French Meadows Camp Policies
The following camp rules are listed to assure a safe and enjoyable experience for all and are requested by the Forest Service and/or the camp staff. See also the cancellation policy below.
1. Drive 5 mph within camp boundaries. There are children playing and people walking leisurely on the road. Drive slowly for their safety and yours.
2. The campgrounds are reserved for camping only. Our special use permit allows us to charge admission to the camp and to sell items in the store to our members. If you are interested in some activity other than "camping only," please direct your questions to the George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation in writing so that your request may be reviewed by the Board of Directors for consideration. A minimum of 90 days prior before the start of camp is required.
3. There is no selling of goods or services allowed in the National Forest. Exchanging goods or services for money in the National Forest is breaking the law.
4. Camp only within camp boundaries and at least 25 yards (75 feet) from the stream. This assures everyone's enjoyment of the natural beauty.
5. Pets, including dogs, are not permitted within the camp boundaries. If you show up with a dog, other than a registered service animal, or other pet you will be asked to leave.
6. Also prohibited within camp boundaries: smoking, underage drinking, illegal drugs, firearms, soap or shampoo in the stream, rock climbing in the kitchen area, and alcohol at scheduled events. Picking wildflowers is not allowed in the National Forest.
7. Quiet time is 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM. This includes radios and CD players at personal campsites as well as the use of bright lanterns.
8. Responsibility. The camp staff does not provide individual care for participants. If you need care, you need to bring your own care giver. Camp reserves the right to limit participation based on individual condition.
9. All engines, other than approved woodcutting equipment, should be off during camp—check with the camp director for reasonable use of RV generators. Cutting live or standing trees and operating chain saws are strictly prohibited.
10. Due to fire danger only two open fire areas are allowed: the kitchen and the evening campfire area. Individual camp stoves and lanterns are permitted however.
11. Keep bear bait (anything aromatic) out of sight and smell and away from tents—the back of the rented truck and bear boxes at Aspen and Lodgepole are available for these items. The bears avoid humans but do like to snack on food left out during the night, for which they have been known to rip tents.
12. Photo/Video—Any commercial use of photographs or videos taken at French Meadows Camp is prohibited without written permission by the George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation. Please let the folks at the registration table KNOW if you object to your image being used by the Foundation for promotion purposes.
13. Drink plenty of water. Filtered water is available from the kitchen. Avoid drinking water from the stream. Bring your own bottle or cup for personal use and reserve camp utensils and bowls for dining use.
14. Ask before arriving. If you have any questions about these policies, or any other questions, it is best to ask before driving all the way to camp—call (800) 232-2372 or (530) 566-9765. Having to ask someone to leave is no fun for us, or you.
If you cancel your reservation for any reason, per person cancellation fees are as follows:
- Before May 1, 2014 = $150 fee; the remainder is refunded
- May 1-June 30, 2014 = $250 fee; the remainder is applied to the 2015 French Meadows Summer Camp—any amount not used for the 2015 camp will be donated to the 501(c)3 nonprofit East West Center for Macrobiotics
- After June 30, 2014 = no refund
There are no enclosed accomodations
Campers, RVs, and motor homes are welcome and must be parked in the lots provided. Since the paving of the parking lots a few years ago we have had plenty of space for everyone.
Restrooms (camp toilets) and cold running water are available at several locations throughout the campground.
Filtered water, used for cooking, is available to all campers; feel free to bring your own water bottle and cup for taking filtered water out of the kitchen area.
Shower stalls are erected for camp. You provide your own solar shower bag (available at the bookstore), as there is no hot running water.
Bears occasionally roam the campground at night and break into cars containing food with the windows cracked open. Food can be safely stored in the large camp truck which has a secure door.
Emergency Phone: The nearest phone is about 23 miles away. Some cell phones work from the top of Chipmunk Ridge, a five to six mile drive up an unpaved road. If you need to be reached in case of a real emergency, the Forest Service office in Foresthill will relay the message—the number is (530) 367-2224 and our location is the Gates Group campground at French Meadows. We also can send emergency messages through the Forest Rangers.