Taco Farm Day Camp

Taco Farm Day Camp is a five day summer camp open to the public for boys and girls going into 3rd – 6th grade, designed to educate them about where their food comes from. In a taco, most of agriculture is represented. There is wheat and corn for the tortilla and beef, pork and chicken for the meat. Lettuce, tomatoes, onions, lemons and avocados are the fruits and vegetables, and dairy for the toppings of sour cream and cheese.

Participants will gain an understanding of the value of a strong work ethic while taking part in the entire process of making one of their favorite foods!

Among other activities, they’ll plant seeds, milk a cow or goat, harvest fresh vegetables, care for livestock, and learn cooking skills to make fresh tortillas and salsa for their own tacos. After a week at camp these kids will never look at their food the same way again!

Pioneer Ranchers is a continuation of Taco Camp. It is for older children entering grades 6th-8th and will be open to 9th graders as well.
Pioneer Ranchers Day Camp will offer higher level activities for campers along our western/agricultural theme and continue to promote a Judeo-Christian work ethic. It is workshop based and campers will be given options to choose from each day.

Our Goal

To teach children biblical truths about doing work as unto the Lord and not man. Through learning God’s creation, the children have fun while learning to work on the farm. They learn teamwork, how to follow instruction through hands on activities such as cultivating, sowing, harvesting, feeding livestock, and animal care. By the end of the week, the children understand where their food comes from, and the effort involved to put it on the table.

Summer 2018 Dates

These dates are tentative and based on registration numbers. Dates may be cancelled due to low registration numbers.

Day camps will be held Monday-Friday from 9am – 3pm during the following weeks.

  • June 25- June 29: Faith based
  • July 9- July 13: Faith based – We’re sorry but we have to cancel this week due to it being Fair Week.
  • July 16- July 20: Secular – REGISTRATION FULL
  • July 23-July 27: Taco Camp  


Transportation will be available from the K-Mart parking lot in Arroyo Grande with a pick up time at 8:30am and drop off at 3:30pm. The transportation fee is $50/child and should be added to the registration fee. If you plan to drive your child, directions will be provided prior to camp. Many families register with friends and carpool. Do not rely on GPS.

Please read through all Registration information carefully.

All camps must have a minimum of ten (10) campers or maximum of thirty (30) campers to run. Camp dates with less than 10 campers may be cancelled. If possible, have an alternate camp date in mind or sign up with friends.

For safety and liability purposes, children will not be allowed to attend camp without all required forms  and fees turned in PRIOR to camp start date.

Please note that BOTH parents/legal guardians must sign all forms if they both reside with the child or share guardianship.

When registering, please mail the registration forms and fees to Fort Hope, Inc. at PO Box 132, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420.

Registration begins after the first week of May 1, 2018, and all forms and fees are due 2 weeks prior to the first day of each camp.

Registration Forms

All forms must be completed for each child except the Transportation and Scholarship Application forms. They are required only if your child needs transportation or if you are applying for a scholarship.

Registration Fees

Please note the fees for camp below:

The Registration Fee is $275 per child for Taco Camp and $285 per child for Pioneer Ranchers.

The Registration fee is due with the registration forms a minimum of two(2) weeks prior to camp start date. This holds your child’s spot in your preferred camp date and allows time for processing. Please write camp date requested on registration form.


Limited scholarships are available for hardship situations and are on a first come first served basis. Most scholarships are $100/family. We have fewer scholarships available this year so register early. Scholarship acceptance is not guaranteed. If you are applying for a scholarship, you must send in the Scholarship application form with your Registration Forms and a $50 deposit fee to hold your child’s place in desired camp.


Cancellations made one week or more prior to camp start date will receive a refund of camp fees already paid minus a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations made during the week before camp are not subject to a refund. We understand that life can be unpredictable, therefore you may call to inquire about a refund for your particular circumstances during that week prior to camp. A full refund will be issued for all fees if camp is cancelled by us due to low registration.

Please note:

All fees paid for summer camps and transportation are NOT tax deductible.

For the well being of our animals on the farm, PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME. If you bring your pet to drop off or pick up your child, please leave them in the car.

Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns at 805-473-9462. If there is no answer, please leave a detailed message. We check the machine throughout the day. Thank you!

Registration Forms

What Campers Should Bring

  • Lunch and a snack. (Lunch will be provided by Fort Hope on Friday.)
  • A hat and sunscreen.
  • A refillable water bottle.
  • Kids need to wear clothes that can get dirty and closed toe shoes with socks. Pants are preferable to shorts for protection.

Campers should not bring electronics.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.