To check the availability status of a particular Junior camp week, click here.
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. You may download the application found on our Forms page.
Yes, a $100 deposit per camper must be paid to complete your online registration. This is a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit.
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.
There are two attachments:
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). At 4:30 pm all parents and campers will gather at Frontier Theater for a brief orientation and introduction of our staff.
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.
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 here, 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 and fill out a Special Diet Form, both located in the Parent Info section.
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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 in small bills for crafts and at Frontier Bob’s.
Junior High campers are responsible for holding on to their own spending money.
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.
Morning Chapel Program
All Camp Recreation
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).
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.
Seriously, the best week of your summer.