Mo Ad Camping Trip

August 9-11, 2002

Camp Ross Relles

This year's camping trip is quickly approaching and it promises to be another great time.

We recently spent part of a day at Camp Ross Relles, our soon-to-be home-away-from-home. We wanted to let you know what to expect and what to bring, plus share some pictures we took.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

-- Heidi and Joey

See pictures of the Ross Relles campgrounds

See pictures of the Ross Relles cabins

See pictures of the Ross Relles activities


What to expect:

  • The camp is about 15 miles from Grass Valley. It is under a three hour drive from Berkeley (without traffic) and about 6 hours from LA. Click here for directions.
  • We can arrive anytime after 3 pm on Friday, August 9. Another group will be vacating the camp that morning, and there may be some last minute cleaning going on until 5 pm.
  • We can stay at the camp until Sunday afternoon. However, lunch is the last meal that will be served.
  • The weather is more mild than Sacramento. At that time of year, the days should be in the 80s-90s and the nights should be in the 60s-70s.
  • The camp will be entirely ours. This means we can be as quiet or loud as we want. We have access to all buildings and facilities 24 hours a day. The staff is there just for us.
  • Breakfast will be served from 8:30-9:30, though cereal can be made available for the early or late risers. Lunch will be at noon. Dinner will be at 6 pm. The camp also will provide an afternoon snack, and fruit and drinks are kept out for us at all times.
  • The food is supposed to be very good, and we have selected the menu. Let us know of any special dietary needs or restrictions.
  • There are 12 cabins and each family will get its own.
  • Inside the main building is a separate office for our use with desks and chairs, a pay phone, two refrigerators and a microwave. Washers and dryers are also in the main building.
  • Cell phones do not work at the camp. In addition to the pay phone, they can give us access to a phone line for internet use.
  • There is a convenience store about 10 minutes from the campsite and Grass Valley is about 20 minutes away.
  • If anyone gets hurt or sick, the camp does have an infirmiry with basic medical supplies. There is a town doctor, fire station and medical clinic nearby.

What to bring:

  • Linens, towels and pillows. There are bunk beds, but they don't come with anything on them. You can either put on your own sheets and blankets or use sleeping bags. There also is space for a crib or an air mattress if you wish. Remember to bring towels for bathing and for swimming.
  • Swimsuits. There is a pool on the grounds and a lake nearby.
  • Snacks. Meals and snacks are provided, but you may want to bring some extra. Remember, there is a refrigerator and microwave for our use.
  • Bug spray. There are bugs up there, but spray should do the trick.
  • Sun screen. It's summer and we'll be outside.
  • Games. Many are already provided, but not all pieces may be there.
  • Fishing equipment. The lake is stocked with fish.
  • Rafts. The camp does have some for our use at the lake, but I don't imagine they're too deluxe.
  • Softball mitt. There is a baseball diamond if anyone wants to play.