• What happens when a camp session fills?

    All campers register online on a first-come, first-served basis. However, we do keep a waiting list in case of cancellations. We will call/email if a spot opens to confirm you would still like the spot. The deposit is due at this time.

  • How are staff members selected? What is the ratio of campers to staff?

    All staff are interviewed either in person or by phone and are required to submit reference forms that are reviewed by our staff. Each staff person also has a criminal background check done in compliance with state and federal regulations. Staff is selected based on their commitment to Christ, life experience, and job-related qualifications. Not only will your child be cared for by their own counselor, but our 3-to-1 camper-to-staff ratio allows campers the opportunity to get to know many other members of our amazing staff as well!

  • Do you have financial assistance available?

    Don’t miss out on camp because of financial need. We have an established scholarship fund that helps many families each year. Fill out an application for Kay Trust and complete registration up until payment

  • Do I have to pay a deposit?

    Yes, a $100 deposit per camper must be paid to complete your online registration. This is a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit.

  • When is my balance due and can I pay by credit card?

    Yes, your balance may be paid through our online registration system by either VISA or MasterCard. Your camper’s balance must be paid in full two weeks prior to your scheduled camp week. If you are not able to meet this requirement for any reason, please call the camp registrar immediately, otherwise, your registration will be subject to cancellation.

  • What information will we receive after we register?

    A confirmation will be emailed to you upon receipt of your completed online registration. The email includes camp arrival and pick-up times, packing list, and other general information.

    There are two attachments:

    1. Registration Confirmation reflecting your payments and any balance due.
    2. Camper Health Screening From – bring this completed form to Sunday check-in.

    Please keep a copy of this email. No others will be sent after receipt of your full payment.

  • What time does camp begin?

    Camp opens at 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon with check-in (no early arrivals please).

  • What if someone else is dropping off my camper?

    If someone other than a parent or legal guardian is dropping off a camper, the following must be brought with that adult:

    1. A letter or email stating who will be dropping off/picking up that camper
    2. A filled-out and signed ‘Camper Health Screen Form’ – found on the Forms Page
    3. Any medications clearly labeled and in original containers
    4. Spending money is now digital. Please add money to your camper’s account here.

    All of the above MUST be turned in at check-in. Do not pack in the camper’s suitcase.

  • What time does camp end and can I pick them up early if I need to?

    Frontier Ranch pick-up is at 9:00 am on Saturday.

    If for any reason you must pick up your camper early, these arrangements must be made at check-in. A ‘Camper Pick-up Form’ will be available at the registration table for you to fill in and sign.

    If plans change, email the camp registrar 24 hrs prior to pick-up time.

  • What if someone else is picking up my son or daughter?

    For the safety and well-being of our campers we request that if you, the parent or guardian, cannot pick up your child, a ‘Camper Pick-up Form’ must be filled out at check-in indicating who you have authorized to pick up your camper.

  • What should my child pack for camp?

    A full packing list is available here, under the Parent Info tab.

  • What if my child leaves something behind at camp? Is there a lost-n-found?

    Yes. Email us at campregistrar@missionsprings.com and describe what you left behind in as much detail as possible. The Frontier Ranch staff will try to locate your item(s) and will notify you if they are found. Lost-n-found items not claimed within 2 weeks after camp will be donated to local charities. Please keep in mind that Frontier Ranch is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

  • What is the food like? And what if my child has food allergies?

    Camp offers high-quality, healthy, kid-friendly food. For any special dietary needs, including allergies, please read our Special Dietary Info and fill out a Special Diet Form, both located in the Parent Info section.

    Due to covid-19 restrictions, we are limited to the variety of special diets that we can accommodate. Please communicate your camper’s dietary needs and we will provide a meal option or fridge space in order to supplement meals with items brought from home.

    Email special.diets@missionsprings.com with any other questions.

  • What if my child needs to take vitamins or medication while at camp?

    All medicines and vitamins must be registered with the camp nurse at check-in. The nurse is responsible to administer all medicines at the appropriate time.

  • Does my child need spending money? How much?

    Frontier Ranch suggests that each camper has $35-$60. Snacks and Frontier Ranch Merch are available to purchase during the week. Frontier Bob accounts are now digital, we will not be handling cash at camper check-in. To add money to your camper’s account head over to our registration page, sign in to your account, and follow the tab marked “Wallet”.

