Monica Ros School Summer Camp 2020

All 2020 dates on hold due to COVID-19. We are hoping to provide our Summer Camp; as a small school with long-term staff, Monica Ros is ready to provide our usual quality programming (with increased health and safety measures) should local and state authorities provide the green light.

9:00am – 2:00pm Camp Day
783 McNell Road, Ojai, CA  93023

The Nuts & Bolts
Summer is coming fast here in Ojai! Monica Ros School runs a very popular and well-loved Summer Camp for all children in the community. We ask that children attending camp are three years old (and toilet-independent), up through those entering 4th grade this fall.  Campers will be separated by age to allow for the most secure and comfortable range of exploration for campers.  Our kind, qualified staff are all Monica Ros employees with years of experience.  Camp cost is $300/week. A second camper in a family is discounted to $200/week. Current Monica Ros families may charge camp fees to their school account, other camper’s fees are due before camp begins. Camp is from 9:00am-2:00pm; we apologize that no daycare is available after camp. In all weeks of Monica Ros Summer Camp there is tons of water play, classic camp games, take-home crafts, and an organic frozen treat each day.

Please note: Monica Ros is proudly celebrating 75 years in the Ojai Valley with an ambitious campaign to beautify our campus and build our endowment. This summer (2020), in the far corner of campus, the finishing touches on our new Library and Art Cottage may still be underway. While it is not in an area ever utilized by our Summer Camp, we cannot foresee all possible impacts, and ask for your understanding as we undertake this exciting project.  


2019 Themes

First Week: June 24 – June 28

We all sure love our animal companions, and this first week of camp is all about familiar, fun-loving critters! We will have visits from various pets, a local veterinarian, and an amazing agility demonstration from two FAMOUS award-winning agility dogs. We will make human biscuits and dog biscuits as treats, and numerous pet-inspired art projects like a collar or pillow for your pet and paw print printmaking. We will paint “pet” rocks, and read stories about different pets each day.

Second Week: July 1 – July 3 (discounted to $180/wk. because of 4th of July holiday, no camp Thurs/Fri)

Campers will have so much fun exploring all things historic Americana: we will play ‘parlor games’ like cat’s cradle,  charades, tiddlywinks, and dominos, and well as outdoor games like cornhole, gunny sack races, and graces (it involves two sticks and a hoop….it’s a fun one!) We will make mini apple pies and easy strawberry jam to bring home. There will be lots of 4th of July art projects/decorations to make too like flags, carnation leis (we will use natural dyes to create red, white, and blue flowers!) and pinwheels.
Third Week: July 8 – July 12

Explore food, science, AND their intersection in this fun week of camp! We’ll make no-bake foods like Friendship Fruit Salad, Kombucha ‘Soda Pop’, and Ice Cream In A Bag while also learning about various foods processes like fermentation, freezing, and melting. We will play with our food as well (it’s not a no-no at camp!) and have games like food puzzles, pea relay races, and spaghetti toss! Campers will also experiment with making slime, bouncy balls, and various fizzing concoctions using common household ingredients.

Fourth Week: July 15 – July 19

Don’t miss this fun week filled with all things transportation…campers will make wooden vehicles to drive across various self-built race tracks and world locations. There will be BIG box vehicles and a train to get into and propel around campus with friends, as well as small boxes for creating a diorama to bring your car home in. Various paper airplane origami techniques will be tackled, and flight records attempted. The entire Monica Ros School amphitheater will be taken over by wooden train tracks…let’s see how big of a network we can build together!

Fifth Week: July 22 – 26

Lots of water play is involved when you’re learning about pirates sailing (and mermaids swimming) the seven seas! Campers will dig for buried treasure and explore sand creations by local artist Dennis Shives. We will create art projects using shells and sand, and well as a pastel of a seashore by the older students. Campers will also make a small diorama to house a sea creature in, and to kick off the week can choose to make hats adorned with the Jolly Roger or glittery jelly fish crowns to channel their inner pirate and mermaid!

Sixth Week:  July 29 – August 2

We are excited for this special week of camp, where students will be led “through the ages” of humanity’s artistic evolution. Begin with cave art…using natural pigments on slate and in clay. Move on to painting with various mediums in some easily-recognizable styles: watercolors like Monet, “dots” like Seurat, some washable tempera splatter painting like Pollack, modernism like Mondrian. Campers will also be slowly building their own sculptural creations with found natural items from campus using additional wires, pipe cleaners, beads, and more!

For more information, and to register, you may email the office at or call 805-646-8184.