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Junior Explorers Camp

The Ranch at Laguna Beach welcomes explorers for a nature immersion camp to retreat, create and explore!

 Wednesday - Saturday 9am-1pm 

June 15 - August 13



Garden Party


Venture to our historical Scout Camp, to meet Farmer Leo and a few feathery friends! We'll learn about planting, germination, harvesting & composting in the garden. We create seed jars to take home and round out our morning with games and lunch!


Artists Summit


Campers craft nature journals and practice sketching in plain air! Explorers learn about the artist influence in Laguna Beach, techniques like shading and brush strokes and critique different kinds of art at the resort from living art to oil paintings and more! We'll make it back just in time for lunch and a sandy game.


Canyon Creatures


Explorers take a nature hike and spot signs of wildlife in the canyon. Uncover animal tracks and make clay casts of our favorites to take home. We'll learn about the history of our canyon from the Native American tribes to the bandits and Thurstons. The day's excursion will lead us back to property for camp lunch and more fun!


Aviation Adventure


Campers are greeted with hawks and owls through an interactive class with OC Birds of Prey Center, we'll learn about raptors in the wild and their rehabilitation. Afterwards we build owls made out of pinecones, play games and end our camp with lunch!

Must be 6-12 years old and a resort guest.


Day camp includes lunch, Junior Explorer backpack, water bottle, tee shirt and scout patches! $75 per camper/ day. Please note, reservations are based on availability.

For more information and reservations, please contact: (949) 499-2271 or [email protected]

Masks or face coverings are optional depending on guest preferences.

Camp Lunch Menu

Meet Our Counselors



Hello, my name is Katie and I am so excited to be working with activities at the Ranch this summer. Currently I am studying Hotel, Resort, and Hospitality Management with event planning at Southern Utah University, but I did grow up in Rancho Santa Margarita. I am super passionate about events, activities, and working with kids and cannot wait for the Summer!


Hello, my name is Audrey and I’m thrilled to be working as an Activities Coordinator this summer. I grew up in Rancho Santa Margarita, making music, playing basketball and I currently go to Tesoro High School. I’m looking forward to leading our Junior Explorers this Summer!

Featured Offers

Don't Procrastinate, Vacationate: Discounted Hotel Rates for Early Birds

Book our early bird special and receive the following:

  • $15% off room rates
  • $75 resort credit per stay towards dining or golf
  • Waived resort fee and waived overnight parking fee

Valid for select stay dates between August 13, 2023 - December 23, 2023. Reservation must be booked by February 17, 2023.

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Stay Longer - Save More!

The longer you stay, the more you save!

  • Stay 2 Nights, Save 15%
  • Stay 3 or 4 Nights, Save 20%
  • Stay 5+ Nights, Save 25%

Valid for select stay dates through March 31, 2023

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The Painter Experience

Join one of the most renowned plein air painters in the world, John Cosby, for an unforgettable day of creativity and coastal inspiration. Discuss concepts over coffee, visit John’s art studio, and then pack your paints and head to the beach for your own masterpiece to come alive. After your stay, you’ll receive your painting and Cosby's demonstration painting as a memory of the experience. 


  • Transporation to and from The Ranch 
  • Private art instruction with John Cosby 
  • Lunch at Lost Pier 
  • Plein air painting session 
  • Delivery of your artwork and Cosby's demonstration painting 

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