How can I sign up? I am a Berkeley Resident.
Contact us at the City of Berkeley’s Camps Office at (510) 981-5140 to be added to the mailing list. Registration starts in November on a first-come first-serve basis. Be sure to include a copy of your current PG&E Bill or Driver’s License as Proof of Residency. Call for details.
How can I sign up? I am a Non- Resident.
Contact us at the City of Berkeley’s Camps Office at (510) 981-5140 to be added to the mailing list. Registration starts late November on a first-come first-serve basis.
How can I become a Friend of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp?
The Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp (FOBTC) is an organization that helps raise funds for camp improvements and camp educational programs. You can download an application at our website www.fobtc.com. Memberships are good for 1 year from date of application.
How do I get a refund?
All refund requests must be in writing. If you cancel your reservation at least 30 days before your arrival date, you will be given a full refund minus the $150 administration fee on your deposit/payment. Any non-medical related cancellations that are made less than 30 calendar days before your camp arrival date forfeit both the deposit/payment and your reservation. All refunds take 4-8 weeks to process.
How do I get a refund due to a Medical Emergency?
Mail in or bring in your original receipt, a letter of explanation, and a doctor’s note as soon as possible.
Can I give a credit card number over the phone?
We do accept Visa and MasterCard in person at the 1947 Center Street office and over the phone. The Camps office in Groveland does not take credit cards (cash & checks only). The closest ATM’s are located in Groveland (22 minutes away) and Yosemite National Park (50 minutes from camp).
Does camp offer any discounts?
Low income Berkeley residents can apply for camperships on a first-come first-serve basis for a maximum stay of 5 days.
How many people are allowed in each cabin?
Cabins are different sizes. All can sleep 4 comfortably. We have cabins that can sleep up to 10 campers. Plus, we have cabins with electricity and level ground for campers with medical needs. If you have special needs or need a cabin for 7 or more, please call the Groveland Camps office (209) 962-7234 at least 10 days prior to your stay.
Is camp wheelchair accessible?
Somewhat. Some paths are a bit rough. Some cabins are wheelchair accessible. We also have a city run program for families with disabled member(s) called “Inclusion Family Camp.” Please call Patty Thomas at 510-981-5148 for details.
When can campers check-in and checkout?
Please check your reservation well before you arrive at camp. Make sure your meals times & dates are correct. Also, be sure your reservation states your correct lodging assignment. Your reservation is based on your arrival and departure meals. PLEASE SEE THE CAMP BROCHURE for reservation details, rate schedule and conditions regarding extra charges for changes and cancellations. Please plan your arrival and departure times for daylight hours. All cabins are first-come, first-serve. Check-In and Check-Out Time: Lunch: 11am, Dinner: 3pm.
What is the camp’s mailing address
31585 Hardin Flat Road, Groveland, CA 95321-9716
How do I get to Berkeley Camp?
Highway 24 East to 680 where Oakland-Stockton Exit junctions with 580. From the Bay Area take Highway 580 East to 205 East to Livermore/Tracy. Take Highway 120 (Manteca) to Highway 99. Take 99 North for about one mile then look for signs to Highway 120 on right. Follow signs to Highway 120. Highway 120 goes all the way to Berkeley Tuolumne Camp via Hardin Flat Road. Follow 120 where it turns left at Oakdale and junctions with Highway 108. About 25 miles farther turn right; that is where 108 separates from 120. Continue on 120 for approximately 35 miles, passing through Groveland, and you will see a sign ‘San Jose Camp and Cherry Lake’. Three miles farther on the left is a sign ‘Sawmill Mountain’ and just past that sign on the right is another sign, ‘Hardin Flat and Berkeley Tuolumne Camp’. Go 2 miles and you will see Tuolumne Camp on the right. Turn right, park in the main parking lot and check into the office. Please do not drive into the main camp area for unloading or loading before selecting a cabin.
How do I select a cabin for my family?
A fun tradition for our Campers is selecting cabins on a first-come, first-serve basis. Campers cannot hold additional cabins for friends or family members. Only the Camp Director can reserve cabins for special needs campers or large families. Campers may also move from one cabin to another one (“Inter-camp Move”) during their stay. Check with the office when you arrive at camp to find out which cabins might be available later during your stay.
