If you’re making the drive from out of town, consider staying overnight in the San Bernardino Mountains and making the most out of your visit! Pali Camp is only a short 10 minute drive from Lake Arrowhead where you will find shopping, dining, hiking, boating and other outdoor activities. Check out our recommended accommodations section on this page for a list of nearby cabins & hotels.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat consider these local eateries:
Pali Adventures is open to kids who are between the ages of 8 and 16 during the time they attend camp. Please call us regarding younger kids if you feel they are ready for camp.
Pali Mountain is located between 65-95 miles from Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties. Parents have the option of driving their campers to camp, taking advantage of our charter bus service, or using one of our two local airports, either at LAX or Ontario.
Pali Adventures offers a charter bus service from the Federal Building, in Los Angeles, just off Wilshire Blvd., the South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa), and The Container Store at Fashion Valley Mall (San Diego): Buses depart from location to camp on Sundays. (Early - Mid morning. Times and locations will be confirmed by email the week prior to departure) Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in. Buses will return to the same location on Saturdays at 12:00 noon.
The price for transportation is $50 one-way or $100 round trip.
Ontario Airport and LAX Pali offers airport service on check-in and check-out days. Ontario is the preferred airport since it's the closest to the camp and requires a shorter trip than LAX. The price for transportation from the Ontario Airport is $50 one-way or $100 round trip. The price for transportation from LAX is $120 one- way or $240 round-trip.
We meet over 250 standards in health, safety, staffing, training and transportation. Pali Overnight Adventures is an accredited camp certified by the American Camping Association. The Accreditation process requires camps to meet strict standards set for site and food service, transportation, healthcare, operational management, human resources and program standards.
In addition, Pali Adventures is responsible for meeting all state and local laws governing the operation of pools, dining facilities, living accommodations and the Organized Camp Regulations.
Payment is due in full at the time of enrollment.
Parents are expected to evaluate their 8 to 16 year old prior to enrollment. Your child must be ready to be away from home for the duration of their session with no parent contact, with the exception of written letters. Mild homesickness is natural and our staff will be ready with hugs and advice. With that in mind, parents should think carefully before sending campers who have limited experience away from home or who are not excited about participating in camp, as there are no refunds for campers unable to stay for the duration of their session. We expect campers to arrive with a positive attitude - ready to make new friends and learn new skills. We'll be waiting for them with open arms, fun activities and great food!
Each cabin houses up to ten campers and two staff members. The accommodations include solid wood built-in bunks, radiant floor heating, full bathroom and shower facilities, and an unlimited supply of pure mountain spring water!
Camp runs weekly in June, July and August. View our upcoming dates below.
|Session 1||June 17th - June 23rd|
|Session 2||June 24th - June 30th|
|Session 3||July 1st - July 7th|
|Session 4||July 8th - July 21st|
|Session 5||July 22nd - July 28th|
|Session 6||July 29th - August 4th|
|Session 7||August 5th - August 11th|
|Session 8||August 12th - August 18th|
The Pali Portal is your hub of information leading up to camp. It will be used to communicate with you and collect all of your necessary information via our paperless Parent Pack. The Portal is also your home base during your camper's time at Pali. You'll use it to view daily photos of your camper, send one-way messages and care packages, and view the session video at the end of the week. We suggest getting it all set up now to avoid experiencing any delay in accessing photos of your camper when camp begins.
If your child is attending sleepaway camp for the first time there are several things you can do to help make the transition as smooth as possible. Consider planning a visit to Pali Camp to check out the grounds & accommodations. If you plan to make an overnight trip there are several nearby hotels & cabins.
You can also help your child prepare for camp by allowing him/her to sleepover at another friend’s house or by visiting relatives for a few days. Many children are unfamiliar with cohabitation so it’s useful to simulate a situation in which your child is sharing a room and explain the importance of keeping your space tidy. Allowing your child to partake in grocery shopping, making the bed, organizing, and packing their camp trunk can help them feel prepared.
