Oakland, CA – United Camps, Conferences, and Retreats (UCCR) has been selected as the new camp operator at Camp Arroyo, East Bay Regional Park District’s environmental education youth camp serving fifth and sixth-grade students during the school year. UCCR replaces the YMCA of the East Bay who notified the Park District it would end its agreement to operate the camps on May 31, 2019.
The Park District hosts 4,000 children each year at Camp Arroyo through its environmental education camps. The Taylor Family Foundation hosts an additional 3,000 campers with chronic medical, developmental, and emotional challenges each year, at no charge.
United Camps, Conferences, and Retreats has been selected to continue operation of the 138-acre site year-round, including programming of Park District’s environmental education camps September through May and the Taylor Family Foundation’s camps during the summer months. UCCR will also maintain camp amenities, cabins, and medical yurts. United Camps, Conferences, and Retreats will operate the camps through their outdoor science school, Web of Life Field (WOLF) School.
“The Park District carefully considered the options for operating Camp Arroyo,” said East Bay Regional Park District General Manager Robert Doyle. “UCCR’s WOLF School will help continue the Park District’s highly successful environmental education camps that introduce students to science, nature, and sustainable living concepts.
The Regional Parks Foundation is a major supporter of Camp Arroyo through its Camperships program, sponsorships for campers participating in day and week-long science camps during the summer at Camp Arroyo. In 2018 the Regional Park Foundation sponsored 914 underserved youth who otherwise would not be able to attend camp during the summer or participate in outdoor environmental education during the academic school year.
Camp reservations can be made by contacting UCCR’s WOLF School at (831) 684-0148 or toll-free at (800) 592-4333. UCCR’s WOLF School will be taking over operations as of June 1, 2019.
Weekend or non-WOLF School reservations can be made through UCCR’s reservations office at (800) 678-5102.
The East Bay Regional Park District is the largest regional parks system in the nation, comprising 73 parks, 55 miles of shoreline, and 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and nature learning. The Park District receives more than 25 million visits annually throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor