Last April 2017, as the Berkeley City Council was getting ready to vote for or against the rebuilding of Camp, The Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp committed a $50,000 contribution from the camper community IF the Council voted YES for rebuilding Camp. City Council needs to see community fundraising when it commits to funding city projects with taxpayer money. For the past year, we have negotiated with the City staff to make sure any contributions went into a special account to be used ONLY for Tuolumne rebuilding costs and improvements, not for staff costs, general City fund costs, etc..
On July 24, 2018, FOBTC contributed a $50,000 check into a special line-item budget fund that can only be used for rebuilding costs for Camp Tuolumne, and the Council accepted this donation with a Special Resolution, making it law. We now have our path for making sure we can support the rebuilding process and accept donations from campers and make sure it will go towards Camp Tuolumne!
FOBTC is working with the project managers to be up to date with what insurance will pay to replace, what FEMA will then call FEMA approved projects they’ll cover (75%), what the City will cover, and what will potentially NOT be there. An example of this is shade – insurance and FEMA will not pay to replace the lost trees. We will need architectural shade as well as trees, and a natural replanting in main camp. FOBTC will stay on top of this developing situation and be a portal for campers who want to support having camp be comfortable and beautiful from day 1. Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to meet and discuss your enthusiasm and excitement for giving, and get a detailed plan.
The current timeline is for camp to be built over 2 years (2021/2022), after design and environmental reviews (2019/2020), and be open summer 2022. Lets keep moving the ball forward to stay on this timeline and be back at the river as soon as possible!
Great news campers!
The Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp has been awarded a $20,000 grant from The University of California Chancellor’s Office for the summer of 2019!
The grant has 3 objectives:
1. Provide more Outdoor Engagement opportunities for Berkeley youth who don’t know about Camp or cannot afford to attend camp as campers.
2. Open up teen CIT opportunities to Berkeley teens who cannot afford the program to create more diversity in the staff of the future and have them come from different parts of Berkeley.
3. Fund UC Berkeley students to come to The Rim Fire Recovery Zone and area surrounding Camp Tuolumne to plant trees next March, paying for their weekend expenses and involving them in the replanting efforts with the Forest Service, and with the future of Camp Tuolumne.
How we will accomplish these objectives:
A. We will be working with Berkeley schools and City staff to promote their programs to a wider audience of Berkeley youth, and provide 100% scholarships for more youth and teens to experience a week at Camp next summer!
B. We have partnered with The California Coalition of Outdoor Engagement at UC Berkeley to bring Cal students to the Stanislaus National Forest next Spring!
|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…..