Redwood Glen

100 Wright Dr
Loma Mar, CA 94021
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Camp Category: ACA Accredited, Adventure, Archery, Arts&Crafts, California, Coed, Overnight, Pool, Religious, Religious Study, Summer, Swimming, Traditional
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About Redwood Glen Camp

Redwood Glen is a Bay Area Christian Camp and Conference Center located in the Santa Cruz Mountains of San Mateo County, situated centrally on the Peninsula and a close drive from anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Whether you are looking for a place to attend camp or for a place to hold your group's retreat, we think you will find us as a good match.
Camp overview
At Redwood Glen, our goal is for everyone to leave a retreat or conference feeling refreshed – spiritually, physically and mentally. We offer a wide variety of accommodations, recreation choices, and facility options to meet your needs, your goals, and your budget. Whether your group is 20 or 200, and you want a weekend retreat, midweek conference or a week-long camp, Redwood Glen's varied meeting rooms, sleeping accommodations, and dining rooms give us the flexibility to meet the diverse needs of groups from all over the Bay Area.

Surrounded by God's creation and splendor, you'll feel renewed among the redwoods. Redwood Glen is a short drive from the greater Bay Area, yet provides a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere where you can leave behind the noise, stress, and distractions of everyday life. You can enjoy a leisurely walk or spirited hike along the many trails at the camp or at Memorial County Park or Pescadero Creek County Park, both adjacent to our camp property. Or you can enjoy a scenic 15-minute drive to one of the beaches along the Pacific Ocean where you will experience thundering ocean waves and hear a symphony of birds, while walking in the sand and exploring the tide pools. Because we want our guests to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the tall redwood forests in these Santa Cruz mountains, we've developed less than one-third of Redwood Glen's 165 acres, which is home to blacktail deer, raccoons, birds, and many types of trees, brush, and flowers.
Redwood Glen can be reached in 60-90 minutes from the greater San Francisco Bay Area, making Redwood Glen a great choice for your group's next event. From San Francisco and the East Bay you will enjoy a beautiful 15-mile drive down the coast on Highway 1 south of Half Moon Bay, and then a short 10-mile drive through the countryside near historic Pescadero. From the South Bay you will enjoy some incredible views as you make your way along Highway 84 over the Santa Cruz Mountains toward La Honda, and then a short 5.3-mile drive to the camp.
Come and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and let us share our hospitality with you.
  • 165 beautiful acres nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains, only 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and less than 90 minutes away from San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. Our property has large growths of redwood, Douglas fir, and tan oak trees along with Pescadero and Hoffman creeks flowing through our camp grounds.
  • Dormitory-style bunk bed lodging for 165 guests in 4 cabins, 2 lodges, and 1 sleeping area (bunkroom).
    A 22-room conference center with 44 beds and 20 roll away beds complete with private baths in each room, a meeting room for up to 100 guests, and a private dining room with seating for 55 that serves banquet quality food.
  • A large swimming pool with a new fiberglass liner installed in April 2004. The pool capacity is 150 swimmers.
  • Two kitchens, in Smith Hall and Siden Conference Center, provide high quality food to groups in main camp and/or the conference center. Smith Dining Hall can accommodate up to 220 in the dining hall. By using the outdoor BBQ area, we can provide lunch and dinner for up to 400 guests at one time.
  • Two outdoor chapels for guest use. Chapel in the Woods is located overlooking Hoffman Creek a short walk from Retreat Lodge with seating for 80 guests and a large stage. Sanctuary is near the main campfire area at Indian Point and is nestled in a gentle slope with seating for 40 guests.
  • A large amphitheatre stage with separate band stage and sound booth along with seating for 350 guests. Many groups use this area for outdoor meetings along with the summer drama presentations as part of our Open Houses each summer.
  • Recreational opportunities including an outdoor basketball court with 3 hoops, outdoor sand volleyball court, tetherballs, multi-purpose ball field with backstop, expansive trail system on and off site, horseshoe pits, swimming pool (summer only), archery, team building supplies, along with various activities at the local beaches and marsh area near Pescadero.
Originally founded in 1958 as a ministry of local American Baptist Churches, Redwood Glen today serves local churches and non-profit organizations through our programs and our facilities. Though we are now an independent ministry, we are grateful for our American Baptist heritage as we continue to witness for Jesus Christ and bring the good news of God's love to all. In all our departments and through our staff, we strive to fulfill our mission which is "to reflect Christ by serving others."

