Frequently Asked Questions

What are the rates?
We offer different rate options and services depending the needs of the group, this can be Full Service or Self Catering

With our Full Service Option, we take care of everything; you just turn up ready for a good time.  Self Catering leaves the catering and house keeping to you, just leave the place cleaner than how you found it. Summer rates are different; contact Johnny for more information. To view our current Rental Packages, click here.

Upper and Lower Camp?
Upper camp is used year round and sleeps over 200 people. Lower camp is predominantly used in the summer months (June through September)and sleeps 60 people, with meals enjoyed under our beautiful marquee tent.
Is there a minimum amount of people required?
Yes, Full Service is 25 people and Self Catering is 60.
Can we have sole use of Camp Nawakwa?
Yes, in the winter months you need only 130 people for Upper Camp and 30 people for Lower Camp (November to February). The rest of year, you need 150 to secure Upper Camp and 45 to secure Lower Camp.
What’s the capacity?
Upper Camp’s capacity is 210 people.  During the summer season (Memorial Day weekend through September) Lower camp is available for rentals with a capacity of 60 people.
Is there a deposit?
Yes, 20% of the total fee. There is a $200 security deposit for weekend groups and a $500 deposit for groups staying longer than a weekend, which are required up front to reserve the camp.  The security deposit is refundable if no damage is done to the Camp. 
Is there a contract?
Yes, the contract and the deposit need to be returned within 30 days after its receipt. The final balance is required to be paid 30 days prior to the commencement date of the lease.
How far in advance should I make a reservation?
You can make a reservation anytime, however established groups receive first right of refusal.
Are program fees incorporated in my rate?
Yes, program fees are included in the Full Service Option, however for Self-Catering there would be an additional charge of $200 per day, per program. With activity hours from 9:30am to 12:00pm and from 1:30pm to 5:00pm.
Is there a cook on site?
Yes, our staff are trained and experience in providing a balanced diet menu.  However, self catering groups need to provide their own kitchen staff.
Is there a fire ring? Yes, we have several fire rings throughout the facility. We have a Large fire ring/amphitheater with bench seating for 200 close to the Dining Lodge, which has a 17’ x 14’ stage area with 220 volt electrical outlet by the stage with lights for evening use. We also have a smaller fire ring near the Climbing Wall, which is ideal for smaller groups. In Lower Camp, we have our smaller amphitheater which can comfortably accommodate 70 people and also features a stage. Please note fires may be subject to United States Forest Service restrictions. Group attendees must ensure all fires have been properly extinguished at the conclusion of usage.
Will there be other groups there during our stay?
Yes, possibly, depending upon your numbers and time of year.
Do you provide staff during our stay?
We do provide staff to be on site or available 24 hours a day while groups are present.
Is there a pool?
The pool is available during summer season only (Memorial Day to Labor Day).
Do we need to clean the cabins before we leave?
We expect those groups using the Full Service Option to clean up your belongings and sweep your cabins when you leave.  However groups using Self Catering must clean up after themselves before leaving the Camp. This includes the Dining Lodge, camp grounds, kitchen, bathrooms, cabins (must be left clean and garbage must be emptied into the dumpsters).  There is a rental group responsibility list available.  Helping us clean up goes a long way to keeping our costs down.
Will we need snow chains during the winter months?
Snow chains may be required during the winter months, please check road conditions prior to driving to Camp. Also, make sure you bring appropriate foot wear and clothing for winter conditions. 
Is there a lake? 
Jenks Lake is 3/4 mile from Camp Nawakwa. There are several canoes at the lake during summer months for use by Camp Nawakwa campers.  Restrooms, picnic areas, and BBQ’s are available. Lifeguards will be provided by Outdoor Journeys.
Are there heaters in the cabins? 
Cabins are heated and completely winterized.

What is the nearest community?
Angelus Oaks is the nearest town. It has a restaurant, post office, small store, medical and fire squads. Big Bear is a 30 minute drive and has multiple grocery stores, restaurants, a hospital, and more.

Additional Charges

Due to increased foods costs for specific items as required by attending group guests such as lactose free, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, etc. we’ve had to introduce a sliding scale to cover the expense of purchasing these items. Please see below the specific language from our group agreement.  

Contract Provision 33
If LESSEE’S participants require special dietary considerations and this equals 10% or more of the group numbers then an additional 5% will be applied to the LESSEE’S fees to cover additional food costs, if 30% then 10% will be applied and if 60% or higher then 15% will be applied.  LESSEE needs to submit dietary needs no later than 14 days prior to scheduled arrival. 

We operate the Camp under an extremely tight margin, hence the low cost to attend.  The increasing need to provide alternative food options has increased our financial burden in purchasing such items and we would rather not pass this cost over to all groups with little or no need for dietary adjustments. 

Reservation Requirements:

  • An advance reservation fee is due when Rental Agreement is signed, with balance of rental fee payable prior to commencement of rental term.

  • A refundable security deposit ($200 for groups staying 2 nights or less, $500 for groups staying 3 nights or more)

  • Groups who do their own cooking and cleanup. Cooks must have a San Bernardino County Food Handlers Permit

  • Proof of insurance naming Outdoor Journeys, as Additional Insured

  • If you are looking to stay more than a weekend, please contact Johnny McLaughlin at either or 909-600-4072 for a custom quote.

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