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Camp Kiya News!

Camp Kiya Jam Camp!

November 3-5, 2017

Tehachapi Mountain Park

       For all of us who don’t want to have to wait a full year for Camp Kiya to come around again, we are happy to announce a Camp Kiya Jam Camp, November 3-5. This will be much like the “Wintercamp” that Tehachapi musicians used to hold some years ago in Tehachapi Mountain Park. We won’t have instruction or anything formally planned except for meals, and maybe an open mic on Saturday night in the mess hall if we all want to do that.  This will be opportunity for us to get together again, jam, eat and have a great time. 

       Meals will be prepared by our kitchen staff, and all of us can pitch in to help clean up as needed.

       Because it will be chilly at that time of the year, we’ll have jamming in the cabins, which are heated. We won’t assign cabins ahead of time for sleeping, other than to set aside quiet ones for men and women.  You’re free to find a bunk – first come, first served. If you are planning to jam most of the night – or all night – you can bunk in your favorite jam cabin. We’ll set aside specific ones for Celtic, Bluegrass, Old Time, country, etc.

       RVs are welcome, as well. As always, Tehachapi people can choose to sleep at home.

       Because of the loose cabin sleeping arrangements, anyone under 18 wanting to spend the night MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (We will offer a special rate for a parent who is simply spending the night.)   

The cost for the weekend, including all meals, is $100 per person. Space is limited, so sign up early!

        To register, simply send a check for the fee to Camp Kiya, 206 East F Street #5, Tehachapi, CA 93561. Please include your name, address, phone number, email, and any food specifications you might have. Also, please tell us if you would like space in a quiet cabin. That way we’ll know how many cabins to set aside. You can also pay by credit card by calling us at 661-823-9994. Leave a message and we’ll get back to you.  We do have to charge an additional $3 for credit or debit card use, however.

We’re looking forward to a great weekend of jamming, and just being together again!


Camp Kiya Receives Arts Council of Kern Grant

Camp Kiya was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Arts Council of Kern. The “Arts in the Community” grant was given for the scholarship program, which assists in financial aid for individuals who would not be able to attend camp without financial assistance. We’re grateful to them and to our other donors for making it possible for our recipients to go this year. 


See the Registration Info & Fees page for Camp Kiya general info, fees, discounts, camper forms, and payments.

Explore music “from the inside out.”


Discover the joy of jamming, improvisation, singing, dancing and playing tunes together. Try different instruments, learn new tunes and styles on your main one, have fun doing creative art projects, learn about the local native American culture, or just enjoy the woods. There’s something for everyone at Camp Kiya!

“Kiya” (Kee-ya) means fun, laughter and play in the local Tehachapi native language, Nuwa (or Kawaiisu). The camp is rustic, with a mess hall for meals and dancing, a campfire circle for gathering and singing, and cabins, campsites and shower facilities. Sleep in a cabin, your own tent or RV, or go home every night if you are local. We also have fine hotels in town only 20 minutes from camp. Meals are mostly catered from our local restaurants, with vegetarian options.

Our Acorn Program includes special activities for children ages 4 to 11 who are not taking the regular classes. Those 6 and under must be accompanied in the program by a parent or guardian.…read more About Camp Kiya