Summer with Camp Stevens

Ages 8-18

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Whether at Counselor Training, on a wilderness trip, or during one of our legendary Adventure Sessions, summer with Camp Stevens is about laughing harder, singing louder and doing more than you ever thought possible.

Here’s some of what you can expect:

Adventure Group time

Small group challenges and adventures: The adventures that your group goes on together will never be recreated. As you have fun and make friends, you’ll also learn more about yourself, and probably impress yourself along the way.

Counselor and group

A staff that’s equal parts goofy and kind. Our staff is here because of you. They want to make your week at summer camp both fun and fulfilling, and they’ll work hard to make sure it happens. They’re also trained to pay attention to the little things, so if something’s not right, they can help fix it.

Hiking to the farm

A lot of time outdoors: When you’re not exploring with your group, cooking over a campfire, building rock sculptures, counting shooting stars, scaling the climbing wall, or doing tie-dye, you might be snacking on raspberries in the orchard, drawing with sidewalk chalk, or climbing the treehouse.

Smoothies during freetime

Delicious meals that happen to be healthy, and that can be customized for a variety of dietary needs (You’re gluten free? No problem!) Our campers’ favorite meals are macaroni and cheese, homemade pizza, and – of course! – pancakes.

Offering a 1:4 program staff to camper ratio, our program is camper-focused, eco-friendly, safe, affordable, and fun. It all adds up to one unforgettable summer. But don't just take our word for it: 100% of 2014's parent survey respondents said they would recommend Camp Stevens to a friend.

Register now to join us for an unforgettable summer.

 

2015 Summer Dates

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Which adventure will you join us for?

Counselor Training (Ages 16+): June 21-30
New! Epic: A Two-Week Adventure (Ages 12-15):July 12-25
Adventure Session 1 (Ages 8-15):July 5-11
Adventure Session 2 (Ages 8-15): July 12-18
Adventure Session 3 (Ages 8-15): July 19-25
Adventure Session 4 (Ages 8-15): July 26-August 1
International Odyssey (Ages 11-16): August 2-8
Sea Kayaking I (Ages 12-17): June 21-26 Spots available for girls only
Sea Kayaking II (Ages 12-17): June 28-July 3 Spots available for girls only
Rock Climbing (Ages 12-17): July 5-10
Backpacking Basics (Ages 12-17): July 19-24
Ten-Day Trek (Ages 13-18): July 26-August 4

Register now for an unforgettable summer.

 

Adventure Sessions

Ages 8-15

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Small group sunset Swimming during freetime

A lot of camps just focus on entertaining campers with a jam-packed schedule that shuttles them from one activity to the next. We think that kids deserve more than that: They deserve experiences that are fun AND meaningful. Our program is specifically designed to achieve that balance: Early in the week, your camper’s small group will focus on getting to know one another through silly games and challenging teambuilding activities. Our staff is trained to allow the group’s personality and interests help determine activities later in the week. As activities build on one another and challenges increase – so does the fun.

It’s a model we call Adventure, and we believe it so much, we named our summer camp sessions Adventure Sessions.

2015 Adventure Session Dates:

Adventure Session 1 (Ages 8-15): July 5-11
Adventure Session 2 (Ages 8-15): July 12-18
Adventure Session 3 (Ages 8-15): July 19-25
Adventure Session 4 (Ages 8-15): July 26-August 1

Pricing:

Camp Stevens offers three-tiered pricing. Pay the price that works best for your family. Every camper gets the same great summer camp experience, regardless of price paid. Additional financial assistance may be available through camperships.

Price A: $640
Price B: $590
Price C: $540

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Wilderness Adventure Trips

Ages 12-18

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You have no idea how much you’re capable of until you’ve been on a Wilderness Adventure Trip!

