Camp Skylark Ranch

Where the Santa Cruz Mountains meet the sea...

Just north of Santa Cruz, Skylark Ranch is the perfect retreat for any nature lover. From hiking through Big Basin, visiting the local creatures along the Northern California beaches, or checking out the camp's interactive nature center, Skylark Ranch provides the excitement of both land and sea. And with over 280 acres of land, Skylark Ranch is home to dozens of horses and quality riding instruction for beginners and experienced equestrians alike.

Camp Physical Address
3001 Whitehouse Canyon Rd.
Pescadero, CA 94060
Summer Phone Number: 650-879-1920
Member Services: 800-447-4475 or registration@gsnorcal.org (M–F, 9–5)

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 of Skylark Ranch's summer attractions include:

  • Horseback Riding (Beginner to Advanced English, Western, and Vaulting)
  • Beach Exploration
  • Marine Biology
  • High & Low Ropes Courses
  • Archery
  • Environmental Education
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Ziplining
  • Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
  • Field Trips and Overnights

Take a Virtual Tour of Skylark Ranch!

Skylark Ranch features ten living units. Five of the units consist of open air cabins, two units have yurts with bunk beds, and one unit has traditional platform tents. Inside our cabins, yurts, and tents are cots and mattresses. For the more adventurous campers, our two primitive units are just the thing! Campers in these units either build their own tree bed or sleep in hammocks under the stars. All units have a campfire circle, picnic tables, running water, and bathrooms with low-flush toilets.

Skylark Ranch offers chartered buses from San Jose or Santa Cruz to get girls to and from camp. At the time of registration, you'll choose your desired bus pick-up and drop-off locations. Family camp does not include transportation.

Open House

June 7, 2020, 12–3 PM

Bring a picnic lunch, get a tour of camp, meet Skylark Ranch’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 Skylark Ranch 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.

  • 2020 dates coming soon!

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!

Meet Your Camp Director

Eliz AKA "Apple"

Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA

Her Camp Cred: This is my 11th summer working with GSNorCal camps. I went through the CIT program at Skylark Ranch and am so excited to be returning as the Camp Director for another year!

Why She's Excited for Camp: As a former classroom teacher, I understand the responsibility in taking care of the whole child and take pride in mentoring and developing staff members to be well-trained caretakers and engaging and positive role models. I am looking forward to Camp 2019 to continue to see our girls continue to take healthy risks, try new things, and grow into more confident and independent versions of themselves.