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Come JOIN in on the FUN!


Our dedicated Activities Director Nichole Harshbarger ensures that the activity periods are both fun for all children, so that there is a balance during the day of both instructions, and time to enjoy our environment.



On the first two nights of camp, our wonderful Activities Director Nichole leads the entire camp in a fun evening of games. Cabins generally stay in groups for the first evening, which includes Amoeba Races, potato sack races, mosquito tag, circle games, and other creative activities that help create a sense of community within the cabin group. Laughter is heard throughout the cabin grounds, and smiles are seen on every camper’s face!


Camp Fire Night


Campfire night is one of those favorite nights at Sierra Mountain Music Camp when all those campfire favorites from past years are sung together. Our campers also often recall the annual reading of “Rindercella." Campers have an opportunity to lead campfire songs including favorites like “]Baby Shark,” “Boom Chicka Boom,” "TOAST", and many more...even some new ones! We end the night perfectly with star gazing on the lower field.


Talent Night


Talent night is considered to be one of the most amazing nights of the entire camp week. This is the evening when the shy camper has the opportunity to walk to center stage and walk off the stage to a standing ovation. These evenings have transformed campers and caused jaws to drop to the floor within the audience. The talent that lies in our campers is absolutely awe-inspiring, from the violinist who performs, to the camper who wrote a song at camp and decided to play, to a dance troupe who performs annually, even our directors and staff have participated in this wonderful evening.


Skit Night


As part of our evening activities, cabins are invited to participate in skit night where many of our campers have the opportunity to show their comical side. We have experienced everything from the old-time favorites, such as the “Invisible Bench” skit, to skits that have been so creative, and so hilarious that only our alumni can truly understand the talent that is up at camp – both musically and on stage.


Closing Night Celebration


Each year, Sierra Mountain Music Camp ends with a closing night celebration. In our outdoor amphitheater, our own camp DJ  Mike the mic is ready to play music while campers celebrate and dance the night away! An additional room is offered as an alternative for those wishing for a quieter close to their week by watching a family-friendly PG movie.


Pool Time


The swimming pool is one of the most wonderful activities to have up at camp during the summer. Each afternoon, the pool opens to campers and staff to enjoy the cool water on those warm days. One of our newer evening traditions includes an all-camp swim and all the campers create a whirlpool! Lifeguards are on duty each afternoon, and many of our counselors are also lifeguard certified to further ensure camper safety. Plus we may be the only summer camp with an over 100-foot slip and slide!


Arts and Crafts


Sierra Mountain Music Camp is lucky to have Arts & Crafts volunteers ready and willing to help out our campers with fun, creative, and often environmentally-inspired works of art. In years past, campers have made their own dream catchers, carved soapstone for necklaces, made pins decorated with beads, and woven lanyards, and had an overall wonderful experience learning and creating with friends.


Sports and Archery


With a huge sports field, a basketball court, and a sand volleyball court, any sports enthusiast will be entertained while at Sierra Mountain Music Camp. Some of the sports that have become popular at camp are flag football, soccer games, volleyball tournaments (quite popular in years past), basketball, dodge ball, softball, and whatever else our campers and staff can think of! Our archery range is supervised by counselors who are trained for this specific activity. We even have Supervised Archery Tag. What a fun way to spend a morning or afternoon! The campsite is already fully set for archery, including all equipment necessary.


Zip Line


Specially trained Diamond Arrow staff members carefully prepare and supervise opportunities for our campers to speed high over the meadow on a zip line spanning hundreds of feet across the campground.


Rock Climbing


The rock climbing wall is one of our favorites with our campers. Campers have the opportunity to scale a rock-climbing wall, just like at some of the more popular rock climbing facilities, though this experience is out amid the wonderful Sierras! Counselors are trained by Diamond Arrow staff on how to use the equipment properly, and campers climb using an automatic-belay safety system, similar to those found in most indoor rock climbing facilities. Parent or guardian permission is required to take part in rock climbing.

Mini Golf

New Starting 2023, the Diamond Arrow Mini Golf Course is complete! Enjoy a full day of unlimited mini-golf. We are so excited to offer another fun elective opportunity for our campers, and it was a HUGE hit for SMMC 2023. 

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Our Venue

Diamond Arrow Conference Center in the Sierra Foothills is a premium camp site located 6 miles from Nevada City and 2 miles from the beautiful Yuba River! It is located on 375 acres and has a capacity of 468 campers with handicap accessibility which will enable our program to grow, Grow, GROW!!! 15742 N Bloomfield Rd, Nevada City, CA 95959. Visit DACC website for more information.


Are we a faith-based camp?

  • While our venue may be Diamond Arrow Christian Conference Center we are not affiliated with nor do we practice a specific faith at camp. All our campers and staff are entitled to their own beliefs and we support that. However, we are a "G" rated camp. This means we adhere to strict behavior, language, and dress guidelines to protect the fact that we are an all-ages camp. (4th grade- college)


  • We have an amazing DA kitchen staff team offering 3 hot meals and 2 snacks per day for your camper. A FULL salad bar is available with every lunch and dinner. Snack shack 2x daily does not require an additional $. Everything is included with tuition!

  • Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options are available (fee required from the venue).  Available with online registration.​

What to Bring:

  • Check out our camper portal page to get a detailed packing list and our dress code guidelines.

Cabin Guidelines:

  • All cabins are separated by age/grade. In addition to sleeping arrangements and bathrooms, our camp is separated by gender. Campers can request friends or family on their registration form. We do our best to accommodate all grade/age/gender-matched requests. Every cabin has 1-3 trained counselors to assist in campers' support. In addition, our 20+ staffers are housed all throughout camp and are always available. 

Registration Additions:

  • Items such as zip line wrist band, sweatshirts, Celebration BBQ, and Concert tickets are all available online during registrations. Additionally, you can always log back into your ACTIVE account to update, add or remove or pay the balance. 

  • Zip Line Wrist Band: We offer unlimited zip line, ropes course, and rock wall with a $15 zip line wrist band. Not required with registration.

  • Sweatshirts: Can be purchased online with registration for $30 adult S-XL and $35 2X-3X, pre-orders close May 1st. We will have a small amount available on registration day. Sizes and colors are limited.

First Day of Camp

  • Registration drop-off start times: Sunday 6/19/22 9:30-11:30. Parents must leave by 12:30.

  • Counselors arrive SATURDAY 6/18/2022 and have been given detailed instructions from our Activities Director Nichole. Email for additional information.

  • Parents and Campers: Lunch is not provided on the first day of camp, please bring a sack lunch for you and/or your family. (Families are more than welcome to stay on campus until 12:30 and help get your camper settled) Please make sure all campers are dropped off at 12:30 p.m.(unless prior arrangements have been made). Camp Orientation/Rehearsal is at 1:00 p.m.

Final Day of Camp


Concert: Saturday June 25, 2022 at  10:30 a.m. 

Address: 15742 N Bloomfield Rd, Nevada City, CA 95959 (SMMC Camp Location)

BBQ: BBQ to immediately follow the concert. 


  • BBQ: A celebration BBQ will immediately follow the concert on 6/25/22 more info. Adults $10 and children 11 and under $7. Tickets can be purchased with your online registration or on 6/19/22 with camper registration drop-off.

What is the cancellation policy?

  • All deposits are 100% refundable until 5/15/2022. If refund is requested after 5/15 a $75 musical and t shirt fee will be applied. No full tuition refunds after 6/1/2022.

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