Girl Scouts Heart of Central California owns two camp properties in its council area, which have provided generations of Girl Scouts the opportunity to engage in outdoor experiences – often for their first time. Camp Menzies and Camp Fleming offer different adventures and opportunities for Girl Scouts and volunteers as they seek to learn more about the great outdoors.
There are also Girl Scout camp opportunities offered throughout the council area in other locations, offering unique experiences for every girl.
Camp Menzies, established in 1946, is a 160-acre site located in the Sierra Nevadas, about 2.5 hours from Sacramento and 2 hours from Modesto. Buses are available to transport Girl Scout campers to sleepaway camp, departing from Sacramento, Modesto, and Angels Camp. Open May to September, this site has programs designed for girls, troops, and families.
The camp facility is comfortably rustic, including six living units for camper groups, an open-air dining hall and kitchen, shower houses, art and nature centers, a health center, a meadow for games and activities, hiking trails, and natural canoeing and swimming areas. Camp Menzies is accredited by the American Camp Association and meets the high national Girl Scout standards for the camp’s program, administration, safety, and facilities operation.
Camp Fleming is located in the foothills outside Placerville, in Somerset, CA. The property spans 440 acres and features wooded areas, open meadows, and historic Gold Rush Era and Native American sites. The lodge features a multipurpose room, kitchen, and classroom, and the upstairs is an open dormitory-style sleeping space. The site features a campfire area and stage, as well as campsites and a trail system.
Camp Fleming is predominantly a rental property for troops and service units to use. Contact customer care to check availability and reserve Camp Fleming.
GSHCC hosts events, such as Wild Weekends and Journey in a Weekends, at the property. These events can be found on the GSHCC activity calendar.
Journey in a Weekend Programs are overnight experiences where Girl Scouts complete the “Discover and Connect” portions of age-level appropriate Journeys. Journey in a Weekend is perfect for busy troops and girls who would like to get a jump start on a Journey project or find inspiration for a “Take Action” project. Journey topics vary by weekend and are a great way to connect with fellow Girl Scouts on topics you are passionate about.
Explore what upcoming Journey in a Weekend may be occurring by following this link to the GSHCC Activities page.
Camping isn’t just a summer activity. Wild Weekends are overnight experiences designed for girls and their adults (caregivers or troop leaders) to explore the outdoors together. These weekends are great for first-time campers and experienced trailblazers alike. Wild Weekends hosted by GSHCC staff and volunteers at GSHCC’s own Camp Fleming or group campsites in GSHCC’s service area.
Explore what upcoming Wild Weekends may be occurring by following this link to the GSHCC Activities page.
Camp Golden Timbers is GSHCC’s volunteer-led sleepaway camp experience. During this five-day, four-night adventure, girls participate in a variety of activities, including crafts, songs, games, and archery. The camp takes place at Camp Sylvester, in Pinecrest (6,500 feet elevation), and is walking distance to the Pinecrest Lake. Seniors and Ambassadors can earn a Community Service Bar, work on a Take Action project, and act as a role model to younger campers.
Girl Scout “Day Camps” are just as the name describes – these camps occur in the daytime, and conclude in the evening, allowing Girl Scouts to return home for the night. Day Camps are held at community locations throughout GSHCC’s service area. These fun, enriching, local camps allow girls to extend their experiences into the summer months and often offer leadership opportunities for older girls. Day Camps are perfect for the Girl Scout who wants to try a variety of activities designed for fun and self-discovery, where she can make new friends and yet return home at the end of the day. These camps are supported by trained staff and dedicated volunteers.
GSHCC partners with a wide range of organizations throughout our service area to provide girls with unique programs that combine adventure and skill building to create memories that will last a lifetime. From day camps to overnight travel experiences, Partner Camps have something for everyone.