15 Best Sleepaway Camps around San Francisco 2018 - Kid 101

15 Best Sleepaway Camps around San Francisco 2018


Some camps are conveniently located in the city on various school or university properties, but then there are the camps some kids yearn for that are located out of the city in the mountains, where cabins lie nestled amid the trees and along the shore of lakes, and some even along the seashore. Whichever camp you choose they all have the interests of your child at heart – encouraging and developing their confidence as they try new activities and sharpen up their skills on familiar ones, make new friends, and providing them with lifelong memories of their summer camp experience.

Mountain Camp Woodside

The resident camp here serves incoming 2nd to 10th graders. Kids can try archery, arts & crafts, horseback riding, swimming, outdoor survival, music, mountain biking and more. The camp has a “free choice” format, that allows youngsters create their own program and pick the activities that they would like to try, however on Wednesday afternoon sessions camp staff mix things up by encouraging the kids to try something new like rock-wall climbing, the giant slip and slide, water rockets or “spa” day.

When: June 10 to August 4, 2018

Where: Woodside Priory School, 302 Portola Rd, Portola Valley, CA

Contact: 650-576-2267 or email info@mountaincampwoodside.com

Cost: $1,795 for one week of camp. Any additional week added is $1,700. $50 off the rate each week, for each additional sibling.

Point Reyes National Seashore Association Summer Camp

Campers’ home base is The Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, where there is a cedar lodge with dining hall, science room, and kitchen. Kids sleep in open beam pine cabins with a centrally located bathhouse boasting hot showers. Environmental education techniques, marine and coastal field excursions, and traditional summer camp activities create a unique experience where campers also have a number of electives, which may include hiking, tide pooling, bird-watching, improvisation theater, and arts and crafts. Campers arrive at 8:00 am on Monday for the five-day program and at 8:00 am on Tuesday if they are doing the four-day program. Parents pick up campers on Friday at 11:00 am.

When: June 12 to August 18, 2018.

Where: Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Contact: 415-663-1200 or email summercamp@ptreyes.org

Adventure Camp for 12-14 year olds is $850, for high school students it is $950. Nature Science Camp for 7-12 year olds costs between $665 and $795, depending on the age group. It is important to register your child for the correct camp according to the child’s age; otherwise the registration fee will be forfeited.

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