With the travel restrictions due to COVID-19, many families are staying close to home and have turned to camping as an alternative to other types of vacation. Additionally, the RV dealerships are seeing an increase in sales by 30 percent over last year. With this influx of new campers and several months of closed campgrounds this past spring, it has been challenging to secure a camping reservation for this season.
Sierra Nevada Journeys has come up with a creative alternative to help get families outdoors safely and you don’t need to own an RV or tent.
All the Fun, None of the Stress
Welcome to Family Camp at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, California. Situated on 525 acres in the Plumas National Forest, Sierra Nevada Journeys’ Grizzly Creek Ranch has expansive open spaces and is an ideal setting for families to get outdoors and spend time in nature.
Family Camp will take place over five different weekends in September and October. It is set up where your family or quarantine friends (8 to 12 people) have exclusive use of a cabin — a total of 12 cabins available each weekend. Your group can also participate in various camp activities — social distancing style. Your weekend includes exclusive use of a cabin, meals and activities.
Lynnette Bellin, a Reno mom with two children that have Sierra Nevada Journeys’ camps in the past is really looking forward to this summer's Family Camp. “You mean I can relive summer sleepover camp WITH my kids? You mean I could get in that camping trip I promised them without having to pitch a tent or cook on a camp stove? Sign. Me. Up.”
There will be picnic lunches and barbecues for dinners; families have designated picnic tables at their cabin or can dine inside their cabin. Activities include archery, kayaking, a nature hike, and low challenge course elements. Sierra Nevada Journeys is also planning evening programs like trivia and time around the campfire – using physical distancing measures. Families will have time to play basketball, volleyball, gaga, and 9 square in the air. It is a fun and stress-free way to camp.
“We had a fantastic weekend with Sierra Nevada Journeys," says Susie Hodges, a parent who attended a weekend family camp last year. "They took care of every last detail so that I could just relax and enjoy time with my child instead of being the planner in chief. I also really appreciated the encouragement to keep everyone off devices. It was great to see adults and kids alike enjoying nature and one another’s company.”
Family Camp Dates
- September 4 - 7, 2020; Labor Day Weekend (4 Days, 3 Nights)
- September 11 – 13, 2020 (3 Days, 2 Nights)
- September 25 – 27, 2020 (3 Days, 2 Nights)
- October 2 - 4, 2020 (3 Days, 2 Nights)
- October 16 - 18, 2020 (3 Days, 2 Nights)
Some COVID-19 Rules & Regs
By bringing together your quarantine buddies, Sierra Nevada Journeys is able to safely open camp by adhering to local health agency guidelines. However, there are a few things to take into consideration while planning your weekend. Based on current restrictions from Plumas County Public Health Agency, they will only be able to serve groups whose participants reside in the following counties:
- Nevada: Washoe, Douglas, Lyon, Storey, and Carson
- California: Yolo, Sacramento, Sutter, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Yuba, Sierra, Plumas, Lassen
Also, campers are to stay on campus during their visit. Sierra Nevada Journeys is required to follow California state and local county requirements of personal protective equipment (PPE) for participants and employees — that means bring your mask.
You can learn more about Family Camp by visiting Sierra Nevada Journeys.