4-H Camp McCandless
2019 Camper applications open!
Dear 4-H families,
The Monterey County 4-H camp applications are now open! Known as Camp McCandless, this has been a tradition for 4-Hers for years. Now held at the Camp MayMac location in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this 5 day summer camp is filled with 4-H fun.
We will take camper applications on a first-come-first-serve basis using a 4-H online registration. When we reach our limit of 100 campers - a wait list will be created and managed by our committee. Campers must be enrolled and nine years old by December 31st, 2018.
Families are to complete the online registration found here: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=27060
A full payment of $300 is expected along with a signed Youth Treatment Authorization (medical release) form within one week of completing the online application or the application will be moved to the bottom of the list. The additional Supplemental Health Form must be filled out as well. camp supplemental health form 2019
This payment is to be sent to: 4-H program, 1432 Abbott St, Salinas, CA 93901. Check should be made payable to the Monterey 4-H Camp. Or, full payments can be taken at the 4-H office counter between the hours of 9am – 4:30pm.
This Camp Program is only partially supported by the 4-H Council and, the camp committee has to invest in the location upfront. We are operating on very little funds. Please consider helping us find company donations to offset costs. See our donation letter on the 4-H camp page. We encourage clubs to provide scholarship money to help campers or counselors offset their fees.
The Camp McCandless committee meets every month as listed on the Monterey County 4-H website and we invite all parents or certified adult volunteers in the 4-H program to come and work towards finding long term funding and ways to build our adult volunteer support team and other camp programming ideas. Together we can continue to build a strong youth camping program and find the financial support we need.
In addition, our volunteer nurses remind you as parents that ALL medications your member(s) take must be logged into the medical field in their 4honline registration. This is how they cross refence what you member needs as part of the camp application process. Members who are sent to camp without prescribed medications will be sent home and we cannot offer a refund.
If this is your camper’s first year, we are working with our teen counselors each month to prepare them for their role as leader. We will be holding a Camp Information Night on Monday, March 25th, 2019. Meeting will be at 5:30pm and take place at the Lutheran Church on Blanco St in Salinas. For more information, contact the 4-H county offices at lhofmannlurz@ucanr,edu.
Michael & Stefanie Burgess, Co-Camp Directors Rod Ichikawa, Co-Camp Director
Camp Director application for 2020
January 6th, 2019
Dear Monterey County 4-H families and volunteers,
With the New Year marks the beginning of our committee planning process for our annual 4-H Camp McCandless 2019. Our first camp committee planning meeting will take place on Monday, January 28th at 6:00pm at 1230 Luther Way, Our Savior Lutheran Church in Salinas.
This year marks the need to revitalize our Camp Planning Committee with more and new(er) volunteers. For the Burgess family, June 2019 marks the graduation of our daughter Alex. We were honored to be accepted the role of Monterey County Camp Directors for the last eight years. However, we will “retire” from this position after the 2019 camp. Our long time Co-director Rod Ichikawa will stay on.
The Camp Director is a volunteer position that is applied for and accepted through the 4-H office with input from the Camp Committee. The complete volunteer job description can be found on the Monterey County 4-H website.
Interested adults are encouraged to apply now through March 2019. The new director(s) will assume responsibility for the planning and implementation of the 2020 camp, and will be expected to participate in the remaining 2019 camp planning meetings, as well as attend camp, full time, in 2019. The position could be shared by two people.
There are a variety of other camp adult volunteer positions that should support new Camp Directors. These include:
Camp Adult Volunteer Coordinator
Camp Enrollment Coordinator
Camp supplies, inventory & purchasing
Marketing and fundraising (tee shirts)
Medical and Emergency Response Team
We welcome your volunteer participation and continued support of the Monterey County 4-H summer camp. Please share the Camp Director position widely in and outside of your 4-H club to help us find a suitable candidate(s). Please consider any of the other support positions listed above as well.
We believe we have found a forever home for 4-H camp at Camp MayMac, located near Scotts Valley. This camp features a full kitchen, swimming pool, basketball and volleyball courts, hiking trails and cabins and much more. This year’s contracts are already in place as well as the teen counselors who have been selected to take on their leadership role in running camp.
Click to see the Camp Director Position
Michael & Stefanie Burgess
4-H Camp McCandless Co Directors
4-H Adult Volunteers Our applications are now posted online.
Thank you for your interest!
Welcome Letter & Brochure
Camper Brochure - please read carefully and help your member pack accordingly.
Our summer camp program has standards that are to be followed. Parents and interested adult volunteers are encouraged to be informed on how an engaging and safe 4-H camp is put together.
Contact the 4-H offices if you have ideas, questions or ways we can improve the 4-H camp experience.