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Family Camp

There are still a lot of unknowns as we prepare for the next season. We consider and plan for different scenarios with hopes we will be able to welcome our campers back to camp this summer. In the meantime we will keep everyone posted as we learn new details.

Reservation Policies

Please click on the button, below, and reserve your spot today!

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*Important Note: To make a reservation, you must create an UltraCamp account, check availability, and make a deposit. We reserve the right to cancel any sessions in the face of any event such as wildfires, pandemics, heavy snow pack, or anything that is ultimately beyond our control. For any further questions, please contact us at campsacramento@cityofsacramento.org.

Registration Info:

  • Reservations must be made through our reservation website: UltraCamp
    • Click the link above and create an UltraCamp Account.
    • Fill in your personal contact info and add your family members (and/or friends) to your account.
    • Browse availability.
    • Make family camp reservation.
    • Add session attendees to your session (from your previously added account members)
  • Guests with a full session reservation will be eligible for priority re-reservation of their current cabin. They may also book any openings in previous sessions.
  • All unreserved cabins for a given session are available to the public (“up for grabs”) the evening of the last full day of that session (minis: 5pm, weeklong: 5:30pm).
  • Absolutely NO reservations are accepted for future sessions (i.e., no reservation for sessions next summer, if those sessions have not yet happened this summer).
  • Registration at Camp will be accepted Monday through Friday for each weekly session and on any day before departure for each mini session.
  • Reservations will also be accepted on check out day.

Deposits:

All reservations will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and require a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit due at the time of registration. Advanced reservations for priority eligible guests also require a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit for a confirmed reservation. Refunds are NON-REFUNDABLE to discourage cancellation, and exceptions are very rare.

  • Mini Deposit: $100/reservation
  • Weekly Deposit: $160/reservation

Please contact campsacramento@cityofsacramento.org for any further information.

Dates, Rates, and Fees

2023 FAMILY CAMP DATES & RATES

Playground

*Important Note: If you want to make a reservation, you must contact create an UltraCamp account, check availability, and make a deposit. We reserve the right to cancel any sessions in the face of any event such as wildfires, pandemics, heavy snow pack, or anything that is ultimately beyond our control. For any further questions, please contact us at campsacramento@cityofsacramento.org.

MINI VACATIONS, 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

To check session availability, please click on the desired session below.

 SESSION

DATES

 Mini 1

 June 18-21

 Mini 2

 June 21-24

 Mini 3

 July 2-5

 Mini 4

 July 5-8

 Mini 5

 July 16-21

 Mini 6

 July 19-22

 Mini 7

 July 30-
August 2

 Mini 8

 August 2-5 

*Mini Deposit: $100/reservation
**All Deposits NON-REFUNDABLE

WEEKLY VACATIONS, 6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS

To check session availability, please click on the desired session below.

SESSION

DATES

 Week 1

 June 26-July 1

 Week 3

 July 10-15

 Week 5

 July 24-29

*Weekly Deposit: $160/reservation
**All Deposits NON-REFUNDABLE

If existing cabin campers have family members who want to stay for only part of a session, we can accommodate this with daily rates, which include an overnight stay and 3 meals.

We take reservations for daily use starting in May on a first-come, first-served basis, dates must coincide with the sessions. Please call Camp Reservations at (916) 808-6098, for additional details and the daily rate prices.

FAMILY CAMP RATES

 MINI SESSION RATES

 AGE

RESIDENT

NON-
RESIDENT

 16+

$329

$379

 11-15

$229

$279

 6-10

 $209

$229

 3-5

 $119

$139

 2 & Under

 FREE

FREE

 WEEK-LONG SESSION RATES

 AGE

RESIDENT

NON
RESIDENT

 16+

$559

$649

 11-15

$419

$479

 6-10

$299

$369

 3-5

$169

$199

 2 & Under

FREE

FREE

Forms

Camp Forms

Note: If filling-in these forms using Adobe Reader, print out your form. Filled-in information can only be saved using Adobe Standard or Pro.

Schedule of Activities

ACTIVITIES

Camp Sacramento is set up so you can stay as busy as you’d like! We offer scheduled age group activities between breakfast and dinner, with All-Camp activities scheduled in the evenings. There are also some special activities sprinkled in, and plenty of unscheduled activities that you can do pretty much whenever! Some of the activities you will have the option of participating in are:

  • Archery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • BINGO
  • Hiking
  • Volleyball
  • Softball (Weeklong only)
  • Movie Night (Weeklong/Rainy Days Only)
  • The Camp Dance
  • A Lakeside Picnic
  • A Sandcastle Contest
  • Campfires
  • Pajama-Rama Breakfast, Pictures, and PJ Contest
  • Cabin Decorating Contest

There are also many things to do that aren't scheduled:

  • Ping Pong
  • Horseshoes
  • Cornhole/Beanbag Toss
  • Bocce Ball
  • The Playground
  • Billiards, Foosball, and Air Hockey
  • Board Games
  • The Book Nook
  • “Power Lounging” on the Deck/Patio
  • Fishing (With a License!)
  • The Rock at the Playground (If you know, you know…)

All scheduled activities are announced via camp’s public announcement system as well as posted on a bulletin board and included in paper schedules available in the store/lobby.

