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Hidden Villa Summer Camps: Getting children outdoors, no matter their background


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Children care for animals and enjoy other valuable learning experiences at Hidden Villa Summer Camps. Holiday Fund proceeds help provide scholarships for financially challenged children to attend the camps.

• Mission: Hidden Villa aims to inspire a just and sustainable future through programs, land and legacy.

• 2018 update: Hidden Villa added the Outdoor Innovators program, which focuses on engineering in the outdoors. In the one-week overnight camp for youth entering fourth and fifth grades, participants stayed in a geodesic dome, Viking tent, carousel tent or teepee and studied hands-on engineering in nature ranging from structure building to how termites construct homes with natural air conditioning.

Hidden Villa also forged a new partnership with the Los Altos-based Epicurean Group to provide high-quality food for campers, including fresh organic ingredients.

• Why the Holiday Fund is needed: Half of Hidden Villa’s residential campers and some day campers rely on scholarships to access the inclusive programming that welcomes them to the farm and wilderness. Donors supply more than $280,000 each year to sustain support for children who otherwise would not get to attend camp.

Hidden Villa Summer Camps

Location: 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills

Founded: 1945

Annual budget: 980,000

Staff: 6 year-round employees; 67 seasonal camp employees

Information: hiddenvilla.org

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