A Peaceful Place Apart: Even During Coronavirus
Camp Stevens, an Episcopal camp and retreat center just outside of downtown Julian, has shifted gears this year—instead of summer camp for 100 kids every week, the facility now offers day use for hiking, swimming, meditating in the outdoor chapel, as well as small overnight retreats for individuals and families. Nestled on 256 acres of wild land, the camp prides itself on ecological sustainability and a respect for nature. Healthy, delicious meals served by masked and gloved staff on an outdoor patio provide sustenance in the midst of recreation.
“We have always been a place where people can relax, retreat and find a space to heal,” said Executive Director Kathy Wilder. “That hasn’t changed because of COVID. We hope people still come here and know that we’re taking extra care and concern with safety and precautions. We listen to people’s needs and help them have a restorative time when they’re here.”
Currently, the camp offers weekend day use. On Saturdays and Sundays people can come and hike on the property and use the pool. The camp asks people to bring their own food, drink and sports equipment. $25 per car.
“We hope people who used to use the Pine Crest pool (which is now closed) will think of Camp Stevens,” said Wilder. “We hope to engage with our local community more.”
Another option is the overnight weekend retreats for individuals and families. Guests arrive on Friday evening and stay through Sunday morning. Meals served include Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast. The camp has reconfigured the lodges to accommodate each person or family to have their own restrooms and sleeping space.
The camp welcomes anyone who needs a break! While masks and physical distancing remain the norm, anyone can hike solo or with their families or groups.
Camp Stevens also serves as a pickup location for the Sage Mountain Farms community supported agriculture (CSA) box. The camp staff ensure the pickup experience is smooth and safe. They also contribute their own home made bread and granola for a small donation.
To learn more about day use, overnight retreats, swimming, or CSA boxes, please contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org, 760-765-0028.