2023 Camp Registration opens in late January! Check back mid-December for dates and details.

Arrival & Departure

Arrival and departure information specific to your camp location and session will be included in your Camper Information Packet. It's important that you review that information thoroughly to ensure a smooth drop-off/ pick-up!

Below, you'll find some general notes as a reference for how and when to drop off and pick up your camper.

Transportation is not provided to or from Bothin—families are responsible for camper transportation to and from camp.

Check-In

Bothin will be open for camper drop off on the first day of your session. Each group has their own check-in window, which will be noted in your camper packet.

The first meal served at camp will be dinner on the first day, so please make sure your camper(s) eat lunch before arriving for check-in!

Once you arrive at camp, you will be directed where to go. You will be asked to do the following:

  • Staff will direct you to park in a lot.
  • Park and put on your face mask and wait in the vehicle for staff instructions.
  • When instructed to, have you camper grab any medications & waivers and they will head to the health check tent.
  • Adults will stay in the car.
  • After campers have cleared the health check, a staff member will assist them in retrieving their luggage.
  • Campers will say their final goodbyes and join their group.
  • A staff member will come around to collect any camper mail.
  • Adults will wait until staff clears them to head out.


Check-Out

Campers will be ready to go once you arrive, and pick-up should take a matter of minutes. Bothin will be open for camper pick-up on the last day of your session. Each group has their own pick-up window.

Once you arrive at camp, you will be directed where to go. You will be asked to do the following:

  • Please check your arrival time carefully and arrive on time to ensure a smooth check-out process for all.
  • Park (must back in), put on your mask and remain in the car.
  • Have your ID ready. A staff member will come around to check it before releasing your camper.
  • After signing your camper out, a staff member will assist them in loading their luggage. They will be given their photo packet and any medications. At this point they can load into your vehicle.
  • Wait until directed by a staff member to head out.
  • If a camper has not been picked up within approximately 20 minutes of the designated time, camp staff will attempt to contact the parents or emergency contact listed on the health form.

If you have an emergency and are not able to pick up your camper, contact the GSNorCal office at 1-800-447- 4475 ext. 2091 during regular business days and hours (M– F 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM). If the emergency is NOT during regular business hours, call our emergency line at 1-877- 636-1912.

Transportation is not provided to or from Hidden Falls—families are responsible for camper transportation to and from camp.

Check-In

Each group has their own check-in window, which will be noted in your camper packet.

The first meal served at camp will be dinner on the first day, so please make sure your camper brings a sack lunch for the first day!

Once you arrive at camp, you will be directed where to go. You will be asked to do the following:

  • Staff will direct you to park in a lot on Olsen Road. After everyone has gathered a camp vehicle will lead everyone the rest of the way into camp.
  • Park and put on your face mask and wait in the vehicle for staff instructions.
  • When instructed to, have you camper grab any medications & waivers and they will head to the health check tent.
  • Adults will stay in the car.
  • After campers have cleared the health check, a staff member will assist them in retrieving their luggage.
  • Campers will say their final goodbyes and join their group.
  • A staff member will come around to collect any camper mail.
  • Adults will wait until staff clears them to head out.

Check-Out

Hidden Falls will be open for camper pick-up on the last day of your session. Each group has their own pick-up window.

You will be asked to do the following:

  • Park (must back in), put on your mask and remain in the car.
  • Have your ID ready.
  • A staff member will come around to check it before releasing your camper.
  • After signing your camper out, a staff member will assist them in loading their luggage. They will be given their photo packet and any medications. At this point they can load into your vehicle.
  • Wait until directed by a staff member to head out.
  • If a camper has not been picked up within approximately 20 minutes of the designated time, camp staff will attempt to contact the parents or emergency contact listed on the health form.

If you have an emergency and are not able to pick up your camper, contact the GSNorCal office at 1-800-447- 4475 ext. 2091 during regular business days and hours (M– F 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM). If the emergency is NOT during regular business hours, call our emergency line at 1-877- 636-1912.

Transportation is provided to or from Sugar Pine, and most campers arrive to camp on the bus. You are welcome to drop your camper off at camp, but keep in mind it is generally at 3+ hour drive from the Bay Area. Very few campers elect not to take the bus to camp.

Bus stops are in San Jose, Pleasanton, and Alameda weekly, plus stops in Chico and Elk Grove during sessions 2 (two weeks) and 3C (one week). Drop off times vary between 10am-11am, and pick-up times vary between 4-5pm.

Check-In

You will be asked to arrive 30+ minutes before the bus is scheduled to leave to allow time to check in. A staff member will meet you in the parking lot by the bus. Put on a face mask before you meet them.

  • Turn in any medications & waivers needed for your camper directly to the bus monitor.
  • Stand by for a health check-- your camper will have their temperature taken and will be checked for lice.
  • Help your camper to load their luggage into the bus.
  • Sign off on emergency contact info.
  • Your camper will say goodbye and enter the bus.
  • You can give the bus monitor any mail you would like to be delivered during her stay.

The first meal served at camp will be dinner on the first day, so please make sure your camper(s) has a packed lunch to eat on the bus.

Check-Out

When the bus arrives at the bus stop, you will:

  • Have your ID ready. A staff member will check it before releasing your camper.
  • After signing your camper out, you can help them with their luggage.
  • You will be given your camper's photo packet and any medications.
  • If a camper has not been picked up within approximately 20 minutes of the designated time, camp staff will attempt to contact the parents or emergency contact listed on the health form.

Please note the bus sometimes runs late on drop-off days due to traffic.

If you have an emergency and are not able to pick up your camper, contact the GSNorCal office at 1-800-447- 4475 ext. 2091 during regular business days and hours (M– F 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM). If the emergency is NOT during regular business hours, call our emergency line at 1-877- 636-1912.


Questions about dropping off or picking up your camper? Email us at registration@gsnorcal.org.