Camp Unalayee Association
Rating: 4.97 stars 68 68 reviews 4,163
3921 E Bayshore Rd Palo Alto CA 94303 USA
Camp Unalayee is a wilderness camp for kids from all walks of life, begun in 1949. We are a community that cultivates a deep respect for the natural world. Our programs offer a balance of freedom and responsibility that generates self-confidence while creating a safe place for kids to discover their own creativity, new friendships and a unique sense of community. Our campers: · Grow through personal challenge and cooperative living · Develop respect for themselves and others · Develop a sense of self and the confidence to stand up for what they believe · Experience challenges and unexpected accomplishment · Have life changing experiences that stay with them forever · Become stewards of wild places We stand for: · A deep love of the wilderness · A commitment to self-discovery and responsibility · A dedication to transformation · Being a place of friends Camp provides a world away from technology where kids have fun working together and becoming a part of a community and a place they can always come home to.
Children age 10-17 from all economic, cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds.
Direct beneficiaries per year:
145 campers per year come to summer camp on scholarship.
Unalayee operates a wilderness summer camp for children ages 10 -17. Campers live in small groups outdoors, prepare and cook their own meals. They spend 1/2 of the two week session on the trail exploring the natural world and learning wilderness skills. We also have a teen leadership program and a two-week backpacking program for more intensive primitive and outdoor skill development.
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Camp Unalayee is the most life changing community I have ever been apart of. It is more than a summer camp; it is a powerful, loving family that is deeply passionate about showing children and families how sacred and beautiful nature is, as well as the importance of trust, respect, and courage. There is no place in the world I'd rather be. Camp Unalayee is the only place I can be my true self 100% of the time. I am accepted for who I am, I am challenged to be the best person I can be, and I am honored for expressing myself fully. Camp Unalayee encourages us to dig deep down into the depths of our hearts and souls and to celebrate growth, friendship, challenge, courage, music, laughter, wilderness, community, and FUN. The friendships I've made at Camp Unalayee are the strongest I've ever had. My friends, family and myself have all noticed what a positive impact Camp Unalayee has had on me these past 5 years. I'm more confidant, thoughtful, healthy, and compassionate. Camp has touched me and changed me in a way that I am eternally grateful for. In my first week up in those mountains, I felt like I had been grabbed by a hook and pulled deep into its core. I will forever be connected to Camp Unalayee. It's the closest to utopia I've ever been. I am so incredibly grateful for Camp Unalayee.
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My child had SO much fun! She learned a lot about herself and the way she interacts with others. I felt that she grew much more here than in any other place.
Unalayee has been an amazing experience for my daughter. She has gained a confidence not only about hiking and camping but about her place in the world. She has made great friends and talks about camp year round!
Camp Unilayee was an awesome experience for my shy reserved girl. She blossomed in good company and was positively radiant upon her return from camp. A real game changer for her self esteem! Thank you Camp Unalayee!!
Camp Unalayee is an incredible community and environment that provides campers and staff the opprotunity for immense positive growth physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. I've witnessed so many campers bloom into self-confident, capable, caring, team-players with a newfound reverence for nature and the medicine it provides. The staff are experienced, highly skilled, aware, well-trained, incredibly enthusiastic and awesome role models for the campers. This camp fosters the expression of each unique person in a caring accepting community. Truly a place of friends that enriches the lives of all who experience it!!
A great way to nurture community! My daughter went to Unalayee and loved it! She will never forget carrying the shovel on the trail! I will never foget how thrilled she was to explore the wilderness among friends, the wide open sky, forever in her heart.
Many of my best experiences happened with Camp U. But besides my selfish interests it does great things for underprivileged kids. Nature is the best medicine and Unalayee is the best place for kids to get it.
I went as a kid and couldn't stop going back. Then I worked there because I had to go back! Camp Unalayee does great things for kids, teaching them confidence, self-sufficiency, social interaction, and about the beauty of the wilderness. It gets kids from the city who would never get out there to experience the wild. Through camper-ships it helps less well-off kids have the most awesome summer camp experience.
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The lives of campers later on, their great works in the world, and their happiness and self confidence. Also in my own life, the physical and mental challenges met at Camp Unalayee have greatly strengthened me.
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Awesome summer camp that changed my life. It has led me to my friends, family and most of all to my community.
I started going camp Unalayee at 12 and at 32 I can't wait till my children are old enough to attend.
Through wilderness, backpacking, and a close knit community you learn so much about your self when your there.
Camp Unalayee had an unparalleled impact on me throughout life. It teaches youth the importance of team work, nature and community. I started going to camp when I was 12 and after the 1st week new I would keep going back the rest of my life. At 18 I started volunteering and have worked in one capacity or another for the past decade. My best friends in life I met at camp, old councilors feel like aunts and uncles, and young campers that keep coming back feel like little cousins. My father always says it was one of the best things he did as a dad.
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Camp Unalayee has been a fantastic opportunity for my children! My son and daughter have expressed amazing experiences and emotions that I dont think kids normally get. Listening to silence, seeing a bear, swimming in the mountains, singing around a campfire, and howling at the moon! The friendships at the camp are rich and they look forward to seeing these friends year after year.
Camp Unalayee stands alone as one of the greastest opportunities to change a child's life for the better. What Yellowstone or Yosemite is to National Parks, Unalayee is to summer camps. A session spent in the breathtaking high country of the Trinity Alps Wilderness setting that is Camp Unalayee is an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. It is a revelation and a gift, and has been making people better for over 50 years. God bless Camp Unalayee.