Camp isn’t just for kids.

Family Camps and cabin rental weekends remove distractions and allow families the freedom to focus solely on one another. Families get to know each other outside of homework, after school activities, technology, and day to day business. Bring your family closer together through outdoor fun and teamwork. Enjoy private cabin accommodations and a variety of activities in the heart of the redwoods – an ideal way to foster connections in a safe, beautiful and supportive environment. Families of all forms are welcome at the Y, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, step-families, single parents, LGBTQ+ families and more.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Family Camp around the Camp Fire

Family Camps

Family Camps provide you with a fun-filled family getaway without the distractions of daily life. We bring you closer together as you enjoy the outdoor environment. A weekend at camp allows you to be a kid again with your kid! Show them how you have fun, get silly and excited about new activities and adventures. Let us take care of you while you focus on each other all in the comfort of your own private cabin. Y staff create the schedule, provide the activities, and cook the meals so you can relax and focus on quality family time.

A Family Camp Weekend includes 5 hot meals, a private cabin for your family, and a full schedule of activities ran by our Y staff including but not limited to Archery, Mole Hole, Hiking, Arts and Crafts Projects, Campfire, Outdoor Cooking Projects, STEM projects and more! Each cabin will also come with basic supplies such as a basketball, soccer ball, and simple arts and crafts supplies.

Sample Family Camps Include: Memorial Day, Labor Day and select spring, summer and fall weekends.
Mother Son in the Pool

Family Cabin Rental Weekends EXCLUSIVE TO 2020

Looking for a change of scene where your family can bond in the beautiful redwoods together? Look no further than our Family Cabin Rental Weekends. At YMCA Camp Campbell we strive to remove distractions and allow you to focus solely on one another, get to know each other outside of homework, after school activities, technology, and day to day business. Show your child the outdoors, engage them in the nature world, explore together, play together, and enjoy the simple things in life.

A Cabin Rental Weekend includes continental breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday of your stay as well as a hot lunch and dinner on Saturday. Rental fees are for up to 4 people and also include one allotted archery session time block, one designated hour of pool time, basic supplies for your cabin (e.g. basketball, soccer ball, and simple arts and crafts supplies), and access to our trails, river and program areas such as the basketball court. Additional campers can be added at a fee.
Kayak Weekend

Adventure/Specialty Camps

Adventure and Specialty Family Camps are the perfect opportunity to discover a new family hobby, get outside of your comfort zone, and explore the outdoors together. Our Adventure and Specialty Family Camps cater for both entire families and parent-child. Adventure Family Camps include our Camping and Kayak Weekend and Learn to Camp Weekend. Specialty Family Camps includes our Homemade for the Holidays overnight camp. Please see the brochure for additional camp details.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
General Questions
What are your accommodations like?

At YMCA Camp Campbell all of our cabins have bunk beds with twin sized mattresses, electricity, heating, and bathrooms. We have two villages at camp, Brandenburg Village (formerly Treetop) and 49er Village.

Treetop Cabins
ADA accessible cabins located high among the redwood trees
Each heated cabin sleeps 14 people, bunk bed style
Equipped with private showers and electricity

49er Cabins
ADA accessible cabins 
Enjoy our heated circular cabins, sleeping 18 people bunk style
Equipped with private showers and electricity

Are accommodations shared with other families? Can I share a cabin with specific friends or another family or ensure that only my family stays in one cabin?

To allow for social distancing and ensure the health and well-being of all families coming to camp cabins will now be private and only occupied by your family during a weekend. All family members that you register with will be placed in the same cabin.

What should I pack?

We will send out a recommended packing list via email at least one week ahead of camp. This email will also include additional details about your camps. We recommend that you plan to dress in layers because temperatures can vary greatly between day and night, it can rain unexpectedly at camp so rain gear is always recommended. Because we are located among the towering redwoods, please pack clothes and items for possible rain. You will also need to bring warm bedding (sleeping bags, warm blankets, and/or), reusable water bottles comfortable closed-toed shoes, a flashlight, and a positive attitude. Please leave electronics, valuables, and any drugs or alcohol at home. We also recommend labeling your belongings, as many families bring similar looking items.

