Camp Testimonials

Templed Hills Camp

 John and Andy were great! If we needed something, they were right on it.

— Gopher Running

Craigville Retreat Center

 Monday morning breakfast was delicious. Staff was wonderful!

— Rev Jeffrey Leiniger

 The food was very good. We felt very cared for and are excited to be back next year!

— Fay School

 The staff was wonderful!

— Beth Thompson-Tucker

 Cathy and Cynthia were very helpful. Staff was very courteous.

— Denni Palmer Family

 The food was really good for our group and the staff made changes on the spot to accomodate allergies. Staff was attentive, polite and available.

— Charles River School

 Friendly staff! Great experience!

— Health Resources in Action

 You did great—and you made us feel very welcome!

— The Church of the Pilgrimage

 Wonderful! Thank you for your attention to dietary needs

— Dana Farber, Cancer Institute

 (Craigville) was lovely. Cynthia was a treat to talk to. Our youth had a great time.

— Katie Blaisdell

 Everyone took good care of us before we arrived. The meals were delicious and perfect for our group of mostly teens. The staff was welcoming and accommodating.

— Saugus Catholics Youth

The staff looked after us and they are excellent! We all loved it and will hopefully be back next year!

— Emmanuel College

 Very clean. The improvements since last year were noticable and appreciated. The staff were lovely—thank you for the hospitatility! 

— First Church of Cambridge (UCC)

 Cathy and Cynthia were great! We felt cared for. The place was well maintained and clean. 

— Emmanuel College

 Very clean upon arrival. The cottage is wonderful. Loved the two ladies in the office and the improvements that have happened.We had a great vacation in a beautiful place. Thank you!

— Parr Family

 Staff were welcoming and caring. Very impressive.

— Watertown Men's Group

 Wonderful—always and ever. There is no place on this planet like Craigville.

— Forcier Family

We have vacationed at Craigville for 31 years. The rustic nature of the old buildings is part of the charm. Nice staff. 

— Black Family

 The weekend was really amazing - and they LOVED their lodging. Loved loved loved. Thank you for all the hard work you and your staff put in - it does not go unnoticed!

— Kate Nintcheu, Old South Church

 Everything was excellent. Building was clean and ready. Food was warm and plentiful. A little adjustments with our program and getting the basics ironed out but we will enjoy 35 more years at Craigville

— Joe Tierney, ECHO of Cape Cod

Applegate Jesuit Retreat Center

The food was excellent. Kris is very responsive to our needs.

— Self Realization Fellowship

 The reservations department was very responsive and helpful throughout the planning process. The food and service was great! The staff was very friendly and made sure we knew knew they were availableif we needed them.

— University Union Operation of CSUS

 We enjoy the rustic feel and being in nature. Food was good. We appreaciate them catering to our vegetarian menu ideas and fulfilling special requests. We felt cared for. Chris, Sue and staff are all very kind and friendly. Thank you all!

— Maharishi Foundation

 The food is always the best. Everyone was helpful and respectful. We always have a great experience.

— St James

As always, the staff at JRC does an excellent job to make us feel comfortable and welcome.  Kris, in particular, has been a huge help.  Each time we ask for a slight change in schedule, or need anything, Kris is always there to support.  Thanks again for another great retreat for our students.  They had a blast.


— Upward Bound Program

Stayed in Oak Lodge—very nice and clean. Food was excellent; staff kindly and consistently went out of their way to provide for those with dietary restrictions.

— Julie Wynia, WCISA

 Excellent food and showers, grounds and personnel.

— Karen Blumenshine, Women in Arboriculture Tree Climbing Course

 The facility was clean and had everything we needed. The food was great! Very accommodating with allergies.

— Kris D., Saint Peter & Paul Catholic Church

If we have another retreat, we plan to use your facility again. Kris and Sue were fantastic!!  Thank you!

— UC Davis M.C.I.P Group

Excellent food.  A good variety and whole grain products as we requested.  All vegetarian as we requested too.

— Michael Mair, Self Realization Fellowship

For a retreat center, 5-Star level!  We found everything we needed. They were able to arrange the space for us as we needed it.

— Judith Morgado, Peace Lutheran Church

Hartman Center

 The staff was great. Zach took very good care of us. Very pleased. 

— Ed Schultz

It was an easy process to get our spot reserved. Zach was great. The kids loved the human foosball court.

— Redland Valley Brethren in Christ

 Everything went smoothly. Zach was very helpful!

— Community Chapel of Hesston

 We found the lodge neat and clean and well stocked. The staff was courteous and helpful.

— St Paul's UCC

 The place was very clean. All the food was very delicious. Staff was very good.

— State College Korean Church

Camp Lodestar

 Food was great. Absolutely felt cared for - Jeff is the best!

— Elk Grove UMC

Jeff and staff were great.  They were proactive about asking us questions and making us feel comfortable.  Very friendly, understanding and accommodating.

