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About the Camp​

Korean-American Youth Foundation (KAYF) provides opportunities for youths of Korean ancestry to develop qualities of leadership, social responsibility, and friendship in an environment that fosters awareness and appreciation of their cultural heritage.


Since 1970, thousands of Korean-American youths have come to KAYF's summer camp, fondly referred to as "Camp Conifer" based on our original campsite, to enjoy a unique cultural and social experience.  This year, Camp Conifer is utilizing the site of Camp Nawakwa, located in the Barton Flats area of the San Bernardino National Forest. Camp Nawakwa is surrounded by 3,400 acres of national forest and hiking trails at an elevation of 6,000 feet.



This year’s annual summer camp will take place from Sunday, July 30th, to Saturday, August 5th, at Camp Nawakwa.  We hope your children will join us for a week of adventure, friendship and fun.


Sunday, July 30, 2023
3pm at Camp Nawakwa


Saturday, August 5, 2023
1pm – Lunch ($20 bento lunches available upon advance order)

2pm – Open house program (slideshow and talent show)

3pm – Departure

FEES AND REFUNDS:  The early-registration fee is $995 per camper and counselor-in-training (CIT).  After April 30th, the registration fee will be $1,050.  Campers will be accepted based on availability on a first come, first served basis.  CITs will be accepted based on availability AND selection by the CIT directors.  All cancellations up to July 1st will receive a 50% refund.  No refunds will be given after July 1st.  No refunds for early departures.  Space is limited so please register soon. 

Limited need-based financial aid is available upon inquiry for a partial fee waiver - please contact us for an application.

CIT APPLICATIONS:  If your child is an incoming 10th or 11th grader and has been to Camp Conifer in the past, they can fill out the supplemental section at the end of the application to apply to be a counselor-in-training (CIT) after the main application and camp fee have both been submitted.  CIT applications will be considered until either (1) the session fills up, or (2) May 1st (whichever occurs first), but their spot in the program is not first-come-first-served like camper applications because CITs must be selected by the CIT directors, who will let the applicants know their decision as quickly as possible once the CIT application period has closed.  Please note that the CIT directors are looking specifically for candidates who have shown potential leadership skills, and who have demonstrated genuine care for their fellow campers and a true desire to pass along their love of the camp experience down to the next generation of campers.

​Please note that space in both the camp and CIT programs is subject to availability.


  • All campers/CITs/staff are required to be fully vaccinated in order to attend this year’s session (electronic proof is acceptable).

  • All campers/CITs/staff are required to provide proof of a PCR test obtained within 72 hours of their arrival up at camp.

  • All campers/CITs must bring two rapid tests with them up to camp (one will be used for testing at check-in, and the second test will be used either for mid-week testing or in case symptoms appear).

  • In the event that any camper exhibits COVID symptoms and/or tests positive during the week, the child will be quarantined and must be picked up by a parent or guardian (no later than 24 hours after notification by our staff).

  • Prior to our session, in the event that the COVID infection rate increases to a point where either the local county or the KAYF board of directors deems it to be a health concern, camp may be cancelled and any camp registration fees will be refunded, less the pro rata portion of expenses already incurred in preparation for the session.

Thank you so much and we look forward to another great summer at Camp Conifer! 

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