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Camp Ravencliff YMCA (Redway, CA)

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April 2012

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


I think you might be looking for Camp Ravencliff, located in Redway, CA. It is part of the camping group of the YMCA of the East Bay. See their website for more info www.ymcaeastbay.org East Bay Mom
its Ravencliff - and the kids are likely only hatless for the picture. My daughter was a camper from the first summer El Cerrito did the camp and went on to be an Jr Counselor and a Counselor (and is hoping to return this year as well). The camp is very good about reminding kids to use sunscreen and bug spray, wear hats and to drink alot of water (in past years all the campers got water bottles). The camp is wonderful, the kids are incredibly well taken care of, most of the counselors were campers, or have worked within the city of El Cerrito child care programs, and they take up alot of life guards, and a nurse. Most of the campers return year after year. Generally kids go with friends but even if your son doesn't he will come home with friends! mom
Feb 2013

Re: Sleepover camp for third grader?
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 sessions.
Happy Ravencliff Mom


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