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Reviews of Family Camps
I am drawn to the idea of family camp for our family with kids 8,5 and 2. Call me a wimp, but I guess i am a bit reticent of the idea of hauling to communal bathrooms. I would love to hear of family camps with lodging that is a bit less camping and/or experience of those who are not so hardy who have adapted to the more rustic lodging..... I have heard of the Santa Barbara family camp but I would love something in a more quiet and natural setting. I guess I want it all! Dreaming of Summer
I have a list of family camps someone sent me about 5 years ago. It is from Frommer's Budget Travel for the top 50 family camps for 2004. I can send it directly to you if you are interested (it's not a link, but an email w/all the info on all the camps in CA). Stephanie
There's the Resort at Paws Up in Montana. It's in the same locale as Robert Redford's movie ''A River Runs Through It.'' It's a rugged setting, but guests stay in luxury tents with feather beds and fine linens. Each tent has its own private bathroom in the bathhouse with heated granite floors, etc. There are all sorts of organized activities for all ages.
An even more remote camping option is called Clayoquot Wilderness Resort near Tofino, BC (on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island). Very secluded, everything gets to the camp by barge (and guests are brought in from Vancouver by seaplane). *Very* expensive, but very nice. I was there last May on a FAM trip and can tell you about it. David
Summer is almost over but we are already thinking about next summer, and
are looking for advice about Family Camps! Our kids are 6 and 7 and we'd
love to hear about experiences and recommendations for the following
camps, including when to signup:
- Berkeley Tuolumne Camp
- Lair of the Golden Bear
- Feather River Camp
- San Francisco Camp Mather
- Any other great family camp I missed??
A Happy Camper
We went knowing nobody but both my kids had ''best friends'' in a day or two. There is enough activity to keep any parent happy. It's just a bit higher class than many other camps, but the price is very reasonable. We enjoyed wine tasting and tours, yoga, kayaking, horseback riding, surf lessons, BBQ on the beach, movies, etc. but you can also do nothing but read by the pool if that suits you.
I also can't say enough about the counselors for the kids. I don't know how they do it, but they are unfailingly enthusiastic and fun, and the kids just LOVE them. They participate in so many activities as well. As parents we seem to have just the right amount of alone time and also the right amount of family time. No matter what I think, both kids voted to attend three more years and still want me to book next year. I really can't say enough about the location, the staff, and the fun times we have there. We have met really neat friends there and even learned to surf (fairly badly - but it's not for lack of quality instruction!) Check it out before you decide. For us, the drive is well worth it. Kirsten
Hi, I am looking for a recommendation for a nearby family camp that does weekends. I was interested in the Bear's Lair camp, but cannot do the dates offered (the weekends are limited). We are a family of three (one child age 10) and want a camp that provides stuff for kids to do. If it included dogs, that would be ideal--but not necessary. Thanks. camping bound
Here's a list I've kept on hand for several years now; since I have not updated it, some of these links may be out of date (I know some accept dogs, but you'd have to ask each site for specific info.,):
Berkeley Tuolumne Camp, Yosemite National Park www.berkeleycamps.com. Camp Concord,South Lake Tahoe www.cityofconcord.org. Camp Sacramento, Twin Bridges www.cityofsacramento.org. Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, Cazadero www.cazpac.org. Emandal Farm, Willits 707/459-5439, www.emandal.com. Feather River Camp, Quincy www.oaklandnet.com/parks/programs/featherriver.asp. Forest Home, Forest Falls www.foresthome.org. Lair of the Golden Bear, Pinecrest $1,900, 510/642-0221, www.alumni.berkeley.edu. Lark camp, Mendocino www.larkcamp.com. Montecito-Sequoia lodge, Kings Canyon National Park 800/227-9900, www.mslodge.com. Silver Lake Camp, Silver Lake www.stocktongov.com. Skylake Yosemite Camp, Wishon 559/642-3720, www.skylakeyosemite.com. Wonder Valley Family Camp, Sanger www.wondervalleyfamilycamp.com. Good luck finding an ideal location! Stephanie
Our family enjoys the outdoors and I love the idea of going to one of the local family camps. My partner doesn't get much time off and I'm wondering if attending alone with two kids would be fun or a lot of work? Has anyone been in that situation before and what was it like? Is it easy to meet others? Which camp did you go to? Advice appreciated! East Bay Mom
Greetings - We're looking for a multi-generational family camp that would provide a reasonable amount of comfort for my parents while still being lots of fun for our 9 and 7 year-old kids. Have checked the archives but would really appreciate more current and complete recommendations. They live in South Pasadena and are willing to do some traveling (as are we). I'd say comfort is the big issue for them (not fancy but certainly not too rustic - like their own private room with bath, and the like). Many thanks, Deborah Deborah
Re: Grandparent-Friendly Family Camp
We've gone to Montecito-Sequoia Family Camp (www.montecitosequoia.com) for several years, and this past year brought my 79-yr old mother along. She loved it. They have beautiful, easy hikes in Kings Canyon/Sequoia Park (the amazing redwoods), art classes, delicious and varied food, and a lovely setting. The kids were very busy with their own activities - waterskiing, horseback riding, art, fencing, archery, tennis, gymnastics - and there are entertaining events (bingo, casino, dances) in the evenings. They have a full staff of international counselors who are wildly enthusiastic. We've seen many, many multigenerational families there and I'd recommend it for every age group. It is definitely pricier than the city-run family camps but we found it well worth it because there is absolutely something for everyone at any given moment of the day. skito
I attended a wonderful camp Family Week Music and Dance Camp last summer with my daughter and husband and just heard that there are still a few openings for this year - thought some other UCB Parents might be interested. What I particularly liked about this camp, besides the glorious setting, friendly, funny, and very talented staff, great music, and inclusivity of all ages, was that this camp is designed not only to be fun for children from toddlers to teenagers, but also for their parents/ grandparents/ adults. The roving babysitters in the evening check on all children every 10 minutes in the cabins, allowing many parents to spend the evenings dancing and listening to music in the great old lodge with the other adults and older kids. The spirit of this camp is one of welcome and inclusion of everyone, regardless of age, skill level etc. And there is a delightful dose of silliness evidenced in the costume parade to the bar-b-que, the Teddy Bear's Picnic, etc. Please see the announcement of this year's camp and contact information below if interested.
FAMILY WEEK MUSIC AND DANCE CAMP, July 3-10, 1999
The 8th Annual BACDS Family Week, July 3rd to 10th, 1999, is a music and dance camp for families of all sizes as well as for singles and couples who like the lively vitality of a child-inclusive community. Sponsored by the non-profit Bay Area Country Dance Society, the setting is a Sierra mountain camp at the 4000 foot level about ten miles outside Kings Canyon National Park, 50 miles east of Fresno, CA, with beautiful vistas and a lake for swimming and canoeing. The camp offers a full program of classes for each age group of children, and adult dance classes in contradance, square dance, clogging, English Country dance, English longsword, Balkan dance, as well as fiddle and dance band, folk crafts, woodworking, and clay. Twice a day the whole camp community gets together for singing, dancing, concerts, skits, jokes and stories.
In the evening the under-10 children are paraded and sung to bed, and roving babysitters check on each cabin every ten minutes so that parents can go enjoy the evening dancing.
The housing is in wooden cabins with electricity and there is a bathhouse nearby with hot showers. The food is catered by our own chef; three meals a day plus snacks. The staff includes professional fiddlers, pianists, guitarists, accordionists, dance callers and children's teachers from all over the United States.
A pdf version of the brochure may be viewed at the BACDS website, at http://www.bacds.org. For registration or more information, call Emily Flouton at (707) 765-6559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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