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Summer Adventures at Rancho Los Cerritos
Long Beach, California

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4600 N. Virginia Road
Long Beach, California 90807


TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Weekdays, 10 AM - 2 PM. 3 sessions: Vaquero Adventures: July 14-18, Old Time Adventures: July 21-25, Adobe Adventures: July 28-August 1.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

Fine Arts/Crafts, Academics, and more.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located one block West of Long Beach Boulevard, and just South of Del Amo Boulevard, in the Los Cerritos neighborhood of Long Beach.

CAMP FACILITIES: Most camp activities take place in the gardens and courtyards of the beautiful and historic Temple/Bixby home, an original adobe structure dating to the late 1800s. Through a sustained community effort, the site has many original items, and has been preserved and restored professionally to help create an authentic experience for visitors.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: The program, now in its 8th year, provides affordable, well supervised, and engaging historic activities, games, and craft projects on the beautiful grounds of the Temple/Bixby adobe, one of the oldest structures in Long Beach. In addition to sack and three legged races, cow chipping, and charades, children will also create a variety of take home crafts like tooled leather, tin punch lanterns, and herb sachets.

The camp's programs create a fun and festive atmosphere for participants, yet still help to shape some understanding about living and working in Old California. Each week has a unique focus, and some themed activities, but also will include many of the fun things kids look forward to who come for multiple weeks.

Example activities include herding, leather tooling, sack races, charades, songs & stories, cowboy vests, croquet, boot craft, Western dancing, tissue paper flowers, tin punch lanterns, making adobe, and mud pies.

The camp is staffed by trained teenage volunteers who have an established involvement with the Rancho, and who are supervised by Dr. Meighan Maguire, PhD in Communications from UCSD.


A limited number of scholarships are available, thanks to a grant from the Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation. Please contact the education office at Rancho Los Cerritos at (562) 570-1755 for an application. The scholarship pays for half of the registration fee.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: The Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site has regular docent-guided and living history tours throughout the year.


Weekdays, 10 AM - 2 PM. 3 sessions:

Vaquero Adventures: July 14-18
Old Time Adventures: July 21-25
Adobe Adventures: July 28-August 1

$90 per child per week.

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There are a limited number of volunteer positions which tend to go to local teenagers who are already knowledgeable about the Rancho. Please call to inquire.

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