Kern River

Set up base camp in the upper reaches of Lake Isabella and the Kern River, explore the Trail of 100 Giants, swim in Peppermint Creek, raft a Class IV section of the Kern River. Camp with Dunn School Summer Staff and raft with Kern River Tours, Inc. Mon. arrival 8am-Fri. pickup TBA. $375. Call Ilise Garvin, 688-6471 x619,

Mt. Shasta

Each day is filled with adventure: glissading on Mt. Shasta, kayaking on Lake Siskyou, river-walking on the McCloud River, swimming, and exploring the peaks. Bring your sleeping bag and s’mores stick. A mixture of rustic camping and campground. Ages 12-16. July 9-15. Sun. 10am-noon prep time; Mon. arrival 8am-Sat. pickup time TBA. $375. Call Ilise Garvin, 688-6471 x619,

Camp Fire USA

Camp Fire USA Camp Natoma Resident Camp is nestled in the hills southwest of Paso Robles. Sleep under the stars between oak trees, swim, waterslide, sing, perform skits, hike, cook outdoors, enjoy handicrafts, archery, and more. Four week-long sessions available. Co-ed; 1st-10th grade campers; 10th-11th grade CITs. July 8-Aug. 4. $335. Contact 773-5126, (800) 398-4987,

Channel Islands YMCA Theme Camping

Come away with the YMCA Aug. 4-11. Choose your theme: Camp Hollywood, Creation Vacation, Wild World of Sports, Water Works, Wilderness Readiness. Contact Brenna Monahan, 687-7720 x259,

Dinky Creek Wilderness Backpack

Experience the majestic Sierra Nevadas, beyond maintained trails, picnic tables, and outhouses for a true backcountry adventure. Enjoy camping at its finest, hiking through Dinky Creek’s natural granite rock slides and pools. Invigorating dips, exploration, terrific fishing. Participants should be able to carry 40-lb. backpack for 3 miles. Ages 14-17. July 16-20. $375. Call Ilise Garvin, 688-6471 x619,

Endeavour Overnight Camp

Explore the world of rocketry, aviation, astronomy, and much more in this hands-on science and technology camp. Week-long sessions run June 18-Aug. 10. Ages 7-14, 3pm Sun.-5pm Fri., $599/camper. Discounts for multiple campers. Located near Vandenberg Air Force Base. Fax 734-1030 or

SBYMCA’s Family Camp at Lake Sequoia

Located at a private YMCA camp on the shore of Lake Sequoia. Games, crafts, chapel, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, and campfires. Square dance and other special events. Kids’ camp takes place most mornings for 2 hours. Provide own transportation. All ages. Aug. 18-24. $75-$395. Camp Rally: Aug. 14, 7pm, SBYMCA. Contact Brenna Monahan, 687-7720×259,

SBYMCA Youth Camp Gaines and Teen Camp Redwood

Separate camps, located in Miramonte, Calif., near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks on Sequoia Lake. Activities follow Character Counts! Program. Archery, crafts, swimming, hiking, rock-climbing wall, campfires, YMCA Rags Program, non-denominational chapel. Rustic cabins, family-style dining, indoor plumbing. Camp Rally: July 31, 6pm. Aug. 4-11. Gaines: 4th-6th graders. Redwood: 7th-10th graders. Contact Brenna Monahan, (687) 7720 x259,

Spanish Camps in Mexico

Join La Catalina School for Spanish camps on the beautiful Pacific Coast of Mexico. Middle school program runs June 23-July 5. Teen programs run June 25-Aug. 6. Contact 011-52-315-351-5362 or visit Space is limited, so register early.

Camp Whittier 2007: Where the Adventure Begins

Rock climbing, ropes course, nature education, swimming, archery, games, arts, crafts, campfires, and more. Located in the Santa Barbara mountains across from Lake Cachuma. Ages 6-13, plus CIT program available for ages 14-17. Two five-day sessions, July 23-Aug. 3. $350/camper; scholarships available, or contact your local Boys & Girls Club: 962-6776,,


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