  • How are cabin groups arranged? Can my child request to be in a cabin with a friend?

    Campers may request anywhere from 1 to 8 cabin mates. Cabin assignments are made one week before camp begins. Some age and program 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 the camp has filled before lists are received cabin mate requests will be much harder to accommodate and may not work out. Priority will always be given to those registrations received first. 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 cabin mate requests.

    Age – Due to the social and developmental differences of children, we do not mix fourth and sixth graders or seventh and ninth graders in the same cabin.

    Siblings – We recommend that siblings stay in separate cabins, allowing their experience to be more individualized. Exceptions are occasionally made for special circumstances. Please call and let us know if you have a special circumstance otherwise, we will automatically separate your children.

    Adventure Track- If your camper is enrolled in the Adventure Track program, their schedule requires them to be in a cabin with other Adventure Track campers. Cabin mate pairings will not happen with other campers who are not enrolled in the Adventure Track.

  • What is a typical day like?

    Morning Chapel Program
    Bible Study
    Afternoon Activities
    Mail Call
    All Camp Recreation
    Campfire Program

  • Do all campers participate in all activities?

    Both age groups have the opportunity to try most of the on-site camp activities they are interested in. In addition, Jr. High campers have the beach day, some recreation, and night activities that make it unique from their former experience as a Junior camper. Frontier Ranch offers optional activities that cost extra (surfing and certain challenge course activities).

  • Are there bathrooms in the cabin?

    No. Bathrooms for each gender are centrally located in each cabin area.

  • What is the weather like?

    Summers at Frontier Ranch are warm-to-hot during the day and cool in the mornings and evenings. We do recommend packing layers including a sweatshirt and a water bottle to stay hydrated.

  • What happens if a camper gets homesick?

    Our staff is trained to deal with homesickness effectively. We make sure that homesick campers fully engage in activities, thus minimizing the focus on homesickness. Our counselors will spend extra time to integrate those homesick kids back into the flow of camp, oftentimes with the help of other cabin mates. In our over 40 years of experience, we have found that letting a child call home when they are homesick does not alleviate the problem but rather serves to accelerate the problem. It is, therefore, our policy to call the parents of a homesick camper and inform them of the situation in order to determine the next course of action. From there we strive for the best possible outcome for that camper.

  • How does Frontier Ranch handle behavioral problems with campers?

    Our desire is that camp will be an environment of physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional safety for both campers and staff. In order to ensure that this occurs, we sometimes need to take steps in disciplining campers. We have a consequence system that staff can use to correct inappropriate behavior. The system begins with the camper losing free-time and if the behavior continues, a parent/guardian will be notified.

  • Can I visit camp?

    Frontier Ranch is a closed camp for reasons of safety and security. During the camp week, no visitors are permitted unless special arrangements have been made in advance with the Camp Director through the main office.

  • Do you provide transportation to and from camp?


  • Can I send mail to my camper?

    Yes. All Campers enjoy receiving mail or email from family and friends. Here are ways to communicate with your camper:

    1. Bring your letters to campers check-in day with you and drop them in the mail bins. Clearly mark your camper’s name and what day you want it delivered on the envelope.
    2. Send an email, a maximum of two per day, to your camper. Click here.
    3. Of course, there is always snail mail (mail it early) Please address your mail as follows:

    Mission Springs Attn: Frontier Ranch
    Camper Name & Week #
    1050 Lockhart Gulch Road, Scotts Valley, CA 95066

    Due to the high volume of campers mail that is distributed, please limit your letter to no larger than an 8×12 envelope.

    We ask that no products delivered by mail do not contain any type of nuts. If candy is delivered with nuts or peanuts we will throw it away for the safety of those campers with allergies.

  • In case of an emergency, who do I call?

    Feel free to call us in the event of an emergency or special need. Campers may only use the phone in cases of emergency, sickness or by previous arrangement with the Camp Director. You may leave emergency messages at the main office at 831-335-9133.

  • Where do I find a particular form to download?

    We’ve put all the forms in one place. Click here.

  • What if I need to cancel my child's week at camp?

    Cancellations must be made two weeks prior to the start of camp; the $100 per camper deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Refunds for payments collected beyond the nonrefundable deposit are not issued for any cancellation of a camp made within the two weeks prior to your camper’s scheduled week. In the case of a medical emergency, or if you have any questions or concerns, please call the camp registrar.

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