Adventure Camps

Adventure Camp – formerly Camp Sugar Bowl
Now in our 14th season

Donner summit is the place to be for summertime fun!
Each day is a new adventure.

Whatever your child’s skill level is, our experienced guides meet them where they are to build new skills and confidence each day.  Learning how to access spectacular mountain terrain is a formative experience that gives them a lifetime all access pass to connect with the wild places still left on our beautiful big blue.

Rock climbing • White water rafting • Mountain Biking • Swimming in Alpine Lakes • Yoga • Art

Dates

Week 1: 7/12 – 7/16
Week 2: 7/19 – /723
Week 3: 7/26 – 7/30

Littles: Ages 4 – 6

Littles enjoy exploring spectacular Donner Summit:  mountain meadows, wildflowers, alpine lakes and forests, and granite outcroppings; while being nurtured and guided by top environmental educators.  Easy hiking, rock climbing (teddy bears climb too), water play (lifeguard supervised) nature art, storytelling, games, yoga, and a base-camp that makes naps feel like a magical wonderland.

Middles: Ages 6 – 9

Campers in this lively group are introduced to more thrilling adventures and challenging new experiences.  Each day is a mix of rock climbing, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, or white water rafting.  Rounded out with art, games, personal reflections, geology, natural and human history of Donner Summit – with an emphasis on discovering how we are each, personally connected to this special place.  Sleepaway camp is an option for weeks two and three.

Bigs: Ages 9 – 12

In this camp, your child will strengthen their self-efficacy, confidence, and ability to regulate mind, body and emotions while pushing their physical and mental boundaries.  This FUN, “Go For It” camp is guided by experts, who meet your child where they are, while also seeing what else is possible.  Expert guiding helps your child see themselves in new ways.  Activities include leveling up on hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, SUP and Kayaking, swimming in pristine alpine lakes, and white water rafting.  Rounded out with art, games, personal reflections on self and what nature has to teach us, geology, natural and human history of Donner Summit.  Sleepaway camp is an option for weeks two and three.

Super-Bigs: Ages 12-15

This camp extends the challenges, strengths, and skill sets your child learned in Bigs.  Longer excursions, higher challenges, and entry level training in leadership development.  Activities include leveling up on hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, SUP and Kayaking, swimming in pristine alpine lakes, and white water rafting.  Rounded out with art, games, personal reflections, Super Bigs also get a taste of field science and restoration work with scientists from UC Davis and South Yuba River Citizens Leagues (SYRCL).  Sleepaway camp and option for weeks two and three.

Sleep-away Camp: Ages 7-15

Weeks 2 & 3 Only

Week 2: 7/18 – /723
Week 3: 7/25 – 7/30


Sleep-away Camp is a great opportunity to build deeper friendships, self-reliance, and a deeper connection with the land.  Our experienced counselors offer camaraderie, story-telling, games, night walks, yoga, crafts, or moving enviro films.  Sleep-Away Camp starts on the Sunday evening before camp starts for easy drop-off. All food is provided, from Sunday night dinner through lunch on Friday.  This camp is Covid Tier informed, and will cancel if needed.

Ages overlap to support the kids who are ready for the bigger adventures of the next age group up, or are needing to take things a little easier.

WHY ATTEND MULTIPLE WEEKS?

Repetition is how we build new neural pathways. Training in this way leads to empowerment and embodied knowing. We’ve seen multiple weeks increase skills development, environmental and social awareness, and really boost self-reliance and confidence.

Pricing

This is a premium camp. To deliver real transformational experiences, we know you get what you pay for; which is why we bring in the highest quality guides, naturalists and educators. We strive to keep the camp costs affordable, while keeping the WOW factor and instruction at peak levels.

We use any proceeds earned to help support the significant no-cost, nature based therapy we provide for underserved, high-need youth; and scholarships for field trips for Title One schools from Richmond, Oakland, and San Francisco.

Adventure Camp Pricing

Age GroupRegister By 3/15Register By 4/30After 5/1
Littles: 4 – 6$625$675$725
Middles: 6 – 9$685$735$785
Bigs: 9 – 12$735$785$835
Super-Bigs: 12 – 15$735$785$835
Sleepaway: 7 – 15$600$625$650

Tahoe-Truckee Locals’ Discount

As a long-term Tahoe-Truckee non-profit providing year round programming in Education, Field Science, Wellness, and Behavioral Health, we offer a $50 per camper discount to local Tahoe-Truckee youth enrolled in TTUSD, Creekside Charter, Forest Charter, and Golden Valley Waldorf School. Email sharon@sierraexperience.org to request the coupon code. Please include all camper names and schools.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Gateway Mountain Center was one of the only organizations to successfully run summer camps for over 150 campers in 2020.  With the highest standards of precaution and best practices provided by federal, state and local authorities, we met and exceeded standards set by the Center for Disease Control and the American Camps Association, keeping our campers and staff COVID free.  Though we are hopeful conditions will improve for Summer 2021, we are experienced and ready to keep you and your family as safe as possible.

To see a detailed plan of our Covid Protocols follow this link.

Cancellation Policy

Click here information about our cancellation policy. For more information please contact Sharon Schrage: sharon@sierraexperience.org / 530.426.2110

CAMP DONNER SUMMIT IS OPERATED UNDER PERMIT FROM THE TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST. USDA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER, EMPLOYER, AND LENDER.