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Summer Camp: Site & Program Description

Foothill Horizons Summer Camp is a one-of-a-kind summer camp
for FUN, friendship, imagination, and independence! 


It is open to children entering grades 3-12.  It is located in the beautiful, rustic foothills of Sonora California on 143 wooded acres and is owned and operated by Stanislaus County Office of Education. 

Since its first year of welcoming campers in 1980, Foothill Horizons Summer Camp has served generations of families from the California area, other states, and even international participants.  Many of our Foothill Family campers come back each summer for this magical experience, even if their families have moved away from our geographic area.  Our campers cherish the fun and friendship they experience here and cannot wait to join us again and have a special week with the friends they have made.

Foothill Horizons Summer Camp offers various themes each summer based on popular kid culture in movies, games, music and other genres.  Our amazing Summer Camp staff know what kids like and create fantastic scenes and story lines that kids interact with, such as helping Buddy save Christmas in July (Elf), chasing dinosaurs (Jurassic Park), or walking the plank (Pirates of the Caribbean).  SC staff, Counselors in Training and Junior Counselors create each wonderful week with games, skits, campfire fun, arts and crafts, pool parties, river exploration, sleep outs, staff hunt, videos, and many other activities and skill building exercises tied in with the theme of the week.  Of course, the weekly excursion to Pinecrest Lake is always a favorite for relaxing on the beach, picnic lunch, games, and boating fun.

Our camp has a full service commercial kitchen and dining hall to serve meals to hungry campers, as well as heated and cooled dormitories for sleeping, a sky tower for astronomy fun and learning, classrooms for arts and crafts and other activities, and a pool for dance parties and daily cooling off.  Our camp offers a safe and fun environment for campers to build lasting friendships, explore their imaginations, and learn independence. Foothill Horizons Summer Camp is a place where kids can be kids and have a blast! 


Campers are kids who will be entering grades 3-8 in the fall of the Summer Camp year.  Campers bunk in the dorms with kids their own age and may request to be bunkmates with their friends who enroll with them for the same session.  They will have the opportunity to interact with other age groups for activities.

Once children enter 9th grade, they become Counselors in Training (CITs) followed by Junior Counselors (JCs).  Through this 4 year progressive program, CITs and JCs learn leadership skills, responsibility, independence, and program creation.   They support campers by supervising, leading classes and building impressive sets for program. 

CIT I (entering 9th grade), CIT II (entering 10th grade)

JC I (entering 11th grade), JC II (entering 12thgrade)


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Foothill Horizons
Summer Camp

21925 Lyons Bald Mtn Rd
Sonora, CA 95370

Key Contacts

Anne Stuart

Summer Camp Director

Jessica Hewitt