With 4 kids, it's very hard finding a camp that has activities diverse enough for their different personalities and activity preferences. All I can say is Thank God for Camp Shi'ini! We started coming in Summer '12 and have returned every summer since. The counselors are so caring and so dynamic, my kids really love them all. It's hard finding a camp that has counselors who return back year over year, but that's what's so cool about Camp Shi'ini ... the counselors are very consistent year-to year ... and they're all just wonderful. The camp's different activities are so much fun for my kids. They have archery and horse back riding and canoe rides and swimming -- the list of amazing events goes on and on. All 4 of my kids are captivated by their treasure hunt adventure where they go out in the Lower Arroyo Seco looking for treasure with costumed heroes helping them and costumed villains trying to stop them. So creative! The Gutiérrez Family loves Camp Shi'ini and we are coming back this summer for more fun!!!!
San Gabriel, CA 91775
I strongly recommend Camp Shi'ini. My sister-in-law turned me on to it, and boy was she right! My largest concern going in was that my son had a peanut allergy, and we had an incident this past winter at elementary school when the school had sat him next to a peanut-butter-sandwich eating child. Needless to say, Camp Shi'ini took super good care of my son. They mailed me color-coated stickers in advance of the start of camp so that I could properly label my son's lunch bag. Camp Shi'ini allowed me to speak to my child's counselor ahead of time and between he and the camp management, they made absolute sure that my son's lunch bag did not come into contact with any lunches that had peanut products in them. They also took special care to make sure that no children eating peanuts were near my son at lunch time. We will certainly return in 2014, this camp was definitely worth the money and I strongly recommend it to the Pasadena community. It is a fantastic program from top-to-bottom!
On behalf of my family, WE LOVE Camp Shi'ini! We were lucky enough to have learned about Camp Shi'ini from a family on our street, their two kids had attended camp for a couple, they loved it and we gave it a try, and from the start we have been Raving Fans! Everyday when my son comes home from camp I get a 30 minute play by play of the days events! The only down side has been when camp comes to an end for the season, he gets sad that another year at Camp Shi'ini has ended. The Camp counselors have been great, all the activities, wow! A BIG thank you to everyone who makes this camp SO special, especially Peter &amp;amp; Noah! You will be seeing our family at camp for many years to come!
I am writing this online review because I want to share about my positive experience at Camp Shi'ini last summer. My son's best friend had attended the camp for the past couple of summers and I was a little apprehensive about him going to summer camp. I looked into Camp Shi'ini and really liked what I saw. The staff was wonderful and the owners gave me and my husband a private tour of their campground when we signed up. When my son came home from the first day of camp, he told me it was the most fun he had ever had. The camp's activities are superb and the put a lot of pride into what they do. We will be back at Camp Shi'ini in 2014 and for many summers to come!
On behalf of my entire family, I want to complement Camp Shi'ini on being the best summer camp around. NONE of the other camps offer activities anywhere close to Camp Shi'ini. These guys have archery and horseback riding and canoe races and swimming and hiking and treasure hunts and tepee games and totem pole paint ALL AS REGULAR ACTIVITIES!!!! These are all remarkable activities that Camp Shi'ini offers their campers day-in and day-out. We tried a few of the other campers before we found Camp Shi'ini, and Camp Shi'ini by far the best bang fir the buck. I just enrolled my youngest son for his 7th straight summer at Camp Shi'ini!
My son attends Camp Shi'ini every summer and refuses to try anywhere else – it's that good! He comes home every day happy as a clam, talking about all their great adventures. The camp has a storyline of sorts, where the campers and a team of costumed heroes are after a treasure, but costumed villains are trying to stop them. My son tells me stories about epic water balloon battles and massive treasure hunts that he has experienced at the camp. I highly recommend Camp Shi'ini. It is a very magical place and the counselors take sure tremendous care of the kids, it's fantastic. The Fisher Family loves everything about Camp Shi'ini!!
Camp Shi'ini is plain and simply the very base summer day camp in Pasadena. Better than Tom sawyer Camp, Better than SummerKids, Better than any of the competitors. Believe me, I have tried them all with my kids. It's not easy being a single father of 3 kids and I can tell you hands-down that Camp Shi'ini is the best bang for your buck in town. The program is first class all the way. My kids love their archery and swimming. And they have this treasure hunt interactive adventure that is the single most creative element that my kids have ever experienced. We will be back at Camp Shi'ini in 2015 and 2016 and 2017 ...
I am a former Camp Shi'ini camper, who attended from 2004 or 2005 (I think) until 2010. Now that I'm in high school, I look back at my time at Shi'ini with such fondness. The counselors were all fantastic and I still recognize some of them around town. And the activities were so cool. I remember shooting archery in the Arroyo Seco and going swimming at PCC. But the best part was the treasure hunt!! I remember battling Shish-Boom-Rah and "saving the world" with the help of the Eskino Queen, Don Diego, and Bison! I'm so glad that I got to be part of Camp Shi'ini and as a former camper, I strongly recommend it!
I attended Camp Shi'ini in the early 1980s and I now send my son and daughter ever summer. The Kazanjian Brothers do an incredible job managing the camp and the counselors are the best in the city. Everyone is so thoughtful and so caring toward the kids. The amount of attention and supervision given to the campers is far better than any of the other summer camps in Pasadena and the activities are truly amazing. My kids love their interactive treasure hunt storyline and talk about 365 days a year! Three cheers for Camp Shi'ini and the remarkable team of counselors they have! Bravo!
My next-door-neighbor had sent her kids to the camp for the past 3 years and this year I decided to send my 2 sons. It was a remarkable experience for them. They both loved the archery shooting and the canoeing. I like how both of the owners (Noah and Peter) are onsite all of the time and the staff is superb. I also like how the swimming program is at P.C.C. in a CLEAN pool with QUALITY lifeguards and fantastic overall facilities. Other camps use private homes' pools and that has always scared me and my husband. Camp Shi'ini really gets it right. We are coming back next summer!