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Art and Creativity at Camp

Art is subjective, it is different and unique to each and every person and comes in different forms and mediums! We believe there is no right or wrong way to pursue art and we strive to foster our campers imaginations and creative abilities in a positive direction. That is why AstroCamp offers many outlets for expression of creativity, as well as provides a space for creative development.

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There are many different mediums of art around camp. We are excited about expanding our repertoire this summer with the introduction of a few new classes. Art is all about exploring a medium that is interesting or fun to you.

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Arts and Crafts is a general exploration of creativity. It is a project based class, where an instructor will lead the group through an activity like tie-dying or screen printing, but the freedom of design is up to the camper.

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We also offer more specified classes. Whether it’s ceramics, painting, blacksmithing, cooking, film or photography, animation, acting, or music, AstroCamp has it all. So put those creative hats on and get to making something!

Building Character at Camp

Summer at AstroCamp means throwing out preexisting ideas of what people think of you and finding yourself instead. It is a place to build upon you as a person, while being surrounded by a network of positive and inspiring individuals.

AstroCamp prides itself in being a safe space for campers to be the people they want to be. It is a community based off of openness, respect, understanding, and acceptance. This summer is a great time to branch out, try new things, and ultimately take steps toward discovering your own voice, who you are, and who you want to be. Don’t hold yourself to a standard that is impossible to reach, or confine yourself in a box that society has tried to label. Create your own label…or don’t!

Don’t be afraid to be silly and goofy, or color your hair and paint your nails. Just because some people consider it “normal” doesn’t mean that you have to too. What is normal anyway? And why does someone else get to tell you what that means?! While at AstroCamp, learn about yourself by fueling your imagination, asking questions, and accepting those that are different from yourself.

Dance or Shake into Registration

Dance, move, harlem shake or do whatever you have to, to get to AstroCamp Today!

Registration NOW Open with Early Bird Incentive Program

Register your camper on or before December 24th, 2016 and save money with our Early Bird Incentive Program!
Incentive pricing indicated in RED!

AstroCamp Summer • One-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 8 – 13

One-Week Session 1:  June 10 – June 16        $1,300 (Before December 24th – $1,200)
One-Week Session 2:  June 17 – June 23        $1,400 (Before December 24th – $1,300)
One-Week Session 3:  June 24 – June 30        $1,400 (Before December 24th – $1,300)

Please Note: AstroCamp One-Week Sessions Run From Saturday To Friday!

NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE.

AstroCamp Summer • Two-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 12 – 17

Two-Week Session 1:  July 2 – July 14        $2,400 (Before December 24th – $2,300)
Two-Week Session 2:  July 16 – July 28      $2,400 (Before December 24th – $2,300)

Please Note: AstroCamp Two-Week Sessions Run From Sunday To Friday!

A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE.

Applying and Registration 

All of our camp sessions fill up very quickly, so APPLY EARLY!

Click HERE to register now!

For additional information or questions, please contact us.
Phone: 800.645.1423 or 909.625.6194
Fax: 909.625.9977 or 909.625.7305
AstroCamp • 27282 Calle Arroyo • San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Email: AstroCamp Registrar
Office Hours M-F: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Lunch 12:30-1:00)

Innovative Arts & Crafts

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Arts & crafts instructor Rayah prepares dyes for a camper project.

There’s no place like summer camp for letting your creative side shine! From Doodle Daze to Face Painting, arts and crafts programs offer valuable opportunities for self-expression.

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Face Painting elective, summer 2016.

In addition to providing a safe creative space, art classes are a great place for campers to practice social skills and develop as individuals. Instructors in these sessions facilitate activities, moderate discussions, and offer advice.

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Ceramics class, summer 2016.

For those who enjoy sculpture or prefer to create more permanent projects, ceramics class is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Students in this program build whimsically shaped pinch pots as well as experimenting on the pottery wheel.

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Instructor Mimi models her yarn beard.

This year’s breakout craft elective? Beard-making! We can’t wait to see what next year’s campers inspire.
Written by: Caela Barry

Adventure Lessons

To most natives of Southern California, AstroCamp’s hometown of Idyllwild is a quaint tourist destination. Some are drawn to this mile-high haven’s local businesses, secluded vacation homes, and panoramic vistas. Then there are those for whom the mountains aren’t a background, but a playground.

