Life at Camp

90 mins from SFO

Camp begins with dinner 5:30 pm Sunday, June 30, 2019 and concludes with a Friday night dance (included in the camp fee) held in Palo Alto.

YMCA Camp Jones Gulch is near La Honda, California, which is a 60-90 minute drive from Bay Area airports.

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.

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 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.

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.

Detailed camper information is sent to registered campers in early May.

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!