Best Overnight Camps in the Bay Area



These Overnight Camps were voted the Bay Area’s 2018 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Walden West. Its camps focus on using the outdoors to teach science and introduce kids to natural environments. Kids learn about nature, survival skills, astronomy and more.15555 Sanborn Road, Saratoga. 13851 Stevens Canyon Road, Cupertino. 408-573-3050. waldenwest.org/summer.

Silver: Frontier Ranch. 1050 Lockhart Gulch Road, Scotts Valley. 831-335-9133. frontier-ranch.com.

Bronze: YMCA Camp Campbell. 16275 Highway 9, Boulder Creek. ymcasv.org/ymcacampcampbell.

SF and Marin

Gold: YMCA Camp Jones Gulch. This 927-acre property is nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains amongst the redwoods. 1100 Pescadero Creek Road, La Honda. 650-747-1200. ymcasf.org.

Silver: Camp Tawonga. Yosemite National Park. Business office: 131 Steuart St., #460, San Francisco. 415-543-2267. tawonga.org.

Bronze: Youth Actors Theatre Camp.  Felton in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 855-462-9282. campyatc.com.

Peninsula

Gold: Girl Scouts of Northern California. Four-day to 12-day camps for first to 12th-grade girls at three facilities around the Bay Area, on themes ranging from horseback riding to watersports to STEM and beyond. 800-447-4475. camprocks.org. gsnorcal.org.

Silver: Young Actors Theater Camp. Santa Cruz Mountains. 855-462-9282. campyact.com.

Bronze: Camp Tawonga. Near Yosemite. 415-543-2267. tawonga.org.

Bronze: Mountain Camp Woodside. 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. 650-576-2267. mountaincampwoodside.com.

East Bay

Gold: Camp Winnarainbow. Kids, teens and adults have run away to join this circus in the rolling foothills of Mendocino County for more than 40 years. 50350 US-101, Laytonville. 707-984-6507. campwinnarainbow.org.

Silver: Young Actors’ Theatre Camp. Santa Cruz Mountain, Felton. 855-462-9282. campyatc.com.

Bronze: Camp Arroyo. 5545 Arroyo Road, Livermore. 925-371-8401. ymcaeastbay.org/Locations/Camp-Arroyo.htm.

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