The Party of The Century! Sat Oct 15th 7:30pm Berkeley

Camp Tuolumne celebrates its 100th Birthday, and we are inviting everyone to come celebrate!

A Gala to remember – how many 100 yr old birthdays do you get to enjoy? (answer: as many as possible!)

Click HERE for Tickets and information!

Saturday Oct 15th 7:30pm – 10:30pm  University Club at UC Cal with breathtaking views of the Bay Area

all proceeds will benefit Nature Stewardship at Camp!

Camp Tuolumne Officially Reopens!

Camp is Officially Open!

Congratulations to all of you – who have held Tuolumne ‘s rebirth in your heart! It is alive and well and the Tuolumne Spirit is once again burning brightly by the south fork of The Tuolumne River!

We thought to recap this amazing month for Camp – from the historical ribbon cutting ceremony to work weekend (during the week!), to the first day of Camp!

It was a lot to get open, and there is still a lot to get done, but the first campers back had a fabulous time reuniting with their favorite spot… the reviews so far have been “thrilled”, “awe-struck by the beauty”, “it’s hot but I am so grateful for all the shade!”, still in “shock to be back” and “hearing the Tuolumne Rangers get announced – I was in tears”, and of course, being at a Staff Show, Table Night etc.. so many highlights!


June 3rd KTVU News:

KTVU Channel 2 interviews FOBTC on the 4pm news about the reopening of Camp Tuolumne!

Watch it HERE.


June 4th Ribbon Cutting:

The City of Berkeley hosted this marvelous celebration for key stakeholders, dignitaries, City staff, US Forest Service, construction teams, and of course, Campers and FOBTC Friends.  We were honored to speak, and the day was filled with appreciation and applause for City Staff!

The City did an amazing job rebuilding Camp!  250 people came and walked through camp, had lunch in the D-Hall, and applauded every speech at the ribbon-cutting! An inspiring day!


June 22nd Work Weekend (day and a half!):

A very hearty group of 80 plus campers signed up for Work Week – a Wed lunch thru Fri breakfast frenzy of projects to get Camp open.  There was a huge push to build 50 green chairs by FOBTC, and create a green circle of chairs! Led by long time Board member Richard Sheng, they remarkably built 50 chairs in a day and a half! Amazing! We were able to paint 15 of them and create the first circle of green chairs! More to come! This also meant we had to wait to put our plaques on the chairs, as well as the Donor Tree and the Fireplace Plaque.  But we are planning on doing that this summer!

June 27th Camp Officially Opens:

The day broke on Monday June 27th and for the first time, campers walked into Camp to go to the new office and reserve their tent. It was magical. Of course the first few people were families who have been coming to camp for over 60 years! One was a family of 6 who all were wearing a Camp shirt from different years! (so cute). There were also lots of NEW families, excited to try the legendary Tuolumne Camp.











Other updates we’re excited to share:


Small Falls Trail is COMPLETE!!! Wow – what a lift by our Trails Team of Phil, Matt, Adrian, and Janet! They did an amazing job getting us talented Trail Builders to help make Small Falls trail accessible and safe and ready for campers! It is done!









Fire Road above Camp that connects to the Sugar Pine Trail is cleared! Hikers love going up thru here and down around to camp. This is also a key defensible space for fire trucks if we ever need them. Next job is the Sugar Pine Trail – which has been flagged, but needs a lot of work to use. We’re on it!

Red Rock Trail has been cleared as well! This is from the Archery Range area up to HWY 120.

It will need tending to, but the US Forest Service has cleared all the major downed logs!

Cobble Beach: This key trail needs a fair amount of USFS help, and is not accessible or safe this summer. Trees have not been cleared for safety and some could be dangerous (could fall) – this area needs a mortality survey, and clearing for safety process and that won’t happen until next year we assume.


FOBTC Gift Bags:

FOBTC is excited to give every Camp Family one gift bag when they check in! It is our way of saying “Welcome to Camp!” It includes a beautiful Centennial Mug, a shopping Tote that you can use for tie dyeing, and some cool stickers to remember camp by!  The City also has an orientation/information packet and an updated Song Book for you as well!

