-Camp Helping Hands Thousand Oaks-

@ La Reina

La Reina High School & Middle School
106 W Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Campers enjoy acres of open green space, playing fields,
and shaded courtyards.

-Animal Presentations Now Offered Weekly-

USE CODE: June2018 and receive 10% off.

July 9 - August 3 | Ages 6-14

Camp Helping Hands is a four-week program that provides fun and educational service-learning opportunities within several different segments of our community. Each summer program has an overarching theme, and each week of programming supports that theme. Our 2018 program, Bridging the Gap, will run from July 9 through August 3. For CHH campers to receive the full benefits of service-learning we encourage parents to embrace this four-week approach. In addition to each week’s service projects* and field trips, CHH campers also swim, play sports activities and games, sing songs, do arts and craft projects, and enjoy visits from live animals each week!

CHH places campers according to age into four age groups: Junior Helpers (6 and 7), Young Advocates (8 and 9), Super Agents (10 and 11), and Chief Aides (12, 13, and 14 year-old’s who have not yet completed 9th grade). Each group contains 15 to 20 campers and is led by two to four counselors who guide them through age appropriate activities. Chief Aides, our oldest age group, are Jr. Counselors-in-Training (Jr. CIT’s). In addition to participating in camp activities like our younger campers, they assist by helping our younger campers when needed.

*Activities, field trip destinations, and service partners are subject to change.

Meet the Thousand Oaks Camp Director

Meredith Madnick

Meredith Madnick has started and run multiple nonprofit summer day camps, and is a “lifer” when it comes to community service. Still volunteering today, Meredith’s journey began when she was 15 and was accepted to attend a summer community service project that took 10 Americans to Israel where they cleaned parks, painted community centers, planted trees, and much more. After being paired with host country nationals for housing, the Israel experience changed Meredith forever and is what eventually led her to join the United States Peace Corps. While serving as a teacher in the Peace Corps, Meredith envisioned someday starting her own service organization that would not only provide a way for children to serve their community but would also allow her to spend more quality time with her family. As well as being a mother, anthropologist, and avid volunteer, Meredith has over 15 year’s experience working as a marketer and educator.

Summer 2018 Theme: Bridging the Gap

Things today happen at such a fast rate. Technological advancements, population growth, medical discoveries, and environmental engineering are but a few areas where progress has both a positive and negative impact. Teaching children to be mindful and aware will help bridge the gap and create a future generation who care about community and desire to have a positive impact on our EARTH its PEOPLE, and its ANIMALS. (View a Sample Schedule)

Week One: Water, Water, Everywhere - EARTH WEEK (July 9 - July 13, 2018)

Water is everywhere – even in places we cannot see it, like within ourselves and beneath our feet under the ground. Water comprises three-quarters of our Earth’s surface and three-quarters of the human body, and is a major component in every human cell. Water removes toxins from the body, provides electrolytes, and can even assist with fat loss. But most importantly, a person cannot survive without water and neither can our planet. During EARTH week, campers will understand the connection between the water they can see and touch and the water they cannot, and how water is a major component of all of us and how our daily lives and the world depends on it. CHH campers will learn that water is a vital, natural resource threatened by pollutants and what they can do to help protect it for the greater good of our planet and all living things. CHH service partners and presenters this week will include Friends of the LA River (FOLAR), and the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM). Campers will learn what is a watershed, why they are important, and what we can do to maintain clean and healthy watersheds. They will also explore water filtration and water testing to see and understand the quality of our water. CHH campers will also learn about the history and  importance of the LA River, what is being done to protect it, and how we can all take part in water conservation efforts. As part of their service, campers will help care for the LA river and our local watershed by removing invasive plants and other debris at the Glendale Narrows. At the beach, campers will work with Heal the Bay to do a beach clean up while RCDSMM demonstrates the water’s quality using microscopes to observe microbes. For our Friday animal presentation, campers will experience birds of prey up close and in person with the Ojai Raptor Center who will explain how these creatures help maintain the balance of a healthy ecosystem. In addition to our two service-learning field trips and service projects, campers will also swim, play sports activities and games, sing songs, do arts and crafts projects, and much more.

