How do I register?
How do I decide which session is most appropriate for my child?
We want every camper to have the optimum camp experience, to be both challenged and inspired but never overwhelmed. General guidelines about each session are listed on our Schedule & Fees page. Musical level requirements can be found on the musical aptitude form.
If your child is age appropriate for more than one session take into consideration the level of their musicianship, their general maturity, and their personal preferences. If you have additional questions please call us at 510-527-7500 or email email@example.com; we are happy to discuss the various session options with you.
Can I take my camper away from camp and bring them back during the session?
No. Campers must be at camp for the entire session, from the first day through the last. Because of our music program’s focus on ensemble we cannot accommodate late arrivals, early departures or breaks mid-session. If you need to take your camper off-site during the session do not sign up for that session.There are no exceptions to this rule.
Are there scholarships or discounts available?
Scholarships: Cazadero has a very active and generous scholarship program. If you have financial need and are interested in applying for financial assistance please start by registering your camper and indicating your interest in financial aid. We will then send you a personalized link to our online scholarship application or you can use a paper Scholarship Application.
The scholarship application requires basic camper and household income information, proof of income, teacher recommendation, and an audition recording. All of this is laid out in detail on the application. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of need and merit. We do not have a fixed cut-off for family income; we will consider any completed application. There is more information on our Scholarship Page.
Discounts: There is a 10% per session discount available for siblings. This applies to all campers after the first registrant from the family attending camp in the same year. There is also a 10% discount for the second session when sending one camper to multiple sessions in the same year.
Bring-a-Buddy Refund: The greatest compliment we receive is the referral of new campers from our current campers because of the positive and meaningful experience they had at Caz. To recognize that effort, we are pleased to offer a Bring-A-Buddy to Camp Refund. It’s easy! Recruit a friend to come to Caz (first time for them, repeat time for you) and you will receive a refund of $50 per week for each week the friend attends camp. Simply have the friend write on their registration form that you referred them to Caz and you will receive a refund check after the camp session is over.
Where can I find an overview of the camp?
How do you select your counselors?
Our counselors are music students at the college and university level and come to us from all over the United States. They have a passion for teaching and mentoring youth, and for making sure that all of our campers have an exceptional musical and social experience at camp!
What is the maximum number of campers per session?
The maximum number of campers that the camp can accommodate is 180; not all sessions fill completely. Campers are organized by age and gender into tent units of 10–12 campers. These units—overseen by a counselor and counselor-in-training team—act as a family-like unit within the larger Caz community. Units eat together, participate in all camp activities, and often socialize when not rehearsing.
What is the staff to camper ratio?
The ratio of staff to campers is about one staff person for every three campers. This helps guarantee a healthy and happy camp environment. We also work to maintain a highly supportive camp environment, encouraging campers to mentor and help one another as well.
What are the camper accommodations like?
Campers stay on large deck platforms above the forest floor with a tent or building on one end. Personal belongings are stored in the covered area; instruments are stored in a locked room behind the amphitheater. Camp beds, consisting of a mattress and bed frame, are set up on the deck. Campers sleep in the open under the stars and the giant redwoods. Showers and toilets are in buildings nearby and tents and changing rooms are available for privacy. Boy’s and girl’s camps are located at opposite ends of the property.
What about cabin assignments?
Camp units consist of 10-12 campers, either all boys or all girls. Cabin assignments are made on the basis of age and school grade and are decided the week before the session begins. Campers are welcome to request specific roommates, but due to age and space constraints we can’t promise that we’ll be able to accommodate all requests.
What items should I pack to bring to Camp?
You can read or download a Camper Packing List. This is also contained in the Camper Handbook as an addendum page.
Please do not bring: Portable stereo or audio systems, laptops, video game players, cell phones (they do not work in the canyon), beepers, fireworks (illegal in Western Sonoma County), electric clocks, radios or snacks.
Should I send any money with my camper and if so how much?
