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Rental Information: Skylark Ranch

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Camp Skylark spans 280 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains above the beautiful California coast. Skylark also features old growth redwoods that are protected by a conservation easement with the support of The Sempervirens Fund. Sleeping accommodations vary from tent cabins to primitive hike-in outposts for pitching tents with access to toilets, potable water and fire circle. 

Other resources available are a high and low ropes course, an indoor dining hall with commercial kitchen, large modern shower/bathroom facility, health center, central group fire circle, meadow, archery range, extensive hiking trails through diverse ecological habitats with access to Big Basin State Park. Skylark offers a peaceful outdoor retreat with basic comforts.

Seasonal Note: Due to Santa Cruz County user restrictions, Skylark is open from April 1st to October 31st.

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Driving Time from San Francisco:

Skylark Ranch is about 90 minutes south from San Francisco, 15 minutes south of Pescadero, near Pigeon Point Lighthouse. 

Facilities Overview:

Total Camp Capacity: 200 people/night

Dining Hall: Fully functional commercial kitchen and dining hall that has a capacity of 200 (California food handler’s certification required).

Tent Cabin Villages/Units: Each village/unit has canvas platform tents (4 beds/tent) for overnight use. An outdoor cooking area is provided and includes a campfire circle, picnic tables and food storage. Each unit has its own water and toilets. Capacity numbers include: 

  • Flicker = 38 people
  • Chickadee = 28 people
  • Starling = 32 people
  • Meadowlark = 28 people
  • Cardinal = 28 people
  • Pajarita = 28 people

Outposts: Each outpost has a camping area, toilets, potable water and fire circle. Optimal use of these outposts is to pitch backpack tents. Outposts require a short hike from 1/2 mile to approximately one mile. Capacity numbers include:

  • Outpost = 18 people
  • Toby’s Meadow = 18 people (includes lean-to shelter for sleeping or cooking with a gas stove)

Low and High Ropes Course: 

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Local Attractions Sampler: 


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Rate Information

Rental Time Period: Rates cover from 4 p.m.-2 p.m.

To qualify for the Girl Scout rate, at least 60% of a group must be Girl Scout members registered with GSNorCal.

Please note, our properties are available for rent by Girl Scout and Non-Profit groups only.

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Starling 32 93 100
Chickadee 28 93 100
Outpost 18 37 56
Toby's Meadow 18 37 56
Director's Cabin  4 42 66
Staff House  6 105 122
Health Center  2 61 83
Small Buildings (4)  2 47 71
Dining Hall 200 240 292
Kitchen (must also rent Dining Hall)  n/a 116 154
Shower House  n/a 71 93
Entire Camp 200 1314 1593

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