Welcome to Friends Of San Jose Family Camp

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Your moment of Zen

Our river2016-04-30 17.21.38-1

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And the winners are: Fishing Derby Finals

Tom Bonsack works year round to make the derby a sure fire hit at camp, and we cannot thank him enough for his efforts. Fish Camp is one of the highlights of the year for us all at Family Camp and looked forward to by all of us.

Tom being excited

We had our youngest winner EVER in the youth division. Little Miss Hannah Bush is just 4 years old but she took home half the pot, a badge, and a Fish Camp Plaque for her efforts this year!The plaqueHannah and her mom

In our adult division, this years proud winner was Michael Delbrook- what a great smile! We hope both the winners and ALL the participants had a great time and got lots of good fishing in. Tom and Michael DelbrookTHANK YOU EVERYONE WHO WORKED SO HARD ON THIS EVENT WEEKEND.

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Spring at Family Camp

April is when we get into high gear up at camp. We open the tents, sweep the floors, paint the walks and start repairs. We have had 2 work weekends so far getting ready for Fish Camp and opening day of fishing season 2016.

Winter in the city is hard on us campers and nothing feels like hitting the open road up to camp!Road to camp

We had to get up there early to help our head man, Ralph O, get that famous sauce of his started and enjoy time together. We cook well under ALL conditions.Sauce perfect Ray n steve kitchen

Kids cooking Kitchen

Kitchen work   Nachos    Ralph kitchenDiana cooking Tom mushrooms

We had a long weekend of work and fishing to look forward to, but nothing beats seeing old friends, hanging out with new friends, sharing good food, and laughter.

You’ve seen a few of the photos of that great weekend we put up quickly, but there was a LOT going on! Spring means all hands on deck for us- 3 generations at once!This is Ray’s darling brood who came up to help us with a wonderful weekend.

3 generations


The sun comes up EARLY when fishing season opens and everyone was out on our river to get started on the derby!

early sun  Waiting for fish hatchery sunlight River Our swimmming hole  fishing deep

The big event was our 10:30 PLANT from the Moccasin Creek Fish Hatchery. Our President, Tom Bonsack, has worked hard for years to make this event happen.Justin and Tom

The hatchery Manager, Justin Kroeze, brings up the truck and does a planting for the kids to learn all about good fish husbandry and wetlands management.Justin portrait

Everyone gathers around to learn about the  fish breeding process- and see the big ones!Toms family group watching camp 1 watching the fish Ray and grandchild waiting for fish

Digging into the tankThe first fish

Heroic fishingBig fish in a netFirst releaseAlmost lost oneBig mouth rainbow troutHuge fish we planted

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Today is Fishing Season

We woke up to perfect weather with a balmy 83 degrees by 3 pm. Fishing at it’s finest. Wild life coming back everywhere we look!Huge moth

We all celebrated camp asst manager Joe’s BD- cause any excuse for cake!joe bd

Your board of Directors came up en masse to continue with some projects aside from running the Friday Spaghetti Dinner and the Saturday Fishing Derby. The Wellmans were here to set up this season’s nursing station Nurses stationand do some window repairs, the power tools were out on several little projects, and finishing touches were put on 3 repaired dining tables.Routing tables We had fresh morrel mushrooms from Tom, fires in the Tuolomne Room built by Garry, a fantastic HUGE fish seed from the fish hatchery, and one of the best fishing season openers in years.Loving the sunMore photos and videos are coming!

Ralph Fire

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The opening of Fishing Season is celebrated by all is fisherfolk with a huge Friends Spaghetti Feed Friday night, a Fishig Derby Saturday morning, and a sleep in breakfast Sunday before everyone crawls home to the bay area after another great weekend. Sign up at the city web site for tents and weekend meals, sign up with Friends for special Friday dinner and Saturday Derby.11755931_988148904570047_4341486467755810792_n

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Its fishing season this SATURDAY and once again the Friends are hosting YOU for a fun weekend away!! Spend 3 hours on the road for a great B&B- bed and breakfast up at SJ Family Camp! We look forward to our friends coming down Friday for our fabulously funky fun Spaghetti dinner night and then jumping up early Saturday to hit the river and catch a whopper!ccc

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Special Council Meeting

We are at the end of a long road to get a 20 year permit approved by the city to use for the Forest Dept. Time to come to City Council meeting :

Tuesday, April 26th, 1:30 pm Council Chambers at City Hall will be the last hoop ( we hope) for approval of a long range plan/ Forest Permit.
Please join us ( wear your T shirts!) for a public input/ show of support as our camp manager brings this to the council for a vote on our 20 year special use permit!


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Work Party April!

These weekends are *HEAVILY DISCOUNTED*  weekends for you and your entire family to come up and help us get camp ready. $10.00 per person ($40.00 max per family) is the total cost to you for Friday through Sunday on these weekends.PICT0007

ONLY member families  have access to our exclusive work weekends. Drive up Friday, try to make it by dinner time, and plan to get the heavy work done Saturday/Sunday morning before we all drive home Sunday afternoon.

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Friends Helping Friends

Many of you know that we “camper folks” are a friendly bunch who all share a very small area of the state’s mountainous region. We know each other and help each other.

When the Rim Fire swept through our area we were heartbroken to hear that Berkeley’s camp was hit hard. We have and continue to offer them *resident of SJ* discounts and support where possible.

They are hosting a fundraiser. Please spread the word.


Join us! We are hosting the 3rd annual update on The Rim Fire Recovery by the USFS, The City of Berkeley and the Tuolumne River Trust, in the effort to educate and involve all of the interested campers and recreation users of the area
Mon April 25th 7pm – 8:30pm
The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison St. Berkeley
Tickets: $10

Bring your questions!

  • * What’s the plan for planting trees in the area?

  • * What is the projected timeline?

  • * How is the area around our camp healing/affected???

  • * How was the Tuolumne River affected by this drought and the Rim Fire?

  • and whatever else you want to ask those who make decisions on that area!

PLEASE join us for a GREAT night and an update on the land we love.

Click here for information and tickets

Questions: Scott Gelfand Executive Director Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp

scott@fobtc.com www.fobtc.com

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Friends Of Camp Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly meeting every 2nd Wednesday at 7PM at Kelly Park Leininger Center (Summer June-July-Aug meetings locations vary- check on blog or watch your mails).

Everyone welcome to come check us out, join in with some fun, help out at an event, or volunteer to handle one of our bigger brainy projects/ committees/events/ board positions.


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