Throughout our 60 year history, Redwood Glen has hosted thousands of churches, schools, organizations, and groups for week-long summer camps, weekend retreats and conferences, and day-use events. With our commitment to provide the best service for our guests, our facilities have grown since our founding, with cabins, lodges, and meeting spaces built and improved. In 1995 the Douglas L. Siden Conference Center, a 22-room hotel-style facility, was added.

Currently, Redwood Glen offers week-long summer programmed camps for children and youth, and year-round rental facilities for week-long camps, events, conferences, and weekend retreats for various churches and non-profit organizations.

Though the majority of our constituents come from the greater San Francisco Bay Area, we are a one hour drive from both the San Francisco and San Jose airports.
Sleeping in a tent, cooking over an open fire, exploring endless trails, stomping through the creek while learning about God's creation are some highlights of this week of camp for children completing grades 4-6.

Younger campers are introduced to the wonders of God's creation through exploring, storytelling, sleeping in a tent, and singing silly songs around the campfire.

Camp-inspired activities and Bible lessons provide a week of both fun and faith for children completing grades 2-5. Highlights include crafts, swimming, singing, hiking, games, and campfires.

A week of outrageous activities and creative Bible lessons provide Middle Schoolers the opportunity to experience their faith in fresh, exciting ways. Crafts, swimming, singing, hiking, and campfires round out a fun-filled, friend-full week for youth completing grades 6-8.

With cutting-edge games and spirit-filled worship, high schoolers have the opportunity to combine faith and friendship in a way that stirs the heart. It is an inspiring week for youth completing grades 9-12, filled with fun, new friends, and free time by the pool!

Along with preparing and performing the musical on the last day of camp, YMAD campers create life-long friendships while hanging at the pool, worshipping at chapel, laughing at campfire, playing outrageous games, and so many more things which youth completing grades 6-12 will enjoy. Camp ends after Drama Presentation in Amphitheatre at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 13 (BBQ lunch available for purchase by family and friends, with discount lunch tickets available in advance).

Through drama and song and other fun camp activities, God is made real in the lives of CMAD campers. These children who have completed grades 2-5 work together to prepare and perform a Christian musical on the last day of camp at our annual open house. Camp ends after Drama Presentation in Amphitheatre at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29. (Buffet BBQ lunch tickets for parents and family members available for purchase = $10.00 for ages 13 and over; $7.00 for ages 4- 12; complimentary meal tickets for all CMADers.
Packing List
  • Clothes for warm days and cool evenings (enough for each day at camp)
  • Sleeping bag or bedding, pillow
  • Swim suit (modest), towels (2), sunscreen
  • A good attitude
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, comb, towel, etc.)
  • Bible, pencil/pen and paper or notebook
  • 2 pairs of shoes (tennis shoes and hiking-type shoes recommended)
  • Old pair of tennis shoes for Creek Exploring (they will get wet and muddy)
  • Money for Trading Post (camp store) suggested $20
Items to be left behind at home:
  • Snack food, sodas, etc.
  • Radios, stereos, ipod/MP3 players, video games, cell phones, etc.
  • Alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, personal sports equipment, pets, and weapons (including knives)
  • Open-toe shoes/sandals. Flip-flops can be used for showering, if needed.

From the Bay Area: From either 880, 280 or 101, take Highway 92 West to Half Moon Bay. Turn left (south) at Highway 1, which will be the second stop light in Half Moon Bay, just past New Leaf Community Market on your right. Continue on Highway 1 for 15.5 miles to Pescadero Road and the town of Pescadero. Turn left (east), and proceed 9.6 miles through Pescadero to Loma Mar. (NOTE: Just pass the Loma Market, you will see a sign for Wurr Road. Do not turn. Wurr Road horseshoes back onto Pescadero Road.) At 9.3 miles you will pass the San Mateo Memorial Park entrance. In less than half a mile, turn right at Wurr Road where you will see signs directing you to Redwood Glen. Continue down a steep hill, across the bridge and up the hill to the entrance of camp and Wright Drive, which veers left just beyond where the road narrows.

