About Our Camp
Would you like to discover more about the outdoors?
Are you looking for a great summer adventure?
Join us up at Camp Menzies in the Sierra Nevada Mountains for one of our many summer resident camp programs. Activities at camp include swimming, canoeing, arts ‘n’ crafts, nature study, horseback riding and outdoor cooking. Try a general program with a sampling of everything, or one of our many specialty-themed programs, including; theatre, artistic crafts, whitewater rafting, mountain climbing and more!
Camp Menzies offers a variety of overnight sessions ranging from four to eight days. Our well-rounded program is based on Girl Scout philosophy and is appropriate to the age, interests and abilities of campers. Camp Menzies consistently maintains high standards for the health and safety of all campers and is accredited by the American Camp Association.
Find out more about why “Camp is a girl thing” by looking around our site and discovering what Camp Menzies has to offer you this summer.
Campsite and Facilities
Camp Menzies is a 175-acre site located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains about 2 1/2 hours from Sacramento and 4 hours from San Francisco. The nearest town to camp is Arnold. Camp Menzies is heavily wooded with sugar pine, dogwood, black oak, ponderosa pine and incense cedar trees. In the mornings and evenings our weather is cool and in the afternoon it can be warm to hot with low humidity. Temperatures during the day average 85 - 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with nights dropping down to the 50 - 60’s. The camp facility is semi primitive because some campers and all unit staff and specialists sleep on mattresses in tents. There are shelters in camp in case of rain although it rarely rains in camp during the summer. Facilities include six living units for camper groups, an open-air dining hall and kitchen, shower houses, art and nature centers, health center and a staff house for recreational use. The camp also has a meadow for games and activities, hiking trails, and natural canoeing and swimming areas. Laundry and washing facilities are available in camp for staff to use.
Unit placement is dependent on the type of program and the age of the girls. Depending on the unit, girls will stay in sleeping cabins, or in a tent. Sleeping cabins are 16 x 20 cabins with screen doors and windows. Sleeping cabins sleep 6 to 8 girls.
Girls sleeping in tents can choose to bring their own tent from home or borrow a camp tent. All units have mattresses for campers to use. The type of sleeping accommodation is noted at the end of each program description.
Camp Menzies was originally established in the 1940s following a generous donation of the land by Stockton businessman Charles Menzies. The 175 acres had been used by Mr. Menzies for several years as a ranch and many of our buildings are historic landmarks from this time period. He donated the land to the Girl Scouts with the stipulation that it be used specifically as a camp for girls.