HAYWARD LA HONDA MUSIC CAMP

Rating: 5 stars   29 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 2467 Pecan St Union City CA 94587 USA

Mission: The mission is to provide students an educational experience through performance and instructional classes that improves the students musical abilities, develops teamwork, and increases self esteem. The camp offers students highly regarded conductors, teachers, coaches and counselors.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This will be the last year that my son can go as a camper and I'm sure he will be competing with his camp friends for a job here next year. He started in 5th grade and every year he is so tired and so dirty he wants to go home, but he can't wait to get back. When we get there to drop him off we hear his name being yelled through the trees as boys come running to greet one another after a year apart. The stories of epic summer camp fun have changed over the years: the zip line, the rock wall, the pool, the antics in the cabin! The dances. The classes. Last year he took an electronic music class that for him was truly life changing.

His High School doesn't offer music. Most kids put down their instrument but this guy has found ways to keep up his musicianship just so he can play at La Honda Music Camp each and every summer. That is compelling!

The photos, videos, tshirts - all of these are prized possessions from a wonderful adventure.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing. It is a perfect gem of an organization.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

There are not enough words to say how wonderful this camp experience was for our son! 2012 was the first year he attended. He only knew a couple of other students and was a bit aprehensive about attending at first. Once there he made fast friends with other students AND the staff. The camp helped him grow in so many ways. He received professional level instruction from staff, his musicianship dramatically improved. The variety of classes that he was able to choose from allowed him to grow in areas that he was personally interested in. When we showed up for the final concert we were amazed by his camp experience. The friendships he made have lasted the whole year and he is really excited to attend again this summer. This camp gave him an advantage at school in the fall. The STAFF is just top notch and seriously all professional level musicians that go to any length to give each and every student every bit of their knowledge and expertise. The housing was good, food was great, staff was unbelievably excellent. Our son came home telling us it was obvious that the staff really cared about each and every student and helping them get the most out of camp! We were so impressed and you will be too if you choose this camp for your student. Now our younger son is excited for the chance to attend Hayward-LaHonda music camp too. We couldn't be more pleased. Thank you Hayward-LaHonda camp!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This music camp changed my life when I was a teenager! I made so many connections and friends, some of whom I remain in contact with today! Now I am a music teacher and I love telling my students exactly which music camp they should attend: Hayward La Honda Music Camp, of course! :)

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son had the time of his life attending the La Honda Music Camp for the first time this summer. We had done a lot of research and were seeking a music camp that was professional, enriching, educational, safe, clean, reasonably priced, and most importantly, fun! La Honda far exceeded our hopes. The leadership of the camp is clearly passionate about kids and music as it shows in everything that they do. The staff (and there are lots of them!) are all of the highest caliber and incredibly approachable. The kids seemed to have worked hard and played hard at this tremendous camp nestled in the middle of some truly gorgeous woods. It’s obvious why this camp celebrated its 50th year this summer, it’s amongst the best. Our only regret… not knowing about La Honda sooner! Kudos La Honda – we are already looking forward to next summer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my son's happy face

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing! My son would say, make it even longer.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

online

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has gone to Lahonda for the past five years and is signed up for her sixth. She LOVES it. It is a great combination of music, fun and nature. Lahonda is the highlight of her summer. From my perspective the camp is well run, the instructors are professional and I really enjoy picking my daughter up at the end of the week and hearing the all the bands at camp in the concert.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

sending my daughter to camp

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

Hayward La Honda Music Camp is a special music camp. Not only is the quality of instruction among the top in the state (national award winning classical and jazz instructors), but the staff is very personable. And, it doesn't hurt that the cost of the camp is is fairly modest in comparrison with other camps. One thing that makes the camp very special is the generational element that is present. A number of the campers, after graduating from high school, are interested in becoming counselors for the program; and in turn, the counselors often want to eventually become instructors. This is evident in my situation, as I was once a camper in the 70's, an instructor from 1986-1999, and am now a parent of two high school campers. Eventhough there are other, more "prestigious" camps to attend, I choose to send my kds (and students) to this one - it is "the" one!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

at least knowledgeable (if not expert) about their responsibilities. All very courteous and professional.

Ways to make it better...

the camp was longer, as it used to be in the past.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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8 people found this review helpful

My son doesn't get excited about much. His experience at La Honda had changed that. He learned so much in 10 days. He came home with an experience he still talks about today. The instructors came from all over the US. I was amazed to see the dedication from instructors and camp organizers. My son would go every year if I could send him financially.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All so experienced, talented, and helpful with the youth coming to the camp.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My son attended this camp several times. He learned more in the time he was there than he did all year at school. The coordinators and staff at this camp really care about the safety and care of the kids attending. Their concert on the last day of camp is outstanding. Overall, a SUPER enjoyable experience for our son. They are trying to keep their costs down to make it affordable, so they do several fundraisers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my son's improvement playing the saxophone.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the overall experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring and conscientious.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help a lot of kids with the art of music.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

After you have grown out of kiddie music camp, Hayward LaHonda is a great step up. This is a camp that balances the music (which is great) with the social which is age appropriate. My kids love(d) it as a great adventure in the fall, the camp they look forward to all high school year long.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Great music, and a great attitude in my kids about making music.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

just great, Go violas, Kate Meyer rocks.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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9 people found this review helpful

My son attended a music camp there a couple years ago and had a great experience. It was his first camp trip and he enjoyed it tremendously. He also gained a lot of confidence and made great friendships. As a parent I loved seeing how the high school kids tried to make him comfortable the first day. They had been coming for many years and i heard they kept checking on him during his stay. The staffwas very knowledgeable and the activities were fun and the performance was first rate.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

gaining confidence in playing his instrument in a non competitie setting.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NA

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the music of course and the setting, in the wild

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great staff

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

modernize some of the cabins, create more one on one classes and more scholarships

Ways to make it better...

NA

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

recession, the prices are lower than some camps but it is still pricey

One thing I'd also say is that...

NA

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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