After the group tree-planting party near Buck Meadows in early March, many of the former Berkeley Tuolumne Camp (BTC) campers came to visit the site of BTC, which also mostly burned in the “Rim Fire” of August 2013. While it’s disheartening to see only foundations and piles of rubble where your favorite family camp served thousands of visitors over many decades, there is cause for optimism now. The City of Berkeley, Stanislaus National Forest, the Friends of BTC, and many other groups have been working together on planning, permitting, and funding for the reconstruction of BTC. Building will begin, it is hoped, in 2019. Meanwhile, the site sleeps under patchy snow in the winter, vegetation begins to recover in the spring and summer, and occasional visitors stroll through slowly, recalling what they did, who they were with, or what they photographed while at camp years ago.
A Campers vs. Staff volleyball tournament (June 2010 photo superimposed on the same scene in March 2018).
Saving seats for the Staff Show at Tuolumne Stage.
Building props for the Staff Show during Work Weekend.
The Staff Show, 2011.
The Dining Hall and green chair circle.
The Nurse’s Cabin.
Staff getting silly at the Campers vs. Staff volleyball tournament.