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 ropes 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.


  • All-camp wake up around 7 AM
  • Morning Songs and Announcements
  • Breakfast (family-style)
  • Kapers (AKA “camp chores”- campers work together to care for camp)
  • Program Activities: Groups attend program blocks such as high ropes, archery, swimming, crafts, etc


  • Lunch (family-style)
  • Rest Hour
  • Program Activities: Groups attend program blocks such as high ropes, archery, swimming, crafts, etc
  • Afternoon Songs and Announcements

Late Afternoon/Evening

  • Dinner
  • All Camp Evening program activities (such as campfires or large-group games)
  • 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. Pods 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.

Camp Bothin has a variety of indoor and outdoor accommodations:

  • 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.
  • Cabins are uninsulated, outdoor buildings with bunk beds.
  • Dorms are insulated, year-round, indoor sleeping spaces with bunk beds.

Camp Hidden Falls has three styles of rustic accommodations, all with shelters and bathrooms in walking distance.

Tree Beds are lashed beds made from logs into supportive frames, and hung by campers.

Hammock Villages are store-bought camping hammocks hung in the trees.

Pop-Up Tents are traditional ground camping tents with camp mattresses.

Camp Sugar Pine has two types of outdoor living accommodations:

  • Cabins are uninsulated, outdoor buildings with bunk beds.
  • Covered Wagons are large, stationary wagons with a wooden base and a canvas roof. They have bunk beds inside.