Welcome to the All-New 2016 French Meadows

pinecrest lakeOur 47th Annual Summer Camp takes place at beautiful Camp Sylvester near Pinecrest Lake in the mountains of Central California. The grounds feature sleeping cabins, tent space, a large dining hall with full commercial kitchen, a second kitchen for cooking classes, indoor and outdoor dining options, volleyball and basketball courts, plus much more!

The picturesque natural surroundings are an ideal setting to go "on retreat" and provide a unique environment in which to relax, study, and play. 

Each registrant will be assigned a bunk in a cabin (see next section of this page). However, you are welcome to pitch a tent at no extra charge if you prefer. Reserve now!

Sleeping Cabins

Pinecrest hemlock cabin

There are eighteen sleeping cabins available. Each private cabin sleeps 8 to 13 guests in twin-size bunk beds. Each unit includes access to bathroom, dining, and recreation facilities. The cabins have full power and lighting and are gas heated if the weather turns unusually cold.

No linens are provided; you need to provide all bedding (sheets, blankets, sleeping bag and/or pillow), hygiene products, and bathing towel.

Participants are required to pick up and sweep their cabin daily. We have a cleaning crew to clean the bathrooms.

Private Tent Space: Bring Your Own

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There is room for about fifty tents between the cabins and other buildings. Most of these spots have ample afternoon shade with a reasonable amount of open space.

Notify us if you prefer to tent and we will save a place near your cabin. There is no change in fees for choosing to stay in a tent. (IE: Every registration includes bunk space.)

You will choose cabin or tent space during registration. Let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you have any questions.

Area Attractions


In addition to our excellent program and delicious meals, Pinecrest Lake offers many unique opportunities from horseback riding to water activities to hikes in the gorgeous mountains.

There is an easy hike around the lake and the more challenging climb to Cleo's Bath (pictured here). Bicycle rentals are available at the lake. And, bring your clubs if you play golf because there is a course just 20 miles back down the road.

Click here for a list of area activities close to our camp. 

More Camping Information


Campers, RVs, and motor homes: Parking at Camp Sylvester is extremely limited as is space for motor homes. The better option may be to camp in a nearby campground and walk to our campus.

Bathrooms/Showers with flush toilets, sinks, and showers with hot (limited) and cold running water are conveniently located near all cabins and tent spaces.

Filtered water is used for cooking and drinking and is available to all campers; feel free to bring your own water bottle and cup for taking filtered water out of the kitchen area.

Phone Service: Verizon and Sprint phones work most all of the time; AT&T and T-Mobile do not. We ask that you keep your phones in airplane mode within camp boundaries and not disturb others when you make your calls. 

See the section on camp policies.

What to Bring to Camp

Come prepared for hot days, cool nights and the rare occasion of rain by bringing the following:

  • for cabin: bedding (sheets, blankets, sleeping bag and/or pillow)

  • for tenting: sleeping bag, tent, or ground cover

  • hygiene products, bathing towel

  • sweater, jacket, and cap for cold nights and mornings

  • summer clothing / hat

  • bathing suit / exercise clothes / yoga mat

  • water bottle / thermos / tea cup

  • towels / toiletries

  • bicycle / helmet

  • hiking gear / day pack

  • flashlight / lantern / camera

  • musical instruments

  • special food as desired or needed

  • art supplies / sketch pad

  • notebooks / pencils

  • a willingness to pitch in

Summer camp takes place in the mountains. Be prepared to deal with cold nights and chilly mornings.


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Join us for the 47th annual French Meadows Summer Camp at Pinecrest Lake, July 15-23, 2016.