Manzano Day School

Joy in Learning® Since 1938

Fenton Ranch Summer Camp

Fenton Summer Camp is an overnight residential camp. Students enrolled in camp enjoy the kind of activities that encourage growth and exploration. These include exploring nature, fishing, hiking, songs, skits, camping, journaling, canoeing, archery, and arts and crafts. Participating in these experiences helps foster respect and an appreciation for nature. Our summer staff puts an emphasis on positive social interactions among the students by encouraging teamwork, taking responsibility, and safety. The camp experience also develops independence, self-confidence, and creative thinking.

Fenton Ranch is located in the Jemez Mountains a few miles past Fenton Lake State Park. Parents must provide all transportation to and from the camp. Drop off starts at 10:30 a.m. on the day camp starts with pick up is at 12:30 p.m. on the day camp ends.

Fenton Summer Camp is open to Manzano Day School students who are currently enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade as well as Manzano Day School alumni in sixth and seventh grades.

Summer Camp Sessions:

  • Alumni Camp - This camp is for students who are going into 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade.
    • Dates: July 6th - 10th
    • Cost: $505.00
  • Ponderosa Camp - This camp is for students who are going into 4th and 5th Grade
    • Dates: July 13th - 17th
    • Cost: $505.00
  • Aspen Camp - This camp is for students who are going into 3rd and 4th Grade.
    • Dates: July 20th - 24th
    • Cost: $505.00
  • Juniper Camp - This camp is for students who are going into 1st and 2nd Grade.
    • Dates: July 27th - 29th
    • Cost: $350.00

Leader-in-training program:

The Leader-in-Training (LIT) Program provides Manzano Day School Alumni (ages 12-15) with the opportunity to develop strong leadership skills and self-confidence in the Fenton Ranch Summer Camp setting. These skills are not only applicable to camp, but will also foster the growth of leadership skills in the LIT's other communities, including: high school, college, team sports, clubs, and future workplaces. Click here to view the full LIT program description.

If you have an alumni student who is interested in becoming and LIT this summer, please have them apply by April 17th, 2020. To apply, alumni students should submit a one page cover letter detailing the following:

  1. Why do you want to become an LIT at Fenton Ranch?
  2. What experiences have you had that would make you a great LIT?
  3. Three leadership skills that you would like to practice this summer.
  4. Preferred week (see dates above) for participation. 

All alumni students applying to become and LIT should submit their cover letter to Stephanie Kichler, Fenton Ranch Director, via email at by April 17th, 2020.