Week One: July 9th-15th, 2023

Week Two: July 16th-22nd, 2023

Camp Two of the Mendocino Woodlands

At the end of the road, deep in the Redwood forest, by the Little North Fork of the Big River, there is a place to go… where people are happy to welcome you for who you are, not what you are… where you are encouraged to be and let be… where you are included in the Family, not despite who you are, but because of who you are… a place where it is safe for kids to be kids. It’s a mystical place, where the simplest things are spiritual: dancing, singing, drumming, walking, and talking. Once you’ve been to Family Camp, you’ll wonder what you did without it. It is a wonderful respite in your busy life, whether you can come for one week or two, you owe it to yourself and your family to do it this year.

Camp Activities

Enjoy your day by participating in our diverse workshop offerings, hiking a redwood sheltered trail, playing music, singing (on key or off), meeting new friends and visiting old friends, sunbathing on the river, reading a book, or doing whatever suits you most. Campers are encouraged to bring their musical instruments.

Workshops are offered twice a day (10 am – 12 pm & 2 pm – 4pm) by our wonderful volunteer staff. They range from beading and gourd crafts to mushroom hikes and chess. There is also a daily lay led worship service and an on-site chaplain.

Evenings are spent enjoying multi-generational activities such as campfires, night hikes, family games, card tournaments, a birthday celebration for all, dancing and a talent show. For those who can’t sleep, activities continue into the late night: relaxing sweat lodges for adults and teens, quiet talks by the fire, midnight hikes, and of course, more music.

Wednesday is out-of-camp-day. You can enjoy the day exploring the beautiful village of Mendocino and its coastal beaches, or visiting the botanical gardens or nearby Fort Bragg. Self-prepared bag lunches are available.

Child Activities and Care

Special activities will be provided for our younger campers on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Volunteer staff members organize crafts, games and other diversions that will provide kids ages 0 to 12 multiple opportunities for out-door fun in a safe environment.

Dining at Camp

Breakfast is a delightful fix-it-yourself adventure in a chaperoned kitchen. Delicious lunches and dinners are lovingly planned and prepared by our volunteer kitchen staff.

The food is good, casual comfort food, made with fresh and mostly organic ingredients. It is usually served family style, with desserts to live for. There will always be vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, with other considerations upon request.

About Our Staff

Family Camp is run by dedicated volunteers who love our tradition of coming together in community fellowship. Members of our staff are campers too. All campers are responsible for helping with light chores and helping to build a loving and supportive community.

Some staff positions may still be available. If you are interested in joining the staff community, please contact one of the camp deans for more information.

Please note that staff are expected to arrive on the Saturday. If you have any questions about this, ask your lead staff contact person.


Campers sleep in rustic redwood cabins with open screen windows surrounded by beautiful trees and a bubbling stream. There are 4 cabin areas, each with their own bathroom but without electricity. The camp has one main shower house with hot water and electricity. Meals and most activities take place in and around the dinning hall. The Dining Hall also provides a well lighted gathering spot for those who enjoy late evenings.

For more information about the Mendocino Woodlands, a National Historic Landmark, go to the Mendocino Woodlands web site.

Regrettably, this camp site may present accessibility issues to some persons with physical disabilities. If you have questions regarding accessibility, please contact the camp deans, deans@ncuucc.org.