Family Camp

With a backyard of incomparable beauty and stellar college staff leading programming, the Lair of the Golden Bear will 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.*

Learn a little more about Family Camp at the Lair:

Something for Everyone »

Weeks and Weekends »

Fourth of July at the Lair »

Meals and Menu »

Night Life »

Guest Speakers »

Simply the best vacation your family will ever know.


Something for Everyone

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. Children’s groups meet multiple times daily, and are defined by the following ages:

  • Kub Korral (diaper graduates ages 2–5): Arts and crafts, face painting, story time, snack time, games, music
  • Kids (Ages 6–7; Ages 8–9): Hike to lake, arts and crafts, face painting, pool party
  • Pre-teens (Ages 10–12): Capture the Flag, paddle boating, pool parties, kickball, horseback riding
  • Teens (Ages 13–17): Hiking, swimming, bbq and movie night, party boat, family-wed, dance

Parents Enjoy Endless Relaxation or Adventure

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

The Lair features a wide variety of offerings for parents looking for precious “me” time. Activities include hiking, music, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding on the lake, athletic competitions, and tournaments with your kids. Or just hang out at the pool or in a hammock with a good book on a beautiful summer day.

For adults who prefer a gentle workout, the Lair Wellness Team offers daily yoga, Pilates, boot camp workouts (more active), and fantastic massages (an additional cost).

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Choose a Week or Weekend

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

2018 Blue Camper schedule »

2018 Gold Camper schedule »

2018 Oski Camper schedule »

All schedule are subject to change.

There are also weekend getaway options for families, singles, and couples at the beginning and end of summer. 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.

Sample Gold Weekend Schedule »

Sample Oski Weekend Schedule »

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Fourth of July at the Lair

Celebrate Independence Day with during Week 4, where we’ll have a patriotic parade and all camp party! Check it out »

View 2018 calendar »
View accommodations »

*Please note that for week-long family camp sessions, 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.

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“The Lair is an experience—a week in a rustic setting with none of the intrusions of technology, TV, or phone calls. It’s a much-loved annual tradition for my family—now three generations of
us attending!”
– 2014 Camp Gold camper

Your Lair fees include ALL of your meals—three hearty all-you-can-eat meals each day are served family-style in a common Dining Hall, typically including a hot entree with side dish options. And we’ve updated our menu so check out all that’s new (subject to change).

  • Breakfast Buffet served from 7:45am - 9:15am with hot entrees, fruit, cereal, toast, yogurts, oatmeal — the works!
  • Coffee mid-morning each weekday at Vista Lodge
  • Lunch and dinner offer a full salad bar. Lunch offers homemade soups and breads, and if you’re hiking during lunch, you can make a bag lunch to go at breakfast.
  • Every night the Camp Blue and Camp Gold Burger Shacks sell assorted hot food and snacks.

If you have dietary restrictions or allergies to certain foods (including gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, low-fat, low-carb, lactose-intolerant, etc.), there are options for you at every meal. You can share your specific dietary needs with our Dining Hall Host or Hostess when you arrive at camp.

Sample menu »

Meals are subject to change

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Night Life

Star-gaze, or enjoy staff-produced musical campfires and camper talent night. Families love Disco Bingo at the dining hall, complete with costumes and 70’s disco music. The Camp Blue and Camp Gold lodges are always a center of social activity with cards, board games, and evening snacks. At Camp Oski, tent circle campfires bring families together for s’mores, ghost stories, and good old fashioned sing-alongs.

Our Guest Speaker Program every Sunday and Tuesday night during full-week stays features prominent alumni and members of Cal’s esteemed faculty and administration, addressing topics from astronomy to intercollegiate athletics, the environment to politics and beyond.

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Programs and dates are subject to change.