Staff Appreciation Dinner:

For over 40 years, there has been an end of summer Staff Appreciation Dinner to give the staff a chance to dress up and go out on the town! They LOVE this night! Please help us send them to a night they won’t forget and say thanks for all their efforts to bring us a great summertime!

You can contribute by clicking HERE.


Table Night, Theme Days and the Staff Show!

You can look forward to all of these great traditions, and all the songs, and all the Tuolumne Camp Spirit this summer! The staff show, written by Scott and Steve for the past 35 years, is called “Finding Tuolumne.. the Journey Back Home.” The staff are awesome and you have great talent to enjoy! (hint: we find Little Nemo and his Dad Marlin have been living at beautiful Echo Lake for the past 8 yrs.. after leaving Beaverhead Rock. Nemo overhears Camp is reopening for the Centennial Celebration (100 yrs!) and MUST go! With Marlin right behind him, and Dory joining up, they all must travel through the dangerous California River systems to get back to Camp…) Bring your tissues, and your camp sense of humor!


Friends Labor Day Weekend! Fri Sept 2nd – Monday 5th

We are getting quite full but there is still room to get a tent! We are planning an epic Friends Weekend back after 9 years – filled with everything a Tuolumne Camper loves, and more.

Click Here to join us and have an end of summer 3 day weekend!

Happy Summertime!


There’s No Place Like Camp Tuolumne!


Scotty, Kara and the Board of FOBTC

Join us for Friends Weekend at Camp Tuolumne!

We’re finally returning to Camp Tuolumne after 9 years! SO exciting!

On Fri Sept 2nd to Mon Sept 5th, the Friends will host our traditional Labor Day 3 day extravaganza at Camp!

Click HERE for details!

We have all the great traditional activities, led by 4 former Rec Directors! Campfires and Hosted Happy Hour every night, you’ll be reminded of great summers in the past with great friends.

We promise to make this a very special 3 day weekend!

Join us!

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

2021 – a great year ahead

Hi friends… we hope this finds you safe and healthy in this pandemic,
and at the start of this new year!

We have high hopes for the year ahead.. and here at FOBTC, it is really the next 18 months we’re focused on.
With Camp still on schedule to open June 2022, there is an immense amount of work to be done
over the next year and a half!

We have committees doing detailed work on Nature Restoration and Stewardship, Trail Rebuilding, Camp Traditions and Spirit, Rebuilding projects like shade structures, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

All these projects are being led with the goal of having Camp feel like the Camp we left 8 years ago; bringing back the forest environment with tall trees, planting thousands of 1 ft. pluggers, 2nd story plants like dogwoods, ground cover, etc; providing comfortable sitting and playing areas with shade structures; seeing the art and decor that was at camp, having staff mentored with traditions and activities, and supported so that that first summer is not so overwhelming for new staff; and doing outreach to introduce camp to new staff and campers, from various neighborhoods of Berkeley, and welcoming them with an inclusive environment..

We thought we’d show off recent photos taken on the progress of the rebuilding of camp! It is going really well. We can see Camp sprouting up from the ground and being reborn in front of our very eyes..

The new Staff Cabins across the road:

The new Recreation Hall down by the river:

There is a lot of work to get done before June 2022, but we couldn’t be any more excited to be doing it!

Scott Gelfand
Executive Director
Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp

August 2020 – Virtual Camp Events to keep you feeling CAMP!

Announcements… what a crazy summer 2020 is for the planet, and we’re all missing CAMP! So we thought to bring you some camp spirit directly to your home – please JOIN us and we’ll all get through this summer together!

Fri August 14th 7pm – 8pm Table Night! We are still looking to sign up more family songs, skits, magic tricks, and parody’s, so email right away to get on the list! We’ll email the zoom room details to everyone if this night is a go!

Sat Aug 22nd 10am – 11am Office Hours in the Green Chairs Circle! This week features our Traditions, Art, Activities, and Staff Mentoring Committee with Marcie Holmes, discussing plans to make sure Camp feels and sounds and has the same Tuolumne Spirit when we return after almost a decade away!

