Adventure Awaits You!
Redwood Adventure Camp
Redwood Adventure Camp, is a perfect name for us; the redwood has been a part of our Camp tradition in many ways from the very beginning. Our shirts, which have gone from white to blue, green to brown, have always had an image of the redwood on them. The Ranger Award, an emblem of our growth at Camp for the week, is of a redwood tree. The perfect lunch stop after a long uphill climb, the redwood at the top of GD Hill. The name was chosen by the Camp community in 2012 when the program separated from the Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa. Prior to that, for 48 years, the program was named Camp St. Michael, and now in this new stage of our journey we pray for the strength and the longevity of the redwood.
Providing opportunities for leadership development, spiritual and personal growth, environmental stewardship, lifelong friendships, fun and excitement that help individuals navigate life’s challenges and serve the broader community.
Redwood Adventure Camp brings together young people and families from throughout Northern California and beyond. Established in 1963 under the name Camp St. Michael, our camp has enjoyed a long tradition of quality adventure programming. Redwood Adventure Camp is a unique opportunity for those who enjoy the outdoors.
Campers experience an environment in which traditional values come alive in a positive, natural and fun-filled way. There are no formal religion classes; however, the closeness to nature and a program designed specifically to integrate Christian values into everyday activities support the spiritual growth and maturity of the campers. To enhance the experience, the campers are involved in the planning, preparation and leadership of the morning prayers. Each evening in their family groups they spend time reflecting on the day’s challenges, affirming one another for their accomplishments and closing the day in prayer.
We believe that each person can positively influence our world. In helping our campers and staff to develop their leadership skills, we use the inspiring example of a young seminarian named Michael: reaching out to others, helping them and using the gifts and talents that God gave him to the best of his ability (click on the link to read his story). Campers and staff alike are challenged to be “Michael-Like” at camp as well as to take this “Michael-like” spirit home with them helping to make our world more loving and life-giving.
Family Groups and Working Together
Typically, seven campers and a counselor form an independent family group for the week. As a group, they plan their daily activities and learn to work in constructive and cooperative ways with others. Group games and activities emphasize supporting one another and teamwork. During Family Camp, the individual family is the primary unit.
Personal Growth and Challenge
In an atmosphere of trust and choice, campers are able to test potentials and limitations, which in turn develops self-esteem and confidence. Each person is challenged toward full, personal growth and an appreciation of individuality and the joy of sharing in community. Whether it be archery, crafts, horseback riding, hiking on mountain trails, nature and outdoor education or swimming in one of the many swimming holes along the river, campers are encouraged as much as possible, within clear safety guidelines, to make decisions and to be responsible for their successes and failures.
Through our Nature Program, activities and traditions campers are taught and modeled a deep respect for the outdoors. We ask campers to respect all life and avoid the unnecessary picking of leaves or killing of bugs. On their overnight they learn how to camp with the Leave-No-Trace wilderness ethic and in Central Camp they learn the names of the local trees and plants and to fall in love with their new outdoor home.