Bay Area, CA
Camp Trackers Village
Overnight Summer Camps

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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 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. The Mariners fish for our supper or explore Rancheria Creek, which flows through camp. 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. Campers train in stealth, tracking and wilderness survival skills. If you love 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 without matches, craft simple bows or train in 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 GuildWilders Guild Named in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Wilders Guild offers homesteading activities. Campers could make cheese from farm fresh goats milk to share at mealtime or dip candles to bring home at the end of the week.

You may find a Wilder starting seedlings for planting in the garden or spinning wool for fiber arts projects. They make pickles and preserves, help cook nourishing meals, weave baskets, knit, and use plant dyes and other natural materials for coloring fabric.

Artisans GuildArtisans 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 GuildMariners 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 spin a yarn about "the big one that got away."

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. A Marin shuttle will be available - Contact Us to learn more.

Location

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.

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Grade 4-8 Sunday - Friday July 6-July 11, 2014 Tuition $735

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Grade 4-8 Sunday - Friday July 13-July 18, 2014 Tuition $735

Frequently Asked Questions:

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.

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.

How do kids get to camp?

Transportation from the East Bay is included in your registration! We make getting to camp easy with our round-trip bus service, driven by trained drivers.  Check-in and check-out happens beginning at noon at our Berkeley headquarters. Pick up is the last day of camp at 3:00. If you are coming from somewhere north of the Bay Area we may be able to arrange an on-site drop off or second shuttle stop, and a Marin shuttle stop will also be available - Contact Us to learn more.

What type of accommodation is available?


Camp Trackers 2014 is located in a rustic camp setting in the Anderson Valley.  Campers sleep in bunks in small cabins with about 8 other campers, segregated by gender.  Campers may request to be groups with friends in cabin areas.  Survival overnight programs may include an opportunity to sleep in a temporary shelter or yurt outside central camp areas.  Heated showers and flush toilets are available.  Food is cooked partially over the campfire and partially in the indoor, commercial camp kitchen, and 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, who is excited to come learn and work with us. Although we teach the highest caliber of outdoor skills, 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.  Additionally, although kids sometimes come to camp with a friend, this is often not always the case and we craft thoughtful opportunities for every camp participant to make new connections and friendships during their time with us.

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.  We source much of our food from the immediately adjacent Anderson Valley work with nearby farms to provide a true locavore experience. 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 if the camper brings an additional food supply to supplement; 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.

What about skinning and butchering?

Full Disclosure: In the spirit of learning about local foods, we may offer the opportunity for students to learn about and participate in butchering and processing local livestock.  This will not necessarily happen every week and it will be undertaken with great tact, council, and respect. This is purely a learning experience and it is fully optional. Its goal is to foster respect for the origins of our food. Please read this blog to better understand how this community activity helps support our values of conservation and respect for the natural world.

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. 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.  Ware very selective in our hiring process: All staff are CPR/First Aid certified and background checked, and 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 cabin 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 limited scholarship awards available of up to 5%-30% 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.

What is the schedule of the week?


While each camp week and even day can have a variety of activities, our approximate overall schedule is as follows:

Sunday

12 PM - 12:30 PM: Parent drop-off for Shuttle Bus* at 3049 Adeline St., Berkeley.
4 PM: Shuttle Bus arrives at camp
Afternoon Camp orientation, move in, evening dinner, first campfire

Monday-Wednesday

Breakfast and Cabin Duties, Guild Activities, Lunch and Cabin Duties, Guild Activities, Dinner and Campfire

Thursday

Breakfast and Cabin Duties, Guild Activities, Lunch and Cabin Duties, Feast Preparation or Epic Stealth Game, Feast, Final Campfire Ceremony

Friday

Morning camp games, camp clean-up and pack. afternoon lunch, closing ceremony
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Parent pick-up at Trackers HQ in Berkeley.

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Rave Reviews of Trackers Programs

From our parents...

"I just loved that my daughter was getting to all the things I did as a child." -Parent

"I feel like Trackers is the perfect fit for my kid.  He would much rather be shooting a bow and arrow or fishing in a lake than doing some of the more mainstream stuff he is exposed to through his school peers and neighborhood friends, like video games and team sports.  He's a quirky kid and Trackers thrills him." -Parent

"Everyone was patient and friendly, especially with the kids." -Parent

"There's simply no other camp like Trackers. Every day my children do something amazing. They shoot bows and arrows, go fishing, milk goats and even make apple cider. All this is done with the utmost competence and care of the instructors. Trackers often feels more like a part of our family than just a camp." -Parent

"So creative and engaging on a level that was perfect for them." -Parent

"I was blown away by what our class accomplished. The instructors set high expectations and then helped my students rise to the occasion. From blacksmithing to survival skills, we did so much this week... The instructors were real with my students while also being completely professional. That's a balance you don't see very often." -8th grade teacher

"My kids get a chance to be free and outside. That doesn't mean the program is unstructured, it means the instructors have an incredible ability to listen to the kids they're working with… I can't think of anything better than that."-Parent

"Hands-on learning with a dose of humor." -Parent