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I'm looking into sending my 9year old son to his first overnight camp for a week and am wondering if anyone can tell me about Camp Ravenclaw, based out of El Cerrito. It's in Humbolt and my son recently expressed a desire to go back to the redwoods - we camped there briefly last summer. He is a smart, goofy kid who likes to clown to fit in and is willing to try new things, I think he'd do well, but will need some reminding about sunscreen - he's very pale and burns easily. The picture on the brochure shows the whole camp out in the sun looking happy but I don't see many hats... thanks for your input
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I highly recommend Camp Ravencliff from the Bay Area YMCA! I signed my 11 year-old up last year for his first sleep-away camp and was a bit nervous. Then I found out that they have a family camp over Memorial Day weekend every year, so I took my three boys there to check it out. Everyone LOVED it so much, that I had to explain to my two younger sons that they can't go there in the summer with their older brother, because you have to be 7 to go.....
My older son had a blast, and so did all the other kids (he was in the oldest group). Most kids go every year, and many of the counselors grew up going to Ravencliff every year as kids.
The location is so beautiful, the food is healthy and yummy, and the staff is super nice, caring and responsible- and my favorite part is: the kids can choose what they want to do every day! I mean, seriously many camps have such a structured schedule that it sounds more like a boot camp than a holiday!
The Ravencliff staff offers a great variety of programs to the kids, but if your child wants to play ball games three days in a row and never tie-dies that white shirt he took to camp... so be it. The kids learn a lot about respect for each other and nature, group behavior and responsibilities- besides a hundred funny jokes, games, songs skits etc.!
And since the YMCA has great swim instructors, they can learn or improve
their swimming skills, too!
Sign-up has started already, but I believe there is still space in all
Happy Ravencliff Mom
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