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Camp Menzies

Registration for Summer 2019 begins in February.

Camp Menzies, established in 1946, is a 160-acre site located in the Sierra Nevada about 2 1/2 hours from Sacramento and 2 hours from Modesto. Busses are available to transport campers to resident camp, departing from Sacramento, Modesto, Stockton and Angels Camp. Open May to September, this site has programs designed for girls, troops and families!

The camp facility is comfortably rustic, including seven living units for camper groups, an open-air dining hall and kitchen, shower houses, art and nature centers, 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 high national standards for the camp’s program, administration, safety and facilities operation.

NEW! 2019 Camp Brochure is here!
2019 Camp Menzies Brochure Girl Scouts Heart of Central California
Our Programs

Our programs include traditional camp activities, such as swimming, canoeing, arts & crafts, nature study, horseback riding and outdoor cooking and is enhanced by a variety of tiered, progressive themes that are based on Girl Scout philosophy and are appropriate to the age, interests and abilities of campers. In order to facilitate this, we have three different age-based tracks: Discovery, Pathfinders and Leadership.  


Discovery: Grades 1-5
Discovery Programs are designed for girls entering grades 1-5. Campers have the opportunity to participate in each activity area and work together with the unit staff and other girls in their unit to choose different ways they can complete a badge, camp service projects and more.  


Pathfinders: Grades 6-12
Pathfinders Programs are for girls entering grades 6-12, and  many involve multiple Girl Scout age levels. These programs are facilitated by staff, and girls are given activity options based on their interests. Their schedules are supplemented by ROC time - learn more about it in “a day in the life.”


Leadership: Grades 6-12
Leadership Programs are for girls entering grades 6-12 who are interested in leading programs for their peers and younger campers. There are programs for those who aspire to become a Counselor-in-Training or work on leadership skills in general.  These programs pair up with our Discovery Programs to provide hands-on experience. Get more information on the CIT and WIT (Wrangler-in-Training) programs. 

All of our Camp Menzies programs are robust in size and scope: bring your family for a weekend program, send your girl for a sleep-away experience; the opportunities are endless. Dates are available in the camp brochure (link above), and participants  can sign up through activities starting February 1.

A Day in the Life

Canoeing, archery, campfires and horseback riding. Girl Scouts have the opportunity to participate in these traditional camp programs. Movie making, construction, field trips and innovating. Depending on the program chosen, Girl Scouts participate in unique programs that spark their interests and empower them to dream. Every program allows girls to Discover, Connect and Take Action in the outdoors.  


A Typical Day at Camp Menzies

7:30 a.m.    
|   Morning Kapers
7:45 a.m.    |   Flag
8:00 a.m.    |   Breakfast
9:15 a.m.    |   Activity Period 1
10:30 a.m.  |   Activity Period 2
12:00 p.m.  |   Lunch
1:00 p.m.    |   Tortoise Time
2:00 p.m.    |   Activity Period 3
3:00 p.m.    |   Snack
3:15 p.m.    |   Activity Period 4
4:30 p.m.    |   Activity Period 5
5:45 p.m.    |   Flag
6:00 p.m.    |   Dinner
7:30 p.m.    |   Evening Activity
9:00 p.m.    |   Bedtime


First & Last Days

First days and last days are slightly different. First days include time for girls to settle in, get to know their sister campers and unit staff and explore camp. On the first night there is an all-camp campfire for staff to introduce themselves to the new campers, as well as share skits and songs. Last days include time for campers to pack up and clean-up their units as well as a time of reflection and evaluation as individuals and as a unit.


Activity Periods 

Campers may be scheduled for specialist-led activities such as horseback riding, science and nature study, arts ‘n’ crafts, swimming, canoeing or archery. Campers also use this time to participate in activities planned by the girls and their unit counselors that fit within the program themes.

How do activity periods work for younger girls vs. older girls?
Younger girls, Discovery program campers, participate in activities as a unit group and are scheduled to attend each activity area at least one time. Older girls, Pathfinders program campers, have more choice in the activities. As a unit, girls can elect to “skip” scheduled camp activities, and with the support of counselors they can elect to participate in alternative options. In the past, elective camp experiences have included Zumba, Extreme S’mores, Nature Sculptures, and camp favorites such as canoeing and archery.  In this progressive program model, older girl campers have the option to create a program that is as unique as them.



Tortoise Time

Tortoise time is a period of the day where campers spend time in their units, and have some time for slowing down and reflection. Napping, journaling and writing letters are all activities you would see during this time. Thinking your camper doesn’t need down time? There are still counselors offering games and activities during this time for those that don’t want to rest.


Evening Activities 

Evening activities are usually campfires or All Camp Events - a special event chosen by campers for the entirety of camp to participate in. Campers are given the opportunity to dream big: dance parties, carnivals and skits are popular choices. Perhaps your camper will inspire the next big evening activity?

Our Camp Staff

Many staff who elect to spend their summers at camp are studying to become educators or youth-development professionals. Others have a passion for the outdoors, aquatics and/or horses and they want to inspire girls to grow through out-of-the-ordinary experiences.

Much of our training involves bringing a “challenge by choice” philosophy to girls. This means that our teams have the training to encourage campers to step outside their comfort zones, take healthy risks and grow from the experience.  

Staff candidates are recruited from colleges and universities, local community agencies and referrals.  We also partner with Camp Counselors USA (CCUSA) to hire international staff through their global exchange program. Many staff are former campers or have gone through our Counselors in Training program.

What does it take to be an extraordinary camp staff member?  


A caring heart


A love for the outdoors


Seeing a bit of magic within every girl


A level of energy that matches that of our campers and a dedicated spirit, striving to make the dreams of girls come true

Every summer, our camp staff gather for two weeks of training before summer programs begin. Staff are trained in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Leave No Trace principles, First Aid and CPR, group facilitation, child abuse prevention, best practices in programming to the age and ability of girls and more. 

Camp Leadership
Every summer, our camp staff gather for two weeks of training before summer programs begin. Staff are trained in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Leave No Trace principles, First Aid and CPR, group facilitation, child abuse prevention, best practices in programming to the age and ability of girls and more. 

Our Camp Menzies Leadership team supports the staff and campers, and lives on-site during the summer.