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You Know You’re a Lair of the Golden Bear Camper When…

January 18, 2019
Three generations of Lair campers in front of Cal flag

If you’ve ever spent part of your summer at the Lair of the Golden Bear, you know the Lair is so much more than just your typical summer camp—it is a community of friends and families who gather yearly to catch up, create new memories, carry on traditions, and unplug from the rituals of everyday life.

The phrase “home away from home” truly does encapsulate life at the Lair. There is something about the comfortable familiarity of spending day in and day out among pine trees, eating in the rustic dining hall, and sitting by the campfire that draws people back to this special place every year—and makes them feel a sense of “homesickness” upon returning to their homes away from the Lair.

Not everyone is lucky enough yet to call themselves a Lair camper, but if you’re one of the many people who calls the Lair your summer home, you know there are certain things only other Lair campers understand.

Images: Jessi Page, Kenneth Macaraig, Nancy Rubin, and Angela Lang / Lair of the Golden Bear, a Program of the Cal Alumni Association

by Kiley Treacy