2019 Capital CAMPaign Annual Report

Hi dear Campers and Staff!

This summer will be 8 years since The Rim Fire – hard to believe! It can feel like both a lifetime ago and also like yesterday that we were sitting by the Tuolumne River. The great news is the rebuilding is going well, on schedule, and the buildings are looking beautiful!

In 2019, we learned exactly what insurance and FEMA would and would not cover in regards to the rebuilding effort. To fill this gap, we launched a one year Rebuilding Capital CAMPaign – and you responded magnificently and generously! These unfunded gaps include new shade structures to keep key areas in Main Camp cool, replanting and buying tall trees, restoring trails, and more.

We are very happy to provide you with our detailed CAMPaign Report where you will see how much was raised, what we have been able to fund so far, and what is still yet to be funded. Remember that all projects must be professionally designed and engineered in order to pass insurance reviews and code regulations. What we can do with volunteers, we have done and will continue to do.

We are very proud of our camper community and how you have made such a major difference in getting Camp back open for all of us to enjoy!

There’s a ton of work ahead, in this next 11 months, to have Camp reopen as we remember it. This work includes replanting 22 acres with 6000 trees (including taller trees in Main Camp), clearing and rebuilding our trails, and supporting the City to reach new staff, mentoring them in the traditions, songs, art and culture of Camp.

Yes, that is a lot of work…but we have confidence that together we can do anything. We are so grateful to each and every one of you who continue to support getting Camp reopened and back in our lives.

In Camp Spirit,



Scott Gelfand

Executive Director

Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp

2021 Rebuilding Campaign Report

1 reply
  1. Judith Malamut
    Judith Malamut says:

    Hi Scott,
    We were so sorry to have missed this year’s gala and in one of our favorite spots, Calshakes, but we are currently living in Campbell with my sister and brother-in-law as John had a stem cell transplant for a bone marrow cancer at Stanford on Sept 3 and is still recuperating and going through treatments. It will take at least a year for him to grow back his strength, just in time for camp 2022!. I will be retiring once we can return to Berkeley and would like to get more involved in FOBTC and camp if possible. I am making a belated donation and thinking of returning to camp is a total goal of mine/ours.


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