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Endless Fun. Endless Mountain Memories.

Since 1949, the Cal Alumni Association’s Lair of the Golden Bear has provided unforgettable summer vacations for generations of Cal alumni families and friends of the University. Located just three hours east of the Bay Area at 5,600 feet in beautiful Pinecrest, CA, the Lair’s fresh air, sunshine, and surrounding natural beauty provide our guests with an amazing mountain playground.

The beauty of the Lair experience is that campers are able to unwind at their own speed. Some choose to dive into camp life—and the entire region—with reckless abandon every day, while others just relax by the pool all week with a good book. No matter how you choose to spend your time, you don’t need to worry about cooking, cleaning, or what to do with the kids—they’ll be happily engaged in their age group programs with our outstanding staff. Your most difficult decision of the week will be what to do next!

Unique Features:

  • The Lair of the Golden Bear consists of three camps: Camp Blue, Camp Gold, and Camp Oski. Camp Blue and Camp Gold can each accommodate up to 300 guests, and Camp Oski can accommodate approximately 150 guests.
  • Included in our affordable group packages are tent cabin accommodations, meals, and use of our vast facilities including stage area, lodge, sports courts, dining hall, and pool.
  • We’ll work with you on your desired menus—we can prepare a range of options from informal, finger-licking good BBQ lunches, to gourmet brunches, to hearty dinners, and even after-party snacks. All menus can include options for those with dietary restrictions.
  • Additionally, our spirited staff is here to help make your group’s stay meaningful by organizing and leading a range of outdoor activities, including hikes, archery, kayaking, or paddle boarding. We can even arrange for childcare.

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