The Ranch at Laguna Beach launches Adventure Camp

The Ranch at Laguna Beach recently announced the launch of Adventure Camp, an immersive youth outreach initiative aimed at connecting kids with the great outdoors. 

Formerly known as the Camping Outreach Program, Adventure Camp is powered by The Ocean Institute and Cox Communications and provides no-cost camping experiences at The Ranch at Laguna Beach for nonprofit youth organizations.

Adventure Camp offers unique locations for daytime activities and primitive overnight camping experiences during the summer months. The program is exclusively available on a limited basis to Southern California-based nonprofit groups focusing on youth mentorship, enrichment, and learning for at-risk and low-income kids.

The camp is held in partnership with The Ocean Institute at The Ranch at Laguna Beach’s Scout Camp, a storied location that served as an activity site for YMCA and Girl Scouts in the 1940s. With this meaningful setting as its backdrop, Adventure Camp empowers mentorship organizations to make a difference in young lives by connecting campers with nature and fostering a lifelong appreciation for the great outdoors.

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Kids exploring the trails at The Ranch 

With Adventure Camp, The Ranch at Laguna Beach also provides camping equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, lanterns and more, as well as access to permanent bathrooms, potable water, and limited electrical power for general camping use, guided arrival and departure through the property, and overnight security as needed. Campers can also take part in on-site activities like organic gardening, bird watching, wildlife observation, and plant study. Transportation to/from The Ranch at Laguna Beach is not included.

“The Ranch at Laguna Beach and its Scout Camp are culturally significant locations, and the land is deeply meaningful to the community. When we became stewards of this incredible landscape, we recognized a responsibility to continue its legacy of making a positive impact on young lives,” said Kurt Bjorkman, General Manager of The Ranch at Laguna Beach. “We are proud to launch Adventure Camp and appreciate the support from Cox Communications, whose generous donation enables The Ranch at Laguna Beach and The Ocean Institute to continue this enriching outdoor program for kids who need it most.”

In the summer of 2018, The Ocean Institute and The Ranch at Laguna Beach partnered to host 12 campouts for 314 participants from Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. Through these campouts at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, kids from across SoCal engaged in summer camp activities, nature-focused explorations, overnight tent campouts, and beach time, with many kids experiencing such activities for the very first time.

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Wildlife visiting The Ranch 

“We’re excited to support families in the region through a program that fosters hands-on education, exploration of the great outdoors and appreciation for our environment,” says Jodi Duva, Vice President of Cox Business in Orange County. “Growing up I didn’t always have the opportunity to have experiences like this, so I’m proud to work for a company that is enriching summer for kids from all walks of life in a beautiful coastal city like Laguna Beach!”

The Ranch at Laguna Beach will host “A Day in the Canyon” on Thursday, Aug 22 to celebrate the launch of the newly rebranded Adventure Camp program.  This community event will be open to the public and held on the resort grounds, featuring activities, food and beverage, outdoor games and more, with all precedes benefitting Adventure Camp. Additional information will follow as event details are finalized.

Nonprofit youth organizations interested in applying for Adventure Camp can submit an application at

Those with questions on how to apply can contact Patricia A. Pegram, Outdoor Education & Summer Camp Program Manager for The Ocean Institute at (949) 496-2274 ext. 311 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Editor’s Note: Adventure Camp program dates are fully committed for 2019. Select spaces remain available for the 2020 summer season, and applications for 2021 campouts are currently being accepted. The Ranch at Laguna Beach recommends organizations seeking to partner with Adventure Camp apply approximately two years in advance due to the popularity and exclusivity of the program.