Age Groups: The Camp Sac Program largely focused on Age Group Activities. Age Groups meet at a specific location for every scheduled activity, and break down as follows:

  • Minnows (3-5 years old, meet at Lodge Steps)
  • Chipmunks (6-9 years old, meet at Campfire Pit)
  • Marmots (10-12 years old, meet at Store Patio)
  • Teens (13-17 years old, meet at Volleyball Court)
  • Adults (18+, meet at Camp Bell)
Directions to Camp
CAMP SIGN

Google Maps Directions to Camp

Main office in Sacramento - (open October through May)

4623 T Street, (add Suite B for USPS), Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 808-6098

E-mail: campsacramento@cityofsacramento.org

Camp Sacramento (the actual facility - open May through October)

P.O. Box 81
Twin Bridges, CA 95735
(530) 659-7202

Camp Map
What to Expect

General CAMP information 

FACILITIES - CABINS

cabin

Camp Sacramento is situated in the Sayles Flat area of the Eldorado National Forest. It sits on a 14-acre property owned by the U.S. Forest Service and leased by the City of Sacramento. There are 61 cabins of various sizes scattered throughout the property. These cabins have electricity, but most don't have any outlets other than the light bulb on the ceiling and the porch light. They are rustic yet charming - most of them were built in the 1930s. Some of the cabins are wheelchair-accessible. The cabins do not have running water, but there are centrally located restrooms available complete with electrical outlets and private shower stalls. Camp facilities also include a dining hall, lodge, camp store, camp nurse's office, softball diamond, half basketball court, volleyball court, campfire pit, arts & crafts areas, ping pong tables, horseshoe pits, and the scenic American River. Check the Camp Map for Camp layout.

WEATHER

Being in the Sierra Nevada mountains, the summer weather at Camp Sac is known for changing rapidly. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it snows, but most of the time it's beautiful -- with the deepest blue sky you've ever seen. During the day, the temperature averages 85 degrees or so; and at night it dips into the low 50s. Because the weather can change suddenly, please come to camp prepared for all weather situations. The humidity level is usually very dry, so bring lots of Chapstick and moisturizer; See also, What to Bring.

CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT

Checking in and out is taken care of in the lobby inside the Lodge. Check-in time Begins at 12:00 Noon on the arrival day, and check-out time is no later than 10:00 am on the departure day. YOU MUST PROVIDE CAMP PROOF THAT WE HAVE A SIGNED HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT AND HEALTH FORM BEFORE YOU RECEIVE A KEY TO YOUR CABIN. If a key is lost, a $10 per key replacement fee will be collected at checkout.

CAMP BELL

campbell

The camp bell has long been a fixture at Camp Sacramento. It rings four times a day as follows:

  • 8:00 Wake-Up!
  • 8:30 Breakfast
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 5:30 Dinner

The meal times are different for check-in day: extended hours for Lunch are 12:00 p.m. through 2:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6:00.

The camp bell also serves as a fire alarm. If there is a fire in camp, we will ring the bell continuously and give instructions over the P.A. system. We would instruct you to gather your family and meet at the campfire circle. We ask that you DO NOT DRIVE!! Our staff is trained in fire fighting and we have the equipment to put out a fire. There are fire hoses and extinguishers placed all throughout camp, and we ask that you keep your children away from them.

DINING HALL

Meals are served cafeteria-style in the Camp Sacramento Dining Hall. We serve three full meals each day:
If you have special dietary needs (e.g. vegetarian, vegan, diabetic, Gluten free, food allergies, etc.), please let us know when you make your reservation. We also ask that you speak to our Head Chef upon arrival. The dining hall opens at 7:00 am each morning for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and continental breakfast. The dining hall is open for you to come in and play cards, games, read, or whatever. Board games are available to check out in the lodge. We serve hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and sometimes a snack in the evenings. The dining hall stays open until midnight.

