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, some relaxation time, and lots of playing. Our activities include arts and crafts, nature connection, wilderness skills, swimming, farm education, cooperative games, sports, singing, group circles, 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.
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 applying 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 part of the Camp Woolman experience, 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!). We continue to witness how 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 space that best meets their needs. We offer Female and Male sleeping spaces, as well as All Gender spaces, designed to create safety 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 choose who they feel comfortable sharing the facilities with while they are using them.
May 18th, 2022 Update
Camp is one month away. This will be camp’s 15th year running, three years since its last operation! Thank you to everyone who has been offering support, encouragement, stories, memories, and connections. Thank you to everyone who has offered donations to camp & our campership program! You help make sure camp remains affordable every year.
Special discount for sessions 2 & 3; use code LOVEOUTDOORS to receive $200 off. For those who need some more information, we invite you to browse this web page, and read our Welcome Letter. A thorough Parent Packet will be sent through the registration portal once deposit is received.
All questions & curiosities may be addressed to me, through email, at any time.