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CAMP SHINE Summer Sessions!

Camp SHINE is in the process of getting a new home on the internet and so we are a bit in-between websites. Spring Break and Summer enrollment will take place on our new Camp SHINE website at the end of this month. We’re so excited!

Please sign up below to be notified AS SOON AS ENROLLMENT OPENS! 

Spring & Summer 2022 Sneak Peek!

Camp Shine Spring Break:

We are thrilled to offer a stay-cation for our young people. We are eager to share with them the beauty of the green hills that surround Camp SHINE at spring time.

Dates & Times:

April 4th-7th, 9:30-2:30pm
Ages: 6-12

 Enrollment opening soon!

Camp SHINE Summer Schedule:

We receive emails daily asking about the summer program, so we wanted to give you all a sneak peak of the summer schedule, so you can make those summer plans and when enrollment opens… you are ready to go! Be sure you signed up for the waiting list above so you’re one of the first to know when enrollment opens.

To celebrate the return of Camp SHINE Summer Program we will be offering an early bird discount the first few days enrollment opens. It is going to be GREAT SAVINGS, so be sure to take advantage!

Morning Sessions:

Ages: 6-12

We will offer CAMP SHINE AFTERCARE from 2:30pm-5:00pm – extra time at the pool and a second visit to the farm. 🙂 Limited space.

Afternoon Sessions:

Ages: 6-12


Session 1: Monday-Thursday/ June 6th-June 9th

Session 2: Monday-Thursday/ June 13th-16th

Session 3: Monday-Thursday/ June 20th-June 23rd

Session 4: Monday-Thursday/ June 27-June 30

Session 5: Monday-Thursday/ July 11th-July 14th

Session 6: Monday-Thursday/ July 18th-21st

Session 7: Monday-Thursday/ July 25th-July 28th

Session 8: Monday-Thursday/ August 1st-4th  


We will have some new guest teachers this year and some old favorites returning! We will enjoy the horses and farm animals, take a dip in the pool and of course make wonderful memories in the great outdoors. Take a peak at our Camp SHINE video HERE to learn more. We will have a lot more info once the new site it up and live, so hang tight and we really can’t wait for you to join us!

Our mission is to reconnect children with nature and to love one another and especially themselves! We provide experiences, community, and an environment for kids to SHINE as they were born to do!


upcoming offerings 


Camp Counselor

Leadership Circle

This program is preparation to be a Jr. Camp Counselor for Summer 2022 Program!

10 Circles:

Boys + Girls
Ages: 11/12-14 (5th/6th-8th grade)

Dates: Wednesdays:
2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/13, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11

Time: 2:30pm-5:00pm

Let’s gather in circle and meet at the farm to not only enjoy the great outdoors, riding horses, art projects and tending to the animals but also to learn lifelong empowerment tools and leadership skills!


Our child is beyond excited to go each week, marks off the days until the next Monday, and shares with pretty much everyone in our family/community about Shine. It has been such a lovely and wholesome experience!


My daughter loves Camp SHINE! She enjoys playing with kids of different ages, and she adores the farm and nature crafts. She has attended other farm-based programs previously, but Camp SHINE has far exceeded her past experience. She is glowing every day when I pick her up! I love that the SEL curriculum is so well-incorporated into the camp so she is learning self empowerment tools throughout her day. She utilizes those tools at home and even taught our family about EFT. We will sign up again!

My daughter LOVED CAMP SHINE so much! She met new friends and strengthened existing relationships. She has been making me tea every night with the wonderful tea she made at camp. And she taught me to tap the other night. She loved the animals, swimming, riding the horses…all of it. CAMP SHINE was a very special opportunity for our kids to be outside with nature while learning to honor and take good care of themselves, animals and mother nature. Our family is so grateful to Stephanie, Lauren and the other specialist counselors for such an amazing program!


To be honest, I was hesitant to sign my daughter up for Camp Shine, because of the financial burden COVID has placed on our family. But as a mama of three, the time my daughter spent with Stephanie and her sister, Lauren was such a gift to all of us! I could not have been happier! Stephanie has a true gift for working with children and it shows in the dedication she has in continuing her youth program, Camp Shine despite the limits this pandemic has brought our community. The space the camp was held is truly a magical place, with so many things for the children to engage in. Ivy daughter never wanted to leave, and came home a tired, yet happy child! The amount of stories she had to share were endless each day. It has been such a great way to end summer and prepare for this next journey of schooling that lies ahead of us. Thank you Stephanie for her warm heart, your patience, your playfulness and your dedication!


My daughters had the best time at Camp Shine. My older daughter loved riding the horses and my younger one loved swimming with friends. They both said it was hard to pick a favorite part of camp.


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“Camp Shine was the best week ever! We had so much fun playing with the animals, spending time in nature, whittling hiking sticks, swimming, and zip lining. We wish we can go all summer long. Miss Stephanie and friends are such great teachers. They are all very kind too.”

