A Typical Day at Feather River Family Camp
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 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!
Nighttime programming and activities include game nights, s’mores, ping-pong tournaments, 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.
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These programs are an important part of OFRC’s culture and history, and offer special activities each week in addition to all of our traditional (and beloved) family camp offerings.
- Science, Space, & Sky Week: Explore the amazing geological features, wildlife, towering trees and amazing night sky of the Sierra with our Scientist-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!
- Storytelling Week: Love a good tale? Enjoy a week with our Storyteller-in-Residence whose tales 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.
- Family Music Week: Led by talented and renowned Artists-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!
- 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 CAMP FAQ
Registration for 2023 Family Camp will open in January! We are working on launching a new registration system that will make signing up for Family Camp easier than ever. Like last year, registration will be done online. Stay tuned to your inbox, our website, and our Facebook and Instagram pages for further announcements in December. We encourage campers to book early since tent and cabin assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you would like to sign up for our mailing list to receive email announcements, contact us at .
Our 2023 calendar offers five weeks of Family Camp programs from June 11 to July 15. Each week includes one 6-night session (Sunday to Saturday) and two 3-night sessions (Sunday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Saturday) to choose from. You can review our 2023 Family Camp calendar here.
Our 2023 Family Camp rates will be announced in December along with the registration opening date. The cost varies depending on the age and number of campers in your reservation. We offer Oakland resident rates and a generous discount for new campers, as well as Camperships (camp scholarships) for Oakland families who cannot afford the full cost of camp due to financial barriers or circumstantial hardships. Stay tuned for more information soon!
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.
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.
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!
Click here to review our most up to date policy regarding animals onsite.
The pandemic and related public health guidelines continue to evolve, and we will announce our 2023 health protocols, including vaccination and testing requirements for staff and campers, in the spring. Please stay tuned and be prepared to do your part to keep our camp community safe!