Northern California Overnight Camp Guide (2021) - 510 Families

Northern California Overnight Camp Guide (2021)

Time to dream about wide-open skies, no screens, lots of laughs, and bug bites already? Scroll to find Summer 2021 Sleepaway Camps for Bay Area families. Make sure to check all the camps’ websites for current information. Check their refund policies before putting money into a program. Now, pack up your giant duffel, and let’s go! Find East Bay Day Camps and Online Summer Camps to round out your summer plans. Please note that all camps with logos are paid sponsors.

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Campers doing paddlesports | Photo: Avid4 Adventure

Sleepaway Camps in California

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Avid4 Adventure Overnight Expedition Camps

Avid4 expedition campers sleep in tents every night and adventure every day, choosing to focus on a paddlesport or multi-sport (biking, rock climbing, paddlesports, and hiking) experience for the week. Campers explore their spectacular surroundings and log lots of practice in outdoor sports learning skills in gear management, cooking outdoors, problem solving, and teamwork. Available for rising 5th - 9th graders.

Location: Sierra & Tahoe Region

Grade Entering: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Price: $1,435 - $1,625 sibling, early bird and multi-program discounts available
Camp Duration: 6 days, Sunday through Friday
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 20, Week of June 27, Week of July 11, Week of July 18, Week of July 25, Week of Aug. 1, Week of Aug. 8, Week of Aug. 15, Week of Aug. 22, Week of Aug. 29

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Trackers Earth

Trackers Earth award-winning overnight camps are hosted at a special Sebastopol location, offering one of the closest overnight wilderness camps to the Bay Area. Every student has their own tent. Experience the magic of this wild space with a seasoned guide.

Location: Marin & Northern Cal

Grade Entering: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Price: $895 / week with earlybird discounts available
Camp Duration: 5-Day Camp Session
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 13, Week of June 20, Week of June 27, Week of July 4, Week of July 11, Week of July 18, Week of July 25, Week of Aug. 1, Week of Aug. 8

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Bay Area Jewish Camp Collective

Whether your child likes sports, performing arts, nature, or gardening, the Bay Area Jewish Camp Collective has the perfect fit with Camp Ramah Galim (Ramah NorCal), Eden Village West, JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, URJ Camp Newman, Camp Tawonga, and Camp Be’chol Lashon.

Location: South Bay & Santa Cruz, Marin & Northern Cal, Sierra & Tahoe Region, Other

Grade Entering: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Price: Please inquire with individual camps regarding session pricing. Grants and scholarships to help make camp more accessible can be found on the Camp Collective site.
Camp Duration: Varies by individual camp (1-8 weeks)
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 13, Week of June 20, Week of June 27, Week of July 4, Week of July 11, Week of July 18, Week of July 25, Week of Aug. 1, Week of Aug. 8

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Girls Rock Santa Barbara Amplify Sleep Away Camp

Amplify Sleep Away Camp offers creative tracks for campers to choose. Tracks include Rock Band, Photography & Film, Journalism & Podcasting, Music Production & Engineering, and the Syryn Leadership Academy. For 5th through 12th graders.

Location: Other

Grade Entering: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Price: $1,950 for 1 week and $3,650 for 2 weeks. Multi-session campers get a killer discount.
Camp Duration: Two 2 weeks sessions and one 1 week session. Camp is 5 weeks total and campers can stay for the full 5 weeks if they wish
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 27, Week of July 4, Week of July 11, Week of July 18, Week of July 25

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Outward Bound California (OBCA)

Say goodbye to Zoom this summer. Go backpacking or rock climbing in the iconic mountains of California. Discover passion and purpose while building leadership skills with peers. OBCA courses are inclusive spaces where students discover their inner strength for life.

Location: Sierra & Tahoe Region

Grade Entering: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Price: Middle school courses: $2700 - $3700. High school courses: $3050 - $6000. Please inquire about tuition assistance program.
Camp Duration: 8 or 12 days for middle school courses. 10, 14, or 22 days for high school courses.
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 20, Week of June 27, Week of July 4, Week of July 11, Week of July 18, Week of July 25, Week of Aug. 1, Week of Aug. 8, Week of Aug. 15, Week of Aug. 22, Week of Aug. 29

Discount:

$100 discount with code: 510Families (must enroll prior to April 30, 2021)

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Skylake Yosemite Camp (Sierra National Forest on Bass Lake)

Skylake is a sleep-away camp located just 15 miles from Yosemite National Park. Campers create happy memories, develop interests and skills, experience personal growth, build friendships, and develop confidence in a beautiful outdoor setting. Skylake has been a family tradition since 1945. Bus transportation is available from Emeryville as well as Palo Alto.