Where is YMCA Camp Campbell located?

We are located at 16275 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006, about 45 minutes away from San Jose. Most internet map directions, smart phones or in car GPS devices will direct you to use Bear Creek Road. While this route is faster by a few minutes, the road is very narrow and winding and is sometimes closed. We recommend taking the Highway 17 route or the Highway 9 via Saratoga. 

Where do I park when I arrive at YMCA Camp Campbell?

Upon arriving to camp please park in our main lot and observe a site wide 5 mph speed limit. Parking is allowed only in designated spots. Our parking lot is big enough to allow for social distancing room between cars. Please keep this in mind when finding a pot in the lot. During check in hours staff will be on hand to guide you to a parking spot. Please remain in your car and a staff member will come and check you in. Cars must remain in the main parking lot for the weekend. Please plan to move luggage between the parking lot and the cabin. We encourage you to pack only what you can carry or move with a luggage cart. Our parking lot is not next to cabins and you may not drive to the cabins.

What time is check in and check out?

Families will have designated check in times to arrive at camp, so that arrivals are staggered and congregation at the check in area is kept to a minimum. The first check in window will begin at 5:30pm. In order for our maintenance staff to clean the cabins for our next group's arrival, please plan to have all of your belongings out of your cabin by 10 am on the last day of camp. We cannot accommodate early check in or late check out. On the last day of camp during family camp weekends activities will run until 12 pm unless otherwise specified in your welcome email. During July and August cabin rental weekends will have a 10am check out time. During September and October cabin rental weekends will have a 12pm check out time. Off-site programs may have a slightly different schedule, more detailed schedules are shared via email 2-3 weeks before the start of camp via email.

Do you accommodate special dietary needs?

We offer nutritious, family-friendly meals, served family-style at designated times. Please be sure to visit our dining area during meal times, as we do not serve food at other times. We can accommodate vegetarian/vegan, lactose free and gluten-free diets; however, we do not have the capacity to prepare special individual meals or take meal requests. If you or your family has any special dietary needs or allergies, please let us know when you register. Our meals are peanut-free, but may contain wheat, soy, egg, dairy or other allergens.

Will my cellphone or tablet work at camp? Is there wifi?

There is minimal cell phone service in camp. There are some carriers that have some signal in portions of the parking lot but generally cell phone service is limited at camp. Wi-Fi is available outside of our Sommer Lodge and Swenson Lodge buildings. Please ask a staff member for assistance. To protect your valuables, we do not recommend bringing expensive electronics, and we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. We do recommend taking the opportunity to unplug, disconnect and enjoy the outdoors.

Are medical services available at camp?

Our camp staff members are certified in First Aid and CPR and can assist with minor medical needs. Several medical centers also are within driving distance of camp, including Kaiser and Sutter Urgent Care options in Scotts Valley, and Dignity Health Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. During the weekend, our health cottage is not open or staffed.

What if there is an emergency at camp?

In case of emergency, please be aware of the following procedures:

  1. An alarm will announce the emergency.

  2. When you hear the alert, everyone should go directly to the brick patio/Garden Side of the Dining Lodge.

  3. We will direct you in the next steps.

If you have an emergency, please contact a staff member immediately.

Does camp have quiet hours?

The Boulder Creek community has mandated quiet hours from 10 pm to 8 am seven days a week. Observing their guidelines, things like amplified music, drumming, and loud talking or singing are not permitted during these hours.

Should I bring money to YMCA Camp Campbell?

Money is not required for any activities during camp.

What are your YMCA Camp Campbell guidelines?
  • Smoking (cigarettes only) is only permitted in designated areas of camp and never in cabins.

  • Please do not move furniture from cabins to any other building.

  • Campfires are only permitted in designated areas.

  • Pets, firearms and fireworks are not permitted at camp.

  • For sanitary reasons, cooking and food storage is not encouraged in the cabins.

  • Alcohol and drugs (including vaping) are prohibited at all YMCA facilities.

