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Our family is considering a four or five day stay at the City of Oakland's Feather River Camp this summer. We have two kids 10 and 13. I'd love to hear from some folks who have attended recently. Specifically, which of the accommodation types did you prefer - with or without electricity? Are the theme weeks better than the non-theme weeks? How did your kids like it? I see there are programs for 9-11 year olds, but what would a 13 year old do all day?
We are not Oakland residents (we bought this as a package at a silent auction), so we have never met anyone who has gone. We have heard such great things about Berkeley's Tuolumne Camp, and are hoping it will be something like it. Becky
Re: Camp suggestions, 1 to 3 weeks, age 12/13, both genders
Feather River Camp...www.featherrivercamp.com. It's not local but I've signed up my sons for the program. You can apply for scholarships. Good luck! anon
My family of four (two adults, a six year old, and a four year old) is heading to Feather River family camp for six days in July. I'd appreciate any tips about what to bring along (I received a checklist from the camp but wondered what else people have found useful to have brought with them), what to leave at home, which route to take to Quincy, where to stop along the way...really, any tips or advice that you think would be helpful. Many thanks! Janice
I would also suggest taking a fan to help with the afternoon heat and mosquitos (if you have a tent or cabin with an electrical outlet) and some kind of battery operated lamp. An extension cord is a good idea, too.
I'm sure people will suggest other things but those are essentials for me. One more thing, the town of Quincy is worth a trip. The natural food store is very good and the dollar store in town is GREAT!
Have fun!! valerie
Is there anyone who has been to both the Lair and Feather River who can help me decide which camp to go to with my husband and 2 year old? Please compare location, facilities, the crowd, and most importantly, the kiddie corral. And if we go to the Lair, which camp to choose? As a kid I went with my friend's family to Camp Blue so I have a loyalty there, but is there really a difference? What about the new Camp Oski? Happy Camper
We enjoyed The LAIR, too - especially the kiddie pool - but the camp seems more appropriate for older kids and adults, not toddlers. I found one of the campfire skits really inappropriate for kids (Saturday Night Live style portrayal of a retarded girl in restraints ?!) and misogynistic commentary during a staff/campers inner tube water polo game with mostly male participants (woman camper misses a shot - loudspeaker commentary: ''That's why we don't let them play!'') The staffers at the kiddie corral didn't seem particularly good with kids - it was more like an assignment for them. My son wasn't ready to be left there alone. These things were relative small in the bigger picture - we did have a good time at the Lair and plan to return - but since you asked...
In summary, we found that FRC has family energy/orientation whereas The Lair has college student energy/orientation.
Also, FRC has a BATHTUB!
Re: Looking at Tuoulmne or Feather River
We go to the Feather River Camp about every summer for a few years. It is my children's idea of heaven. Living in the middle of nature, in Sierra Nevada, in the forest, next to the river. You can chose to leave in a tent or a cabin, with electricity or without. The river has many branchings, so there are places for kids to swim (with a lifeguard on duty), more challenging places to swim, diving places, waterfalls, river rafting.
They feed you buffet three times a day. Tables are not assigned so you can always shift around as you make new friends. Activities for the kids are on-going three times a day (for hours) - arts & crafts, boat building, storytelling, organized theater play, music. There is a separate supervised tot lot for younger kids, and activities for older kids (where we occasionally come in too b/c it's just so much fun).
There are campfires in the evenings, theater performances (by campers, directed by staff) on some evenings. There is horseback riding, rope course, bike riding. Lots of hiking in the woods, with organized nature hikes. On-staff nurse, storytellers, dance instructors. Organized games, table tennis championships. Very friendly staff - our kids look forward to receiving welcome back hugs every year, on arrival.
The camp has quite a history - it's been an Oakland city camp since 1926 and has photos and stories from that time (when you could only get there via Union Pacific Railroad). The place is completely safe. My kids run around on their own all day (with walkie talkies), and appreciate this freedom. I highly recommend it.
