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Sturtevant Camp Pricing Notice

New Pricing Structure in 2017

The pricing structure for Sturtevant Camp is going to change in 2017. Rather than a per person price for the cabins, we are moving to a flat rate per cabin or the main area. This means that there will no longer be a minimum number required to reserve. We are hoping that this will simplify the pricing. There is a price increase for the smaller numbers in each cabin, but a big price break for the full capacity of one or more cabins.

The price increase was built in to support the changes we have incorporated in camp:

  • Improved Cabin Feel (more homey)
  • Sheets, pillow cases, and blankets now provided for all cabins
  • Coffee, Tea, and Oatmeal now provided
  • Condiments and charcoal now provided
  • We are adding solar for a quieter and cleaner electricity experience. Note that the micro-hydro system will continue to be an option when there is sufficient water

Prices through 2016

Retreat Cabin and Honeymoon Cottage: $45 and $40, respectively, per person per night with a 2 person minimum. The reservation is pre-paid with no refund. If people are added, then you need to remit the balance.

Guest Cabins, Main Area, Entire Camp: $40 per person per night with a 5 person minimum for each cabin, 20 for the main area and 30 for the entire camp. The reservation requires a 50% deposit with final payment including additional guests due the Thursday before their stay.

New Pricing Starting 2017

Retreat Cabin: $125 per night for 2-3 people and then $250 for 4-6 people. This will continue to be pre-paid with no refund.

Honeymoon Cottage: $90 per night, sleeps up to 2. This will continue to be pre-paid with no refund.

Guest Cabin: $275 per night regardless of the number of guests (up to 8). Pre-paid with 50% refund if cancelled with 3 week notice.

Main Area: $1150 per night, regardless of the number of guests (up to 34) which provides for exclusive use of the kitchen and reservation of the 4 guest cabins plus the honeymoon cottage. Pre-paid with 50% refund if cancelled with 3 week notice.

Entire Camp: We will eliminate this option. If you want the full camp then you need to book both the main area and the retreat cabin.

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2016 New Year Report

Summary of 2015

2015 was a busy time for Sturtevant Camp and the Friends of the San Gabriels. It was a year of restoration, improvements, new procedures, marketing, and meeting a lot of new people. Here are some of the accomplishments:

  • The Friends of the San Gabriels purchased Sturtevant Camp in April, 2015. 95 donors made this purchase possible. Donations continue to be received periodically.
  • The US Forest Service approved the organizational permit in July 2015.
  • Over 200 volunteers worked diligently during the summer and fall to conduct fuel reduction (fire clearance), improvement of the heliport trail, cabin painting, re-routing the trail into Camp, posting of an introduction and welcome sign, creation of retaining walls, and miscellaneous repairs and maintenance. Termites are under control.
  • Water tank #2 (the redwood tank) was re-commissioned and Water tank #3 (poly tank) was converted to a potable tank. All three water tanks are now plumbed into a single system providing over 5000 gallons of storage water. New water treatment procedures and tank rotation insures good quality water with better chlorine retention time.
  • Eighteen new hosts have been trained, with several that have spent time in Camp.
  • New sheet sets were purchased and now the guest cabins have matched sheets. A new procedure to always provide sheets, pillow cases, and blankets has been put in place.
  • The guests cabins have begun their transformation to theme cabins. Cabin 1 = Pack Train Rest Stop; Cabin 2 = Forest Friends Hangout; Cabin 3 = Bob Cat Lair (new wall hanging in progress); Cabin 4 = The Bear Den (new wall hangings and decorations are in place.
  • Coffee is set out on weekend days, the main lodge is propped open to welcome hikers inside, a set of nine chairs are always out for hikers to rest, cabin brochures are posted, and a host is in Camp to greet hikers, as well as provide information for the Camp. This has resulted in numerous reservations during 2015 and into 2016.
  • The number of likes on Facebook and followers on Instagram has increased significantly. Newsletter signups are now over 1000.
  • A new reservation system is in place to ease the front end and back end operations. The website has its own theme, but is still linked to Adams’ Pack Station, Friends of the San Gabriels, and Big Santa Anita Canyon websites. The url for sturtevantcamp.com and sturtevantcamp.org was secured.
  • Reservations for both the main area and retreat cabin were some of the highest in years. This trend is continuing for 2016.
  • The Camp has been signed up with Groupon and HipCamp. Ads on Facebook will begin showing on Facebook in January 2016. This will be targeted to people who have searched online for camps to stay in.
  • A Grant proposal was submitted to LA County Parks and Recreation for $170,000 repairs, maintenance, and restoration. The California Conservation Corps will provide the labor. The approval is on schedule for early 2016 with work to begin late spring.
Cabin improvements in the newly named Bear Den

And for the New Year – 2016:

The focus for 2016 will be to continue with infrastructure improvements, marketing, and guest satisfaction. Here are some of the plans.

  • Complete the transformation of the guest cabins to theme cabins (add decorations and interpretive signs).
  • Get the microhydro (water-based electricity) back online. There has not been enough water for several years. We will have sufficient water at least through early summer and then may have to revert back to the generator.
  • Paint the inside of the bathhouse, retreat cabin, and manager’s cabin. Replace carpet in the retreat cabin and manager’s cabin with wood flooring to provide for more durability, easy cleaning, and prevent the need to vacuum. Refinish the floor of the honeymoon cottage and put sealer on the walls.
  • Continue to expand marketing sources.
  • Introduce Theme Weekends. See the weekends we have scheduled so far HERE

Bigcone Blog:
There are a lot of blogs out there, but only Sturtevant Camp is shaded by the largest untouched stand of Bigcone Spruce in the San Gabriel Mountains. Those trees drop huge seed-cones, and if you’ve ever had one conk you on the head, you’ll agree. So, we’ll claim that distinction for this blog: dropping big, fresh news all the time!