Summer Camp Adventure in California

Enjoy wilderness adventure at this overnight summer camp in California's Tahoe National Forest, for boys and girls 8 to 17. Recommended by Outside Magazine and The LA Times!

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We help your child grow better connections with people, better connections with nature, and better connections with their potential by helping them take another step toward a happy, healthy adulthood through development of critical life skills. (And, we guarantee your camper will have fun!) Watch the video below to learn more.
Learn why Outside Magazine named Shaffer's High Sierra Summer Camp as one of its 5 favorite camps in the U.S., and why the Los Angeles Times recommended the camp as one of 14 adventure travel destinations (and only one of two camps)!

Make your risk-free reservation today!

If your plans change, you can get a full refund before May 1st. And if you enroll after May 1st, 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!

Summer Camp Activities

How can we guarantee that your camper will have fun? By having great camp activities! In addition to the sleepaway summer camp classics every one loves, such as archery, arts and crafts, camp fire and evening program, performing arts, swimming (pool and lake), and volleyball, Shaffer’s High Sierra Summer Camp offers exciting wilderness adventure activities including backpacking and hiking (and see our separate Explorer Program for a more in-depth experience), challenge ropes course, disc golf, gold panning, horseback riding, lake kayaking, mountain biking, mountain boarding, paddle boarding, rock climbing, shelter building, whitewater rafting, and more!
And if your camper can’t get enough mountain biking, or loves rock climbing, or wants to add backpacking to their summer camp experience, check out our specialized program tracks in mountain biking, rock climbing, and outdoor living skills!
Plus, if your camper is at least 14 years old and coming for a session of two weeks or longer, they are eligible for our Leadership Training program, where we explore what it means to be a leader and your child will be given the opportunity to help our staff facilitate a program activity of your choosing and to mentor a younger bunk group!
But with a limited enrollment of only 90 campers, sessions fill rapidly. So make your risk-free reservation today!

Explorer Program

The Explorer Program is a one-week stand-alone summer camp program in which participants plan (with staff guidance) and implement their own unique trip to explore the marvels of the Tahoe National Forest, from mountains to valleys and waterfalls to lakes.

First Time Camper?

Never been to summer camp? Or have a spouse who's never been to summer camp? For people who've never been to a sleepaway camp, it's easy to look at camp as simply a vacation for your child -- something akin to an amusement park with lots of fun things to do where you get to sleep over. But an overnight summer camp can be so much more than just a vacation. It can be life-changing in the way it helps kids and youth build life skills. Watch this short video of best-selling author and child psychologist Madeline Levine discussing the true value of summer camp.

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New for 2018 is our Counselor-in-Training program! This program is structured to train 18 and 19 year-olds to become a summer camp counselor, including training in emergency preparation, supervising youth, modeling exemplary behavior, converting challenging child behavior into a learning experience, facilitating a program activity of their choice, among other skills!