September 29, 2012
“So what do you do the rest of the year?” – It’s a common question summer camp staff are asked by parents. And while many of our counselors will return to college in the fall, camp keeps running all year round and we keep a smaller crew of staff to work year-round.
During the school year Camp Marston and Raintree Ranch both are rented out by groups on the weekend. These groups include YMCA Adventure Guides, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Church Groups, Adult groups, Volunteers, Martial Arts Schools, Military Family Groups, High School and Middle School Leadership Conferences, YMCA Staff conferences, and Family Camps.
A weekend getaway to Julian can be a great bonding time for groups and families, and they enjoy many of the same activities offered during the summer: Climbing Tower, Archery, Marksmanship, Canoeing, Night Hike and a Campfire.
We also keep busy during the week with 6th graders who come with their school and teachers for a 1 week Outdoor Education experience. These schools have a science curriculum that covers plants, animals, habitats, geology, teambuilding, outdoor living skills, and of course some outdoor recreational activities like Climbing Tower, Archery and Canoeing.
Individual families can register for our Family Camp Weekends that happen on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Mothers’ Day and Memorial Day.
From September to June about 95 schools visit both Camp Marston and Raintree Ranch for an Outdoor Education Trip. The Weekends bring about 71 different groups. That’s almost 13,000 people visiting camp during the school year.
Many people are surprised and excited to hear that it gets pretty cold during the winter times, especially at night, so those heaters in the cabins come in handy. We get a good snow storm about 4-5 times per year. Our 6th grades and weekend guests are usually pretty excited to make some snowmen, and the staff find their snow shovels and get to work.