Since 1946, Kennolyn Camps has provided the very best in summer camp programs for boys and girls. 2019 marks a new chapter with our first full summer of Kennolyn Camps, Huntington Lake. Initially a girl’s camp back in the 1930s and more recently a retreat and family camp, this location is now part of the Kennolyn family of camps. Located on specially permitted property within the Sierra National Forest, Kennolyn Camps, Huntington Lake has it all. An experienced management team, safe and comfortable accommodations, excellent summer climate and unlimited access to the sparkling waters of Huntington Lake.
The program has been designed for campers aged 10-16. Enrollment is limited to 64 campers to promote a close knit community, flexible activity choices, and close counselor guidance. Campers build relationships, grow more independent, and can slow down or ramp up as they choose. Our counselors and staff are recruited for their skills but more importantly for their ability to build positive relationships with the campers. Our goal is that every staff member know every camper by name. Each counselor supervises a group of 6-8 campers. Campers arrive and depart at Kennolyn Camps, Huntington Lake by chartered bus or on flights to Fresno International Airport.
Water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, paddle boarding, boat tours, paddle boating, and swimming.
Relaxing and playing games on our Private Dock, trips and hikes to Indian Pools (the local swimming hole) and Rancheria Falls, and Dockelele (learning to play the Ukulele dockside.)
For the thrill-seeker, we offer Trapeze: an incredibly fun, accessible, and safe way for everyone to learn how to fly! Camp activities also include Hiking, Frisbee Golf, Archery, Cooking, Outdoor Cooking, Bike Rides, Arts and Crafts, Creative Writing, Photojournalism. For a classic high mountain horseback riding experience, two-hour Trail Rides and overnight Pack Trips are available for a small extra fee.
The small size of our camp allows us to offer ultimate flexibility in scheduling. Campers choose from a range of activities daily with the option to change depending on their mood. Campers also have dedicated time with their cabin especially during the start of camp to ensure they are connected and safe.
Campers live in cabins and tents. Cabins sleep up to 12-16 campers with 2 counselors. Tents sleep 4 campers. These canvas accommodations are clustered with counselors in tents adjacent to the camper tents. These groups are the camp family unit. The campers love life at camp. Living together in a simple structure and taking ownership of their temporary home builds an amazing community. Bathrooms are clean and modern and easily accessible from the cabins and tents.
Campers eat on our outdoor dining deck. Family Groups sit together for breakfast and dinner. Lunch is open seating to allow time to build relationships outside the cabin group. Cabins help with chores and assignments around camp. A favorite cabin group activity is rest time in the lodge. Our beautiful, comfortable lodge is open throughout the day but during the daily rest period cabins get to relax here with games and activities. This is a highly anticipated treat for every cabin. Groups are made by grade with some flexibility for friends in different grades who want to room together.
Every camp depends on its staff to lead activities, provide care for campers, and make safety the number one priority. At Kennolyn Camps, Huntington Lake we of course expect all of these things from our staff. But we also expect our staff to build and nurture relationships with campers that can have a positive impact long after campers return home. By being exemplary role models at all times, counselors set a standard of kindness, engagement, and caring that will influence a camper in all they do be it school, sports, family, or friendships. Our staff are expected to know every camper by name.
Because of our lakefront setting and waterfront activities, we seek counselors with lifeguard experience or experience in boating, sailing, and waterskiing in addition to the general skills necessary to meet our very high standards of care. Dan Johnson is our Director and he brings 25 years of Kennolyn history to the position. Formerly a teacher and Kennolyn’s Day Camp Director in Santa Cruz, he is also a member of the Caldwell family. Max and Marion Caldwell founded Kennolyn in 1946 and their family owns and operates all Kennolyn programs.
Staff were very easy to reach and quite responsive, which made it more comfortable for me."
The activities on the lake were new and exciting --- pushed Sadie out of her comfort zone, but she enjoyed every minute."
I wish our family had discovered Kennolyn sooner. It is a fantastic summer camp that builds great confidence and inspires campers to be bold, adventurous, friendly and compassionate."
Kennolyn Camps, Huntington Lake takes place on a site that is operated under a Special Use Permit from the USDA Forest Service on the Sierra National Forest, California.
We provide services, accommodations, and privileges regardless of race, color, religion (including religious dress and religious grooming), sex (including pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition or information, genetic information, family care status, military caregiver status, military status, veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal laws. Persons are employed on an equal basis to operate, maintain, or construct facilities for public use.