Life at Camp

90 mins from SFO

Camp begins with check-in as early as 3:00 on Sunday, June 30, 2019.  Join us for dinner at 5:30 and the first evening dance 7:15-10:00.  Camp concludes with a Friday night dance (included in the camp fee) held in Palo Alto.

Packing List
Consult this list to ensure you bring everything you will want for a comfortable, participatory week.

Sign up for your Camp Chore
To make camp flow smoothly, we ask each of you to pitch in to help with a critical task.

Getting here
YMCA Camp Jones Gulch is near La Honda, California, which is a 60-90 minute drive from Bay Area airports. Consult/print these driving directions as some cell phones and GPS don’t have reception as you get close to camp.  We will post signs on Pescadero Creek Road at the turn-off to Jones Gulch Road and other junctures on the rest of the way to the registration table at the Wasiata section of Camp Jones Gulch.

More about camp
Built in the 1930’s on the site of an old lumber camp, the camp is nestled in the redwood forest. The dormitory-style cabins house 6 to 12 campers, and most have adjoining bathrooms and showers. If you prefer more privacy, tent camping is available in the meadow with a bath house nearby.

Our main dance hall is a short walk from any cabin and has plenty of room on the floor for everyone. Perkins Lodge is the site for daily dance and music workshops, evening dances, and after-dance jamming, games, and parties. The floor was completely refurbished in 2013, and our volunteer floor crew refinishes it each year just before camp.

The dining hall, the former logging mill, is the location for our meals as well as additional dance sessions. Even before breakfast, we’re waltzing in the dining hall with beautiful music played by camper and staff musicians who love playing new waltz tunes.  A beautiful, 35-foot wide yurt is a third venue for dance and music sessions as well as a daily yoga class led by Cheryl McKinney.

Well-maintained and well-lit trails connect the clusters of cabins, dance lodge, and dining hall. The many buildings and surrounding forest provide numerous nooks and niches for jamming, chatting, reading, and relaxing.

Meals & Snacks
Meals are provided by the YMCA camp.  We will be served three healthy, all-you-can-eat meals each day, from dinner on Sunday through lunch on Friday. Fruit for snacking will be available throughout the day in the dining hall, and we’ll have snacks at the dance break each evening. The vegetarian menu is vegan. This sample menu will give you an idea of what to expect. If you have dietary concerns, please contact ahead of time to see if/how we can meet your needs.

Ready to register?
Participants 13-17 years old are welcome with signed approval of a parent or legal guardian and need to be accompanied by a responsible parent or other adult.  We offer discounted youth rates.  If you have kids under 13, consider attending BACDS Family Week.

We invite you to share great food, laughter galore, amazing stories and songs, and top-notch dancing and music. Gather with friends old and new to create some of your future favorite memories: register today!

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