a summer camp for your child is a big decision.
Here are some
key reasons why Skylake is a summer camp you can feel
comfortable with while being certain your kids will love it.
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The Tradition of
Over 70 years of traditions. Skylake looks, feels and functions
like a story book camp.
Skylake offers a dream location in the mountains, on a lake,
with the grandeur of Yosemite at its back door. Getting to camp
is easy. Skylake is located in Wishon, California, almost equal
distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco in the Sierra
National Forest. We offer charter bus service from both northern
and southern California and provide complimentary pick up at the
Fresno Yosemite International Airport.
Quality Staff starts at the
Jeff Portnoy has been the owner/director since 1995. The
Co-Director Adrienne Portnoy-Durgin was a camper and then
counselor in the 80's and 90's, and has pure Skylake in her
1 counselor for every 3
The staff to camper ratio is one of the most reliable indicators
of the care and supervision that will be provided to your child.
Skylake normally has 70 camp counselors and
counselor/administrators for 210 campers. There are an
additional 25 employees filling cook, kitchen, housekeeper, and
Kids choose what they want
to do each day
Skylake provides open enrollment for all of our scheduled
activities, special events and for out of camp excursions.
typical day at Skylake
Skylake's activities and program offer something to interest
Bass Lake and our private docks offer ski boats, canoes, kayaks,
Stand Up Paddleboards, swimming and log rolling. On land,
activities include horses, tennis, basketball, volleyball, ropes
course and climbing wall, and miles of mountain biking trails to
explore. Arts and crafts, drama, music, ceramics, outdoor
cooking and lodge activities are also available for those
looking to mix up their routine or for a slower paced activity.
In addition to the traditional camp activities, Skylake always
strives to find the strengths of its counselors and have them
present their special skills in activities such as yoga, ballet,
Frisbee golf, etc. The list of activities is endless, such as
nine square, yo-yo’s, diabolo’s, and jump rope that at camp take
on a new and different feel. Campers are never, ever, bored at
Skylake. Learn more about
Kids love Skylake
We truly believe that Skylake provides the best summer camp food
in America. Learn more about Skylake food.
Do the kids come
The big question is: “Do the kids come back?” Camper return rate
is the most telling of all qualities. Skylake has an incredibly
high return rate, averaging over 65% in all of camp. In some of
the older girl cabin groups we exceed 80% of the girls returning
and provide a window of time where only returning campers can
enroll to guarantee them space in camp. Skylake is a summer camp
kids never outgrow.
"The magic is in
the profound and real experiences and friendships that we
create and share in common with our fellow Skylakers that
stick with us for the rest of our lives. Combine a beautiful
place with great people and wonderful experiences and that
'something Skylake extra' and you have magic." – Dan
Braun, Camper 1973-1982, Staff 1983-1991
" Skylake Magic is the feeling of
waking up in the morning and going to bed at night knowing
that you wouldn't rather be anywhere else than 37976 Road
222. Skylake Magic is what gets you through the long winter
days in between summers, and keeps you looking forward to
Shasta Call, moonlight over Skylake, and even the swim trail
every single day. Every summer I attended Skylake was a
unique one, yet they all blend together into one of the
happiest memories I have ever had." –Sarah
Zimmerman Camper 2000-2005, Staff 2007-2008