These camps were voted the Best Overnight Camps in the Bay Area in Bay Area Parent’s 2023 Best of the Best reader poll. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Walden West. Summer fun awaits children of all ages. Activities include archery, swimming, arts and crafts, a climbing wall and challenge course. Saratoga.

Silver: Hidden Villa. Los Altos Hills.

Bronze: Girl Scouts of Northern California. Multiple locations.


Gold: Girl Scouts of Northern California. This camp gives girls an opportunity to unplug, learn new skills, discover their sense of self and test independence in a safe environment. Multiple locations.

Silver: Young Actors’ Theatre Camp. Santa Cruz Mountains.

Bronze: YMCA Camp Jones Gulch. La Honda.

San Francisco/Marin

Gold: Camp Tawonga. This Jewish camp offers programs for all ages at camps located outside of Yosemite and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Office in San Francisco.

Silver: Young Actors’ Theatre Camp. Santa Cruz Mountains.

Bronze: YMCA Camp Jones Gulch. La Honda.

East Bay

Gold: Camp Winnarainbow. This circus and performing arts summer camp, founded by hippie icon Wavy Gravy, has been a favorite for more than 40 years. Laytonville.

Silver: Kids’ Country Camp Get Away. Occidental.       

Bronze: Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp. Carmel and Sierra region.


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