Week Two: Bridging Generations - PEOPLE WEEK (July 16 - July 20, 2018)

Time flies, and before we can even blink we are all grown up with kids of our own and often caring for our elderly parents. As we strive to age gracefully and live longer, we also hope to remain an integral part of our family and community. Due to medical advances and other modern discoveries, most people are living longer than ever before. The average life expectancy in the U.S today is 78.7, and in 1912 (100 years ago) it was 53. As people lead healthier, longer lives, our aging population grows to comprise a larger segment of our community. Our elders are living libraries of wisdom and knowledge, and this resource should be shared, not lost. Sometimes; however, a large range in age span creates a generation gap. As a result, our children may find our parents to be boring, and our parents may not understand why so many young people spend so much time on computers and Smart phones. During PEOPLE week, CHH will work toward bridging the generation gap by partnering with retirement centers and senior day care facilities. CHH campers will be paired with senior counterparts with whom they will share stories, games, movement, and more! Through this process, CHH campers will understand whether one is old or young, we all cry, laugh, make mistakes, and need to feel loved and needed. They will also see how the quality of life is enhanced when all generations work together. Service field trips and presenters this week will include the Simi Valley Senior Center and Senior Concerns in Thousand Oaks, where campers will play games, make crafts, and dance with their senior friends. Campers and seniors together will also prepare baskets for delivery by Meals on Wheels to the elderly within the community who are house bound. Basket contents will include necessities as well as homemade crafts and baked goods. On Friday for our animal presentation, campers will meet Love on 4 Paws, a non-profit organization that brings therapy cats and dogs to senior centers and hospitals where they provide joy and comfort to the elderly. In addition to our two service-learning field trips and service projects, CHH campers will also swim, play sports activities and games, sing songs, do arts and craft projects, and much more.

Week Three: Healing Animals - ANIMAL WEEK (July 23 - July 27, 2018)

Animals can be a source of unconditional love and affection for people, and naturally we think they are so cute and cuddly that we just want to give love and affection back. ANIMAL week, CHH campers will learn how restoring animals back to health can begin an incredible, reciprocal process of give and take as the healed animals move on to become healing agents for human growth and positive change. For so many people, young and old, animals have helped them gain the confidence and skills needed to improve their lives. CHH campers will gain an appreciation and compassion for all living things as they work with CHH service partners and presenters Gilchrist Farm, Ride On, Therapy Dogs, Inc., The Bunny Brigade, and Mini Therapy Horses. With a trip to Gilchrist Farm, campers will see and hug farm animals as they provide service on the farm and feel firsthand how nurturing interaction with farm animals can be. At Ride On, CHH campers will groom and feed the horses, help clean their stables, and tidy the barnyard as they learn how these magnificent creatures can help heal and nourish people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship. Service projects this week will include baking dog and horse biscuits, making carrot totes out of recycled jeans, and constructing toys for chickens and rabbits. On Friday, Mini Therapy Horses and the Bunny Brigade will come to camp for a special presentation and cuddle hour. In addition to our two service-learning field trips and service projects, CHH campers will also swim, play sports activities and games, sing songs, do arts and craft projects, and much more.

Week Four: Building Bridges - COMMUNITY WEEK (July 30 - August 3, 2018)

During COMMUNITY week, campers will bridge the gap as they work with organizations that serve to better our earth, its people, and its animals. Partners and presenters this week will include the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM), FarmLA, and Nature of Wildworks. Campers will work with RCDSMM to learn about the Liberty Canyon Bridge project, which will build the first-ever bridge made just for mountain lions. This bridge will make it possible for our local mountain lions to safely cross the 101 Freeway from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Simi Hills, where they can find mates and ensure the survival of their species for more generations to come. FarmLA will introduce campers to urban homesteading and how this method can provide an easy to way to grow healthy, fresh food as they work together to help cultivate barren urban space into a bountiful garden. On Friday for our animal presentation, Nature of Wildworks will come to camp with birds of prey, exotic local species and more. In addition to our two service-learning field trips and service projects, campers will also swim, play sports and games, sing camp songs, and make arts and crafts.

*Partners and field trip destinations are subject to change.

Rates and Packages

Register today and receive 10% any package!  USE CODE: June2018

Camp Helping Hands runs from 9:00AM to 3:00PM, Monday through Friday, for a total of four weeks.

Fees include:

  • fees for all service field trips (two per week);
  • fees for onsite presentations (two to three per week);
  • fees for animal presenters (minimum one animal presentation per week);
  • snack served twice daily and includes fresh, organic produce from Imperfect Produce;
  • fees for recreational swim (campers swim on Tuesdays and Thursdays);
  • a camp t-shirt;
  • transportation for all field trips and swim excursions. Transportation provided by Durham School Services

Four-week program is offered at a bulk package rate of $1650. Now just $1485! 

One-week sessions are very limited. Cost per one-week session is $450. Now $405 – that’s a $45 savings!

Parents must provide lunch daily.


For parents who need early drop-off and late pick-up options, we offer an extended care package. Campers enjoy games, arts and crafts, and outdoor activities during morning care and aftercare.

Extended Care Rates:

  • Early Drop-off (7:30 to 9:00AM) = $10 per child per day

  • Late Pick-up (3:00 to 6:00PM) = $20 per child per day