It’s also a good idea to explain how you will be communicating with your child while they’re away. Pali camp does not recommend calls & visits as this may promote homesickness. Our camp counselors work to ensure your child is socializing and having the best experience possible. Pali camp does allow for homemade care packages (please read “what to do if my child is homesick” for care package information). If you feel the need to check on your child please feel free to call and speak with one of our head counselors.
Deciding what to pack for summer camp can seem challenging if your child will be away from home for multiple weeks. We recommend packing these summer camp essentials: short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, socks, underwear, long pants, shorts, hat, pajamas, toiletries, small backpack, towel, swim suit, sunglasses & flashlight. It’s important to note that laundry will only be done for campers staying 3+ weeks.
Additionally, campers need to provide their own bedding & linens. You can either bring a sleeping bag or sheets that fit a twin bed.
Several items are prohibited including: cellphones, iPods, food, gum, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and other contraband. Please reference our summer camp packing list for more details.
Since we have a limited number of beds at Pali, most parents enroll their children in camp months in advance to ensure a spot. We realize that situations arise (i.e. illness, family emergencies, change of plans, etc.); therefore, Pali is happy to offer a camp cancellation insurance program that must be purchased at the time of enrollment.
If cancellation insurance is purchased and cancellation happens before:
* There will be no refund after 4/1/2018.
Cancellation Insurance fee: $150 per week.
While problems of the following nature are rare, our primary goal is to ensure that all campers have a positive camp experience, therefore, it is understood that a camper will be dismissed from camp, without refund, for reasons including, but not limited to the following: Use or possession of chemical substances, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs, unauthorized use or possession of cellular telephones, unauthorized use or possession of weapons, persistent inappropriate language, teasing, conduct which is dangerous (i.e. sneaking out of the cabin at night unsupervised), illegal, or in the opinion of the camp directors, conduct detrimental to the camp and/or other campers.
Campers sneaking out after curfew, unsupervised, will be expelled from camp without refund.
Camp friends are the best friends! In one of our Pali cabins, your child will have the opportunity to make eight or nine new best friends, from all over the USA and even from around the world! This interaction is part of what makes the camp experience unique and wonderful. In order to continue making Pali a special place for friends to meet, learn new cultures, and experience new personalities, we have developed the following guidelines.
All meals at Pali Camp are prepared with health in mind! We’ve been known to offer some of the best camp food — all of which is prepared by our award-winning executive chef. Campers will dine buffet-style for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and can choose from several main entrées including: a hamburger/hotdog bar, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, tuna salad, chicken Caesar wraps, chicken tenders, marinated tofu and more!
Sides include mac and cheese, homemade soups & chilis, roasted vegetables, and a full salad bar. Our dining hall also features fountain drinks and desserts with every dinner.
Pali camp can provide alternative healthy food options for campers with medical or religious dietary restrictions.
To meet the high demand and ensure that everyone who wants a spot is able to get one, we do not grant full refunds. However, you may purchase Cancellation Insurance in order to receive a partial refund. When space is available, a camper may switch sessions.
Each week of camp has a special theme, which is reflected in costumes and evening programs, especially in the Thursday night Pali Dance. Summer 2018's themes are going to be awesome:
Dealing with homesickness is a normal part of going away to camp. Our counselors will ensure that campers are well taken care of and help to put them at ease. While it may be tempting to call or visit your child, this can actually promote homesickness and may make it more difficult for your child to transition back into camp life. We encourage parents to check out the Pali store where summer camp care packages are available for purchase.
Personal care packages are also welcome! While you may have many ideas for what you’d like to send your camper, we ask that you refrain from sending any food items in compliance with our food allergy policy. All camp care packages will be inspected prior to being received.
Please use the following address to send personal care packages:
P.O. Box 2237
30778 Highway 18 (Use the physical address FOR FED-EX or UPS only)
Running Springs, CA 92382