A Typical Day at Feather River Family Camp

Mornings

Start with a morning yoga/stretch class or a quiet nature walk. After breakfast try arts and crafts, group games, archery, horseback riding, tie-dye, a hike, or other special programs and activities led by OFRC Program Staff.

Each morning we also offer our Tot Lot Program for potty-trained 2-5 year olds, while 6-14 year olds meet up with our energetic and caring Program Staff and have their own fun and age-appropriate programming, such as Archery, Basketball, Nature Hikes, Field Games, Kickball and more!

Afternoons

Afternoons are family time. Many families like to put on their swimsuits and go for a dip in the swimming hole or go tubing down Spanish Creek. Others grab their book and enjoy some reading at their tent. Others nap, finish their art projects, go on a hike or bike ride, or head into town to explore the local area.

The options are endless! From horseback rides to massages, ping-pong to ice cream from the camp store, the day is yours to spend how you will!

Evenings

Nighttime programming and activities include campfires (with s’mores, of course!), ping-pong tournaments, lawn games, line dancing, the beloved disco bingo, our weekly talent show, and more!

Special activities often occur in the evening, as well. The unique physical location of Feather River Camp allows for endless starry views for you and your family to enjoy together.

THEME WEEKS

These programs are an important part of OFRC’s culture and history, and offer special activities each week in addition to all of our regular (and beloved) family camp offerings.

The following Theme Weeks were offered in Summer 2022. 

  • Science, Space, & Sky Week: Explore the amazing geological features, wildlife, towering trees and amazing night sky of the Sierra with our Scientists-in-Residence. Ecological activities are available for campers of all ages. From science experiments to guided morning hikes along the creek to incredible evening stargazing through telescopes, this week is out of this world!
  • Folk & International Dance Week: Our renowned Dance Instructors-in-Residence bring dance to life for all ages and all skill levels with an array of morning classes and evening dances. From International Folk Dances to Congolese Dance and Drum, children and adults alike will enjoy learning, dancing and moving. No prior experience necessary! 
  • Family Music Week: Led by our Grammy Award-winning Artist-in-Residence, this week is perfect for families who love playing or listening to live music. Beginners can learn a new instrument during free morning lessons and workshops, and more advanced players can join in on impromptu jam sessions. Nightly performances and shows round out this music-filled week. Bring instruments if you have them!
  • 4th of July Week: Enjoy all the traditional camp activities plus special holiday festivities. Independence Day activities include face painting, bike decorating, a parade, and the OFRC Olympics with sack races, water balloon toss, and other family-friendly contests. We’ll top off the day with our famous barbecue feast. Celebrate the 4th with your family all week long!
  • Storytelling Week: Love a good tale? Enjoy a week with our award-winning and internationally recognized Storyteller-in-Residence, who’s been coming to camp for over 25 years to share her stories each evening and charm, entertain, and enthrall us all! Campers of all ages will be spellbound as they hear stories and songs that capture their minds and imaginations.

SUMMER 2022 FAMILY CAMP FAQ

Due to being tucked away in a valley a bit away from the mountain town of Quincy, we do NOT have wifi available for campers. After a day at OFRC, you won’t even miss it!  Campers who need internet access often drive or bike to Quincy, which is about 5 miles away. There, you can find several cafes and coffee shops, a library and a laundromat – in addition to a dedicated, shared workplace for those who need to connect (see The Quincy Collective).  Enjoy being disconnected from work, the news and the outside world and truly slow down, relax, and enjoy camp life!

Because of our location at the bottom of a small valley, most cell service carriers do not work on most of the property. When you arrive, we are happy to show you where in camp people usually get the best signal. And with a short walk or drive out our entrance road, you’ll get full bars.

Please note that our menu changes weekly, but this sample menu provides an example of a typical week. We also always have cereal, peanut butter and jelly/sandwich fixin’s and fruit available at all times of the day. Coffee is served until early afternoon, and water, lemonade, iced tea and hot tea are available from sun up until late into the evening.

As long as campers indicate on their registration form that they are gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan, we are able to accommodate these dietary restrictions. We also sometimes are available to work around other special diets. We encourage you to share the information on your registration form so we can coordinate with you in advance if we are not able to assist. We also have a separate mini-kitchen – equipped with a refrigerator, sink, stove-top, toaster oven and microwave – for campers to use if someone in your family has a more restrictive diet and you need to bring your own food to prepare. This dietary kitchen is available 24/7 to campers.

Participation in all of our regular summer camp activities and special theme week programming is completely optional! Every day of camp offers many activities to choose from, and we hope that however you choose to fill your days will provide opportunities for fun, friendship, relaxation, enjoying nature, and learning something new!

If your family has never attended Family Camp at Oakland Feather River Camp before, you are eligible to receive 20% off your first registration. In order to receive this discount, during registration you must use the New Camper Registration Form that is appropriate for your family (there are two versions, one for Oakland residents and one for non-Oakland residents). We are not able to apply discounts after registration.

As always, we will be taking specific tent and cabin requests as a part of the registration form. However, all housing assignments are subject to availability and will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis based on which housing units we have open during any given session. We recommend booking as early as possible;  however, it’s possible that the tent or cabin you usually stay in may not be available during your preferred session. Due to the specific nature of this summer, it will take longer than usual for us to assign housing. Housing assignments will be announced in March. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we do our best to accommodate all camper preferences!

Our cozy, rustic platform tents and cabins are a staple of the OFRC experience. Due to fire marshal requirements, our cabins are limited to 3 twin beds and our tents are limited to 4 cots. Cabins can accommodate up to 4 campers and tents can accommodate up to 5 campers if your family includes young children who can comfortably share a twin bed or cot. During registration, campers can select accommodations with or without electricity, make a request for a specific tent or cabin, and make a request to be near other registered parties. Below you can see several photos of our onsite accommodations.

A CAMPER TENT AT DUSK
PLATFORM TENT INTERIOR
PLATFORM TENT EXTERIOR
PLATFORM TENT AT DAWN
CABIN INTEROR
CABIN EXTERIOR

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We continue to review and adapt the most up to date State of California, Plumas County Health Department, and American Camping Association guidance, restrictions and standards. All health and safety requirements are subject to change at any time to ensure the health and safety of Oakland Feather River Camp’s community of campers and staff. We will provide timely COVID-19 safety updates to registered campers if any changes are made to our safety plans for Summer 2022 as we monitor public health guidelines. Click here to review our Summer 2022 COVID-19 policies and protocols.