Location: Other, Transportation provided from (510) or (925)

Grade Entering: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Price: 1 week - $1925, 2 week - $3975, 4 week- $7,150 (sibling discounts available)
Camp Duration: Skylake offers one, two, four, six and eight week sessions!
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 6, Week of June 13, Week of June 20, Week of June 27, Week of July 4, Week of July 11, Week of July 18, Week of July 25, Week of Aug. 1, Week of Aug. 8

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Camp Augusta

Discover the magic of Augusta! Campers explore 80 acres of pristine Sierra Nevada forest while discovering over 150 activities. Campers benefit from a 1:2 staff to camper ratio. Each day is unique, unforgettable, and filled with wish, wonder, and surprise.

Location: Sierra & Tahoe Region

Grade Entering: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Price: 1 Week: $1925, 2 Weeks: $3495
Camp Duration: 1 and 2 Week Sessions
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 13, Week of June 20, Week of June 27, Week of July 4, Week of July 11, Week of July 18, Week of July 25, Week of Aug. 1, Week of Aug. 8

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American Dance Training Camps (Olympic Valley, CA)

The ULTIMATE overnight dance camp for girls ages 8-17 in the beautiful Sierra Mountains of North Lake Tahoe. Join their 19th summer of dance, adventure, sun & summer fun. No prior dance experience necessary!

Location: Sierra & Tahoe Region

Grade Entering: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Price: $1,598 per session
Camp Duration: 1 Week (6 nights, includes meals)
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 20, Week of June 27

Discount:

Save $50 with coupon code: 510FIFTY | expiration: 4/15/21

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Gaia Passages Backpacking for Teens

Gaia Passages strives to honor each person’s full unique spirit celebrating moments along the way. Girls and gender-expansive youth gain confidence in the backcountry while connecting to themselves, their values, healthy friendships, and the wonders of nature.

Location: Marin & Northern Cal

Grade Entering: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Price: $1400 per session with significant early bird discount until March 7, 2021. Scholarships available.
Camp Duration: 4 nights & 5 days
Camp Season (2021): Week of July 18, Week of July 25

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Cazadero Music Camp

Cazadero Music Camp provides a nurturing, inspirational environment for young musicians ages 10-18. For more than 60 years, Cazadero has offered a dynamic program that strikes a thoughtful balance between in-depth music education and carefree summer camp fun in the redwoods.

Location: Marin & Northern Cal, Transportation provided from (510) or (925)

Grade Entering: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Price: $880-$992 per week, depending on session. Scholarships and sibling discounts available!
Camp Duration: 6 days or 12 days
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 13, Week of June 20, Week of June 27, Week of July 4, Week of July 11, Week of July 18, Week of July 25

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Other overnight camps that may or may not be running programs in 2021:

As you probably know, in 2020, nearly all overnight camps were cancelled. As a team, we visited each of the following camps’ websites over and over and over to provide parents with the best and most current information on dates, rates, and restrictions. So, if you see one you know about, please check ’em out.

Bar 717 Ranch
Camp BizSmart
Camp Chrysalis
Camp Common Ground
Deer Crossing
Digital Media Academy Tech Camps
Echo Lake Youth Camp
Education Unlimited
Farm Camp
Camp Full Belly Farm
Frontier Ranch
Camp Gilboa
Girl Scout Camp
Gold Arrow Camp
Hidden Villa
iD Tech
Jam Camp West
Kennolyn Camps
Mountain Camp
Mountain Meadow Ranch
NatureBridge
Point Reyes
Project Ember
Saint Andrew’s
Two Rivers Soccer Camp
Camp Unalayee
Walton’s Grizzly Lodge
Camp Woolman
YMCA Camps
Young Actors’ Theatre Camp

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A moment of rest for Tilly while hiking through a canyon | Photo: Outward Bound California

Big thanks again to our overnight camp sponsors:

We work really hard to make sure that prices and descriptions are accurate but they can change; please check with the vendor for current rates and availability; and tell ‘em 510families sent ya!

Promotional consideration was paid by sponsored listings as indicated. Decisions were made by Heather and Whitney, founders of 510families.com, we apologize for any errors. If you’d like to be considered for future Camp Guides, please contact us at ads@510families.com for information.

[Photo of Felton area redwoods by Casey Horner via Unsplash]

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