January 3, 2022 Update
After a two year hiatus, Woolman at the Sierra Friends Center is glad to announce that Camp Woolman will be resuming Summer 2022! Our new Camp Director, Raen Thornberry (pronounced Rain), is committed to maintaining the spirit & beauty of camp, while abiding by all health & safety regulations. Wombat Camp will run several sessions this summer, while Teen Leadership Camp will run for one session only. Raen would be happy to hear about previous camp experiences, cherished memories, as well as any concerns from families. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please stay tuned as we determine session dates & announce the opening of camp enrollment.
Outrageously Fun for All!
Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills near the scenic South Yuba River and Tahoe National Forest, Camp Woolman is a summer camp that embodies values of community, respect for nature, peace, and simple fun. Kids come to learn, play, make friends, and live in an accepting community where they can truly be themselves. In-camp days include morning songs and silent reflection, lots of games, some community chores, choice activities or workshops, a little relaxation time, and lots of playing. In-camp activities include arts and crafts, nature, swimming, gardening, cooperative games, sports, singing, campfires, and impromptu fun.
What Makes Us Different?
- Emersion in nature!
- Small, community where everyone can shine!
Camp Woolman brings Quaker Camp magic to California. We accept and celebrate people of all and any religious or spiritual beliefs, or no beliefs at all. We are not a religious camp, rather we use the Quaker beliefs of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, unity, social justice, celebrating diversity, and environmental sustainability as pillars for how we create a safe and accepting community. We promote a culture of learning and embracing each other’s backgrounds and differences. Our small size ensures every camper is given the full love and attention they need from our counselors in order to shine. Our commitment to these values emanate in our Non-Violent Communication methods for handling conflict, the Leave-No-Trace principals we teach and practice on the trail, and the small community chores we take on with fun and laughter. More information on the Quaker practices we sprinkle in throughout camp life can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions section.
Non-Violent Communication (NVC)
Non-Violent Communication is a method of using empathy, honesty, and compassion to understand each other’s needs and to resolve conflict. Much study and training can be done under the umbrella of NVC, and we train our staff in the essentials of using understanding and patience for working with our campers. This is often expressed in how our staff handles behavior issues or conflict among campers.
When one of our campers violates a rule or appears frustrated and unwilling to follow directions our very first question is never “What is wrong with the camper?” but instead: “What can I do to help this camper?”
Leave-No-Trace is an honored code for keeping our Wilderness Areas healthy! At Camp Woolman we teach our campers these principals, and our staff model them on every single backpacking trip. The LNT principals are: 1) Plan ahead, 2) Only hike on durable surfaces, 3) Dispose of all waste properly, 4) Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but photos, 5) Only build small campfires with minimal impact 6) Respect all wildlife, 7) Respect all other visitors of nature. Backpacking is a huge part of Camp Woolman, but more importantly is the love and respect for wilderness we inspire in our campers.
Our campers come from a variety of backgrounds, and our staff are trained in making sure each camper feels safe in our community, no matter how unique or different they or their experiences may be. Our staff training includes learning how to recognize any prejudices (racial, gender, or otherwise), as they can occur both consciously and subconsciously, and then tools for continuously shedding these prejudices throughout the summer and in life after camp. In every activity, backpacking trip, and day of camp life our staff and campers learn the importance of diversity (even if they don’t realize it!), and we believe celebrating and understanding diversity is what makes our small community so magical.
One of our top priorities at Camp is to ensure everyone feels comfortable being their true selves. We respect and value every camper’s choice of gender pronouns – regardless of biological sex. Upon registration, you will have the opportunity to sign-up your Wombat Campers to live in a cabin that best meets their needs. We offer Female and Male cabins, as well as All Gender cabins designed to create safe spaces for campers who do not identify as male or female as well as being available to anyone who is comfortable and excited to be living in mixed gendered spaces. All Bathhouses and Bathrooms on campus are equipped with dials instead of signs, which allow the users to chose who they feel comfortable sharing the facilities with while they are using them.