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! Please note that all camps with logos are paid sponsors.

girl on stand up paddleboard
Campers doing paddlesports | Photo: Avid4 Adventure

Sleepaway Camps in California

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 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9, Week of Aug. 16, Week of Aug. 23, Week of Aug. 30

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 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9, Week of Aug. 16, Week of Aug. 23, Week of Aug. 30


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

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.

Camp Augusta
Bar 717 Ranch
Camp Be’chol Lashon
Camp BizSmart
Cazadero Music Camp
Camp Chrysalis
Camp Common Ground
Deer Crossing
Digital Media Academy Tech Camps
Echo Lake Youth Camp
Eden Village West
Education Unlimited
Farm Camp
Camp Full Belly Farm
Frontier Ranch
Gaia Passages
Camp Gilboa
Girl Scout Camp
Girls Rock, Santa Barbara
Gold Arrow Camp
Hidden Villa
iD Tech
Jam Camp West
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp
Kennolyn Camps
Mountain Camp
Mountain Meadow Ranch
Point Reyes
Project Ember
Camp Ramah
Saint Andrew’s
Skylake Yosemite Camp
Camp Tawonga
Two Rivers Soccer Camp
Camp Unalayee
URJ Camp Newman
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 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, we apologize for any errors. If you’d like to be considered for future Camp Guides, please contact us at for information.

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

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