The MISSION of Growing Up Wild is to help youth connect with nature, build character, and learn about the environment by providing outdoor-based programs that foster social emotional well-being and environmental stewardship.
As we work to restore our summer outdoor program, we will operate only a few weekend programs in June and July for 2021. The age-group of these outings is 13 to 17 years old. This program has limited openings for campers at the present time. We have extended the invitation to these outings to our returning campers first in order to establish cohorts. We apologize that we cannot open up our summer camp program on a full level at this time. Feel free to send us an email if you have any questions.
"I have been a camper at Growing Up Wild for the past 6 years. I was a counselor-in-training (CIT) this past summer. My experience as a CIT was unique and special. I give credit to the campers and the other counselors that were with me. It was a privilege to be given leadership to work with younger youth and show them different values and life skills. My overall experience helped me mature as a young man and gain a better understanding about myself and others. I hope and look forward to doing it again next summer!!"
Our VISION is that youth from underserved backgrounds in Santa Cruz County have ongoing opportunities to access, enjoy, and learn about the wild outdoor places around the California Central Coast.