Celebrate the Holidays at Camp!
Event Date(s): Saturday, Dec 14
Camp takes on a whole different feel in winter! We invite you to join us for our annual Holiday Reunion Party!
Sat. Dec. 14, 2013
YMCA Camp Loma Mar
9900 Pescadero Creek Rd., Loma Mar
We'll catch up with old friends, share camp stories, visit with past staff, make crafts, sing some camp songs and then sit down for a delicious holiday meal together and enjoy a slide show from summer 2013!
Dinner will be served at 3:30.
This event is open to all friends of Loma Mar and is free of charge, but donations to our holiday wish list are welcome! (t the top of the list - new mattresses!!)
Please RSVP by Dec. 8 so we have enough food! Please call 650-879-0223 or email us to RSVP or if you have questions.
If you'd like to make a wreath, please bring a base with you. (you can pick them up at any crafts store)
We sure hope you can join us!
Register Now for Extreme Science Camp!
Event Date(s): Thursday, Dec 26 - Monday, Dec 30
Is your child a veteran summer camper in need of a 'camp fix'? Or maybe he or she enjoyed a session of Outdoor School at Camp Arroyo and would love an excuse to come back for another visit! Maybe your child hasn't gone to sleepaway camp before and a week in the summer sounds a little too long? Or maybe the thought of camp in the winter just sounds like fun! Whatever the case, if you're between the ages of 8-13, Extreme Science Camp at Camp Arroyo is the perfect solution!
Registration is open now and space is limited. Visit our Programs page for more information and registration.
Celebrate the Ragger Centennial with Us!
Event Date(s): Friday, Oct 10 - Monday, Oct 13
Click here to download a flyer for this event
"I would be true, for there are those who trust me..."
Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Raggers say the YMCA Rag program was instrumental in helping shape the person they are today. YMCA Camp Loma Mar is honored, and humbled, to be the birthplace of this impactful program. As the program celebrates its 100th year in 2014, we will be participating in a couple of celebrations!
Rag Re-Dedication Week across the U.S. - July 13-19, 2014! Y Camps across the country will be inviting Raggers back to their home camp to rededicate their Rag or accept a new challenge and remember the goals they've set for themselves. We will be hosting a Rag Rededication celebration at both of our summer camps - Camp Loma Mar & Camp Ravencliff - during this week. Watch here for more details.
Birthplace Centennial Celebration - Oct. 10-12, 2014. Raggers across the country will come together to celebrate where it all began! There will be a weekend of fun for those who wish to spend a weekend at camp, or participants can join us for just the celebration day on Sunday, Oct. 12. We will explore how the program has evolved, how it is embraced at Y camps and beyond, and share stories of impact and growth amidst other fun camp activities. Registration is open now and space to spend the weekend is limited. For more information download the flier at the top of this page. You can also Register Online or download the registration form to mail or fax in your registration.
To join our interest list and receive updates email Bria Cartwright.
Keep an eye on our website for more details as they arise, or join our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/clmragger100.
More about the Program
In the spring of 1914 Thomas S. Caldwell, 38 years old, was the boy's secretary of the Oakland YMCA and making plans to take a group to summer camp. During the previous summer's camp he had encountered some disciplinary problems among a group of boys. Caldwell was looking for a device, he wrote later, "to meet certain problems of discipline by placing action upon a positive rather than negative basis." The first Rags were purchased for 10 cents each at the Williamson's Country Store in Pescadero and were nothing more than simple blue bandanas.
This was the simple start of the YMCA Rag Program, a program that has spread across the country and the world, has expanded to multiple levels of personal challenge and a program that many credit with helping them become the person they are today.
It is significant that almost from the beginning Caldwell called the kerchiefs Rags rather than bandanas. This was to signify that in themselves they had no value. Rather they were only a symbol of the qualities a boy had demonstrated. Within several days after the camp period got underway, Caldwell called several youths out at campfire and, as he tied the Rag around each boy's neck, told him in front of the other campers why he was receiving it. Before they returned to Oakland a rather large percentage of the boys (about 25 of them) became Blue Raggers, and one, Edmund DeFreitas, became the first Red Ragger.
Calling All Alumni!
Event Date(s): Wednesday, Apr 1 - Tuesday, Dec 15
We invite all Camp Loma Mar alumni - past campers, staff, volunteers, donors, etc., to complete and send us the Alumni Directory Listing form. Submitted forms will be compiled into a directory to be published around the first of the year, and will then be updated annually. This is a great way to reconnect with old friends and share your Loma Mar memories. We know camp is a very special place to many, many people. We also hope you'll include information on how Camp Loma Mar has impacted your life so that we can capture that information and share it with others as part of our celebration. Listing in the directory will also help us ensure we have current contact information for you so we can keep you updated on all things Camp Loma Mar, as well as let you know about upcoming celebration events.
If you have questions about this, or would like to be involved in alumni development or helping plan events, please contact Bria Cartwright by e-mail or at (925)667-2231.