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Where the mountain meets the sea...the magic and beauty of Skylark Ranch are waiting for you! Overlooking the Pacific Ocean north of Santa Cruz, Skylark Ranch offers exciting opportunities for the first time camper to those seeking high adventure.

Explore ocean beaches, create in the art center, challenge yourself on our adventure course or swing in the trees on our high ropes course! From llamas, archery, hiking and outdoor cooking to flickering campfires surrounded by new friends, there is something here for everyone. Since 1953 Skylark Ranch has been that special place where campers enjoy great summer fun while they develop skills and build self-confidence. With emphasis placed on teamwork and building community, girls develop strong bonds and gain leadership skills. Girls go home with a stronger feeling of independence and self-esteem and an incredible sense of accomplishment and belonging. Exciting adventures, new friends and memories to last a lifetime are here at Skylark Ranch.


Skylark Ranch provides a positive environment where girls are nurtured, respected and challenged. Emphasis is placed on group interactions and activities that help girls define themselves. Under the guidance of a trained, adult staff, girls will develop skills, learn teamwork and enhance their self-esteem. The staff and administration at Skylark Ranch are committed to providing the highest quality of program for every child at camp. The health and safety of our campers and the caliber of program are our primary concerns and we strive to offer every girl a well-rounded and complete camp experience.

Campers sleep in platform tents with beds, family size dome tents, in tree beds and under the stars. Exciting adventures, new friends and memories to last a lifetime are here at Skylark Ranch!

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Program Highlights

  • Horseback riding instruction (beginning to advanced English, Western and Vaulting)

  • Beach Exploration/Marine Biology

  • High Ropes Course for Teambuilding

  • Low Ropes Challenge Course

  • Wilderness Skills / Outdoor Living Skills

  • Archery

  • Environmental Education

  • Mini Sessions

  • Specialty programs including: Sea Kayaking, SCUBA, Indoor Rock Climbing, Surfing, Zip Lining, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Out of Camp Trips, and Overnights

  • Family Camp

Open House

Sunday, June 11

12:00- 3:00pm

Our staff can't wait to meet our families and campers! Check out the property, see what activities are available, enjoy a picnic lunch and get to know our team. Maps and information for this can be found in your confirmation packet which is emailed to you. Confirm you have received this prior to the event. For the safety of our campers and staff, our exact locations/addresses are not published to the camp. This information is emailed to you and linked to your original registration receipt. *The whole family is welcome, but we ask that you leave your pets at home for this event.

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