Signs Of Hope Camp
August 9 - August 12
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 2020-2021 School Calendar to ensure the dates do not conflict!
How to sign up your child to attend:
- Submit a Camper Application for each child you wish to sign up for Signs Of Hope Camp.
- 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)
- Send the Social Worker Consent Form to your child’s social worker with instructions to mail or email it back to Judy Holmes.
- Fill out the Waiver and Liability Form as the primary caregiver and mail or email it back to Judy Holmes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Signs of Hope Camps is a program of Help One Child and Mission Springs’ Frontier Ranch, which are both Christian organizations, however no child will be excluded due to religious preferences.
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 sleepingbag. Download the What To Bring Checklist to ensure that your child is well equipt 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 tshirt.
The entire program costs a little over $60,000 in total. Thanks to the generosity of our counselors and supporters, camp is FREE for all campers to attend. If you wold like to donate to your campers scholarship fund, or ask your church to partner in scholarshiping campers please donate on behalf of Signs Of Hope Camp.
Signs of Hope Camp is a week-long, residential 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. This year (2020) we understand that there are conflicts with the first day of school. If you choose to pick up your child from camp the evening before the first day of school, of course you are more than welcome to do so!
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 phonecall 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. You are always more than welcome to stop by our office to meet the staff.
We also encourge you and your kiddos to attend the camp reunion on August 23, 2020 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 the timing of camp, we will be hosting registration at Frontier Ranch. Please contact Judy if you are in need of help for transportation.