Family Camp

Three young children in foreground, one is pointing excitedly to something on the ground while the other two look on. Four adults hiking up hill behind them, one is carrying another small child. Lots of ponderosa trees and blue sky in background.
Family Camp Hike

Do you have young kids who can’t wait to grow up to attend Mountain Friends Camp?  Would you like to spend a few nights in a nature camp with your family this summer, making memories and bonding through play, work, Quaker worship, art, and creating community with other families?

Welcome to Mountain Friends Family Camp!

Please review the information on this page and general Family Info page before you register and contact us with any questions.

2024 Family Camp Dates: June 27-30

2024 Sliding Scale2 people 3 people 4 people5 peopleadditional per person
  • Children 3 and under are free, as are adults serving as staff or volunteers during youth sessions.
  • Family Camp fees are a sliding scale, please choose how much your family is able to pay this summer. Choosing the higher amount helps Mountain Friends Camp cover more of the actual costs for this program. Any additional donations are welcome and tax deductible to support our nonprofit summer camp and keep programs affordable for more families!
  • Arrival is 11am-12 noon. Departure is roughly 10 am.
  • Family camp is for families with children ages 9 and under, but let us know if you would like to talk about bringing and older child or teen. We welcome young kids, grandparents, extended, adopted, single and LGBTQ families. There is not a younger or older age limit, but families with members who are very young, elderly, or who have limited mobility will want to discuss carefully and are encouraged to ask plenty of questions before signing up.
  • Packing list for Family Camp here

Mountain Friends Camp is a chance for your family to enjoy simple, joyful, community living that is grounded in nature and in experiencing Quaker values. The facility is simple and rustic, and running water is about a 3 minute walk to the bathhouse. Families will sleep in either a yurt or in a tent (MFC has a limited number to share). Depending on numbers, yurts will likely be shared between 2-3 family groups (each yurt has 2 sides with 8 twin bunk beds per side). The trails at camp are often rough and uneven, and we get to spend almost all day outdoors. Read more about the location.

We make our own fun and entertainment at camp and unplug from our phones and other devices. Everyone helps with dishes and cleaning, and we take turns helping cook or with other plork (play+work) projects. Parents and other family members will help lead and offer activities, our small staff will have ideas too. Past years we have enjoyed hiking, creating art projects, canoeing (and possibly swimming) in the lake, story telling, unstructured nature play, music making, skits and cooperative games, Quaker worship and sharing, and time to relax and simply enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Family camp activities are mostly for you to enjoy as a family, so parents/guardians are primarily responsible for your children throughout family camp, other than a few designated times when staff provide supervision.

If this sounds like fun for your family, you can enroll online or contact us with questions.