|Great news everyone – we are moving forward!!!
On October 17, 2017, the Berkeley City Council approved a resolution on the consent calendar that marked a huge turning point in our rebuilding effort – the hiring of Siegel & Strain Architects to take us from today to the opening of camp. This firm won the bid with experience and the City staff knowing they’d be the best firm to build our camp! FOBTC submitted a formal letter of support to the Mayor and Council, and have had past experience with this firm. FOBTC Board Member Ari Vared worked with them to rebuild Camp Newman, and couldn’t say enough great things about them.
Check out their work: http://www.siegelstrain.com/
Here’s the formal resolution:
Contract: Siegel & Strain Architects for Architectural and Engineering Services for the Berkeley Tuolumne Camp Design
The quick picture at this point looks like this:
1) Insurance money continues to roll in – and the City continues to negotiate with insurance and FEMA for all the remaining funds.
2) Siegel & Strain take the proposed zoning designs done by 2M Architects and begin a new design phase – what Camp might REALLY look like in reality. This phase will have a public informational process, likely at the 60 % design stage – in 5 – 6 months. The City will keep us updated and we’ll be sure to let everyone know. This phase will tell us what can be rebuilt, what insurance and FEMA will cover, etc.. and will also inform us as to what will NOT be covered. That gap is what FOBTC is looking to support so we can have the camp we all want.
3) The USFS NEPA (The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making decisions) process is continuing, and City staff are confident they’ve addressed all the issues.
4) The timeline to opening day is 2021! We’ll keep pushing and supporting that timeline!
In May 2017, the City Manager briefed Council on the Berkeley Tuolumne Camp reconstruction, and in particular, the City’s ongoing negotiation with insurance and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the primary funders of the reconstruction of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp (BTC). In addition, this memo provides information about camp and recreation program scholarships and outreach efforts.
Click here to read through the City’s timeline for rebuilding, and the update:
FOBTC is actively engaged in every part of this effort to get camp rebuilt as soon as possible. Thank you for joining and supporting our efforts! Your contributions and support of this non-profit is helping us stay on top of this every day, and will also help close the gap of what we want to build at Camp that will not be funded by insurance, FEMA and the City.
For the first time in its history, FOBTC created “An Evening Under the Tuolumne Stars”, a Gala dinner and auction to celebrate the success of the past 4 years and the rebirthing of camp.
It was a magical evening, as the tickets all sold out, every auction item was bid on, campers were thrilled to come together, former staff were stoked to volunteer to serve dinner, and the Camp Spirit was strong and flowing, equally as much as the wine and house cocktail, ‘The Tuolumne Ranger’! California Rose Catering in Berkeley created an abundant feast, served family-style, and dinner began as always with the third bell and staff singing to “check the seating chart”!
Dinner and dessert (thanks to Lisa Kirkby (smore cupcakes!) and Jessica Ahlstrand (check out that camp cake!) were incredible. We sang to the caterers and they came out of the kitchen to run around! It was awesome!
Then our gracious hosts were presented with our ‘2017 FOBTC Friend of the Year’ Award for going above and beyond as amazing volunteers to help the organization and the rebuilding of camp.
Bill and Christie Booth receiving applause and appreciation from all the campers.
We were treated with live music from the Tuolumne House Band – the Tamsen Donner Blues Band – who have hosted Tuolumne Blues weekend for decades at camp. Old friends and family members had a reunion, and celebrated the next phase of this journey we are all on, the rebirthing phase of rebuilding camp!
Former staff and families reunite
After a hilarious live auction featuring vacation homes and the comedy of Jim Whitty, we all gathered in the green chair circle and with an open fire, and under the starry night, sang the closing song.. a great night!
You dream of me, and I’ll dream of you…..
Sat Oct 7th 5pm – 9pm Tickets and Info
A special Gala in a private vineyard in Moraga
at the beautiful home of long time campers
An amazing elegant dinner by California Rose Catering of Berkeley,
served family style all by former staff,
with live music by Tamsen Donner Band, fine wine,
and the house cocktail (The Tuolumne Ranger!)
A celebration of the work we’ve accomplished
together and the rebirthing of Camp Tuolumne!
Night time at Camp – photo by Zac Rymland
This amazing photo will be available in the auction!
To give you just a taste:
Dinner includes appetizers like Sashima Ahi Tuna and Full Belly Farm Corncakes, dinner includes both Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs (Rib NIght!) and Pan Seared Wild Salmon with shitake mushrooms and green onion Miso marinade – along with Red Egyptian Quinos with toasted pumpkin seeds, a summer freshly picked salad and sauteed Brussel Sprouts and Wild Yellowfoot Mushrooms
in a lemon/shallot/olive oil/parsley sauce
An epic feast – FAMILY STYLE – along with all the fine wine you desire, and for dessert – 2 remarkable ‘donated by camper’ treats – professional cake maker Jessica Ahlstrand’s delicious cake and Lisa Kirkby’s homemade Smore’ Cupcakes!!!
Camp Traditions Continue!
Join the Friends Weekend at beautiful
Echo Lake Camp!
Friday Sept 1st – 4th
Grab your book and have a seat in the Green Chairs Circle!
Extend your summertime with a fun-filled
weekend in the mountains!
Reservations are now available!
* Classics: Campfires Bingo Tournaments Swimming Boating Archery
* Arts & Crafts – Lanyards, Friendship Bracelets, Nature Art
* Happy Hour Wine Tasting and Appetizers with a VIEW!
* Sat night special dinner!
* Desolation Wilderness Hiking
* Special Day hike for families to see the magnificent falls
* Echo Lake Boat Tour with the Chalet Staff
A 40 yr tradition brought back: A Saturday Night Happy Hour Silent Auction! Fine wine, vacation packages, get-a-ways, Tilden Park Golf, Great Books, Pet Services, Feng Shui Consultation, and more!
The 4th annual Camp Tuolumne Night at the Freight & Salvage was a huge hit! Almost 200 people came to support camp, meet The Mayor of Berkeley Jesse Arreguin, hear about the plans for camp, and sing our songs and celebrate the rebirth of Camp!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Freight on Monday – it was awesome. The Camp Spirit was flowing and The Mayor of Berkeley was inspired by our stories, and thrilled for our contribution towards the rebuilding of camp. FOBTC donated $50,000 towards the rebuilding fund on the heels of the unanimous passing of the April 4th City Council vote.
Thank you all for your contributions towards our camp. For those who couldn’t make it on Monday, check out the video we made as we move from the grieving cycle to the next phase of this journey, dreaming of a rebuilt camp and returning. The rebirth of camp, and the hard work ahead, begins now.
Announcements, announcements, announcements!
“There’s No Place Like Camp Tuolumne”
Tonight, The Berkeley City Council voted to approve the funds needed from the city’s catastrophic fund to continue down the path to rebuild Camp Tuolumne!
Thank you to everyone who wrote letters, called their council person, and especially came out tonight! It made all the difference!
We’ll have a lot more information for you in a week or so from the City staff regarding the timeline and expectations.
In great appreciation for your camp spirit,
Scotty and the Board of FOBTC