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Things to Do in Camp

With a backyard of incomparable beauty and stellar college staff leading programming, the Lair of the Golden Bear will leave an indelible mark on your entire family. Lair campers of all ages enjoy a multitude of staff-led activities during each day of your stay. Others find adventure on their own. By the time departure day arrives, you will have fallen in love with our special corner of the Sierra Nevada!

a bear statue looking up with pine trees behind it Photo by Kevin Kitsuda

Age-Group Activities

Cubs of all ages will love making new friends at camp, exploring their creativity, and diving into nature on their own terms.
3 boys on a paddleboat Photo by Kevin Kitsuda
kids and staffer making a volcano in the sandbox Photo by Angela Lang
a toddler playing with red trucks in a sand pit Photo by Kevin Kitsuda
a young girl sliding down a blue slide Photo by Kevin Kitsuda
kids gathered around the campfire making smores Photo by Angela Lang
3 young girls making silly faces Photo by Kevin Kitsuda
a group of toddlers waiting for instruction Photo by Kevin Kitsuda


Sign up for an archery lesson!

a child pulling back the string on an archery bow Photo by Kevin Kitsuda


Go on a hike on one of the many beautiful routes right in our backyard!
forest scenery with pine trees and a creek Photo by Kevin Kitsuda
colorful kayaks lined up on a dock at the lake Photo by Kevin Kitsuda
Hiker by Pinecrest Lake
Hikers in the Lair's forest Photo by Nancy Rubin

Arts and Crafts

Get in touch with your creative side with our art program!
Camper kid throwing a pot on the pottery wheel.
A staffer applying henna to the arm of a smiling kid.
a group watching a pottery demonstration

Pool Time!

Enjoy some time by the pool on a hot summer’s day!

young girl jumping off the diving board smiling at the camera and putting up peace sign fingers Photo by Kevin Kitsuda


Play sports including softball, basketball, tennis, volleyball, and more!
2 teams playing pickleball at the Lair Photo by Kevin Kitsuda
kids playing basketball Photo by Kevin Kitsuda
a group of kids playing volleyball, with one jumping up towards the ball Photo by Kevin Kitsuda
two adults playing cornhole, one mid throw Photo by Kevin Kitsuda
2 teams playing pickleball against each other Photo by Kevin Kitsuda

More Activities

teens dressed in disco clothes Photo by Nancy Rubin
Man with cereal on his face with his son Photo by Suz McFadden
lair guest speaker talking in an amphitheater
two kayakers on Pinecrest Lake Photo by Susan Lo
Lair staffer with kid in facepaint
Staffers performing skit in white togas and dumping pitchers of water on each other Photo by Nancy Rubin
stand up paddleboarders on lake Photo by Erin Proudfoot
batter up at softball Photo by Erin Proudfoot
man and boy playing shuffleboard
two boys and a woman making cotton candy cotton candy Photo by Suz McFadden
Staffer singing and playing guitar Photo by Suz McFadden