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7 Things to Know about Camping at the Lair

By Heather Johnson

If you’re ready to take a break from your hectic day-to-day life and breathe in some cool mountain air, you’ll find everything you need at the Lair—a Cal alumni destination since 1949.

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Opening Safely 2022

Learn more about our expected protocols for camping at the Lair this season.

Photo by Shoey Sindel
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Join Us for Work Weekend!

Join us in late May and early June for Work Weekends - a behind the scenes look at the Lair and volunteer weekend to help us get our camps ready for summer.

Photo by Kevin Kitsuda
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Highly Recommended: Trip Insurance

While no one plans to cancel their vacation, sometimes unexpected events can throw a wrench in our plans! This is why we highly recommend trip insurance as a way to get reimbursed should you have to cancel.

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New This Summer at the Vista Lounge

Join us on Monday nights for a pop up from Sonora Taqueria with street tacos!

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2021 Reservations Information

The Lair will begin accepting reservations for summer 2022 this January!

Events

How to Rock a Funky Story: Glynn Washington at the Lair

Washington is a longtime Lair camper and the creator, executive producer, and host of Snap Judgement, a radio show and podcast that offers a raw, immersive, and musical take on storytelling.

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Events

Stellar Explosion and Exoplanets: Alex Filippenko at the Lair

“Some stars literally explode in a titanic act of self-destruction at the end of their lives, becoming some million or billion times as powerful as the sun,” Filippenko explains. “Exploding stars are not just spectacular to look at, but they’re important for our very existence.”

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Bear Music Fest Returns to the Lair

After a hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19, Bear Music Fest will be back in 2022! A “music discovery” festival featuring under-the-radar artists, Bear Music Fest has become a Lair of the Golden Bear favorite over the past several years.

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Get Excited—Camp Is Back at the Lair of the Golden Bear

Disconnect from your screens and reconnect with what really matters: family, friends, nature...and s’mores! Join us for a week in the mountains at the Lair of the Golden Bear. The Lair offers a family vacation with plenty of wide open spaces and fun things to do for kids of all ages.

Cal Culture

How to Rock a Funky Story: Glynn Washington at the Lair

Lair of the Golden Bear campers recently buckled up to attend a virtual campfire talk with master storyteller Glynn Washington, titled “How To Rock a Funky Story.” Washington is the creator, executive producer, and host of Snap Judgement, a radio show and podcast that offers a raw, immersive, and musical take on storytelling. His unique, cinematic style of storytelling draws listeners and grips them until the end of every one of his shows. Washington’s connection to Berkeley runs deep; in addition to being a Lair camper, from 2007 to 2010, he was the director of Young Entrepreneurs at Haas—now known as Boost—a program at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

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Stellar Explosion and Exoplanets: Alex Filippenko at the Lair

“Some stars literally explode in a titanic act of self-destruction at the end of their lives, becoming some million or billion times as powerful as the sun,” Filippenko explains to Lair of the Golden Bear campers. “Exploding stars are not just spectacular to look at, but they’re important for our very existence, because during its life a star generates energy by fusing light elements into heavy elements. Right now, the sun is fusing hydrogen to helium; later it will fuse helium to carbon and oxygen. If stars never exploded, the heavy elements would be forever trapped in their cores and thus not available as raw material for the production of new stars and planets.”