2015 Wilderness Adventure Trip Dates:

Sea Kayaking 1 (Ages 12-17): June 21-26
Sea Kayaking 2
(Ages 12-17): June 28-July 3
Rock Climbing
(Ages 12-17): July 5-10
Backpacking Basics
(Ages 12-17): July 19-24
Ten-Day Trek
(Ages 13-18): July 26-August 4

Wilderness Adventure Trips for Teens are an exciting, offsite part of our summer camp program. No experience is necessary: Experienced, caring, and qualified trip leaders take adventurers ages 12-18 to some of California’s most beautiful natural places. The program is designed to go beyond just guiding campers to actually teaching them real outdoor sport skills -- and it's all done with the Camp Stevens commitment to a warm and inclusive community. You’ll make friends, develop outdoor skills and self-confidence, and gain the memories of a lifetime. See for yourself: Visit our Facebook page to see photos of our 2014 adventures. Sessions will fill up: Register early to reserve your spot.

Pricing:

As with all of our summer programs, tiered pricing is available. Pricing varies by trip, and details are available in the specific trips' sections.

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Register for a Wilderness Adventure Trip?
Download the summer brochure?
Read more about the Wilderness Adventure Trips?
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Epic: A Two-Week Adventure

Ages 12-15

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NEW! Epic: A Two-Week Adventure
July 12-25, 2015

You asked, we're answering: In 2015, we're introducing a two-week summer camp session. This is the perfect chance for seasoned campers, age 12-15, to experience a whole new kind of adventure. The goal of this program is to offer older, experienced campers an even richer and deeper time at summer camp.

We are so excited about this new program! Here's what we know so far:

  • Space is extremely limited: Plan to register in early 2015.
  • This session will run parallel to Adventure Sessions 2 and 3.
  • Bus transportation to and from camp is available.
  • Pricing: As with all of our sessions, Epic has three pricing options: Pay what works best for your family: 
    • Price A: $1340
    • Price B: $1290
    • Price C: $1240
  • Prices include dedicated staff, all program (including outings), meals, and a t-shirt. There are discounts available for families sending more than one camper, and camperships available.

Register for Epic: A Two-Week Adventure now, or contact the office with any questions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 760/765.0028.

 

International Odyssey

Ages 11-16

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Ropes Course at Camp Stevens International Odyssey

International Odyssey (Ages 11-16): August 2-8, 2015

Campers ages 11-16 are invited to join us for a week International Odyssey -- summer camp kicked up a notch.

Together with campers from Japan, and exclusively for older campers, this final week of summer camp is our most popular session, taking the traditional fun of a Camp Stevens Adventure Session -- think overnights, feeding chickens, face painting, hiking, teambuilding games, baking cookies, swimming, garden exploration, archery, lawn games, crafts and delicious food -- to a whole new level.

During the week, you will probably have a chance to do the Ropes Course, and Tuesday is "Japan Day," which features a tea ceremony, calligraphy, origami, kendo demonstrations, delicious traditional food and much more.

International Odyssey is a beloved Camp Stevens tradition, going back over 35 years, and we invite you to be a part of it.

Pricing: As with all of our sessions, International Odyssey has three pricing options; pay what works best for your family. There are also discounts available for families sending more than one camper, or campers attending more than one session, as well as camperships available.

Price A: $640
Price B: $590
Price C: $540

Special Opportunity! Part of the cultural exchange experience for our Japanese campers includes staying with an American family for 2 days after their summer camp session. Open up your home as a homestay, and you can save $50 off a summer camp registration! Contact our office (760.765.0028 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for more information and to volunteer.

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Sea Kayaking

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Sea Kayaking (Ages 12-17)

Trip 1: June 21-26
Trip 2: June 28-July 3

These trips will sell out: Register now. These sessions are now full for boy campers. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be placed on the waiting list.

This trip has adventure written all over it! The 6-day program takes campers kayaking down the eastern shore of Catalina, one of the most beautiful islands in California. Traveling with a partner in a tandem kayak, campers will explore sea caves, fish-filled reefs, warm sandy beaches and inland hiking trails, all while learning to work together navigating the calm, protected coast. Each night the group will camp under the stars in private beach-side locations only accessible by boat.

Space is extremely limited, so register today to join in this exciting adventure!

Pricing:

As with all Camp Stevens summer programs, we offer three pricing options. Pay the price that works best for your family:

Price A: $690
Price B: $640
Price C: $590

Included in fee: The registration fee for Sea Kayaking includes transportation to and from stops in Escondido (McDonald's off the I‐15 Via Rancho Parkway Exit) and Corona (St. John's Episcopal Church). Details will be in your Session Letter.

