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Camp Natoma

Map617 Cypress Mountain Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
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Camp Natoma is a long-standing tradition in San Luis Obispo county, operating since 1941 on 360 pristine oak-studded acres in the Adeladia area of Paso Robles. A non-profit youth development organization, Camp Natoma welcomes boys and girls, 1st through 11th grades to its overnight camp program. Each session is 6 nights and 6 days, includes food, t-shirt, all activities and transportation from Paso Robles. One of the most unique features of our program is where we sleep at night - everyone sleeps outside on cots! Groups are organized by age and gender and supervised by trained staff.

At Camp Natoma, campers sleep under the stars, explore the natural world, make new friends, express their creativity and become part of a caring community. Each day, campers participate in many outdoor activities. Options vary depending on camper age and include swimming, hiking, archery, arts & crafts, nature exploration, drama, music, geocaching, outdoor skills, tomahawks, games and more. Campers have open swim time daily, are provided nutritious meals and snacks, and attend an entertaining and interactive nightly campfire program.

Campers, parents, and staff report that perhaps one of the greatest things about going to Camp Natoma is being outside all week, unplugged from technology and immersed in nature. In our fast-paced, technology-centered world, camp can be a respite for kids on screen time overload. In the book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv describes the modern child’s experience as one that may cause nature deficit disorder or behavioral and developmental problems due to lack of time in the natural world. Camp Natoma provides campers with time for unstructured play in natural settings - an oak forest and Franklin creek. This outdoor experience enriches a child’s perception of the world, invigorates the senses and sparks curiosity.

Campers say Camp Natoma is their second home. The community and unique traditions at Camp Natoma make it a welcoming environment for all kids. A highly qualified and trained staff guide campers in teambuilding activities, facilitate new friendships, and support opportunities for gains in self-reliance and self-confidence.

Camp Natoma is accredited by the American Camp Association. It’s important for families to know that just like schools, camps can become accredited, which validates a program’s high standards for safety and camp operations. This includes the hiring process, staff background checks and training, inspection of campground facilities, healthcare policies and procedures, program content and more. You can learn more about camp safety standards and find resources for parents at www.acacamps.org. In addition, Camp Natoma has earned Markel Insurance company’s Safety 1st designation for proven safety record. We are proud to provide a safe and fun outdoor experience.

Youth today gain important life skills and improve their well-being through an overnight summer camp experience. At camp, kids are active all day - hiking, swimming, running, climbing, playing. Camp helps kids build self-confidence and self-reliance through non-competitive activities, a diverse community for teamwork, and competent, caring role models. Teens who have completed 10th or 11th grade can participate in our leadership program, an opportunity to discover their strengths and learn and practice leadership techniques.

It’s easy to register for Camp Natoma - no prior camping experience is needed and we always welcome new campers.


Additional Information:

County: Southern California
Gender: Coed
Minimum Age: 7
Maximum Age: 17
Year Established: 1941
Capacity: 120
Lodging: Outdoors on cots
Camp Length: 6 days
Cost Per Week: $650
Financial Aid Offered: no
Camp Director : Emily Zbin
Camp Director Email: emily@campnatoma.org
Memberships & Accreditations: American Camp Association

Quick Facts:

About Camp Natoma

Sleep Under the Stars, Connect with Nature, Be Creative!

Collaboration, communication, teamwork, critical thinking, creativity

Member of Camp Archery Association, Children & Nature Network, and Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics

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