
    • 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)

    STOP MOTION ANIMATION | May 29-June 1 (Tue-Fri)
    Pathfinders Stop Motion Animation is a whirlwind of costumes, LEGO destruction, claymation, and fun! Plan, shoot, and edit your 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 the 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!

    STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY | June 4-8
    Climb on the Millennium Falcon with your pilot Oz Solo for a week filled with interstellar awesomeness! Our Jedi program will blow their minds when campers participate in The Light Saber Training Academy with the great Ranch-Yoda. Use legos to build starships and make sure to save room at lunch for our Star Wars themed edible crafts. Travel to the ice planet Hoth for some homemade snow fun!
    * Star Wars Jedi Academy will take place at the Rancho Solano Prep, Scottsdale AZ, U.S.A, Planet Earth, Solar System 7, Milky Way Galaxy.

    RANCHO PERFECT: TRICK SHOTS AND CHALLENGES | June 11-15
    Dude! It’s Rancho Perfect! Bounce the ping pong ball off the slide, over the bridge, and land in a bucket. Rancho 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? From the other side of the building? You Welcome! It’s Rancho Perfect!

    MAGICIANS and ILLUSIONISTS | June 18-22
    Do you have what it takes to be a master illusionist? Come join fellow magicians to discover slight-of-hand and other tricks of the trade. Campers will practice being escape artists, develop their own card tricks and compete to see who can make the largest object disappear. At the end of the week, these experienced magicians will be ready to take their skills to the stage and put on a magic show for the whole camp!

    MOVIE MAKING: COMMERCIALS & TRAILERS | June 25-29
    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 Final Cut Pro and other 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.

    CRAZY CARTOONS & COMICS | July 2-6 (no camp on Wednesday, July 4th)
    Calling all young writers and artists! From Mickey Mouse to Spongebob, join us for a week long cartooning camp where we will be creating original characters using basic, simple shapes to inking, lettering and coloring your drawings for that “professional” touch, the next GREAT comic character could be just a few pencil lines away.

    SPY CAMP | July 9-13
    Calling all secret agents! Join the Rancho Covert Operations Unit and spend the week participating in a series of top secret missions. Put together your own spy kit, gather information, and learn to work as a group to find out who stole Ozzie’s Golden Shoestrings. Beware, a double agent may be among us.

    DARING BOYS, DANGEROUS GIRLS | July 16-20
    Inspired by the popular books The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls, campers compete head to head in 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!

    INCREDIBLE INVENTORS | July 23-27
    “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” ― Thomas A. Edison
    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!

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    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!

    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 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.”

      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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