We hope this helps you plan your trip to Family Camp!
Below you will find:
- Links to Camp Surveys that we'd like you to fill out before the due date (TBD)!
- Links to Important Camp Documents for you to Download and Bring To Camp
- Payment information
- Arrival Time
- Travel Information
- What to bring
- Our food plan & sample menu
- Camping/Sleeping info
- Request around Electronic equipment
To help us fuel you with food you love, and that loves you, please go to the link below and have your family fill out this survey by June 1st. The information from this surveys will help us tremendously. Thank you!
IMPORTANT CAMP DOCUMENTS:
Please download the two documents below, print them, fill them out and bring them to camp with you. They will be collected when you check in.
Thank you all so much for making camp happen with your financial support!
Thanks to those of you who have sent in your full payment! If you haven't paid in full, would you please send the balance of your tuition by June 1? It's much easier and secure for us to deal with money before camp than during camp. Thank you!
Please pay via Paypal (Soul Graffiti Productions), Venmo (@soulgraffiti) or make your check out to Soul Graffiti Productions and mail to: NVC Family Camp CA c/o Metke, 320 Manor Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Please note in the 'memo' line of your check, "NVC Family Camp".
**Please plan to arrive on site between 2:00 and 5:00 pm on Tuesday, July 5th.**
That will give you time to arrive, get your camp set up, meet some folks & and enjoy the Scavenger Hunt before 6:00 dinner. If you arrive earlier in the day, please explore around Nevada City until 2 pm. We'll still be getting ready for you!
Family Camp Address: 10920 Mill Springs Drive, Nevada City, CA 95959. The gate code is: #7073
These days, many of you probably have some kind of navigation tool to help you get here.
LOST? or other travel questions: Call us!
Maren's Cell: 530-575-1993 Justin's cell: 530-305-9819 (your hosts at camp)
WHAT TO BRING
Summer weather is fairly toasty in the NorCal Foothills! It will likely be perfectly warm and sunny, and there could also be a heat wave or a cold and rainy spell since we are at a higher elevation than most of Nevada county. Please check the weather report and come prepared for your comfort in all kinds of weather.
- TENT(s) (If you have an extra to share, and can bring it easily, please do, and let us know you're bringing it)
- Tarp to put under your tent
- Sleeping bag & pad
- Eating gear for each family member (plate/bowl & cup, marked with your name, utensils)
- Toiletries (in a easy to carry case or container)
- Sun Hat
- Layered clothing (for a light chill or mosquito hour)
- A white or light colored T-shirt that you like for dyeing and camp customizing! (one for each member of your family~*)
- Light rain jacket
- Good walking shoes and sandals
- Flashlight or other light source (due to the very high fire danger of the sierras we will not be having any open flame, fire pits, lanterns or candles on site)
- Insect repellent
- Water bottle
- Waterproof shoes
- Spray bottle for water (to keep cool)
- Earplugs for light sleepers
- Camp chairs, blankets or large towels for grass sitting
- Musical instruments (guitars, drums, violins, flutes...)
- Allergy support (for grass, wasps etc)
- Bear canister if you plan to have food with you (there have been sightings on the property!)
>> Please don't bring anything so precious that you would feel regret if it were lost or damaged. <<
CAMP AGREEMENTS AND A REQUEST AROUND ELECTRONICS:
Electronics, cell phones, ipads.... We struggle with this one. We know some of you want your phones and/or computers to keep your lives going.
With that understanding, we are asking everyone who really doesn't need them to: Please leave electronics at home or put them away during camp. In your car, maybe? Would you be willing to experiment with that strategy and see what life is like without the phone and other electronics being so ever-present?
Most staff will have phones for inter-staff communication, time keeping and emergencies if you need one and don't have one.
There is no wifi, and limited connectivity at camp, but there is an internet cafe a couple miles away in town.
We'll be having a community discussion about our Pre-Camp Agreements, including the issue of electronics, at the beginning of camp as as well as address it during the creation of Family Agreements if needed.
OUR FOOD PHILOSOPHY AND SAMPLE MENU
We are planning for simple, nutritious, delicious meals for all ages to nourish our bodies and spirits. We do our best to provide mostly organic, a lot of local and always healthy food, and also fit within a budget that makes it possible for people to afford camp. Like for many of you, it's a balancing act and we're not perfect.. Of course the secret ingredient in everything is Love & Gratitude....for you and for our planet.
We aim to cook with a mindfulness of sugar (no or low...) and minimal processed foods.
Please bring a bear proof system for storing any special food needs. Most coolers will not suffice to keep the critters away, so make sure if you bring one that is is sealable and stored away from your tent. There are a number of local organic and other larger food market and farmer’s market in the area "just in case"!
SLEEPING AND CAMPING INFO
This is a real camping camp! Everyone brings a tent, sleeping bag, pillow, comfy mat & a bear canister if you plan to keep snacks or food.
There are lots of spots to set up, including meadows, forests, and a little stream. We have porta potties, outdoor hand-washing sinks, and beautiful private outdoor showers with propane heat. We have no laundry facilities, but there are multiple in Grass Valley and Nevada City.
If you’re coming from afar, and would like us to provide your camping gear, we may have gear available to rent for a small fee. Please let us know what you need
We look forward to welcoming you and sharing in this very special place and experience with you.
We’ll be seeking support for our covid agreements from various places - CA state’s camp guidelines for COVID-19 protocol in 2022, and other data from the area for hospital capacity and current cases. We will try to keep you informed of any changes.
Currently, we want to request that all those attending be fully vaccinated.
We ask for mask-wearing if inside and close to others outside of your pod, and washing hands a lot.
*If you are unable to be vaccinated due to medical or other reasons, we would ask you to follow very stringent mask wearing (indoors and within 6 feet of others), consensual touch and hand-washing for your own and others health protection.
We also ask that you bring at least 3 rapid tests with you. Please know that if someone were to become ill, we do not have a separate indoor space with a separate bathroom to accommodate this. Please think ahead about how you might handle this if it were to occur.
We also ask you to check in with yourself to see if the above requests that are aimed at creating a particular kind of environment, might be a match for you or not.