Lair of the Golden Bear - Newsletter

Lair of the Golden Bear
Winter 2016

Season’s Greetings from Pinecrest!

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter, but we’re already prepping for next summer at the Lair of the Bear!

Our facilities crew is hard at work on repairs and maintenance, including rebuilding the Camp Gold stage.

We love sharing updates with our campers and guests all year long. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up on what’s new in Pinecrest!

Book Your Tent This January!

We begin accepting reservations for the summer 2017 Lair season on January 12. Invite your friends to join the fun!

If you’re receiving this email, you’re on our list to get an reminder when reservations open. Those of you who have camped with us over the last few years will also receive a reservation packet by mail in January.

Remember: All interested campers (returning and new) must request a tent by February 28 to ensure the best chance of getting their desired tents. After February 28, all tents are booked on a first come, first served basis.
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Lair Open House

Sunday, January 22
1 – 3 p.m.
Free with RSVP
Alumni House, UC Berkeley campus
You’re invited to join us for a free, family-friendly afternoon. We’ll have snacks, games, giveaways, wine tasting (21+), and loads of Lair fun.

We especially welcome those new to the Lair, so bring your friends. Remember, the Lair isn’t only for Cal alums!
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Lair Wine, Beer, and Spirits Program

Looking for fun holiday gifts for Lair-lovers? Bring a bottle of Lair wine to a holiday party, or have us send some to friends.

The best part? A portion of each sale supports the Lair!
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Shipping is a flat rate of $7 per order. Orders can be shipped to California residents only.

Bear Music Fest is Back in 2017

September 8 – 10
Camps Blue and Gold

Bear Music Fest is a family-friendly, all-inclusive weekend of Lair-style fun with more than a dozen different artists who performing throughout the weekend.

Don’t miss out on the second annual Bear Music Fest! Sign up now to get early bird priority.
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Bear Music Fest

Work at the Lair

Seeking Summer Staffers for 2017

College students who love the outdoors, enjoy networking with Cal families, and want to make lifelong friendships with fellow students are encouraged to apply. Let the college students in your life know about the opportunity to enjoy a summer they will never forget.
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Winter at Pinecrest Chalet

Winter at Pinecrest Chalet

Let it snow! Join us at Pinecrest Chalet for a winter escape in one of our beautiful Sierra Nevada cabins. Enjoy skiing at nearby Dodge Ridge Ski Resort, tubing at Leland Snow Play, and sledding and snowshoeing right outside your door.
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Pinecrest Chalet is also accepting reservations for summer 2017. You can stay there at night and join the Lair fun during the day!
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Update your Contact Information

If you’ve moved or have a new phone number or email address, please be sure to update your Lair account so you don’t miss any communications from us.



Many thanks for your support of the Lair and we wish you a very happy New Year.

Go Bears!
Michael W. Yaley
Michael W. Yaley
General Manager, Pinecrest Operations

Lair of the Bear The Lair of the Golden Bear and Pinecrest Chalet are located in the Stanislaus National Forest and are operated under special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, sex, age, or nationality.

You Don’t Need to Be a Cal Alum to Camp With Us!

Forward this email to a friend who may want to camp next year.

2016 Tax Receipts

Because a portion of your Lair rate goes back to the Cal Alumni Association (CAA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, 10% of your 2016 Lair rate is tax-deductible.

Your receipt is now available on your online Lair account. To retrieve:

1. Log in to your Lair account
2. Click the “My Account” link at left
3. Scroll to the bottom and click the “Tax Receipt” button
4. Select “2016 Tax Receipt” (receipt will open in a new tab)
5. Print your receipt

Group Gatherings in Pinecrest

Weddings and Group Retreats in Pinecrest

The Lair and Pinecrest Chalet offer unique venues for family reunions, weddings, corporate retreats and events. The Chalet has 23 amenity-filled units of varying sizes that are open year-round, an inviting lodge, and indoor and outdoor children’s play areas. Each of our three Lair campsites is available for rent in June or at the end of summer. Come to Pinecrest to strategize, build your team, get married, or just unplug.
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Make Your Year-End Gift

Thanks for being a loyal Lair camper. As we enter the holiday season, we ask you to make a year-end gift. When you give to CAA, you help us accomplish more than ever in 2017 for Cal students and our alumni community. Join your fellow Bears and make a gift today.


All gifts received by December 31 qualify for a 2016 tax deduction.

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