CAMP STORE

The Camp Sacramento Store is the perfect place to find that early morning latte or mocha, we also have milkshakes, ice cream, candy bars, popcorn, nachos, soda, beer, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and much much more. You'll find a helpful and courteous staff eager to help you satisfy your choco-holic cravings. Cell phone reception is improving every year. If you need a land line, check with the lobby or store staff. Store hours are posted at store.

There's a mailbox in the camp store where you can drop that postcard to Aunt Emma. Mail goes out at approximately 10:00 each morning (except Sundays and holidays). If your Aunt Emma wants to send YOU a letter while you're there, the address is:

Your Name and Session #
Camp Sacramento
P.O. Box 81
Twin Bridges, CA 95735

This address is only good May through September.

RESTROOMS/SHOWERS & LAUNDRY

There are restrooms conveniently located throughout Camp. These restrooms have private shower stalls with hot running water. There are electrical outlets available in the restrooms to plug in your blow dryers, shavers, etc. There are also handicapped restroom and shower facilities available. The laundry facilities consist of washers, dryers, and a large sink. Laundry soap is available for purchase in the camp store.

LODGE

foosball

You'll find all kinds of fun things to see and do in the Camp Sacramento Lodge. You can browse among the books in our small library, play cards, games, foosball, air hockey, or pool. The Lobby is located inside the lodge. It is here that you can check out board games and fishing poles. The lobby is also the place where you check-in when you first arrive at camp and check-out when you leave. There are scheduled recreation activities which take place in the Lodge including movies, and a variety show (scheduled during full week sessions only).

FISHING

fishing

The South Fork of the American River runs through camp and usually provides excellent fishing. Fishing poles are available to check out in the Lodge Lobby along with a limited selection of bait (Power Bait and Salmon Eggs). There's a fish cleaning sink available to clean out your fish. Once you've done so, you can take your fish to the kitchen and have them wrap it for you; we will store it for you in our freezer during your stay at Camp or cook them for you for breakfast. Remember, if you are 16 years of age or older, you need a California fishing license. If you forget to get one prior to your arrival, there are places nearby which sell them.

SWIMMING

Swimming in the South Fork of the American River is NOT supervised. The water can get up to 4 feet deep, it's swift, and it's very cold. Please watch your children. There are also swimming holes and lakes nearby. In fact, during all camps, there's a trip to Pope Beach at Lake Tahoe planned.

CHILDREN

Parents or guardians are responsible for their children at all times. While a child is on a camp supervised activity, we will be responsible for them; but when the activity is completed or the child leaves the activity, parents again assume responsibility for their care, welfare, and behavior. We recommend that parents make their children wear shoes at all times (even in the water) to prevent injuries.

MISCELLANEOUS

In order to make your stay more enjoyable, we ask that guests observe quiet hours from 10 pm through 8 am. The outside facilities close at 10 pm each night; these include the horseshoe pits, playground, volleyball court, and basketball court. The Lodge and Dining Hall remain open until midnight. Some scheduled recreation activities last past 10 pm, but we will try our best to keep the noise level down.

What to Bring

pajamarama

We've compiled a list of items you should bring to make your stay at Camp Sacramento comfortable and enjoyable. If you've been to camp before and think we've left out anything, please let us know! Visit the Contact- Us section if you'd like to do so. Check out our Final Packet for more information!

RECOMMENDED ITEMS

  • Blankets/Sleeping Bags
  • Pillows
  • Bedsheets
  • Toothbrush
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Shorts
  • Long Pants
  • Extra Shirts
  • Extra Socks
  • Extra Undies
  • Rain Jackets
  • Sweatshirts
  • Charging Cords
  • Portable Charger
  • Hiking Boots
  • Beach Supplies
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Chapstick
  • Backpacks
  • Water Bottles
  • Ice Chest
  • Snacks
  • Hats
  • Camera
  • Swimsuits
  • Flashlights
  • Fishing Gear/License
  • White Shirt (for Tie-Dye)
  • Dutch Auction Items
  • Softball Gloves
  • Folding Chairs
Camp Rules

The Camp Director possess the authority and reserves the right to eject anyone from the property, without refund, for not observing the following camp safety rules:

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Alcoholic beverages can be consumed by campers aged 21 years and older. Beer is available for sale in the camp store. Campers aged 21 and over may bring their own alcoholic beverages to camp.

CAMPER BEHAVIOR AND SUPERVISION

Parents and/or guardians are responsible for the overall supervision and the safe and appropriate behavior of campers in their cabins and/or group. Parents and/or guardians required to inform all campers of the camp rules and regulations.

CANDLES/LANTERNS

Candles, kerosene, and oil lanterns are not permitted in any building.

CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES AND FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS

The use of gasoline, kerosene, explosives, flammable liquids, and poisonous substances are prohibited. This includes the use of pesticides and insecticides.

