Fill out the 2014 BYB Registration Form completely for each camper. The registration form must be completed per camper for each camp you plan to attend. Limited financial assistance is available, so if applying for Camperships, note that on your form and enclose deposit.
After you register, you will receive a parent handbook. This handbook will contain program details, what to wear, what to bring, drop off and pick up procedures, and a lot of other important information.
Each week offers a variety of activities to ensure an engaging program for campers with multiple interests. Each day and week will bring new activities based on the weekly theme. No 2 days are ever the same. Some of our more popular activities include:
Please visit our schedule page to see example weekly and daily schedules.
Please make sure your child is wearing closed-toe shoes, socks, t-shirt, and shorts or long pants everyday of camp. (Roller shoes are not allowed.) If your child arrives without closed toed shoes they will either be sent home, or a parent will be required to bring proper footwear. Sandals should never be worn at camp, including water days, beach days, and other field trips.
We ask that you send your child with sunscreen protection already applied. We advise parents to bring an extra change of clothes. Campers should bring a sack lunch Tuesday – Friday. Please do not bring any of the items that are listed on the camp conduct code.
Campers are organized by similar grade/age level in co-ed groups of up to 20 campers each day. Each group is supervised by 2 college age counselors.
Campers are supervised based on the following camper to staff ratios:
Specialized activities in camp have different requirements often involving a larger number of staff to campers for more in depth supervision.
You may request that your child be placed in a group with his/her friends if they are close in age/grade level. Friend requests are not guaranteed, but every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate requests.
You used to be Camp Fire Girls do you have to be a member and is camp only available for girls?
Camp Fire programs are open to youth, without regard to membership, ethnicity, gender, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, economic status, or mental/physical disabilities.
Backyard Bunch’s male to female ratio for Summer 2013 was as follows:
All campers begin their activity rotation schedules at 9 am and we ask that parents sign their child in before this time. If your child needs to arrive after 9am please let us know so we can arrange to have someone escort your child to their activity area. Please understand that if your child consistently arrives late to camp you may need to escort your child to their activity area.
The regular camp hours are 8:30-3:30.We give all parents a 30 minute leeway for drop off and pick-up. If your camper is dropped off or picked up beyond that 30 minute leeway you may be charged a $30 extended camp fee.
Campers signed up for the Adventure Camp or Beach Cruisers option should arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time on trip days to avoid missing the bus. The departure time for each trip can be found on the weekly camp calendar.
Campers need to be sent with a sack lunch Tuesday-Friday. Please do not send you child with a lunch that needs to be refrigerated or warmed. On Mondays we cook lunch over the fire where all food and drinks are provided.
A daily afternoon snack is provided at 3pm.
Many people often think we are limited when cooking over the fire but we actually have quite a large list of menus that we choose from. A menu of what we are cooking is available on the Friday prior to Monday cooking. Monday lunches consist of a healthy appetizer, main course, fruits or vegetables, and a small dessert item.
Here is a short list of some of the main dish menu items we cook:
Mock Tacos (Camp nachos)
Chicken stir fry
Spaghetti and meatballs
Shiwaka Stew (Meat and veggie stew)
Campers with food allergies or that are picky are welcome to bring their own lunch on Mondays and daily afternoon snack. A menu of what we are cooking is available on the Friday prior to Monday cooking so you can determine if your child will be willing/able to eat the provided cookout lunch.
We do ask that you encourage your child to try new menu items if they are picky. Camp is founded on trying new things and food is no exception. Who knows they may even discover a new dish they love.
During registration we require a health history form to be on file prior to your child starting camp. This allows the camps administrators to be aware of your child’s needs and to share information about healthcare needs with your child’s counselor. All of our counselors are trained in first aid and CPR. We provide additional training on many aspects of routine and emergency healthcare, including Epi-Pen administration.
All prescription medication brought into camp must be either in the original prescription container or accompanied by written orders, signed by a physician. All medications that your child needs must be turned in to camp staff at check-in and a medication release form must be completed. Bee sting kits, food allergy kits and asthma inhalers should be kept with camper at all times or stored with the Camp Director in the first aid area.
While our camp is not specifically designed to accommodate special needs, many kids with a variety of special needs have enjoyed our program. If you are not sure if our camps are right for you, please feel free to contact the Camp Director. Camper aides are welcome, but we require all aides who attend camp complete a background check before camp begins.
If you can answer yes about your child to the following questions, then it is likely your child can be successful in camp:
Scholarship aid is available for qualifying families thanks to the generosity of private donors. Download the 2014 Campership Application or call the office at 562 421-2725.
Do you offer a multi-child discount?
Unfortunately at this time we do not offer a sibling/multi-child discount.
My child is signed up for the short week option what 3 days can they attend?
Your child can attend any 3 days that you choose. We just ask that you inform the Camp what days you will be attending so we can staff accordingly.
Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. In cases of homesickness, dismissal, or voluntary withdrawal (due to cancellation or no-show), you may be issued a refund less the deposit at the discretion of the agency. Any request for a refund must include the special circumstances and be submitted in writing.
Is Backyard Bunch Accredited? What does being accredited mean?
Yes Backyard Bunch is accredited thru the American Camp Association. The American Camp Association is the leader in the camp industry, setting the highest standards. ACA Accreditation means that the camp has undergone a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. ACA collaborates with acknowledged experts to assure that current camp practices reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.
http://www.campparents.org/funsafety. Click here to learn more about ACA accreditation
Call 562.421.2725 or click to download camp registration forms
Please explore our website where you can learn a lot more about our summer camp. You can also schedule a tour of the facility led by a Camp Fire staff member. You can always email or call us at (562) 421-2725 with any other questions or concerns.