Day Camp

For youth entering grades 3-8

You will not be bored during your week at Frontier Ranch. You get to fly down our 300+ foot zip line, ride our 50cc off-road motorcycles, and learn to make amazing new crafts, along with many more activities during your week at camp! Our skits and games will give you some great memories and make you laugh so hard your side will ache. Become friends with your counselor who will guide you through your memorable week. Frontier Ranch, a life-changing week of getting to know an amazing God, making new friends, and having a blast, is the place to be this summer.

Our day camps are open to all families who are residents of Santa Cruz County. We will be taking extra steps to ensure the health and well-being of all of the campers. The Santa Cruz County Health Department has reviewed our operating procedures and have given us instruction on the necessary cleaning and social distancing guidelines. Please work with us in order to give each child an opportunity to participate in camp reimagined.

Day Camp Session 1$465 per weekStatus
Week 1June 29 – July 3Closed
Week 2July 6 – 10Boys Full/Girls Two Spots Left
Week 3July 13 – 17Canceled
Day Camp Session 2$465 per weekStatus
Week 4July 20 – 24Canceled
Week 5July 27 – 31Canceled
Week 6August 3 – 7Canceled
Week 7August 10-14Canceled


Camp is for everybody! Don’t let finances stand in the way of sending your child to camp this summer. Frontier Ranch is partnering with Kay Trust, a scholarship fund that helps many families send their children to camp each year.

Head over to their website, fill out the form, and Kay Trust will contact you when your paperwork has gone through. If you were recently unemployed because of the pandemic, please let Kay Trust know in the notes section, they will be taking that into consideration of your application.

In the meantime, you are welcome to continue day camp registration. Once you have reached the payment options, if the cost of the deposit is preventing you from signing up, send an email to and let us know that you are waiting for your Kay Trust application to come through. Then you have all of your information in and ready to go when your application comes through. 

Weekly Photos


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why day camp?

    Frontier Ranch has been running resident summer camp programs since 1967, and we believe that the summer camp experience is a formative and memorable part of childhood. The model that we know and love has to shift because of the pandemic we find ourselves in. We still believe in the power of camp.

    We are uniquely positioned in Santa Cruz County to help children to have a fun and safe day camp experience. We are located 7 minutes off the freeway (Mt. Hermon Road Exit), and we are an exclusive outdoor facility that makes us a very low-risk environment for the spreading of any virus. 

  • Why only 3 weeks?

    We are hoping to fill the first three weeks of camp and then will open up more weeks as numbers allow. Please sign up for one of the first 3 week-long sessions if you want to make sure your child has a chance to go to camp. If you cannot make one of the first 3 weeks, you can waitlist your camper in the second session but there is no guarantee we will open those weeks if the first 3 do not fill. The best thing you can do? Tell your friends! Get Santa Cruz kids to camp!

  • Who is eligible for camp?
    • Children entering 3rd – 8th grade
    • Must be a child of a Santa Cruz County Resident
    • Must pass a daily health screening
  • How are campers put into groups? Can they request to be with a friend?

    Campers are placed into stable groups of 10 with 1 staff member. Stable means that the group of campers will stay the same each day for the whole week, they will also have the same consistent leader.

    Due to the social and developmental differences of children, we group them within 1 grade above or below.

    Campers may request to be grouped with a friend while at Day Camp. Some age restrictions do apply. It is the responsibility of all parents involved to arrange with all other parents involved so as to have matching request lists. If lists do not match or if camp has filled before requests are received, friend requests may not work out. Requests made after the initial registration may not be honored. Even though we will make every effort to honor requests.

    Mission Springs makes no guarantees with respect to friend requests.


  • Has this been approved by the Santa Cruz County Health Department?

    Yes.  We have been given a list of items to be in compliance with new health and safety standards. Frontier Ranch has been working closely with the county to make sure we meet each and every standard. 

    Health and Safety Standards
  • Will my camper be required to wear a face-covering?

    If you or your child would prefer to do that they are welcome.  However, the county has informed us that campers and staff within their stable group of 10-12 will not be required to wear a face covering. Support staff at our various activities will be required to wear one.

  • How does social distancing work?

    In accordance with county guidelines campers and staff within a cohort will not be required to social distance.  It has been requested by the county for each cohort to be 100 feet apart.

  • Will you have medical staff onsite?

    Yes. We will have 3 nurses on site. They will be administering daily wellness checks to campers and staff and be available for any medical attention your camper needs throughout the week.

  • What about sanitation?

    We have several large hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer.

