Docent Training

What Does a Docent Do?

Docents are passionate volunteer educators who love to share what they know while creating memorable, engaging experiences for visitors. Our docents share stories about the cast of characters who called the Camron-Stanford House home, and illustrate stories of the past by talking about local history, architecture, art, and culture. Docents lead our weekly house tours, and we encourage each docent to sign up for at least one shift per month.

Our Training Program

During the training period participants will learn about the history of the Camron-Stanford House and its residents, Victorian life and culture, and local history. Each person will learn how to develop a house tour and provide a memorable experience for visitors. Guidance and support will be provided by our current roster of docents, Camron-Stanford House staff, and local history experts. There is a $50 participation fee, which covers museum membership, copies of materials and books, and administrative fees.

To earn your docent certificate, each person must

  • Shadow a current docent for one day
  • Select a topic of interest related to the Camron-Stanford House and give a brief presentation
  • Lead one house tour and review feedback with a current docent and staff

For questions about the 2020 Docent Training please email

2020 Docent Training Schedule

Class sessions held at Camron-Stanford House from 10am-1pm.  On-site parking available.

March 14- Introductions

March 21- Oakland in the 19th Century

March 28- 19th Century Architecture and Basics of Touring

April 4- Optional Field Trip to Brune-Reutlinger Mansion in San Francisco

April 18- Family History and House Restoration

April 25- Victorian Decorative Arts and The Museum Collection

May 2- Housekeeping, Docent presentations, practice tours, and graduation

Register Now

Docent Registration

  • Price: $50.00
    Fee includes annual museum membership, printed handbook and supplemental books. After you submit this form, you will be redirected to PayPal in order to process payment. Note: If you do not pay online now, please contact us to make arrangements to pay by check, credit card, or cash before the start of the training program.
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