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Welcome Home, Campers!

We are so excited to welcome our campers home to a tight-knit community of friendship & sisterhood. Experiential learning in the great outdoors, along with girl planning and leadership, remain at the core of the camp experience. As always, dedicated youth development professionals who are also near-peer role models will guide and provide meaningful mentorship. Our camp communities are ready for summer!

We know that 2021 will look different, and are hoping to answer some of your questions below. Have additional questions? No worries! Contact us at registration.gsnorcal.org to be connected with our summer camp team.

2021 Camp FAQs

Adventure Pods are cohorts. At camp, cohorts reduce Covid-19 transmission risk through lower capacity and decreased group-to-group mixing.

Adventure Pods also run for a longer session length, providing opportunity for skill mastery, progression, and extended sisterhood & bonding.

There are 16 campers in pods for girls entering 4th and 5th grade and 20 campers in pods for girls entering 6th grade & up.

GSNorCal Camp Staff are youth development professionals over 18 years of age. All have undergone an extensive background screening and attend 14 days of specialized staff training.

Each group will have a dedicated staff team who will spend the session with the camper group, facilitating activities and guiding their camp experience. Supervision ratios are at least:

• Two adults to every sixteen 4th - 5th graders

• Two adults to every twenty every 6th - 12th graders

All three camps will be running two sessions; there will be a three-week session, followed by a week’s break for deep cleaning, and then a two-week session.

  • Session One: June 13 – July 2 (3 weeks)
  • Session Two: July 11 – 23 (2 weeks)

Campers are welcome to attend both sessions, but must depart camp during the week break.

This year, sessions are focused on classic camp experiences, sisterhood and community, and girls having voice and choice in their experience. At registration, participants will not select a themed session. They will register for the age group at the camp of their choice, and should base their choice on the camp that offers experiences that they are excited about.

Throughout the session, participants will have opportunities to choose activities within their pod. These “classic camp” themes are developed to coordinate with the camp culture at each specific site. They are built to support the longer session lengths as well as each girls’ autonomy while fostering a sense of collaboration and community within their pod.

Participants can input one buddy at registration to be placed in their “cabin”.

Larger groups of buddies may be able to be placed in a pod on a case-by-case basis. We encourage making new friends at camp, and look out for the larger group dynamic as well. We may place buddies from a group of friends into separate cabins within their pod group.

Yes, the Counselor-in-Training program will run at Camp-Sugar Pine in 2021.

Learn more about the CIT Program on Camp Sugar Pine's page.

Dining Halls will be closed in 2021; pods will eat together in their units. Campers will enjoy cooking out and picnic meal arrangements made with the Kitchen Manager.


Dietary restrictions, allergies, and other needs are all accommodated within this system under the supervision of the Kitchen Manager. We believe that a dietary restriction should not prevent a camper from attending and will work with your family to make sure she feels safe eating at camp.

Laundry service will be provided during the three-week session. Campers should bring two weeks of clothing; we will launder the first week of clothing for campers to wear during the third week.

Fabric masks will be laundered during all sessions on a rotating basis (3-4 times per week).

The Financial Aid application is part of the registration process. You will encounter it as you are registering for camp.

We have a robust Financial Aid program and encourage all registered GSNorCal members to complete this form.

To cancel a registration or a wait list spot, send an email or written notification to registration@gsnorcal.org or fax to (408) 287-8662. The deposit is non-refundable.

Nonrefundable deposits are not transferable to another program or camper. To receive a refund of the registration fees paid less the deposit, a notice of cancellation must be received four weeks prior to the first day of the camp session for which the cancellation is being made.

REFUND POLICY

Full refund: The balance of the camp fee, including deposit, will be refunded only if:

  • If your selected camp session(s) is full and no alternative can be found, or if the financial aid amount requested is not fully granted, the total amount paid will be refunded.
  • If GSNorCal cancels the camp session, the total amount paid will be refunded.

Partial refund: The balance of the camp fee, less deposit, will be refunded only if:

  • Family plans change and the camper can no longer attend. In this case, written notification must be received four weeks before the opening date of the confirmed camp session.
  • The camper does not attend due to illness or injury. A letter from a physician must accompany the refund request.
  • The camper is sent home from camp due to illness or injury occurring at camp. Refunds are prorated in such cases and will not be made if the camper attends more than half of the camp session and will be made only at the written request of the parent/guardian. No refunds will be made if the camper does not attend her camp session or leaves early for any other reason, even if her space is filled by another participant.

Make refund requests in writing no later than August 1, 2021 to the Girl Scouts of Northern California.

You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to enjoy Girl Scout camp! Our camps are open to every girl, no matter her race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability.

As you may know, Camp Skylark Ranch sustained significant damage during the CZU Lightning Fire.

The property at Skylark Ranch is currently undergoing a very important phase of restoration, re-growth, and recovery. It will remain closed for this summer to allow the forest to adequately heal before any rebuilding begins.

We invite campers to explore programming at our other sites, particularly at Hidden Falls, where Skylark Camp program favorites (such as tree bed villages and redwood exploration) will find another home during this healing phase.