    Each stable group with have their own designated bathroom that no other group may use. This bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

    Each activity will be sanitized with county approved sanitizers and disinfectants.

  • What if I cannot attend the first 3-week session that is currently open for registration?

    Go ahead and follow the link to register. Once you are there you will be able to add your camper’s name to a waitlist for the week in the second 4-week session you would like to attend. Once the first session fills we will open the second session and contact the waitlist by order in which you were placed on the waitlist.

    80 campers per week is the maximum number we can allow to register.

  • How does payment work?

    Click the button at the bottom of the page to access our registration system, create an account, and follow the instructions. All camper registrations must be paid in full two weeks prior to the start of their camp week. Otherwise, your registration is subject to cancelation.


  • What if I need to cancel?

    Cancellations must be made 2 weeks prior to the start of camp, the $200 per week deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Refunds are not issued for any cancellation of camp made within the two weeks prior to your camper’s scheduled week.

  • What does a typical day look like?
    Time Activity Description
    7:00 – 9:00 AM Mon

    8:00-9:00 AM Tue – Fri

    Check-In Check-in/Meet your group
    8:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast Campers with breakfast plan eat
    9:00 AM Primetime Skits/Songs/Teaching
    10:00 AM Bible Study Small group Bible Lesson
    11:00 AM Activity Period 1 Break out activity groups
    12:00 PM Lunch Purchase/Bag Lunch
    1:00 PM Games Galore Field games
    2:00 PM Activity Period 2 Break out activity groups
    3:00 PM Snack
    3:30 PM Daily Challenge Fun team game for the day
    4:00 PM Campfire Skits/Songs
    4:30 PM Pick-Up
  • What should my camper bring with them?


    • Tennis shoes 
    • Jeans
    • Activewear clothes that can get dirty
    • Swimsuit (boardshorts or trunks/one-piece bathing suit or a two-piece with a swim shirt is preferred)
    • Sweatshirt or warm jacket for cool mornings
    • A backpack to keep their things in
    • Bag lunch (If not on the lunch meal plan) any food brought from home should not contain nut products.
    • Medications must be in original containers and checked in at Nurses Station on Monday morning
  • What meals are provided?

    Breakfast and lunch may be purchased via the meal plan during registration otherwise campers should plan on eating breakfast before arrival and/or bringing a bag lunch. Please do not bring products that contain nuts.

    A snack will be provided at 3 pm every day.

  • When is check-in and pick up?

    Monday Check-In: 7:30 – 9 am

    • One parent or guardian should accompany campers during check-in
    • Health Screening Form –. Please complete and bring it to Monday check-in (do not mail). If you will not be bringing your child, be sure that the person bringing your camper has the completed and signed form with them.
    • More detailed information to be emailed to you 2 weeks prior to the start of Day Camp

    Tuesday – Friday Check-In: 8-9 am

    • Complete and bring the Daily Camper Health Form (to be handed out at Check-in on Monday)
    • More detailed information to be emailed to you 2 weeks prior to the start of Day Camp

    Daily PickUp 4:30 pm

  • How do I get to Frontier Ranch?

    Directions to Frontier Ranch 1050 Lockhart Gulch Road, Scotts Valley, CA

    From north of Mount Hermon Road Exit: Take Hwy 17 South to the Mount Hermon Road exit. Turn right onto Mount Hermon Road and continue through Scotts Valley. Stay in the right lane after the Kmart shopping center. It will become a right-hand turn lane after the next light onto Lockhart Gulch Road. Turn right at Lockhart Gulch Road (light). At the fork, stay left on Lockhart Gulch Road until you come to the first bridge for Mission Springs. Our camp staff will direct you up the hill to Frontier Ranch from there.

    From South of Mount Hermon Road Exit: Take Hwy 1 North to Hwy 17 North. Exit at Mount Hermon Road. Follow the exit over the freeway and continue through Scotts Valley. Stay in the right lane after the Kmart shopping center. It will become a right-hand turn lane after the next light onto Lockhart Gulch Road. Turn right at Lockhart Gulch Road (light). At the fork, stay left on Lockhart Gulch Road until you come to the first bridge for Mission Springs. Our camp staff will direct you up the hill to Frontier Ranch from there. See you at Frontier Ranch!

Day Camp Forms

Monday Camper Health Screening Form

Tue – Fri Camper Health Screening Form

FRDC Camper Waiver

FRDC COVID-19 Notice

Parent Instruction For Daily Check-in & Pick up

Staff Health Policies for COVID-19

Staff Instruction for Daily Check-in & Pick up


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