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Download the summer camp & wilderness trip brochure?

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Look at wilderness trip photos?
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Rock Climbing

July 5-10

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Rock Climbing: July 5-10, 2015

Online registration is now open.

Push yourself during this climbing adventure! Starting at Camp Stevens, you'll experience the Ropes Course and 40-foot climbing wall, before heading to Big Bear, for a mixture of beginning and moderate rock climbing adventures. This six-day trip goes beyond the rock climbing basics, all while making friends, sleeping out under the stars, and having fun.

Pricing:

As with all Camp Stevens summer programs, we offer three pricing options. Pay the price that works best for your family:

Price A: $595
Price B: $545
Price C: $495

Would you like to:

Register for Rock Climbing?
Download the summer camp & wilderness trip brochure?

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Look at wilderness trip photos?
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Backpacking Basics

July 19-24

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Backpacking Basics (Ages 12-17): July 19-24, 2015

Online registration is now open.

You're invited to create awesome memories in the High Sierras! On this trip for beginning and experienced backpackers, we'll spend five days in the breathtakingly beautiful Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Experience the wilderness through swimming in lakes, exploring streams, fishing, and sleeping under the stars. We will set up basecamp and take short day hikes on most days, moving camp only a few times during the week. You'll learn the best ways to pack and carry gear, read a map and compass, use and maintain equipment, and cook in the out-of-doors - all while developing great friendships and having fun.

Pricing:

As with all Camp Stevens summer programs, we offer three pricing options. Pay the price that works best for your family:

Price A: $595
Price B: $545
Price C: $495

Additional financial assistance is available through camperships.

Would you like to:

Register for Backpacking Basics?
Download the summer camp & wilderness trip brochure?

Read parent & camper summer camp testimonials?
Look at wilderness trip photos?
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Ten-Day Trek

July 26-August 4

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Ten-Day Trek (Ages 13-18): July 26-August 4, 2015

Online registration is now open.

Are you ready for a challenge? This backpacking trip for beginning and experienced hikers takes teens through some of the most beautiful and varied high country in California.

Spend ten days exploring forests, meadows, lakes, and streams -- and creating amazing friendships and lifelong memories. The hikes are aggressive, moving to new places each day, setting up camp and exploring the new area. There will be opportunities to climb peaks, swim and fish in the lakes, keep a journal, explore streams, cook meals, stargaze, and create amazing memories.

As with all Camp Stevens summer programs, we offer three pricing options. Pay the price that works best for your family:

Price A: $640
Price B: $590
Price C: $540

Additional financial assistance is available through camperships.

Would you like to:

Register for the Ten-Day Trek?
Download the summer camp & wilderness trip brochure?

Read parent & camper summer camp testimonials?
Look at wilderness trip photos?
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Counselor Training

Ages 16 and up

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Counselor Training (Ages 16+): June 21-30, 2015

Online registration is now open.

Counselor Training (CT) is an intensive 10-day training session for individuals interested in developing leadership skills or becoming counselors at Camp Stevens. Through large group lessons, hands-on practice, and several rounds of feedback, attendees learn about program development, working with peers, group development, human relations, positive forms of communication, conflict resolution, effective listening, and much more.

Over ten days, Counselors-in-Training form a cohesive and supportive community of peers and develop amazing friendships. You'll learn and practice new leadership skills with teens and young adults from around the world.

We encourage attendees from all walks of life to join our summer community! Prior Camp Stevens attendance or experience is not necessary. Applicants should be eager to work with youth in the outdoors and excited to learn new skills.

Pricing:

As with all Camp Stevens summer programs, we offer three pricing options for this training opportunity:

Price A: $300
Price B: $250
Price C: $200

All participants must be at least 16 years old and have completed 10th grade. Admission requires an application and interview. Plan to register early, as space is extremely limited.

If you have completed Counselor Training, or worked at Camp Stevens in the past and are interested in counseling this summer, please complete this Counselor Availability Form.

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