Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's for our summer sessions....

How is my student transported to camp?

Parents can drive their student to and from camp, or utilize the available shuttle that departs and returns from the East Bay for our Northern California camp and a location TBD in Southern California for our camp in the south . Details for the shuttle will be provided at the time of registration. If a student drives themselves to camp, they will be required to turn over the car keys to the Camp Director for the duration of the session.

Are parents invited?

A polite no—though parents are welcome to stay locally for the duration of the session if that is more convenient for them. Cal Alumni Association's Pinecrest Chalet is just up the road for the Camp Sylvester location—call 209.965.3276 to make a reservation.

For our Miles High Pines Camp, The City of Redlands is about a 40 minute drive from camp and accomodations are plentiful.

What are the accommodations?

Accommodations at both camps are simple but cozy. All cabins are same-sex accommodations and are heated. Restrooms are located in a separate building.

Campers will need to provide their own linens (sheets/blankets/sleeping bag/towel) and hygiene products. Mattresses are twin size. Attendees may request cabin mates during registration.

Both camps are located on Federal Land and operate under a Special Use Permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

Will there be adults sleeping in each cabin?

There will be at least one adult chaperone staying in very close proximity to the students’ cabins and supervising after-class activities. Overnight security staff will be on-site and awake to supervise from 10pm to 6am.

Will students have breaks from academic sessions to enjoy the mountain air?

Yes, there will be time allotted for your student to be outside and participate in some fun outdoor programming.

Is this program really going to be both fun and beneficial to my student?

We will offer invaluable direction to our attendees. It is our number one goal to provide—in a fun and spirited environment—the tools necessary to conduct a successful college search, to present SAT/ACT test strategies, to understand scholarship and financial aid applications, and to complete the personal statement, among other key themes.

What is the cancellation policy?

You may cancel with a full refund up to 60 days prior to your camp date.  If you cancel between 30 and 60 days you will incur a $150 cancellation fee.  No refunds for cancellations within 30 days of camp.