- June 30 - July 11
- July 14 - July 25
- July 28 - August 8
- Surf: 3 Days in the Pacific Ocean
- Whitewater Raft the American River
- Giant Redwood Trees!
- Service: Forests & Beaches
- Kayak: Marine Wildlife Sanctuary
- Experience Beautiful Big Sur
- Santa Cruz Boardwalk
- Explore San Francisco!
- Community Service: 5 Hours
*The itineraries below are from summer 2018. The 2019 itinerary will be finalized in October 2018.
BIG SUR: BEACHES, WATERFALLS, MOUNTAINS
SAN FRANCISCO, REDWOODS & SERVICE
SURFING, KAYAKING, WETLANDS & WILDLIFE
SUMMER + ADVENTURE + CALIFORNIA = PERFECT
Cruising California’s famous Highway 1, California Dreamin’ hits the awesome highlights of the Golden State’s world-famous Pacific coastline.
Famous Sights: • Big Sur • Santa Cruz • Monterey • Stinson Beach • Stanford University
Awesome Activities: • Surfing • Sea kayaking • Hiking • Swimming • Community Service
At 12 days, California Dreamin’ is an action-packed summer of world-class adventure, sightseeing and community service.
The combination of sunshine, beaches, redwoods, epic activities and awesome campers make California Dreamin’ unforgettable!
Take lessons from professional surf guides! Whether you are an avid surfer or new to the sport – you will learn a TON!
NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! Guides are in the water with campers at all times, making sure you catch waves, smile and learn a lot. Whether you are a complete novice or a seasoned veteran, we will match your skill level.
Surfing in Santa Cruz and at Stinson Beach for a total of 3 days is EPIC! Learning to surf in the capital of all things surf is epic.
To receive a list of California Dreamin’ references, call us in Colorado at 303-526-0806 or email email@example.com. Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live.
Since 1976 over 16,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We encourage you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programming and what a summer with Bold Earth is really like.
We want careful and selective families to choose Bold Earth. Our offerings are only as good as the families who choose Bold Earth Adventures. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic.
The Bold Earth team works countless hours securing incredible campgrounds on the California Coast! California Dreamin’ campsites are within view of the Pacific Ocean – WOW!
All campgrounds have bathrooms, running water and are established sites. YES, you will always be comfortable! Bold Earth campers shower every 2-3 days and hot water for washing up is available every day.
Bold Earth Trip Leaders will provide tents and all the know-how you need to feel comfortable sleeping outside. Tents are provided, but bring your own sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and a pillow! You will share a tent with 2 or 3 other Bold Earth campers of your same gender. This is an awesome way to get to know each other! Highlights of camping:
• Beach Bonfires • Hearing the waves crash as you fall asleep • Campsites surrounded by Redwood Trees • Counting shooting stars • Lots of s’mores • Sunrise and sunset Yoga • Taking a sunrise run on the beach? YES!
Community Service is a Bold Earth core value. Bold Earth carefully chooses hands-on community service projects that are active, engaging and . . . LIFE CHANGING! All Bold Earth participants will receive a certificate to document their service hours.
Service Credit: 15 Hours
Project #1: Campers learn about wetland conservation on our first service project with the Watsonville Wetlands Watch, helping to clean up and restore the freshwater marshlands crucial to the ecosystems of the California coast. Over the decades, California has lost 90 percent of its wetlands to development, and the Watsonville Sloughs provide an essential resting place for migrating birds and rare, threatened wildlife. By helping to clean up the wetlands and restore habitat, we are helping to protect and conserve this crucial ecosystem. For more information visit the Watsonville Wetlands Watch.
Project #2: Waking up amongst giant redwood trees and pristine wildlife, Bold Earth campers have the opportunity to give back by participating in a building and conservation project in Big Basin National Forest, helping to build new park benches, paint cabins, and to improve access to this incredible wilderness area. Big Basin is California’s oldest state park, as well as home to California’s biggest Redwood trees!
Click to View: ALL Bold Earth community service projects
Over the last 30 years, Bold Earth has carefully crafted the California Dreamin’ Packing List to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable on the trip. Click to view: California Dreamin’ Packing List for a detailed description of exactly what to bring. Anything not included on the list is provided by Bold Earth.
Checking Bags? On airport day, campers will check the large duffle bag. We recommend using the small daypack as a carry-on. Campers should either bring a credit card or enough cash to check their bags home.
Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. The Bold Earth Trip Advisor team is always available to help answer packing questions or provide gear recommendations.
