Camp Sugar Pine

Home to high adventure and beloved camp traditions!

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Summer Phone Number: 209-795-1253

Member Services: 800-447-4475 or registration@gsnorcal.org (M–F, 9–5)

Hidden away in the enchanting forests of Calaveras County’s Sierra Foothills, Sugar Pine has been a magical getaway to generations of campers for over 75 years. From the camp's sparkling swimming pool and monumental adventure tower to the property's neighboring Alpine lakes and Mercer Caverns, Sugar Pine is the hub for high adventure activities with deep traditions that keep girls coming year after year.

Looking to contact your camper while she's away? Our mailing address and emergency contact phone numbers are located in your camper packet.

Some of Sugar Pine's summer attractions include:

  • High & Low Ropes Courses
  • Swimming
  • Archery
  • Wilderness Skills
  • Boating
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Backcountry Tripping
  • Alpine Lakes Trips
  • Ceramics
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding
  • Creek Stomping
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Teambuilding

Counselor-in-Training Program

In this first level of CIT training, girls establish the leadership and outdoor skills needed to be a camp counselor. Work with others to analyze what makes a good leader and participate in fun and challenging group games. Challenge yourself, then identify which traits you possess that can make you a positive leader. Participants will explore the basics of developing and delivering camp program and camp operations, learn techniques on how to work with younger children, and improve camp leadership skills.

  • Session Two: July 11 – 23
  • For participants entering grades 9 & up who have not completed any other levels of CIT and who are approved through GSNorCal’s CIT application process.

Learn behaviors to expect from campers and how to manage them and work as a team with staff. Spend time learning about various areas of camp operation, and learn how to be a supportive mentor to campers of all ages.

  • Session One: June 13 – July 2
  • For participants entering grades 10 & up who have completed CIT I at any GSNorCal Camp (including Tajar’s Treehouse) and who are approved through GSNorCal’s CITII application process.

Use your leadership and camp programming skills as you work directly with camp staff, spend time in unit stays, have fun at your favorite program areas, carry out an individual project, and learn more about camp management, too. Bridge the gap from camper to staff with this exciting session of internship adventures.

  • Session One: June 13 – July 2
  • For participants entering grades 11 & up who have completed CIT I & CIT II at any GSNorCal Camp (including Tajar’s Treehouse) and who are approved through GSNorCal’s CIT III application process.

After you registered for the waitlist, you will have received an automatic response from GSNorCal confirming your waitlist spot. That email contains the CIT Application link for the level you registered for. If you already found it and got started on your application, thank you! If not, you can find your application link below.

Your registration will remain in "waitlisted" status until your application process is completed. You will be contacted by email with any follow-up questions or interview requirements, including the link to send to your references. Your application link and requirements are below.

  • CIT I – Application, References & Email Follow-Up
  • CIT II - Application, References & Phone Screening
    • Please note: if you are applying for CIT II and have not completed CIT I, you will either be recommended to enroll in CIT I this year, or asked to complete a CIT I Equivalency Requirement. For information on Equivalency Requirement options, please contact kconnon@gsnorcal.org after completing the online application.
  • CIT III - Application, References & Video Interview
    • Please note: If you have not yet completed CIT II with GSNorCal, you will be recommended to the CIT II program. CIT II participants entering grades 11-12 can email questions to kconnon@gsnorcal.org. There is no Equivalency Option to bypass CIT II.


Applications are reviewed and moved from the waitlist during the last week of each month. The revolving monthly deadline is the 20th of each month. If you complete your application by the 20th of the month, your application will be reviewed by the 1st of the following month (if the 1st falls on the weekend, the next business day).

  • “Reviewed” generally means you will be contacted no later than the 1st of the following month to contact your references and schedule your interview (if one is required). Reference response time and interview scheduling will vary and can affect the time it takes for an application to move from being initially reviewed to being moved off the waitlist.
  • You can get a jumpstart on your application process by emailing the CIT Reference Form out to three references. Be sure to write them a short email explaining the CIT program and asking them to complete the form for you.

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