Since 1949 (64 years). We were founded by the Quakers in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but have been an independent non profit organization since 1956.
Where are you located?
Trinity Alps Wilderness, California (we moved there in 1960)
What is your camp’s philosophy?
We strive to share the joys of living and playing in nature with kids from every background while learning the importance of community and respect.
What does your camp specialize in?
Backpacking and Wilderness exploration.
What activities do you offer?
Too many to really list. Archery, rock-climbing, boating, basketball, swimming, soccer, Frisbee, volleyball, day hikes, plant identification, improvisational games, jam sessions, cards, board games, Fishing, fire building, outdoor cooking, wood chopping, map & compass, survival skills, beading, tie-dye, silk screen, mask making, collage, friendship bracelets.
What are the typical session lengths and approximate pricing for your camp?
15 – days - $1950. 10 – days $1550. Financial aid is available.
How much staff do you have and how do you select your staff?
Anywhere between 25 and 40 staff. We have many returning staff. Many first participate in our Leadership Training Program. We also get new counselors through word of mouth and university postings.
Why should parents send their kids to your camp?
Because it will change their kids’ lives. They will come home stronger, more confident, more appreciative of nature and more understanding of those different from themselves. They will make lifelong friends and become part of a supportive community.
When does your camp enrollment start and finish?
Begins January 1st. Ends 3 weeks before the session – this year is June 8th.
Is there anything else that would be helpful for parents to know about your camp?
We are remotely located, but we provide transportation from Palo Alto and Berkeley. We also have a large amount of equipment for campers to borrow if they don’t have everything they need to go backpacking.
What is the best way for parents to reach you to register for Camp?