Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing.
Refunds will be issued in the same manner payment was made.

Before 11/1: Cancellation fee is $75 per person

11/1-12/14: $150 per person

12/15-3/14: $250 per person

3/15-5/15: 50% of fees paid

after 5/15: No refunds will be given

Cancellation requests due to medical or family emergencies: Prior to the camp start date require a physician’s written verification. Upon receipt of verification, you will receive a refund of your amount paid, less a $300 cancellation fee per person. If you prefer, 75% of the amount you paid can be applied to the 2017 camp.

Cancellations due to personal reasons: See Cancellation Policy above. There are no refunds or prorating for campers who arrive late or leave camp early in the session. Homesickness or dismissal from camp is not grounds for a refund. There is no exchange or transfer of camp fees at camp.

Trip Cancellation Insurance: We recommend you protect your investment with TRAVEL INSURANCE in the event that unforeseen circumstances, such as an injury, illness, or other covered event should cause you to cancel your trip. Check with your insurance provider or search “trip cancellation insurance” for further details.


Other Camp Policies

13-chigongThe following camp rules are listed to assure a safe and enjoyable experience for all and are requested by the camp staff. These are in addition to those listed in the Waiver, Release, and Indemnity Agreement

1. Drive 5 mph within camp boundaries. There are children playing and people walking leisurely in the campground. 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 to 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. Stay in your assigned cabin or tent only within camp boundaries as approved by the Camp Director. 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, 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 in cabins and 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 should be off during camp—check with the Camp Director for reasonable use of RV generators. It is strictly prohibited to cut live or standing trees and or operate chain saws.

10. Due to extreme fire danger only one open fire area is allowed at the ampitheater. Individual camp stoves and lanterns are permitted with advance registration of devices.

11. Keep bear bait (food and anything aromatic) out of sight and smell and away from tents. Space in your assigned cabin is available for these items. The bears generally avoid humans but do like to snack on people food for which they have been known to rip tents, break car windows, pull doors off camper shells, and claw car exteriors. Careless attitudes by humans have resulted in the euthanizing of bears. Please be proactive, handle food properly and keep wild animals (and people) safe. Food is not secure in your vehicle.

12. Keep your cell phone in airplane mode within camp boundaries. Take care not to disturb others when you make your calls. 

13. 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.

14. Drink plenty of water. Filtered water is available from the kitchen. Avoid drinking water from the lake or stream. Bring your own bottle or cup for personal use and reserve camp utensils and bowls for dining use.

15. 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—email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call (530) 566-9765. Having to ask someone to leave is no fun for us, or you.


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