FAQ

YES! Armenian Youth camp is sponsored by the San Francisco ARF Krisdapor and AYF Rosdom Chapters. ALL Armenian youth are welcome to join us!

AYC is located at the site of Camp Sylvester 28770 Dodge Ridge Road Pinecrest, CA

  • Eight Acres of Beautiful National Park.
  • Twenty Upgraded Cabins with Bunk Beds.
  • Ample Bathrooms and Showers.
  • Two Dining Halls, Arts and Craft Hall.
  • Fully Equipped Commercial Grade Kitchen.
  • Two Half-Court Basketball Hoops, Volleyball Court, Baseball Diamond, Amphitheater, Archery.
  • Pinecrest Lake is only half mile away with Sandy Beaches, Water Sports, Swimming and an Outdoor Movie Theater.

Yes! We offer a 10% sibling discount.

  • We ask that you provide your own transportation this year.
Drop-Off Schedule
  • 12:00 PM Arrival and Check-in on Sunday, July 28th (Week 1) and August 4th (Week 2).
  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Picnic Lunch for all families.
  • 2:00 PM Parents Farewell. We will kindly ask that all parents and guardians to leave camp, as it will be time to begin camp and have some fun!
    Please Note: Unless Director approved, at no time will visitors be permitted at camp. The only period parents can visit are on Sundays during pick-up and drop-off hours.
Pick-Up Schedule
  • Pick up between 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM on Sunday, August 4th (Week 1) and August 11th (Week 2). Please BE ON TIME, as our committee must clean-up the premises.
  • We are blessed to have some of the finest Armenian cooks and most caring moms and dads preparing our breakfast, lunch, and dinners! Nothing but the best for our campers.
  • We understand there are a lot of selective eaters, so meals include traditional breakfasts, hamburgers, hot dogs, fruits, vegetables, and of course, Armenian cuisine.

Yes! We offer a Snack Shack and it is open daily during free time. During the application process, parents can purchase a $20 per camper credit to be allocated to the Snack Shack. Unused funds will be donated to the Armenian Cultural Foundation.

  • Campers are not allowed to keep their cell phones or electronic devices during camp session.
  • Communication from parents should only occur in case of an emergency.
  • Should a camper really want to get in touch with their parents, we will allow it.
  • We will provide you with contact info, if you were to have any questions or concerns the week of.

No problem! Armenian Youth Camp is a great place to make new friends and many campers come hoping to make new friends. Our counselors are especially good at making sure all the campers feel included and a part of the group. Even if you come to camp with friends, you’ll be making lots of new ones while you here!

Homesickness is very common at camp and we take pride in our ability to help campers gain independence and learn how to overcome homesickness. Keeping campers active and engaged is important and our counselors and director are experienced with working through camper homesickness when it occurs.

A non-refundable deposit of $200 is part of the registration fee. The $200 session deposit will not be refunded for any reason. Should I cancel my registration, I may receive a partial refund, however, the $200 deposit will not be returned for any reason. I understand that my child’s homesickness does not qualify for a refund nor will I be refunded if my child is sent home due to behavior problems. I acknowledge that early departure and early pickup from the Armenian Youth Camp will not be refunded. I further acknowledge that refunds will not be issued should a camp session be canceled or cut short due to a natural disaster. No portion of participation fees shall be refunded if there is a cancellation within 7 days of the start of a Camp session.

The campers sleep in cabins of their same age and gender. We have 20 cabins, and each sleeps 7-11 campers, plus 2 counselors.

A registered EMT is a member of the staff and most of our counselors are certified in First Aid and CPR. If required, hospital service is available at the Sonora Regional Medical Center. All medications are kept in the nurse’s station. The camper will visit the nurse’s station and take the medication as directed on the completed medical form. Counselors are made aware of any camper medication and the EMT keeps a log of all medications taken.