Santa Cruz Mountains

2021 Day Camp



Are you ready for a break from a lack of outdoor activity, too much screen time, juggling work and family, watching your kids struggle on Zoom, and the ever-present anxiety around health?! Ready to make plans for something that nourishes your child, is super FUN, and easy for you to make happen?!

Join us for a healthy dose of Kennolyn Day Camp! On 240 acres of privately owned redwood forest only miles from town, we’re just a short drive or camp bus ride away. Your child will thrive in this fun, active, supportive environment, and you will get a break (or at least be able to work without interruption).

We ran our camp last summer with NO COVID cases and we’re ready to do it again. In fact, we were one of a very small groups approved by Santa Cruz County to run. Our health and safety playbook is robust and ingrained in everything we do. We are ready to go.

Nowhere else in the local region will you find a more complete authentic summer day camp experience than Kennolyn. Just ask your friends and neighbors! Give us a call or schedule a tour – we are excited to share this special place with your family.


Rates and Dates

Helpful Hint: Although our program goes way beyond the limitations of a simple daycare program, camp tuition can often be claimed as a daycare tax deduction. Check with your accountant or tax professional.

Session Dates Tuition
1 (1 week) June 13-17 $565
2 (1 week) June 20-24 $565
3 (2 weeks) June 27-July 8 $1020 (closed 7/4)
4 (1 week) July 11-15 $565
5 (1 week) July 18-22 $565
6 (2 weeks) July 25 – Aug 5 $1130
7 (1 week) Aug 8-12 $565


Activities and age groups

Age Groups

Campers entering grades K-9 are eligible for our Day Camp program. Campers are “flocked” in grade-level groups with three to five individual groups per flock. Grades K-2, 3-4, and 5-9 make up our flocks, which means campers outside that age range will not be able to be grouped together. In some cases, we can allow older campers to drop into the group below to accommodate requests outside these grade-based flocks.  Within their group, campers make friends, practice kindness, try new things, feel supported and create wonderful camp memories!

Based on current requirements from the County Health Department, campers are placed in stable groups of 12-14 campers. Groups are co-ed and may contain one or two grade levels, depending on enrollment. Each group has 2 adult counselors that will remain with them for the entire session. Groups are assigned a color to quickly identify them and travel together to a wide range of activities. A “home base” area is designated for each group complete with lunch and activity tables, a place to store belongings, group equipment, and supplies.

Groups also gather in social distanced spaces for special activities, camp songs, skits, and random silliness throughout the week!

Our groupings provide a 6 or 7:1 camper to counselor ratio supplemented by the leadership team, activity specialists, and a registered nurse or EMT to provide medical assistance when needed.


Day Camp 2021 offers a wide range of exciting, well-organized outdoor activities designed to take advantage of our beautiful 240-acre private forest property. Activity planning focuses on camper safety, skill development, group cooperation, and fun! Groups have an opportunity to participate in each activity multiple times per session. Some activity periods allow for individual choice within the group, so campers may choose what they like best in that period. Counselors guide and encourage campers throughout the day and make sure hand washing or sanitizing is happening often!

  • Adventure Town (our cool forest play-space)
  • Archery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Ball Sports
  • Climbing Wall (3rd-4th grade)
  • Counselor Choice
  • Fencing
  • Outdoor Adventure (nature hikes, fort-building, forest exploring, and more)
  • Outdoor Cooking (build a fire and make a delicious treat)
  • Play Station (ping pong, box hockey, table games, jump rope, four-square, and more)
  • Ropes Course (5th-9th grade)
  • Skits and songs
  • Swimming
  • Water World (water inflatables and games)

A note about swimming 

The pool is always a camper favorite! Each group will swim two days per week (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.)  Certified lifeguards are always on duty to ensure campers are safe while they enjoy the free play, water games, and loads of splashy fun! Counselors are in the pool to play and assist campers as needed. Each session starts with a safety swim for lifeguards to assess skill levels and designate safe swim areas for each camper based on their swimming ability.



We pack loads of fun in each day, plus there is plenty of time to relax with friends, explore the amazing forest, make a friendship bracelet and just be a kid!

8:45-9:15 Camper Drop-off/Buses arrive
Campers arrive at camp (and after their health inspections) go directly to their color group to meet with friends and prepare for the day.

9:25-12:20 Activity Periods 1-3
Campers rotate with their group through three scheduled camp activities.

12:25-1:40 Lunch and playtime
Campers eat lunch with their group and then have an opportunity to play games, sing songs, make crafts or just chill with friends.

1:45-3:45 Activity Periods 4 and 5
Two more camp activities are scheduled after lunch!

3:45 Camp Closing
All groups gather (socially distanced, of course) to share highlights of the day, recognize accomplishments, sing songs and hear announcements for the following day.

3:45-4:15 Buses Depart, Camper Pick-up

Important Note: Fridays are filled with silly theme games and activities, and our program ends at 3:00!!



After a hiatus in 2020, buses are back.  As you consider your camp plans and your overall comfort level with camps and other outdoor activities, please bear these bus protocols in mind.

