2022 Enrollment Information

PinnaclesApril 3 - April 8 $850(8 days)ages 10 - 16
Big SurJune 26 - July 3 $1400(8 days)ages 9 - 15
Mendocino June 13 - June 22$1600(10 days)ages 10 - 15
Sierras July 7 - July 18 $1800(12 days)ages 11 - 17
Backpacking July 23 - July 31 $1400(9 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.

All fees can be paid with check, Venmo, Pay Pal, money order or credit card. A credit card will have a 5% surcharge. Contact Lee directly for information about Venmo, PP, or credit card payments.


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 10, 2022

Dear Families,

We had a very successful summer in 2021 and were able to run all of our sessions using our Covid protocols to keep campers and staff safe. With all campers able to be vaccinated, we expect to run all of our sessions again this year and are moving forward despite the current Omicron surge. We have reserved our sites and are hoping to be able to use school busses again to transport all campers to and from staff. We do require that all staff and campers be vaccinated to attend our camp. Boosters may also be required by the summer. Here are the details of summer 2022.

Mendocino is our first session this year with the best tide pooling of the summer. We will see very low tides and spectacular sea plants and animals that are usually under water. We will be staying in a large group site at MacKerricher State Park for the ten days with trips on the Big River, hiking terraces to a pygmy forest and a waterfall. With the wonderful rain this winter, we expect wonderful berries and happy plants everywhere!

Big Sur is our second session and is ideal for first time campers as well as veterans. We’ll be staying in nine contiguous sites at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and will spending lots of time learning about the riparian plants of the redwood environment. We’ll play in the Big Sur River, hike to Andrew Molera Beach and immerse ourselves in the redwood experience.

Our third session is at our Sierra site near the Sierra Buttes with hikes and swimming in twelve bodies of water including nearby lakes and creeks. Geology and botany are key areas of study and campers see the effects of glaciation as we hike each day and learn the different wild flowers and trees that live in these rich environments. We also offer archery instruction in this more secluded group site. We’ll end this session with a backpacking trip to Deer Lake where we’ll spend two nights sleeping under the stars.

In all of our sessions, we offer many crafts and campers paint T-shirts, sew leather bags, and sketch in their journals while learning to use brushes, silk screens, needles, and awls. We also have a rich wood working environment and campers create jewelry and other items made out of wood sand learn to use saws, drills and sand paper safely and efficiently.

In our core sessions, we divide the campers into four small groups or cohorts with two staff members where campers work with each other and staff to help cook the meals, clean up the dishes, keep our camp tidy and learn to chop wood, build and light our campfire. Each day ends at a campfire where we share our love of singing and our country’s rich folk songs with campers.

Our backpacking session is our fourth and smallest session with twelve campers and three staff. This year we are looking at two possible destinations one into the Ansel Adams Wilderness and the other to the Rae Lakes of Kings Canyon National Park. Both will have ample opportunities to gaze at mountain peaks and climb over some, spend time along beautiful mountain lakes and creeks and perhaps see some bears. This session is for our high school campers with some prior backpacking experience.

We hope to see your child this summer at one or more of our sessions. Please register early since sessions often fill up by April. For more information, visit our website at campchrysalis.com or contact me at lee@campchrysalis.com. Sincerely,

Lee Tempkin, director