Welcome to Friends Of San Jose Family Camp

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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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Seniors Mini-Event Coming up- Register Now


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Welcome to FRIENDS!

Hi. If you are new and seeking information, you have come to the right place. Friends Of San Jose Family Camp has a long history of working hand in hand with the City of San Jose Camp Managers to provide a quality camping experience for the whole family. We are  Friends of San Jose Family Camp,   21472 Almaden Road,  San Jose, Ca. 95120

11407132_10153038355221379_1466275466546265400_nCamp is open to anyone, but the folks who get the most out of camping and enjoy the best times HAVE to be FRIENDS OF SAN JOSE FAMILY CAMP MEMBERS.

Why membership? Well, to start, for just $20.00 for your whole  *family*, membership gets you a whole year of opportunities to come up and  help out at camp.The dues and funds we raise go to pay for the “extras” that camp can’t afford, as well as treats for staff and “camperships” for qualifying families. Those things can be as small as new sporting equipment for campers or a whole bunch of new pads for the patio furniture or as big as putting on a new roof for a building (yes, we did!) or new light stands on the patio (this season!).  Membership also gets you on our volunteers ONLY  welcome list! Did you know that our work weekends are NOT rental weekends? Yes! When Friends of Family Camp volunteer our time, we are not renting tents and using facilities as campers during full summer season. We are attending *as a volunteer group* for the weekend, and as such, we get some great perks.  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.  We have 4 work weekends plus help days  planned this year, and member families are invited to sign up for weekends at camp before & after the official season. We especially need helpers prior to the opening of Fishing Season.  No cost for the tents on these work weekends, just $10.00 per person for the food for the weekend and we serve up the grub for all.  Yes, bring the kids- Day care help available for those who need someone to watch the kiddies while we paint, mop, repair, rake and otherwise make camp presentable.MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

THIS SEASON our 3 work weekends are April 15-1, May 20-22, & tentatively June 3-5. Our FISH CAMP weekend is available for regular rentals to go fishing AND we have some member spots open for volunteer help April 29- May 1. Our APPRECIATION WEEKEND is a special time just for us as a  “Thank You” weekend for qualifying member families Sept 23-25. Members sign up for these weekends using The link on the right OR by filling out the form below (opening links will download doc. forms) OR by contacting our work party Lead, Ray Pirlot.  For those singles who might want a ride for a work weekend, check with Ray our organizer to see about sharing rides. Trained volunteers often also help out on selected dates during the camp season as needed. Please contact RAY at mail to 881 So. 10th Street, San Jose, CA 95112, or email him at xray1946@gmail.com so he can get you on the list and give you info on how it works and how to meet up.

WORKPARTY 2013 intro   work weekend

WORKPARTY 2009 signup form


You can JOIN us now by clicking on that link to the upper right that says “Donate/Join US” and using Paypal to make a $20.00 donation. Email us at membership to DBSHollis@aol.com and let me know as well (we automatically credit any $20.00 donation as a family membership and will sign you up!).Remember memberships &  donations are tax deductible as we are a 501 (c) (3) Non-profit organization.

Our monthly meetings are open to the public at 7:00 PM 2nd Wednesdays of each month at Leininger Community Center – 1300 Senter Road San Jose, CA 95112Path

To sign up for camp during the regular camping season and rent tents you can do so through the city site HERE. That website for cut and paste is http://familycampreservations.com.  Discounts for camping this year include multi family through the city and you can read about them HERE  or use this link  http://www.friendsofsanjosefamilycamp.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/discounts-refer.gif  For questions, please contact Camp staff at or familycamp@sanjoseca.gov .o

The city council oversees camp operations through the Parks and Rec Department. We do announce important dates for folks to attend those meetings.  San Jose City Council Meetings:  Council Chambers at City Hall  200 East Santa Clara Street, validated free parking under City Hall.

Camp’s contact info is: Phone: (209) 962-7277, Address: 11401 Cherry Lake Road, Groveland, CA 95321.





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More photos from the Friendraiser

Thanks to Barbara Solmonson for these candid shots

Now here is a rogues gallery if ever there was!d

The Treasurer, Projects manager, and Secretary at the Drawing area.c

Our Vice President and Tech Guru handle the front desk.e

The fabulous bandb

We have no idea who these people are- oh wait! That’s our President Tom and Steve!a

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