Recreation Division
Recreation Division

Berkeley Tuolumne Camp

Master Development Plan Update: July 9, 2015

  • Berkeley Tuolumne Camp, in operation since 1922, has been a highly regarded summer tradition for generations of campers. More than 4,000 individuals annually enjoyed fun-filled activities and heartfelt traditions at Tuolumne Camp. On August 25, 2013, Berkeley Tuolumne Camp was largely destroyed by the Rim Fire, one of the largest and most damaging wildfires in California’s history. This was a devastating setback for the City of Berkeley and generations of staff and campers. Of the 138 total structures at the Camp, only 18 tent cabins and the restroom near Sun City remain.
  • On March 2, 2015, a conceptual proposal was accepted which both the City and the Stanislaus National Forest believe will be a road map for the successful redevelopment of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp. The Master Development Plan guidelines will allow the City to keep many of the existing elements of BTC, but also includes some changes to the physical nature of camp that will protect both the environment and the historic nature of the site moving forward. Much of the heart of camp, including the Dining Hall, Recreation Hall, green chair circle, store, sport courts, amphitheater, Kiddie Kamp, playground, and many of the family tent cabins and related facilities may be rebuilt essentially in place.

     Master Development Plan Update: April 9, 2015

    Berkeley Tuolumne Camp General Information: Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp, a residential summer family camp operating since 1922, serves an average of 250 campers a day, and serves over 4,000 visitors each summer. Located just 7 miles west of the entrance to Yosemite National Park, the camp offers excellent hiking, biking and swimming opportunities for the whole family. The camp runs a full recreation and outdoor education program, and provides activities all day long that are perfect for any age group: the Kiddie Kamp serves 2-5 year olds; for ages six and up, daily activities include arts & crafts, archery, and swimming; the teen special events include pizza parties, movie nights, and other social events; and all ages enjoy special evening activities and the main campfire. Each summer, the camp staff come together to create an atmosphere of fun and relaxation that touches the lives of campers that visit from all over the country.

    Berkeley Tuolumne Camp Updates and Post-Rim Fire Information:

    On August 25, 2013, the Berkeley Tuolumne Camp was destroyed by the California Rim Fire of 2013.  For the latest updates on camp cleanup efforts, temporary options for summer camp in 2014, and issues related to rebuilding camp, please see updates below. 






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