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The Camp Experience

Girls find their strengths and challenge themselves as they navigate activities on the water, at the campsite, and along the trail. Girl Scouts of Northern California's camp sessions allow girls to develop a strong sense of self and positive values, build healthy relationships, seek challenges, and have fun while making memories of a lifetime!

At camp, girls can enjoy a variety of activities like building campfires, swimming, riding horses, shooting arrows, creating art and crafts, hiking, science experiments, camping, navigating with GPS, canoeing, kayaking, eating family-style meals, and tackling the fitness courses–all while making friends. That’s why many girls consider Girl Scout Camp one of their favorite places on earth.

A Typical Day at Camp

From the moment the birds (or your counselors) wake you in the morning until you wind down during the evening twilight hours over your journal or a campfire, you’re sure to find fun, friends, courage, and best of all, you’ll find yourself! No two days at camp will likely feel the same (yay for adventure!), and depending on what location and session you attend, your typical day may vary.

Morning

  • All-camp wake up around 7 AM
  • Flag raising ceremony
  • Breakfast (family-style)

Mid-Morning

  • Girls work together on kapers (AKA “camp chores”)
  • Girls participate in skill-building program activities with their camp program group, based on their sessions’ theme

Noon

  • Lunch (family-style)

Afternoon

  • Me Time (all campers have 1 hour of rest time per day)
  • Skill-building program activity time
  • Flag lowering ceremony

Late Afternoon/Evening

  • Dinner (many girls will have a cookout dinner one night of their stay)
  • Evening program activities
  • All-camp campfire (on the first and last night of camp)
  • Lights out (varies by age)

Where You'll Stay at Camp

With all the fun you’ll be having during the day, you’ll be tuckered out and happy to have a quiet place to rest your head at night. Campers and staff live in groups called units. Girls are housed in groups of 4–12 campers, and depending on sleeping accommodations staff either sleep in the same space or in a separate accommodation nearby. At night, staff members are always within earshot if they are needed.

Sleeping accommodations vary by camp:

  • Yurts are a cross between a cabin and a tent and have bunk beds for 8-12 girls, a domed skylight, and screened windows and doors.
  • Platform tents are made from heavy canvas with wooden floors and have four beds.
  • Dorms are insulated, year-round, indoor sleeping spaces with bunk beds.

To learn more about each camp and their accommodations, visit our Camp Locations section.