Kids Summer Camps
large groups of summer camp kids at the base of Mt. disney

Camp Sugar Bowl is provided in partnership with The Gateway Mountain Center, a leader in innovative programs for youth.

Camp Sugar Bowl offers a unique balance of high-quality environmental and field science education, mountain sports adventure, and structured reflective time which powerfully connects students with themselves, nature, and their community. Our skilled guides are high-end, seasoned educators, who specialize in igniting healthy passions and curiosity for young people. We provide meaningful and engaging outdoor experiences that are collaborative, fun and provocative. Beautiful daily destinations illustrate educational themes, including natural and human history, group challenges, mountain sports, environmental education and field science. Daily challenges expand the limits of our participants' in heart, mind, and body.

Peak Experiences are ubiquitous with high Sierra adventures, such as rock climbing, white water rafting, challenge hikes, swimming in pristine alpine lakes, mountain biking, SUP and Kayaking, and "solo-sit" time in nature. These core activities are rounded out with nature games, art, nature-based mindfulness activities, student dubbed "meadow-tating", yoga and journaling.

"Taking Camp Home" provides goal-setting planning for further exploring the principles and activities that were most inspiring. It's one thing to have "a moment", it's quite another to own it.

“Me Time” for parents. While your kids are out having the time of their lives, parents are free to bask in the beauty of the Sierra in whatever way they choose. Sugar Bowl Resort offers spectacular hiking, gym and spa facilities, yoga classes, socials, music, wine tasting and delectable eats from our poolside café. Won't you join us this year?

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Instructor and kids on a hike near lake mary

Kids rock climbing on the donner summit

Instructor and kids on a hike in the woods

mountain Bike campers at Village hall

Instructor and kids out enjoying nature

Mountain Biker on trail

Sunset on Lake Mary with the palisades in the background

July 25-29, 2016
August 1-5, 2016

9:00am - 4:00pm Daily

Explore Nature

Ages 4-6 years
Cost: $510

Your young children will enjoy exploring spectacular Donner Summit…mountain meadows, granite outcrops, alpine lakes and forests, all while being guided by top environmental educators. Adventure activities include: easy hiking, rock climbing, water play (lifeguard supervised), coupled with nature art, storytelling, active games and yoga. Give your child the chance to push their own physical skills while learning about the natural wonder of Donner Summit.

Adventure in Nature

Ages 7-9 years
Cost: $650

Donner Summit is the perfect location for exciting mountain adventures! Our week combines spectacular hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking (must have or rent a mountain bike), swimming, and whitewater rafting. Camp Sugar Bowl balances adventure with learning. The week is rounded out with art, games and science explorations of the stunning natural history, geology, and human history of the Summit. Give your kids an extra special experience with the 'Sleep Away Camp' option during the second week (below)!

Mountain Adventure

Ages 10-12 years
Cost: $698

Got adventurous kids? This camp gives them a chance to try a variety of adventurous outdoor activities. We subscribe to challenge by choice philosophy. We give kids the opportunity to push their physical and mental boundaries all week while having fun! Activities include spectacular hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking (must have a mountain bike or rent one), stand up paddle boarding, swimming, and whitewater rafting or inflatable kayaking. The week is rounded out with learning about the stunning natural history, geology, and human history of the Summit. Give your kids an extra special experience with the 'Sleep Away Camp' option during the second week (below)!

Mountain Bike Camp

Ages 10-15 years
Cost: $698

Mountain bike camp is for campers who are comfortable riding a bike on dirt. Participants must have their own mountain bike or rent one prior to camp. Campers don’t need to know how to ride single track. If the participant is not already a competent beginner biker he/she should sign up for the ½ day bike adventure through the adventure camps. This camp will also teach mountain bike repair and maintenance skills including how to change a flat tire, cleaning your chain and more. Campers will be grouped by ability and pushed to improve current skills as well as learning new skills.

Adventure, Leadership, and Stewardship

Ages 13-15 years
Cost $725

This camp will have an adventure focus, a leadership focus, and a stewardship focus each day. Here, campers learn to become a thoughtful citizen of the world while having fun, challenging adventures. They will do everything from swimming in alpine lakes, to rock climbing, to kayaking, to learning wilderness survival skills and using them on an overnight backpacking adventure. The leadership portion will focus on communication, teaching skills, goal setting, becoming role models, and problem solving. Stewardship themed activities include, a conservation project, studying and employing Leave no Trace practices, teaching younger kids, and learning about sustainability and personal stewardship. Give your kids an extra special experience with the 'Sleep Away Camp' option during the second week (below)!

Sleep Away Camp

Ages 7 - 15
Cost: $525 plus regular day camp fees

During week two of camp we are offering a sleep away option for all kids 7 and older. Check-in is on Sunday afternoon; where campers will say goodbye to the parents for the week. It is a great opportunity to build friendships, self-reliance and to get some experience staying away from home. When the day camp ends the overnighters will stay with our counselors. They will sleep and play after day camp at the Clair Tappaan Lodge on Donner Summit. There they will do an activity each evening (including things like night walks, yoga, games and crafts). All food is provided from Sunday night dinner through lunch on Friday.

Cancellation policy: Cancellations made up to two weeks prior receive 50% refund; cancellations made fewer than two weeks prior to trip receive no refund. We are generous with credit toward rescheduling.

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Phone: (530) 426-9000
Snow Phone: (530) 426-1111
Address: 629 Sugar Bowl Road, Norden CA 95724
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