Camp Bothin

Unleash your curiosity, creativity, and courage!

pin-drop-gray.jpg#asset:34993125 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Fairfax, CA 94930

Summer Phone Number: 415-453-5047
Member Services: 800-447-4475 or registration@gsnorcal.org (M–F, 9–5)

Tucked away in the rolling hills and valleys of Marin, Bothin’s cozy tree-covered canyon offers a wide variety of classic camp activities, from high adventure courses to performing arts and everything in between. Bothin offers unique free-choice special events during every session: take aim on the archery range, zip-line through the redwoods, perform on the theater stage, or let their creativity shine in Art Barn, and more. Bothin campers can spend their summer days their way!

Looking to contact your camper while she's away? Our mailing address and emergency contact phone numbers are different from the contact information listed above. Learn more about contacting your camper and find answers to our comment parent concerns in the Prepare for Camp section!

Some Bothin summer attractions include:

  • Ropes
  • Performing and Fine Arts
  • Animals
  • Activities By Choice program
  • The Bothin Organic Garden (The BOG)
  • MakerZone
  • Swimming
  • Archery
  • Field Trips

Take a Virtual Tour of Bothin!

No matter where you stay at camp, you’ll find a cozy place to rest your head and call home for your visit. The type of housing girls experience depends on the session selected. Bothin has a variety of sleeping accommodations, including dormitories, open-air cabins, and yurts.

Want to learn more about the GSNorCal camp experience? Join us for a camp information night, where caregivers, troop leaders, and girls can meet our camp leadership team, ask questions, learn more about registration and financial aid opportunities, and get all the information you need to join us for a memorable and fun-filled summer camp session!

Each camp information night will include a 30-minute presentation about each of the 4 council-run camps (Bothin, Hidden Falls, Skylark Ranch, and Sugar Pine), light refreshments, and a private space to chat with the camp directors about your camper’s special needs, if needed.

Summer 2020 dates coming soon!

Open House

June 7, 2020, 1–4 PM

Bring a picnic lunch and get a tour of camp, meet Bothin’s full staff, and help your girl get acquainted with her new summer home! To schedule a tour before the open house, please email us at registration@gsnorcal.org.

Camp Director's Office Hours

New this summer, Camp Bothin is offering open office hours for all returning and prospective campers and their families! This is a great opportunity to visit camp, see the facilities, meet the camp director, ask questions, and share any information with us about your camper. Appointments can be made by emailing registration@gsnorcal.org.

Join the Bothin Theater Company

Immerse yourself in the world of performance art! Campers in these programs will explore and practice different aspects of theater production within a focused theme, such as acting, singing, dancing, improvisation, stage makeup, set design, technical support, and more. All groups will work toward a special project or performance at the end of their session. Girls will also have time to enjoy other beloved camp activities like swimming, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, exploring the organic garden, and gathering around the campfire!

Browse Creative & Performing Arts programs »

Explore STEM

Exploring STEM concepts in the supportive camp environment presents a unique experience for campers to make, try, redesign, and try again. This can-do attitude and problem-solving skills extend far beyond the last day of camp! We believe that, by encouraging girls to ask hard questions, discover the world around them, and test their ideas, they'll find all-new ways to improve our world.

Most importantly, when Girl Scouts participate in STEM programs, they benefit in four major ways:

  1. STEM Interest: Girls are excited about STEM subjects and want to learn more about them.
  2. STEM Confidence: Girls have confidence in their STEM skills and abilities.
  3. STEM Competence: Girls think scientifically to solve problems.
  4. STEM Value: Girls learn the importance and relevance of STEM to people and society.

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Activities By Choice Program

At Bothin, you can customize your camp adventure with our unique Activities by Choice program structure. In addition to their themed program agenda, campers will also have free-choice time where they get to make independent decisions on early morning and afternoon activities.

Before breakfast, campers can choose from Get Up And Move activities, like sunrise yoga, polar bear swims, dance parties, and journaling. In the afternoon, they can pick from even more activities, such as specialty arts, tinkering in the MakerZone, archery, high ropes, hanging out in the Bothin Organic Garden, fort-building, and drama skits. And for every new activity they try, they’ll receive an “Activity Bead” to show off their accomplishments—it’s a great opportunity for girls to experience all the fun of camp, their way!

Meet Your Camp Director

Kristi AKA "Gizmo"

Hometown: Johnson City, NY

Her Camp Cred: This is my 19th summer working at camp, my 15th with Girl Scout Camp, and my 10th as Camp Director. Having spent 4 summers as the Assistant Camp Director at Camp Bothin (’07-’10), I feel like I am coming home!

Why She's Excited for Camp: There are so many things about camp that I love, like campfires, being silly, and making new friends. I believe camp is a unique experience for girls because the staff have a passion for helping girls grow in a supportive and caring environment, and that every adult on staff, no matter their role, is there to provide girls with an extraordinary time.