Camp Chrysalis


Now in its 37th year, Camp Chrysalis has developed a distinctive approach to environmental education, offering children (8.5-17 years of age) rich experiences that combine recreation, learning, woodworking, crafts, and personal growth. We camp in three spectacular environments: Big Sur redwoods, Mendocino coastal tidepools and Sierra Nevada mountains. We focus on active study of these environments to develop natural science skills as well as appreciation, and on basic camping and wilderness skills. Our campers’ exploration is as much of their own developing abilities and each other as of what the world has to offer. Our very conscious mentoring of young people is one of the big draws of the camp as campers develop a strong knit and caring community of learners. We divide the campers into four small family groups of mixed gender and ages. In these small groups, they enjoy working and playing together, and taking care of us all. Each session includes 36-40 campers (12 for backpacking) and eight to ten experienced staff. Fully half are girls! Our experienced counselors offer individual attention to campers with a camper:staff ratio of 4:1. For more information and registration forms visit our web site:

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Gender Coed

Minimum Age 9

Maximum Age 17

Camp Dates Big Sur: Sunday, June 16, through Sunday, June 23 (8 days 7 nights) Mendocino: Wednesday, June 26, through Friday, July 5 (10 days 9 nights) Sierras: Tuesday, July 9, through Saturday, July 20 (12 days, 11 nights) Backpacking: Session #1: Wednesday, July 24, through Wednesday, July 31 (8 days, 7 nights) Session #2: Saturday, August 3, through Saturday, August 10 (8 days, 7 nights)

Year Established 1982

Camp Capacity 40

Camp Length Varies

Cost Per Week Varies

Financial Aid Offered Yes


2434 McKinley Ave.
Berkeley, California 94703
United States

Big Sur State Park, MacKerricher State Park, Packer Lake Road in the Sierras

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  • We divide our campers into four small family groups of 10 campers and 2 staff to give more personal attention to our campers. These small groups also help around the camp cooking, building our campfire, and more and do activities together.
  • Our goal is to create a safe space for all of our campers and staff including our gender expansive ones.

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