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2017 Summer Camp Site Visit

Summer Camp is over half a year away, but we couldn’t wait to share the exciting news about our new campsite with you! Last month we took a tour of the amazing Pathfinder Ranch campsite and absolutely fell in love with everything about it! The amazing programming, gorgeous scenery, comfy cabins, and outdoor exploration opportunities absolutely won us over and convinced us that this has to be Camp Laurel’s home for the next year!

We wanted to share our excitement with you, so Gadget took a ton of photos when we went to visit Pathfinder Ranch last month. So lets get going on a quick picture tour!


Coming into Pathfinder Ranch, we were immediately blown away by the amazing scenery. Located in the foothills of the Idyllwild mountains, Pathfinder Ranch provides the ideal setting for camp with rolling hills, wooded trails, and an abundance of natural wonders. Our favorite spot is the onsite lake, complete with ducks, fish and island lookout. 10151426_512436935526876_6201575247935196820_n

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Nothing gets our campers more excited than to interact with animals at camp! Pathfinder Ranch offers some of the best horseback riding instruction in Southern California and gives campers the chance to ride through gorgeous wooded trails in the national park bordering the facilities.

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Campers will also get a chance to help out with the other animals on the site, including chickens, pigs, goats, reptiles, and one special chinchilla!

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The cabins provide the comforts that help our campers (and staff) wind down from a day full of outdoor adventures. We particularly appreciate the connected bathrooms and shower facilities!

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Pathfinder Ranch also has some of the coolest meeting spaces we’ve seen! Imagine holding an all camp program in a room with a climbing wall built on one side, or having the Final Campfire inside a fort!photo-sep-30-10-48-03-am

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Finally, we loved all the programs that Pathfinder Ranch has to offer! You can’t have camp without rock climbing, and Pathfinder Ranch’s multisided rock wall offers a fun program for all experience levels!

Their choose-your-own-adventure climbing tower gives so many options for our campers to challenge themselves!

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Not only does Pathfinder Ranch have a zip line the campers can climb up to, but it deposits you ON AN ISLAND in the middle of the lake!!! Can’t get much cooler than that!

And of course, campers will get to experience camp favorites like archery, arts and crafts, and cooking.

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We could not be more excited to bring Camp Laurel’s Summer Camp program to Pathfinder Ranch this summer! With a new campsite and later school start dates (LAUSD just voted to push the start of school back to the end of August), we are once again going to be able to offer a full week of camp for the kids, allowing for more activities, more team building, and just more CAMP!

This is definitely going to be a program to remember and we hope to see you all there! So save the date and please join us August 14 – 20 for Summer Camp 2017!

Margot Anderson2017 Summer Camp Site Visit