Camp Hammer

Get Ready for Summer Camp!

Arrival & Departure

Check-in begins at 5:00 p.m. on the first day of your camp (Sunday). Please do not arrive early! Travel time from downtown Santa Cruz to Camp Hammer is approximately 45 minutes, and from downtown San Jose it's approximately one hour (view and print a map and directions from here).

When you arrive, our staff will guide you to the registration area where you can meet your camper's counselor for the week. Our medical technician will also be on hand to discuss needs for your camper regarding allergies or medication. You can also visit the cabin where your camper will be staying for the week.

Camp concludes the following Saturday. Please arrive at 9:00 a.m. to pick up your camper. There will be no staff to supervise campers after this time.

What to bring to camp

Make sure you're prepared so that you can get the most out of your week here at Camp Hammer. Please bring the following items:

  • Bible
  • Notebook & pen
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow & pillowcase
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Towels & toiletries
  • One-piece swimsuit
  • Casual clothing for both warm and cool days
  • Spending money: $3—$6 per day

In addition, if you are a Jr. High camper, there is a themed banquet on Thursday night. This is a casual dinner that some of our campers choose to dress up for. If you do bring nicer clothes keep it practical for the camp setting.

Medical Release

ALL summer campers need to have a current Medical Release form on file. This is included in the online registration.

For legal reasons, Camp Hammer requires an official note from a physician giving authorization to dispense medicine to your camper. Only medications in their original containers may be administered.