Bear Valley Summer Day Camp high altitude fun since 2005
June 15 - August 7 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I pick up my child?

Children should be picked up promptly at 3:00 pm.  Pick up locations are posted on the weekly schedule.  It is recommended that parents carpool for off site pick up as these are sites that accommodate a limited number of vehicles.  Pick up sites include headquarters, Tamarack Lodge, Bear Lake, Lake Alpine, Utica Reservoir, the Stanislaus River Campground and other locations.  Make sure to check each day for the correct pick up location.  Parents must sign their child out with the senior counselor in charge unless otherwise stated in the registration form.

Where do I drop off my child?

Our headquarters is between the Perry Walther Building and the Library and is flexible due to other scheduling. Some days we will be off location.  We ask parents to meet at our headquarters and then carpool to the drop off location.  Meeting at headquarters allows us to decrease the number of vehicles heading to small sites that do no accommodate a large number of vehicles.  Campers may be dropped off between 8:45-9:00 am and must be signed in by the parent with the senior counselor in charge unless stated otherwise in the registration form.

Where is Bear Valley Summer Day Camp Headquarters?

Bear Valley Summer Day Camp Headquarters are located in the area of the Bear Valley Library, Bear Valley Playground and the Perry Walther Building.  Due to various events in the summer we adjust the morning meeting spot but you will always find us in this general area.

What should my child wear to camp?

  • Appropriate clothing for an active day that allows your child to climb, ride bikes and have fun in the mountains!
  • Wear appropriate shoes (closed-toed sandals or tennis shoes)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat & sunglasses (optional, but recommended)

My six-year old is very precocious? Can he/she attend Grizzly Camp?

Each camp group is geared and paced towards the stated age group.  If your child would like to step up or down to a different age group, we encourage you to talk with us about that request.  If they are happier and succeeding in a different age group, we are happy, too.

What should my child refrain from bringing to camp?

Your child should not bring a cell phone, iPod or personal gaming system to day camp and refrain from bringing items of value that could be lost or damaged. Flip-flops are not allowed at camp.

What should my child bring to camp?

Your child should bring:

  • a backpack
  • water bottle
  • lunch, snacks
  • sunscreen
  • any necessary medications (to be held by counselor)
  • a bathing suit
  • personal flotation device
  • towel
  • change of clothes *water shoes for river days *sneakers *an extra layer
It's also a good idea to check the announcement board for each day's activity to see whether or not other items are necessary. For example, if mountain biking is one of the afternoon skills and your child wants to participate... bring his or her bike.

Do you offer extended care?

We think you will find the camp day is full and your child quite tired by 3pm.  If you need additional time, you may wish to contact the counselors directly for private childcare.

Are there any pre-requisites to attend camp?

For Cub Camp, all children are required to be potty trained. For all campers... a good attitude, commitment to our camper behavior contract & willingness to have fun are required!