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The June 23-24 Basecamp Basics schedule:

JUNE 23, 2019

1:00PM- Registration at Lakeside Hall with Lunch

Welcome to Basecamp Basics Class (REI Instructor)

  • Camping Basics
    • Tent Setup
    • Cooking Systems
    • Sleep Systems
    • Appropriate clothing and outdoor attire
    • Extras to make a more comfortable camping set-up
  • Activities/ Games to Do While Camping
    • Resources to find local hikes and outdoor activities for all abilities
    • Steps to take to prepare for a hike/ outdoor activity
      • Ten Essentials
      • How REI can introduce people to new activities through outdoor school, in-store programming, and the guides/ gear they sell
    • What to do at night
      • Board games, dominoes, card games

2:00PM – Actual Tent Set-up at Site (demonstration by Basecamp Hospitality)

5:00PM – 7:00PM Free Time

7:00PM – 7:30 PM

  • How to build a Campfire (REI)
    • What are the rules and ethics of proper fire building
  • Permits – If they are needed and where to get them
    • How to make the best S’mores and other campfire treats.

8 PM – 10 PM Outdoor Movie Night at the Amphitheater

JUNE 24, 2019

7:30 AM – Making Gourmet Camp Coffee (REI)

  • Stove options
  • Brewing methods
  • Taste Testing

8:00 AM

  • ACTIVITY OPTIONS (Lake Camanche Crew)
    • Hiking
    • Fishing
    • Kayaking


5:00PM – 6:00PM

  • Afternoon Cruise – Optional (Lake Camanche Crew)

JUNE 25, 2019


To sign-up, please complete this reservation form or call (209) 763-5121. Prices start at only $285 (three days/two nights with tent and chairs) and $224 (three days/two nights at tent site, bring your own tent).

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Instructor Bios

Melissa Tipton

Melissa has been working for REI for over five years and counting. She spent her childhood outside every minute that she could and got into camping and hiking with her dad at a very early age. She’s looking forward to running a youth camp for the month of July in Tahoe National Forest and to thru-hiking the John Muir Trail in August this year.

Nathan Schmidt

Nathan has been working with REI over 4 years and loves the outdoors.  He grew up in northern California where at an early age he enjoyed camping, hiking, and kayaking with his family.  Mostly these days you will still find him enjoying these passions as well as traveling to Yosemite and Joshua Tree national parks for rock climbing and backpacking.