Originally, our camp's program was solely based on backpacking. Backpacking is a still a central component, and every year girls experience nature in a way few ever will. Every trek is unique, and every trek is fun!
NOTE: Per Girl Scouts of Northern California guidelines, backpacking is considered a high adventure activity.
All the trails taken by campers on day hikes lie within the neighboring ridges of Two Sentinels. Backpackers are frequently driven to trails further away from camp, where proper group permits can be acquired. All the trails are checked every year to ensure water supply, snow level, and trail safety. For security reasons we do not post our hiking itineraries, but parents of registered campers are, of course, welcome to this information privately.
While on the trail, campers cook and eat healthy, protein-filled, dehydrated meals which include items such as chicken and rice, chocolate pudding, lasagna, hummus, pasta alfredo, hot cocoa and cider, etc. Most of the time, campers quickly forget whatever initial worries they have about the food after a day on the trail -- it is nutritious, plentiful, and tasty! The food is all purchased and repackaged before camp, and there's a pre-planned menu for each day.
Trekkers and Superpackers have a food drop, where they are met halfway through the trip with more food, supplies, gear, and mail.
Special Dietary Needs: For the safety of other campers with food allergies, we are unable to accommodate vegan diets on backpacking trips. We can accommodate vegetarians.
While in camp, backpacking units participate in camp activities, such as archery, crafts, swimming, canoeing, funyaking, hiking, sailing, singing, and themed meals. There is plenty of time for swimming and relaxing in the sunshine as well, and many units enjoy writing songs about the quirks of their trips.
All girls are responsible for bringing their own boots. All girls (EXCEPT Meadowlarks and some Wanderers) are responsible for bringing their own backpacks.
Tents are provided by camp.
A detailed equipment list for each backpacking unit is included in your confirmation packet, which is emailed immediately upon registration!
Where can I buy a backpack?
We recommend the following stores. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!
If you have a backpack to lend or donate, please contact us.