• 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. Visit the scholarships page here to apply.

  • Do I have to pay a deposit?

    Yes, a $100 deposit per camper must be paid to complete your online registration.

    The $100 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.

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

    Yes, your balance may be paid through our online registration system. Your camper’s balance must be paid in full two weeks before 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 reflecting any payments and balance due. You will then receive an email at 4 weeks, 2 weeks, and 1 week out from your registered week with additional information, such as parking lists, arrival times, etc.

  • What time does camp begin?

    Camp opens at 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon with check-in (no early arrivals please). For a detailed check-in process please click here.

  • How do I get to Frontier Ranch?

    Any maps app or GPS 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 Target 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.  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.

  • 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 filled-out and signed ‘Camper Health Screen Form’ – found on the Forms Page
    2. Any medications clearly labeled and in original containers
    3. 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 list of authorized pickup persons will be filled out during the registration process.

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

    For the safety and well-being of our campers, we ask you to fill out an authorized pick-up list during online registration. This system should streamline the process and provides additional security.

    Please have your ID with you at pick-up. If the person arriving to pick up your camper is not on the list, expect a phone call from camp staff.

  • What should my child pack for camp?

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

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

    Yes. Please email us at [email protected] 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 remember 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 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 to supplement meals with items brought from home.

    Email [email protected] with 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 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.

  • 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 restrictions do apply. It is the responsibility of all parents involved in arranging with all other parents involved to have matching request lists. 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 concerning cabin mate requests.

    Buddy Cabins- Two cabins are paired together for all activities and team competitions. If we cannot honor direct cabin mate requests, we often place groups of friends together in buddy cabins.

    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.

  • What is a typical day like?

    Morning Chapel Program
    Bible Study
    Afternoon Activities
    Mail Call
    Campfire Program

  • Do all campers participate in all activities?

    All age groups have the opportunity to try 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.

  • Are there bathrooms in the cabin?

    No. Single-stall bathrooms and showers are centrally located in each cabin area.

  • What is the weather like?

    Summers at Frontier Ranch are warm-to-hot (70°-95°, occasionally around 100°) during the day and cool in the mornings and evenings. We 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 ensure homesick campers fully engage in activities, thus minimizing the focus on homesickness. Our counselors will spend extra time to integrate those homesick kids into the flow of camp, oftentimes with the help of other cabin mates. In our over 50 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 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?

    We desire that camp is an environment of physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional safety for campers and staff. To ensure 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 a warning, the camper loses 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 an emergency or particular 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 and follow the prompts for the Frontier Ranch emergency line.

    General calls can be made to our camp registrar at 831-335-9133 x40.

  • 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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