Camp Osito Rancho
Camp Osito Rancho is a beautiful outdoor camp that has been in operation since 1955. Over the years, Camp Osito has seen many updates and renovations to the various structures contained within. The camp is located in Big Bear Lake within the San Bernardino National Forest and consists of 160 acres of grounds at an elevation of 7,500 feet. Due to the elevation, there is limited access to the camp November through May as the property receives heavy and frequent snows during the winter months.
The site contains a ranger’s house, main lodge (approx 5,000 sq. ft.) with two fireplaces, multi-stall restrooms with showers, a dining hall with a commercial kitchen, a swimming pool and pool house, a program yurt, horse tack house and corral, and a remodeled infirmary. In addition, six tent platform sites are supported by multi-shower, multi-flush toilet restroom houses. Each unit sleeps 24-28 people. GSGLA has run its resident camp program from the facility since the summer of 2010. Activities include horseback riding, archery, a high adventure course (high and low ropes course, rock climbing wall and zip line), hiking, learning nature skills, and canoeing on a private lake.
Camp Lakota, an awe-inspiring outdoor camp, is next to the Los Padres National Forest and sits on 57 acres. Camp Lakota is a highly used camp facility, primarily due to its year-round access and proximity to the San Fernando Valley.
The camp has several amenities including: three cabins and four outdoor sleeping platform units (sleeps 100 total), a ranger house, large pool house, general store/office, director's cabin, maintenance vehicle garage, three storage garages, horse stables, sizable horse corral, and large program pavilion.
The restoration of the pool at Camp Lakota is complete and operational, thanks to the generous funding received from the Don & Lorraine Freeberg Foundation. The Bill Mingus Ropes Course, featuring high and low ropes courses, is also complete, and a dedication ceremony with the Mingus family and donors took place on July 8, 2018. A master plan, including a new dining hall and cabins, is being developed and the camp is estimated to be complete in 2020.
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