Historic Campground Returns to Life

October 28, 2019

LITTLE RIVER —The sound of children laughing, playing, and singing can be heard in the forest once again. Mendocino Redwood Retreat, formerly the Mendocino Christian Camp, is being resurrected. The non-profit campground, which opened in 1986 on Albion-Little River Road, has been largely underutilized in the last several years, but new leadership is bringing about new life.

Earlier this month, the Board of Directors for the camp approved a new mission statement: Encounter God, Enjoy Camping, and Explore Calling. The idea is to provide a place in the beautiful coastal redwoods for young people to spend time with God and nature, enjoy a comfortable, rustic camping experience, and consider what lies ahead for them in life. Although the mission is aimed predominantly at church youth groups, the campground is open to all those who love and appreciate the outdoors and share the organization’s respect of all people.

The camp has hosted men’s retreats, women’s retreats, church retreats, business groups, meditation groups, children camps, camps for the disabled, family reunions, scrapbookers, weddings, and public school educational field trips. Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley, the campground’s new director, brings to the camp her leadership skills as an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church. She is available to speak, play music, and meet camper needs during their stay. Groups are also permitted to do their own thing – with their own agenda, speakers, musicians, and programming.

Farley (at left) and her family live onsite and have poured their efforts into renovating the facilities on the 27-acre campground, which include a beautiful chapel designed by local architect Paul Tay, an iconic water tower, a big lodge with commercial kitchen, five cabins, and a bath house. Mission teams from churches in the local area and from around the state have recently invested their time, energy, and resources to make the camp a beautiful and fun place to stay. Renovations will continue in phases over the next year or two, with more amenities and upgrades planned.

The camp is now open for business and welcomes groups of up to 47 people. It offers WiFi, heaters and electricity in the cabins, bunk beds, and a well-equipped commercial kitchen with refrigerators, a freezer, pots, pans, plates, cups, and utensils. There are board games, bikes, balls, firewood and a grill available, too.

Campers must provide their own food, bedding, toiletries for the bathrooms, and charcoal for the grill.

For more information about Mendocino Redwood Retreat, contact the director at 707-937-4716 or visit Mendocino Redwood Retreat on Facebook or the retreat's website, www.mendocinoredwoodretreat.com.