Activities, Playshops and More

Summer camp is all about trying new things, giving ourselves the opportunity to pick up an old hobby, and about creating memories together. We work to offer our campers the most extensive and wide variety of programming possible, so they can choose what they want to do… or what they don’t want to do. All programming at Camp Grounded is optional, though highly encouraged.

*Activities are subject to change based on availability per location and session.

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Fomo Free Playshops

One of our main mottos at Camp Grounded is, “Wherever you are is exactly where you are supposed to be.” Thats why we give our campers over 25+ simultaneous playshops to choose from while at camp. And of course, the immediate response is often that of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). So our immediate response is, “You’ll choose the right playshop… no fomo!”

Here are some of the playshops you might find at Camp Grounded in Northern California:

Archery
Archery
Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Lego Building
Lego Building
Laughter Yoga
Laughter Yoga
Rock Climbing
Rock Climbing
Charcoal Drawing
Charcoal Drawing
Henna
Henna
Analog Photography
Analog Photography
Acroyoga
Acroyoga
Primitive Skills
Primitive Skills
Crochet
Crochet
Flower Crowns
Flower Crowns
Comic Book Drawing
Comic Book Drawing
Gospel Choir
Gospel Choir
Ukulele 101
Ukulele 101
Candle Making
Candle Making
Embroidery
Embroidery
Hip Hop Dance
Hip Hop Dance
Macrame
Macrame
Mask Making
Mask Making
Poetry
Poetry
Thai Massage 101
Thai Massage 101
Ropes Course
Ropes Course
Spoon Carving
Spoon Carving
Stilt Walking
Stilt Walking
Superfood Truffle Making
Superfood Truffle Making
Solar Carving
Solar Carving
Slackline 101
Slackline 101
Yoga
Yoga
Tie Dye
Tie Dye
Screen Printing
Screen Printing
Improv
Improv
Pickling
Pickling
Meditation
Meditation
Weaving
Weaving
Nature Hikes
Nature Hikes
Wood Working
Wood Working
Capoeira
Capoeira
Zine Making
Zine Making
Pizza Baking
Pizza Baking

Color Wars

color wars 1

We divide the camp into two to four different color teams, and campers compete in a series of outrageously ridiculous, fantastically absurd, wild and amazing games, relay races, scavenger hunts and challenges. Spend the afternoon getting messy, silly and competing harder than you did as a kiddo.

We’re talking egg roulette, slack-jaw dance-offs, face painting, gaga, dodgeball, pie-eating contests, Capture the Flag, frozen t-shirts, trivia and more. Expect relay races that involve all of the elements and games we couldn’t have made up. You bring your color and team spirit, and we’ll get the pies, Tug-o-War and greasy watermelons ready.


Deep Dives

deep dives

Deep Dives are your chance to go deep with a specialized program and playshop at camp. Spend the afternoon with a camp specialist: explore a hidden creative side, give yourself space for personal wellness, and take this as your opportunity to dig into something totally new.

Learn a specific skill that would be enhanced with mentorship and hands-on advice, uncover an unknown passions of yours, ask a bunch of questions (to someone that can answer them), and share the process of learning, experimenting and growing with fellow campers. Sink into what you are creating or doing with minimal distraction, and if you are feeling inspired, you can use your free-time at camp to continue the Deep Dive. Leave this summer with a new found skill, integrating a unique Camp Grounded experience into your life back home.

— click a deep dive below to learn more —

*Deep Dives subject to Change by Location and Date

Wellness

wellness-ca
Staying grounded and taking care of oneself is key to the camper experience amongst the play, excitement and late night life while at camp. The “Department of Presence” (what we call our wellness team), creates space for reflection, curates wellness influenced programming, and more than anything, they remind us to take big deep breaths as we run from one activity to another.

Balancing energy levels, giving ourselves the chance to pause, getting sleep, and finding time for reflection is crucial… and our Wellness Specialists ensure we take the “me” time we all need. They host a plethora of programming that supports individuals seeking new practices and daily routines, while providing those who have an established background with new chances to grow and develop themselves. They are trained in the art of listening, restoration and personal growth practices, and are excited to share these talents with you. From morning wellness to free-time counselor 1:1’s, through evening programming… there is always a space to connect with others, time for silence and taking a breath, and a place to stay grounded.

    • Morning Yoga: Hatha, Vinyasa, & Yin Yoga
    • Daily Sweat Lodge
    • Meditation
    • Qi-Gong & Tai-Chi
    • Pranayama & Breathwork
    • Acro-Yoga
    • Silent Tipi
    • Mindfulness Sessions
    • Digital Detox 101
    • Wellness Yurt
    • Tea Ceremony
    • 1:1 Sessions w/Counselors
    • Healing Space
    • Thai Massage 101

Sports & Recreation

sports and rec - ca
Spending time running around playing outside and trying new things is a main staple of being at camp. We find the best camp properties to partner with that have incredible facilities which would rival with our friends who are still at a country club or back home.