There is a small “Camp Store” at Caz. It carries Caz wear, snacks, treats, toiletries and other necessities. It is open for about an hour a day during free time. Campers are limited to no more than two sugary treats a day. Campers receive a camp t-shirt for concert day and have access to water and fruit all day long at various stations set up all over camp.
The store accepts cash but most parents choose to create a store account for their campers. Parents can put money into an account for their camper to use; the camper then simply needs to tell the store staff what they would like to buy and the price is deducted from the credit account.
A typical amount to put into a Caz store account is $15-$25 per week. For reference: treats are about $3, sweatshirts are about $35, a beanie hat is about $15. Cash is also accepted at the store and parents can easily shop there on concert days.
Is there laundry service at Caz?
There are no laundry facilities available at camp. Parents should pack enough laundry to get kids through their whole session.
For those campers staying longer than one week, parents can bring a set of clean clothes to replace the dirty laundry to the mid-session concert. Alternatively, parents can take their child’s laundry to Guerneville or another nearby town laundromat after the mid-session concert.
What is All Camp Choir?
All Camp Choir is a required course for all campers in the Young Musicians and Middle School Sessions. The class is one hour per day, and even our biggest singer skeptics usually report enjoying their experience in our All Camp Choir!
What sort of electives are offered at Caz?
Electives vary from session to session depending on the staff at camp that week. Elective classes are not announced until the general introductory assembly on the first day of camp.
Campers have one hour a day of their chosen elective. Typical offerings include music theory, conducting, jazz improvisation, chamber ensembles, instrumental techniques, percussion improvisation, sports, arts and crafts or nature studies. Elective assignments are based on camper preference, level of ability, and class availability.
What is the likelihood of playing in the jazz band?
Jazz band is an alternate large ensemble and participation is by audition only. New auditions are held and new participants chosen each week in order to give as many campers as possible the opportunity to participate. Jazz band instrumentation consists of trumpet, trombone, saxophones and rhythm section (bass, guitar, piano, and drums).
We cannot guarantee a spot in jazz band; it’s an auditioned process for a limited size ensemble. There is, however, a jazz workshop elective available every week for any and all instruments and performs at camper ensemble night.
How do I sign up for the bus to Caz?
Cazadero has buses running to camp on the first day of every session. Buses leave from the curb in front of our Berkeley office at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley. Arrive by 8:30 AM for check-in and loading.
To reserve a seat on the bus for your camper you can do any one of the following:
- use our online form
- call the office at 510-527-7500
- or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
We need at least one work day to process your reservation, after that we will do our best to accommodate your camper but we cannot guarantee a spot. You are welcome to come to the bus loading to see if we have room.
What time should I arrive in camp on the first day if I do not take the bus to Caz?
Please arrive at camp on the first day between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM. Our program begins promptly at 11:30 AM. Here is a link to our directions page.
5385 Cazadero Highway
Cazadero CA, 95421
How does Cazadero deal with health and safety issues?
At Caz camper health and safety is primary. We have a multi-layered safety structure to take care of both campers and staff.
- Prior to camp we collect camper health history information including a well-child doctor’s signature, medical insurance information, and emergency contacts.
- Campers are screened for medical problems at check-in by the health staff.
- Caz has 2 full-time health officers on staff each week who man a well-equipped health facility, complete with dispensary and isolation rooms. This is where all medications and paperwork are stored.
- In addition to our camp’s medical staff, arrangements have been made with nearby physicians and local hospitals for consultation and emergency service.
Any time a camper is referred for medical treatment outside of camp, or is restricted from normal program participation for more than 24-hours, we will contact parents.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any additional questions.
What happens in case of emergencies?
Cazadero has multiple strategies in place to protect all campers in the event of an emergency. There is at least one full-time nurse who lives at the camp during our Summer Music Camp and acts as a first responder for any injuries. There are plans in place for moving campers to local emergency clinics or nearby hospitals if necessary. In addition, all camp staff are regularly drilled in safety and evacuation procedures and many have both first aid and CPR training as well.
How does Cazadero deal with discipline?
