Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS SSC?
SSC - Service Summer Camp - is a weekend of reflection, sharing, and fellowship. We want campers to walk away with a deeper understanding of who they are in service, the belief that service is a way of being (rather than just a singular "commitment" to take on), that therefore they are okay just as they are right now, and that we're all in this together!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Among other things, you can expect to:
WILL YOU HAVE A.A. OR GSR-RELATED TRAININGS LIKE ON ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER, BEING A TREASURER, TRADITIONS & CONCEPTS, ETC?
No - the focus of SSC will be on how each individual relates themselves to service - how to bring service into every area of our lives in a way that inspires and invigorates us. We will look at how we deal with critics and personalities (ourselves and others : ), how we model service to those in our lives, what holds us back and intentions we bring into our service lives going forward.
I DON'T WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY OF THE PROGRAMMING AND I DON'T LIKE NATURE AND ALSO SONGS, GAMES, & FUN ARE STUPID. SHOULD I COME?
This may not be the weekend for you.
CAN WE BRING MINOR KIDS OR NON-A.A. FRIENDS/FAMILY?
SSC is dedicated to carrying the A.A. service message to those in A.A. Therefore, attendance is limited to A.A. members only. Due to extensive contractual and liability issues, SSC is not able to accommodate minors at this time.
CAN I BRING MY PET(S)?
Sorry - you have to leave Fido, Felix, and Tweety at home. The camp cannot accommodate animals, including emotional support animals.
DO PEOPLE COME ALONE?
Absolutely! Many folks might be afraid to attend an event like this without knowing anyone, but we assure you that you will make a ton of friends while you're here. In fact, everyone is assigned a small buddy group they get to find as soon as they arrive!
ARE THERE PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AT CAMP?
Although we hope that everyone who cares to is able to join us at summer camp, the camp does not have accessibility for wheelchairs or similar mobility-assistance devices. There will be some walking involved throughout the weekend - such as to attend meals in the mess hall across camp, and workshops, sharing sessions, and meetings are a short walk from our camp (Creekside Camp).
DOES SSC CARE ABOUT SAFETY/INCLUSIVITY?
Safety during all Combined Hollywood events, throughout A.A. and our service structure is vital to recovery. We strive to create events and environments that uphold the values and principles of our program - respect, integrity, accountability, and compassion.
CAN I ARRIVE AFTER 8PM?
Yes, technically, but we'd rather you not. Here's why: First, the Welcome Celebration starts at 8:00 p.m. which includes information that the camp has required we share with you. Second, it's very dark and camp requires that all campers be guided into camp.
Registration begins at 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Last year, many folks indicated that they had hit traffic, arrived after dark, and had difficulty finding camp. We are addressing this by having road signs on the main road to reduce confusion on where to turn, having an A.A. meeting at 5:00 p.m. and a buffet dinner at 6:00 p.m. to encourage early arrivals. You will hit heavy traffic if you leave Los Angeles at 5:00 p.m., so we suggest utilizing Google Maps and adjusting the setting to "Arrive By" or "Depart at" to better plan your trip.
I'M LEAVING AT 5 PM AFTER WORK ON FRIDAY - THAT SHOULD BE FINE, RIGHT?
Travel to Idyllwild Pines from Los Angeles usually takes about 2 hours without traffic. However, leaving at 5:00 pm will add 2 or even 3 hours to your travel time. We recommend leaving at 1 or 2:00 pm if you're able to so you can arrive early and without stress.
WILL I HAVE MY OWN ROOM?
Nope. Lodging is anywhere from 8-16 to a room. Each dorm room is furnished with bunkbeds with mattresses, but no bedding. You will share bathroom facilities as well (private stalls) located next door to the dorms.
WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH THE REG COST?
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I BRING?
A few weeks before the event, you will be emailed a packet which will contain a list of items to bring, forms to complete prior to arrival, and important notes about camp (smoking, etc.).
I'M VEGAN, GF, HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES - CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE?
Vegatarian, Vegan, and gluten-free options will be available - please note this during registration (online or on your registration form).
WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE? WHAT CLOTHES SHOULD I BRING?
Weather in Idyllwild can vary somewhat in the course of a single day, from cool to hot and back to cool again. So, do like the French and bring layers. You may have a hoodie on in the morning, take that off in the afternoon, and don a fleece or jacket once evening sets. Close-toed shoes are your best bet throughout camp, sneakers that can get dirty for Color Wars. For sleeping, consider warm socks, pjs and/or sweats, and a bathrobe for snuggling up in front of the fire with your new friends.
CAN I GET A REFUND?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds. However, transfers are permissable.
ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?
We do have some scholarship funds available thanks to the generosity of a number of our campers and even non-campers who hope others can attend. If you require financial assistance to attend, please email us.
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE MUCH SERVICE EXPERIENCE?
You don't need to have prior or current service commitments to attend or get something out of service summer camp. In fact, this whole weekend is about viewing service as an intention, a way of being, rather than a specific "commitment" to complete. From that perspective, every camper will have the opportunity to take away as much or as little as they want!