  • Capture the Flag
  • Nature Hikes
  • Wood Working
  • Tug-o-War
  • Basketball
  • Blob
  • Kickball
  • Croquet
  • Archery
  • ZipLine
  • Corn Hole
  • Volleyball
  • Climbing Wall
  • Swimming
  • Slacklining
  • Ropes Course
  • And More…

Talent Show

talentshow-grid

Get on stage and perform for your fellow campmates. This is your chance to earn those bragging rights for remembering those show tunes lyrics from 6th grade.

Have a secret hobby or stupid human trick up your sleeve? This is your chance to shine. Come prepared with a talent or pick one up at camp. Join the camp hip-hop dance troupe or choir, try out some beatboxing, or write some poetry, and share your new skill in the spotlight. This is one of the best nights of camp!

Live Music

Camp Grounded wouldn’t be the Camp Grounded without the amazing live music and it’s artist in residency program. We pride ourselves on bringing some of the best musicians around to Camp.  Catch some amazing music and get to know people behind the music them as they perform (and hang out) at the Canteen, Tea Spot, or Parade Field. Past Camp Grounded musicians have included: Whiskerman, The Wild Reeds, Con Brio, The Rainbow Girls, Upfolk, John Craigie, The Dustbowl Revival, Marty O’reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, Cello Joe, The John Brothers Piano Company, Papa Bear & The Easy Love, Bear Kittay, Brett Hunter, and so many more…

Camp Dance

Camp Dance
Camp wouldn’t be camp without our all-camp themed dance.

In 2013 we took participants back to 80’s with a classic prom and live music by the Spazmatics.
In 2014 we brought in Con Brio, a full 7-piece outfit to help us celebrate the 70’s Soul-Funk-Disco. Yes, we had a 40” disco ball.
In 2015 everyone got married (we renewed vows, committed camp crushes to one another, and created space to honor long lost loves). We threw an epic wedding reception, cut the cake even did the horrah.
In 2016 we had our first ever All Camp Play (written during the Acting Deep Dive only a few hours before) followed by an amazing and spooky Halloween Dance.

Just wait for what we have in store for 2017. It’s going to be legendary. It’s a tradition to keep it kind of a secret until your receive your Camper Information packet in the Spring. Until then, it’s never to early to start scouting your local thrift store.

Fomo Free Playshops

One of our main mottos at Camp Grounded is, “Wherever you are is exactly where you are supposed to be.” Thats why we give our campers over 25+ simultaneous playshops to choose from while at camp. And of course, the immediate response is often that of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). So our immediate response is, “You’ll choose the right playshop… no fomo!”

Here are some of the playshops you might find at Camp Grounded in Northern California:

Archery
Archery
Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Lego Building
Lego Building
Laughter Yoga
Laughter Yoga
Rock Climbing
Rock Climbing
Charcoal Drawing
Charcoal Drawing
Henna
Henna
Analog Photography
Analog Photography
Acroyoga
Acroyoga
Primitive Skills
Primitive Skills
Crochet
Crochet
Flower Crowns
Flower Crowns
Comic Book Drawing
Comic Book Drawing
Gospel Choir
Gospel Choir
Ukulele 101
Ukulele 101
Candle Making
Candle Making
Embroidery
Embroidery
Hip Hop Dance
Hip Hop Dance
Macrame
Macrame
Mask Making
Mask Making
Poetry
Poetry
Thai Massage 101
Thai Massage 101
Ropes Course
Ropes Course
Spoon Carving
Spoon Carving
Stilt Walking
Stilt Walking
Superfood Truffle Making
Superfood Truffle Making
Solar Carving
Solar Carving
Slackline 101
Slackline 101
Yoga
Yoga
Tie Dye
Tie Dye
Screen Printing
Screen Printing
Improv
Improv
Pickling
Pickling
Meditation
Meditation
Weaving
Weaving
Nature Hikes
Nature Hikes
Wood Working
Wood Working
Capoeira
Capoeira
Zine Making
Zine Making
Pizza Baking
Pizza Baking

Color Wars

color wars 1

We divide the camp into two to four different color teams, and campers compete in a series of outrageously ridiculous, fantastically absurd, wild and amazing games, relay races, scavenger hunts and challenges. Spend the afternoon getting messy, silly and competing harder than you did as a kiddo.

We’re talking egg roulette, slack-jaw dance-offs, face painting, gaga, dodgeball, pie-eating contests, Capture the Flag, frozen t-shirts, trivia and more. Expect relay races that involve all of the elements and games we couldn’t have made up. You bring your color and team spirit, and we’ll get the pies, Tug-o-War and greasy watermelons ready.


Deep Dives

deep dives

Deep Dives are your chance to go deep with a specialized program and playshop at camp. Spend the afternoon with a camp specialist: explore a hidden creative side, give yourself space for personal wellness, and take this as your opportunity to dig into something totally new.

