Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hidden Villa’s Summer Camps Promote Cross-Cultural Understanding

Covey Cowan has worked in the construction industry since 1975 and now serves Van Acker Construction Associates as a supervisor and project manager. Alongside his professional pursuits, Covey Cowan maintains an interest in the concepts of mind/body medicine and works to give back to the local and global community. In the past, he has assisted several charitable organizations, including Hidden Villa. 

Located just south of San Francisco at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that sits on 1,600 acres of open land. Each year, the organization welcomes 30,000 visitors to the property, which features an organic farm and gardens, wilderness trails, and rustic barns. Dedicated to protecting the environment and fostering social justice, Hidden Villa oversees a variety of programs for people of all ages. 

Since 1945, the organization has operated summer camp programs that focus on promoting cross-cultural understanding and addressing racism. Designed for children and youth aged 4 to 18 years old, Hidden Villa’s summer camps engage campers in activities exploring broad topics such as the environment, race and class, and family and gender. Each year, more than 1,300 youth participate in the camp programs. 

Hidden Villa’s summer camp offerings include day and overnight programs as well as multiday backpacking and youth leadership programs. For more information, visit