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What is the Lair?
What are the differences between Camp Blue, Camp Gold, and Camp Oski?
Are pets allowed?
Will my cell phone have reception?
I’m not a Cal grad—can I still camp at the Lair?
What are the tent cabins and amenities like?
We also have new year round cabins at Camp Oski! These cabins are heated, has its own bathroom, and sleeps up to 6 people, with a queen bed, bunk bed, and three single beds in the loft.
Does the Lair have an Emergency Action Plan?
How to Book a Tent
I camped last summer and want my same tent, in the same week for this summer—will I get it?
What's a renewable tent?
What would be a non-renewable tent?
I camped last summer, but I want to move to a different tent or switch to another week. How will that work?
What’s the Lair reservations lottery?
How does the lottery work?
1. Camped in a renewable tent last summer and are requesting a tent or week change (these campers can still be assured they’ll get last summer’s tent back if they don’t get their requested change(s)).
2. Submitted a reservation last summer but did not get a renewable tent (such as wait listed campers)—these campers will have the second highest priority in the lottery.
3. Didn’t send in a reservation last summer and want to camp!
Who will be included in the lottery?
First Priority—Requests for tent or week changes by last summer’s campers in renewable tents will have top priority for the tents that are open after the February 28 deadline. These campers may also request to keep their tent from last summer in case they don’t get their tent change request(s).
Second Priority—Campers who were on the wait list last summer and did not get to camp, as well as families in non-renewable tents.
Third Priority—Campers who didn’t camp last summer.
Campers who had a renewable tent last summer and wish to camp again in the same tent, same session for this summer (with no new requests) can do so provided a booking request is submitted by February 28. These campers will bypass the lottery and be re-booked into the same tent and session.
Making a Booking Request
How can I increase my chances to get a tent this summer?
If you are a new camper, be open on tent location by selecting “Any Area, Any Tent” from the drop down options after you select your week and camp preference so that you’ll be considered for any tent that opens during your week preference.
The less specific your request, the higher the likelihood that you will get a tent.
What if I'm unsure of what session I want?
What if I'm unsure of who will be camping in my tent?
We have several families who all want to camp together—how do we do book that?
Each family in the group should submit an online reservation and make the exact same booking requests, with everyone using the same group name.
Weeks 10 and 11 are your best bets for getting several tents in the same camp. Be sure to submit your online booking request by February 28.
Also, be sure your last request is Any Area, Any Tent for a specific session—the less specific you are in your requests, the higher the likelihood you’ll get tents.
If the lottery does not initially book everyone in the group into the same camp and session, you can request to be on the wait list, and this group name will then be our way to match you with the group as we get cancellations and changes.
What if our family needs more than one tent?
When will the lottery run?
What if I’m late in signing up for the lottery?
I hear it’s hard to get into the Lair as a new camper—any suggestions?
My family camped at the Lair a few years ago, but we didn’t attend last summer—will we have a good chance of getting a tent this summer?
Confirmations and Payments
When will I know if I got a tent or new tent assignment?
What if I don't like my tent assignment?
There are occasions where there may be an option you didn’t select, but that we think you might prefer over being on the Wait List. In these cases, we will always contact you in advance so you can decide if you’d like our offer or not. If you accept our new option, you will be subject to our Cancellation Policy; if you pass on the option, the Cancellation Policy is not in effect and you can remain on the Wait List. If you don’t have a tent and wish to stay on the Wait List, we hold your deposit. If you have not been assigned a tent, at any point you may request to come off the Wait List and we will refund your deposit in full.
If you get assigned a tent that wasn’t one of your top choices but still one of your choices, we expect that you’ll accept this tent, and our Cancellation Policy described above will apply. Even when you accept this tent, you can also request to be on the Wait List for your top choice. If one of your top choices opens up, we will notify you first to confirm that you’d still like to switch tents.
If you can’t camp a specific session, please DO NOT include that session in your booking request. To help us better understand what you are seeking, please share as much additional information as you like in the Special Request box. We unfortunately can’t contact campers in advance of tent assignments or all the various options, so the more information you provide us in your booking request as to what you’ll accept, the better we can understand what you want and hopefully get that for you!
Is my payment secure?
When is my final payment due?
How does the wait list work?
If you didn’t get a tent, you might want to consider staying offsite at a motel in the Pinecrest area, and then purchasing daily passes to come into the Lair for meals, facilities, and to participate in all the Lair activities, including age group programs. Contact our office at 510.900.8255 to purchase daily passes.