Camp de Benneville Pines

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The latest edition of the de Benneville Connection , our semi-annual newspaper
is now available. Pick up a paper copy at camp or download it Here!

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Janet James, Camp Executive Director
with Daisy Doodle, Camp Dog

About Camp de Benneville Pines

Camp de Benneville Pines is a retreat and conference center located in the Barton Flats area of the San Bernardino National Forest, about 90 miles east of Los Angeles. At an elevation of 6,800 feet, the camp is surrounded by a forest of towering pines, cedars, and oaks. We are affiliated with the Pacific Southwest District of the Unitarian-Universalist Association and welcome people of all faiths who want to use our facility for programming compatible with our philosophy of respect for the interconnected web of life and for the worth and dignity of all human beings.

Our facilities include a beautiful heated swimming pool (open in season), a hot tub, children’s playground, an archery range, and opportunities for many outdoor sports in season including hiking, snowshoeing, sledding, as well as fishing and canoeing in nearby Jenks Lake. Our cabins are all equipped with modern bathrooms and hot showers, and offer comfortable sleeping quarters. Delicious meals are prepared by our talented kitchen staff and served in our main lodge.

We currently host youth and family camps, church weekend retreats, yoga camps, music camps, art and photography camps, performing arts camps for youths (through our affiliation with Camp Bravo), adult summer camps and many more. Contact us on 909-794-2928 or email us at to find out if we are right for your next camp retreat or conference.

Bearing a Welcome to All!!

Fire on the Mountain!

The "Lake Fire" that has so far consumed over 25,000 acres of the San Bernardino National Forest began close to our Camp's southern border. Our Camp is (as of Friday, June 26th), undamaged by the fire. However, we have suffered financial loses due to the closure of Route 38 and Jenks Lake Road, and the evacuation of all campers in the area. A skeleton crew, including our director Janet James remains on site.

As of 6/25/2015, PSWD elementary summer camp is still scheduled to begin July 5 at the camp. Click on our Facebook Page for updates for status on the fire, and any additional impact on our camp schedule for the summer.

You may also be interested in a radio station KPCC Interview with Janet James regarding the Lake Fire and our Camp.

Camp Bravo Touches the Hearts of Campers
by David Krassner, co-owner and producer Camp Bravo

A long time camper once remarked, “…a place where I truly feel “heard”, that’s what CAMP BRAVO means to me.”

After years of successfully making their livings as actors in feature films, countless television shows, Broadway and regional theatres appearances, Artur Cybulski and J. David Krassner were invited to be guest artists at several high school theatre conferences across the country. They taught workshops, shared their life experiences and acting training with young people eager to learn about the theatre as an art form. Cybulski and Krassner quickly became regulars on the high school theatre conference circuit.

They soon began to work with literally thousands of young artists, hands-on, each year. They found that these young people had one thing in common - a passion for their craft, a desire for knowledge and experience, and very often nowhere to get these skills. More and more, the budgets for arts programs in our schools were being drastically cut. Students with a passion for the arts were only getting a taste of it in their curriculum. Because of this need, in the summer of 1995, the concept of Camp Bravo--a theater arts camp--was born.

According to Krassner, “What makes Camp Bravo unique is our focus on inclusion within a non-competitive environment. We believe in creative arts immersion training where no student is singled out. There is no auditioning and no casting. Every participant starts in the same place and becomes part of a rich collective environment that focuses on cooperative ensemble-based learning, thus enriching the personal creativity of every student. In every way, we strive for inclusivity, and we encourage brave and thoughtful exploration of craft and self.  We create a safe community for young people to discover their theatrical and performing passions and talents, and we work tirelessly to fill the gap in arts education left by cuts in school funding”.

Read more - and view the Camp Bravo slide show

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