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FREE and Inexpensive Summer Camps for CASA Youth

If you find a camp on or off this list that your child is interested in, contact the camp directly and see if they have full or partial scholarships for low-income families or at-risk youth. Make sure you get whatever forms you need and work with the child’s caregiver to get the child registered. If there is a cost, talk to your Advocate Supervisor about if the CASA Children’s Fund can pay for the camp.

Day camp: Camp that usually runs during the day, the child spends the night at home.

Overnight camp: child spends the day and sleeps at the camp at night. Some camps for a weekend, some for longer.

PricePartial and full scholarships available

Camp NameLive Earth Camp


Ages3 to 12 years, depending on the camp

Type of CampDay camp

More informationThey have Farm Camp, Art on the Farm Camp, Farm to Table Camp and Sprouts Camp. More information available at

Contact InfoJessica Ridgeway at 831-728-2032,

PriceFREE for all

Camp NameCamp Erin

LocationMount Hermon

Ages6 to 17 years

Type of CampWeekend camp

More informationCamp Erin is a FREE, weekend long grief support camp that is designed to help children and teenagers ages 6-17, who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Camp will be held October 9-11, 2015.

Contact InfoCindi Gray at (831) 430-3039

PriceFull Day Weekly: $140, Half Day Weekly: $80 no field trip/$105 with field trip, Scholarships are available

Camp NameCamp WOW


Ages5 to 12 years

Type of CampDay camp

More informationDay camp run through the City of Watsonville. Have scholarships for low-income families.

Contact InfoFor more information, call 831-768-3240.

PriceCASA will pay camp cost of $225

Camp NameCamp Unalayee

LocationWilderness summer camp situated on 400 private acres in the heart of Northern California’s Trinity Alps.

Ages10 to 17 years

Type of CampOvernight camping trips

More information As a wilderness summer camp, Unalayee is proud to have introduced thousands of kids to backcountry living while maintaining an impeccable safety record. Kids in our summer camp programs learn about themselves as they learn to live in the wilderness. The rugged terrain of the Trinity Alps provides a challenging and dramatic backdrop for wilderness adventure.

Contact InfoFor more information, contact  Sarah Camp, Director of Camp Unalayee (650) 308 – 4453

PriceRegular Price is $300/week. Discounted price for CASA Youth is $100/week.

Camp NameLizzy Fowler’s Adventure Camps

LocationCircle Church 111 Errett Circle Santa Cruz is the home base, but the camps involve a lot of field trips.  Other locations include Henry Cowell Park, Santa Cruz Main Beach, Delaveaga Park, Natural Bridges State Park, Neary Lagoon, Santa Cruz Natural History Museum, and Harvey West Park.

AgesDifferent camps for ages 7 to 13 years

Type of CampDay camp

More informationCamps are designed to expose children to a variety of activities in Santa Cruz, and build the confidence of each child in a supportive and empowering environment.  Teamwork, Fun, and Respect are important themes throughout our activities.

Contact InfoContact Liz to register at

PriceScholarships available through the Kay Trust (application available on website). Camps range between $75 up to $200 a week.

Camp NameKruz Kidz Kay Trust website:

LocationTwin Lakes Church, 2701 Cabrillo College Drive in Aptos with field trips to local beaches, etc.

Ages6 to 11 years

Type of CampDay camp

More informationKruz Kidz offers five weeks of Adventure Camps and four weeks of Discovery Camps for campers entering 1st through 6th grade. (Surf and computer discovery camps are  available for those in 7th grade.) Fun skits, field trips, and Wacky Wednesdays during Adventure weeks, or for Discovery weeks with 23 different camps to choose from, from sports, cooking, dance, art, science and more! They also offer a Junior Counselor camp for campers entering 7th-9th grade.

Contact InfoYolanda at 465-3359 or

PriceScholarship available. Contact your Advocate Supervisor.

Camp NameRichard Schmidt Surfing School

LocationSanta Cruz

Ages10 years old and up

Type of CampOvernight camp

More informationSanta Cruz surf spots; overnight at KOA camp is a weeklong, Sunday evening-Friday evening

Contact Phone: (831) 423-0928 

PriceScholarships available through the Kay Trust (application available on website).

Camp NameCamp Hammer Kay Trust website:

LocationBoulder Creek

AgesUp to 17 years

Type of CampOvernight camp

More informationChristian Camp – Recreational

Contact Info(831)338-3200 Email: 

PriceFREE for all

Camp NameCamp Opportunity

LocationSanta Cruz

Ages8 to 13 years

Type of Camp6 days and 5 nights, overnight camp

More informationCamp Opportunity is a residential camp for children at risk of abuse or neglect and is located in Santa Cruz, California. Many of the campers currently live or have lived in foster care, and all come from families facing serious issues. For six days and five nights, campers enjoy a wide variety of activities amongst the redwoods, such as swimming, hiking, soccer, archery, arts and crafts, photography, and much more.  Campers also participate in a unique skills building class, designed to increase self-esteem, teach problem solving skills and encourage self-expression   Evening activities include an all camp Capture the Flag game and performances by such favorites as the Bubble Man. And every night ends with a campfire, skits and an energetic song session.

Contact InfoTo get your child into Camp Opportunity, contact your social worker.

Other places to check annually for camps for youth include:

The Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce at

The Watsonville YMCA at

For a comprehensive list of summer camps in Santa Cruz County, go here:

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