Camper registration is now available!
We are monitoring the spread of COVID-19 closely and are working with local public health authorities to ensure we can safely run camp this summer. If a session you’ve registered for needs to be cancelled or postponed, we will contact you to offer a full reimbursement or to move your camper’s registration to another session (if available). Read more →
2020 Session Dates
Public availability may be limited for some sessions that are developed in conjunction with community organizations. Click here to see all open programs.
- June 21-27 (Session 1)
- June 27 – July 3 (Session 2)
- July 6-12 (Session 3: The Village Session)
- July 12-18 (Session 4)
- August 8-14 (Session 6)
Registration is online and may be completed from a phone, tablet, or computer. An email address is required and is used for communicating information about your session. (You can get a free email address from Gmail and many others.) An adult (18+) parent/guardian is also required to finalize enrollment.
In addition to basic information, the application also requires:
- Contact info for 2-3 emergency contacts
- Camper’s health history (including allergies and medications)
- Camper’s immunization record
- Camper’s health insurance and medical provider information
- Income information for everyone in the household
- Credit/debit card for payment (if applicable)
If you are missing any information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work with you to complete the application.
Here is a packing list for an 8-day/7-night session. You may want to adjust the quantities slightly depending on your session length. The temperature at camp can range from 40 degrees at night to over 90 degrees during the day.
- Sack lunch (for the first day)
- 7 pairs of underwear
- 7 pairs of socks
- 3-4 pairs of durable pants
- 3-4 pairs of shorts
- 7 t-shirts
- 1 jacket
- 2 sweatshirts/sweaters
- 1 swim suit
- 1 pair CLOSED TOE shoes
- 2 towels
- 1 water bottle
- 1 cheap/disposable camera (optional)
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Warm sleeping bag
- Medications in original packaging
- Unscented soap
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Comb, brush, or other hair care
- Unscented shampoo
- Unscented deodorant
- Bug spray
- Lip balm
Please limit yourself to 2 pieces of luggage per camper and label your bags and anything else that may get lost (e.g. water bottles, flashlights, etc.). Any medication will be distributed by our nurse. Epi-Pens, rescue inhalers, and any other emergency medication will kept near the camper at all times.
What not to bring. Know what your child is bringing! Any of these items may earn them an early trip home.
- Food or things that smell like food. Since we are in the forest, we are very careful about not attracting animals. Except for the first day’s sack lunch, any type of food or food-scented items are not allowed. Campers will have a chance to throw away any leftover food once they arrive.
- Weapons, fireworks, drugs, alcohol, controlled substances, tobacco, smoking/vaping products, matches, lighters, etc. Even if legal, these are not appropriate for our camp environment and some have the potential to cause forest fires.
- Toys. Small stuffed friends are okay, but there is enough activity going on each day that toys aren’t necessary and can be distracting.
- Video games, music players, cell phones, and other expensive items. These items take away from the camp experience and may be damaged by the active, outdoor nature of camp. Cell phones will be collected on the first day and stored safely until the end of the session.
- Markers or marking pens. Any supplies for arts & crafts or journaling activities will be available at camp.
- Revealing clothing, clothing with profanity, clothing with drug/alcohol references, etc. If a camper is seen wearing anything inappropriate, they will be asked to change. Appropriate dress helps us maintain a positive, encouraging environment at camp.
- Pets. Please contact us if the camper needs to bring a service animal so we can ensure the safety of the animal and the other campers.
Our direct cost per camper is over $600. However, through sponsorships, grants, and fundraising, we are able to lower the cost families pay. For open enrollment, the cost per camper is:
- $199 if qualified for free/reduced lunch
- $300 if not qualified
We ask all families to complete an income eligibility form as part of the registration process that will automatically determine your eligibility.
Campers with an active case with Los Angeles County DCFS may qualify for a full campership. Not available for campers living in FFAs or Group Homes. Limited to one campership per child per summer. (Pending DCFS Funding.)
UCLA UniCamp runs our programs at our campsite in the San Bernardino National Forest. Open enrollment sessions include bus transportation from Los Angeles to/from our campsite. Pickup locations are near UCLA.
Busses pick up campers around 9am on the first day of the session and drop off campers around 5pm on the last day.
Pickup times and locations vary slightly by session and will be confirmed with you over email after registration.
Can I send letters? Please drop off any letters (labeled with the camper’s name and date you’d like to give it to them) with UniCamp staff on the first day of camp. Small care packages are okay as long as they do not have food.
Can I contact my camper? If you have an emergency and need to get in contact with your camper, call us at 310-208-8252 ext 767 (easily remembered as 844-UNICAMP ext SOS). This number is only connected during our summer season. We will reach out to you directly if we have any questions or if there are any emergencies at camp. Since camper independence is one of our major outcomes (and in some cases can cause homesickness), we strongly discourage phone calls to campers.
What are the age requirements? Campers should be between 10 and 17 years old to participate in UCLA UniCamp.
What are the sleeping arrangements? Campers will sleep in a cabin with up to 9 other similarly-aged campers and 2 counselors of the same gender. Cabins are open air and have a bathroom and sink.
How are campers supervised? All UCLA UniCamp counselors are volunteers who go through four months of training and are overseen by more experienced counselors and UniCamp full-time staff. We follow the “rule of three” where campers are always with two or more people, at least one of whom must be an adult. We have an average supervision ratio of 3 campers to 1 counselor.