Kids Summer Camp

Tahoe's best summer camp for kids.

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.

Why Sugar Bowl Summer Camp?

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 campers the opportunity to continue learning well after their camp-week has ended through 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?

Please call 530-426-6790 or email us your questions.

Summer Camp Options

Best Experience Sugar Bowl Summer Camp
Explore Nature
Ages 4-6
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


Your Campers in this lively group are introduced to more thrilling adventures and challenging new experiences. Each day will be a mix of climbing, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, or white water rafting, rounded out with art, games and explorations of the natural history, geology and human history of donner summit. Give your kids an extra special experience with the "Sleep Away Camp" option during the second week.
Mountain Adventure
Ages 10-12

Your kids will have the opportunity to push their physical and mental boundaries all week while having fun! Activities include hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, 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.
Adventure, Leadership & Stewardship
Ages 13-15


This camp teaches your kids to become a thoughtful citizen of the world while having fun, challenging adventures. The adventure portion includes rock climbing, kayaking, and learning wilderness survival skills and using them on an overnight backpacking adventure. The leadership portion focuses on communication, teaching skills, and problem solving. Stewardship themed activities include studying leave-no-trace practices, a conservation project, and learning about sustainability. Give your kids an extra special experience with the "Sleep Away Camp' option during the second week.
Mountain Bike
Ages 10-15

Donner Summit has spectacular mountain biking! Your kids will explore trails weaving through the forests of Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge. The focus is on improving skills, while having fun. Bike handling, single track technique, trail etiquette, bike maintenance and repair will all be covered. The week will include swimming, nature explorations, and a rock-climbing outing. Prior bike experience is recommended, participants must have their own bike or rent one prior to camp.
Best Summer Camp on Donner Summit
Sleep Away Camp
Ages 7-15

During the second camp session, a 'sleep away' option is offered for kids age 7 and older. 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 the counselors at the Clair Tappaan Lodge on Donner Summit. There they will do an activity each evening, including night walks, yoga, games and crafts. All food is provided from Sunday night dinner through lunch on Friday.

To choose the Sleep Away Camp Add-On, please select your desired Week #2 camp session. Then you will be provided the option to elect Sleep Away once the camp session as been added to your cart.
Best Summer Camp in Tahoe
Sugar Bowl Summer Camp