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Idyllwild holds a storied place in the development of rock climbing. Lilly Rock, an imposing buttress on the side of nearby Tahquitz Peak, is the birthplace of the Yosemite Decimal System, and the the greater Tahquitz area is known as Little Yosemite in the traditional climbing community. World-class hiking trails, including a stretch of the PCT, criss-cross the majestic San Jacinto range. An extensive network of fire roads doubles as a resource for mountain bikers.

AstroCamp clients experience this natural playground under the guidance of adventure instructors as passionate as they are capable. They learn to climb, for instance, from teachers who have explored historic granite from Tahquitz to Joshua Tree and beyond. Day hikes to the top of the mountain are led by instructors whose idea of a great weekend involves backpacking or peak-bagging.

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Our many outdoor programs are united by a common philosophy: challenge by choice. We know that everyone comes to camp with unique life experiences and attitudes. We’re here to give campers opportunities to meaningfully expand their horizons in a fun, safe space.

No matter your comfort level or skill level, AstroCamp has just the adventure for you!

Written By: Caela Barry

Building Character Through Craftsmanship

At AstroCamp, we specialize in getting kids involved in activities that they might not usually try. One of our most popular electives is blacksmithing. Campers practice their craft under the supervision of experienced instructors, heating metal to over a thousand degrees Fahrenheit before shaping it with hammer and anvil.

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It’s hard work, and rewarding. Student blacksmiths choose, plan, and execute their projects with the guidance and support of blacksmithing specialists. They brave the heat of the forge & summer sun to work on their designs, which vary from jewelry to grappling hooks and everything in between.

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Craftsmanship programs like this one provide a balance of tangible and intangible benefits. Blacksmithing, for instance, is a unique confidence-building experience. Campers learn best safety practices in the face of real consequences and endure intense environmental conditions as they work toward their goals. On top of life skills gained, they walk away with lasting evidence of their efforts.

Written By: Caela Barry

Human Foosball it’s WERK!

Sometime AstroCamp Foosball can be WERK! Don’t miss out on all the fun this summer sign up today!!!

Summer Camp 2016

AstroCamp Summer • One-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 8 – 14 

One-Week Session 1:  June 11 – June 17         $1,200
One-Week Session 2:  June 18 – June 24         $1,300
One-Week Session 3:  June 25 – July 1            $1,300 

Please note: AstroCamp  One-Week Sessions run from Saturday to Friday

Space is limited in some sessions. A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE

AstroCamp Summer • Two-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 12 – 17

Two-Week Session 1:  July 3 – July 15          $2,300
Two-Week Session 2:  July 17 – July 29       $2,300 

Please note: AstroCamp Two-Week sessions run from Sunday to Friday

Space is limited in some sessions. A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE.

Applying and Registration 

All of our camp sessions fill up very quickly, so APPLY EARLY! Our online registration system is open for registration.  For additional information or questions, please contact us.

Phone: 800.645.1423 or 909.625.6194
Fax: 909.625.9977 or 909.625.7305
AstroCamp • 27282 Calle Arroyo • San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Email: AstroCamp Registrar
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Lunch 12:30-1:00)

Early Bird Incentive Ends Soon!

Here is some of our summer fun for your enjoyment!

Sign up before December 31st, 2015 and SAVE $$$$!

To Register Click HERE

AstroCamp Summer • One-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 8 – 14 

One-Week Session 1:  June 11 – June 17         $1,050 ($1,200 after 12/31/15)
One-Week Session 2:  June 18 – June 24         $1,150 ($1,300 after 12/31/15)
One-Week Session 3:  June 25 – July 1             $1,150 ($1,300 after 12/31/15)

Please note: AstroCamp  One-Week Sessions run from Saturday to Friday

Space is limited in some sessions. A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE

AstroCamp Summer • Two-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 12 – 17

Two-Week Session 1:  July 3 – July 15          $2,150 ($2,300 after 12/31/15)
Two-Week Session 2:  July 17 – July 29        $2,150 ($2,300 after 12/31/15)

Please note: AstroCamp Two-Week sessions run from Sunday to Friday

Space is limited in some sessions. A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE.

Applying and Registration 

All of our camp sessions fill up very quickly, so APPLY EARLY! Our online registration system is open for registration.  For additional information or questions, please contact us.

Phone: 800.645.1423 or 909.625.6194
Fax: 909.625.9977 or 909.625.7305
AstroCamp • P. O. Box 1360 • Claremont, CA 91711
Email: AstroCamp Registrar
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Lunch 12:30-1:00)

Here’s a taste of one of our popular summer activities, 3D Printing. Don’t miss out on all this FUN!!!

