10/22/2020 - 10/24/2020 @ 12:30 pm -
Student drop off will take place each day at the Reagan Ranch Center, located at 217 State Street, Santa Barbara, C.A. 93101.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are asking that parents please drop their student off in the car line. They may also park and walk students to the door, but this is discouraged.
Drop off schedule:
Thursday 10/22/2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. check in
Students may check in anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Boxed lunch is available until 12:00 p.m. Please ensure your student arrives with all their waivers pre-submitted.
Friday 10/23/2020 – 8:30 a.m. drop off
Buses for the student Ranch tour depart promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Saturday 10/24/2020 – 8:30 a.m. drop off
Student sessions begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Student pick up will take place each day at 6:00 p.m. at the Reagan Ranch Center, located at 217 State Street, Santa Barbara, C.A. 93101.
To encourage physical distancing, students are able to sign themselves out each day without a parent present.
Tuition assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis for those with financial need. If you have financial need, please email a brief essay (no more than a page) to Jolie Ballantyne at firstname.lastname@example.org with some language regarding your financial need and what you hope to gain by attending the C.A.M.P. We cannot consider your request until we receive this essay.
While travel assistance is never guaranteed, Young America’s Foundation will gladly consider all completed requests.
Travel assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis for those with financial need. If you have financial need, please email a brief essay (no more than a page) to email@example.com that includes:
We will not consider your request until we receive this completed essay. Travel assistance essays are due prior to the event. Travel assistance may not be used for hotel stays, luggage fee, seat upgrades, or other fees associated with your travel.
Yes! Your generous tax-deductible gift of $1,000 will allow Young America’s Foundation to host a student at this program who could not otherwise attend. You can designate a specific student you know to attend or sponsor a student who is receiving free tuition as a result of financial need. For more information about these and other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Young America’s Foundation development officer Ilinca Scalco at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-USA-1776.
You should fly to Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) if possible, or you can arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and take a 2.5 hour train to Santa Barbara through Amtrak. (Please visit https://www.amtrak.com/home for more information). SB Airbus is closed until November 16! Another option is to fly to Burbank airport and take the Amtrak train to Santa Barbara, but this option will add several hours to your trip.
Students are responsible for their own ground transportation. Taxis and Ubers are available at SBA
Yes, Greyhound has buses to downtown Santa Barbara, but they are not within walking distance of the Reagan Ranch Center. You can take a taxi to the Reagan Ranch Center from the bus stop. Please visit www.greyhound.com for more information on this option.
Yes, Amtrak runs trains through Santa Barbara on its Pacific Surfliner route, which spans from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. The train station is located right in front of the Reagan Ranch Center and is a short walk to the hotels. Please visit www.amtrakcalifornia.com for more information on this option.
Yes, students will be supervised by several staff members who will be chaperones for the whole event. Students are expected to behave appropriately or will have to leave the C.A.M.P. at their parents’ expense. Parents need to sign the waiver form and responsibility pledge that will be sent to students prior to the event.
Even if a student is 18, they are still expected to abide by all rules.
No, because the event is only three days long, there is minimal free time. If you wish to tour Santa Barbara, please make your own plans to arrive early or stay late.
Parents and grandparents are invited join on a special parent tour of the Reagan Ranch. This event is limited to 50 parents/grandparents, and RSVP is required. More information will be posted on the event page for parent RSVPs.
The C.A.M.P. fee includes tuition, materials, round-trip transportation for the tour of Rancho del Cielo, and lunch meals each day.
Thursday and Saturday’s attire is business casual. This means slacks, polo or button-up shirts, sweaters, etc. Jeans, shorts, and t-shirts are not acceptable attire.
Dress for Friday’s sessions and the trip up to the Ranch is casual but respectful. Please pack layered clothes and bring a jacket as it tends to get cold up on the mountain. Jeans are acceptable as long as there are no holes or tears. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes
Thursday and Saturday sessions feature speakers and question-and-answer sessions. Friday will feature a trip to and tour of the Reagan Ranch, a luncheon, and speakers, and question-and-answer sessions. Students will receive a detailed agenda via email prior to the C.A.M.P.
Overnight accommodations are not included in this C.A.M.P. Please make your own arrangements if needed. YAF has arranged a $20 discount off the daily rate at the Avania Inn Santa Barbara. Please call 805-963-4471 and mention “YAF” to receive this discou
AGES: 12 to 18 years old
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October 23 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
October 24 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
DETAILS: Follow in the footsteps of Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, and visit his beloved home of 25 years, Rancho del Cielo, in the mountains above Santa Barbara. The “Western White House” played a historically significant role throughout the entirety of Ronald Reagan’s Presidency. A visit to the Ranch provides a window into the soul of Ronald Reagan. President Reagan once remarked, “No place before or since has ever given Nancy and me the joy and serenity it does.”
Young America’s Foundation stepped forward to save President Reagan’s Western White House, Rancho del Cielo, in the spring of 1998, preserving and protecting the Ranch and using it as a tool to pass on his ideas to future generations.
YOU will have an opportunity to tour this historic Presidential property!
This three-day camp is a unique gathering designed specifically for high school students and framed as a “crash course” in conservative thought.
This educational camp will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday with a full line-up of engaging speakers, including Governor Scott Walker, YAF’s CEO and president-elect.
Throughout the program, students will learn conservative ideas and effective activism, meet and network with like-minded students, improve their critical thinking and debate skills, learn how to become young leaders in the Conservative Movement, and tour the Reagan Ranch—a right of passage for all young conservatives.
Engaging instructors will provide an unforgettable educational experience during these three days. We will list each instructor below, along with their biography, when they are confirmed.
Please note, campers must wear a mask for the duration of the program. If you are sick or have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19, please stay home.
YAF will follow the California Department of Public Health's COVID-19 Interim Guidance for Day Camps.
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