We’re finally here – we can almost hear the Third Bell! The rebuilding of our beloved Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp broke ground in May 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 $57 million dollar reconstruction project is funded by Insurance, FEMA and the City of Berkeley, and covers as-was replacement of all previous infrastructure plus code requirements. Our passionate campers lovingly contributed over $1,000,000 to the Rebuilding CAMPaign for critical features that were not covered by the project’s budget, like shade structures to keep us cool in the Green Chair Circle and Kiddie Camp, and mature trees planted in and around Camp.
When Camp reopens in 2022, we’ll have shade over main camp, a beautiful new Dining Hall overlooking the river, Rec Hall, basketball court, Kiddie Camp, stone showers, cabins scattered up the eastern slope—Camp will look new, but it’ll be Camp again!
But we know our work isn’t done unless Camp also feels like Camp again. We need to make sure the physical space comes alive with the traditions, spirit, and joy that is Camp Tuolumne. Our Third Bell CAMPaign is raising the support to make this vision a reality. The Friends have mapped out a strategic plan that will:
- 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.
- 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.
- Support inclusion and diversity of staff and campers, to reflect the values of the BTC community.
- Continue to support the rebuild with essential funds, advice, and partnerships with City, state, and federal agencies to enhance the camper experience.
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.