About Family Camps and Family Cabin Rental Weekends
How do Family Camp Weekends and Family Cabin Rentals differ? What do they both include?

A Family Camp Weekend includes 5 hot meals, a private cabin for your family, and a full schedule of activities from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. Activities are led by our trained Y Staff and include but are not limited to Archery, Mole Hole, Hiking, Arts and Crafts Projects, Campfire, Outdoor Cooking Projects, STEM projects, S’mores and more! Each cabin will also come with basic supplies such as a basketball, soccer ball, and simple arts and crafts supplies.

A Cabin Rental Weekend includes a private cabin for your family, continental breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday of your stay as well as a hot lunch and dinner on Saturday. Rental fees are for up to 4 people and also include one allotted archery session time block, one designated hour of pool time, basic supplies for your cabin (e.g. basketball, soccer ball, and simple arts and crafts supplies), and access to our trails, river and program areas such as the basketball court. Additional campers can be added at a fee. 

Who typically attends Family Camps or Family Cabin Rental Weekends?

Families come in all shapes and sizes and from all backgrounds. At the Y, we welcome everyone. Our family programs are open to all ages. We are happy to have your family join us.

How does supervision of children work at a family camp weekend?

Supervision of children is ultimately the responsibility of the adult guardian. We encourage our families attending camp to take this time to focus on your relationship to one another and spend activity time together around camp. Our activities are designed to engage both children and adults in quality time together.

Adventure Family Camps
Where do Adventure Family Camps take place?

We typically have three Adventure Family Camps please check the registration page for updated program listings. The Camping and Kayak Weekend (06/19-06/21) will take place at Sunset State Beach Campground around 30 minutes south of Santa Cruz. Our Learn to Camp Weekend (6/5-6/7) will take place at Henry Cowell State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 

Is transportation provided?

To allow each family joining us to have more flexibility, comfort, and convenience with your travel plans, we are asking families to meet us directly at the designated campground. This way it allows our camp staff to get to the campground earlier in the day and have it set up for families arriving. We hope that this allows your family more convenience in travel. It will also give you the flexibility to choose the time of your departure on Friday and also Sunday, giving you the option to stay and explore the area for the day after our staff pack up the campsite to go back to Camp Campbell. 

Do families have to provide their own tents and food throughout the weekend?

Camp Campbell will provide and set up tents for the weekend. Families are responsible for providing their own bedding and pillows. A full packing list will be sent out two weeks before the program. To help with your enjoyment throughout the weekend and let you put your feet up Camp Campbell will be providing and cooking all meals during your weekend. This includes dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. We will also be providing some snacks throughout the weekend but please feel free to bring your own personal snacks to meet your specific family needs.

Registration
When should I register?

Registration for year-round Family Camps and Exclusive to 2020 Family Cabin Rental Weekends are open now. We recommend registering as early as possible, as many camps fill up quickly.

How do I register?

Registration can be completed online following the below instructions.

Click Here to open the registration portal

For Family Camps once you have selected the adult cabin continue answering the questions and signing the waiver for that person. When you are on the check out page click on Continue Shopping to add the child/adult etc. to your cart. 

For Family Cabin Rental Weekends one registration will cover a rental for up to 4 people. If you have more than 4 people in your party when you are on the check out page click on Continue Shopping to add an additional child/adult etc. to your cart. 

How will I know when my registration is processed?
Once you register online, you’ll receive an automated email from our online registration system. This is your official confirmation. Please check your Junk or Spam folder if you don’t see an email reply from our online registration system. We will send more details about the camp you registered for via email at least one week prior to the camp’s start date.

How will I know when my registration is processed?

Once you register online, you’ll receive an automated email from our online registration system. This is your official confirmation. Please check your Junk or Spam folder if you don’t see an email reply from our online registration system. We will send more details about the camp you registered for via email at least two week prior to the camp’s start date.

What are your cancellation and refund policies?

If the YMCA initiates the cancellation of a program you can choose to donate your paid amount to support our community support programs, transfer to a future program, maintain a credit on your account, or request a full refund. These options are available to anyone who is actively registered for the program at the time of cancellation. 