— Angie Lee, Northern California Korean Catholic Youth Ministry

Love, love, love Jeff and ropes course staff. Couldn’t be kinder yet professional. Always very responsive to any request.

— Jackie Biron, Life 101 - LCCW

You all have some amazing facilities and staff! Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into making our retreat a success.

— Kathy, Skyline College

Jeff worked really hard to get things ready and make us feel welcome.  We always enjoy Lodestar and are looking forward to next year. Hopefully, the same staff will be there. We love them. The food is always great. Anna and her assistant always try to accommodate unique dietary needs

— Christine Iwahashi, Community United Methodist Church

The place was nice and comforting for our retreat. The site management went out of their way to make us feel at home.

— Hemal Sharifzada, California Youth Connection

The Staff and I want to thank you for your hospitality the day of the visit and welcoming us so warmly. Believe us when we say that it definitely played a part in ultimately choosing Lodestar for our retreat.

— UC Davis

Camp Cazadero

 Food was great. Nice variety and healthy. The staff were very good—considerate, courteous and joyful.

— George Washington High School

We can’t begin to sing enough praise about Camp Caz, Evan and the entire crew that stewards the land and facilities! Everything and everyone were amazing! Evan and the kitchen crew were sensitive to our religious concerns and were available with a smile. It is clear that the camp is cared for as lovingly as we were. We look forward to returning for many years in the future. The Camp Caz staff did such an amazing job, that we were able to be present and engaged, enjoying the weekend. That was truly a blessing!

— Susala, Jewitch Camp

 Amazing and 100% cared for! Thank you so much, Evan!

— USF Ministry

 The cabins, lodge, and dining hall were clean and well maintained. We loved the swimming pool - it was always clean and clear. The staff went above and beyond to make the camp experience a happy and safe one for all the kids.

— Merle Saber, Star Vista

Clean, comfortable, beautiful. Good food. We loved the organic stuff. Burritos were good. So was the chicken. Nice assortment of veggies and fruit.

— Laurie Morgan, San Jose State University

Breakfast was awesome!  The salad bar was fabulous.

— La Clinica De La Raza

The Staff were helpful and available when needed - with a smile.

— Berkeley Chinese Baptist Church

Night hikes at Cazadero are enchanting. Teachers listen to the calling of spotted owls while the excited laughter of the kids floats across the meadow. The layout of the cabins around a meadow is a great focus for the WOLF School community while the incredible diversity of wildlife to be seen on the trails is ideal for teaching about the web of life. Newt migration time is the best!

— Heather Butler, Web of Life Field School

Camp Cazadero is a beautiful site. We’ve been running our program there for over 20 years -the pool, the meadow, and the cascade falls are all ideal for kids. Our program is built around Camp Caz!

— Kathy Bell, United Church of Christ, Kids Camp

Staff was very attentive and available, checked in to make sure we didn’t need anything several times. 

— North Congregational UCC

Awesome! We felt very welcomed. 

— River View Choir

 The food was exceptional. Jeff is geat to work with and gets everything we need.

— Junior High Event

 Jeff was excellent as always, made sure we had everything we needed. Kira was great with the children’s activities she led for us.

— North Congregational UCC

 We love Westminster! The food was marvelous! Viki and Bonnie seemed to easily accommodate different food needs. Breads, muffins, desserts - healthy, yummy main dished and veggies. 

— Jan Haag, Amherst Writers

Thank you! Everyone is great to work with at the Santa Rosa Vets Building!

— Stephen Nordquist, Nordquist Dance Studios

The site is beautiful and perfect for a variety of activities for all ages. The accessibility makes a world of difference for our special needs campers!

— Tina Heck, Family Camp

It was a great value.  Affordable enough for our non-profit, but with great quality - facility, food and staff! Wonderful facility. We loved the cabins. They worked perfectly for our group.

— Christy Rocca, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

We love John, Cynthia and the staff. Very accommodating, very kind, very gracious and loving. The food was excellent, as always!

— Denise Gale, Grace Baptist Church

Food was great as usual. Everything, but especially bread and cookies. Wonderful staff. Thanks for the 6AM lifeguarding!

— David Phillips, Seminaries & Institute of Religion

Clean, comfortable, spacious.  Beautiful grounds, easy going (for strolling).  The beds are comfy.  Overall, a sanctuary that helped our group to relax and get down to business, but still feel very welcome and at ease. The food was excellent.  The smells alone were wonderful, but taste was great.  Delivered on time, as we requested.  Healthy, visually appealing.  Director was very good at helping us decide what food choices would work well for our group.

— Jennie McLoughlin, San Mateo County Office of Education

Wow!  Four-star restaurant quality food.  Fresh, plentiful and tasty.  Everyone raved about the food, and we all appreciated the home-baked goods, especially the turtle bread, muffins, coffeecake and baked desserts. The facility was clean, and the setting beautiful.  Cabins were clean and comfortable.  Appreciated camp fires and hot chocolate at night.

