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What to Expect As a Guest

Bosch’s scenic and serene campus welcomes participants. Within the first moments on campus, guest realizes that they’ve arrived at a special place. Prepare to meet new and old friends who are excited about taking part in a spiritually uplifting experience.

Check-in & Departure

Unless otherwise noted, check-in starts at 4 p.m. in the Registration Office of Martha Root Hall. Dinner is served from 6-7 p.m. in the Dining Lodge. If you need to arrive after 7 p.m., please call the registrar at 831-423-3387 and leave a message. We are unable to check in participants earlier than 4 p.m. but welcome those who arrive early to enjoy the campus grounds until then.

Registration closes around 9:30 p.m. for most sessions. If you are arriving after this time, please call ahead and we will let you know your cabin assignment. You can check-in, pay any balance due, and pick-up your nametag(s) the following morning after 8:30 a.m.

Check-out time is 1:30 p.m. on the last day of the session.

Please note that no reductions in fees are made for late arrivals, early departures, or missed meals.

Guest Guidelines

We kindly ask that Bosch guests follow these guidelines:

Child Supervision: Parents are expected to fully supervise, in person, their children during meals and outside of the regular class times. The school does not provide supervision for children outside their scheduled classes.

Pets: Pets are not permitted.

Tobacco-Free Campus: The Bahá’í National Center and all its agencies are dedicated to maintaining a healthful work and learning environment, free from the effects of tobacco in any of its forms (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and chewing tobacco) as well as e-cigarettes. Accordingly, Bosch is a totally tobacco-free campus, whether inside or outside of the buildings, on the grounds, and in vehicles parked on campus property. Thank you for your commitment to our healthful environment and for observing this policy.

Dress Standards: Attire should be in accordance with Baha’i standards of modesty and dignity.  Please refrain from wearing short shorts or short skirts; low-rise pants, clothing with inappropriate slogans or images; cut-out or bare-shoulder tops; and revealing bathing suits such as bikinis or men’s swim briefs.  Please accompany your youth, junior youth, and children in packing clothing that is appropriate for this Baha’i environment.

Recreation: To promote a retreat atmosphere of spiritual community and to foster fellowship together, we request that guests leave all portable entertainment devices such as phones and electronic game units at home. Please note that Bosch enforces this policy during all programs and sessions designed to serve the needs of children, junior youth, and youth. Please note that inline skates and skateboards may not be used on campus.

Messages: Although we are unable to transfer incoming calls outside our office, our staff will be happy to accept messages for guests during our regular office hours. Messages can also be left on our voicemail, which is checked frequently.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the registrar at

Phone Service and WiFi

There is no cell phone reception at Bosch as there are no cell phone towers in our section of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Bosch, however, has four free outside public phones around the campus available to guests 24/7.

Wi-Fi is available in all meeting rooms, the dining room and the Bookstore.


Santa Cruz County, like much of California, is mountain lion country. Mountain lions sightings are infrequent, while attacks are even rarer. Nevertheless, simple precautions and tips are helpful to know, such as what the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends to stay safe in Mountain Lion country:

  • Do not hike, bike or jog alone.
  • Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, and at night.
  • Keep a close watch on small children.
  • Do not approach a mountain lion.
  • If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children.
  • If attacked, fight back.

Ticks and Lyme disease: The prevalence of ticks carrying the agent of Lyme Disease may be higher in Santa Cruz County than other areas of California. If you or your family walk through the woods surrounding campus or walk through high grass, take precautions to avoid deer tick bites and learn the signs of Lyme disease. For more information, click here.