If you choose to cancel for any reason, our refund policy is listed below: 
Fees are nonrefundable and non-transferable. Payment in full is required at time of registration. We will refund program fees for cancellations made 30 days prior to the start of the session (less a 25% cancellation fee) or in the event of illness or injury verified by a physician’s statement.
 

Camp Programming & Activities
What programming and activities are available?

YMCA Camp Campbell offers amazing opportunities to reconnect with family and enjoy adventures together. We offer a variety of active, outdoor activities for each camp session, with specific programming changing from weekend to weekend.

Common Family Camp weekend activities include archery, the mole hole, Habitat House and hikes, the pool, gaga ball, arts and crafts, tie dye, campfires, night activities and more. While most of our programming is open to all ages, for everyone’s safety, some require minimal ages or sizes to participate.

Family Cabin Rental Weekends will include one archery session and one family swim time per family. During these weekends families will have access to our trails and river, basketball and volleyball courts and grass and tan bark fields. 

For all activities, children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. All of our programming is designed for adults and children to participate together. Get ready to have silly fun, laugh out loud, and be creative

What does a typical family camp schedule look like?

Sample Family Camp Schedule (for Family Camp Weekends only)

Friday
5:30-6:60 pm Check in and move into cabins
6:30-7:30 pm Dinner
7:30-8:00 pm Orientation
8: 00-8: 30 pm Scavenger Hunt 
8:30-9:30 pm Trivia!

Saturday
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am- 12:30 pm Activity session blocks
12:30 pm-1 :30 pm Lunch 
1:30-6:00 pm Activity Session blocks including Pool Time
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:30-8:30 pm S’mores
8:30-9:30 pm Family Campfire (families and staff perform)

Sunday
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast 
9:00-9:30 am Move Out of Cabins 
9:30 am-Noon Open Activities
Noon Check out — see you next time!

When is the pool open? What is a swim check? When is the waterslide open?

The pool will be open during our fall, spring and summer seasons at specific times during camp weekends. Both are closed during the winter. Families will be given designated swim times during Family Camp Weekends and Family Cabin Rental Weekends.

For safety, children ages 12 and younger will be required to complete a swim check prior to getting in the water. Swimmers that do not meet these requirements, or do not complete the swim check will receive an orange wristband. Orange bands must swim with a parent or guardian (15 years or older) in the water. Parents or guardians must remain within arm’s reach, in the water and can have no more than 2 orange band swimmers.

The swim check consists of two parts:

  1. The swimmer must enter the pool unaided into the shallow water, recover to an upright position, swim the width of the pool twice (there and back, 25 yards), and climb out of the pool. This will gain the swimmer access to the shallow end of the pool up to 3.5 feet mark.
    * In order to qualify for the shallow water wristband, swimmers must be at least 48” tall. If swimmer does not meet the height requirement, they can complete the deep end swim check alternatively.
  2. In order to successfully pass the deep water swim check, swimmers must swim 25 yards with face in the water (without assistance). Then, recover to a back float position and hold for 10 seconds, tread water for 1 minute (head up), and climb out of the pool. Swimmers must also understand pool guidelines.

At the Y, safety is our number one priority. We believe in the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, so please be considerate of others. Please help us by following our pool guidelines and listening to our lifeguards, who have a responsibility to prevent and respond to emergencies. Running, diving, horseplay, and inappropriate language or behavior is not acceptable.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures
What should my family do before coming to camp?

Health Check Expectations before arriving to camp

  • Self monitor health, temperatures and social connections for 14 days prior to attending camp.
  • Every family member should have their temperature checked before leaving for camp. If a family member has a fever, please do not attend this weekend.
  • If a family member has a fever, we cannot accept your family into program.
  • Staff will not work in program if they have a fever or are feeling ill.
     
Will there be extra health and safety measures in place during check in?

