Camp Unalayee Association

Rating: 4.98 stars   57 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Environment, Sports

Location: 3921 E Bayshore Rd Palo Alto CA 94303 USA

Mission: 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.
Target demographics: 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.
Programs: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

Our boys began attending Unalayee over 10 years ago. Our daughter just finished her third year in the basin. I can't begin to tell you all what this camp environment does for young people. For over 10 years I have dropped my kids off at Scott Summit, truly amazing kids. However the transformation that takes place in those 14 days, is truly breathtaking. Our conversations during the four hour car ride home, are some of the best times I've had with my kids. Please continue to do what you do. Because The self-esteem, self awareness, and a general sense of gratitude are all great qualities that you seamlessly insert into these campers. And on top of all that, you make it seem effortless and have endless fun while you're doing it.

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All I have to say is : Search YouTube Thomas Svensson Camp Unalayee !!! Theres TONS of PROOF of a R E A L CAMP !!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

A group of families from our Navigators USA chapter attended a family camp at Camp Unalayee this summer. The wilderness setting is magnificent as are the camp's facilities and activities such as archery, boating, fishing, hiking, crafting and more. However what really made it an unforgettable experience for our group was the warmth and camaraderie of the counselors and staff, and the connection they made with our group. At the end of our visit, the kids were asking how soon we can come back!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Camp Unalayee is an amazing experience. You can hike, swim, fish and live outdoors for two weeks every summer. The friends you make there can be lifelong and camp is always the highlight of my summer.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a camper at Camp Unalayee, for 8 years. To say going to camp made for the best summers of my life would be an understatement, going to camp honestly changed my life. I am 24 years old now, and am still friends with people that I met my first year at camp when I was 11. I have found shelter with camp people all over the country, all of whom share my complete passion and love for Camp Unalayee. Camp Unalayee not only helped me appreciate a life outside of the internet and cell phones, but helped me grow more confident in my abilities to over come challenges, and really work and live as a community. I can't say enough about how much Camp Unalayee means to me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...not change anything.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Camp Unalayee is, perhaps, the world's last rural outdoor camp. It provides an amazing, mulit-cultural, mixed socio-economic environmental experience for kids. It's a true, grass-roots organization, and runs entirely on volunteers and lightly paid staff. It's been around for 50+ years. It's hidden away in the Trinity Alps. It's a very special place - everyone should send their kids there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Probably time to bring the fundraising part of the business into the modern world and expand the mission

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This place has changed my life for the better. Being exposed to so many foreign things has been a truly valuable life learning experience. All the kind and nurturing support that I received from the friendly staff was amazing. I have been a camper since I was ten years old, I am now fourteen and plan on continuing my pursuit of broad education in this incredibly place. the wilderness has always spoken to me and being submerged in it is obviously the best way to experience and appreciate it. I love camp Unalayee!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

advertise it to more parts of the world. I think that places like this should be available to growing minds and bodies across our wonderful world.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a parent who sent her kids to Camp Unalayee. My son then sent his kids. It is a wonderful camp and wilderness experience. I was lucky enough to be able to camp nearby when my kids were there, so I walked into camp to see them. They had the best time. All the counselors were excellent, professional, and extremely caring. The kids come home dirty, and very very happy. I am now a donor every year because this is such an important experience for all our city kids, particularly the disadvantaged ones.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My children loved Unalayee. Their friends and my nephew also did. All my dealings with this Camp have been excellent. I recommend it highly.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My children and their friends came home from camp dirty, buoyant, and very happy. I saw this for many summers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no changes needed

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to Camp Unalayee as a camper several years in a row, a few years back. I still remember all of the memories I made there with great fondness. Unalayee helped me not only explore myself but also discover a deep passion of mine that burns within me to this day. I love the wilderness and the wild life, and at Unalayee everyone is allowed to experience that in their own way. It's absolutely beautiful.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our 11 year old daughter was awarded a campership to attend Camp Unalayee for the first time this year. The organization was amazingly easy and pleasant to work with. This was a such a gift to our daughter because without the gracious campership we would never have been able to send her to a camp as amazing as this one is. Our daughters favorite activity is hiking and the only "sport" she wants to do. She now has dreams of attending Camp Unalayee every year for all sessions then become a counselor when she is old enough. This is how much she liked it. When I asked her which part she liked most, all she would say was "everything." This is a perfect camp for our independent little hiker and defender of the wilderness. The organization made us both feel safe and well taken care of.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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