California Summer Camps - Shaffer's High Sierra Summer Camps

What would you attempt, if you knew you couldn't fail? Would you rappel down a Cliff? Climb to the top of a mountain? Raft through whitewater rapids? Bike down a world-class mountain biking course? Or something that appeals to your creative side, like art, dance, improv, or singing?

Outside Magazine names Shaffer's High Sierra Camp as one of its five favorite camps in the country.

At Shaffer's High Sierra Summer Camps, you'll try things this summer you never thought you'd try, and you'll do it while having fun and making new friends! You'll never be pushed into doing anything you don't want to, but you'll get lots of support and encouragement from what we believe is the best camp staff you'll find anywhere. And while lots of new, fun activities and friends may be enough for you, your parents will appreciate an ACA accredited summer camp that highly values not only your physical safety but your emotional safety as well. And by the end of camp, we're sure your parents will notice a new-found confidence in you!

Shaffer's High Sierra Summer Camps operates overnight summer camp sessions from one to seven weeks in length. The summer camps are for kids 8 to 17 years old and feature a summer camp program with an emphasis on noncompetitive, largely team-based wilderness adventure activities.

What distinguishes Shaffer's High Sierra Summer Camps from other summer camps in California?

Rock Climbing above Donner Lake, California


With just 70 or fewer campers per session, we're big enough that there will be kids your age but small enough that you can meet just about everyone and make friends that will last a lifetime. No one gets lost in a crowd here!


Shaffer's High Sierra Summer Camps is located in California's famed Tahoe National Forest, nestled on the peaceful headwaters of the North Yuba River among pine and 200' fir trees. It's a short 10 minute ride to the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, with 70+ pristine mountain lakes and miles and miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails. The spectacular Sierra Buttes frame beautiful lakes and provide a perch from which you can see up to 150 miles. The natural beauty is incomparable, the variety of destinations hard to beat. Not limited to the camp property or just one lake, you won't get bored however long you stay! (See more about our summer camps location.)


Shaffer's High Sierra Summer Camps offers many activities, including:

Archery Challenge Ropes Course Mountain Biking Pool
Arts & Crafts Horseback Riding Mountain Boarding Rock Climbing
Backpacking Hiking Paddle Boarding Whitewater Rafting
Kayaking Lakes Performing Arts Other
Map of the Entire Site

Our focus on noncompetitive, team-based activities frees you to have fun, gain skills, and build self-confidence without worrying about being "good enough" or the pressures that accompany competitive sports!

Fun Guarantee.

Summer camp presents a unique opportunity for children to not only have fun, but to stretch and learn new things. And while we're confident we do a great job, we realize that no one summer camp is a perfect fit for every child. So we offer you our "Fun Guarantee" to give you peace of mind. Our "Fun Guarantee" means that we guarantee your camper will have fun or we will refund your child's tuition! We don't know a better way to demonstrate the confidence we have in our program than by putting our money where our mouth is. If it turns out we're not the best fit for your child for some reason, we want you to take your tuition back and find a camp that is. We value the summer camp experience so highly that we want your child to have it, even if it is with someone else. To obtain a refund under our Fun Guarantee, all you have to do is send us a written request within 7 days of your child's last day at camp stating that he/she did not have fun and that you would like a refund. It's that simple. Fun. Guaranteed! (The refund applies only to tuition; it does not cover camp store purchases or optional activities. Also, the fun guarantee does not apply to any child who is expelled for inappropriate behavior.)

Reserve Your Space RISK-FREE Today!

Because we're small with just 70 campers allowed to enroll at any one time, we do fill. So make your reservation risk-free today! If your plans change before May 15th, you can get a full refund. And if you enroll after May 15th, you may still cancel and receive a refund if you notify the Camp within 7 days of your enrollment, or the start of camp for your child, whichever comes first. And you are always covered by our Fun Guarantee!

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