San Jose Family Camp
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.
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!
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. THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO WORKED SO HARD ON THIS EVENT WEEKEND.
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!
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.
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.
The sun comes up EARLY when fishing season opens and everyone was out on our river to get started on the derby!
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.
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.
Everyone gathers around to learn about the fish breeding process- and see the big ones!
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!
We all celebrated camp asst manager Joe’s BD- cause any excuse for cake!
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 and do some window repairs, the power tools were out on several little projects, and finishing touches were put on 3 repaired dining 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.More photos and videos are coming!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
Bring your questions!
* What’s the plan for planting trees in the area?
* What is the projected timeline?
* 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
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.