TOM SAWYER CAMPS
School Year Day Camp, Horseback Riding and Distance Learning Programs
Welcome to the Great Outdoors! We’ve learned a lot this year about how to safely bring kids together in the outdoors for fun and connections with others. We have found our campers and staff have quickly adapted to face coverings and social distancing, and the feedback from kids, staff and parents has inspired us to continue our outdoor programs from summer into the school year. Our School Year Programs consist of four choices: Distance Learning Center for student and family support in online school classes, Day Camp for school day activities, Saturday Camp for a once a week program and our traditional Horseback Riding Lessons and Trail Rides.
Don’t miss out on Holiday Camp December 21-23 and 28-30.
We know our programs will engage your kids and will add to the remote learning you are doing at home.
Please call us with any questions at 626-794-1156.
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We are pleased to offer the following programs:
Distance Learning Center
- Students 1st – 6th grade
- Two-week sessions, Monday – Friday 7:50 AM – 11:30 AM (we have options for a longer
day if needed)
- Five days per week available. Call for shorter week schedules.
- Individual work spaces with physical distancing and good ventilation
- Daily Cleaning and disinfecting
- Indoor and outdoor spaces for students
- Great WiFi
- Limited number of students (maximum of 12)
- Conveniently located off the 210 at our Altadena Offices
- Supervised by long time TSC director, current Masters student and future teacher,
- Individualized plans for each student based on their schedule and need
- Optional Afternoon outdoor camp add-on for full day care
- $500 for the full 10 day session – (about $15 per hour)
Contact our office 626-794-1156 or email@example.com to ask questions or schedule a tour of the Learning Center.
Fall and Winter Day Camp
- 5 days (M-F) each week
- Morning Session from 8:30 am to 11:30 am
- Afternoon Session from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
- Two-Week Sessions are $450 for the morning sessions and $500 for the afternoon sessions
- Two Saturdays per session
- 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Sessions are $140
School’s out and kids will come to camp for a few hours of daily fun. Just like Fall Camp and Saturday Camp with a few special touches. Holiday Camp is $190 per session.
- Monday – Wednesday December 21-23 from 12 pm to 4:30 pm
- Monday – Wednesday December 28-30 from 12 pm to 2:30 pm
Let your horse crazy camper spend a concentrated time getting to know our horses. They’ll learn to groom a horse before riding, put on the pad and bridle and what to do when they put the horse away for the night. Of course, there will be a good time riding in their group of 4 campers and 2 wranglers. Ranch Camp is $180 per session.
- Monday – Wednesday December 21-23 9:00 am – 11:00 am or 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
- Monday – Wednesday December 28-30 9:00 am – 11:00 am or 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Horseback Riding Lessons and Trail Rides
- Private Lessons for campers 3 and up (45 minutes)
- Private lessons are $60 (one on one instruction)
- Trail rides for up to four campers aged 7 and up (45 minutes)
- Trail Rides are $40 per rider (two wranglers and four riders)
- Register online for private lessons or trail rides and we’ll call to schedule a time.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Tom Sawyer Fall Day Camp is an active, outdoor program for children 3 years old through 8th grade. Fall Camp provides campers with safe, outdoor activities, and connections to other campers and counselors. Campers in the Fall Day Camp are grouped with up to 12 campers and 2 staff in PK, lower elementary, upper elementary and middle school groups. They participate in an all outdoor program with archery, games, hikes, and TSC fun!
Fall Day Camp operates in two-week sessions, Monday - Friday with a morning cohort (9:00 am to 12:30 pm) and afternoon cohorts (1:30 pm to 5:00 pm). Pick up and drop off are 15 minutes before and after each session.
The Health Department orders for Day Camps require us to keep groups small and consistent. The best way for us to achieve this is to have the same groups of campers each day during the session. Your camper can attend fewer days but the session is not pro-rated.
Tom Sawyer Saturday Camp is an active, outdoor program for children 3 years old through 8th grade. Saturday Camp provides campers with safe, outdoor activities, and connections to other campers and counselors. Campers in Saturday Camp are with up to 12 campers and 2 staff in PK, lower elementary, upper elementary and middle school groups. They participate in an all outdoor program with archery, games, hikes, and TSC fun!
Saturday Camp is 9:00 am to 2:00 pm for for two consecutive Saturdays. Pick up and drop off are 15 minutes before and after each session.
Campers should bring a small backpack with snacks, a refillable water bottle, a spare face covering and a sunscreen stick. Campers should wear weather appropriate clothing, sunscreen. a face covering, closed toe shoes and a hat. Campers do not need to bring hand sanitizer as we have plenty on hand!
Tom Sawyer follows all the Day Camp Health Orders issued by the City of Pasadena and Los Angeles County. Campers should not come to camp if they are not feeling well. Campers and staff will have a daily health screening and temperature check, wear a face covering, practice physical distancing and regularly wash hands. For specific protocols click the blue banner at the top of the page.
Camp is held in Hahamongna Watershed Park where we have our summer programs. Drop off and Pick up are 15 minutes before and after your session. Detailed information will be emailed after registration.
When you register there is a $25 non-refundable deposit. There is no charge for rescheduling sessions. Cancel 6 days before your session (Tuesday 5 pm for Monday sessions, Sunday 5 pm for Saturday sessions) and receive a full refund minus the non-refundable deposit. Cancellations within 5 days receive a full refund minus $125. Once a session has begun there are no refunds with one exception: if your camper cannot attend because of an extended illness or accident a pro-rated credit on account, or refund will be issued at the discretion of the Director. Proof of illness by written statement of a licensed physician may be required for any type of credit or refund offered by camp.
If the camp must close by order of the State of California, Los Angeles County or City of Pasadena Health Department, you will receive a full prorated refund less the $25 non-refundable deposit.
Horseback Riding lessons and trail rides are scheduled with the office after your registration is complete. Lessons and trail rides are scheduled throughout the day Monday to Saturday.
Horseback riding meets at the Corral in the park. Wranglers will greet you in the parking area when you arrive. A map and instructions will be emailed after scheduling.
Horseback riders need a refillable water bottle and lightweight gloves (like gardening or batting gloves)
There is a hikers adage that says, "there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing". Except for the rainiest of days, we will hold camp. Please send a sturdy rain coat and waterproof shoes. We have several portable shelters we will use. Horseback riding is more sensitive to wet weather. We will let you know the day before if there is any change to our schedule. We will issue a pro-rated credit or refund if we cancel a day for bad weather.
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