Camp de Benneville Pines

“The Mountains are calling - And I must go”- John MuirDebNvilleGroup2015

Southern California is one of the few districts to have a UU Camp and we have a very fine one.  Nestled in Alpine woods in the San Bernardino Mountains, and short walk to nearby Jenks Lake.  It is on the way to Big Bear Lake but also very close to Redlands and a short 20-minute drive on mountain roads.  Under the leadership of Janet James, we have a warm and talented staff to provide excellent sports, activities and food and lodging.

Camp de Benneville Pines is tranquil mountain retreat, a place where you can commune with nature and find the solitude of a mountain glen.  We offer a place to contemplate and to explore your own spiritual path alone and also with others, as you wish.  It also a place to bask in the warmth of a welcoming community of peers.

Camp Opportunities 2017

All Church Camp Weekend October 6-8, 2017

Each year Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church, Tapestry UU Congregation, of Mission Viejo, and the UU Fellowship of Laguna Beach hold a joint all-church retreat at our beautiful UU Camp de Benneville Pines near Angelus Oaks; Weather is generally superb. We hike, build forts, do crafts, explore spirituality and religion, dance, share secrets, relax in the Jacuzzi, sing, have massages, play instruments, walk the labyrinth, do beading, do archery and canoeing, treasure hunt, share talents, and worship together. It is a wonderful opportunity to do many activities – or just enjoy the beauty of the mountains, as you wish.

Registration will open in July. There is an early bird discount until near the end of August. You will be able to download a registration form and also a sample activity schedule starting in July. For more information, contact Karen Anderson,  Due to the generosity of the Religious Education Committee and the Planning Committee, we have been able to offer a $100 per family reduction in the camping fees in recent years.  We may be able to continue this offer. We do this because we have found that camp have had a central role in children’s developing identity and commitment as UU’s.  This makes it more possible for families to attend. Partial scholarships are generally available as well for any camper.


Take a moment to look at the Camp de Benneville Pines schedule of events! There are many different camps held throughout the year.

In the Summer, there are week long camps:

  • Elementary Summer Youth Camp in July
  • Junior High Summer Youth Camp in July
  • Senior High Summer Youth Camp in July
  • Summer Family Camp in August
  • Summer Camps for Adults in August
  • UU Choir Retreat in August
  • Walking the Walk Social Justice Family Camp in August
  • Art Groove:  Summer Art Program for Adults
  • Camp Bravo Theater Arts Camps in June and July

During Fall, Winter and Spring, there are these weekend camps for children and families:

  • Elementary Children and their families in February
  • Camp Aranu’tiq (Ar-a-NOO-tick) for Transgender Youth and their Families in the March
  • Rainbow Family Camp in March and also in May
  • Inspire Homeschooling Family Retreat in June and also October
  • Pine-Con Game Retreat in October

There are specialty weekend camps including: 

  • UU Men’s Fellowship Spring Renewal in April
  • UU Women’s Retreat in May
  • Camp Recovery in April
  • Mid-Week Work Camps in April and November
  • Summer Arts Program for Adults – Weeklong in August
  • Young Adult Camp – Long Weekend in September
  • Yoga Retreat in September
  • ACA Retreat in September
  • Daughters of Diana Women’s Pagan Weekend in October
  • Music in the Mountains Folk Music Retreat in November
  • Thanksgiving Family Celebration in November
  • Winter Art Camp in December

About Camp de Benneville Pines

Camp de Benneville Pines is located in the Barton Flats area of the San Bernardino National Forest, about 90 miles east of Los Angeles. At an elevation of 6,800 feet and a short walk from Jenks Lake, the camp is surrounded by a forest of towering pines, cedars, and oaks.

You can read about the history of Camp de Benneville Pines.

Please contact Karen Anderson with any questions.