Huntington Lake Overnight Camp
Kennolyn is dedicated to making a difference in campers’ lives. We provide a carefully designed program with curated experiences so children thrive. With less than 80 campers, ALL counselors know ALL campers by name, and what makes them tick. Our tight-knit, flexible, fun-focused environment allows children to develop relationships and learn skills to help them navigate life and adulthood. This powerful combination of program, place, and time provides children a much needed antidote to digital life through active, face-to-face, communal living guided by our well-trained staff.
Sunrise and sunset skiing, daily activity choice, Siesta milkshakes, epic alpine hikes, and yes even a few chores make camp living great. Doing it in an environment where you can be yourself with new and old friends makes camp the best. As campers mature, we provide more options for them to take initiative and grow socially, physically, and mentally.
Senior Campers (grades 8-9)
Senior Campers need some time alone with other teenagers, so we give them that time, Kennolyn-style! They enjoy increased interaction with their peers in special activities planned exclusively for them – stargazing on the pontoon, overnights on Thursday Island, and more. They enjoy extra evening time to play pool, cards, or just hang out in the lodge each night as they have a later bed time. And we all know how teens love to sleep in so we give them an extra hour in the morning on occasion as well. Throughout it all our specially trained, responsible, young-adult counselors provide wholesome role models that campers strive to emulate.
Leaders in Training (optional program for grades 10-11)
For decades in the Santa Cruz Mountains, campers have joined our three year Leadership Training Program through grades 10-11-12 (CILT-CIT-JC) which then allows them to be a Freshman Counselor prior to starting college. It’s an amazing program with highly transferable skills for college, work, and life. It’s also designed with an emphasis on training campers to become counselors. At Huntington Lake we offer campers grades 10-11 a different option.
Not all campers wish to become counselors. Some are more interested in personal growth, leadership in general, and continuing the camper experience. So at the Lake, our Leaders in Training (LIT) program offers that balance. And it’s optional. Campers can participate in the program and still choose their activities daily like other campers. LITs are expected to be role models around camp, and to show their commitment to developing the skills that will make them great leaders at camp, at home, and in their communities. It is a fun introduction to taking on a leadership role at camp or developing more as a young adult. We contact enrolled 10th and 11th graders in the spring to understand their goals and how the program may be a good fit for them. For those thinking of returning to our original camp and continuing the Leadership Training Program, the LIT program satisfies the CILT program but does not satisfy the CIT program.
- Choose activities daily like all other campers
- Participate in challenging group initiatives and discussions
- Learn more about their own personality and how to become who they want to be
- Provide servant-leadership to camp in a variety of ways
- Occasionally assist counselors without taking direct responsibility
- Receive a personalized evaluation introducing the concept of letters of recommendation and resume growth
- Live in a cabin or collection of tents for up to 8 campers (for just their group)
Kennolyn Camps, Huntington Lake takes place on a site that is operated under a Special Use Permit from the USDA Forest Service on the Sierra National Forest, California. The camp operates on a non-discriminatory, equal opportunity basis.