Summer Camp for the Whole Family
Skylake's family camp is a no-hassle, fun family "glamping" experience! Skylake provides each family its own rustic but comfortable bunk house, fabulous buffet style meals, a gorgeous private dock on Bass Lake, and plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy. The large dining hall, lakeside porch, and recreation room provide the social center for family camp. All paying guests receive a free horseback ride. Leave the cooking, activity planning and housing up to us...come and enjoy an easy family vacation that you and your family will never forget.
2023 Family Camp Schedule:
Weekend A (Memorial Day Weekend): Friday May 26 - Monday May 29
Weekend B: Thursday June 1 - Sunday June 4
Weekend C: Thursday, August 17 - Sunday, August 20 (Formerly Weekend E)
Weekend D: Thursday, August 24 - Sunday, August 27
2023 Family Camp Rates (per person)
Children (5-12): $195.00
Toddlers (4 & Under): Free
*Minimum charge to book a cabin is $850
*8 meals are served during, starting with breakfast the morning after check-in and ending with lunch on check out day.
*Reservation, Deposit and Cancellation details below in Q & A.
Q & A
Here are answers to commonly asked questions about our Family Camp.
How soon can I reserve a cabin?
All guests from the previous summer have a deadline of November 30 to retain their particular cabin and particular weekend. On December 1st enrollment opens for new families. The best opportunity to secure a cabin for new families is to contact us on December 1st with your application. Cabins also become available right up until the summer. New families are welcome to fill out a request for more information which gets you added to our mailing list.
How DO I reserve a cabin?
Fill out our application found at the bottom of this page and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also welcome to call directly to book a cabin and check availability. Our phone number is 559-642-3720. If sessions are marked as waitlisted, it's best to email us and we will get you on the waitlist and we will contact you when a cabin becomes available.
What is the Space Availability?
Skylake accommodates approximately 32 families with a maximum of 135 guests for a family camp. The number varies, but anywhere from 75% to 100% of our guests return each year.
Why are there no scheduled family camps between the middle of June and the middle of August?
Skylake is a traditional summer camp for children ages 7 to 16 during the summer months.
Do you offer childcare?
Unfortunately we do not. We have a few staff in camp to help run a few activities but they are not providing childcare. You will quickly realize however that Skylake Family Camp is like an old neighborhood and the kids just go out and play!
What activities do you offer?
During Family Camp there are two types of activities offered at Skylake. There are activities that are supervised by the camp staff and there are activities that are available for families to experience without staff supervision. Parents are always required to supervise children. Skylake staff are in charge of the craft shop every morning leading activities such as tie die, leading horseback riding as well as evening campfire. There are also a balance of activities available for families to experience on their own such as canoes, kayaks, volleyball, archery, tennis, lodge games and horseshoes at no charge and all the equipment is provided. Not all of the activities that are available during children’s camper are available during family camp, for example the Climbing Wall depends on trained staff being available to work during Family Camp.
What is the meal schedule?
Breakfast: 8:00 to 8:45
Lunch: 12:00 to 1:00
Dinner: 6:00 to 6:45
No meals on arrival day. All three meals on days two and three. Breakfast and lunch on closing day (i.e. day 4).
The Cabins are rustic, how rustic?
Our Cabins are more like Bunkhouses as they are very rustic. They are no frills and contain four sets of bunk beds and 8 small cubbies. They have screen windows and no electricity or toilets inside the bunkhouses. You will need to bring a sleeping bag, bottom sheet, and pillow. And don't forget a flashlight! Each family reserving a cabin would have that whole cabin to themselves.
Ok, there are no bathrooms in the cabins, where are the shower houses and what are they like?
There are four shower houses on the property. The cabins are clustered around the shower houses and no cabin is more than 35 yards from a shower house. The shower houses all have modern tiled showers, flushing toilets, electricity and sinks. Shower houses are cleaned and sanitized daily by our housekeeping staff.
What else do I need to bring?
The day time temperatures are normally very warm. Dress is very casual with shorts and t-shirts being essential. Nights can get cool, so long pants and jackets are advisable. You will need your toiletry items, swim suit, towels, flashlight, and a big smile. If you plan on riding horses you will need closed-toe shoes and long pants. Skylake provides all sports equipment and lifejackets.
How is the food?
Skylake takes enormous pride in its food. We BBQ a lot of items, everything is fresh and there is a huge salad/vegetable buffet table for almost every lunch and dinner. Our dinner entrees include salmon, steaks, chicken, ribs along with different pastas. Lunches are traditional burgers, pizza, Mexican buffet, and sandwiches. Breakfasts include everything from both hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit and juice, eggs, bacon, potatoes and bagels. You won't be hungry and we doubt you will be disappointed. Skylake proudly produces its homemade ice creams and Italian ices.
Can we bring our Dog?
Skylake is a non smoking facility and we cannot accommodate pets.
Deposits, Payments, Cancelation Policy:
There is a $300 deposit per cabin owed at time of booking. Balance is owed on March 1st for Weekends A and B. Balance is owed on May 1st for Weekends D and E. Cancelations outside of 60 days of arrival face a $100 cancelation charge. Cancellations within 60 days of arrival are charged 50% of total booking. The minimum charge per cabin amounts to 2 adults and 1 child.
It all sounds good, how do I learn more and sign up?
Space is very limited so the only way to know if there are any cabins available is to speak with someone in the office. The easiest and best way is to call the office at (559) 642-3720 or email email@example.com. You can also fill out the family camp application form and we will reply shortly.