Sun Aug 23rd 6:30pm – 7:30pm CAMPfire! Join former staff members and bring your own smores as we sing the classics!

See you in the Green Chairs – Sat July 25th, 10am!

We want to hear your thoughts about diversity, equity, and inclusion at Camp!

Bring your coffee and join Meka Tull, Rachel Amare, and Phil Coffin at the green chairs on Saturday, July 25th, 10am-11am to chat about how we can support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff and camper community, where everyone feels safe and welcome. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and experiences.

To join the Zoom meeting, please click here 

To join by Telephone, dial 669-900-9128.   Enter Meeting ID: 960 5868 5548

It’s Time – our Third Bell CAMPaign begins!

Hi campers and staff!!! In this summer of Covid 19, we pray your families and loved ones are safe and healthy. We are ALL missing our usual lives, and especially our glorious summers at Camp!

But we do have some good news to share – we can almost hear the Third Bell! The rebuilding of our beloved Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp broke ground on May 26, 2020! Click here to view the drawings of new Camp Tuolumne. Read about the latest from the City of Berkeley here. In the seven years since the fire, campers and FOBTC tirelessly advocated and organized to bring Camp back, and now it’s happening!

The buildings and utilities will begin construction this summer.  We’re hoping for a next tree planting weekend with the USFS in mid-December (weather permitting). We’re buying trees and growing them already and hosting them at Mountain Sage Nursery in Groveland. We’re working with Camp architects Siegel and Strain on a new shade structure over the playground, and over the green circle of chairs. We’ve polled campers and staff as to what is important to them when we return to camp.

We’re hosting virtual Office Hours once a month in the Green Circle of Chairs (Zoom).. we’re organizing virtual Camp Spirit activities to bring Camp to your home this summer.. BINGO, Campfire, and Table Night.

But we know our work isn’t done unless Camp also feels like Camp again when it opens. We need to make sure the physical space comes alive with the traditions, spirit, and joy that is Camp Tuolumne.

So we’ve begun a new CAMPaign – The Third Bell CAMPaign – to raise support to make your vision for Camp a reality. The Friends have mapped out a 3-year strategic plan that will:

    1. Steward nature at Camp to provide beauty, shade, and safety. The fire drastically changed the landscape in and around Camp. We need to plant 10,000 more trees and revegetate 7 acres of riparian habitat, restore the trails around Camp, provide year-round caretaking to nurture our seedlings, and create a summer Nature Center to provide enriching environmental education to campers of all ages.
    2. Re-establish Camp traditions and support staff training, so that all campers feel like they’ve returned to the camp they love, with the songs, activities, art, and traditions they remember.
    3. Support inclusion and diversity of staff and campers, to reflect the values of the BTC community.
    4. Continue to support the rebuild with essential funds, advice, and partnerships with City, state, and federal agencies to enhance the camper experience.

Please check out our Third Bell CAMPaign page, and let us know how you may like to be involved. You can volunteer for our events, support with a contribution, attend our events and let us know your thoughts, and just cheer us on from the sidelines.. whatever works for you.

We look forward to hearing how we can support your love for camp!


Executive Director

Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp

It’s…BINGO Night! Bring Camp into your home on Friday!

Friday, June 26th 7pm-8pm

It’s fun, it’s free, it’s Camp!

To kick off the start of summer, FOBTC is bringing Camp to you. We’re hosting a virtual Bingo Night this Friday! Games will be led by campers and staff, Boardmember Queen-Janine will be rolling the numbers, and winners will receive an FOBTC mystery gift bag of goodies in the mail. Tie-dye garb encouraged. Tune in with the whole family and join the fun! The first 100 campers to sign up get to play.

Here’s how it works:

To register & download your personal your personal Bingo card now, CLICK HERE

(One card per email/player, first come, first serve. Reserve soon!)

To join the virtual game on Friday, CLICK HERE

See you in the Dining Hall, 7pm on Friday!