Health Check Protocol upon arrival at camp

  • Families will have designated check in times to arrive at camp so arrivals are staggered and congregation at the check in area is kept to a minimum. 
  • Each family will have their own pen and clip board with check in paperwork
  • During check in all staff will be required to wear masks and gloves. All participants 3 and older will be required to wear masks. 
  • A health check will be performed with every staff member and family member before entering camp.  Temperatures will be confidentially recorded before entry to the program. Each staff member and parent will be asked the questions below and we will provide a form to complete with signature (that also records temperature) as well as all regular waivers.

The following questions will be asked to each family at check in:

  • Do you live with anyone or have you had close contact (prolonged or coughed on, for example) with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
  • Do you have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath? A fever is 100.4 degrees for forehead thermometer, 99 degrees or higher with armpit thermometer or 99.5 with oral thermometer.
  • Any other signs of communicable illness such as a cold or flu?
  • If the answer is yes to any of the above questions we will ask you to please not attend this weekend.
     
What general procedures will be in place during a day at camp?

Health Check Monitoring Over the Course of Each Day

  • Parents and staff are expected to monitor all participants for signs of illness.
  • Illness - unable to participate in routine activities or need more care than staff can provide.
  • Fever with behavior changes, difficulty breathing, uncontrolled coughing, unusually tired, persistent crying, etc
  • Diarrhea (within 24 hours after)
  • Vomiting (within 24 hours after)
  • Open sores, rash, signs of infection, etc.
  • Runny nose with colored mucous.

We ask parents/guardians to agree to depart camp if a family member shows any symptoms during program. This statement will require a documented signature during check in. 

The following hand washing protocols will remain in place:

  • Upon Wake up 
  • Before meals 
  • After meals 
  • Between program activities 
  • End of Day-along with daily showers 

Sanitizing and cleaning 

  • All hard surfaces will be cleaned at least four times per day. Tables will be wiped down before and after use in the dining area and every program area.
Will my family have to wear a mask at camp?

All campers aged 3 and older will be required to wear face coverings during check in and most activity areas unless told otherwise by YMCA Camp Campbell program staff. Participants do not have to wear face coverings in their own cabin or when travelling around camp unless they are in close vicinity to another family household.

How will meals work?

Family Camp meals will be served family style. Meals are only served during designated meal times. Please only refill water bottles in your own designated family cabin.  Every family will have their own designated table ensuring social distance is maintained from other groups. Weather permitting meals will be eaten outside.

Cleaning/Sanitizing During Meals:  

  • At the conclusion of each meal, the area will be cleared and the tables and seats will be sanitized.  
  • All plates, cups, silverware, trays and serving utensils will be used by the same person or single serving disposable and will then be cleaned and sanitized in the dish room.  
  • After the areas are cleaned, campers will sanitize their hands as they exit the dining areas.  
     
Will activity and program areas be affected?

For the remainder of 2020 Family Camp programming will look a little different than in past years. Families will have allotted time slots for activities with a maximum of three families per activity to allow for social distancing. Each family’s allotted session time for specific activities will be highlighted on their program schedule. Where possible all activities will take place outdoors. For this reason Swenson and Sommer Lodges will be mostly closed to campers during Family Camp Weekends.

All campers aged 3 and older will be required to wear face coverings in most activity areas unless told otherwise by YMCA Camp Campbell program staff. Families will be asked to maintain at least 6 feet social distance between themselves and anyone from another household. Program materials will be sanitized between use and shared materials will be minimal. All program areas will be sanitized between uses.
 

What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 during a family camp/family rental weekend?

If we have a confirmed case of COVID 19 in our camp program, we will take the following steps: 

  • Notify families and staff of a confirmed/potential COVID-19 infection in the facility  
  • Protect personal identifiers of who had the confirmed case – we will not share names. 
  • We will share with you if your family has had close interaction with someone who has displayed symptoms. 

 
Infection Control Activities 

  • If the individual infected with COVID-19 spent time was in program and had close contact with others while ill, we will follow the guidance of the public health department. This may mean we will need to close the program for 14 days.
  • If there is a confirmed case, we will initiate a deep cleaning of the facility.