Signs Of Hope Camp

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Signs Of Hope Camp

August 2, 2021 - August 6, 2021

Signs of Hope Camp is an overnight summer camp at Mission Springs’ Frontier Ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains for foster children 7-11 years of age. Our faith-based program emphasizes wholesome exercise and the building of positive memories.  Each day will include a host of exciting activities including swimming, ropes courses, bible club activities, and much more, with a very low ratio of campers to counselors.  Children will be encouraged at every turn to exhibit good attitudes toward their family and peers while having as much fun as possible!

Camp is free to foster children residing in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and the surrounding areas as volunteer counselors raise each child’s camp fees. A social worker consent form is required to be filled out. Please be sure to check your child’s 2021-2022 School Calendar to ensure the dates do not conflict!

How to sign up your child to attend:

  1.  Submit a Camper Application for each child you wish to sign up for Signs Of Hope Camp.
  2. You will be sent an automated email confirming your camper application submission. In this email you will recieve two documents. The first is a Social Worker Concent Form and a Waiver and Liability Form. (Both forms are listed below as well)
  3. Send the Social Worker Consent Form to your child’s social worker with instructions to mail or email it back to Judy Holmes.
  4. Fill out the Waiver and Liability Form as the primary caregiver and mail or email it back to Judy Holmes.

Social Worker Consent Form

Waiver and Liability Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Signs of Hope Camp is a program of Help One Child hosted at Mission Springs’ Frontier Ranch, both of which are Christian organizations, however, no child will be excluded due to religious preferences.

Yes!  Please download the social worker consent form, or forward them the link.  You may also have them contact Judy Holmes directly if they have any additional questions about Signs of Hope Camp, or Help One Child.

Social Worker Consent Form

Your child will need to be prepared for the warm summer days as well as the chilly nights in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Please be sure to pack good outdoor closed-toed shoes and a warm sleeping bag. Download the What To Bring Checklist to ensure that your child is well equipped for camp.

Every year we partner with churches in the community to provide a camper welcome bag to each and every camper. This drawstring backpack consists of all new items: warm PJ’s, a swimsuit, towel, sweatshirt, and a camp t-shirt.

What To Bring Checklist

The entire program costs roughly $60,000. Thanks to the generosity of our counselors and supporters, camp is FREE for all campers to attend. If you would like to donate to your camper’s scholarship fund or ask your church to partner in scholarshiping campers please donate on behalf of Signs Of Hope Camp.

Donate to Signs Of Hope Camp

Camp Finance Breakdown

Signs of Hope Camp is a week-long, overnight camp.  We try our best to provide the caregivers with the full amount of respite possible. We also focus on building trust and community within the campers and that is best done if the children stay the entire time.

We also reserve the right to send campers home if they are sick or putting other campers at risk during their stay. Sending campers home is our last resort, but in order to keep Signs of Hope Camp a safe and comfortable place, we have a zero fighting policy. Fighting will result in a phone call to the caregiver and the removal of the camper.

We ask that you provide as much description and detail on the camper application as possible. Please contact Judy Holmes directly to explain the nature of your child’s needs and we will work with you to determine proper accommodation.

Yes!  We invite you to participate in any of our other programs before camp to meet our staff and some of our volunteers. Many of our staff are working remotely but call the office to see if you can schedule a visit to meet staff.

We also encourage you and your kiddos to attend the camp reunion on August 22, 2021, to meet the counselors, staff, and volunteers who made camp possible!

Traditionally, we provide a chartered bus for the campers to and from camp. This year, due to COVID restrictions, we will be unable to provide transportation to and from camp. You will be responsible for getting your child(ren) to camp on Monday between 2:00-3:30, and picking them up on Friday between 10:00 am-11:00 am.

Help One Child and Mission Springs staff are committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment for our campers, families, and staff. We have established COVID-19 protocols and guidelines based on Santa Cruz County and CDC guidelines.

Here are some of the safety protocols that you can expect:

  • Camper, counselor, and volunteers will submit a health screening and temperature checks will be required at camper drop-off, as well as daily temperature checks.
  • Parents/Guardians will need to remain in cars during camper drop-off and pick-up.
  • Six campers per cabin will allow for proper distancing while sleeping.
  • Campers will be part of a stable group or pod that they will move around camp with.
  • Face masks and social distancing protocols will be required.
  • Frequent hand-washing and extra sanitation steps will be part of our daily schedule.
  • For everyone’s safety: If your camper is feeling sick or had possible contact with someone who is sick prior to your week at camp, please do not send them.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Help One Child.

For more information, please contact:

Judy Holmes, Director of Support Services
(650) 917-1210


August 2, 2021
August 6, 2021
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Mission Springs Frontier Ranch
1050 Lockhart Gulch Road
Scotts Valley, CA 95066 United States
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