My daughter and I both love Camp Jack Hazard!! We are already talking about next year and are trying to get some of her cousins to go with her. Thank you for life changing experiences for my daughter. It is amazing to see how much she grows from within by going to camp!!!
— Happy Parent

Parent Orientation Meetings

One parent or guardian of new-to-CJH campers must attend the orientation meeting for their session, at Great Valley Academy, 3200 Tully Rd. Modesto, CA 95350 on the following dates:

Rookies I, Resident Camp I, LIT I: Tuesday, June 12th at 6 pm

Resident Camp II, LIT II: Tuesday, June 19th at 6 pm

Resident Camp III, LIT III: Tuesday, June 26th at 6 pm

We look forward to meeting you there! If you cannot attend orientation, you must make alternate arrangements with a member of Camp Jack Hazard staff. 

Parents and families that reside more than 45 minutes from Modesto are not mandated to show. Other arrangements can be made to convey the information given at the orientation meeting. 

Preparing for Camp

Please remember that Camp Jack Hazard is about getting back to basics. Be practical and only bring the absolute necessities. On the overnight your camper will be carrying all of their own gear, so please keep it light. At camp, everything gets dirty so don’t bring anything too nice. Be sure to mark EVERYTHING with your full name. We try to keep careful track of lost and found, but with the large number of campers who come through camp each session, things inevitably get lost or mixed up. CJH is not responsible for anything lost or stolen. If you mark your child’s belongings with a permanent marker, it becomes much easier for camp staff to return lost items to the right person. 

Important Information about Overnights and Backpacking

All Resident Camp and LIT session campers can expect to go on a two-night overnight backpacking trip to a location in one of the two pristine wilderness areas near camp. Depending on interest and ability, this may take campers several miles away from the nearest road, phone, building, television, or X-box. To assure your child’s comfort, we recommend a backpack with an internal or external frame, which can carry a sleeping bag, personal items, and some food. Rookie Campers will not be traveling far, so a good day pack will work just fine.

Temperatures at the higher altitudes (campers over 10 can expect to camp at altitudes as high as 8,000 feet) can get chilly! We recommend a warm, lightweight sleeping bag. Please pay attention to the temperature rating of the bag – a temperature rating of 35°F or lower will protect against the fickle mountain weather.

Above all, please be assured that while the overnight is an experience in roughing it without many of the material comforts of the modern world, we provide a safe, comfortable environment in the woods for your child to enjoy their camp experience. The overnight is the centerpiece of Camp Jack Hazard’s program, and it is also the part of the program which year after year seems to have the most dramatic impact on camper’s growth in confidence and social skills. We look forward to providing this priceless and enriching experience for your child as we have for so many thousands of others.


All medication – including over-the-counter drugs – MUST be given to the Camp Director or Health Specialist prior to departure.
Please clearly indicate, for each medication: 1) who the medication is for, 2) proper dosage, 3) when it should be taken.

Camp can only dispense prescription medications when they are in their original container, and only by the instructions on the bottle. If the label on a prescription bottle is incorrect, this must be changed by the pharmacy prior to attending camp. The camp health specialist will be responsible for any medication that is to be taken to camp. 

Packing List

  • Sleeping Bag

  • Backpack – internal or external frame backpacking backpack

  • Thin, lightweight sleeping pad for backpacking

  • Extra pair of shoes

  • Clothes: Warm sweater/jacket, t-shirts, shorts, long warm pants, socks, underwear and a poncho or waterproof jacket

  • Hats

  • Bathing suit and towels

  • Toiletries

  • Sunscreen, Chapstick, and bug repellent

  • Flashlight

  • Water bottle (preferably 32 oz.)

  • Positive attitude

Additional Optional Items

  • Small pillow

  • Disposable camera

  • Fishing gear

  • Books/writing materials

  • Sunglasses

  • Costumes

Things to Leave at Home!

Electronics, including cell phones and mp3 players and headphones, food or candy, knives/firearms, weapons, any sports equipment, pets, fireworks, aerosol sprays, hair dryers, curling irons, money, alcohol/drugs and cigarettes. 

When Camp Staff Will Contact Parents

  • Typically, there is no need to contact parents while a camper is at Camp Jack Hazard. Not hearing from our staff is an indication that everything is going according to plan.

  •  We will contact parents and or the emergency contact in cases of emergency as deemed necessary by the health supervisor and/ or Camp Director. 

  • For routine illnesses such as minor fever, vomiting, and nausea we will make all efforts not to contact parents at night.  The camper’s medical needs will be cared for by the Health Supervisor and camp staff. Parents will be contacted the next day. In the event that the Health Supervisor deems it necessary for campers to be seen by a licensed physician, in non-emergency situations, parents will be contacted to develop a plan to access care. 

Additionally, camp will notify parents/guardians/emergency contacts in the following situations:

  • If a camper is placed on a behavioral contract and we deem it is appropriate to contact parents and discuss this with them.

  • If a camper is experiencing social, emotional, physical, or mental health issues that are prohibiting the camper from successfully or healthfully participating in the camp experience.