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​SUMMER 2021



A message from Rob Connolly, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco:​

I'm pleased to share the news that Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco will open Camp Mendocino for Summer 2021. For the past 14 months, BGCSF has successfully operated as many as twelve locations in San Francisco, using smart and effective safety protocols, regularly training staff, and troubleshooting challenges and changing conditions. The results have been amazingly successful! We're excited to bring this significant experience and well-earned credibility to our Camp Mendocino location in order to safely open and operate. Camp is an incredible place for kids and we believe that kids have never needed summer camp more than they do this year!! I'm excited to have campers come and enjoy Camp Mendocino again this summer!   

Not having campers at Camp last year was hard for all of us - that's why we are especially glad that we are able to open this summer. As of 4/15/2021, we are still waiting for formal guidance from the state of California on any additional modifications we will need to make in order to open safely. We are confident that our plans meet and exceed best practices for keeping campers & staff safe, but we may need to adjust things as determined by our state and local health departments. 

The biggest change will be to the number of campers we will be able to serve this summer. Due to these restrictions, the application will only be open to returning campers and for one session each. See some of our other changes below.

Summer 2021 Dates

Session 1: June 27- July 7 

Session 2: July 10- July 20

Session 3: July 24- August 2

Who is eligible to attend?

All returning campers (campers who have attended at least one session at Camp Mendocino prior to summer 2021) are eligible to attend any of the three available sessions. Returning campers will be age 10-17 years old during the summer. 

What about teens 15-17?

If you would be traditionally eligible for the LIT program (you will be 15-17 this summer), you have two options:

1. Apply to Camp as a traditional camper and have your own Owls village with other teens

2. If you've been an LIT before, you are eligible for the NEW Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program in 2021 

We are not accepting LIT applications for summer 2021

For more information about teen programming this summer, check out our Teen Leadership page

When can I apply?

Applications will open online to all returning campers on May 1, 2021 and spots will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis. In order to maintain fairness for all returning campers, each camper will only be able to register for one session this summer. 

Once sessions fill up, a waiting list will automatically start. We will be in close communication with families on the waiting list as summer approaches. 


In order to reserve your spot, you will need to complete the basic application (additional forms can be turned in up to 14 days prior to your camper's assigned session) and submit the $30 "hold-your-spot" fee. All of this can be done online.  

How do I know it is safe?

We understand that health and safety this summer are on the top of everyone's mind. As an organization, we have worked countless hours over the last several months ensuring that we have realistic plans that are based on industry best practices. We have consulted our local and state health departments, the American Camp Association, the Association for Camp Nurses, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other leading voices in the fight against COVID-19. 


To finalize our guidebook for reopening, we spent over 50 hours with a task force of nearly 20 people to gather information and make decisions that are in the best interest of our Camp community.


A few of the important changes will be:

Reduced number of sessions

Reduced enrollment in each session

Increased time for cleaning & sanitizing

Required use of masks for campers & staff

The use of cohorts to limit mixing between camper groups

On-site testing for campers & staff

and much more

Check out our FAQs for additional information

How do we get more information?

We are hosting 6 town hall meetings April 21-28 for families, teens, and staff. The meetings will be recorded and made available to anyone who cannot attend.

What to Expect at Camp in 2021
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