Cal-wood Family Camp 2017

You are invited to attend Viv and Lonny’s Cal-Wood Family Camp on Oct 13-15, 2017!


BVSD kids have Friday off so people can arrive as early as 10am! You can send your kids up early to get a jump on the fun, I’ll help arrange carpools if you can’t come up as early as your kids. Likewise, offer to bring kids up if you are going early.

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Cal-Wood is a 40 minute drive from Boulder (just above Jamestown) where BVSD 5th graders do an overnight wilderness experience. This weekend is not affiliated with BVSD or Whittier Elementary.

Enjoy hiking around the grounds, catered meals and hot cocoa by the fireplace. There are eight heated cabins with four bunk beds (sleeps eight per cabin) a lodge and cafeteria with kitchen staff. All you need to bring is a pillow and sleeping bag.

Please note that you will be sharing cabins with friends. In the case of snow, the roads will be plowed. If so, bring your snowshoes and sleds!

You can read about last year’s camp here.

Adults are $150, kids (6-17) are $110, and small kids (0-5) are $35 for both nights.* The only option is for two nights because as much as I love getting folks together, doing all the math for this thing is a mega headache.

*I’m pretty sure my math is right but I’m putting in a disclaimer right now that sometimes I can be ditzy about numbers so there may be a slight adjustment when all is said and done but I don’t think so. I’m just putting it out there.

I’ve pared down the options so it is one price per age groups. The cost includes lodging, activities, insurance, and meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast).

Please contact me if you would like to bring your own camper or have food allergies that require you to bring your own food, I will adjust the price manually.

The four cabins look like this …


It is split down the middle, each side sleeps eight in bunks

The food is great and everyone can relax knowing that they don’t have to cook or clean.

Please fill out the Google Form below to reserve your spot. Attendance is capped at 64 people. Pets are not allowed.

You can adjust the quantity of each age category on the checkout cart page.


Saturday morning archery (included for all campers)


Fishing (free, BYO fishing pole and cooler to bring home your catch)

There’s a field for soccer, football, volley ball, tag and lots of hiking trails.

Game night (bring your favorite games to share, Magic cards, and Dungeons and Dragons) and wrestling.

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Oh, and there’s a deck with a dope view for adult relaxation and beverages. The kids are very familiar with Cal-Wood and spend most of their time playing together in the woods while we entertain ourselves.

Calwood Family Camp 2016


Please take note of the change in sleeping arrangements. There are four cabins and each is divided into two units. Each side has five bunk-beds (sleeps 10) so you will be sharing space with friends. Cabin assignment is first-come, first-served basis. Friday arrival will be 10:00am.

CabinsBunk assignments will be posted on the cabin doors. Feel free to rearrange amongst yourselves BUT DON’T GET ME INVOLVED!




  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Warm clothes
  • Snowshoes (if snowing)
  • Mountain bikes (really great for getting around)
  • Toiletries and flashlights
  • Games and sporting gear

Food is not allowed in the cabins in order to prevent mice from moving in but you can store snacks in the lodge kitchen.


Cal Wood Road and Trail Map:

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, October 13 (No school so come early!)

10:00 am Check-in (park in lower lot)

12:00 Lunch (bring your own)

6:30 Dinner

8:00 Game Night

SATURDAY, October 14

8:00 Breakfast (scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast potatoes, fruit platter, cereal and yogurt)

9 – 12 Archery (included for all campers)

12:00 Lunch (hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, fixings, fruit platter and cookies)

1:00 – 6 Hiking, fishing, biking, soccer, football, MOST EPIC CAPTURE-THE-FLAG game ever!

6:30 Dinner

8:00 Music and Games

SUNDAY, October 15

8:00 Breakfast

12:00 Check-out


Q: Can I bring booze?

A: You bet, just keep it mellow because this is a family event. Please take home your own recycling because it looks bad to leave behind cases of empty wine and beer bottles.

Q: What are the sleeping facilities like?

A: There are four cabins split down the middle into two duplexes. Each side has ten beds (five bunk beds). People can sleep in the lodge as overflow if needed.

Q: What are the bathrooms like?

A: There are gender separated communal bathrooms located in the main lodge which is between 20 and 100 yards from each cabin. Each has a few toilet stalls and showers.

Q: Children the age of 5 and under do not pay the lodging fee, does this mean they are expected to sleep in the same bed as their parents?

A: No. Even though young children do not pay the lodging fee, they get their own bunk if they want.

Q: What is the facility and insurance fee? Do children under the age of 5 have to pay it?

A: The facility and insurance fee covers all participants regardless of age and every person is required to pay it.

Q: Is there a place to store my own food?

A: Cal-Wood will provide space in the cafeteria refrigerator to store perishables. Cooking facilities will not be available so make sure you pack easy items like bread, cold-cuts, etc.

Q: I have a food allergy not listed in the form, can this be accommodated?

A: Only two food options will be offered, vegetarian and omni. Yo may provide your own meals if you have a serious food sensitivity. Contact Vivienne to discuss pricing.

Q: Last year I was able to opt for only one day and to select the meals I want, I don’t see that option this year

A: In an attempt to streamline the process, only the two-night full meal-plan option is listed, it’s a huge hassle and I’m doing this for free.

Q: Can I opt out of meals after I arrive?

A: No, the supplies have already been purchased for meals so refunds will not be made.

Q: Are pets allowed?

A: Unfortunately, no.

Q: Can I bring my own camper or tent?

A: Yes! People not staying in the bunks are charged $5/each rather than the $22/$11 that bunking campers are. You will still be charged the $10 facility usage and insurance, though. Please contact Vivienne prior to paying.

Q: What is your cancelation policy?

A: Once you have paid, you are in. You are welcome to transfer your reservation to someone else. I don’t make any money off of this so I’m keeping it simple.