Top Outdoor Summer Camps in San Francisco

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Published Mar 3, 2016

Summertime is approaching, and it's time to decide where to send the kids to camp. Here are our favorite outdoor/adventure choices in San Francisco.

Top Outdoor Summer Camps in San Francisco


Now that spring has finally sprung and the weather is heating up it is time to start thinking about summer. We absolutely love the idea of sending your kids to an outdoor summer camp. Why not let them soak up some sweet Vitamin D and have a blast with their best friends! In order to help, we’ve filtered through all the local outdoor kids camps and compiled a list of only the best and brightest.



Marin JCC Summer Camp

Your K-10th grader can be a Happy Camper this summer! The 11-acre campus includes an art studio, theater, enclosed outdoor field and playground, gym, pools, and kid-friendly kitchen. Campers will experience a premier skill-based swim program for all levels. 1 and 2 week sessions offer traditional activities as well as innovative specialty camps.




Mt. Tam Bikes Camp

Founded in 2006, they don't just go for a ride--they coach mountain biking. Riding a bike is about capturing a feeling, and that feeling is freedom. They inspire rider by showing, rather than telling what can be done on a bike, in a fun, safe, non-competitive environment where kids can connect with nature, riding, and each other.



Trackers Earth

Trackers Earth offers the most adventurous summer camps in the Bay Area. They meet at a central location and transport campers to the best local parks and green spaces. Your child will get to explore the outdoors and learn authentic skills. Day and overnight camps feature a range of themes: wilderness survival, homesteading crafts, role-playing adventure, archery, and much more.



Treks & Tracks

Treks and Tracks offers various courses and experiences in rock climbing, backpacking and navigation. All guides are trained in wilderness emergency procedures and professional guiding techniques. With over 30 years of combined outdoor adventure experience, each expedition and class has been carefully crafted to ensure an inspiring experience.




San Francisco Zoo

At Summer Zoo Camp, kids can Learn about animals, their habitats and how the zoo cares for them.

Camps are available for kids entering Pre-K to 5th grade, as well as more in-depth scientific camp for kids in grades 6 and 7.





Marin Treks Summer Adventure Camp

Marin Treks is the most exciting summer camp in Marin! Activities include rock climbing, trapeze, kayaking, trampoline, go-karting, tide pooling, exploring ancient Redwoods, & studying Bay Area wildlife. Science week takes campers to the Lawrence Hall of Science, Exploratorium, and other museums. Led by Naturalist Brian Campopiano, each day is a new adventure for your child!




If this article sparked your curiosity and you are now in hot pursuit of discovering the most epic outdoor summer camp for your kids, we highly recommend checking out our comprehensive list of summer camps. Finding the coolest local kids camps and classes is our specialty and we are more than happy to help!





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