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To check the availability status of a particular Junior camp week, click here.
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.
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!
Don’t miss out on camp because of financial need. We have an established scholarship fund that helps many families each year. Visit the Kay Trust page here to apply.
Yes, a $100 deposit per camper must be paid to complete your online registration.
The $100 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
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.
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.
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Please keep a copy of this email. No others will be sent after receipt of your full payment.
Camp opens at 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon with check-in (no early arrivals please).
This year parents will need to drop their camper off at the top of the hill. Because of covid-19 screening, only campers and staff will be allowed into main camp.
Any maps app or GPS system should be able to get you to Mission Springs and cell signal is good for most of the way. There is a dead zone right as you get to the main office/sports court area on Mission Springs property. Frontier Ranch is at the top of the hill so follow the directions below to navigate Mission Springs property.
1050 Lockhart Gulch
Scotts Valley, CA 95006
Turn by turn from San Jose
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 the light at Lockhart Gulch Road. At the fork, stay left on Lockhart Gulch Road until you come to the first bridge for Mission Springs.
Turn by turn from Santa Cruz or Monterey
Take Hwy 1 North to Hwy 17 North. Exit at Mount Hermon Road. Follow the exit and then continue through Scotts Valley. Stay in the right lane after 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.
Once entering Mission Springs via the first bridge entrance:
You will pass the sports court and playground on the left. Continue straight up Cathedral Drive. It’s a curvy road up to camp and you will go past Mission Springs residences on your way up the hill. Take a slight right onto Frontier Drive. Continue going up the hill until you reach Frontier Ranch! During Sunday check-in camp staff should be placed along the route to help direct you along the way.
If someone other than a parent or legal guardian is dropping off a camper, the following must be brought with that adult:
All of the above MUST be turned in at check-in. Do not pack in the camper’s suitcase.
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.
Pick-up will happen in a similar fashion to drop off. Parents will stay in your vehicle and we will bring your camper up the hill to you.
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.
A full packing list is available under the Parent Info tab.
Yes. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Camp offers high-quality, healthy, kid-friendly food. For any special dietary needs, including allergies, please read our Special Dietary Info 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.
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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.
Frontier Ranch suggests that each camper has $35-$60 for snacks, crafts, and merch at Frontier Bob’s.
Frontier Ranch is now using a digital wallet system that is connected to your registration. No cash will be accepted at Frontier Bob’s. Any cash will be applied to your camper’s wallet account, and you can manage this account even while your camper is at camp.
Campers may request anywhere from 1 to 6 cabin mates. Cabin assignments are made one week before camp begins. 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 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.
Morning Chapel Program
All age groups have the opportunity to try most of the on-site camp activities they are interested in. We practice “challenge by choice” all campers are encouraged to participate but it is not mandatory.
No. Bathrooms for each gender are centrally located in each cabin area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. All Campers enjoy receiving mail or email from family and friends. Here are ways to communicate with your camper:
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.
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.
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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.