Cazadero staff are carefully trained to work with youth and maintain a positive, healthy and supportive environment at all times. It is assumed that campers are amenable to normal camp rules and will conform to the regulations of our camp program. In addition, Cazadero has a zero tolerance policy regarding violence, alcohol, illegal drugs, theft, weapons or vandalism. Campers found in violation of this policy will be sent home immediately with no refund of fees.
What if my child becomes homesick?
Missing home is normal, especially for younger campers. In our experience it’s best not to prolong your departure from camp or suggest that your child might be homesick. We find homesickness typically subsides in 24 to 48 hours. Every counselor at Cazadero is trained to provide comfort and support, and encourage the formation of new friendships at camp. It’s helpful to have family members send funny stories from home, as well as writing encouraging letters.
Mail your letters early, don’t risk having your letter arrive after a child has left camp.
In our 50 years of creating a successful camp experience, we offer these suggestions for you to keep in mind:
- Letters: If you get a sad letter that causes you concern, contact the camp. Our counselors are trained to handle most situations—talking with your child to help them feel reassured, and/or to resolve almost any issue that may arise.
- Incoming calls: We understand if you are worried about your camper. Unfortunately, we have found that homesickness is aggravated rather than relieved by phone conversations. We are happy to have one of the Deans call to let you know how your camper is doing.
- Outgoing calls: Children are not allowed to call home. However, if our counselors or staff feel a situation has become unmanageable, we will definitely contact you!
Above all, rest assured that parents’ concerns are important to us! Feel free to contact our Camp Director who will be happy to discuss your child’s progress and our strategy for helping him/her adjust to camp.
How can I contact the camp?
Our camp mailing address is:
- Cazadero Music Camp
P.O. Box 140
Cazadero, CA 95421
To reach our Camp Director Jim Mazzaferro, you can either email Jim@Cazadero.org or call 707-632-5159, including after hours. The office at the camp site is open normal business hours. After hours, the phone rolls to the director’s cabin for emergency contact.
To reach our Administrative office in Berkeley, contact Emily Brockman, our Registrar, at Emily@Cazadero.org or 510-527-7500, Ext. 10. The Berkeley office is open M-F, 9-5. Outside of those hours, please contact the on-site camp office.
How does mail get to my son or daughter?
Mail is picked up from the Cazadero post office at least once a day. It is sorted at camp and distributed to campers at meal times. USPS uses the post office box and won’t deliver to camp while FedEx and UPS will only deliver to the camp address if they deliver at all. Because online retailers do not allow you to specify which carrier you prefer please do not send us online orders for your camper.
- If using USPS, send letters and small packages to:
Cazadero Music Camp
P.O. Box 140
Cazadero, CA 95421
- For packages via FedEx or UPS send to:
Cazadero Music Camp
5000 Austin Creek Road, #140
Cazadero, CA 95421
Can my camper use the telephone?
Under normal circumstances we do not allow campers to use the phone to call home, nor allow calls from home to the camper. There is no cell phone service at camp.
If parents have a special circumstance please call the camp office at 707-632-5159 and your message will be written down and delivered to your camper. Of course exceptions can be made for emergencies.
After normal business hours the phone will roll over the Director’s cabin.
What about visitors?
Because “drop in” visits can create a number of problems including disrupting programs, diverting staff or setting off bouts of homesickness in susceptible campers, they are not allowed during the week. Concert day is when parents are strongly encouraged to come to camp and see what all the fuss is about!
Concert Day at Caz
Concerts take place at the end of each week at Caz, sometimes on a Saturday, sometimes a Sunday. You can find the schedule here.
Concerts begin at 1:30 PM with All Camp Choir, guitars and pianos. Main Ensembles begin at 3 PM.
Here is a link to directions to camp, and here is the camp address:
Cazadero Music Camp
5385 Cazadero Highway
Cazadero, CA 95421
How accessible is the Cazadero camp site?
Cazadero is fully accessible. When you arrive, please ask staff to direct you to the handicap parking on the blacktop. There are paved paths to the amphitheater and wheel chair accessible bathrooms.
Contact the office at 510-527-7500 ex 10 or 707-632- 5159 if you have any questions.