Daybreak Camp is a Christian camp located on 185 acres of beautiful redwood forest, towering oak groves, and open prairie. We are located in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains in the town of Felton, 8 miles from Santa Cruz and the Pacific Ocean.
The original 70 acres of redwood forest was purchased from the Hewlett Packard Corporation in 1969 by a group of committed Christians looking for a place to start a mountain camp experience for the youth and families of their churches. Today we host more than 30 guest groups and 4 of our own programs for youth and families.
The focus of our camp program is to create experiential learning opportunities to encourage a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and build faith. We utilize volunteers in virtually all positions during our programs. With this model we are able to provide a very high quality program at a very affordable price.
Our focus as a rental facility is our unique “Do-it-Yourself” model. Our guest groups provide their own food service, program, and cleaning staff. This enables us to provide a quality facility for your camp or retreat at a very reasonable price. Each group has exclusive use of our facility including a commercial kitchen, pool, cabins, large lawn areas, and hiking trails.
We glorify God by encouraging a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through camping ministry.
Frequently asked questions
Our camp program model reflects the original traditions of Christian camping. Our programs are staffed with volunteers from the families and churches of our campers. When one volunteers, they have the opportunity to thrive in God’s beautiful creation, being together, away from the distractions of daily life, and providing leadership, mentorship and friendship to a viable camp community.
The care and safety of our campers matter greatly to us. One of the best practices to ensure their safety is to become knowledgeable and trained in all areas of camp safety. All staff and employees of Daybreak Camp MUST complete the MinistrySafe Safety System and CPR/First Aid training prior to volunteering.
Parents of Campers – you are Daybreak Camp! What a blessed way to spend one week, a true investment in children, your child, yourself and others. There are so many volunteer jobs to fill during a week of camp and we need you! (Link to Volunteer PDF or Page)
At Daybreak Camp we are concerned about the safety of campers with food allergies. On our registration website you will be able to list your camper’s allergies to food, medications, etc. Prior to the start of camp our administrative staff will provide reports to our kitchen staff and nurses regarding the allergies of all campers.
Our Kitchen staff will make every reasonable accommodation for your camper.
The safety of each camper is of upmost importance to us. A full-time adult Health Supervisor (physician, registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse) or a person who is trained in accordance with section 1596-866 of the Health and Safety Code (not an EMT) is charged with health supervision at camp.
At camper registration all medications are checked in with the nurse. This ensures that campers do not have access to mediation that has not been prescribed to them. Inhalers and epi pens are allowed in the cabin with campers.
In case of an emergency, Daybreak Camp is located in close proximity to Emergency Services and Dominican Hospital.
Parents, your trust in us to provide the best possible camp experience for your camper is something we take very seriously. We strongly encourage friends and family not to visit campers and staff during camp; visiting can be extremely disruptive to the entire camp.
Please protect “Camp Time” by not scheduling medical appointments, sports activities, etc. during your child’s week of camp. Your camper will enjoy receiving emails and notes from you.
What To bring
- Modest casual/play clothing, jacket, socks, shoes, shorts, under clothing
- Towels, washcloths, soap, shampoo, comb, brush, toothbrush, toothpaste
- Bible, insect repellent, water bottle, flashlight
- Sleeping bag, pillow
- One white tee shirt to decorate
- Modest swimsuit, pool towel, sunblock
For the safety of the camper closed toe shoes must be worn at all times. The exception to this rule is to and from the pool during swim time.
What Not to bring
Money, cell phones, firearms, fireworks, knives, matches, lighters, any intoxicants or controlled substances, or food items for cabins.
Have questions? Please drop us a line and we will get back to you!