Once placed on the waiting list, we will contact you if and when a space opens. You may sign up at that time, opt to remain on the waiting list, or cancel your place on the waiting list. No deposit is required to be placed on the waiting list.
Note: All Campers must be Members of the George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation. Membership costs $35 for U.S. addresses and $50 for International address for a mailed copy of each issue of Macrobiotics Today or $25 for a PDF copy of each issue of Macrobiotics Today. See Membership for more information or to join—you may sign up for membership at the same time as registering for camp below. Membership applies to all members of your immediate family. If you sign up for camp and aren't a member, we will send an invoice for payment.
Returning campers: You may make a Secure Payment below—we will e-mail you if any additional information is needed.
Remote Camping Option: Another Choice!
We can accommodate up to 25 people at individual campgrounds nearby (less than two miles away). You will pay for your own campsite and the FM Camp program fee is reduced to $100 per day.
Campers taking this option can attend the full program...fantastic meals, lectures, workshops, yoga, variety shows, hikes, evening campfire, and optional private counseling or bodywork sessions. That's from 6:00AM to 10:00PM. The only thing you wouldn't be able to do is stay overnight. You can walk, bike, or drive back and forth. (You'll want to have proper lighting if you're walking or biking. It is totally dark at night.)
Camp Fees (U.S. funds only)
For full 8 days from Saturday, July 13 to 11:00 am Sunday, July 21, 2013:
Adult, member = $995
Youth (3 to 18) = $450
Babies (under 3 yrs)—Call before registering
For 4 days from July 13 to noon July 17, 2013 OR from noon July 17 to 11:00 am July 21, 2013:
Adult, member = $590
Youth (3 to 18) = $290
Babies (under 3 yrs)—Call before registering
Camping Areas and Other Matters
- Ponderosa (site of lecture, dining, kitchen and campfire areas)
- Lodgepole (site of the kid's camp and across from registration)
- Aspen (secluded area, closest to the stream, longer walk to events)
Partial Stays: Daily attendance is subject to space in the campground; so, contact us in early July to check on availability and costs. If you arrive at camp and there is no space in the campground, you may pay for and attend camp, but you will need to camp in another campground and commute to our campgrounds. The nearest daily campgrounds are a mile or two away.
9-Day Camp—Early Arrival: Those who want a 9-day camp are welcome to come on Friday, July 12 after 1:00 pm and help set up camp or pay an additional fee of $50. This fee will be collected at camp and is waived if you help during set up or during camp.
Reservations: Full payment or a deposit of $100.00 per person is required to reserve a space. Balance is due by July 1, 2013. Note that discounts for full payment apply only if full payment is made by the deadlines listed. If it should become necessary for you to cancel your reservation, see below for cancellation charges.
Work/Exchange: There are a limited number of work exchange positions available for camp. See Work Exchange for information.
Camp Policies: If you haven't read the camp policies, they are reprinted below for your convenience. Review them before signing up for camp. If you have any questions, it is best to ask before driving all the way to camp.
French Meadows Camp Payment
Full Camp—July 13-21, 2013
Half Camp—July 13-17 noon; or, July 17 noon-11:00 am July 21
Pay Deposit Only
Membership—required per family
Cancellation Charges, per person:
If you have to cancel your reservation for any reason, the cancellation charges, per person, are as follows:
- Until April 30, 2013: $50
- May 1 to May 31, 2013: $100
- After May 31, 2013 and at camp: no refund; however, any amount over $100 will be kept on account and may be used at future French Meadows camps.
The following camp rules are listed to help make the camp go smoothly, 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 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.