Summer 2018

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was a great success!

Our 2018 Camp Season dates have been determined (see above). Prices and new features will be announced soon. Registration will open in February, 2018.

 Our 2017 Brochure

Camp weeks run from Tuesday through Friday! (Never on Monday!) Here, below, is a sample week’s schedule (from last year …and this is where weekly schedules will be posted once camp is in session) and descriptions of our 2016 season, to give you an idea of what camp is like:

Sample Weekly Schedule ( 2017 Week 4 )

Registration opens (and people start looking at these pages) before all the details are settled for this year’s camp. To give an idea what a fully developed camp looks like, here’s last year’s! We’ll be updating this information as quickly as we can.


New for 2017!

This year we’re thrilled to have Nova Hairston with us for 3 days/week. Nova is a lifeguard, a wilderness first responder, a rock climber and instructor, a mountain bike trip leader, and a swimming and water safety instructor! So in addition to all that she will do with us in camp this summer, she will be offering our campers swim lessons in the calm waters of the Bolinas lagoon – our favorite swimming hole! Whether your child is a beginning, intermediate, or advanced swimmer, we believe everyone will benefit from swimming and water safety instruction with Nova! This, of course, will be in addition to our open romps on Kent Island.

Our camp-honored Sir William Blackberry will be back to bring a new infusion of madcap wonder and excitement to our younger campers with his Nuturing the heart of Bolinas focus. Stories shared in search of the best of Bolinas will provide campers with weekly clues to their final Friday Frenzied Treasure Hunt! Yahoo!

In downtown Bolinas on the hill overlooking the lagoon there is a busy gardener at work. We have enjoyed visits to John Glavis‘s previous garden; now we will join him in his new location. As part of the activity, John invites us to make pizzas with him in the park’s cob oven. Imagine the treat of gathering vegetables to go on your own pizza!!!

This in addition, of course, to all the exciting experiences developed over our many years of summer camping. See more below*


Our Gifted Staff
Our staff is made up of local people who have talents and passions they love sharing with our campers. Whether it’s a ranger from the park, a gardener sharing her garden, a naturalist joining a hike, a marine biologist at the tide pools, bird specialists at the PRBO field station, a visiting artist, or an expert trip guide, our staff and instructors are accomplished and very kid friendly.
Our counselors are a hand-picked group of bright local youth. Most have been campers for many years before. All are dedicated to keeping their campers safe and happy during their days in camp, and share training in first aid and CPR, group dynamics, and games, games, games, before camp starts.


Our camp weeks are filled with exciting activities, including:

Weeks 1 & 3: Overnights on the Lagoon

new this year:
Swimming and Water Safety Instruction

Hiking or bicycle riding in Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Mask-Making, Painting, Black Light Art

Outdoor-installation art
on the beach, mud flats, in the forests, and gardens we visit

Movement & Dance, Costumes and Improv

Pirate exploits with Sir William Blackberry

Visit to local organic gardens

Work with the Lagoon Restoration program’s Green Crab Eradication Team and Kent Island invasive plant removal

Swim and romp at Kent Island
Head for the Mud Hole!

Build driftwood forts, forest nests, fairy houses, tree nests, miniature shelter-scapes, clothing as shelter

Kayaking and canoeing on the Lagoon
to take in the wonder of this prized Estuary

Day hikes from the top of Mt Tam down for games
in the park and a swim at Stinson Beach

Trips to the in the Point Reyes Seashore – Visitor Center for younger, Limantour and Heart’s Desire Beaches for older campers

RCA Beach from Agate Beach
tide-pooling, fort-building, beach art

Hiking and exploring the newt ponds at the Martin Griffith Preserve

Trips to the magic Ink Wells in Samuel P. Taylor State Park


Rock Climbing (if the weather allows)

Games of all kinds


PRBO trips for younger campers – walk the mist net trails with bird experts, check out the collection of bird specimens, and learn about our local bird populations.

Spontaneous merriment for all


Kathy Bustamante, Director
Bolinas Stinson Summer Camp
Box 1034
Bolinas, 94924