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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

Registration Info:

  • Reservations must be made through our registration website: UltraCamp
    • Click the link above and create an UltraCamp Account.
    • Fill in your personal contact info and add your family members to your account.
  • Browse availability and make a family reservation.
  • Guests registered at Camp for a full session will be eligible for priority re-registration 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”) on checkout day of that session.
  • 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).
  • Priority eligible guests are permitted to register only their IMMEDIATE family (includes spouse and children living within the household) and no others.
  • Reservations CANNOT be made for families who did not attend camp during the current season.
  • No one person will be able to reserve or place a hold on a cabin for another family.
  • 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.


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 for any further information.

Dates, Rates, and Fees



*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


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



 Mini 1

 June 19-22

 Mini 2

 June 22-25

 Mini 3

 July 3-6

 Mini 4

 July 6-9

 Mini 5

 July 17-20

 Mini 6

 July 20-23

 Mini 7

 July 31-
August 3

 Mini 8

 August 3-6 

Labor Day Weekend

 September 2

*Mini Deposit: $100/reservation


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



 Week 1

 June 27-July 2

 Week 3

 July 11-16

 Week 5

 July 25-30

*Mini Deposit: $160/reservation

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.


















 2 & Under



















 2 & Under




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


Camp Sacramento provides many fun-filled activities for all ages. You can participate in only those that interest you, or you can participate in all of them if you'd like. It's up to you, this is YOUR vacation. For more details regarding our Program Eligibility,look here. You have the opportunity to opt out of any activity on the Health History Form. Scheduled activities include:

  • archery
  • arts & crafts
  • family bingo
  • hikes
  • volleyball
  • softball
  • dances
  • BBQs
  • campfires
  • rock climbing on our climbing wall
  • star gazing
    There are also many things to do that aren't scheduled:
  • ping pong
  • horseshoe pits
  • a children's playground
  • pool tables and a foosball table in the Lodge
  • board games to check out
  • shop at the camp store
  • lounge on the patio (veteran guests call it "power lounging")
  • fishing on the American River

There's a public address system that announces the scheduled activities as well as a bulletin board listing the schedule so you always know what's going on.

Directions to Camp

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


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 information about camp useful for both new and returning guests

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us and ask.

  • Activities
  • Facilities / Cabins
  • Weather
  • Check-in / Check-out
  • Camp Bell
  • Dining Hall
  • Camp Store
  • Mail
  • Restrooms/Showers & Laundry
  • Lodge
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Children
  • Miscellaneous



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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



You'll find all kinds of fun things to see and do in the Camp Sacramento Lodge. It opens at 8am for morning exercises only, then opens for everyone at 9am and stays open until midnight. There you can browse among the books in our small library, play cards, games, foosball, 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, rock climbing on our mini climbing wall, the dance, and a variety show (the variety show is scheduled during full week sessions only).



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 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.


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.


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


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!


  • Sleeping Bag or bedding, pillows
  • Towels
  • Warm Casual Clothes - It has been known to rain and snow during all times of the camp season so please be prepared!
  • Cool Casual Clothes - It gets up to 80 (sometimes even 90) degrees during the day.
  • Toilet Articles
  • Personal Items
  • Swimsuit or cut-offs
  • Sunblock
  • Backpack
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Beach Toys (for the Pope Beach trip and sand castle contest)
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Jacket, Coat, Sweater (or purchase this year's camp sweatshirt)
  • Mosquito Spray
  • Fishing Pole/Gear
  • Softball Glove (for weekly campers)
  • Water Bottle/Canteen
  • Batteries for electronics (for purchase in camp store)
  • PJ's for Pajama Breakfast
  • White T-Shirts for the Tie Dye Activity (also for purchase in camp store)


  • Beach Chairs
  • Snorkel, Mask, Flippers
  • Sandals, Thongs, Water Shoes
  • Air Mattress, Floats, Inner Tube
  • Life Preservers or Floaties for non-swimmers
  • Musical Instrument
  • Costumes and Music for the Variety Show (full week sessions only)
  • Theme Clothing for BBQ and Dance
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 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.


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


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


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


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


The use of illegal drugs is prohibited.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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


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 is permitted in the designated area only. The designated smoking area is the back patio of the lodge next to the camp store. Cigarette butts must be properly disposed of and not left lying on the ground. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings, fire rings, and on hiking trails.


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


Tent camping is not permitted at Camp Sacramento.


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.


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


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


Camp Sacramento has one waterfront area - the South Fork of the American River. Children should be accompanied by a parent/guardian at the river at all times. Waterfronts are supervised by certified lifeguards provided by Camp Sacramento during posted hours.


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

Water Safety Rules

  • Learn How to Swim - Camp Sacramento endorses formal swimming instruction for most children ages 4 years and older. Teens and adults who don't know how to swim should learn to do so and restrict wading or bathing to shallow water only and in the presence of a lifeguard.
  • Supervise Your Children - Children are never allowed to swim unsupervised by adults anywhere. Drowning can happen quickly and silently in as little as 2 inches of water. Adults who are supervising children should remain alert, vigilant and never turn away or get distracted, not even for a moment. Parents of young children and non-swimmers should carefully supervise their children even in settings where a lifeguard is present.
  • Swim Only When a Lifeguard Is On Duty - Swim only when a lifeguard is on duty and in areas designated for swimming. All swimmers should respect the rules for swimming in a given environment and follow the directives of the lifeguard.
  • Do Not Swim Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol - Even strong swimmers can succumb to the effects of alcohol and drugs while in the water. Being under the influence of either or both seriously impairs judgment and coordination and increases the risk of injury or drowning.
  • Never Swim Alone - As tempting as it may be to catch some time alone in river or lake, do not do it. Accidents happen even to young, strong, healthy individuals who are good swimmers. Always swim with a buddy and with a lifeguard present in any other pool or body of water.
  • Do Not Swim During Thunderstorms - Never swim during a thunderstorm. Follow lifeguard instructions for exiting the area. Lightning often strikes water and water conducts electricity. If you swim and lightning strikes, you risk serious injury or death.
  • Diving Headfirst is Not Allowed - Do not dive headfirst into shallow or murky water, or water of uncertain depth. Diving in shallow water can cause injuries and drowning. Diving into murky water such as ponds, quarries or lakes without knowing the depth or underwater environment is dangerous. Rocks and other objects in the water pose hazards. It is best to enter the water feet first.
  • Refrain from Horseplay in the Water - As fun as it is to swim with friends or family, refrain from horseplay such as dunking, hanging on to someone or allowing them to hang on to you while in the water. Horseplay can lead to injury while in the water, thus increasing the risk of drowning.
  • Use Proper Flotation Devices - The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that inflatable toys, rafts, air mattresses and water wings should never be used as lifesaving devices for children and that only life jackets and life preservers approved by the U.S. Coast Guard should be used. Always wear an approved life jacket when boating, even close to land. Campers must supply their own personal flotation device for Pope Beach.
Welcome Packet

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