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Camp Cruz Group Retreat, California
Camp Cruz has been described as a redwood forest paradise on the creek. The first things you notice when you come down the narrow driveway are the gargantuan redwoods and douglas firs. Once your Read more...
Camp Cruz has been described as a redwood forest paradise on the creek. The first things you notice when you come down the narrow driveway are the gargantuan redwoods and douglas firs. Once your attention is caught by the sound of the flowing creek right in front of you, its evident that you have arrived at a special and unique place in the forest. Secluded in a gulch, our camp is mostly flat with gentle hills. The accommodations at Camp Cruz are so fine tuned that people often describe it as the ultimate "glamping" experience. It has a fully equipped outdoor kitchen with potable well water, electricity, a geodesic dome, a canvas tent cabin, plenty of open space for tents and activities, hot showers, compost toilets, a campfire pit, a garden, and each year 1,000s of ladybugs cluster on the vegetation seasonally.
Camp Cruz is owned by a child-centered family. We acquired the land in 2005 as a "diamond in the rough". From the get go, we sought to transform the land into a sanctuary in the forest where kids and adults can enjoy the vibrant peace found only in nature. We built everything on the camp except for the main house which was originally a summer vacation home in the 1960s. The countless days of labor it took to develop Camp Cruz was completed in the spirit of volunteerism and community service. All the lumber we used for building is from milling our own trees. Ironically, after the 2008 Summit Wildfire consumed over 4,000 acres including structures of our closest neighbors, it was evident that the timber harvesting we did to build the camp actually saved our home from being destroyed by the fire. Camp Cruz is home to a nonprofit outdoor education program called Growing Up Wild. More information about this program can be found on the web by searching for growing up wild.