lodging & meals
Idyllwild Pines Camp | 26375 CA Hwy-243, Idyllwild-Pine Cove, CA 92549
Located at 5,300 feet in the picturesque San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild Pines offers an ideal location to experience the joy of recovery! There are open meadows, nature trails, and scenic areas for quiet reflection, meaningful conversations, connection with others, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Cabin dorms are equipped with bunk beds, internet accessibility, and electrical outlets - you bring your own sheets, blankets, or sleeping bag. Many campers bring decorative items like string lights and prayer flags. Although dorms typically sleep 8 people to a room, dorms will be reduced to half capacity to promote health and safety. Cabin dorms will be assigned based on gender. If you identify as non-binary, gender-fluid, or other identifier and prefer private accommodations, please email us for availability.
If you know others who will be attending and would like to room with them, please include their name(s) during registration. Restrooms and showers are located next door to the cabins.
Although all meals are provided throughout the weekend, you may bring snacks or some of your own food favorites if you have specific preferences - there is a full kitchen in the lodge, with a fridge. Please label your items.
Throughout the weekend (and at checkout), everyone is expected to follow this simple camp rule: "Leave it nicer than you found it!"
Since lodging is dorm-style, please be aware of others' need for quiet time. Quiet time in the dorms will vary with the energy and engagement of dorm-mates. However, if you notice campers asleep, take the fun outside the room. If you are a "night owl" and would prefer to dorm with other "night owls," please note this on your registration form under "Anything else we should know."
BRING YOUR OWN TENT CAMPING
Although Idyllwild Pines Camp does not have a dedicated tent camping area or sites, they have given us permission to allow those who are not yet comfortable with shared cabin lodging to bring a tent to sleep in. You must identify your preference to bring your tent when you register; there are only room for (10) tents so if this is your preference, it will be best to register early.
If you choose tent camping, you understand that:
- Tents will be pitched near the fire circle and cabins in Creekside camp;
- Tent campers will be responsible for locating and clearing their own tent site since staff will be unable to assist due to other camp obligations.
- If you change your mind after arriving at camp, you may request placement in a cabin bunk, but it is not a guarantee that a bunk will be available. This will be determined once everyone arrives onsite.
Camp Spiritfire will take place in Creekside Camp, with our own lodge with a fireplace for fellowship during free time and in the evenings. Since outdoor quiet time is at 10 p.m., campers will be encouraged to continue fellowship in the lodge after that time. Arts & Crafts and a games table will be set up in the lodge for any night owls.
Meals are provided in the mess hall. While we will be dining with other groups staying elsewhere in Idyllwild Pines, we will be assigned our own section of tables for dining together throughout the weekend. Meal times are fixed and cannot be adjusted: Breakfast is at 8 a.m., Lunch is at 12 p.m., Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. A chow bell will ring to announce meal time.
A sample menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, cereal and oatmeal for breakfast; tacos, black beans, rice, and salad for lunch; BBQ chicken, vegetable kabobs, salad and Hawaiian sweet rolls for dinner. Vegatarian, Vegan, and gluten-free options available - please note this during registration. If you have strict dietary needs, please bring your own food to prepare in full kitchen that will be available in our camp.
Free coffee and tea will be available in the mess hall from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and in our lodge beginning at 7 a.m.
TRAVEL & CHECK IN
Check-in at camp is from 2 – 6 p.m. on Friday. Idyllwild Pines Camp is located in the mountains and is very difficult to locate in the dark. Please know that we will have limited ability to assist anyone with arrivals or check-in after registration ends at 6 p.m. since all counselors will be participating in the programming under way at that time. There will be activities beginning at 3 p.m. – swimming, a kickoff meeting, and a Welcome Festival & dinner, so you should plan to arrive during that time. Email email@example.com to coordinate a late arrival.
If you’d like to arrive early, no problem – just email us so we can coordinate your arrival to keep us from incurring a cost for early arrivals.
TRAVEL & RIDESHARING
It takes about 2 to 2.5 hours to get to Idyllwild from L.A. You will hit VERY heavy traffic if you leave Los Angeles at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, so we strongly suggest taking Friday off, or only working a half-day. Aren’t you and your sanity worth it? (answer is yes.)
We encourage carpooling and ridesharing! To assist anyone wanting to carpool, campers will receive an invitation to join our private camper Facebook group after registering to coordinate shared rides with other campers.