What does a typical Coastal Camp day look like?

Coastal Camp begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. We start with campers meeting in the campfire circle to get ready for their day. By 10:15 a.m. each group is heading off on their daily adventure. Around noon, we eat a picnic style lunch (Reminder: bring your bandana!) and then have the rest of the day to finish explorations and play more games. At 3:30 p.m. we begin pick up on the volleyball court.

Typical Schedule:
8:00 a.m. - Camp open for campers signed up for early care
8:30 a.m. - San Francisco Bus arrives for early care
9:30 a.m. - Morning Meet Up in the Campfire Circle, Mill Valley bus arrives, drive through drop off at entrance to parking lot
9:45 a.m. - Groups head out for their hiking day
12:00 p.m. - Picnic lunch on trail
1:00 p.m. - Wednesdays only - All campers go to their Camper’s Choice activity
3:30 p.m. - Closing Circles, cookies, and good byes!
3:45 p.m. - San Francisco Shuttle Departs
4:45 p.m. - Mill Valley Bus Departs
5:15 p.m. - Camp Day ends

What grade group should my camper be in?

Campers are grouped by their fall 2019 grade level.

What should my camper bring to camp?

Because we spend so much time out in nature it is important to be prepared everydayhere at camp. Here is a list of items that each camper needs for a successful day at Coastal Camp: comfortable, closed toe shoes, water bottle, hat, sunscreen, warm layer/rain layer, backpack, and bandana. Remember to label everything! Please do not bring: candy, food that contains nuts, and cell phones. Click here for the full list.

What is served for lunch each day?

Daily lunch menu for summer

How does the shuttle work?

Check out our transportation page to see maps and addresses for each shuttle stop. We have 2 shuttle stops: Presidio Transit Center in San Francisco and the Manzanita Park and Ride Lot in Mill Valley. Kinder campers can ride the shuttle from San Francisco ONLY. The San Francisco shuttle picks up in the morning and drives campers directly to camp where they join early care (part of the shuttle cost). Mill Valley Shuttle riders go to extended care (part of shuttle cost) until 4:45 p.m. at which point they board the shuttle and head directly to Manzanita. Shuttle riders do not need to pay for any early or extended care.

My child has food allergies, can your kitchen accommodate that?

Our kitchen can accommodate most food allergies. Please let us know your camper's dietary restrictions when registering and filling out medical information.

What is Coastal Camp's refund policy?

Our refund policy is as follows: Refund requests submitted by April 13th will be given a full refund minus a $25 transaction fee. Refund requests submitted by June 1st will be given a 50% refund minus a $25 transaction fee. After June 1st Coastal Camp does not provide refunds. You may request a transfer of your camp session up to one week before your scheduled session.

If I send my camper with their own lunch some days, can they still eat the snacks provided by Coastal Camp?


I want my camper to be with his/her friends, how does this happen?

Make sure to note this when registering (under the buddy request section). Coastal Camp can only guarantee one buddy request will be fulfilled per session.

What is Camper's Choice and when does it happen?

Campers Choice is the time when our campers get to participate in two of the three activity offerings of their choosing. Campers can pick Sports and Recreation, Arts and Crafts, or Music and Movement. Campers are permitted to pick the same activity twice.

How do you manage risk at Coastal Camp?

Coastal Camp educators are all Wilderness First Responder certified. This is an 80 hour intensive training course that is renewed every two years. Our counselors are First Aid and CPR certified. Coastal Camp trains each staff member in Risk Management policies and guidelines. We work closely with the National Park Service to monitor trail and park conditions.

If I can't make the Friday showcase how will I know what happened during the week?

We understand that you really want to know about your camper's time at Coastal Camp and it's important to us to keep parents well informed. We take pictures of every group each week and will share them with you at the end of the week. We will also be posting updates to our Coastal Camp Facebook page. Please like our page and stay connected all summer.

How do I update who can pick up my camper?

You can log into your Active Network account and add people to your camper's pick up permission list or give us a call in the camp office 415-331-1548 and we'll add them.

I can't seem to log back in to my Active Network account. What should I do?

Follow the link here and request a password reset.