COOKING

Cooking is not permitted in cabins, or on Camp Sacramento grounds and the forest. All meals are provided and prepared by Camp Sacramento staff.

EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

If you have an emergency while at camp immediately notify the Camp Director of any emergency situations.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Fires
  • Missing persons
  • Medical emergencies or injuries
  • Intruders

FIRES/FIREBUILDING

Fires are permitted only in already established fire ring or fireplaces. Fires must never be left unattended. Creating new fire rings is prohibited and will result in ejection from camp.

FISHING

Campers may fish in the South Fork of the American River. Camp Sacramento has a few poles available to rent. Fishing can be done along the bank or along the bridge. A fishing license is required to fish.

HEALTH INFORMATION

Each person in your cabin is required to complete and submit the Camper Health form prior to check-in. Keys to cabins will only be given upon collection of completed and signed Camper Health form.

GROUNDS

Please help us preserve our beautiful camp by maintaining and protecting the plants and wildlife. This includes the preservation of annual and perennial plants, trees and shrubs and to practice good conservation. Therefore, the following must be adhered to:

  • No digging, moving, or removal of stones
  • No picking or removal of flora, fauna, animal or mineral substance
  • No littering or dumping of trash
  • No driving on service roads, see exception below
  • No cutting of timber or cutting trees.

ILLEGAL DRUGS

The use of illegal drugs is prohibited.

INSURANCE

Each camper must provide written evidence of medical and accident insurance coverage on their Camper Health History form. Coverage may be provided by the individual or family.

LODGING AREAS

Beds in lodging areas are set up per building capacity and Health Department regulations. Beds and mattresses shall not be moved to other cabins nor are they to be used outside.

MAINTENANCE/REPAIRS

Any maintenance problems should be immediately reported to camp staff so repairs may be made promptly. Campers are asked not to attempt their own repairs.

MEALS

All meals are provided by Camp Sacramento staff. All campers are required to submit a Camper Health form that details any food allergies, sensitives, restrictions or accommodations required.

PARKING/VEHICLES

Vehicles are to be parked in designated and numbered spots next to cabins. Service roads and fire lanes may be used for unloading and loading of gear only, and must remain clear always. The use of “off road vehicles” and dirt bikes are prohibited.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

Camp Sacramento is not responsible for loss or damage to clothing or personal possessions including, but not limited to, sports equipment, guitars and other musical instruments, and items brought for the group’s program.

PETS

Pets are not permitted on camp property for the safety of our property and visitors. Documented service animals are allowed with prior notification and approval from the Camp Director.

QUIET HOURS

Please be considerate of other campers in using communal areas. Quiet hours are to be observed from 10:00 PM to 8:00 AM.

RECREATION ACTIVITES, EQUIPMENT AND AREAS

Camp recreational activities and use of recreational equipment and areas are included in the reservation fees. Damaged recreation equipment or facilities are the responsibility of the camper or camper’s parent or guardian.

SMOKING

Smoking is permitted in the designated area only. The designated smoking area is by the Camp Sac Bridge. Cigarette butts must be properly disposed of and not left lying on the ground. Smoking is prohibited in any buildings, fire rings, or on hiking trails.

TELEPHONE

There is a phone available for emergency use only in the camp office.

TENTS

Tent camping is not permitted at Camp Sacramento.

TRANSPORTATION

Camp Sacramento does not provide transportation to/from camp or away from camp for campers at any time. Emergency transportation is the responsibility of the family and must be available always. It takes approximately 20 minutes for an ambulance from South Lake Tahoe area to reach Camp Sacramento. It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach Barton Memorial hospital from Camp Sacramento.

WATER AVAILABILITY

Based on the operation of the water treatment plant, drinking water is available from approximately May 15 thru October 15.

WEAPONS/FIREWORKS

Weapons/fireworks of any kind are prohibited on camp property. This includes guns, hunting items, large knives and any type of fireworks.

WATERFRONT

Camp Sacramento has one riverfront area - the South Fork of the American River. When in the riverfront area, children must be always accompanied by a parent/guardian. The Waterfront is publicly accessible, and Camp Sac offers no scheduled/organized Camp activities at the Waterfront. Campers are responsible for themselves and their family members when at the riverfront area.

YOUTH SUPERVISION

To ensure adequate supervision of youth groups the following staff:camper ratios must be observed:

  • Minnows (ages 3-5) 1:5
  • Chipmunks (6-8)      1:6
  • Marmots (9-14)        1:8
  • Teens (15-18)           1:10
Welcome Packet

2023 Welcome Packet – available in April 2023

1927 Welcome Packet