DDC History

In 1954, local Girl Scouts used cookie money and generous donations to purchase 65 acres in Lafayette. Under a national Girl Scout reorganization in the early 1960’s, ownership of the site passed to Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area Council, which became Girl Scouts of Northern California in 2008. Some acreage was sold to East Bay Regional Parks in 1977, leaving about 40 acres today.

Originally each local service unit ran a one or two week camp during the summer for their members. In 1972 under the leadership of Dorothy Giboney, the Diablo Day Camp Committee was formed to combine the service units’ efforts and make camp more accessible to all. The program featured outdoor cooking and traditional Girl Scout skills. For some years a horse program was available and the peacocks living on the ranch next to camp would frequently wander over to visit. Thus our logo was born. Due to the popularity of the program Diablo Day Camp expanded to rent Twin Canyon for the entire summer to offer nine different themed camp sessions, each one week long.

In 2001, out of physical space to expand at Twin Canyon, DDC launched a satellite camp at Little Hills Ranch, in San Ramon. Adjacent to Las Trampas Regional Park, Little Hills Ranch is owned by East Bay Regional Park District, and is not open to the general public except by reservation. Little Hills Ranch is a great site offering lots of shaded picnic tables, a large swimming pool and plenty of lawn area for sports and games. Best of all, many more girls can attend this camp (if we get enough adult volunteers!!)

In 2014, after 46 years of operation, approximately 1,900 campers attended Diablo Day Camp. Continuing our volunteer tradition, some 450 dedicated, caring and fun-loving adults made that happen! Join us in the fun this summer.

In 2015, a new DDC satellite camp will be launched at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park in Pleasanton. The goal of this camp is to make the DDC program accessible to girls who might not attend camp presently due to traffic concerns.  Come join us!

See you at camp!

Girl Scout Promise
On honor, I will try:
to serve God and my country
to help people at all times, and
to live by the Girl Scout law

Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
to be a sister to every Girl Scout.