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What to Pack

  • Casual clothes                        

  • Sweater/sweatshirt 

  • Comfortable shoes 

  • Towels

  • A sleeping bag or sheets, blanket, pillow and pillow case for a twin bed 

  • Your yearbook staff t-shirt (if you have one) 

  • Your 2020 yearbook 

  • Great digital photos for your mock-yearbook

  • Soap and toiletries 

  • Bath Robe 

  • Change for vending machines 

  • Snacks 

  • Pens/Pencils and paper

  • Magazines for design ideas 

  • Optional digital camera for personal use 

  • School Spirit wear

  • A desire to work hard and have fun

  • Laptop

  • Medications

  • Water Bottle

Medical Info

Medical Info

Should a participant require medical attention at any time during the workshop, he or she should tell any member of the CYA staff. If necessary, student and adult participants will be taken to the Emergency Room of St. Rose Hospital in Hayward by an assigned CYA staff member, or, if deemed appropriate, ambulance. The participant is expected to pay for his own medication or medical services. The workshop staff is not permitted to dispense drugs or treat injuries. The participant’s adviser and Herff Jones representative will be notified (if in attendance) and may accompany the participant to the emergency room.

Residence Halls

Each suite consists of either three or four double rooms with two shared bathrooms (please note, room configurations are subject to change based on the dorms the university has available for our group; we have no control over these changes if/when they occur). Students will be grouped together by school as much as possible. To guarantee all participants from your school are grouped in the same suite(s), all participants must be registered by May 1.  Girls are on one floor and boys are on another. Suites come equipped with a microwave oven and a small refrigerator, so you may want to bring along some snacks for those late-night work sessions. You may bring a laptop, camera, iPod, etc. at your own risk. It is the student’s responsibility to keep their equipment secure as CYA cannot assume responsibility for any damage, loss, etc. to any equipment students bring to camp.etc. to any equipment students bring to camp.


The purpose of the California Yearbook Academy is to teach students the basics of journalism as they apply to producing a yearbook. You will attend sessions on design, writing, photography, theme development and more. Students are expected to attend all sessions and evening activities. Each school will be required to prepare a theme packet, complete with cover, theme and sample layouts. Our staff will be available to assist you. Theme packets will be presented on Thursday morning.

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