Get Your Summer Camp On!

Swimming pool and water slide at YMCA Camp Campbell
Swimming pool and water slide at YMCA Camp Campbell

Today I spent the day checking out YMCA Camp Campbell while spending quality time with my friend and her husband who are now four months pregnant. I just found out today! I was super excited to learn about the camp (and my friend’s pregnancy) while sunbathing by the pool. It has been a while since I’ve had some time to unwind and this was a great place to relax and enjoy the redwoods and of course the company.

Camp Campbell is conveniently located in the heart of the redwoods just 45 minutes from Silicon Valley.  I had heard about the fabulous upgrades and how much kids loved the rock climbing, water slide, enormous pool, zip lining and much more. I didn’t realize how great it was until I saw it firsthand. The enhancements truly speak to the modern day camper. It has all the amenities that a kid (or adult) could ask for without comprising the outdoor experience and lessons.

Sustainable garden at YMCA Camp Campbell
Sustainable garden at YMCA Camp Campbell

The ultra cool factor was the Living Machine, an isolated water treatment plant that cleans all the water on the approximately 80-acre property. Camp Campbell also features a sustainable garden on the premises. The outdoor kitchen teaches kids where their food comes from and how to be responsible stewards.

The best part of the day was hiking through the redwoods. The air was crisp and refreshing. It was a clear reminder that I need to do this more often. I get so wrapped up in what I do every day that I forget about these magical places. Every precious moment on this property reminds me why I do what I do.

For those interested in visiting YMCA Camp Campbell please visit the following links:

Be sure to let them know that the League sent you!

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About Jennifer Benito-Kowalski

Jennifer joined Save the Redwoods League in 2007 as the Director of Outreach, charged with leading the organization's marketing communications and outreach efforts to connect people to the peace and beauty of the redwood forests.

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