Welcome to Friends Of San Jose Family Camp

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FISH CAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YES, you can NOW sign up for FISH CAMP! April 27-28-29 is almost here!

The page is open and you can just click the link…



Click on THIS LINK:

The web site PDF looks like this:

THEN… you wanna eat on Friday night? It’s the annual SPAGHETTI FEED!
Click on Event Brite link to get your dinner!

And the Friends dinner sign up Eventbrite page looks like this:
So- now is the time to get your April Weekend all set!

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The Latest Dates for the Greatest Place

Winter is leaving and it’s time to MOVE!
Come join us for the March Meeting at Luigi’s Pizza in Campbell at 6PM to get caught up and laugh a lot before we have our monthly meeting- with more laughter!

Meanwhile, we know that many of you feel left out without the January Friendraiser- so we have the year’s calendar here for you to peruse, ask questions, and plan your summer!

Up-coming Work Weekends and Events for 2018


1.       Friend Raiser Jan 27th, Reservations open Jan 28th

2.       Fish Camp reservation open (First weekend in march)

3.       Easter April 1st

4.       Mini work flooring weekend March 30- April 1.

5.       Friends Major Work Weekend April 13-15th

6.       Mini work Flooring weekend April 20-22

7.       Fish Camp April 27-29

8.       Friends Work Weekend May 18-20

9.       Seniors Spring Retreat May 16-18 (or 19) subject to change depending on booking wedding)

10.   Staff Training June 2-8

11.   Summer season June 8- Aug 5th

12.   Friends and Family Weekend- Labor Day Event, Aug31- Sept 3(no, wedding)

13.   Fall Seniors Sept 5-8 ( maybe moved to August)

14.   Private Event Sept 21-23

15.   Friends Work Weekend Sept 28-30

We are looking forward to TONS of FUN and lots of warm nights around the campfire!


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JOB OPENING: Parks Facilities Supervisor (Family Camp Director)

The park facilities supervisor position is currently vacant and the city of San Jose is seeking to fill it.

Would you like to live at Family Camp, and get paid to do so?  This *may* be a perfect job for you!  Among other things, the parks facilities supervisor:

  • Supervision, training and evaluation of maintenance and program staff;
  • Oversight of records and report management;
  • Capital and operating Budget management;
  • Management of large scale projects and program development;
  • Providing program goals and status through verbal, written and electronic communication;
  • Management and operation of sportsfields including concessions, point-of-sale systems, and ticketing;
  • Outreach, marketing, and development of strategic partnerships and sponsorships;
  • Management of program scholarships;
  • Grant writing and fund administration;
  • Development and management of revenue generating activities; and
  • Ensuring public facilities and structures are maintained in a clean and safe condition.

For the full job description, and instructions on how to apply, click here


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2018 Work Weekends & Events

Mini Work Flooring Weekends

  • March 30 – April 1
  • April 20-22

Open Work Weekends

  • April 13-15
  • May 18-20
  • Sept 28-30

Important Dates

  • Reservations open Jan 28
  • Fish camp reservations open Jan 28
  • Staff training June 2-8
  • Friends and Family Weekend/Labor Day Event Aug 31 – Sept 3

Camp Open

  • Fish Camp April 27-29
  • Summer Season June 8 – Aug 5


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Family Camp Registration

Have you marked 28 January on your calendar yet?  Why you ask?  Camp registration opens of course!

Postcards were mailed 30 November 2017 with the details!!  We can’t wait to see your family this summer!!



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2017 Sponsors

While a lot of the efforts from the Friends of Family Camp focus on volunteer hours spend improving San Jose Family Camp, we know that we would not be able to have the impact we do without the support of our sponsors.

We are exceptionally appreciative of the on going support we receive and look forward to their continued sponsorship.  Please help us to show our gratitude by patronizing the following:


San Jose Family Camp

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo 

San Jose Downtown Hilton

Original Joe’s

Main Street Burgers Willow Glen

Great Clips San Jose

San Francisco Ballet

California Academy of Sciences

The Little Gym San Jose (South)

Oakland Zoo

Nothing Bundt Cakes San Jose Willow Glen

Frankie’s Awards

San Jose Sharks

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

Children’s Creativity Museum

History San Jose

San Jose Giants

California Sports Center – Race Street

Glow Candle Lounge

Mike’s Bikes of San Jose

Peninsula Beauty

Crepevine Willow Glen San Jose

Peet’s Coffee Willow Glen

Gilroy Gardens

Bass Pro Shop San Jose

Noah’s Bagels Willow Glen






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Board Member Meet & Greet DATE CHANGED

Have you been contemplating how you could become involved with the Friends of San Jose Family Camp?  Perhaps you’d like more information before jumping into a board meeting.  We’ve got you covered!  The Friends of San Jose Family Camp are organizing a semi casual meet and greet.

  • Want to know what the Friends of San Jose Family Camp actually do?  Come ask!
  • Want to know what is involved in a work weekend?  Come ask!
  • Want to know perks of volunteering with the Friends?  Come ask!
  • Want to know how you can join the Friends of San Jose Family Camp?  Come ask!
  • Want a nice evening out with savory pizza and fun people? Come say hi and meet a new friend!

This will be held 6 PM on March 14th,  before our monthly board meeting,  at Luigi’s Pizza Parlor in Campbell.  More details to come as they are solidified.



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January Board Meeting & Election

2017 has ended, and the Board Members of Friends of San Jose Family Camp are working on implementing ideas to start to get 2018 off to a great start!

First, the 2018 board was unanimously elected.  Congratulations!  The time, effort and dedication that you have given, and have committed to for this coming year is greatly appreciated by many.

  • President – Tom Bonsack
  • Vice President – Garry Solmonson
  • Secretary -Briana Bonsack
  • Scott Solmonson
  • Mike Jennings

Quite a few who have been instrumental in the ongoing success of San Jose Family Camp have announced they are no longer able to contribute at the levels they previously have.  We would also like to thank them for all they so selflessly gave.  We wish you well in all future endeavors, and please know you are always welcome to join us for work weekends!

Please stay tuned for updates regarding upcoming events, or if you want first hand knowledge, or to give input, join us for the next board meet!  It will be held 14 February at Kelly Park.  The meeting starts at 7.  All members, or anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome!


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No Gathering for Sign Ups

     The Friends are sad to announce, our most recent experience with PRNS resulted in the cancellation of our joint PRNS and Friends of San Jose Family Camp annual kick-off event, “Friend Raiser”. This year PRNS initiated a new fee structure.

     The new fee structure was sprung upon everyone involved with little notice or forethought around how to continue to keep this positive event, this was a joint PRNS and Friends event, being conducted at a city of San Jose facility with no rental fee required. After much discussion the Friends decided they could not support the 2018 version of this event. 

     We encourage you to write your City district Council person, or the mayor to lobby for the early registration process for summer camp members for the summer of 2019. Please contact the mayor at Mayoremail@Sanjoseca.gov 

     We welcome you to join us at the next Friend’s board meeting January 10th at 7 p.m. at the Lenninger center at  Kelly Park on Senter road, San Jose. We will be voting on the reelection of board members. You too may wish to apply as a board member. All are welcome.

Best Regards

Tom Bonsack


Friends of San Jose Family Camp

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End of Camp Season

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