Walden West Outdoor Science School offers summer camp programing at our beautiful Saratoga campus for K-9th grades, family camp and leadership opportunities for high school volunteer camp counselors.
2019 Session week: July 1-3
Bring your family to camp! Our team will lead your family in exciting activities, games and exploration. Experience swimming, hiking, the C.O.R.E. climbing wall, arts and crafts and more. Relax and enjoy your family vacation and leave the cooking to us!
Have fun all day and camp out at night. Stay in a comfy cabin or set up a tent on our big field. Background experience in the outdoors doesn't matter here our activities are accessible and fun for any level!
Girls + Leadership is open to all girls, including gender nonconforming, non-binary, transgender, and femme identities. This empowerment program encourages effective leadership by building confidence, communication and healthy relationship skills. Campers will examine topics such as body image, self-esteem, self-care, bullying and the influence of the media. Participants will have the opportunity to build supportive friendships through discussion-based workshops and teambuilding challenges in the beautiful outdoor setting of Walden West. Campers may opt to stay for the night hike and spend the night under the stars on Wednesday. Camper dinner and breakfast the next day is included.
Wild Things is an entry level program for young campers which provides a higher ratio of staff and counselors per camper. It is designed to improve socialization skills and independence with a primary focus on providing a safe and fun experience while fostering a love for the outdoors.
Each morning, campers hike a short distance to the C.O.R.E. challenge course (low ropes only), pond, creek or Sanborn County Park where our experienced staff lead games and organize hands-on exploration time out in the redwoods. In the afternoons, campers enjoy various choice activities such as archery, crafts, gardening, hiking, nature lab and making an original, practical art project. Campers also have fun during swim time (weather permitting).
2019 Session week: June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-August 2 and August 5-9
Step into a 'World of Wonder' this summer. WOW focuses on the natural relationship between our own interactions and how they affect the surrounding world. WOW camp emphasizes positivity, creativity and fun within the large community of campers working together and building life-long memories and friendships.
In small trail groups campers discover Walden West's natural beauty, its creeks, redwood forest, nature trails, pond, and garden. Activities include hiking, archery, arts and crafts, games, gardening, sports, singing, and nature study. Don't forget pool time! The C.O.R.E. challenge course is also a part of the day camp program that builds self-confidence, physical coordination, and the spirit of teamwork.
Families are invited to the Thursday night BBQ and campfire. Campers may also opt to stay for the night hike and spend the night under the stars. Camper dinner and breakfast the next day is included.
2019 Session week: July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26 and July 29-August 2
Take science, history, and your summer to the next level! The Trail Blazers program gives campers a week of outdoor experiences that will ignite curiosity, fuel adventure, and foster a meaningful connection with nature. Campers will explore creeks and ponds, learn about the life of indigenous people, and find high adventure in the redwood forest. From survival skills to team building to critter hunting, the fun never stops in this action-packed adventure week! Families are invited to the Wednesday night dinner and campfire. Trail Blazers stay for the night hike and spend the night under the stars, dinner and breakfast is included.
2019 Session week: July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26
Participants build and enhance their leadership skills focusing on social and emotional learning, promoting positivity, a growth mindset, and creating a safe place for campers to be their best and be accepting of others. LITs support the Trailblazer program, learn how to belay at our ropes course, contribute to a community service project and get to do an offsite rock climbing trip at Indian Rock. LITs stay until 8 on Wednesday night, performing a skit for the Trail Blazer campfire program, then have a Thursday overnight experience to themselves, including dinner in Sanborn County Park. Our 1:10 staff-to-LIT ratio allows for personalized observation and feedback to most effectively train our future leaders and fill their leadership toolkits. Upon successful completion of the one-week LIT program or with a recommendation from staff, LIT graduates may be a Junior Counselor the following year.
2019 Session week: July 29 - August 9
LITs continue to hone their counselor skills in the two-week LIT + program by helping the Wild Things program and the WOW program. They'll join the Trail Blazers on an overnight Wednesday.
2019 Session week: June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-August 2
This is wonderful experience engages incoming 9th graders by preparing them to take on a new leadership role as a camp counselor. Junior Counselors learn how to administer games and activities and ensure the well-being and safety of all participants, while being fully supported by a staff team dedicated to their success. As we play our games, we'll be fully immersed and learning to apply the skills that each game teaches into every interaction we have with each other and every camper we work with at Walden West.