Welcome to Friends Of San Jose Family Camp

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Volunteering has many rewards.

Members of “The Friends” are a pretty lucky bunch of folks. Not only do we volunteer during the winter here in town, raising money, doing outreach,  hosting the BBQ Night, and setting up our plans for spring, but once the snows are gone, we get to go to CAMP!

Volunteers before or after the regular season stay in their choice of empty available cabins while they are up helping to set up, clean, repair, and add to the basics camp offers. During the season, we are also up at camp. Volunteers use our “Friends” tents at the end of camp and help out in the kitchen, serve meals, clean up areas, assist the staff when they need help, and also promote Friends with our Saturday Wine and Cheese outreaches when possible. We supplement staff when needed for special events and we host our own end of year camping weekend just for Friends that have volunteered that season.

Most work weekends we are done early enough to run into Yosemite and enjoy the scenery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is nothing quite like a weekend in the mountains. Come join us.

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Bass Pro Outreach days

Jan and Feb we had 2 wonderful opportunities to meet new friends and talk about camp at Bass Pro Shops San Jose store. As our latest sponsors we are very happy to have them on board!

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2017 FriendRaiser

This year’s “season opener”, the Friends “Friendraiser” and Back to Camp Night on January 28th at Kelly Park was HUGE! We have YOU all to thank for it.

We  started out once again with our portable Friends Tent leading the way to fun in the mountains.

We had an INCREDIBLE turn out this year and really were overwhelmed with all the folks who LOVE camp and came out to help us start 2017.

We had almost double the number of earlybird codes given out, and saw so many happy friends.

Our Camp Manager Jena helped us at every step of the way and ran games as well as clearing the path for us to be in the Yokahama Room that night, We had the  Whitneys talking to members and helping folks sign up for work weekends,  George Schoenherr taught the next generation how to pan for gold, and the band as excellent!

Outdoors was BBQ for SMores time that gave the kids plenty of sugar to head home with!

George explains just how rich a young person can get with just a little bit of effort out in the icy rivers of the Sierras.

We taught campers how to make their own name tags out natural materials with the help of the wonderfully artistic Helen Rice and her wonderful husband Rich.

By attending the event, not only did guests have dinner on us, but the special early sign up code came with the package!

Board member Jose Contrearas and retired camp manager Tom Borup supervised the technical magic of Pat Allen at the BBQ. It takes a lot of experience to make a great burger.

 

Board members helped out with potato salad and special serving techniques.

Rusti Icenogle was our Drawing Chair and she did a WONDERFUL job!

Special awards were given out to our esteemed Senior members by the City Mayor Sam Liccardo and a great City Councilman Johnny Khamis who have both supported our camp enthusiastically and completely.   Our Wildlife program that Jena created brought in some very special visitors to share the evening and show our younger members what kinds of wild life they can meet when they come up to camp.

Family fun and cheap eats are always a hallmark of bringing families together.

We campers will take the campfire circle anywhere, anytime, any way we can get it! Every year, Friends hosts a “Friendraiser Camp Warm Up”  where people can plan their camping vacations with their neighbors, hook up with friends they have made in the past, the kids can get excited for the fun that is coming and we all get a little taste of the magic we look forward to every year at San Jose Family Camp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Work Parties!

Work Party Forman is Jose Contreras for questions, 408-502-0216.

We are signing folks for parties NOW and if you want instant updates make sure we have your current email address.

Send those to DBSHollis@aol.com for immediate inclusion on our mail lists.

Anyone who volunteers at our outreaches or work weekends is invited to our Thank You Weekend at the end of the season!

 

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Appreciation Weekend 2015

Every year we thank our volunteers with a weekend for them put on by us- the Board of Friends. We gather the gang, take over camp for a weekend of sleeping and walking and eating and reading, sharing and libations and a huge Prime Rib dinner concluding with a live band and dance.
Every year, it feels like the best night to be alive.

I just found these pics and thought everyone would like to remember a great evening and share with new friends. Every year we put on a thank you- maybe this year you could join us?

            

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Want more info on camp? Check out this 2015 video

Family Camp at Yosemite with Camper Joe

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NEW MAIL ADDRESS

After years of generous board members using their own mail, we have sprung into the 21st Century with the bold concept of *a Post Office Box*!

Please address all Correspondence, Dues, Work Party Forms and Inquiries to :FOSJFC, P.O. Box 8237,  San Jose, Ca. 95125

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2017 Dates to Remember

The 2017 Camper Season is upon us!

Our Manager is already up at camp regularly, but for the rest of us it’s time to clean up your calendar and set up some weekends!

  • Jan.  14-15                             Bass Pro Outreach
  • Jan. 28th                                Friendraiser Night-Early Reg. Codes!
  • April 7th,8th,9th                Work Weekend
  • April 8/May ?                        *Contact Deb Hollis Shoreline Training for Fundraisers.
  • April 28th,29th,30th         Fish Camp Weekend
  • May 17th,18th,19th            Seniors Midweek
  • May 19th,20th,21th           Work Weekend
  • June 9th – Aug 6th             Regular Camping Season
  • Sept 6th,7th,8th                 Seniors Midweek
  • Sept. 29th,30th,31th        Work Weekend
  • TBA                                         Appreciation Weekend.

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Outreach at Bass Pro January 14th and 15th.

We had an outreach last fall at the Bass Pro, and are seeking help with the January 14th/15th outreach. Please let Tom or Deb know if you would like to volunteer with us for the Friends.

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Donations for Friendraiser

We thrive on our Friends help- and this year’s Friendraiser is no exception. Please take a moment and read our donation letter, copy and fill out our donation form, and help us out?

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