About Camp de Benneville Pines
Camp de Benneville Pines was founded in 1961 as a summer mountain retreat in the San Bernardino National Forrest for the Unitarian Universalists of southern California, southern Nevada, and Arizona. Over 20 years ago, the camp became year around and other groups (e.g., scouts, theater groups, home schoolers, etc.) rent the facility. While the Camp sponsors Art Groove, participants are not all Unitarian Universalists. Everyone is welcome, regardless of faith, sexual orientation, or political persuasion.
At nearly 7,000 feet the pines rule, but oak trees put in a good showing (especially in the fall). There are hiking trails nearby with Jenks Lake within walking distance. Activities available include swimming in the camp pool, soaking in the hot tub, canoeing on the Lake, taking an archery lesson, walking the meditation labyrinth, and lounging in the clean mountain air. Art campers often mix these activities with the afternoon creative workshops.
Facilities are rustic but clean and comfortable. Campers are housed in cabins with shared rooms (2-3 persons on bottom bunks). Bathrooms are down the hall. There are a limited number of double beds available on a first come, first served basis at registration. Non-artist partners are welcome to come and enjoy the camp activities on their own. Meals in Homet Lodge offer selections for omnivore, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. The food is fresh, wholesome, abundant, and delicious.