Camp Theme Weeks

Sammy Slug Summer Camp is fresh and exciting every week! We offer a variety of similar, and different, activies related to the theme of each week. The following are basic descriptions and ideas of what your camper might engage in over the course of each theme week. 

***Theme weeks and activities are subject to change. Additional details will be communicated out 7 days prior to the start of the camp week.***


    Star- Spangled Kick-Off

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    Week 1: June 30th – July 3rd (4 Day Week)

    In addition to some good ole fashioned whiffleball and kickball, our 4 day Star Spangled Kick Off Week might include a visit from the UCSC Dance Team. Campers might create their own special flag magnet craft and our Dress Up Thursday theme will be fireworks and bright colors!

  • Kids University/ Mini Slug Week

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    Week 2: July 7th – July 11th

    Week 2 might feature demonstrations from Varsity/Club Sport athletes (Rugby, Water Polo, Basketball, etc.). Perhaps we’ll take a tour around campus, visiting classrooms and professors, and stop at the dining hall for a treat. A Blue & Gold SLUG themed Dress Up Friday and a T Shirt decorating may conclude the week,       


  • Campers to the Rescue!

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    Week 3: July 14th – July 18th

    Week 3 will focus on safety and helping others and conclude with a superhero theme and mask craft for Dress Up Friday. Other activities might include a field trip to the UCSC Fire House, and visits from the UCSC Police Department and UCSC Wilderness Orientation Leaders who will discuss safety tips in the backcountry. 


  • Under the Sea

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    Week 4: July 21st – July 25th

    Our fourth week of camp will be aquatic themed and our weekly craft might feature Sea Creatures and Magnificent Marine Mammals and our Dress Up Friday theme will center around the theme of “Pogonip Pirates.”


  • The Great Outdoors

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    Week 5: July 28th – Aug 1st

    Our Great Outdoors week might feature visits from the Wilderness Orientation crew, and activities such as s’mores making, trail mix creation (nut free), seedling planting, scavenger hunts on campus, and field guide observations. Our Dress Up Friday theme will be Hiking, Camping, & Backpacking Adventures!


  • Surf’s Up!

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    Aug 4th – Aug 8th

    Week 6 might include light surfing and paddle boarding demonstrations, as well as a visit from the UCSC Swim Team and Lifegaurds. We’ll look to potentially make our own pineapple food crafts and flower necklaces while The Beach Boys make an appearance on the sound waves during our surfing themed Dress Up Friday! 


  • Summer Splash!

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    Aug 11th – Aug 15th

    During our week 7 Summer Splash week we might make our own sunscreen, have a lawn games and sand volleyball tournament, and create charts for star gazing at night. We may also get a special lesson from our Lifeguards and revisit some hiking tips. On Dress Up Friday, we'll sport beach attire!


  • California Frontier!

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    Aug 18th – Aug 22nd

    For our 8th and final week of camp we’ll revisit the history of our great state! We might engage campers in making their own candles, building a replica wagon, and considering geology, the Gold Rush and 49ers. On Dress Up Friday we’ll encourage a back to basics approach with farm wear and 49er apparel.