First Steps: Intro and Mini Camp

We know that some families aren’t ready for a full overnight camp experience just yet. All the fun and learning seems great but it’s all so new and kind of scary. After all, you didn’t learn to swim in the deep end without floaties! Our Intro and Mini Camp programs are specifically designed for first time campers who just want to try out the overnight camp experience. Intro (2 nights) and Mini (4 nights) sessions allow you and your camper to get comfortable with the idea of camp in a more intimate program that is geared just for these type of campers. Kennolyn is proud to be one of the few camps in California that offers these short sessions.

Mini Camp

6/26 – 6/30  Drop off: 2pm / Pick up: 10:30am

Cost: $1495

A great way to spend five days and four nights at camp enjoying cabin life and Kennolyn traditions, gaining independence, and having a lot of fun. After going to Mini Camp, many campers move easily into the 1 & 2 week sessions, knowing what to expect and feeling confident that they can enjoy it!

Highlights (read on for more details)

  • Limited to 36 campers (1st-7th grade only)
  • 5 days, 4 nights
  • Individualized schedules from a selection of camp activities (less options than a full one or two week session and no Specialty options.)
  • Evening only outpost with the option to sleep out under the redwoods.
  • Mini Camp takes place during the first week of a regular 2 week session.

Activities include swimming, diving, archery, crafts, outdoor adventure, animal care, outdoor cooking, indoor cooking, riflery, ropes, climbing wall, introduction and beginner riding as well as horse care, fencing, field games, ball sports, drama, and lots of fun! Campers will also be a part of evening campfires, all-camp games and will have the option to take part in our outpost sleepout. Campers will have the ability to choose their activities to create a unique schedule for themselves. All activities are modified to best fit the age and ability level of the campers. Trained and skilled staff help campers learn and grow while have an amazing five day experience at Kennolyn.

All mini campers will do an evening only outpost so they will experience the fun of cooking over an open fire and being in our beautiful forest. Sleeping out overnight will be optional. (In 2016, 95% of Mini Campers chose to spend the night outdoors!) Those campers choosing not to sleep out will return to their cabins after dinner. Because of the limited enrollment, cabins will have an age spread of 2-3 grades.

Intro Camp

7/1-7/3 and 7/5-7/7  Drop off: 12:30pm / Pick up: 11:00am

Cost: $795 (includes a $200 credit toward a one or two week resident camp session in 2018.)

Gives campers an introduction into cabin life, camp activities, and Kennolyn’s traditions. Although it is not designed to be a full camp experience, it is a great stepping stone. The magic of camp can be sparked even in this short experience!


  • Limited to 36, first time campers
  • 3 days, 2 nights
  • Entering 1st-4th grades only (1st time campers in 5th grade and up, check out our 5 day Mini Camp.)
  • Pre-programmed activity selection rather than individualized schedules
  • Evening only outpost, no sleeping in the woods
  • A more sheltered experience closely managed by experienced staff. Ideal for nervous first timers and their nervous parents.

These sessions are pre-programmed with a selection of camp activities. The Intro Camp schedule is likely to include swimming, archery, crafts, animal care, outdoor cooking, riflery, nature hikes, Jr. ropes course, field games and lots of camp songs. Campers will also be a part of evening campfires. Intro Campers will do an evening only outpost so they will experience the fun of cooking foil stew over an open fire and being in our beautiful forest but will return to their cabins to sleep. The activities will be modified to best fit the age of the campers. Campers will travel to these activities as a cabin group along with their counselor. With a limited number of campers, and lots of caring staff, we keep our camper to staff ratios low and the level of excitement high. Because of the limited enrollment, cabins will have an age spread of 2-3 grades.

There will be no horseback riding, BMX, climbing wall, pottery, specialized crafts or carpentry, outpost sleepout, fencing, trapeze, specialty camp options or off-site trips. There will not be individualized camper schedules as there is with all other resident camp programs.

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