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Camp Trackers Village

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Camp Trackers Village is the ultimate summer overnight camp. Students are immersed in a village of rustic camping, ancient skills and adventure.

Campers stay in canvas walled tent cabins or yurts, help cook nourishing meals, explore nature and participate each day in activities from the Trackers Guilds. Every day feels like a page from an ancient storybook. Each night we gather around the campfire to regale our companions with tales of our day. At Camp Trackers, your child becomes a legend in a summer of life changing adventure.

Trackers Guilds: The Ultimate Outdoor Camp

Under the safe guidance of Trackers instructors the skills campers learn directly affect the village. Through the tutelage of the Rangers Guild, they may carve a fire by friction set to light our community campfire. With the Wilders Guild they could visit a local farm or make cheese for lunch. Under the guidance of Artisan guild instructors they might perform a campfire play about their adventures during the day, or create a leather quiver for their arrows. Below is a list of potential activities, or scroll down for Frequently Asked Questions:

Rangers Guild

Rangers Guild

The Rangers Guild are the scouts of the forest. Students train in stealth, tracking, and wilderness survival skills. If you ever loved the books My Side of the Mountain or Lord of the Rings the Rangers Guild is where you want to be.

Rangers may build a shelter, learn to carve wood, safely make fire with no matches, craft simple bows, or play fun stealth games to build outdoor fitness. They can loose an arrow with keen aim and steady eye.

Rangers are also master naturalists. They know the language and sign of all birds, beasts, and plants that live in wild.

Wilders Guild

Wilders Guild

Named in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Wilders Guild offers homesteading activities. Students could make cheese from farm fresh goats milk to bring home or press apples in the cider press while dancing to fine fiddle music.

You may find a Wilder starting seedlings for planting in family gardens or even working on fiber arts projects.

They make pickles and preserves, help cook nourishing meals over a fire, weave baskets, spin, knit, use plant dyes and other natural materials for coloring fabric. Through their thoughtful care of the forests and the meadows, the Wilders bring balance cultivation and care of the natural world.

Artisans Guild

Artisan Banner

The Artisans Guild encompasses a diverse range of storytellers and craftspeople. Instructors trained in the dramatic arts teach theater improv games that build confidence, creativity, and teamwork.

Artisans also share their stories through craft and art: From safe and successful metal working projects for younger students to more challenging blacksmithing techniques for older students. The Artisans also express their own story through painting and other art media; they create beautiful and useful things with their leatherworking and woodcraft projects. Through their craft, stories, and incredible adventures, the Artisans will take you on an unforgettable journey.

Register for Camp Trackers Village in the Bay Area

Drop-off/Pick-up Time

We leave on our Trackers Buses from our south Berkeley location on the first day of camp at 12:30 PM (see dates below) and return the following Friday by 3:00 PM.

Location

Santa Cruz Mountains, California The 2015 Camp Trackers location is at Camp Lindblad, a forest of redwoods and fir trees in the Santa Cruz Mountain Range. Campers sleep in canvas-walled tent cabins, rustic yurts, or - for survival-focused programs - even their own primitive shelters.

FULL  Grade 4-8  Girls Tent  
August 9-14, 2015   Tuition: $775  
FULL  Grade 4-8  Boys Tent  
August 9-14, 2015   Tuition: $775  

General Overnight Program Frequently Asked Questions

For more information on the nuts-and-bolts of camp, please read on for answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions please call our office directly at 510-575-9444 or use our Contact Form.

What is your philosophy?

We believe that all people (kids and adults) want to belong in and contribute to their community. At camp, everyone contributes to the upkeep and care of our Village in meaningful ways. Our program design demands intelligent accountability from participants, especially while working with tools and training in challenging skills. Every aspect of participation is considered a privilege and all campers must treat it as such. This now said, our camps have and always will be infused with vital traits of good humor, celebration and appreciation for each member of our village.

How do kids get to camp?

Transportation from Berkeley is included in your registration! We make getting to camp easy with our round-trip bus service, driven by trained drivers.

What type of accommodation is available?

Students sleep in large, comfortable tents during our mobile Adventure programs. Students enrolled in backpacking programs use lightweight, smaller tents - or even sleep out. Campers may request to be groups with friends in tent areas. Food is cooked partially over the campfire and partially over simple outdoor camp stoves. All staff involved in meal preparation possess appropriate food handler certification and training.

What kinds of kids come to camp?

Camp Trackers is a unique program, attracting a wide variety of “personality types” and kids from diverse backgrounds who all work together to build a village. This is a place for every kid, introvert or extrovert. We teach the highest caliber of outdoor skills, and we adjust our curriculum for all experience levels. Our instructors are adept at simultaneously challenging those who have a background in what we teach, and helping a newcomer to gradually increase their ability.

What dietary restrictions can be accommodated at camp? What about allergies?

Our provided meals are all omnivore and include an array of vegetables, grains, dairy, and meat, often mixed together. Because we are a small program who cooks communally, often over a campfire, we are generally unable to make accommodations and distinctions for specialized or specific diets. Vegetarian diets may be possible to accommodate; please contact us to discuss prior to registration.

About Systemic Food Allergies To the best of our ability we always work to exclude items that typically result in severe systemic reactions leading to anaphylaxis. Working with your medical doctor, if your camper has a severe food allergy (such as peanut butter) please contact us and we will investigate if it is possible to adjust our meal plans.

Who will be my child’s instructors?

Trackers Staff are the most highly trained and experienced educators in the field of outdoor education, well versed in our industry. They are experts at traditional crafts who possess a deft understanding of true and epic adventure. Click here to read more on our staffing policies and philosophy.

What will my child need to bring? What forms do I need?

A detailed packing list will be sent with your confirmation and welcome packet along with all camp forms. The basics will include a lightweight day pack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and mess kit. Backpacking students will also need to bring a light weight, sturdy frame pack. We strive to keep our packing list light and functional and is not a significant quantity of specialized gear on the list. California also requires that all overnight campers file a pre-camp physical exam form from your family doctor. This form will be sent with your welcome packet.

How will you keep my child safe?

Safety is our highest priority. Since 2004, Trackers has led the way in standards of safety for outdoor camps and programs. For our summer overnight programs, all groups of students have additionally have a staff person with Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT certification present. We hire only mature and competent individuals with profound experience in both education and skills instruction. Staff attend intensive training in all safety policies, from driving safety for transported programs to home-sickness prevention and mitigation. Moreover, we train staff to continually evaluate situations. Although we have policies and response plans for all foreseeable risks, Trackers staff are trained to consistently pay attention so that nothing is left to chance. Our staff retention percentage is excellent and the large majority of our lead staff is made up of returning instructors. Learn more about our safety policies and values here.

Can my child be grouped with a friend?

If your child would like to be grouped in the same tent as their friend please note this in your registration. Please note that in order to encourage new friends and connections at camps, we may place friends in different activity groups during the day. We find that this greatly improves the experience of all campers, and friends always have the opportunity to spend downtime, free time, and most mealtimes together.

Do you offer payment plans or scholarships?

For families who need it, we offer flexible payment plans. Contact Us to learn more. A non-refundable deposit is always required to reserve your space.

We have very limited scholarship awards available of up to 20%-100% of tuition for families in need. Due to limited funds of awards we recommend you apply early to increase your family's chances of acceptance. Submit a scholarship application here.