Session Dates, Fees and Discounts – Summer 2018

Tuition for all sessions includes meals, tent sleeping accommodations, instruction, and equipment. Campers must bring their own sleeping bag and personal items.

Program Price Dates
Age Requirement
One Week $1750 Session 1A: June 17 - June 23
Session 4A: July 29 - August 4
Age 8 - 17

Two Weeks

$3200 Session 1: June 17 - June 30
Session 2: July 1 - July 14
Session 3: July 15 - July 28
Session 4: July 29 - August 11
Age 8 - 17
Four Weeks $5800 Sessions 1 & 2: June 17 - July 14
Sessions 2 & 3: July 1 - July 28
Sessions 3 & 4: July 15 - August 11
Age 8 - 17
Counselor-in-Training (CIT) $3300 Session 1: June 17 - June 30 Age 14 - 17
Leader-in-Training (LIT) $6000 Sessions 2 & 3: July 1 - July 28 Age 15 - 17
Guide-in-Training (GIT) Contact Office June 17 - August 11
(by invitation only, limited space)
Age 16 - 17
Bus $65 One-way
(not available at end of one-week sessions)
Whitewater Raft Trip, One Day $130 Offered Sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4
(must be at least 85 lbs & 4'10" tall, with good swim skills; not available to one-week campers or LITs)


  1. Early Bird Discount: Enroll your camper by January 31 and take $200 off each two-week session and $100 off of a one-week session. Balance due must be paid in full by March 15 to use this discount. Not valid with any other discount or leadership programs.
  2. Multi-Session Discount: $300 off each two-week session when you enroll your camper for four weeks or more; this discount is already reflected in the four-week session fee shown above. Not valid with Early Bird Discount or leadership programs.
  3. Sibling Discount: After you've enrolled your first camper, take $50 off each session for any siblings also being enrolled. Not valid with Early Bird Discount.
  4. Special LIT Discount: Enroll your camper in the Leader-in-Training Program by February 28 and take $500 off the tuition fee. No other discounts apply.

Refund Policy:

Cancellations must be in writing and submitted to Deer Crossing Camp's Bay Area office. For cancellations received on or before May 1, all payments will be refunded, except the deposit amount. For cancellations received after May 1, 50% of all fees paid (including tuition, bus, raft trip) will be refunded. After May 31, no refunds will be made. To prevent possible loss of tuition due to unforeseen circumstances, we recommend that you purchase camp tuition insurance. This insurance is available as part of the camp application process or later through companies such as TravMark or AMSkier.

Tuition Insurance

To prevent possible loss of tuition due to unforeseen circumstances, we recommend that you purchase camp tuition insurance. This insurance is available as part of the camp application process or later through companies such as Travmark or AMSkier.

Camp Information Packet

After your camper is enrolled, a Camp Information Packet will be made available to you. The package will include:

For more information, contact the office.

Transportation To & From Camp

Bus arrival Loon Lake

The trip to and from camp is part of the fun. Campers ride a comfortable, chartered bus accompanied by camp instructors. It starts from Cupertino in Silicon Valley and makes stops in Concord and Sacramento before passing through the historic gold mining town of Placerville on its way to the High Sierra and Loon Lake. The trip takes approximately five hours from Cupertino, and gives campers the opportunity to relax, make new friends, find tent mates, and talk about their upcoming adventure together. When campers arrive at Loon Lake, they are met by staff and guided to camp on the Loon Lake trail. All gear is transported into camp by camp boats.

Return bus service is available at the end of each two-week session. One-week campers must arrange their own return transportation.

Parents may also provide their own transportation to Loon Lake, but campers benefit by sharing the bus experience with those whom they'll be spending the next few weeks with. Still thinking about driving to the lake yourself? Consider what our bus service offers:

  • Air conditioning; comfortable, plush, reclining seats; restroom; a movie (usually, but not guaranteed); lunch stop with fellow campers.
  • An opportunity to meet old-timers and friendly staff, to talk with other newcomers, to find a tent mate, and to begin feeling like a member of the camp community before arriving at camp.
  • Provides a gradual transition for your child from a familiar place and faces (home and parents) to an unfamiliar place and unfamiliar people (camp and new friends).

To reserve your camper's seat, check the transportation boxes on your enrollment application.

This year I’m a new timer. The very best part was that when I came, I knew nobody on the bus. In no time, I knew everyone’s names and personalities thanks to the variety of activities at DCC.

Sean Carpenter, California

Inside the camp bus


Driving Directions to Deer Crossing

Directions to Loon Lake From Sacramento:

  • Take Highway 50 east past Placerville and Pollock Pines.
  • Just after Highway 50 narrows to two lanes and crosses a bridge over the American River, turn left onto Ice House Road. A sign indicates that you are entering Crystal Basin Recreation Area.
  • Stay on Ice House Road for 24 miles and watch for
    a right turn with a sign that says “Loon Lake.” It is
    shortly after passing a small diversion dam on the left.
  • About 4 miles up the road, turn right at the sign that
    says, “Loon Lake Forest Service Campground.” The lake
    is not visible at this point.
  • Drive 1/4 mile to the Boat Ramp Parking Lot. It is a
    large, circular area with restrooms and paved boat ramp. If you are facing the boat ramp, you will see picnic tables to your right next to the lake.

Landmarks on Ice House Road:
(Approximate distances from Highway 50)
9 miles - Ice House Resort (gas, store, phone).
12 miles - Crystal Basin Information Chalet (phone).
21 miles - Crystal Basin Resort.
24 miles - Ice House Road/Wentworth Springs Road junction.
28 miles - Loon Lake Boat Ramp turnoff, then 1/4 mile
to meeting place for bus, staff, and campers.

Click here for photo driving directions

Click here for printable directions & map

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