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Learn more about camping at the Lair!

The Lair is a vacation where you reconnect with family, friends, and nature. You’ll easily make new friends, enjoy a wide variety of activities, and get to relax and recharge in our beautiful mountain setting. Read on to learn more about camping at the Lair.

We are now open for reservations. Both new campers and returning campers should make their online booking by February 28, 2024, for best chances of getting your camping preference.

VIEW A VIRTUAL INFO SESSION
Lair boys in paddleboat Photo by Kevin Kitsuda

Why choose the Lair for your family’s vacation?

Camping at the Lair is a true vacation for the whole family. Leave the cooking, cleaning, and planning to us. Our rock star staffers will engage your kids (diaper-graduates to 17 year-olds) in age-appropriate activities each day, giving you time to take a yoga class, take a hike, play some pickleball, or read a book under the tall pines. Our goal is for campers of every age to experience a memorable, happy, warm, stress-free mountain vacation where you make every day your own. When it’s time to leave, you’ll be counting the days till you return next summer.

Experience what generations of Lair families have enjoyed, and start your own Lair tradition this summer.

New camper discount: Camp with us Week 2 (June 15 – 22) or Week 10 (August 10 – 16) and receive 15% discount!


Additional Information

Explore Family Camp Rates
FAQs Camp Maps
Lair 2024 Calendar View a Sample Schedule

Want more information or have questions? Give us a call at 510.900.8255 (leave a message so we can call back quickly), or send an email to lair@alumni.berkeley.edu.

Ready to book?

The Lair welcomes ALL — you don’t need to be a Cal alum to camp at the Lair.

Learn more about the Lair!

We recorded our January Virtual Information Session, so you can view this recording to learn more and get answers to questions others asked about camping at the Lair.

Link to virtual info session recording
Lair father and son Week 9 2023 Photo by Suz McFadden

What campers are saying about the Lair

  • “Such a great week in the mountains with families who are connected to the outdoors and so friendly and welcoming. Amazing vacation to experience with family - close, extended, new and old. Something for everyone!”

  • “We recruited one new family last year that came back this year as well as two more families that came this year (9 campers total) - our main selling point to our friends with kids is that the kids get a sense of autonomy and freedom hard to find elsewhere and the kids programming also allows parents to have their own free time which can be hard to get on vacation. There is something for everyone!”

  • “Great vacation for kids and parents. Your kids have a lot of freedom which is so good for their development. Being in nature (little to no technology) is the best. You can be really active or just chill. Each camper can create their own ideal experience. Great way to connect with young adults (staffers) which benefits our kids as well as keeps us connected to the next generation. The lair feels like a family vacation with 250 family members!”

  • “Your kids will never be happier. Camp challenges them to grow up in age appropriate ways. You will also make memories and friendships that last a lifetime.”

  • “Sense of belonging (LGBTQ) flags around the camp was awesome), great food and staffers, and being out in nature with food available was fantastic.”

Ready to camp?

Now accepting reservations!

All campers (new and returning) should book by our priority deadline of February 28, 2024 for best chances of getting your camping week preference. You can get on our mailing list below to receive periodic updates and reminders and details about booking with us.

We hope to see you in the mountains this summer!

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Lair Jenny and family 2023 Photo by Kevin Kitsuda
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