Learn a specific skill that would be enhanced with mentorship and hands-on advice, uncover an unknown passions of yours, ask a bunch of questions (to someone that can answer them), and share the process of learning, experimenting and growing with fellow campers. Sink into what you are creating or doing with minimal distraction, and if you are feeling inspired, you can use your free-time at camp to continue the Deep Dive. Leave this summer with a new found skill, integrating a unique Camp Grounded experience into your life back home.

— click a deep dive below to learn more —

*Deep Dives subject to Change by Location and Date

Wellness

wellness-ca
Staying grounded and taking care of oneself is key to the camper experience amongst the play, excitement and late night life while at camp. The “Department of Presence” (what we call our wellness team), creates space for reflection, curates wellness influenced programming, and more than anything, they remind us to take big deep breaths as we run from one activity to another.

Balancing energy levels, giving ourselves the chance to pause, getting sleep, and finding time for reflection is crucial… and our Wellness Specialists ensure we take the “me” time we all need. They host a plethora of programming that supports individuals seeking new practices and daily routines, while providing those who have an established background with new chances to grow and develop themselves. They are trained in the art of listening, restoration and personal growth practices, and are excited to share these talents with you. From morning wellness to free-time counselor 1:1’s, through evening programming… there is always a space to connect with others, time for silence and taking a breath, and a place to stay grounded.

    • Morning Yoga: Hatha, Vinyasa, & Yin Yoga
    • Daily Sweat Lodge
    • Meditation
    • Qi-Gong & Tai-Chi
    • Pranayama & Breathwork
    • Acro-Yoga
    • Silent Tipi
    • Mindfulness Sessions
    • Digital Detox 101
    • Wellness Yurt
    • Tea Ceremony
    • 1:1 Sessions w/Counselors
    • Healing Space
    • Thai Massage 101

Sports & Recreation

sports and rec - ca
Spending time running around playing outside and trying new things is a main staple of being at camp. We find the best camp properties to partner with that have incredible facilities which would rival with our friends who are still at a country club or back home.

  • Capture the Flag
  • Nature Hikes
  • Wood Working
  • Tug-o-War
  • Basketball
  • Kickball
  • Croquet
  • Archery
  • ZipLine
  • Corn Hole
  • Volleyball
  • Climbing Wall
  • Swimming
  • Slacklining
  • Ropes Course
  • And More…

Talent Show

talentshow-grid

Get on stage and perform for your fellow campmates. This is your chance to earn those bragging rights for remembering those show tunes lyrics from 6th grade.

Have a secret hobby or stupid human trick up your sleeve? This is your chance to shine. Come prepared with a talent or pick one up at camp. Join the camp hip-hop dance troupe or choir, try out some beatboxing, or write some poetry, and share your new skill in the spotlight. This is one of the best nights of camp!

Live Music

Camp Grounded wouldn’t be the Camp Grounded without the amazing live music and it’s artist in residency program. We pride ourselves on bringing some of the best musicians around to Camp.  Catch some amazing music and get to know people behind the music them as they perform (and hang out) at the Canteen, Tea Spot, or Parade Field. Past Camp Grounded musicians have included: Whiskerman, The Wild Reeds, Con Brio, The Rainbow Girls, Upfolk, The Dustbowl Revival, Marty O’reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, Cello Joe, The John Brothers Piano Company, Papa Bear & The Easy Love, Bear Kittay, Brett Hunter, and so many more…

Camp Dance

Camp Dance
Camp wouldn’t be camp without our all-camp themed dance.

In 2013 we took participants back to 80’s with a classic prom and live music by the Spazmatics.

In 2014 we brought in Con Brio, a full 7-piece outfit to help us celebrate the 70’s Soul-Funk-Disco. Yes, we had a 40” disco ball.

And in 2015 everyone got married (we renewed vows, committed camp crushes to one another, and created space to honor long lost loves). We threw an epic wedding reception, cut the cake even did the horrah.

What’s in store for 2016? We can’t tell you… though we promise it’ll be awesome and you will be pleasantly surprised (trick or treat). It’s a tradition to keep it kind of a secret until your receive your care package in the Spring. Until then, it’s never to early to start scouting your local thrift store.


2017 Registration

Alumni Registration Opens: 1/17/17 @ 11 a.m.
Public Registration Opens: . 1/24/17 @ 11 a.m.

(Choose a Session)

2017 Registration

Alumni Registration Opens: 1/17/17 @ 11 a.m.
Public Registration Opens: . 1/24/17 @ 11 a.m.

(Choose a Session)

CAMP GROUNDED IS ALL INCLUSIVE

All Programming
8 Healthy Gourmet Camp Meals
3 Nights Accommodations in Classic Camp Cabins (or BYOT)
Live Music
Daily Morning Yoga + Meditation + Wellness + Sweatlodge
30+ Playshops & Deep Dive Electives
Late Night Tea Lounge
Rockwall + Archery + Ropes Course
Favorite Camp Games & Activities
Campfires + S’mores
Camp Dance
Much More

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