About the Camp


Scandia Camp Mendocino takes place in the beautiful Mendocino Woodlands. Giant redwoods, a sunny meadow, a beaver pond, and numerous paths through the woods surround the village-like setting. The camp is approximately ten miles inland from the picturesque town of Mendocino, and about a four-hour drive north of San Francisco. The climate is mild.

Mendocino Woodlands is a registered historical landmark. We invite you to take a few moments to read a short history of the site. This very unique and well-loved camp is in a special redwood forest with historic buildings and a wealth of flora and fauna.

Visitors and pets are not permitted.


Rustic cabins are clustered in three groups, each with a central bathroom and shower building with electricity and plenty of hot water. Each cabin has a balcony and a fireplace with firewood available, 4 single beds, a closet and windows, but no plumbing or electricity. One couple or 3-4 individuals are housed in each cabin.

Daily Activities:floor

Daytime activities include classes in dance, music, singing, folklore, practice sessions, and opportunities to enjoy the woodlands. Free time is scheduled in the late afternoon.
Evenings include music and social activities before dinner, after-dinner concerts, and Scandinavian dance parties with live music by our staff and student musicians. The parties offer a chance to enjoy the great variety of Scandinavian dance and music.
Scandinavian Dance Fundamentals will introduce newer dancers to the fundamental skills of successful turning dancing and partnering. More experienced dancers will have an opportunity to sharpen their skills.
All events are designed for both newer and more experienced Scandinavian dancers and musicians. We change partners frequently during classes and we encourage partner changing during parties. Musicians should have at least one year of experience, though not necessarily with Scandinavian music. Musicians are encouraged to bring a recording device, as tunes are taught by ear.


Our camp has a reputation for wonderful food! Count on three nutritious meals a day plus between-meal snacks, with fresh vegetables and fruits, choice meat and fresh fish. Vegetarians can be accommodated. Some meals feature Scandinavian menus, while others are developed by our chef and may include other ethnic foods.