Camp Woolman

Community Subscriber
Outside the Bay Area
School-Aged, Preteens, Teens, Young Adults
60 participants
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Other religious affiliation
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Address: 13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City, CA 95959

Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills near the wild and scenic Yuba River and Tahoe National Forest, Camp Woolman is a place where every day is an adventure. Campers come here to backpack, make new friends, visit beautiful places, learn about nature, play games, do arts and crafts, explore in our garden, and be their true selves in a small and caring community. We are an organization founded on the Quaker values of peace, simplicity, equality, social justice, diversity, and inclusivity. We have 1 and 2 week over-night sessions for campers aged 9-16. Each week includes a 3 day backpacking trip for campers aged 9-14 and  3-10 day long trips for campers aged 15-16. We have scholarships available!

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My teens love Camp Woolman (near Grass Valley, CA) and their backpacking excursions. For years they attended their lower camp for ages 9-14 and now they go to their Teen Leadership camp for 15-17 year olds. The kids spend most of the time backpacking on the Pacific Crest Trail. My children were originally very reluctant hikers, but have grown to love this aspect. Camp is literally the highlight of their summer, and I’m so glad I pushed through their reluctance and encourage them to go. It has been a life-changing experience for my kids. Cool counselors, fun activities, good food, new friends and being in nature - priceless! I love getting them away from screens and socializing face to face. Great value too! Email me if you have any questions. Good luck. 

I haven't heard of White Stag before, but I have another recommendation. If you are looking for backpacking adventure, my kids have had a great experience at Camp Woolman ( Both my kids have gone to the lower camp (ages 9-14) for the past two years and this year my oldest will be in their Teen Leadership Program for 15-16 year olds. My younger kid, age 13, will still be at the lower camp. The lower camp participants go on backpacking trips for 3-4 days at a time (one hike for the one week programs and two hikes for the two week programs) and spend the rest of the time in the camp doing activities, visiting the swim hole, etc. The Teen Leadership hiking sessions are longer and the teens spend 8-9 days on the Pacific Crest Trail (two week sessions). The camp is nothing fancy, but it's good old-fashion fun in a place that embraces nature, sustainability and diversity. I think it's a hidden gem!