Great sleep-away camp for horse lovers and others
I just registered my daughter, age 11, for Oakland Feather River Camp's Wrangler Camp in July and found out they still have a few spaces available. Her friend went last year and loved it so I thought I'd share the news, though I have no direct experience myself. The new non-profit runs their Family Camp and also some camps for kids in July. They are very affordable and I only have heard good things. Their website is WWW.FeatherRiverCamp.com Soon to be happy campers
We have three great camp programs for youth ages 11 to 18 at Oakland Feather River Camp!
1) Camp Amandla! 7/11-7/17 Social Justice Camp for those interested in environmental issues, cultural activism and working to make a better world.
2) Teen LEAP 7/11-7/17 Leadership Education and Adventure Program is an Outward Bound styled program which focuses on self-understanding in terms of leadership style and potential
3) Camp Crescendo 7/18-7/24 Performing Arts camp for youth entering grades 6-12 with workshops in music, performance, dance and spoken word.
Join other teens from the Bay Area in a week of fun and learning! Programs for younger children and families too. See our website FeatherRiverCamp.com
Fees are from $400-$470 and include roundtrip transportation from Oakland to the camp located in Quincy, CA.
Terry Cullinane terbomom at hotmail.com
I'm looking for feedbacks on Feather River Camp. Is it worth it? mc
In the mornings there are usually arts and crafts activities - on setting for older children and adults and a separate setting for young children. You can leave your youngsters (2 to 5 or 6) at the Tot Lot for most of the morning. In the afternoons we've gone swimming in Spanish Creek in the camp or driven to other sites nearby. There are also places you can rent boats. Some people bring bikes for their children.
Each week of camp has a theme. We've gone to the folk dancing week both years. The kids love the music and some of them love the dancing too! There is dancing all morning and in the evenings after dinner. The teachers are very good and very encouraging. You don't need to know a thing - they walk us through the steps and then turn on the music. It's about fun!
Due to the financial difficulties created by the city's inattention and poor management of the camp facility, last year, a group of dedicated campers got together and pressured the city into giving the camp a chance to return to its former glory. This past year, 2003, the city contracted out the camp management and it went very well. Improvements were noticeable from the previous year. The food was better and more varied than it had been in 2002. There was more staff and more activities.
We'll be going back next year!
Has anyone been to the City of Oakland Feather River Family
Camp? I saw just one post and wanted to hear from other folks
who have been there about what they liked, did not like and any
recommendations for what to bring, etc.
Has anyone had any experience with sending their child to the City of Oakland's Feather River Camp Children's Art Camp--overnight camp for children ages 8-12? I'd love to hear your thoughts on whether it's fun, safe, worthwhile, etc. Thanks,
Re: Grandparent-Friendly Family Camp
Feather River Camp is your place to go! It is a wonderful 100- year-old (and with that much history!) family camp in Sierra Nevada, owned by the city of Oakland. We discovered it just two years ago, and intend to include it in our summer plan forever. There are lots and lots of multi-generational families gathering there every summer - lots of grandparents and kids. There are always children's activities going on - organized games, crafts, campfires. They feed you warm buffet meal 3 times daily. You can chose to stay in a tent or cabin, with or without electricity, depending on your preferences. There is horseback riding, swimming in the river and lakes, oh so much to do and enjoy. It is about 4 hours drive from Oakland, and the route is quite scenic, too. Maria
I'm looking for perspectives on Oakland's Family Camp at Feather River. There aren't any recent postings on the website. If you or someone you know have been there in the last year or two, please let me know what you thought, especially regarding: available camp activities, food, appropriateness for an active, social 3 year old, etc. cathy
Oakland also runs a family camp on a big piece of land on the Feather River in Plumas County (about 5 hours away). We went there for a week two summers ago, and it's a really good deal. Rates are low compared to other family camps, at least they were in 1996. There's a drop-in child care area for little kids, a nice swimming area in the river, hiking, arts and crafts, horse-back riding, dance classes, etc., and good food in the diningroom. Call Oakland Parks and Rec Dept, 238-3791 for info.
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