Teenage Girl uses a Chopsaw

Overnight camp is magic. Away from home and in a different context, kids make new discoveries about who they are, what they love, and what they are capable of. At Overnight Camp, our projects get their most ambitious; last summer our campers designed a larger-than-life game of battleship with moving ships and targets and adjustable catapults that could clear a 12 foot barrier. The days are long and rich, with free build and bunk-time rounding out our fulfilling and exhausting days. Between the shop, the redwoods and the community, overnight camps supports a true creative rhythm of work, play and rest. 

Overnight campers will also be given an opportunity to take on leadership responsibilities throughout the week. Through evening small group meetings, campers will develop skills to better communicate their ideas, resolve conflicts, share their goals, and reflect on their progress in a more intimate setting. We will also explore decision making styles as well as the risk assessment model we use at camp to evaluate new tools and how to use them safely.  

 Please contact us with any questions!

"Wow. We are so thrilled to send our kids back to Project Ember this summer. “Genius is waiting to be revealed in each of us and, in the right kind of trouble, a person can transform their entire life.” -Michael Meade, The Genius Myth. Katie and Josh are mentors of the finest creation. They are providing the right kind of trouble, and offering bright, kind, challenging support for kids to stretch and grow into their own geniuses. It takes a lot of resources to get our kids across the country for this experience, but it is worth all of it and I am so grateful for the soul enriching experience." - Kim H

program details

battleship boats

When: Sunday, August 6th - Saturday, August 12th
Where: Occidental, CA 
Juniors: Rising 5th - 8th Graders
          Seniors: Rising 8th - 12th Graders
This summer, we will run two sessions concurrently. Campers will share in group activities like meals and campfires, but Juniors and Seniors will work on separate projects for the week.

Tuition: $1685 (includes room, board and (if needed) transportation from SFO to our site) Discounts listed below.

Scholarships are available on a first come, first-served basis.  For details on our application process, please read our scholarship page. If you'd like to make a contribution to our scholarship fund, you can make a (non tax- deductible) donation through PayPal.


our location


This summer, overnight camp will take place tucked away in the beautiful redwoods of Northern California. We're thrilled to cap our season at this special site, with space to spread out and build, private bunks, a full-service cafeteria, endless trails to hike during free time, and the Pacific Ocean a mere 15 miles away.

Overnight Logistics

Head on over to our Overnight Logistics page for everything you need to know to prepare for camp.


Earliest BIRD - $150 OFF

Sign up by February 28th, 2017 to receive $150 off tuition. Our thanks for your early commitment!


Nothing compares to an enthusiastic recommendation from one family to another. We'd be honored if you shared Project Ember with anyone you think would enjoy our program. For each new family you refer, we'll issue a $50 credit to your account. There's no limit on how many credits you can receive, so spread the word! Your referral must mention your name upon registration in order for us to process the credit. (Please note: you may only receive one referral credit per new family).


We love when kids come for multiple weeks. Lessons sink in a little deeper, they co-create and deepen our camp culture, and natural opportunities for peer-to-peer leadership emerge. If you've also signed up for day camp, you'll receive $50 off of overnight.

Sibling Discount - $50 Off

We get it. Shuttling kids around from camp to camp or hiring a babysitter for one while sending another to camp can be really tricky. To ease the burden of getting your kids access to an incredible summer, we offer parents $50 off tuition for each additional sibling registering for one of our day or overnight camps.

If you are in need of more financial assistance to make camp possible, please apply for a scholarship.