At our summer resident (overnight) camps, girls get a taste of independence in a safe and fun environment. Campers enjoy the best parts of being a kid: learning and playing in groups where everyone belongs, trying new and different activities and exploring nature hands on. Camp sessions are broken into themes to suit every interest. Songs, skits, campfires, laughter and friendship are all part of each girl's experience.
- Girls stay at Camps Winacka and Whispering Oaks near Julian.
- Resident camps are open to all girls entering grades 1-12.
- Sessions are five, seven or 12 days long; a three-day "Mini-Camp" at Whispering Oaks is also available.
- Campers are supported by trained, caring, enthusiastic camp counselors.
- Camp meals are tasty, nutritious and tailored to girls' special dietary needs.
- Chartered bus transportation is available.
- Exciting new sessions include Art in Action, The Fire Within, On the Loose and Where the Wild Things Are.
Each group of campers and staff plans its own activities based on the girls' interests. Additional activities are based on the camp session's theme. Campers can expect to spend about half their time at camp doing activities related to their theme, and about half their time enjoying general camp activities, including arts and crafts, hiking, archery, nature activities, swimming, challenge course, sleep-outs and cookouts. Choose a theme with your camper by looking for activities she already loves, or has always wanted to try!
Camps Winacka and Whispering Oaks are located on the same 700-acre oak woodland site near the mountain town of Julian, 60 miles east of San Diego. Bus transportation is available (for a $20 fee) from Mission Valley in San Diego and the Escondido Program Center in Kit Carson Park; Imperial Valley bus also available for select sessions.
At this traditional camp, living units are tucked in the trees surrounding an open meadow. Girls sleep in open-air cabins with built-in bunks, or on cots on a deck under the stars. All accommodations have modern bathrooms with showers, flush toilets and luggage storage areas. Activities center around the lodge, dining hall, swimming pool, lake and environmental center.
Camp Whispering Oaks
Camp Whispering Oaks offers all the comforts of modern cabins in the beautiful outdoors. Each living unit includes three modern cabins with bunk beds and a nearby program shelter with modern bathroom facilities. Paved, lighted pathways connecting living and activity areas wind through native manzanita, oak and pine. The sports field and playground are popular destinations for campers.
All Girl Scouts San Diego camps are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). This national organization requires camp managers to meet rigorous standards in every facet of operation. Girl Scouts San Diego is proud to meet these important criteria. Find out more at the ACA site for parents.