Family Camp is a ministry that spans nearly 50 years, and takes place in the redwoods along the lazy Eel River outside of Garbervillle in Northern California. Each year a small strip of land is transformed into a self-contained community of campers, with a large kitchen and dining area; ample space for reading and lounging; a campfire area ringed with boulders and chairs from which many-a-s’more has been made; and a shower with on-demand hot water — all the comforts of home, and then some.
In the words of a veteran camper, “Like many ministries at St. Paul’s, Family Camp is really all about relationships. To be sure we do things like swimming, playing cards, sharing chores and more. But the thing that keeps people coming year after year is the relationships that are developing all along.
Family Camp is an opportunity to take a dip into just that, an extended family, and see what it’s like to share time and space for a few (or 14!) days with each other. Kids, teens and adults can connect with each other in informal, organic ways based on who they are more than what they can do. ‘Come as you are’ seems like a fitting adage.”