The camps will be conducted in three sessions: Vaquero Adventures, from July 15 to July 19; Old-Time Adventures, from July 22 to July 26; and Adobe Adventures, from July 29 to Aug. 2.
In Vaquero Adventures, children will learn about cattle-ranching and fiestas by designing brands, churning butter, drawing diseño maps, cutting papel picado and making tortillas. They will also get to try roping a (fake) cow, tooling real leather, punching tin and dancing to 19th Century music at an end-of-week fandango.
Old Time Adventures will focus on children’s activities in the late 19th Century. Modern children will make their own toys, learn how to découpage, scrub clothes on a washboard and wringer and walk on stilts. They will also play marbles, dip candles and enjoy a formal Victorian tea party.
During Adobe Adventures, children will stomp mud, sculpt with clay, plant seedlings and make birdhouses. They will also explore the Rancho’s gardens by going on a scavenger hunt, playing croquet and making mud pies. A storyteller will also share tales of nature.
For questions regarding cost, and the limited number of scholarships available, call (562) 570-1755.