The food will be healthy, delicious, local, and fun. Bold Earth campers LOVE to eat and we understand that playing hard all day requires the right nutrition. Yes, we will enthusiastically accommodate vegetarians, gluten-free, kosher, allergies, and most special diets.
Cooking on California Dreamin’ is a combination of planning, preparing, cooking our own food and eating out. Approximately twice during your trip, you and two other campers will have the chance to make a meal for the group. Most campers find this to be incredibly fun and rewarding. Your leaders help you as much or as little as necessary and of course EVERYTHING is included. We eat out twice to celebrate our accomplishments and enjoy a night out.
We will be traveling by 15 passenger vans, with a roof-rack for all of our personal gear. The van will be driven by your experienced and carefully screened leaders.
All travel is carefully planned to minimize time spent in the van and maximize the trip experience for active adventure. This trip is designed as a cool and active adventure – not a big-bus sightseeing tour…
Small group size = SUCCESS! • Maximum of 13 incredible and enthusiastic campers • 2 adult trip leaders (one male and one female)
Group size is especially important on an adventure and community service style trip. Bold Earth campers are leaders who seek independence, responsibility, and fun. We know teenagers and we understand that a small group size is ESSENTIAL to camper success. This is NOT the typical teen tour!
Bonding and friendship are essential to the success of any summer program. Bold Earth leaders are carefully trained in group dynamics and leadership. Also, Bold Earth leaders are the MOST FUN PEOPLE EVER! Your two Trip Leaders will take a hands-on approach to the success of every individual. Bold Earth campers make friendships that last a lifetime.
Each camper will be Leader of the Day (LOD) and will have the opportunity to step into a leadership role and help to run the trip! The challenges and rewards of California Dreamin’ bring the unity and bonding of the group together.
Sunshine + California = SUMMER. California Dreamin’ is an iconic summer adventure in California’s PERFECT weather.
The California Coast is like the Mediterranean. Rain rarely falls, some fog is present and the sun typically is out and shining brightly. Average daily temperatures will be around 80°F (25°C) with nightly temperatures settling pleasantly around 60°F (15°C).
In other words… PERFECT!
California is the coolest. Beaches, mountains, San Francisco, Yosemite, Silicon Valley, surfing, coffees, tans, music and everything else “American.” California Dreamin’ is a trip through the culture and natural beauty of California.
California is located on the West Coast of the United States with 840 miles (1350km) of Pacific Ocean beaches. USA’s 3rd largest state includes more than 38 million people, 9 national parks, 118 state parks and the famous In N’ Out Burger.
California has everything. The Sierra Nevada Mountains, the fertile farmlands of the Central Valley, and the arid Mojave Desert. It is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary trees: the tallest (Redwoods), most massive (Giant Sequoia), and oldest (Bristlecone Pine). It is also home to both the highest (Mt. Whitney) and lowest (Death Valley) points in the 48 contiguous states. WOW!
California is booming with innovation, culture, industry, and creativity. Facebook, Apple, Google, Twitter, Hollywood and more! California is also very ethnically diverse, with large Asian-American, Hispanic, African American communities. With its modern history dating back to the California Gold Rush of 1849, California is a place for dreamers, people who love the warm weather and adventure-seekers!
The most beautiful city in the world? See for yourself!
California Dream’ begins and ends in San Francisco. We spend a night and then a full day and night exploring the streets, parks, trolleys, and sights of San Francisco.
Some SWEET SF Highlights: • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge • Eat Sourdough Bread at Fisherman’s Wharf • Camp in view of the Bay • See the parrots of Telegraph Hill • Dinner in Chinatown • Hike to Coit Tower
Time in San Francisco is carefully planned and strictly monitored, Bold Earth will show campers the beauty of this famous and amazing city.
We see LOTS of California’s world-famous Redwoods Trees!
Reaching heights of over 350 ft (115.5m), these massive trees sprinkle only a few lucky spots along the coast of California. State Parks protect roughly 45% of the remaining redwood population and we stay in unique campgrounds surrounded by Redwoods.
Yes! California Dreamin’ and all Bold Earth trips are designed to be combined to make a 4 or 8 week Bold Earth summer. If you are interested in combining California Dreamin’ with a particular trip, please contact our Colorado office – 303 526 0806 – for more information! A Bold Earth Director will handle all the arrangements to create an incredible summer for you!
Travel Made Easy!
- Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
- We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights.
- Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.