For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Heather Hafer, Recreation Supervisor, (510) 981-6714


Berkeley, California (Friday, June 19, 2009) - BEARS at Tuolumne Camp? You bet. Forty-five fourth and fifth-grade students in the Berkeley Unified School District's B.E.A.R.S. Program (Berkeley Excels: Academic Road to Success, which serves low-income, high-risk youth) will have an event-filled, high-energy weekend at the City of Berkeley's popular Tuolumne Camp. 

The BEARS will be treated to a variety of programming activities, including interpretive nature walks, acorn grinding, rope-making, a sports/basketball tournament, archery, arts and crafts, swimming, camp fires, and numerous group games and activities.

Tuolumne Camp is one of the most popular family camps in the country, and has been recognized by national publications. The camp is located in the Stanislaus National Forest, on the south fork of the Tuolumne River.

The City of Berkeley will be providing staff and programming for the activities, the Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp (FOBTC) is picking up $5,000 in operational costs and BUSD is covering transportation costs for participants, guardians, and teachers.

Heather Hafer, Recreation Supervisor for the City's Camps Programs, said. "I am thrilled that the partnership between FOBTC, BUSD and the City will serve youth by providing this valuable outdoor camp experience they might have otherwise not known."

"We are excited to fulfill one of our missions in providing educational opportunities to campers through sponsorship of this event," said Tim Hassler, President of FOBTC.

For more information on Berkeley Tuolumne Camp, call 981-5140 or visit the City of Berkeley website at