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Where is the American River Ranch?
The ranch is located in Rancho Cordova, CA. The address is 2140 Chase Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.
How many kids can participate each week?
The summer camp can accommodate 15 youth each week. Each week’s activities are designed to meet a specific age group.
How are youth selected for camp?
Youth are selected on a first come, first served basis assuming that the application was received completed in full. A spot may be reserved on our Web site. A waiting list is generated if the day camp you are seeking is full.
Are camps able to accommodate individuals with disabilities?
We will make every attempt to accommodate the exceptional needs of our campers and we are currently in the process of designing the ranch and programs to meeting the needs of all community members.
How do I register for the summer camp?
Register in two easy steps:
1. Select your session and pay online.
2. Download and submit a Registration Packet. Registration will not be complete until we receive your packet.
A registration packet can also be mailed to you upon request.
When should I submit my application and registration? Are late applications accepted?
Early registration for 2015 Summer Day Camp is now open. The early-bird price ($175) expires April 3, 2015. Regular registrations should be received by June 1, 2015. Late registrations are accepted, but there are no guarantees that the youth will be placed. No youth will be able to participate in the programs without completed registration forms or payment. If your child is on the waiting list, you will be notified immediately should an opening occur.
Is my registration complete when I sign up online?
No, when you register online, you will receive a confirmation email that will include a link to the Registration Packet. Download and print the packet, complete it, and mail it to:
Soil Born Farms
Attn: Summer Day Camp
2140 Chase Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
How much does it cost per participant?
Tuition for the summer day camp is $175 for early registrants (before April 3, 2015) and $195 beginning April 4, 2015. Registrants may also make a donation to the camp scholarship program.
Is a deposit required?
A deposit is not required. Payment may be accepted online (preferred), over the phone, or by check. If payment is not received, the spot will be opened up to others.
Is scholarships/financial aid available? How is eligibility determined?
Yes, Soil Born will seek to accommodate those requesting financial aid. We cannot guarantee that all requests will be met, but we will do our best! Download and submit the Scholarship Application.
Can I get a refund?
Refunds will be granted in full if notification is given to the farm 3 weeks in advance prior to the first day the program starts minus a $25 administrative fee. A full refund will be granted if the farm cancels the program due to insufficient registrants, teacher cancels, etc. No refund will be given for not attending due to weather, illness, etc. No partial refunds will be given under any circumstances.
Where do I drop off/pick up my child?
Participants should be dropped off in front of the farm stand, a green building at the ranch. Youth MUST be signed in and signed out by an authorized parent/guardian each day. Please allow time to sign in/out when arriving/leaving the ranch.
What are the themes throughout the week?
Each day focuses on a different theme, farming and chores, flower bouquets, harvesting and boxing produce, nature explorations, and cooking. Older youth may walk off site 0.7 miles to a senior citizen center to deliver flowers on one day, and will venture into the American River Parkway nature areas and riverbank.
Will my child go swimming?
Participants will not be allowed to swim in the river. Ankle deep wading only under close supervision. Participants may get sprayed with a water blaster or they may wander under the sprinklers in the field, so there is potential to get wet.
Is food served during the day camps?
Each day will feature a healthy snack featuring seasonal produce, and a cold drink, usually ice water and/or organic lemonade. Participants should not bring food to the day camps unless it is to meet a special dietary need. A small lunch will be served at Soil Born Farms on the last day of camp when kids cook their own meal and eat together.
My child has special dietary needs. Can these be met during the camp?
Yes, dietary needs may be met through specific instructions. All meals served at the farm are vegetarian and will include alternative choices based on your child’s specific needs. We will do our best to accommodate special needs.
How should youth dress and show up for success?
Youth should arrive dressed appropriately for outdoor work. They will be getting very dirty and working in sometimes-extreme weather conditions. Pants are highly recommended, and close-toed shoes are required. Shoes able to withstand dirt, mud, and hiking are required. Brimmed hats and water bottles are essential. The typical farmer wears lightweight pants, long sleeved shirts and a hat for protection from the elements. Sunblock should be applied before arriving, but Soil Born will always have sunblock on hand. Youth should bring their own water bottle.
Who is responsible for my child’s safety while at camp?
The staff and volunteers at Soil Born Farms are all trained professionals who take every step to ensure the safety of everybody. Regular staff members are trained in CPR and first aid. Parents/guardians and campers are responsible to know and follow the information provided in the registration packet, and the attendees are held accountable to a behavior policy.
Are parents allowed to attend the camps with their child?
Unless there is a special medical or behavioral need to be with your child, parents may not accompany their child(ren). There will be an end of summer open house and presentation that welcomes all family members. Families are also encouraged to visit the farm on Saturdays during our farm stand hours.
Does the camp run rain or shine?
Yes, each day camp will run despite the weather.
I have 2 children that are several years apart in age. Can they attend the camp together?
The camp participants are selected each week so that their peers and the activities are age appropriate. Participants must meet the age requirements for that particular week in order to attend. Participants may not bring guests or siblings outside of their age group.
What time does camp begin and end?
Camps begin promptly at 8 a.m. and end at 12 noon. Participants should arrive no earlier than 7:45 and should be picked up no later than 12:15. Please be prompt in picking up your child(ren) as our staff has other programs to conduct after day camp ends.
Do you offer extended hours childcare?
Extended childcare is not offered. We request that youth arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each day, and that they are picked up no more than 15 minutes at the end of the day. Please call ahead if youth will be tardy or picked up late.
What is the youth to adult ratio during camps?
The youth to adult ratio is always 1 adult per 10 youth. In addition, farmers, credentialed volunteers and trained Green Jobs Program staff will assist with programs.
Who is the program staff?
Alyssa Kassner - Education Director
Seasonal Apprentices - members of our farm staff will assist with programs
Green Corps staff - Soil Born trained youth ages 16-21 will provide ongoing assistance and mentoring
Soil Born volunteers - Volunteers assisting with programs will attend a rigorous volunteer training prior to working with programs.
All Soil Born educators are credentialed teachers and/or cleared to conduct such programs through the Department of Justice and local school districts.
Do you have other questions?
Please call us at 916.363.9685 or email Alyssa,
. if you have additional questions, comments, or concerns.