-Gracelyn and Keaton

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your Covid-19 Policy?
Camp SHINE is 100% outdoor program and for those reasons we don’t require masks. We ask that you have one in your backpack in case we need one. We also request that you stay home if your child is feeling ill and that we be notified ASAP if you have been in contact with Covid-19 to help protect everyone at Camp Shine.
Is Camp SHINE for boys and girls?
YES! Camp is for everyone! In fact, my own sons 7- and 11-year-old… LOVE camp!
What is the location of CAMP SHINE?
We are in the hills of Martinez, CA at a private farm. Once you register for camp you will be provided further directions and info about our location.
Does my child need to know how to swim to come to Camp SHINE?
No, however they will be required to wear a lifejacket the entire time we are near the pool, which is a separate area from the rest of camp. We also provide a lifeguard in addition to our Camp Counselors who oversee the pool time. We take pool safety very seriously.
Can my kindergartener come to Camp SHINE?
We will accept Kindergarteners if they have experienced some school and are used to longer days or if they have a sibling in the program.
Camp SHINE is a long day, do the kids get tired?
Great question! We provide times in the day that are naturally quieter. Hammocks to rock in and quiet spaces to relax. We teach the kids to honor what they need and help them find ways to take good care of themselves. Since we are 100% outdoors, we find that kids are not as overstimulated as they might be in a classroom with bright lights and objects all around them. They tend to not have melt downs or feel overwhelmed. This is the beauty of being outside. Many parents report that their child’s behavior at home improves after their time at camp…however we make no official claim to that! 😊
If I cannot make a day of Camp, do I get reimbursed?
Unfortunately, no we do not prorate the program. We look at the program as a whole and not a per day basis. We do not reimburse for missed days.
How do you handle horse safety and riding?
We do our best to create a safe environment, however it is important to note, that all animals are unpredictable. We mitigate risk by teaching the children about horses’ safety and how to create an environment that is safe for ourselves and the horse. When your child interacts with the horse it is supervised and 1 to 1.
Do you have Camp SHINE for adults?
We get this question all the time 😊. Coming soon because us adults need CAMP SHINE too!
Camp Shine=A Total experience! This camp is great and my son really enjoyed it. I was initially drawn to the social-emotional aspect of camp as my child has difficulty managing his emotions but this camp also fulfilled his need for outdoors and physical activity. This camp is the perfect balance of SEL, nature, physical activities, and art/creative experiences! My son’s favorite parts about camp were the animals and riding a large horse for the first time, something he had previously been scared to do. Thank you for the many wonderful memories made at Camp Shine!

Cameron loved everything about Camp Shine! He loved being able to be close to the animals, I think it was very therapeutic to him. He loved making tea and picking fruit! And he enjoyed having apple pie and lemonade made from fresh picked fruit! He enjoyed bonding with the other Camp Shiners! I especially liked when he came home on the first day and told me about how came home and talked about the comment circle and how he shared positive and you guys about the day! He really had fun and wanted to keep going!

The week that my daughter attended Camp Shine was such a bliss for her. Not only she was outdoors enjoying company with other kids but also she was learning about so many important life lessons. It was so great to see kids surrounded by nature and animals. Stephanie put such a rich, fun and interesting curriculum for the kids. They get to work and play with the animals, got to learn about herbs and how to harvest fruit and also there was plenty of time to play in the pool and soak up in the hot tub. Really the best camp in Martinez!

Wowowow! Camp Shine was above and beyond anything I could have hoped for. My kids were able to explore new ideas, care for animals, make new friends, all while receiving the emotional support we’ve come to know and love from the Shine program. This was a first camp experience for my 6 year old son and he thrived at camp. Thank you Camp Shine!

Camp shine is everything you want for your child. It’s nature inspired, heart focused, well- rounded, and earthy. Every child yearns for the experiences camp shine offers. We are blessed to have camp shine in our community fostering our future.

This program is led by Stephanie Marie Telfer, The founder of Camp SHINE. Stephanie has studied many healing modalities, including becoming a certified yoga instructor in 2010 and receiving her master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology in 2015.


WHAT IF I CREATED A LIFE CHANGING ENVIROMENT FOR KIDS TO TRULY SHINE! ONE THAT PROMOTED SELF CONFIDENCE, DEEP CONNECTION TO THE BEAUTY THAT SURROUNDS US THOUGH NATURE AND THE REALIZATION THAT EVERY CHILD IS UNIQUE AND SPECIAL.What merely started as a yoga + Emotional Freedom Technique class that was held at The Remedy, a wellness center she co-founder with her sister Andrea Telfer Karbo FNP, bloomed into CAMP SHINE! She decided why not weaves in the SHINE curriculum in the great outdoors, a perfect marriage, and the recipe for successful children! She is now on a mission to help kids reconnect with nature in a deeper way, have a strong sense of self and to honor their individuality! Stephanie is dedicated to helping kids SHINE just as they were born to do!

Stephanie lives in Martinez, Ca. She is married to a wonderful man, Cesar and has two young boys, Jackson and Noah. She loves being outside and is the happiest when her toes are in the sand.

Our mission is to reconnect children with nature and to love one another and especially themselves! We provide experiences, community, and an environment for kids to SHINE as they were born to do!