Before You Arrive
Arrival Day - Sunday: Arrival time is between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.*
If you are bringing your child to camp, you may just drop them off, and it’s also fine to help them get settled and then tour the camp area. Generally, it’s best to stay no longer than an hour and no later than 4:00 so that your camper can begin to acclimate to camp.
Departure Day - Saturday: *
9:00 - 10:00 - Group lessons for parents’ viewing
10:00 – Graduation
11:15 - Departure from Camp
*Please do not bring dogs or other pets to camp. Thanks!
We want to make your child's stay at Camp the best possible. If you have concerns prior to or while your child is at Camp, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 831.659.2615 during the day (9am-6pm) to speak with Susan or Steve; they are happy to talk with you. Staff members do not receive calls from camper parents during camp because they are very busy taking care of your child and all the other campers. Counselors are available to talk with you on check in day and at the end of the session.
There are two medical forms, a four page green one for you to complete and a one page pink one to be completed and signed by a physician. These need to be returned no later than four weeks prior to the beginning of your child’s session at camp. As of 2009, California requires all residential camps to have physician signed medical forms on file for each camper. We cannot admit your child to camp without a current completed form signed by a physician.
Should your child become ill at camp and is unable to participate in the normal camp activities for longer than one day, we will contact you to advise you of the steps we’ve taken to alleviate the illness.
Telephone and Mail
Cell phones generally don’t work at camp. Campers are not allowed to make or receive calls or text to/from their cell phone. The exception to this is when we go to Carmel in a two week session. We choose to have a landline phone at Camp so that campers may call home if they wish, and we make the phone available Wednesday late afternoon of the first week of each session. We have 1 camper phone and 50 campers so….campers are limited to making or receiving 2 calls per day, with each call limited to 5 minutes. The phone is available from 7:30am to 7:30pm. It’s generally best that parents not call their campers unless their camper has called and left a message asking for a call….no is good news. If you call your camper one of three things will most likely occur: no one will answer because all the campers are involved in activities; the phone is busy; or a camper answers and attempts to get your child to the phone. The phone does not accept any coins so it is only accessible for long distance calls with a phone card or by calling collect. We encourage families to provide their campers with a phone card. The Office phone line does not take messages for campers.
Unless you are out of the country, please don’t send faxes or e-mails to campers as our setting is rural with limited phone lines and satellite internet access in the Office only (not high speed). Most campers don’t receive care packages but those that do are required to open them in the Office and any food or drinks are removed because we don’t allow them in the rooms. Campers love receiving letters
Because we are further inland than Carmel and at 1200 feet elevation, we have wider temperature ranges than the coast. Our average maximum and minimum temperatures over the past few summers are as follows: June – 77 and 46; July - 87 and 52; August – 88 and 51. Although it gets warm during the day, the temperature always drops as the sun goes down. It is highly unusual to have rain.
We highly recommend tuition insurance as protection in the event that a camper is unable to attend camp. You can choose either AMSkier’s Peace-of-Mind program at www.csatravelprotection.com or TravMark at www.travmark.com. They are both reasonably priced. Our stated policy on cancellations is that the only refund available after May 1 is the amount paid less the $300 deposit, only if the space can be filled by the camp. Please let us know if you have questions about the tuition insurance.
Visitors at Camp
Camp is a closed community, and we don’t have visitors at camp. If you need to see your child while Camp is in session, please contact Susan or Steve. During the session campers may only leave Camp or a Camp excursion with their parents or guardians.
Camper laundry is done weekly for campers staying two weeks or longer by a local service for a fee. Please provide a laundry bag with your camper's name.
Lost and Found
Carmel Valley Tennis Camp is not responsible for lost or damaged clothing and personal possessions. We discourage campers from bringing expensive items to Camp (clothing, electronic games, jewelry, etc...). We have a lost and found area that we go through with the campers the night before the end of the session.
Places to Sleep and Eat in Carmel and Carmel Valley CVTC’s Picks
Carmel Valley – 25-35 minutes from camp – Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce - www.carmelvalleychamber.com
Places to stay
- Bernardus Lodge - small luxury resort and spa - 831-659-3131 – www.bernardus.com
- Carmel Valley Ranch - resort - 831-625-9500 – www.carmelvalleyranch.com
- Carmel Valley Lodge – mid range small motel – 831-659-2261 – www.valleylodge.com
- Los Laureles Lodge – mid range small motel – 831-659-2233 - www.loslaureles.com
- Blue Sky Lodge - reasonable rates - 831-659-2256 – www.blueskylodge.com
Places to eat
- Cafe Rustica - lunch & dinner - pizza to fresh fish - 831-659-4444
- Will’s Fargo - lunch & dinner - hamburgers to steaks - 831-659-2774
- Wickets - lunch & dinner - bar & grill at Bernardus Lodge - 831-658-3550
- Running Iron – lunch & dinner – old time cowboy saloon, hamburgers, etc. 831-659-4633
- Carmel Valley Market – soup, sandwiches – general market – 831-659-2472
- Wild Goose Bakery Café – breakfast, lunch, coffee bar – 831-659-5052
Carmel – 40 minutes from camp – Carmel Chamber of Commerce - www.carmelcalifornia.org
Places to stay
- Carmel Mission Inn – family hotel - 800-348-9090 – www.carmelmissioninn.com
Mission Ranch – Carmel historic classic – 800-538-8221 – www.missionranchcarmel.com
Monte Verde Inn - European style Bed & Breakfast - 831-624-6046 – www.monteverdeinn.com
Places to eat
- Little Napoli - lunch & dinner - fresh Italian - 831-626-6335
- Flying Fish Grill – dinner only – Pacific Rim Seafood – 831-625-1962
- Rio Grill - lunch & dinner - California cuisine - 831-625-6436
- Carmel Bakery - Deli style bakery on Ocean Ave. – 831-626-8885
Monterey – 50 minutes from camp – Monterey County Visitors Bureau - www.seemonterey.com
Places to stay
- Numerous reasonably priced hotels on Munras Avenue
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Fisherman’s Wharf
- Del Monte Center – mall with multiscreen movie theater