Tumbleweed Day Camp Experience
Last week, my daughter attended Tumbleweed Day Camp in Brentwood, Los Angeles. She had a great time! It was perfect timing because my parents flew back to the East Coast after helping me out for two months, so it was the first week was home by myself with the baby.
To prepare, we picked out her clothes for every day of the week, including a bathing suit and towel because they swim every day. I put name labels on everything, and planned her lunch and snack for the week as well. She was so excited about camp every day and was ready to go right on time – something that’s usually difficult for school.
What I loved about Tumbleweed Day Camp
I learned about Tumbleweed at the Summer Camp Fair at UCLA. It’s located in the northern part of Brentwood, Los Angeles, surrounded by trees and nature. It feels like you are far away from the city, but really less than half an hour away (from the UCLA neighborhood).
Unplugged, in Nature, and Accredited
What appealed to me about Tumbleweed Camp at the camp fair was their history (founded in 1954) and “unplugged” traditional philosophy in a natural, outdoor setting. It’s also accredited by the American Camp Association, which means that they meet and exceed basic safety and development standards that have been set for camps all over the country.
Tumbleweed Day Camp offers open houses to anyone interested in the program. This year, they had four, in March and April, prior to the start of the camp season. We attended one and learned about the activities, saw the grounds, and met the staff (who all have fun nicknames, BTW). Everything was in order and everyone was friendly and knowledgable.
The Parent Portal on their Website
Their online process for registering was easy. Any questions I had were quickly answered, and all the forms were easily accessible. There was a medical form that required a doctor’s signature, which we had time to submit before the actual camp date.
This was definitely one of my husband and my favorite things about the camp! Since we lived close enough, we qualified for door-to-door service. Otherwise, there are designated bus stops determined by Tumbleweed. The bus is actually a shuttle bus, with comfortable seats and all. In addition to a driver, there is a staff member who helps out. That was comforting to me, especially since my daughter was one of the younger campers.
They sent e-mails about what their group (Flamingos) did at camp each day (except Monday). I really appreciated these, because when I asked my kid what she did, she will usually name a few things and then say she forgot the rest. This week’s theme was “Wizarding Week,” so “Houses” or teams were assigned, and each group collected points during special games and activities.
note: Photos used in this post were provided by Tumbleweed Camp and are not from the actual week my daughter attended
On Monday, they assessed the children’s swimming skills. I was really nervous about my kid going to the pool without me, because she isn’t a strong swimmer yet. Thankfully, the staff is trained and experienced, so I felt better about her being in the water. In addition to swimming, they played lots of games, including Tumbleweed’s version of dodgeball, called “Gaga” (which apparently has several variations).
My daughter went to camp not knowing anyone, so she said she cried a little on her first day. Thankfully, by the end of the day and after all the activities, she said she had a good time and looked forward to the next day of camp. (Whew).
“They started their day off at Nature to visit our goats, chickens, bunnies, and garden. Then they headed to archery, where their group practiced the ancient art of using a bow and arrow. Next on the Flamingo’s schedule was the pool, and like every day, enjoyed splashing and playing with the swim counselors. They then visited Jumbo’s Studio, for bouncing in our elephant bouncy house, and making art. And lastly they went to Horses to say hi to and even ride on the mini donkeys, ponies, and our big horses.”
“They started their day off at the field, where they ran and hopped and jumped and rolled and crazed around all over the grass. Then they headed to Leroy, South’s famous inflatable snake shaped obstacle course. Next on the Flamingo’s schedule was the pool, and like every day, enjoyed splashing and playing with the swim counselors. They then visited archery, where their group practiced the ancient art of using a bow and arrow. And lastly they went to the treasure chest, where they tried out some engineering with building and constructing, as well as reading and coloring.”
“They started their day off at the gaga court, playing our camp’s favorite game – it’s like dodge ball, but on the ground and much cooler. Then they headed to Arts and Crafts, our specialist-led art activities that are designed just for our South groups. Make sure to ask your camper what they made today! Next on the Flamingo’s schedule was the pool, and like every day, enjoyed splashing and playing with the swim counselors. They then visited they traveled on over to the tumblewheel (super-awesome giant swing) and Joyce’s Jungle Gym for some much needed climbing. And lastly they went to Music and Motion, where their group danced, sang, and created music together.”
“The Flamingos were living it up again today at Tumbleweed! They started their day off at Tuckerville, their group let their imaginations run wild with make-believe restaurants, dress up, and bike riding.Then they headed to the treasure chest, where they tried out some engineering with building and constructing, as well as reading and coloring. Next on the Flamingo’s schedule was the pool, and like every day, enjoyed splashing and playing with the swim counselors.They then visited the field, where they ran and hopped and jumped and rolled and crazed around all over the grass. And lastly they went to Leroy, South’s famous inflatable snake shaped obstacle course.”
Thank you, Tumbleweed Day Camp, for an awesome experience!
Tumblweed Day Camp
Located on over 100 acres of the Santa Monica Mountains, Tumbleweed Day Camp lets kids enjoy the wonders of nature just minutes from the Brentwood section of Los Angeles. Offering summer camp programs for kids and much more!
Tumbleweed Day Camp is located at:
1024 Hanley Ave Los Angeles CA 90049
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Tumbleweed Camp. An agreed upon trade was made in exchange for advertising. All opinions are honest and 100% my own. Images provided by Tumbleweed.