2021 Enrollment Information

Big SurAugust 6 - August 13 $1300(8 days)ages 8.5 - 14
Mendocino July 24 - August 2$1500(10 days)ages 10 - 15
SierrasJune 29 - July 10 $1800(12 days)ages 11 - 17
BackpackingJuly 13 - July 20 $1300(8 days)ages 14 - 18

Complete our new fillable application form.

Please Note: Camp Chrysalis has embraced fillable PDFs! While in the past we have asked you to print PDFs, and then fill them out with a pen, this year all PDFs are fillable within the document. This should make it easier for you to fill in the information, and easier for camp staff to read it during camp.
With all forms, once you have filled them out, please save them, then either email them to Lee Tempkin at lee@campchrysalis.com, OR print them out, and send them to: CAMP CHRYSALIS, 2434 McKinley Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703.

We are now offering on-line registration using a credit card for a 5% additional fee. If you are interested in this option for the deposit, balance or full tuition, contact our director, Lee Tempkin, (lee@campchrysalis.com or 510 843-6157) with your credit card information.


Enrollment is generally filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, Camp Chrysalis reserves the right to make admissions decisions on other basis, such as maintaining an even gender balance in the sessions.

A deposit of $200 is due at the time of sign-up. The tuition balance, application form, and the Personal Information and Permissions Forms (see “Forms” page) are due by April 1. Upon receipt of the application and deposit we will contact each camper's family to confirm their space and with further details about preparing for camp. There are no refunds of deposit for cancellation after April 1. Any refunds or credits for cancellation after April 1 are given solely at the director's discretion.

January 11, 2021

Dear Families,

I hope this note finds you safe and hopeful for the light at the end of this dark tunnel. Although we’re in the middle of an awful surge, we do have a vaccine in play that should make a difference for this summer. However, at this point, California is not allowing any youth group camping and is unable to give any guidelines as to when this might change. We may not have any definitive information until later this spring. Nevertheless, I hope and expect camp sessions to be allowed to operate this summer, most likely with additional health and safety protocols in place including proof of vaccination and a negative Covid test.

Since our Big Sur and Mendocino sessions are dependent upon group sites in the California State Park system, we have to be able to reserve these sites with enough time to enroll campers and to hire staff. In addition, health precautions around distancing may mean that bus transportation may not be available again this summer, and it may be necessary for families to drop off and pick up campers from our sites. We will facilitate car pools to make this easier for families.

Remember that all of our plans depend upon California allowing youth group camping to occur within our state. When you have decided on the session, please return an application with the indicated information. If you have a credit from last summer, I will transfer the credit to the indicated session. If you don’t have a credit, please send in a check for $200 to hold your child’s space in this summer’s camp.

I will not be creating an official brochure this year and would appreciate your help in forwarding this attachment to other families who might be interested in giving their children a camp experience this summer. After this awful year, I know that everyone will enjoy and needs to be outdoors!

With much appreciation,Lee Tempkin, for the staff

Big Sur:We have tentatively reserved seven adjacent individual sites in one area from Friday, August 6 through Friday, August 13 for our usual eight-day session. This session is for campers, ages 9-15. We have delayed this trip to August to allow additional time for State Parks to reopen to youth groups. The cost is $1300.

Mendocino:We have reserved our usual group site at MacKerricher State Park, from Saturday, July 24 through Monday, August 2 for our usual ten-day session. We have also reserved the same dates at our Sierra site in the Gold Lake Area as a backup if the Mendocino site is not able to be reserved for our use. This shorter Sierra session would not have a backpacking component. This session is for campers, ages 10-16. The cost is $1500.

Sierras: We have reserved our usual site in the Gold Lake Area from Tuesday, June 29 through Saturday, July 10 for our usual twelve-day session that includes a backpacking trip to Deer Lake. This session is for campers, ages 11-17. The cost is $1800.

Backpacking:This year we are planning our eight-day backpacking trip to Hetch Hetch in Yosemite National Park from Tuesday, July 13 through Tuesday, July 20. This session is for campers with prior backpacking experience and entering or in high school in the fall, ages 15-18. The cost is $1300.