Gold Arrow Camp

Lakeshore, California    

Lantern Review of Gold Arrow Camp

For anyone who has shared the warmth of a campfire under the canopy of pines with the wide view of a starlit sky, then the Gold Arrow Camp experience may speak clearly to you. Just outside the rustic canvas tents erected on large wood platforms, a campfire ring hosts nightly campfires for tent groups. The bonds formed around the fire are the very foundation of the culture here, one that enriches a camper through friendships created by this shared nightly ritual.

As the sun rises over Huntington Lake on this community set into the wooded mountains of the Sierra National Forest, activities take off. Being in the mountains, it may be a surprise to learn that the waterfront offers two of the most popular programs; sailing and waterskiing or wakeboarding. An impressive fleet of nearly 50 sailboats and about a dozen high performance ski boats demonstrate a priority in skill development. Campers can even select boating instruction on outboard motor boats.

The hiking trails are well-traveled here at Gold Arrow. Overnight backpacking trips are an important part of the culture, further reinforcing an adoption of a technology-free summer that’s applied equally to campers and staff. The activity front has a wide-range of options that are consistent with the wilderness environment and all are non-competitive by design. The Gold Arrow philosophy of growth through active outdoor recreation creates a slower life that’s big on new experiences, developing friendships, staying active and an exposure to an awe-inspiring natural setting.

The boys and girls find comfort in their outdoorsy summer homes. More importantly they find adventure and success that’s best formed through wilderness, technology-free living.

Fast Facts

  • COED
  • 260 Campers per Session
  • 2-week, 3-week
  • Founded in 1933
  • $$$$

Director's Message

Gold Arrow Camp was founded in 1933 and is a rustic, traditional summer camp. We enjoy nightly campfires in a completely technology-free setting. Campers return year after year because of the close friendships they form and the adventurous experiences they have in over 20 non-competitive, outdoor recreational activities. Gold Arrow Camp is a supportive community where lives are enriched through relationships and experiences. Campers have fun, make friends, and grow and consider camp their "happy place."

Program Highlights

  • 23 Activities
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Mountains
  • Individual Activities
  • Waterfront
  • Forest
  • Rural
  • Remote

Top 5 Activities

  • Waterskiing & Wakeboarding
  • Sailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Backpacking
  • Motorboating

Travel Information

Chartered, Staffed Buses from stops in San Diego, Irvine, Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, San Francisco, Dublin, and Fresno. Campers can fly into Fresno Yosemite International Airport and will be met upon arrival.


Gold Arrow Camp

(800) 554-2267

Audrey and Steve Monke