  • Buses will be operated at full capacity (2 campers per seat.)
  • Siblings and campers in household bubbles may be required to sit together. Other campers will be grouped together by their camp groups where possible.
  • Ventilation windows will be open to promote healthy air circulation.
  • Masks MUST be worn on the bus. This means no eating on the bus.  Because of this, we will ask all campers to eat a snack they brought from home before getting on the bus in the afternoon.
  • Hands will be sanitized upon entry and exit.
  • Buses will be sanitized after each trip.
  • Temperatures and health questions will be required to board the bus in the mornings.

Please see our transportation page for detailed timetables and bus routes.

Counselors will be on the buses to promote these safety measures as well as to encourage kindness, inclusion, and engagement.

Many parents will choose to drop off and pick up their campers as they did in 2020 and that is fine.  Drop off is 8:45am-9:15am and pick up is 4:00pm (except Fridays, 3:00pm.)


2021 Financial Policies

Our next significant deadline is May 1st.  That is the last date to withdraw from camp and receive a rollover credit to next Summer.  The last date to receive a refund was March 1st.  There are very few minor exceptions to our policy of no rollovers after May 1st.

  • If a camper or member of their household tests positive for COVID in the two weeks leading up to their session, that camper should not attend camp, and a 50% credit towards a future Summer will be issued.
  • If a camper exhibits COVID-like symptoms in the days leading up to the session start, you and/or your doctor may decide it is unwise to attend camp. In this case, a 50% credit to a future summer will be issued.
  • If a camper exhibits COVID symptoms at camp, that camper will be quarantined and returned to parental care. In the event a camper does go home in this scenario, a 50% credit of the lost days at camp will be issued.
  • If another child or a staff member in your camper’s cabin group tests positive for COVID, the positive person will not be able to return to camp until they have completed the quarantine protocols in place at that time. You will be notified if such a circumstance occurs. You would not have to keep your camper home, camp is able to continue. However, if you should choose to withdraw your camper in this circumstance, a 50% credit of the lost days at camp will be issued. Our county public health department would be contacted in these circumstances and might impose additional restrictions.

If there is a more significant COVID outbreak across numerous groups or if we are forced to close or restrict activities by any government entity, our Force Majeure clause will come into effect.  In an effort to be fully transparent, our cancellation policy means that after May 1st, you are liable for the full cost of camp even if you do not attend.


Covid Protocols

We follow all state and county health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19. We also reference the American Camp Association and their consultants of environmental engineers to develop our camp-specific policies and procedures. Based on our success in 2020, we plan on continuing the many enhanced health-related protocols with just a few small changes based on what we’ve learned. All staff and campers have their temperatures taken daily. Masks are worn unless it’s not practical (swimming and eating). Campers are in stable coed groups of 12-15 each session. Rigorous handwashing and equipment sanitizing are the norms. Three to four groups make up a larger “flock” to allow for socially distanced gatherings without compromising the entire camp. Bathrooms and high-touch surfaces are cleaned and sanitized frequently. Staff from our overnight camp a mile away will not work at our day camp in order to insulate the two separate populations. This prevents us from offering horseback riding, vaulting, BMX, trapeze, and Hilltop Senior Ropes. Our leadership and nursing staff are fully COVID vaccinated and we hope to do the same with our staff as they are hired. While we spend a lot of energy on all these protocols, we use a light touch and keep the overall tone FUN.


Our Staff

To meet our year-round leadership staff, click here. At Kennolyn, we believe great counselors are the key to a great program! We carefully select talented, caring adult professionals to lead our groups and activities. All staff is trained in the best practices of youth development, camper safety, and of course, fun! Many counselors are past campers or returning counselors who love Kennolyn and provide a positive and memorable experience for their campers.  In addition to our training, a background check is required, and all staff are fingerprinted.  Check back closer to summer to see fun bios of all our awesome summer 2021 counselors.



What happens if my child is not a confident swimmer?

We do have a number of campers who are non-swimmers.  We identify these campers during their first visit to the pool.  The non-swimmers are confined to the shallow end of the pool.  There are all kids of games and equipment to have fun with and the groups counselors are in the water with the campers to provide additional supervision.  The lifeguards are on duty whenever the pool is open to make sure all the safety rules are enforced.

How are groups organized (can my camper be with his or her friend)?

Groups are organized by grade and we can usually accommodate requests to be in a  group with a friend.  If there is a grade difference between the friends, the older camper is placed in a younger grade group to accommodate the request.  Where we cannot accommodate a group request, you will be notified ahead of time and we can discuss the options available.  It is very rare that we cannot accommodate a group request if both families make the request for campers in the same grade.

Will there be a hot lunch option?

Unlikely at this point.  If we can add a lunch option we will let everyone know.  For now, you should plan on sending lunch and snacks each day.

Will they have to wear masks most of the day?

It is likely there will still be a mask mandate in place when camp opens.  See the Covid protocols section above.

Ready for Summer?