Family Camp

It’s Simply the Best Vacation Your Family Will Ever Know

June–September 2015

Join us in Pinecrest this summer! To request a tent, click the Book A Tent link at upper right. Book by February 28 for best chances of getting your preferences. We’ll notify you of your tent assignment by mid-March. To get on the Lair’s email list, please fill out our interest form below.

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Want to find out what it’s like to camp at the Lair? Check out our sample schedules.

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Camps Blue, Gold, and Oski
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Camp Is for Everyone!

With a backyard of incomparable beauty and a stellar college-aged staff leading all of the camp programming, the Lair of the Bear is sure to leave an indelible mark on your entire family. And you don’t need to be a Cal alum to camp at the Lair — the Lair welcomes all.

Kids Love the Lair!

Cubs of all ages will love making new friends at camp, exploring their creativity, and diving into nature on their own terms.

Our staff-led activities include arts and crafts, hikes, nature games, swimming, sports of all kinds, boating, story-telling, dances, creek walks, barbecues, and movies—to name a few. Even toddlers will enjoy their own program complete with crafts, games, nature hikes, and musical fun.

Our children’s groups meet multiple times daily and are defined by the following age groups:

  • Kub Korral (diaper graduates ages 2–4): Arts and crafts, face painting, story time, snack time, games, music…
  • Kids (divided into two groups: one for ages 5–7, and a group for ages 8–9): Hike to lake, arts and crafts, face painting, pool party…
  • Pre-teens (ages 10–12): Capture the Flag, paddle boating, pool party, kickball, horseback riding…
  • Teens (ages 13–17): Hiking, swimming, bbq and movie night, party boat, family-wed, dance…
  • Anyone & Everyone: Hiking, tennis, horseshoes, softball, swimming, athletic tournaments, arts and crafts, and more.

Parents: Are You Looking for Endless Relaxation? Or High Adventure?

“Another great year at the Lair! Shows were outstanding this year! Staff was awesome!”
–2014 Camp Blue Camper

The Lair features both in a wide variety of offerings for the camping parent looking for precious “me” time. Our activities include high-Sierra hiking, music, lake kayaking and stand up paddleboarding, athletic competitions, and tournaments with your kids. It’s also perfectly fine to choose to hang out at the pool or in a hammock with a good book on a beautiful summer’s day.

For adults who prefer a gentle workout, the Lair Wellness team offers daily yoga, Pilates, boot camp workouts (not gentle), and fantastic massages (available at an additional cost). This programming is hosted at locations in each of the three camps, and sometimes for all three camps, at our Vista Lodge (located on a beautiful ridge halfway between Camp Blue and Camp Gold).


Your Lair fees include all of your meals. Three hearty meals a day are served family-style in a common Dining Hall. The food is all you can eat and typically includes a hot entree with side dish options. Lunches offer a full salad bar, homemade soups, and breads. For those with special dietary needs, there are options at every meal, and for out-of-camp hikers or day-trippers, you can make a bag lunch to go. A daily continental breakfast is also available for late risers—and every night the Camp Blue and Gold Burger Shacks sell assorted hot food and snacks. View and download the menu here.

Night Life

Evenings find families star-gazing at our incredible night sky, enjoying staff-produced musical campfires or the camper talent night at the stage. Another family favorite is Disco Bingo at the dining hall complete with costumes and 70’s disco music. The lodges at Camps Blue and Gold are always a center of social activity as friends gather for card and board games and an evening snack. At Camp Oski, tent circle campfires bring families together for s’mores, ghost stories, or good old fashioned sing-alongs.

We also feature a popular guest speaker program every Sunday and Tuesday night during a full-week stay. While your children are enjoying their own evening program, attend a presentation by a prominent alum or a member of Cal’s esteemed faculty or administration at the Lair stage. Our speakers run the full intellectual gamut, with subjects ranging from astronomy to intercollegiate athletics, from politics to Pixar, and beyond.

“The Lair is a experience – a week in a rustic setting with non of the intrusions of technology, TV, phone calls. It’s a much-loved annual tradition for my family – now 3 generations of
us attending!”
–2014 Camp Gold Camper

Week-long Sessions

The Lair family camp experience is best enjoyed in our week-long sessions. These run from mid-June to mid-August and are offered at all three Lair camps.

Getaway Weekends

The beginning and end of summer are beautiful in the mountains and the Lair is the perfect place for a weekend getaway for families, singles, and couples. Arrive on Friday afternoon and leave after Sunday lunch. You’ll have all of the Lair facilities at your disposal, along with the best of the Lair’s adult and age group activities. This three-day vacation is a great way to enjoy the region in a smaller dose and is a perfect fit for a family reunion.

*Please note that for week-long family camp sessions, a CAA membership is required for a least one attending adult in each individual tent. CAA membership is not required for any of our adult sessions or Family Weekends. You do not need to be a Cal graduate to join the Cal Alumni Association (CAA). To join CAA, please call 888.CAL.ALUM.

Lair Accommodations

Please visit our Accommodations page to learn more about your Lair tent amenities and some other limited lodging options.

Programs and dates are subject to change.