From the South Bay: (Follow the directions above or take this alternative route which can save 20-30 minutes of driving.) From either 101 or 280, take Highway 84 West to La Honda. Approximately one half mile past La Honda, turn left onto Pescadero Road. (NOTE: After about 1 mile, Pescadero Road makes a sharp hair pin turn. If you continue straight, you will end up on Alpine Road and may get lost!) Pass Jones Gulch San Francisco YMCA Camp. After passing Oakland YMCA Camp Loma Mar, turn left at Wurr Road and follow the signs to Redwood Glen. Continue down a steep hill, across the bridge and up the hill to the entrance of camp and Wright Drive, which veers left just beyond where the road narrows.

From Santa Cruz: Take Highway 1 north to Pescadero Road and the town of Pescadero. Turn right (east), and proceed 9.6 miles through Pescadero to Loma Mar. (NOTE: Just pass the Loma Market, you will see a sign for Wurr Road. Do not turn. Wurr Road horseshoes back onto Pescadero Road.) At 9.3 miles you will pass the San Mateo Memorial Park entrance. In less than a half mile, turn right at Wurr Road where you will see signs directing you to Redwood Glen. Continue down a steep hill, across the bridge and up the hill to the entrance of camp and Wright Drive, which will veer left just beyond where the road narrows.
We have a designated adult at each camp that serves as Health Care Provider (HCP). The HCP supplies "TLC" for campers by caring for scratches, bumps, bruises and occasional homesickness. Registration time will include a health-screening checking for head lice, pink eye, etc., and all medications must be turned into the HCP. All medications are secured and the HCP makes them available to the campers who are responsible to take it at the appropriate time. Campers are NOT allowed to bring over-the-counter (OTC) medications (Tylenol, cough drops, Benadryl, etc,) without a signed doctor's order. The camp has a supply of OTC medications that the HCP can make available to campers as needed. It is best for parents of a camper with significant medical situations (bed wetting, physical limitations, ADD or ADHD, etc.) to contact the camp at least 2 weeks prior to coming to camp. The director, HCP and camp staff will work discreetly to make sure all campers have a safe week at camp. The camp will contact parents if any need arises to transport a camper to a medical facility for care beyond the scope of what we can provide on-site. Redwood Glen has emergency medical facilities available as well as camper accident insurance that will pay as "second insured."
Do you have WiFi?
Yes, we have wireless internet access at various sites around camp – at Siden Conference Center, Smith Hall, Shepherd Lodge, and Miller Meeting Room. There is no pass code and access is free. We ask that guests limit their use to checking email. Major downloads and streaming slow the system for other guests, staff, and office operations.

Do you have cell phone coverage?

No, there is no cell phone coverage on the camp property and within 15 miles of camp — in Pescadero to the west and Woodside to the east. There are phones on the grounds for guest group use at Siden Conference Center, Shepherd Lodge, and in front of the Office. There is no fee. However, we ask that guests limit their calls to emergencies and 5 minutes in length out of respect to other guests, staff, and office operations.

Are pets allowed at Redwood Glen?
No, pets are not allowed.

Is alcohol allowed at Redwood Glen?
No, Redwood Glen is a "dry" camp. Alcohol is not allowed.

What opportunities does Redwood Glen have for pastors?
There is no question that pastors work hard. In recognition of their faithful service to God, Redwood Glen provides year-round opportunities of rest and renewal for ministry leaders.

Does Redwood Glen host weddings?
Unfortunately, we do not host weddings at this time.

First time campers
The first time away from home and going to camp can be a little bit stressful for younger children. Our Camps for grades 2-6 have a counselor-camper ratio of 1:6. Our camp leaders go the extra mile to make sure campers are made to feel welcome and part of the group right from the moment they arrive at camp. If a camper experiences homesickness, our staff is trained to work with the camper and give them the special attention they may need at that time. If homesickness persists, we may contact parents and ask that they encourage their child. We work hard at making all campers "feel at home" at camp, but on the very rare occasion, we may contact the parents to ask that they come and take their child home.

Water update
This past week has been a busy one for us here at Redwood Glen. The County has approved the biologist's report, clearing the way for the public review and then on to water independence. Meanwhile Memorial Park has been cleared to deliver water to Redwood Glen while the environmental review is in process. We hope to have this new delivery to begin soon.
We have the building permit and all the components to complete the water treatment plant. The electricians are scheduled to begin at the end of the month. When we get power to the building, the real work begins. Plans are to be finished with construction when the environmental review is completed and it will be a matter of days to begin using our own water.
Dedication of this treatment plant is scheduled for the afternoon of the 60th Anniversary Jubilee, July 14th. Come see how the water is purified and enjoy the celebration.

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