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College Prep Camp 2024

NEW DATE: Sunday, June 9 — Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at Camp Blue

This program is designed for students who will be high school seniors this fall. Students will receive direction on the whole college application process, including college search, as well as guidance on essay writing and personal statements. Students will receive individual feedback and support from our experienced college counselors and admissions professionals, and get their questions answered.

We’ll also schedule time for students to enjoy our Lair surroundings, with free time each day to take a swim, play some games, and relax!

Rate: $1,395/person plus Fire Assessment Fee of $36. Rate includes accommodations, meals, activities and College Prep Camp instruction.

Register with a friend and each student receives a 10% discount!

Book any open tent — they will be assigned tents with other students, and assigned the same tent if they bring a same-gender friend. Each family should sign up their own student, and indicate in the Special Request box if they wish to bunk with a friend who is registering so we both apply the discount to each camper’s account, and are sure they are in the same tent together.

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More about College Prep Camp

College Prep Camp supports students who will be high school seniors this fall, and who are planning on applying to UC’s and other colleges that use the common application for admittance.

Highly motivated students entering their junior year this fall may attend as well.

College Search Program: Students will be developing their list of schools to apply to as well as learning what colleges are looking for in an application.

Writing Program: Students will work on the Common Application, UC Prompts and/or College Scholarship Essays during the Writing Exploration part of the program.

View a tentative schedule for this session.

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Meet your program leads

Brooke Dobson has been teaching for over 25 years, and been a lead instructor with our College Prep Camp for 9 years. She has experience teaching AP and honors English courses and was the 2013-2014 Mariposa County High School Site Teacher of the Year. She graduated Summa Cumma Laude from CSU Stanislaus in 1995 and was awarded the outstanding English Graduate of the Year.
Haley Friedman guides high school students and their families through the college admissions process including college search, what to expect on applying to college, and direction on college entrance essays and personal statements. She is passionate about getting to know each student and guiding them on their unique path to college. Learn more at
Ken Gonsalves is a college admissions advisor, and has worked for UC Berkeley’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions as the Senior Assistant Director for over twenty-one years. His experience includes reviewing college applications and assisting prospective students to gain admission to universities throughout the country.
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Praise for College Prep Camp

  • “Getting my personal statement out of the way is very satisfying, and it reduced my stress. Plus, I made lots of friends!”

  • “The instructors were absolutely amazing and they really knew how to help us as students they treated us with respect and gave us valuable feedback.”

  • "yes absolutely! I didn't know how to start it off and they really helped me understand the prompts and they gave very meaningful feedback. They really directed me in the right direction and relieved the stress of not knowing how to tackle the essays."

  • “I had a great time and I felt like I was able to get a better grasp on the college application process through the camp.”

  • "I had no idea where to start with my essays but the camp not only gave me resources but motivated me to write and perfect the essays."

  • “They were so helpful and brought a light fun energy to the writing process also.”

  • “I do appreciate the motivation that this camp gives, I wouldn’t be able to motivate myself to study had I not attended this camp.”

  • “Definitely something everyone should do.”