To many residents of the La Cañada-Pasadena area, Tom Sawyer Camp is a summer institution, and with good reason: The camp was established in 1926 and celebrates its 85th anniversary this year.
“We have third-generation children attending, children whose parents and grandparents also attended the camp years ago. Not much has changed, we still have good old-fashioned fun — the only exception is that we now use seat belts and helmets, unlike decades ago,” said Executive Director Sarah Horner Fish.
Kristin Lockridge, assistant director of Tom Sawyer Precamp for 3- and 4-year-olds, says that she loves seeing the kids realize they can have fun and get dirty at camp.
The camp organizes children into play groups from preschool-aged children to those in elementary school and junior high. Campers swim every day, regularly ride horse trails bareback, make forts and partake in archery games. Some special activities include an elevated rope course, rock climbing in Chatsworth, windsurfing and kayaking in Bonelli Park.