— Merle Saber, StarVista

Westminster was lovely. Well kept and room to roam. Our organization was cared for very well. Melissa and staff were attentive, friendly and helpful. We will want to come back.

— Lori Polizotti, Center for Human Development

Loved the desserts! Food was great. Loved the all-day coffee, hot water, tea and cold drinks! Thank you for providing this!  Don’t take this benefit away!

— Amy Feng, Presbyterian Church in Chinatown

Food was great.  None of our boys ever left the dining hall hungry, and we have some BIG boys.

— Mike Johnson, Franklin High School Football

Thank you for hosting our recent retreat at Valley of the Moon.  Our committee appreciated how easy it was for all of us to work with you in planning the retreat and in person.  Many of our members believe it was the most successful retreat we’ve ever held.  We look forward to working with you again next year.

— Eileen Flanagan, Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra (BCCO)

Everyone praised the friendliness and responsiveness of all the staff. We definitely felt cared for. A wonderful contrast with the (non-UCCR) place we’ve been in the past 20 years. Thank you.

— John Bear, Bay Area Circle Dancers

We felt cared for and very much attended to. We were pleased with the cleanliness and improvements.

— Keith Cox, International Centers for Spiritual Living

The food was great! They did a great job.

— Sean Donahue, Creekside Community Church

The staff is the best. It has always been but they had special decorations for our 25th year at the site - even a cake with candles! To honor the staff and site, we purchased 2 trees to plant on the property. The kitchen staff are wonderful - They seem like family to us.

— Lois Anderson, Trinity Lutheran Church Women's Group

We absolutely felt at home. The staff has done a wonderful job with Westminster. We’ve seen some wonderful improvements at the site since we’ve been there. Fair price for all that is provided and the atmosphere too!

— Marie Teuscher, Livermore Lab Employee Services Association

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

 I’ve been coming to this campground for years and I can say with absolute certainty that the entire camping and nature experience has improved so enormously since UCCR took over management from the state. The cleanliness, efficiency and overall experience have improved 100% and I cannot say enough of your personnel that has turned this park into a truly great location for all.

— Giulia Latini

 I’ve been sing Sugarloaf State Park as a hiker, mountain biker and now a volunteer for Team Sugarloaf. Things have never been better for this park. There is a winning team in place that obviously cares about making memories and bringing out the best of this beautiful place. 

— Cindy DeMoore

Community of the Great Commission

 Great staff. Great job.

— Kamlapati, California Coast Music Camp

 The whole staff was very courteous and responsive. The place was wonderful. We enjoyed the low ropes course.

— Larry Love, Woodland Christian Church

This is the best place on earth for our youth. The low ropes course was great….everyone loves the pool. Campfires are always a highlight!

— Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Connie and her staff were AWESOME!  Extremely helpful! Beautiful camp.The facilities met all of our needs!

— Penny, Golden Empire Council

Gave us just the right attention.  Helpful, but not too intrusive.

— Good Shepherd Community Church

Everything was clean beyond expectations.

— Cornerstone Community Church

Pilgrim Pines Camp & Conference Center

 Our kids loved the pizza and cookies. The salad bar was amazing. From the minute we arrived, we were helped and felt cared for. They made it a wonderful stay for us.

— Amanda Graf, St. Anthony Parish

We just had one of the most amazing times at Pilgrim Pines that we have ever had. We have always loved it there. (John and Cynthia) were so caring and kind and efficient and prompt - I can’t say enough about them. The food was delicious…from the homemade bread to the grilled burgers to the fabulous vegan buckwheat pancakes. Fantastic. They made it very clear that they cared about our comfort and happiness from the beginning to the end.

— Heather Crans- Vargas, Culver City Girl Scouts

Little Basin

Trails at Little Basin give you a great look at the redwood forest and the plants found near Big Basin. From orchids to tan oaks to ferns and lichen, it is an area rich in plant variety that is fairly easy to access via the trails.

— Heather

Little Basin is a fantastic tucked-away jewel of a campground that is near enough to run out for a burger, but far enough to lose yourself in the redwoods.

— Chris Soriano

The place was clean.  If you keep it the way it is, i.e., Recreation room available, kids area,. sports courts maintained, that would be awesome!

— Manush

Very informative and friendly.  We appreciated that they came around to check on us periodically.

— Don Chiu

Monte Toyon

We felt cared for.  Everyone was very kind!  Our staff loved it and can’t wait to come back!

— Imani Rupert, UC Santa Cruz

Bread is freshly baked. Nutritious and appealing to all ages, even picky children. Accommodations were cheerfully made to suit special diets

— Roberta Weisner, Family Reunion

The facility provided a great environment for our groups of students to do both indoor and outdoor activities. Helgesson Hall and Carey Lodge were clean and provided all the resources that we needed.

— Julianna Prieto, Stanford School of Medicine, Genetics Department