Master Site Plan

 

Kidder Creek is excited to introduce 

the Master Site Plan project.

 

Kids Need Camp

Today more than ever kids need healthy experiences like the ones they get at Kidder Creek Camp each summer. Today’s youth are looking for answers to these tough questions as they mature into adulthood: Who am I? What do I believe? Do my choices matter? Where do I fit?

At Kidder Creek, Campers' Lives are Transformed

Through a week in community with great counselors, campers have time and space to reflect, play, and have adventures with their friends. The essence of a camp experience helps kids answer these very important questions.

For 40 years, Kidder Creek has prioritized respecting the land and our neighbors. Any updates are done with the intention of maintaining the beauty and natural appeal of the area. Our desire is to show care for our neighbors and listen to their needs and concerns in the midst of these updates.

Update

With so many kids seeking a camp experience, we have been forced to turn kids away from our programs due to lack of space and the limitations of our current use permit. In order to meet the needs of our youth, we recognize that we must update our 20-year-old use permit. We have spent the last eight years working with the county and local focus groups to do so responsibly, intentionally and respectfully.

We have worked with the County Planning Department to determine that our plan for growth is consistent with the Scott Valley Area Plan

We want to express a heartfelt thanks to the members of our community for participating, asking good questions, and caring about what happens in their community.

 

 

Upcoming Events


Town Hall Meeting
Monday, September 19
6:30–8:00 PM
Bob's Ranch House
585 Collier Way, Etna, CA 96027

Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, September 22
6:30–8:00 PM
Fort Jones Community Center
11920 Main St, Fort Jones, CA 96032

Mission & Vision
For Kidder Creek's Future

Horseback Riding

Kidder Creek started serving youth in Siskiyou County in 1976 when camp staff  led a 3-day backpacking trip in the Marble Mountain Wilderness. The following summer, three rustic cabins were built and Log Cabin Camp, now called Timberline camp, was introduced with three weeks of camp that year. Since those early days, Kidder Creek has continued to offer more programs serving more kids and families. Today we serve approximately 1,500 campers and families each summer through day camps, overnight camps and adventure experiences. Our mission since day one has been to help campers understand that they are loved by God, that He has made each one of them unique, that He has a plan for their life, and that He will help them answer life’s tough questions. Simply put, our mission is to see lives transformed.

Moving Forward

Our vision remains the same: to impact youth through rustic high adventure camp experiences for the purpose of transforming lives. We will continue to serve local Siskiyou County youth as well as youth from our region. Kidder Creek has always been locally supported through generous donors, staff and volunteers. We will continue in that tradition and legacy. Kidder Creek would not exist nor have the impact it does today if it were not for these faithful friends and supporters of the work that is done at this place.

 

Impact

What kind of impact will this have on our community?

For 40 years, Kidder Creek has had a positive impact in our community and we see growth as an opportunity for greater impact. Here are some ways that we have had a positive impact in Scott Valley and Siskiyou County:

  • Facilitating life-changing experiences for your kids and grandkids as we do our part to help them grow into who God made them to be

  • Offering a 25% discount, and additional campership funds as needed, to all Siskiyou County residents to help keep camp programs affordable

  • Providing a local resource to families, clubs and organizations by offering our property for free and discounted events like Fall Festival, local school outings and events, grad nights, picnics, soccer clubs and more

  • Planning our development to include the larger pond, adult housing, covered riding arena, welcome center and dining facility to offer even more opportunities for our community to use Kidder Creek for recreation, business, family and group outings

  • Creating additional year round, seasonal and summer jobs.

  • Continuing our commitment to support local businesses with our purchases and by increasing short-term visitation to the valley who will stay in hotels, eat and shop locally

 

Horseback Riding

Show your support.

The public is encouraged to join us in helping make it happen, by contacting the following County officials, and urging approval of the proposed Master Plan:

County of Siskiyou Planning Department

Attn: Vurl Trytten
806 S Main St
Yreka, CA 96097
planning@co.siskiyou.ca.us

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FAQ

  • Q: What is the total planned occupancy?

