Santa Cruz Day Camp

Ages & Programs

Campers minimum age 5 by January 1, 2022 and entering grades K-9 are eligible. Campers entering 10th grade may apply for the Camper in Leadership Training program. Children are placed in coed groups based on their grade the following school year. Groups spend most of their day together trying all the fun things at camp and forging lasting friendships. Two well-trained adult counselors remain with each group at all times. Counselors and activity specialists tailor each activity to the developmental needs of each group.

One of our camp traditions is zany group names. While this can be silly for the campers, the naming structure helps us follow the rigorous health and standards set by the American Camp Association which include supervision ratios for everything from high ropes to just hanging out. So when a group arrives at an activity, like the Punk Rock Pancakes, our staff know exactly the support to provide.

New for 2022Campers in Leadership Training (CILT) program for new and returning rising 10th graders.

Grade Group Name Highlights
K-1 Country Bagels Counselors gauge the energy and focus of the group and slow down or ramp up the fun. An indoor space for create play and quiet time is balanced with the playground structure, trips to the pond, and time spent with the animals.
2 Burly Big Feet Campers are starting to gain a little more independence and learning to make decisions for themselves. They tackle the low ropes course as they face cooperative challenges together.
3-4 Lemon Heads The "candy groups" go full speed as they try out BMX and fencing among other new activities for this stage.
5-7 Superstars Campers build self-reliance and responsibility. They navigate social dynamics and have increased decision-making and creative opportunities.
8-9 Senior Campers Take adventure to new heights by learning outdoor survival skills and how to belay on the Senior Ropes course.
10 CILTs Develop leadership and communication skills and begin to learn what it takes to be a counselor.

Is Your Camper Planning to Come to Camp with a Friend?

Campers coming with a friend in the same grade may submit a request to be in the same group. These requests should be made as soon as you register, at a minimum two weeks before the camp session starts.  If you did not make a request during the application process, please login to your online account to add the request.


Two smiling day campers hug