Traditional Camp at Bear Valley is provided in week long sessions, packed full of excitement. Adventures include everything from swimming in the river to archery, hiking, gold-panning, mountain biking, dutch oven cooking, games and more! Evenings are spent playing camp-wide games, going on starlit hikes, singing around the camp fire, and of course toasting s'mores! At Bear Valley YMCA Camp, we believe every child should have the opportunity to splash in the water, camp under the stars, explore nature, follow a trail, and have fun in a safe place
Every day at camp is a new experience filled with lots of activities and fun.
Bear Valley 2017 Camp brochure
2018 camp sessions
Session 1: July 8 - 13
Session 2: July 15 - 20
Session 3: July 22 - 27
Cost per session*
*Camperships available through Y-Assist
A typical day at camp:
» Morning: Breakfast, Inspiration, Activity Sessions
» Afternoon: Lunch, Activity Sessions, Cabin Time
» Evening: Dinner, Evening Activity, Camp Fire
Campers participate in activities and are placed in cabins with other campers of similar age in order to create friendships, and inspire creativity and growth.
CAMP LEADERS AND SAFETY
The Bear Valley staff is the heart of the summer camp experience. Our caring and well trained leaders are positive role models for campers. Staff members are safety conscious, enthusiastic, service minded, caring and respectful of all campers and the camp environment at all times.
Our counselors reside in the cabins, participate in all activities along with their cabin's campers, and guide and mentor the kids through out the week. All staff are required to complete a child abuse prevention program and have undergone criminal background checks.
In addition, all camp staff are required to have current First Aid and CPR certifications. All aquatic related activity will be supervised by a certified lifeguard. The staff to camper ration is never more than 1:8, ensuring personal attention for all campers.
All camp meals are served in the historic camp social hall. Meals are balanced, kid friendly and healthy. The camp menu is developed in consultation with a registered dietitian, prepared by the camp's cook and served family style. Sample meals include: High Sierra Chicken, Miners Stew, and Gold Pan Spaghetti. Every meal includes the Bear Valley YMCA Salad.
We strive to meet any special dietary needs of campers. Please let us know in advance in your camper has special requirements.
Each camper has an opportunity to purchase healthy snacks, drinks and camp apparel at the Bear Valley General Store. The general store is open during campers arrival and departure times. Campers are allowed to visit the store once a day while at camp.
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
Bear Valley YMCA Camp is located in the High Sierra, 90 minutes east of Sacramento. Camp is on Bowman Lake Road, off Highway 20, between Nevada City and Interstate 80.