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Updated: Oct 5, 2020

Saturdays, October 24 & November 14, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Looking for a great opportunity to do service as a family? Mt. Cross is hosting work days 1 Saturday each month this fall for volunteers willing to come help create at least 30 feet of defensible space around all our buildings. This will involve clearing brush and undergrowth, raking, as well as cutting back tree branches so they are not touching the buildings. If anyone has a weed eater with a brush blade they could bring, as well as a chainsaw (especially a chainsaw on a pole), and/or loppers, as well as rakes, that would be very helpful, as the camp has a limited number of supplies. Participants are also asked to bring a water bottle, gloves, and any personal protective equipment (eye/ear protection) they will want. We also ask that everyone wears a face covering in accordance with the Santa Cruz County and State of California’s health orders. A boxed lunch will be provided.

Lodging for this event will be limited to 2 rooms for families in Lower Jensen and 2 Madrone Cabins, as well as two sites in the campground, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who are staying at the camp will need to provide their own sleeping bag and pillow, as well as toiletries, towel/washcloth, and any other personal items you will need.

Additionally, if anyone is a Thrivent Member and can apply for Thrivent Action Teams to help offset the costs of food, gas for weed eaters and chainsaws, and other supplies, that would be wonderful. You can contact Adam Erickson (; 831.336.5179) with questions, or help securing your Action Team.

To sign up, please fill out this Signup Genius for October 24 (the November signup for will be available soon) or simply contact Adam with your name, contact information, and how many in your group, by the Monday before the Work Day you plan to participate in. Please note that Thrivent Action Teams require at least 2 weeks to process, so if you can secure an Action Team for a Work Day, please sign up for a Work Day by that time.

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After some of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place restrictions were lifted this summer, Mt. Cross began offering a "Family Get-Away" program for families who wanted to get out of their house and experience some much-needed Sabbath time in creation. It was a joy to have families, couples, and friends who were "quaran-teaming" here, and we would like to resume this ministry this fall. You can choose to camp in the campground or stay in our cabins/lodge. There are 2 campground sites available (one can possibly accommodate your RV - please be sure to mention if you have an RV when you reserve a spot [we do not have dumping facilities for your RV's gray & black water tanks]). Your family will get their own pool house bathroom if you are staying in the campground. If you would rather stay in the cabins, we have 2 Madrone cabins available with private bathrooms in the bathhouse. And finally, if you would like to stay in Lower Jensen, we have 2 rooms available with private indoor bathrooms.

Think of your time at camp as staying in a campground, regardless of whether you are truly camping here or staying in a Madrone or Lower Jensen: Mt. Cross will provide you with the space, but you are responsible for your food, bedding, and all personal supplies. If you have a camp stove, you are welcome to bring it, or you can cook over the campfire. Campfire rings for those staying in the Madrone Cabins are available at the Outdoor Chapel or The Cove (first come, first served). Those staying in Lower Jensen are able to use the campfire rings in the campground that are not being used. You might want to consider bringing a wagon so you can take your food and drinks to wherever you end up cooking. Unfortunately, we cannot allow access to the kitchen or our walk-in cooler, so please plan accordingly.

When you arrive, we will take everyone's temperature and ask you some very basic health questions. Those who have a temperature upon arrival, those who have, or have had within the previous 14 days, symptoms of COVID-19, will not be allowed to stay. Additionally, if you have been around someone suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, you will not be allowed to stay. If this is the case for you and you need to cancel your reservation, we will work to find another date for you to come. Additionally upon arrival, you will receive a "welcome bag" full of family activity ideas, campfire fun, and camp goodies. You will also have full access to our hiking trails, ball field and volleyball court, and campfire rings.

Families should plan to bring their own sleeping bags/pillows, toiletries, towels/washcloths, water bottles, and personal sports equipment (ball and glove, basketball, soccer ball, volleyball, etc.). You should also plan to stop in Scotts Valley, Felton, or Ben Lomond and purchase firewood prior to arrival. A full packing list is available in the reservation portal once you begin the reservation process. Please note that dogs are welcome in the campground, but not the cabins/lodge. Dogs need to be leashed at all times, not be aggressive, and not an excessive barker (an occasional bark is one thing, but if they bark every time they see another person or animal, that's too much).


Campground: $25/family/night

Madrones: $45/family/night

Lower Jensen: $75/family/night

Check-In Time: Between Noon & 5:00 pm (it is important that you arrive by 5:00 pm)

Check-Out Time: 12:00 pm

To reserve your spot, please email Adam at Be sure to include your name, mailing address, phone number, the number of people in your group, which building you are hoping for, or if you’d like to stay in the campground. Please note: the weekends of our Fall Work Days (October 23-25 & November 13-15) are reserved for those who will be participating in the Work Days, and are unavailable for "general" reservations.

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Many hundreds of homes were burned in the recent CZU Lightning Complex Fire in the San Lorenzo Valley. And even for those families whose homes didn't burn, many people are either without water at all, or without safe water due to nearly 10 miles of pipe being destroyed. At Mt. Cross, we would like to help. One way we can do that is to make some of our shower facilities available.

If we are to do this, though, it will take a lot of volunteers, as most of our staff has been furloughed as a result of COVID-19. While the details have not been worked out yet, what we're envisioning is opening the Pool House and Oak restrooms from 4-9 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. People would sign up for a 20-minute slot to shower, and then volunteers would have about 10 minutes to clean each bathroom in between guests. The times would be staggered so that multiple bathrooms wouldn't need to be cleaned in the same 10-minute period. We would provide you with all the necessary PPE and cleaning supplies. In an ideal situation, we would have 2-5, volunteers each evening so that there is always someone available to greet guests and show first-time users where the restrooms are. Volunteers are welcome to do your own "Family Get-Away" and stay at the camp and have all morning through mid-afternoon to relax, hike, and enjoy the beauty of God's creation here, and then spend the evening(s) volunteering your time. Of course, there's no requirement to stay at the camp, and you can sign up for a one-off shift, a weekly shift, a monthly shift, etc. We don't know exactly how long this service will be needed, but we'd love to help as long as possible. To indicate your interest/availability in helping with this endeavor, please fill out this form, and Adam Erickson, Mt. Cross' Co-Director, will be in touch. If you aren't able to volunteer time, but are able to contribute financially to help offset the increase in the water bill we will have, or to un-furlough some of our staff so they can assist the guests, we welcome those gifts. You can click here to be taken to our donation page.

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