Campouts at Boulder Creek 2018

Weekend before July 4th:    2pm Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1
TWO nights, Leave camp Monday, July 1, 1pm,  Boulder Creek Scout Reservation

This may be our last campout at the BCSR because of a 30 percent raise in camp rental rates -
unless we can figure out a way to afford the increase.
If you have ideas or suggestions, e-mail Phyllis Jardine at

Labor Day weekend campout.   Location: To be announced.

Location for July campout:

The SFFMC July campout will once again be in the redwoods at the Boulder Creek Scout Reservation,
about a mile from the town of Boulder Creek—the same place as last year's July 4th and Labor Day campouts.
It’s off Highway 9, south of Big Basin State Park, on Bear Creek Road.

For a map and directions to the camp, see the end of this page.

This is one of our favorite camps; we’ve always had good times here.

REGISTRATION: Register at camp only. No advance registration.


Overnight: Adults: $25

Kids under 16: $8

Babes in arms: free
Day use: $14

Children under 16 are $8 each night, up to two children in a family. Additional children in the same family are free.
No pets, no radios, no TVs, etc. RVs are OK. No hookups.

First-come, first-serve for campsites and tent cabins—no reservations taken. There are about 17 tent cabins, which are becoming popular.

Warning about mattresses: Do not stack tent cabin mattresses on top of each other.
The plastic covers are slippery and stacking them has caused at least three accidents, one of which required transportation to a hospital.





Jams and workshops

We’ll have informal musical jams in the daytime and around the campfires at night, open mics on two nights and workshops on various topics. Previous workshops included children’s songs, the New Lost City Ramblers, Utah Phillips, John Prine, sea songs, two-chord songs, Irish songs, Wild Women, and Hank Williams—and others. Many thanks to the workshop leaders!

This year we will again have workshops; the subjects will be announced later. Some suggestions for possibilities: singing techniques, instrument instructions, Malvina Reynolds, Carter family songs, and others. If you want to lead a workshop or have suggestions for a topic, e-mail Phyllis Jardine at or just sign up at the workshop board.

Open Mics

We usually have open mics about 8:00 p.m. on the second and third nights of the campout at the main outdoor amphitheater, which has a stage that can be lit at night. A signup list will be at the registration table. If the main outdoor amphitheater near the kitchen is still under construction, we may use the site near the dining area that we used last year on Labor Day. A signup list will be at the registration table. Kids swimming


Bring your swim suits! On July 4 the weather is usually great for swimming. We plan to have a lifeguard (required) and swimming in the afternoons on the second day. See the flyers at camp for the hours.


There will be a community potluck at the outside dining area near the kitchen on the second night at 6:30 p.m., followed by an open mic in the amphitheater. Food can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer in the camp kitchen; it has to be removed by 11:00 a.m. on the last day.  On the July weekend this year, the kitchen may not be available until Saturday. Bring your own ice chest if possible.

The kitchen has a stove with an oven, a microwave, pots and pans, also a sink for washing dishes. Please mark clearly all dishes, pans, utensils and food that are yours.  Each person is responsible for clearing off tables and washing dishes and pans used before leaving the kitchen.


Two hiking trails lead from the camp: one a self-guided historical trail about 3.5 miles long (about one and one-half hours), and the other a nature trail about 2.5 miles long.


Tuning an autoharp Outside the kitchen is an outdoor dining area with a deck, picnic tables and umbrellas. On the deck by the kitchen door is an ice machine, with plenty of ice (free). Nearby are a swimming pool, eight tent-cabins with cots and a bathroom with showers. More tent cabins are available, with a total of about 17—first-come, first-serve.  There are usually enough for all who want them.

The camp is a linear design, with campsites along the road, room for 100 to 200 people. Many of the campsites have fire pits, and often the camp has firewood available.

At the bottom of the hill is a large flat site, Cubland, which accommodates tents, with a parking lot nearby, and also bathrooms with flush toilets and running water.

The road from the parking lot up to the kitchen is one-lane, with no loop at the end, and we have to keep it clear at all times for emergency vehicles. It is important for everyone to follow the directions for parking. We will have people to register campers and direct parking. Vehicles must back into parking spaces.

We are not allowed to drive directly into the campsites; we have to use carts provided by the camp to unload and load gear. Since carts have been scarce at the last camps, it might be helpful to bring your own cart if possible. RVs must park in the parking lot. Other vehicles park in the lot after unloading.

If camping isn’t your style, you could choose to come for the day, rent an RV, or stay in a motel nearby.

Bedpantar (?)

Help Needed - Chores

We need everyone over 12 years old (except day use attendees) to do an hour of camp duty: registration and parking, cleanup after the potluck, or camp cleanup on the last day. Kids can be helpful with cleanup. We always need parking lot volunteers—especially on the last morning.

Accordion! Final camp cleanup includes the kitchen, restroom and litter patrol. We always need volunteers for them! Please sign up for chores at the registration table as soon as you can after arriving. Other volunteer jobs: early arrivals (check-in is 2:00 p.m. the first day) can help post signs, register and direct parking. E-mail if you can be there early—or just come to the registration table at camp.

Please show up for your chore. If you can't, leave a note at the registration desk so we can cover the time.


The camp has neighbors directly across Bear Creek, so any singing after 10:00 p.m.—the usual curfew for noise—near the creek will need to be quiet songs. It would be best if we can locate our singing circle or circles as far from the creek and the ranger’s house as possible if we plan to sing later than 10:00 p.m.

Folk harp

Special note: Publicity

We are publicizing this campout widely again this year to increase attendance so we can afford to keep coming to Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, one of our favorites. Please help publicize the July 4th  campout to all your friends who are interested in folk music. It is not necessary to be a member of the SFFMC to attend the campout (although we encourage new members.)

Membership blanks with are on page 11 of the folknik, online at and at the registration table at the camps. Note that the address is changed also.

We are sending publicity to several California folk clubs, music stores and other organizations. If you have more ideas for where to send flyers and cards, or if you want a PDF of an 8½ x 11 inch black and white flyer to send out, see the link on this page.

The flyer is in color, but can be printed as black and white.

For further details about the campouts, see the May/June print or online folkniks.


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          print map

From the north: Follow Highway 9 past Big Basin turn-off and past Camp Campbell. Just before entering Boulder Creek, turn left onto Bear Creek Road.

From the south: Take either Highway 9 from Highway 1 or Highway 17 and Mt. Hermon Road to Felton. At Felton, continue north on Highway 9, go through Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek to Bear Creek Road. Turn right onto Bear Creek Road.

Both: Follow Bear Creek Road about 1 mile to Scout Ranch Road and the Scout Reservation sign on the right. Turn right at the sign and follow the road 0.2 mile to the camp parking lot.

Click on the map to print it.

Click to download Campouts flyer in PDF

Subscribe to SFFMC's Harmony email list.

SFFMC Membership form.