Tie-Dye Arts & Crafts

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” -Albert Einstein

Arts & Crafts is a staple of summer camp, and campers all across the country are exploring their creative side daily.  AstroCamp is no exception, especially because of the importance of imagination and creativity in science. 

Art cultivates connections, uncovers patterns and reveals new ways of seeing things.  These are exactly the tools every good scientist needs. 

What does every artist need? A great space to inspire creativity.  A new area called, “The Space Creative” was designed and built for Summer 2015. Along with Arts & Crafts, “The Space Creative”, is home to our brand new pottery class.  Under the guidance of professional potters, Esther Smith http://estherannsmith.com/ and Erik Gellert http://erikhubertgellert.com/, campers will experiment with a variety of pottery techniques and glazes, learn about firing process, and create their own clay masterpieces on the pottery wheel and by handbuilding. 

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With so many creative and hands-on classes now at AstroCamp, campers may need a separate suitcase to carry home all of their creations.  From blacksmithing to welding to 3-D printing and pottery, the days of going home with just a tie-dye t-shirt are long gone.  Just wait to see what we add for Summer 2016!

Why Summer Camp?

We live in an era of growing consumption of technology. Even children under the age of two spend an average of an hour per day plugged in.  This makes it even more critical for children to disconnect from both technology and the real world. Don’t worry mom and dad, time away from you can be a very healthy experience for your child, and for you.

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These eight and nine year olds pose with their counselors after pushing their boundaries to conquer the skycoaster!

Whether the time away is for a week, three weeks, a month, or the whole summer, this brief time away will allow your child to grow in ways you have never imagined. Regardless of how your child lives the rest of the year, the camp living environment is different!

Campers are together 24 hours a day requiring teamwork, continuous communication, patience, and problem solving to live in harmony. This intimate environment allows campers to build strong friendships in a relatively short time. The friends your child will make at camp will be unlike any others in their lifetime. If you ask any child about their camp experience, they will often talk about things that only their camp friends can understand. These friendships are one of a kind because camp friends see you in a huge variety of circumstances.  Whether its at your best, soaring down the zipline for the first time, or at your worst, hungry and grumpy and losing your cool. Learning to cope with failure and success are vital life skills.

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One of the boys’ cabins gets takes a walk on the wild side!

The time spent away at summer camp gives your child the opportunity to explore who they are in a completely new environment. Challenging them to handle experiences on their own and outside their normal comfort zone. Camp provides your child with a safe nurturing environment to test the boundaries of what he/she thinks they are capable of. When they succeed, they build confidence in themselves and if they fail they have a diverse group of peers and staff to support them.

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While we pride ourselves on our unique and top of the line activities, sometimes the most important times for kids are when they are just playing together!

At camp your child can try new things, focus on and excel at familiar activities that meet their interests, build confidence in him/herself, become part of a unique camp family, and find or rekindle a love of nature! There are hundreds of summer camps available that would greatly benefit your child. AstroCamp is unique because of its amazing location, the adventurous and educational programs, and the passionate, well-educated staff. Not only does the staff ensure the safety of your child, they are experts in their field and have a focused appreciation, respect and love for everything they do. Regardless if they are teaching arts and crafts, scuba diving or exploring the surroundings, they foster educational experiences through fun interactive activities!

The benefits of summer camp are endless and lasting. We can’t tell you how many times we meet timid children who leave camp with newfound confidence. These quiet campers grew out of their shell. They sang in front of the entire camp, learned to rock climb or mountain bike, and shared too many laughs to count with their friends. These are the experiences that are magical and priceless! Don’t let your child miss out on everything camp has to offer.

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WELCOME TO ASTRO BLOG

We would like to thank you for visiting our blog. AstroCamp is a hands-on physical science program with an emphasis on astronomy and space exploration. Our classes and activities are designed to inspire students toward future success in their academic and personal pursuits. This blog is intended to provide you with up-to-date news and information about our camp programs, as well as current science and astronomical happenings. This blog has been created by our staff who have at least a Bachelors Degree in Physics or Astronomy, however it is not uncommon for them to have a Masters Degree or PhD. We encourage you to also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, and Vine to see even more of our interesting science, space and astronomy information. Feel free to leave comments, questions, or share our blog with others. Please visit www.astrocampsummer.org for additional information. Happy Reading!

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