COVID-19 UPDATE: At this point in time, Oakland Feather River Camp programs are still scheduled to operate as planned. We also recognize the local and national conditions will continue to evolve as summer approaches and are monitoring the situation closely. We pledge to keep you all informed about any significant updates regarding our camps via email, on our website, and through our Facebook Page.
A Typical Day at Feather River Camp
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 Recreation 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 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 campfires (with s’mores, of course!), sensory hikes, ping-pong tournaments, lawn games, ice-cream socials, disco bingo, scavenger hunts, talent shows, music, dances, and more!
Special activities based on the week’s theme (such as night sky telescope observation, dances or musical performances) often occur in the evening, as well.
2020 Themed Weeks & Dates
Science, Space & Sky Week
Sunday, June 21 – Sunday, June 28
Come explore the amazing geological features, wildlife, towering trees and an amazing night sky of the Sierra with our Astronomer-in-Residence and Geologist-in-Residence! Nature and science activities for campers of all ages available, from science experiments to guided morning hikes along the creek to incredible evening stargazing.
Nightly observing through a powerful telescope is always a highlight. Past years have included seeing the rings of Saturn, the surface of mars, and craters on the moon! This week is out of this world! Join us!
4th of July & Dog Week
Sunday, June 28 – Sunday, July 5
Celebrate the 4th with your family all week long! Enjoy all the traditional activities of camp (including: ping pong tournaments, arts and crafts, swimming, storytelling and songs around the campfire), as well as 4th of July themed activities. On Independence Day, we’ll have face painting, bike decorating, and a Feather River Camp parade followed by our OFRC Olympics with events like traditional sack races, water balloon toss, and a watermelon seed spitting contest. We’ll top off the day with our famous Feather River Barbecue Feast!
Also during 4th of July week: Dog Week! Bring your best friend to camp with you! Over the 4th of July holiday, leave the city and enjoy camp with your dog. There will be an additional fee of $20 per dog, per night. Only a limited number of dogs are allowed on site at once, so register today! A separate information packet and additional forms will be provided for those bringing dogs. Dogs must be well behaved and have their shots up to date. Please see registration policies (below) for more Dog Week information.
Folk & International Dance Week
Sunday, July 5 – Sunday, July 12
Get your dancing shoes ready! This week is for dancers of all interest and skill levels. Nationally renowned folk dancer and instructor Ginny Lee returns to lead beginning and accomplished dancers, folk dances from all over the world – including Israel, Romania, Bolivia, and Sweden. Ginny offers an in-depth teaching session each morning after breakfast to learn, request, and review the dances. In the evening, Folk Dancing returns for large group dancing on our historic Veranda.
Also in the morning: join LaVelle Kenny and Lorraine Bowser as they teach Congelese Dancing & Drumming. You don’t want to miss the energy and rhythm from the drumming and dance lessons – it’s all in the spirit of the Congo!
Folk Dancing starts Sunday evening July 6th with morning and Congolese Dance starts Monday morning July 7th directly following the morning’s Folk Dancing workshops. The week culminates with a spectacular Congolese Dance & Drum performance at the Camper Talent Show (scheduled for Friday July 10th) and then the Moonlight Folk Dance Festival (scheduled for Saturday, July 11) that lasts into the late evening.
Family Music Week
Sunday, July 12 – Saturday, July 18
Calling all musicians and music lovers! Come enjoy the shows, classes and activities and – if you so desire – share your enthusiasm and talent during our open mic and performance opportunities!
Led again by Oakland resident and 2014 Grammy Award winning performer, Alexa Weber Morales, this week is full of talent and tunes! In the morning, learn a new instrument (ukulele, percussion, and more) during the complementary small group lessons and workshops taught by Alexa, and other Guest Artists and Instructors Amy Molinelli and Brian Moran. Beginners will feel at home learning a new instrument with other novices, and intermediate or advanced players will have many opportunities to contribute and join in on impromptu jam sessions. Yes, we have music activities for kids too!
Nightly performances and shows round out this music-filled week. Whether you just want to enjoy the sound of music playing in the distance during traditional camp activities or learn a new instrument, this is your opportunity. Bring your instruments if you have any! The week culminates in a Talent Showcase on Friday night (July 17, 2020).
Storytelling & Bike Week
Saturday, July 18 – Friday, July 24
Award-winning, international storyteller Diane Ferlatte has been coming to camp for more than 25 years to share her stories each evening to charm, entertain and enthrall us! Diane captures the minds and imaginations of campers of every age and weaves her stories and songs to an enthusiastic cross-generation audience.
Also during Story Telling Week: Bike Week! Some of the most beautiful rides in the United States, begin right from camp! OFRC is in the heart of the next big thing in Northern California biking: the Mt. Hough/South Park Trail Project. This massive project will ultimately surround camp with 60 miles of new and upgraded singletrack. Add in the beautiful alpine road riding and you have a new prime riding destination! Come check out the trails built for mountain and road bikes with camp as your home base! You will absolutely love it!
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 www.quincycollective.com). 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 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 a short walk or drive out our entrance road and you’ll get full bars. Historically, campers with Verizon typically have had the best luck of receiving signal in camp.
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, but water, lemonade, iced tea and hot tea is 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.