As the school year progresses and Spring Break approaches, parents become weary of what to do with children for the summer. Few parents want their children to be babysat by the television all day, and are opting for Summer Camps. If you live in California, and are looking for summer camps for your child there are many great camps to choose from depending on your need, particularly if you are looking for a coed camp. There are sports camps, performance arts camps, surfing camps, and more. This article will review Mountain Meadow Camp, which is one of the best summer camps in California.
Mountain Meadow Ranch located in Susanville California. Located in the Northeastern part of California, and nestled among the Sierra Cascades, Mountain Meadow Ranch, one of the oldest summer camps is appropriate for campers between the ages of 7 to 17 years of age. Family owned and operation, this is a traditional coed-ed program, with a variety of structured activities for summer campers in California.
The history of Mountain Meadow Ranch goes all the way back to 1910 when a wealthy bear hunter built a summer retreat on the land. This same property was later turn into a golf course in the 1920’s. Later in the 1930’s a cowboy movie star by the name of Buck Jones acquired the ranch. He later lost the ranch and at that point it was acquired by a UCLA graduate (who later played for The Rams) by the name of Jack Ellena Sr.
It was Mr. Ellena’s family that started the camp originally for boys, and later in the 1960’s changed it to coed to accommodate girls. Jack Ellena Jr. and his wife and children currently run the ranch. The original plans of the founders to provide a quality environment, to stimulate personal growth, self-confidence, as well as to provide fun challenging camp activities lives on. Mountain Meadow Ranch is one of the best summer camps in California and tends to have a high return rate of campers.
Mountain Meadow Ranch summer camps offers a very diverse curriculum. Activities include an animal care program, aquatics and waterfront sports, archery and riflery, arts, crafts, and ceramics, a Camper in Leadership Training Program, campfires, a challenge course, drama, fencing, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing, sailing, swimming, team sports, tennis, mountain biking, and photography. These many activities in addition to fostering a safe and encouraging environment are indicative of the camp philosophy.
The owners of Mountain Meadow Ranch have meshed into their philosophy, the commitment of the original occupants of the area, the Maidju Indians. The phrase “Aj Ypekanbe” coined by the Maidju Indians means to always practice the character traits of inclusiveness, listening, empathy, encouragement, stewardship and service. Every day at the camp is ended around a campfire where the staff and campers come together as a family to discuss how the camp family has progressed in terms of the character traits. Where the goal is for children to come to camp and have fun in a safe environment, the directors of the camp also want them to walk away a better person based on the Aj Ypekanbe commitment.
Mountain Meadow Ranch provides on their Web site all of the necessary flight information for California Campers. Prices for each camp session (there are four sessions) are listed on the site, which include a 5% discount for a second child attending. Prices include everything except airfare, medical expenses, an optional White Water River Rafting Trip, and spending money. All the necessary gear is listed for campers. For more information on Mountain Meadow Camp visit the Web site or call 530-257-4419. You will find with the fine history, the commitment and philosophy of the camp owners, and the beautiful facility, that this is definitely one of the best summer camps in California.