Bay Area, CA
Camp Trackers Village Overnight Summer Camp Ages 9-13
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 cabins or yurts, help cook nourishing meals, explore nature and every day can participate in activities from the Trackers Guilds...
Rangers Guild Outdoor Survival, Animal Tracking and The Curriculum of Shadows
Wilders Guild Wild Plants, Homesteading and The Wilders Garden
Artisans Guild Theater & Storytelling, Fine Craft Work and Leadership
Mariners Guild Canoeing and fishing in our private pond or creek water ecology
Every day feels like a page from an ancient storybook. Each night we gather around the campfire to regale our adventures with our fellow campers. At Camp Trackers your child becomes a legend in 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. 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. The Mariners fish for our supper or explore Rancheria Creek which flows through camp. Below is a list of potential activities...
Rangers Guild The Rangers Guild are scouts of the forest. Campers 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 train outdoor fitness arts through fun stealth games. Rangers are also master naturalists, they know the language and sign of all birds, beasts and plants that live in wild.
Wilders Guild Named in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Wilders Guild offers homesteading activities. Campers could make cheese from farm fresh goats milk to bring home or dip candles to bring home at the end of the week.
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, weave baskets, spin, knit, and use plant dyes and other natural materials for coloring fabric.
Artisans Guild The Artisans Guild encompasses a diverse range of craft and skills, and the spirit of the artisans is woven into all we do at Camp Trackers. Artisans are storytellers and crafts people.
Instructors trained in the dramatic arts teach theater improv games that build confidence, creativity and teamwork, and campers have the opportunity to share their own songs and performances around our campfire each evening.
Mariners Guild The Mariners train in skills and arts of water lore. By trade and salty wisdom they demand respect for our local waters and all life in their depths.
Mariners can go fishing, canoeing or even learn to tie artistic knots! While they may not guarantee a catch, campers always have a good time sitting by the shore and casting. With the Mariners Guild you can always count on them to come home with a safe adventure on the water, ready to regale you about the "big one that got away."
Register for Camp Trackers Village in the Bay Area
We leave on our our Trackers Buses from our Oakland/Berkeley location on the first day of camp (see dates below) and return the following Friday. A Marin shuttle may be available pending demand. Contact Us to learn more.
Anderson Valley, Mendicino County, California Our new Camp Trackers 2014 location is on a stunning 180-acre private hillside site featuring redwood groves, incense cedar-covered slopes, creeks and springs, and even our own fishing lake. Campers sleep in cabins or, for survival-focused programs, rustic yurts.
Grade 4-8 Monday - Friday June 23-27, 2014 Tuition $525 includes 15% super early discount
Grade 4-8 Sunday - Friday July 6-July 11, 2014 Tuition $625 includes 15% super early discount
Grade 4-8 Sunday - Friday July 13-July 18, 2014 Tuition $625 includes 15% super early discount
Prepping Your Camper
This program is meant to be taken with regard and respect. We insist on focus, determination and intelligent accountability, especially while working with tools and training challenging skills. Every aspect of training in this program is considered a privilege. We insist that students treat it as such for their benefit and to the value of their learning community. This now said, our camps have and always will be infused with the most vital traits of good humor, celebration and appreciation for each participant.
We have scholarship awards available of up to 5%-25% 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
Transportation to Camp
Transportation from the East Bay is included in your registration! We make getting to camp easy with our round-trip bus service.
Not from the Bay Area? Check out Camp Trackers in Portland, OR >
On Sunday campers check-in and our staff welcomes the to the village of Camp Trackers. Throughout the week we play, learn and work together, doing activities lead by the various Trackers Guilds and culminating in our Epic Thursday all-day adventure. On Friday, we wrap of the week with our closing ceremony and bid farewell to new friends.
Dinner Even Plays a Character
In this camp we cook by a complete wood fired outdoor kitchen. It all has a real "Cowboy" Ranger flair to it. We also harvest certain wild edible plants with a focus on caretaking for the land.
Campfire is High End Theater
Campfire is high art and worthy of theater you could sell tickets for. This does not preclude the campers from participating, in fact, under the tutelage and positive encouragement of our fantastic theater impov teachers they feel highly motivated, accomplished and successful to step out on stage. This caliber of instruction will build confidence as they find their voice through village theater and campfire participation.
A Village of Friends
At Camp Trackers you find friendships that last a lifetime. We forge family care by the responsibilities of our Houses. Each camper is sorted into a House when they arrive. That House then works together on the afternoon Guild Duties and participates in morning Guild Rotations together. At Camp Trackers we rely one another to make the village successful and thrive.
Since 2004 Trackers has lead the way in standards of safety for outdoor camps and programs. All camp staff are CPR/First AID certified and have passed a thorough background check. We are very selective in our hiring process, choosing mature and competent individuals with profound experience in both education and skills instruction. Trackers is at the forefront of blending "old school" outdoor education with new and leading standards of safety, responsibility and personalized learning. We seek to bring environmental education back to true adventure in the out of doors. Learn more about our safety policies and values from our blog.
Our Teachers and Counselors
All Camp Trackers staff are of the most highly trained and experienced educators in the field, well versed in the industry leading Trackers Code of Safety. These are not your typical camp counselors that simply sing songs and run canned curriculum. While acting goofy is an essential part of camp, we keep it even more real. Our counselors are experts at traditional crafts, cultural skills such as theater improv, campfire cooking and most importantly, they posses a deft understanding of true and epic adventure.
About Camps Meals and Diets
Provided meals are all omnivore. They include an array of vegetables, grains, dairy and meat; all often mixed together. As we cook most of our meals over a woodfired kitchen we are unable to make accommodations and distinctions for specialized or specific diets.
Systemic Food Allergies To the best of our ability we work to exclude items that typically result inserver systemic reactions leading to anaphylaxis. Working with your medical doctor, if have a severe food allergy (such as peanut butter) please Contact Us and we will investigate if it is possible to adjust our meal plans.
Please Note Trackers is a Peanut Butter Free camp to accommodate this quickly growing severe systemic reaction (we rely on parents to respect this by not packing lunches or snacks that include peanut butter)
Skinning & Butchering
Full Disclosure In the spirit of learning about local foods, off-site we may even offer the opportunity for students to learn about and partake in butchering and processing local livestock. This will not necessarily happen every week and it will be done with great tact, council and sensitivity. This is purely a LEARNINGexperience and is fully OPTIONAL. It's goal is to foster respect for the origins of our food.
Please read this blog to better understand how this community need helps support our goals of conservation and respect for the natural world.