what to wear to camp

  • Wear closed-toe shoes! (Pack sandals for beach trips.)

  • Wear clothes that are fun to play in! Kids seem to be most comfortable here in shorts.

  • Bring long pants every day to slip over shorts for equestrian camp, hiking, go-karts, and sports camp. (We suggest sweat pants.)

  • Tote a sweatshirt every day for cooler mornings, beach trips and chill-outs in the shade.

  • Swimming happens daily, so they’ll need a swimsuit and towel every time they get on a Cali Camp bus.

Mark all clothing with your child’s name.

what happens
on the first day of camp?

Activities and all the great Cali Camp fun. Also included is more extensive time to meet and greet other campers and counselors. There will be a little less time for activities on these days but we’ve learned, that makes for time spent meeting each other, and knowing each other a little before activities start makes for a lot more fun overall.

Every camper:

  • is welcomed by a Cali Camp staff member as they arrive;

  • gets a special “First Day Name Tag"; and

  • is encouraged to ask questions to satisfy their curiosity about camp and to comfort concerns.

aerial arts

Wondering what your aerial artisan should wear? For boys and girls, a tight-fitting t-shirt with short sleeves is best. Pants should be worn that cover the knees, like Capri-length sweatpants or leggings. Girls can feel free to wear leotards and tights with no feet.

All classes are done barefoot, but sometimes the mats get hot or we may want to warm up by running the lawn, so please wear sneakers and socks. No flip flops allowed during camp, for safety reasons.

equestrian "wrangler"
camp programs

Do you have a equestrian camper in your family? Equestrians across the world follow these simple rules to keep it safe and fun:

  • boots with small heels or hard shoes with small heels. no child will be allowed to ride in sneakers.

  • long pants.

  • don’t forget, pack a swimsuit & towel daily, so your kid can dive into the cool pool.

  • Mark all clothing with your child’s name.

dress up days

Check your calendar for these double asterisk fun days thrown to coincide with theme weeks. Let your camper come up with their own costume or give them the guidance they ask for. Once they arrive they’ll see counselors and staff in costume too. You can reference our weekly theme calendar here!

— Specialized Camps, Specialized Tools —

do i need to provide the necessary equipment for my child who is participating in special activities?

No, Cali Camp has you covered. We provide all equipment directly related to the actives.

If your child has a helmet that reaches standard safety regulations of horseback riding they may bring it – just make sure their name is visible on it.

If your child is in the wrangler camp and will ride horses this summer, check our clothing facts above for their needs.

what equipment is used for the high ropes challenge course?

Campers age seven and above have the opportunity to build confidence on the forty-two foot high ropes challenge course.

In addition to a Cali Camp provided helmet, each camper wears a waist harness and are anchored with automatic hydraulic belay ropes.

— What Personal Property Can My Child Bring to Kids Camp —

can my child bring their electronic device(s) to camp?

No doubt kids can have a fantastic time using new technologies, but Cali Camp provides a child-community made better with fewer distractions. Cali Camp is also about experiencing a beautiful, fun outdoor environment which kids can’t always enjoy on a daily, school-year basis.

Because of this, no personal toy animals, electronic games, phones, toys, radios, laptops, tablets, iPads, iPods and CD players are allowed in camp or on the bus.

what about cell phones?

The camp is out of range for cell phones and they are not allowed on the property. If you must send your child with a cell phone, please put their name on it. If it comes out of their backpack, we will hold the phone in the director’s office till the end of the day.

— The Lunch Bunch and Cali-Cafe —

do you provide hot lunches or can i pack a bagged lunch?

Yes, we have hot lunches for $10 per day. And yes, you can also pack a bagged lunch for your child. Please make all packed lunches non-perishable and write your child's first and last name on it as well. We will stash it in a shady spot until lunch time.

how do i pay for hot lunch?

Your child can purchase a lunch with cash on a per-day basis as he or she arrives, or just give their name have the card on file charged at the end of the week.

wha's the cali-cafe and when is it open?p

Cali Cafe offers such snacks as homemade muffins, bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, fruit, cereals and juice. It’s open from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. every morning and again at lunch.

do you provide whole grain or gluten free options?
what about drinks
like soda and juice?

Yes, Cali Cafe stocks whole grain, gluten free foods, as well as fresh fruits and more. Children will also have access to camp supplied water and/or milk throughout the day. The Cali-Cafe stocks juices and bottled water. We suggest you don’t pack sweet sodas.

No, gum is not allowed at camp or on the bus.

my child has a food allergy.
how do i inform the camp?

Complete all questions about allergies in our Health History form online.

— A Summer Camp of Inclusion and Community —

kids with extra needs

We always try to fulfill great summers for all kids, which includes kids who have challenges physically, different learning rates and more complex emotional needs. While we can’t guarantee enrollment for every child, our Inclusion Coordinator is here to discuss if there are specific questions and to help coordinate. Please send in this Inclusion Questionnaire so that our Inclusion Coordinator can see if Cali Camp will be the right fit for your camper. 

— Keeping it Cool at the Pool —

swimmer safety
what's in our swim skills test?

Certified pool staffers ability-test each Cali Camper to determine skill levels during every camper’s first pool visit. Once campers pass the skills test, they join in recreational swimming.

Our swim skills test includes:

  • Swimming two widths of the pool without resting or assistance;

  • A back float;

  • Treading water for twenty seconds; and

  • Holding breath, fully submerged for a count of five.

Kids who need help with basic skills split each session between instruction and recreation. Three, four and five year olds have swimming lessons every day at summer camp.

Kids who don’t swim must have a note from home making that request. They’ll be supervised at table games held adjacent to the pool area during each session.

Don’t forget: Send your kid to camp with a swimsuit and towel daily.

— A Brief A to Z on the Bus to Summer Camp —

how many stops will there be on my child's bus route?

One or two, with the majority of routes only having one stop. We’ve found that having only one or two pick-up/drop off station per route reduces the tedium for campers, keeps them together as one egalitarian community for each drive and helps them arrive at camp fresh and ready for an adventurous day.

what's the station and route closest to my home?

will there be adequate supervision on the bus?

California law mandates special training for each bus driver. But we think, that person should be focused on one thing alone – driving. We have hired professional bus drivers to do just that for us and also that’s why we staff each bus with a counselor or equivalent Cali Camp staffer. The fun, Bus Cup Challenge and Cali community starts the moment your child steps on the bus.

how does my child know
which bus is their's?

On the first day of camp each camper receives a bus bracelet with their bus name. Every bus is represented by a different tree, and the counselors display the bus info at the end of the day, as well as the morning, so campers know which bus is theirs.

Counselors ride on each bus. And every counselor has a list of the campers assigned on that bus.

who assists my child getting on the right bus to come home?

The transportation director, camp director, team leaders and transportation staff are in the parking lot at the end of each day to assist any child that needs assistance.

Tell your child: No one leaves until every camper is on the right bus, we've taken roll, and a final and correct count from each driver is confirmed.

Every child is encouraged to seek help if they need it.

i have more questions on the camp's transportation system.

A detailed transportation section appears in the Cali Camp parent handbook including information on how to drive your child to camp and pick them up.