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Mountain Friends Camp Report 2021: Together Again with Friends

Dear Friends:

It’s been just over a month since the 2021 session of Mountain Friends Camp ended, and now is an excellent time to look back on an exciting and rewarding summer!

This year marked our first time back at Collins Lake Ranch in nearly two years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Viewing all the changes that occurred while we were gone (including a new yurt for our medic!) was almost as much fun as the plork we did to get everything ship-shape again. From hanging new doors for the yurts to solidifying the rock paths and bringing meal scraps to our (new) resident pig "Zia", we worked and played together each day.

One of the major changes this summer was our attention to COVID safety protocols. In addition to requiring pre-arrival testing for everyone who wasn't fully vaccinated, we took extra measures during camp to prevent transmission of COVID or other diseases. We divided the camp into five different groups called pods, and used them as a guideline for eating & time spent as a group indoors for maximum safety. Luckily, since much of our time was spent outdoors, we were able to mingle and be together in a more relaxed manner and are so glad to report that no one got COVID!

Our group of campers this year was excellent, with half of the 22 campers new to MFC at Collins Lake Ranch (though most had done MFC Family Camp or 2020 Community Camp at Home). We had a large number of first-time staff who were almost all former campers, and together everyone rose to the occasion admirably to make a great support group for a safe and fun summer camp experience. Many thanks to our campers for pitching in every day to build a friendly and resilant community! This summer the enthusiasm campers showed for singing, sharing friendly affirmations, and helping with chores and plork was stronger than ever, and we appreciated everyone's flexibility and cooperation with the changes and safety norms. In the words of one of our campers: “MFC is a family, we all care about each other. MFC is something I look forward to every summer.” This year our "camp family" was extra intergenerational, with six grandparents on staff or volunteering shorter term, lots of siblings in the campers and counselors, and our camp director's two year old son all at camp.

We’ve kept traditions going strong, and the campers loved activities like boating, the cross-lake swim, morning worship, campfire singing, sharing tasty meals, lots of arts and crafts, and sleeping under the stars on the wilderness backpacking trip to Serpent Lake. Thank you to everyone who came to camp, donated, held us in the Light and otherwise made this summer possible!


In Friendship,

Theodore Bloyd, Beverley Weiler and Anastacia Ebi, 2021 staff

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Please consider a donation to Mountain Friends Camp, or encourage your friends and families to contribute! We are still fundraising to try to cover the remaining $6,000 in expenses from this summer before our fiscal year ends on September 30. Thanks to all who have already given, we've Your gift of any size will make a big difference!
We were so grateful to return to in-person camp this summer and saw many positive impacts in the physical and social-emotional well being of our campers. This year we faced many logistical challenges, and higher expenses per camper, with additional supplies and staff costs due to improvements and health and hygiene measures including hiring our first full time registered nurse. In accordance with our Quaker values, we try to keep camp affordable for a range of families and were once again glad to be able to provide campership assistance for every family who requested it, comprising a third of our 2021 campers. We knew going into this summer that 2021 would be an unusually challenging year for overnight camps, and that the benefits would be worth it for our campers!
 Every year we rely on your generous support, to keep camp affordable and afloat at our small scale. This year more than ever we saw the vital benefits of a camp in nature based on Quaker values for our young people. With your help, we hope to meet our goal of covering full costs for this year, so we can move into planning for an even better (and longer!) camp season in 2022.

Several camp parents and board members are using Facebook to fund raise for Mountain Friends Camp this fall, you can see updates and “like” our page here: 
Many thanks to all of those who have given already, you make our small non-profit Quaker camp possible!
In Friendship, Anastacia Ebi, camp director

If you are a parent/guardian, please fill out our 2021 Family Feedback Form!
One camper stirs a large bowl of dry ingredients, while another holds a medium bowl of cookie dough and gives a thumbs up, Mary Gray watching them, with other campers under dining pavillion in background.
Menus and More

One of my favorite parts of camp happened daily/two or three times a day.

"Can I do the menu?"

Yes, find the board, here's the markers

"What are we having"

Cooks tell campers/CITs our food offerings.

And they work together to spell the words/think of curious and creative adjective to describe the food.

Quaker Quesadillas , Equality Eggs, Bodacious Bagels, Make New Friends French Toast, Peaceful Pancakes,

Equality Eggs, Radical Rice, Mighty Good Muffins, Terrific Tuna and Tofu, Chicken for Champions, Corny Cobby Corn

"Anything else?"

Usually something to add. "Smoothies? Let's call them Sunshine!"

Illustrations/colors/pride and presentation

"Can I read it in circle"


And the meals go on and on and on.

It takes a camp to create community!
~Beverley Weiler

You can see many more pictures from MFC 2021 here: (Password: SPICES)

7 MFCers sitting in a cirlce, on standing, in a high mountain medow, two tents on the right, trees and Serpent lake on the left, and Jicarita Peak behind
A Backpacking Trip to Remember
A memorable program from MFC 2021 was the backpacking trip to Serpent Lake. I had never done a backpacking trip before and I’m really glad I chose to do it. We hiked almost eight miles including the ridge hike. When we got to the beautiful lakeside camp and sat down to eat, we’d made a grave discovery, we’d forgotten one of the dinner bags! Thanks to Henry’s quick thinking and amazing culinary skills, we managed to have an exquisite stew. So many six backpackers, with large colorful packs, crossing a small log bridge over a creekgreat hikers went on the trip, I had a blast getting to know each of the staff and campers a bit more. The real rose of the trip was the view we got from the top of the ridge, it made all the muscle aches worth it. The looming rain cut the ridge hike a bit short but we were on our way back anyway. Going four miles downhill was a good cool down from the incessant uphill. Upon our arrival back to the cars we were greeted by Mary Gray with all the snacks we could ever want (and the snacks we forgot). I loved this trip and would definitely do it again, I enjoyed just about every second.

-Aliya F,  CIT

Group picture 2021, smiling campers and staff infront of scrub oak, holding "SPICES" signs. Text "THANK YOU! for supporting Mountain Friends Camp 2021"
Two campers and a CIT paddling a canoe, with reflections in the ripples and early morning light on the lake
Large group  singing around campfire, under the pavillion with string lights.
Two campers sharing a blue and purple hammock by the lake, one in black ans smiling, one in tie dye looking down and smiling
Three campers walking and smiling, two wearing witch/wizard style hats and cloak/gown, one dressed as a pink and aqua "icee" with matching aqua hair.

Camper Quotes 2021

"MFC is a family, we all care about each other. MFC is something I look forward to every summer."
"MFC is an awesome community that welcomes everyone and makes you feel like you’re at home while celebrating nature."
"Every year this camp reminds me how valuable it is to be kind."
"I love this community and I'll see my Friends."
"It is amazing, I didn't have that many friends at home this year, but now at MFC I have so many friends who think I'm awesome."
"I liked the community, how kind & understanding people are, being in nature, and the campfire. After camp, I won't be as anxious with what people think of me. Yes, I want to come back next year, it's my favorite time of summer!"
"It is so swag."
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