Campbell Church at Yosemite
- Dates: June 22/23-June 29/30 Note: VBS is June 18-21 this year, so keep that in mind when making you reservations. Yosemite church service will be Sunday at 7:00 PM to accommodate this.
- Now: Go to the website - recreation.gov. Create several member accounts. Practice navigating through the reservation menus so you are ready on February 15th. Study the step-by-step reservation instructions. Please note that the reservation website is new this year, so be sure to look over the instructions.
- February 15, Friday, 7:00 AM sharp - Make a reservation at the website.
The annual Campbell Church camping trip in Yosemite will take place June June 22/23 - June 29/30, 2019. We have gone camping in Yosemite for several years, and it’s turned into one of those events that is so special your family will remember it for the rest of their lives. About 50-100 people usually attend, including friends and relatives.
We all try to get sites in Upper Pines. All campsites are near bathrooms with electricity, flush toilets, and cold running water. You may have 6 people and 2 vehicles per site. Checkin/Checkout time is 12 noon. You can have tents, a tent trailer, travel trailer, or RV. There are no hookups at the site, but there is a dump station in the campground. To help research campsites, look at the campground information on the NPS website, Upper Pines information at the reservations website, and detailed site descriptions.
Camping in Yosemite during the summer is incredibly popular, so you must follow these instructions exactly if you want any hope of getting a reservation. All camp sites for the month will be reserved by 7:01 AM, so the only way to successfully make a reservation is to be at the right place on the website when the sites are released at 7:00 AM. You should practice navigating the reservation menus on the website before February 15 so you will be able to make a reservation quickly when the sites are released on the 15th.
For those of you who are camping-averse, you can stay at nicer facilities, including Camp Curry, Yosemite Lodge, and the Ahwahnee Hotel. For information or reservations, call (801) 559-4884, or go here.
We will have a devotional together on Sunday at 7 PM and a campfire on Wednesday night. Bring bicycles for everyone in the family if you can, or rent them there. You can drive your car around the valley, but parking can be difficult at the popular destinations. Most people ride bikes or take the free shuttle bus. There are several grocery stores in the valley as well as restaurants and cafeterias, so you don't have to worry about bringing all of your food with you. Public showers are available at the pools at Camp Curry and Yosemite Lodge - for a small fee (about $5) you get a towel and can go swimming and take a shower afterwards. This is a good afternoon activity with kids. Take a look at our tips for 1st-time Yosemite campers.
Some of the many activities include: bicycling on miles of bike paths, hiking the world-famous trails, horseback riding, swimming/sunbathing at the pools, swimming/rafting/relaxing on the Merced River, seeing the incredible views from Glacier Point and Tunnel View, or just relaxing in the campground with the great scenery and wonderful friends God has blessed us with. The rangers sponsor several activities every day, including nature walks, photography workshops, evening slide shows, and special programs for the kids. There are several nice day trips in your car, including Wawona, Tuolomne Meadows, Glacier Point, and 3 groves of Sequoia trees. Be sure to get the Official Guide (link) and Yosemite Guide newspaper (link) at the entrance gate or the main visitor center.
If you have any questions about Yosemite or our camping trip, contact Garth or Lorraine Helf. Our home phone is (408) 629-2050. Garth's cell phone is (408) 623-8003, or you can send an Email. Lorraine's cell phone is (408) 425-4085, or you can send an Email.