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Camp Update


Registration Opening End Of January To Serve Bay Area Youth

LOS ALTOS HILLS, CA – January 7, 2023 – Hidden Villa, a 99-year-old nonprofit educational organization that fosters educational experiences that build connections and inspire a deeper appreciation and respect for nature, food, and one another, is gearing up for the 2023 Summer Camp Season.

In early June 2022, Hidden Villa canceled its Summer Camp program due to unfortunate events and multiple systems failures. The Co-Board Chairs and Staff Leadership embarked on a discovery process to understand the events leading up to the decision and to ensure that this would not happen again.

A main finding was identifying the need to work with an external, third party to engage in reconciliation and equity work to successfully and holistically move forward as an organization. Hidden Villa will be working with Justice Outside, a well-respected firm specializing in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice to conduct an organizational assessment and equity audit starting in January 2023. This year-long contract will include a full assessment, recommendations, and a series of training for staff, board, and volunteers to have the skills and operationalize the values and culture the organization strives to embody.

Since June 2022, Hidden Villa has:

  • Gone through an internal review process led by our Board Co-Chairs.
  • Ensured all staff received the grievance policy.
  • Hired an experienced Director of Human Resources.
  • Opened communication channels between leadership and the Board of Trustees.
  • Began a 12-month program facilitated by Of/By/For All toward becoming more inclusive, equitable, and relevant starting in September 2022.
  • Participated in equity and culturally responsive training facilitated by Be the Change Consulting.

Hidden Villa has also hired experienced camp leader Ben King as its new Camp Director. Ben will be responsible for Day and Residential Summer Camp programs. His first day is on January 17th, 2023.

Honoring and welcoming people from all backgrounds is core to Hidden Villa. Join Hidden Villa in working toward and standing in solidarity with many of the regional, national, and global efforts to establish environmental and racial justice. There is work to be done.

Summer Camp Registration Information:

  • Registration for Hidden Villa Summer Camp will open at 10 AM on January 29, 2023, for all families registered for our 2022 season.
  • Registration will be open to the entire community at 10 AM on February 1, 2023.
  • Session dates and rates are published under the ‘Program Information‘ tab.

Please contact [email protected] or call (650) 949-8641 for more information or with any questions.