We look forward to your stay at de Benneville Pines. Utilize the following information to help make your stay comfortable and pleasant.
DIRECTIONS TO CAMP: Exit 1-10 in Redlands at the Orange Street/Highway 38 exit. Take Highway 38 through Mentone up the mountain. About 6 miles past Angelus Oaks, look for a series of orange and black arrow signs indicating a left bend in the road, mileage marker 25.28, a turnout with white mailboxes on the left, and a turnout on the right. Immediately after that, turn right on Jenks Lake Road West. In approximately one mile, shortly past Barton Flat Road on the left and a sign for Jenks Lake on the right, turn right on the de Benneville Pines road. Park in the dirt parking area and proceed on foot up the driveway to the right to Homet Lodge to check in where you will receive a name tag and directions to your room. Printable link
IMPORTANT: Between November and April BRING TIRE CHAINS THAT FIT YOUR CAR! In the event of snow, the Forest Service will not allow you on the road without them. There is always a possibility of snow at this time of year. The camp store does NOT stock chains.
Winter weather may bring snow. Please click here for current Road Conditions. Enter 38 for your search highway.
CHECK-IN: Camp check-in generally occurs in the Lodge where there will be someone to assist you. If you have a pre-arranged early arrival, refer to the sign-in sheet and posted room assignments. You may find staff in the office or the Manager’s Cabin. When checking in early, be sure to also check in with the Registrar on the scheduled first day of camp. If you arrive late you must do the same.
PARKING YOUR VEHICLE: Park your vehicle in the designated lot. Always park facing out. You may drive to your cabin to load and unload your bedding, clothing, and other items you need for camp, then return to the parking area. Special parking provisions can be made for handicapped persons. Please inquire when you check in. Always keep your car keys with you. If possible, have a second set in your room.
MEDICAL RELEASE: Everyone needs to submit a current medical release form at EACH camp they attend. We love it when you attend multiple camps. And while it is a little extra work on your part to fill out a new form each time, we are ensured to have current information that is readily available. Printable forms
MEALS: Meals are served buffet style. If you are not in a program with meals and are in Cabin 6 or Craig's Cabin, you will be able to prepare your meals. Coffee, teas, and hot chocolate are always available in the lodge. Communal meals include community clean-up. All campers help to set tables before meals and clean them afterward. Find out the specific protocol for the camp you are attending. Enhance your Camp experience by inviting someone new to sit with you.
PERSONAL FOOD: Do not store food in cabins (except 6 and Craig’s) or vehicles. You may use the small refrigerators and a dry-storage cabinet in Homet Lodge. Please label your food with your name. Remember that other people will be using the storage areas, too.
CAMP STORE: The Camp Store is in Homet Lodge. It is generally open for about 15 minutes after lunch and dinner. The store carries T-shirts, sweatshirts, hand-crafted items, and snacks.
SHOWERS: Each showerhead is equipped with a water-saver shut-off button. Once you get the water to the right temperature and get wet, push the button to stop the water while you soap up. When you push the button in the other direction, the water will come back on at about the same temperature. If you turn on the shower and no water comes out, check that button -- someone before you may have left it pushed in.
Our sewer system cannot handle the kinds of things that a big city system can. PLEASE, do not put paper towels or other inappropriate waste in the toilet!
CHECKOUT: Checkout time is generally 3:00 p.m. on the last scheduled day of camp. (This might vary slightly depending on individual camps). Before you leave, please: 1) Check your room and other areas for all your personal belongings. 2) Empty the trash cans into the large can on the cabin porch. 3) Sweep out the cabin and leave it as clean as you found it. In Cabin 6 and Craig’s Cabin, clean and put away dishes and cookware and empty and clean refrigerator and freezer.
Our very small housekeeping staff, who also performs other tasks around Camp, especially appreciates you for taking care of these things.
STAFF APPRECIATION: You may wish to make a gratuities donation for the camp staff, as this is not included in your camp fee. There is a designated box in Homet Lodge for this purpose. Gratuities are distributed among the kitchen, maintenance, lodge, housekeeping, and office staff.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
CAMPER SAFETY: The safety of our campers and camp community is our highest priority. We background check all our youth camp staff, volunteer and paid. Our safety and protection policies can be found here.
ALCOHOL AND DRUGS: Alcoholic beverages are not provided. Please refrain from using non-prescription drugs during your stay.
SMOKING: Smoking is prohibited on the trails, in the woods, inside buildings, and during workshops. Smoking by legal adults is permitted on the lodge porch, cabin porches, and cemented areas. Please be considerate of others who utilize these areas. Use receptacles on the porches. Do not flick ashes over the railings or onto the pine-needle-covered ground!
FIRE: There is a fire extinguisher in each cabin. Under each cabin porch is a fire hose. If you hear the fire alarm, get your keys and gather outside Homet Lodge for further instructions. If the Lodge is on fire, go to your car and carefully drive down the hill.
ALTITUDE: The camp is located at an altitude of 6,800 feet. This means: 1) You may get tired or winded more quickly than at lower elevations. 2) You may sunburn more quickly or more severely. 3) You may feel the effects of alcohol more intensely. Be sure to drink plenty of water to reduce dehydration caused by high altitude.
LEAVING DURING CAMP: Camp de Benneville Pines is surrounded by National Forest Wilderness Area. Forest Service hiking permits are REQUIRED for hiking in these areas and are available at the Mill Creek Ranger Station on Route 38 in Mentone. If you are on an officially led hike, we will provide the permits. If you leave the property for any reason before the last scheduled day of camp, you must sign out before you leave and back in when you return.
CONSIDERATION FOR OTHERS
Please remember that you are sharing a cabin and a bathroom with several other people. Therefore:
- Be quiet in the cabin after 10 PM and before 7 AM.
- Don't turn on the bright overhead light if someone is sleeping in the room.
- Limit your pre-breakfast stay in the bathroom to 7 minutes or less. Try to schedule your showers for a less busy time of day.
- When you do shower, remember that our hot water tanks are relatively small. Please save some hot water for those who are waiting to follow you.
WHAT TO BRING: Depending on the time of year, here are some things you will want to remember to bring (in addition to the TIRE CHAINS mentioned above):
Sleeping bag or blankets and sheets, pillow, towel, washcloth, soap, and other personal items, sun protection (year-round), cold weather clothing including a base layer such as long johns, a warm jacket, boots, gloves, hat, etc. - layers work best, flashlight/ headlamp with good batteries, timepiece, a large towel for use at the hot tub, and perhaps hiking clothes, shoes, and hat, wine/ glass, musical instrument, paper or notebook and pen/ pencil, cell phone charger, extension cord, drum, bathing suit, yoga mat/ clothing, and sleeping aids such as earplugs, eye mask, a small fan for airflow and white noise. MEDICATIONS - If you know that you may need emergency medication (allergy medicine, heart medicine, etc.), PLEASE have it with you! Printable lists- Fall/Winter Spring/ Summer
PLEASE DO NOT BRING: Radios, tape players, illegal substances, firearms, fireworks, pets (guide dogs O.K.), or any peace-disturbing items.
CELL PHONES AND OTHER DEVICES: Camp de Benneville Pines is a place to unplug. Cell coverage is spotty at Camp and there is no Wi-Fi. Take advantage of this and take time to relax and unwind. And when you leave, take your charger.