    Occupancy Current Proposed
    Camper Beds 144 428
    Campsite Occupancy 70 100
    Staff , Guest, and Volunteer Beds 96 196
    Retreat Center Beds 0 120

    *Proposed Occupancy is projected over phases of growth, and does not indicate total number of occupants at one given time.
    Kidder Creek’s programs and facilities are designed to operate several small programs that are scheduled on a rotation. Many of our programs take campers out of our facility to experience wilderness and river adventures.

  • Q: What is your plan to minimize noise?

    A: We have and will continue to minimize noise from our programs by

    • Protecting portions of our property adjacent to our neighbors to create “buffer zones”

    • Moving certain activities to where sound can be directed toward wooded areas

    • Continuing to keep campers in small groups that will not require loud sound amplification

    • Enforcing quiet hours beginning at 10:00pm

  • Q: What impact will this have on South Kidder Creek Road?

    A: During the summer of 2015 an independent company, “Traffic Works,” performed a Traffic Impact Study to assess the potential traffic impacts on South Kidder Creek Road, including the intersection at Highway 3. The study determined that the projected traffic increase will be “less than significant”, based on the Highway Capacity Manual published by the Transportation Research Board in 2010. No mitigation measures were recommended; however, we recognize the impact that more traffic will have on our neighbors. Even though the road can handle the increase, we are implementing practices to reduce our impact.

    These practices include

    • Pre-arrival communication with our staff and campers emphasizing slow speeds on the road

    • Greeting campers when turning onto the road and asking them to drive slowly

    • Assigning staff to stand at strategic points with speed signs to remind them to drive slowly

    • Including road driving policies in our summer staff handbook and verbally reminding them to slow down

    Ideas for the future

    • Encourage campers to carpool when possible in order to decrease the number of individual cars

    • Add a local pick up and drop off location to our current schedule

    • Develop a shuttle system that transports campers down the road from the intersection at Highway 3

    • Continue the conversation with our neighbors about traffic impacts

  • Q: How will you provide secondary emergency access to and from the camp?

    A: Our secondary emergency access to the camp has been, and will continue to be, to exit through the Taylor Divide to Patterson Creek Road and out to Highway 3. This route will continue to be for emergency ingress and egress only.

  • Q: How will you fill the new pond?

    A: Our pond utilizes water from the Barker Ditch. The pond is designed with an outflow returning water to the Barker Ditch for use by the water right holders downstream of camp property. Kidder Creek has met with shared water right owners to discuss this activity and has gained approval from all of the water right owners.

  • Q: Where will your drinking water come from?

    A: We will continue to use our existing well to pump water into storage containers. Tests have demonstrated that it can handle a portion of our growth. We recognize that in the future we will need to drill another well, and increase the volume of storage.

  • Q: What kind of environmental impact will this have on the land and resources?

    A: We have had early consultations with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Army corps of Engineers, and multiple visits and studies from state and local biologists to help us plan for the future and minimize the impact on natural resources.

    Key Observations

    • These studies concluded that our planned development would have no impact on endangered species.

    • We will continue to preserve the natural environment as much as possible and design structures to enhance the natural landscape.

    • We will work with county, state and federal agencies to insure our compliance with all current regulations.

  • Q: How will you minimize your impact on public lands?

    A: We currently utilize the Klamath National Forest Wilderness areas and ra on the Klamath River within the limitations of our permit from the US Forest Service. We have a great working relationship with the Forest Service and have consistently worked within the guidelines that are set up for us.

    We minimize our impact by

    • Complying with Forest Service regulations, such as group size limits

    • Teaching “Leave No Trace” principles before heading into wilderness and national forest areas

    • Maintaining a “local information” web page with information about where we will be in the mountains, rivers and forests so local residents can plan accordingly (local.kiddercreek.org)

    • Committing to limit our use of facilities, such as the group campsite at Carter Meadows, and diversify locations we use

  • Q: Will you be changing the way you run camp?

    A: From the very first week of camp in 1976, Kidder Creek has been a place where kids are known by name and treated as individuals. When we look to the future, we want to preserve the character of Kidder Creek and the special place where it is held in the heart of our community. We will continue to be a resource to our community and county, we will always serve the kids in our “backyard” and we will invite others to join us for a life-changing experience in this beautiful valley.

Contact

Andy Warken

Have Questions?

Andy Warken

Director of Kidder Creek
andy.warken@mounthermon.org
530.467.3265