Celebrating our 100th Anniversary!
We cannot thank you enough for carrying the ‘Tuolumne Spirit’ for the past 8 years, and doing everything you can to bring it back! We’re almost there and are so ecstatic that we will have our beloved BTC back next summer! As many of you may know, Camp originally opened in 1922, which means that next year is our 100th anniversary – our Centennial! What a wonderful time to come back to the river and celebrate! Now that construction is fully underway, our focus in on the next 100 years. We want Camp to feel, smell, and sound like the Tuolumne you left. There will be a new director, new staff, and almost a generation lost at Tuolumne. With support from the City and feedback from the community, the Friends have been working on several new projects we are excited to share with you!
REOPENING CAMP – THE VISION
A. Traditions: Re-establish camp traditions, art, activities and songs.
1. Create a “former-staff in residence” program to help mentor new staff and support campers for the first year.
2. Design welcome packets that include song books, traditions and activities.
3. Recover art, images and other memorabilia that were once present at camp and should be returned.
B: Nature: Steward nature and replanting to bring back the forest.
1. Create a Nature Center program to train staff to lead a robust experience for campers and help our plants and trees thrive and survive.
2. Support trail restoration and safely rebuild pathways out of camp into the forest.
C: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Foster diversity and inclusion for staff and campers, increasing accessibility
1. Increase outreach for staff positions to new youth in Berkeley so new people from diverse backgrounds can experience Camp.
2. Host a free weekend during the off-season for families who have never been to camp – so they can experience Tuolumne for the first time.
3. Offer special camperships that the City does not currently fund such as helping single parents by covering the surcharges on tents with less than 4 people. We want camp to be accessible and affordable for everyone.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
There are so many ways to get involved! You can make a donation that supports these programs, help locate old artifacts and items from camp, lead an activity to rejuvenate camp spirit, support and attend the fall gala,or volunteer for a tree planting. What matters most is that our whole community joins together and pitches in for camp! When camp opens in 2022, we want to be able to say we all— every one of us did it together!
Why give? For generations, Camp Tuolumne has ignited us all with the Camp Spirit. Since 1922, Camp has been a place for families to reunite, friendships made, and communities built. It’s a place everyone can connect with nature, explore and be their best self. Since the Rim Fire in 2013 destroyed our Camp, Camp needs us. Now is our time to honor this place and ensure that future generations can receive these same gifts we did. Join your fellow campers, former staff and Tuolumne community with a gift to reopen and strengthen Camp Tuolumne for the next 100 years and beyond.