Best Overnight Camps in the Bay Area

These Overnight Camps were voted the Bay Area’s 2020 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Walden West. An outdoor camp that focuses on science and natural environments. Kids learn about nature, survival skills, astronomy and more.15555 Sanborn Road, Saratoga. 13851 Stevens Canyon Road, Cupertino. 408-573-3050.

Silver: Kennolyn Camp. 8400 Glen Haven Road, Soquel. 831-479-6714.

Bronze: Girl Scouts of Northern California. Multiple locations. 800-447-4475.


Gold: Girl Scouts of Northern California. These camps give girls an opportunity to unplug, learn new skills, discover their sense of self and test new-found independence in a safe environment. Three facilities around the Bay Area. 800-447-4475.

Silver: Camp Tawonga. Camps in the Sierra Mountains. 415-543-2267.

Bronze: Young Actors’ Theater Camp. Santa Cruz Mountains. 855-462-9282.

San Francisco/Marin

Gold: Camp Tawonga. This camp strives to foster a deep connection to nature, community and Judaism. Near Yosemite National Park. Business office: 131 Steuart St., #460, San Francisco. 415-543-2267.

Silver: Camp Winnarainbow. Mendocino County. Business office: 1301 Henry St., Berkeley. 510-525-4304.

Bronze: Mountain Camp. Ice House Lake in the El Dorado National Forest. Business office: 1480 Moraga Road, Suite C #392, Moraga. 415-351-2267.

East Bay

Gold: Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp. Families spend a week in the Russian River Valley or Washington state exploring their passions for music and theater. P.O. Box 11013, Oakland. 360-921-5182.

Silver: Camp Arroyo. 5535 Arroyo Road, Livermore. 925-371-8401.

Bronze: Young Actors’ Theatre Camp. Santa Cruz mountains, Felton. 855-462-9282.