What should I bring to camp?
SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING: Sleeping bag or blankets, bug repellent, pillows, propane or battery-operated lanterns, flashlights, towels, soap, toilet articles, casual clothes, swim apparel, (air mattresses, floats or inner tubes for water activities), sturdy shoes and warm clothing for evenings. Not necessary, but helpful are wire clothes hangers, ping pong, badminton equipment, folding chairs or heavy towels for beach area. Camp staff will carry your luggage from car to tent.
Can I use a cell phone, access the internet, and receive faxes at camp?
There is NO cellular service at camp. We have two pay phones located on the campgrounds (209) 962-8924 or (209) 962-8923 that take calling cards only. Internet access is available in Groveland at the library or at the Evergreen Lodge in the restaurant. Faxes can be received in the office at the charge of $1 a page.
What’s the closest main attraction to camp?
We are 10 minutes from the gate of Yosemite National Park; the fee is $20.00 to get in and the receipt is good for 7 days.
What are the restrictions?
Please, No biking on campgrounds. Campers are not allowed to bring: Pets, Guns, Fire Arms, Candles, Kerosene Lanterns, White Gas OR Mosquito Coils!!! Rest Period is every day after Lunch (1:15pm – 2:30pm). QUIET HOUR: Please try to arrive at camp before or after Rest Period, which begins at 1:15pm and is over at 2:30pm. Please also respect the “Quiet Time” from 10:15pm until 7:45am. During Rest Period our maintenance staff will be busy cleaning the bathrooms and watering down the grounds. We will NOT be able to move your family in or out of your tent cabin during this time period.
Can I bring a stove?
No, but there are small butane stoves that the kitchen can give you in order to cook your caught fish.
What kinds of meal services are offered at camp?
Meals are served family style by servers. Each family has reserved seats in our Dining-Hall. Prior to entering the Dining-Hall, please check the seating chart for your family’s last name and table number. Campers can also make “requests” to sit with their friends and families. The approximate meal times are, Breakfast 8:30am, Lunch 12:30pm, and Dinner 6:30pm. There are 3 bells that ring for each meal: 1st bell is a 45-minute notice (staff usually eat at this time), 2nd bell is a 15-minute notice and the 3rd bell means “its time to eat”. You don’t have to rush into the Dining-Hall, as your table will have a bountiful banquet waiting. The only buffet meal at camp is the Saturday BBQ lunch. Vegetarian options are served with every meal. If you plan to be out of camp during the day, sign up for a bag lunch by 5 p.m. the day before. Limit of 50 campers per day on a first-come basis. On the morning of your out-of-camp trip, please come by the Dining Hall around 9:45am to prepare your bag lunch. If any member of your family has food allergies, please make note of this on your reservation application under “Special Requests”. Please also call the camp kitchen and talk to our camp chef at (209) 962-7081 about a week prior to your arrival. We can “special order” some items, but you may have to bring personal food items with you that can be stored in the kitchen fridge.
Can I smoke in camp?
There is no smoking in camp. Smoking is only allowed in the Sun City and the Main parking lots.
Is there fishing at camp?
Fishing in the South Fork of the Tuolumne River, which flows right through camp is recommended for CHILDREN ONLY. Excellent early season fishing for adults is just outside of camp. A California Fishing License is required for persons 16 years of age or older. Store your catch in our freezer and please, catch only what you can eat. Fishing licenses and supplies can be purchased at NACO (1 mile from camp).
Do "Kiddie Kampers" need to be potty trained?
No, but parents must be available to change diapers if needed.
Are there evening events I need to be aware of that may make cabins near the center of camp more noisy?
Evening quiet hours are strictly enforced. However, please be aware that on Theme Day nights (usually Thursdays) there is a dance that goes until 9:30 PM. In addition, one night a week Camper versus Staff volleyball goes until 10:15 PM. In both cases, you can expect some noise in cabins close to the center of camp until these events are over. Please either plan to put your children to bed later on these evenings or move to a tent as far away from the center of camp as possible.
What if my question is not here?
Please call the Camps office if your question is not here and you would like more information about our Family Camp or any other city camping programs we provide. (510) 981 – 5140.