Santa Cruz Overnight Camp


Here you will find lots of useful resources and links designed to answer some of your most common questions about camp.

Choosing the right summer camp is a major decision, and we honor the trust you place in us. We are eager to assist in any way we can, so please don’t hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can to do to help.

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Will Kennolyn Camps be open Summer 2020?

We sure hope so and are working hard to incorporate State, County, CDC, and ACA guidance into our operating plans. We will provide our next update on May 15 regarding our currently scheduled sessions.

Will we get a refund if we cancel? These are extraordinary circumstances, right?

We have extended the deadline for payments and cancellations until May 21st.  This gives us all time to make informed decisions.  Our new cancellation policy allows a 100% rollover to 2021 (or our next fully operational summer) and additional refund options.

You seem confident you will be open this summer. Why?

We are camp people. Eternally optimistic, resourceful beyond measure, and determined to help kids.  We are used to re imagining what tomorrow might look like and that’s what we are doing. We are working on a wide variety of contingency plans and if there is any way camp can operate, we’ll be ready.

Are there any changes to how you will run camp?

Probably. Possibly. Maybe. Our team spends every day looking at all our procedures and imagining what changes might be required. As we see a clearer picture, we will share very detailed plans and give you time to adjust as needed.

Can we still sign up for camp?

Yes! In the middle of all of this craziness, we are still getting applications.

Can we buy insurance in case camp closes?

We think so and we strongly suggest you do.  If you follow this link to our insurance partner you will be able to see what is available. When you enter your details, please indicate that your payment due date is May 31st. If you purchase the insurance after March 18th, send us the confirmation with all your details and we will even give you a refund on your camp tuition making the insurance free.

Does my child need a friend to come with him/her to Kennolyn?

No. The majority of Kennolyn campers do not come to camp with a particular friend. We think of camp as one of the best and easiest places to make new friends. Our counselors are trained to include all campers in activities and create cohesive cabin groups regardless of whether campers know each other outside of Kennolyn or not.

Can we come to camp and take a look around?

Not right now! We have replaced our traditional tour days and open house events with online meetings. See our online presentation dates here.

How many activities are there to choose from?

What is your policy on campers and personal technology?

One of our published program goals is that campers “Learn how to make the most of free time without using technology.”  Here is another excerpt from our comprehensive Parent Packet: “We continue to believe that kids very much need a period of time unplugged from the electronic world. We also have a duty to regulate what your camper watches and plays with while in our care.”  For these reasons, we do not allow campers to have phones or devices that connect to the internet.  We do allow basic music players without internet access and kindles.  We reserve the right to disallow any device that is a distraction or can access content that we cannot control.  Campers who travel by plane can bring devices which will then be collected and stored safely during camp.  The device will be returned to them, charged and ready to use, for the journey home.

How many activities are in each day?

Campers are assigned 6 activities and each one is 55 minutes long. 3-4 days every week are dedicated to these activities.

Are there any other campers who live near me?

Probably. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, it would be hard to imagine a neighborhood where you would not run into a current or former Kennolyn camper! If you’d like to meet campers from your area, contact us and we would be happy to put you in touch with other camp families.

Where do your staff come from?

About 60% are from the US and 40% are from countries around the world. Interacting with staff from other cultures is an eye-opening and powerful experience for our American campers and staff alike.

How do you hire the staff?

Very carefully! We are fortunate to have a very strong reputation, so we have far more applicants than open positions. US staff apply to us directly and go through the interview process, reference and background checks before being hired. International staff apply through an agency, which conducts the interviews, handles reference and background checks, provides us with verifications, and facilitates special working visas for the summer. We select candidates via the agency database, as well as through in-person job fairs in Europe. We also interview each candidate to ensure a good fit for Kennolyn.

Who runs the camp?

Kennolyn is operated as a family business by the children and grandchildren of our founders, Aunt Marion and Uncle Max. Read the Kennolyn story here.

What makes Kennolyn such a good camp?

Too many things to mention! History, location, facilities, depth of program, quality of staff, and commitment are the things we hear the most compliments about from our happy camp families.

How long have you been around?

Since 1946, under the same family ownership at the same location.

What is the ACA or WAIC?

ACA is the American Camp Association, and it offers the only nationally recognized accreditation program for camps. About 25% of the camps in the USA decide to pursue this standard. Kennolyn is proud to be an ACA accredited camp. WAIC is the Western Association of Independent Camps, a professional network of the very best camps in the western states.

What are the medical facilities like?

We have a modern health center staffed with 2 nurses, 24 hours a day. A local doctor is on-call all summer, and Dominican Hospital is just six miles away.

Is Kennolyn religiously affiliated?

No, we have no religious component to our program and are not affiliated with any religious organization.

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