Camp Sturtevant Contra Dance Weekend

May 24-27, 2019

The Most Unique Camp in the Angeles National Forest.

Historic Sturtevant Camp, was established in 1893. It is the only camp from the Great Hiking Era which is still in operation in southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains. Surrounded by the largest virgin stand of Big Cone Spruce trees in the United States, Sturtevant’s canyon setting provides a unique opportunity to experience the wilderness. Sturtevant Camp is located in the beautiful Big Santa Anita Canyon above the communities of Sierra Madre and Arcadia in southern California. This is roadless country and requires the visitor to travel by foot through a great variety of vegetation indigenous to southern California.
We strive to create a camp community that is welcoming, inclusive, and safe for all dancers. We do not gender balance our roster, and have both gendered/non-gendered accommodations. We appreciate and are excited for feedback on ways to make our dance space safer and more welcoming for everyone.
We encourage campers to dance any role, with any partner they choose. We strive to create an environment where dancers feel safe and comfortable both in asking for a dance and in declining one. Ask partners kindly, and accept their answers graciously.

Talent

Music by Amy Englesberg and Audrey Knuth with Dana Parkinson Calling.

Registration

Registration will open February 14

Location

Deep in the Angeles Forest, under majestic trees, is Camp Sturtevant. Established in 1893, it is the only camp from the Great Hiking Era still in operation in southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains. Surrounded by the largest virgin stand of Big Cone Spruce trees in the United States, Sturtevant’s canyon setting provides a unique opportunity to experience wilderness, an historic location, and contra dance! The four-mile hike leads you up the lush, cool and shady Santa Anita Canyon to the cozy, inviting canyon setting of this beautiful camp setting. Complete with bunk bed cabins, a bathhouse, and a dining and dance hall, with maple floor that has the natural spring of hundred-year-old horizontal pole framing. It is an intimate location for 40 campers. A pack train of burros hauls the food, creature comforts, and fuel up a trail that leaves roads, cars, crowds, disturbance, worry, and the bustle of LA miles away. The quiet canyon setting provides perfect solitude. The camp includes heated cabins, hot showers, a 30-foot tree swing, zip-trolley line, volleyball court, fireplaces, a warren of hiking trails, and the great outdoors for relaxing. It is a place designed for weekend fun, fantastic traditional music and, of course, CONTRA DANCING!

Accommodations

Heated bunk bed cabins, with separate Men’s and Women’s restrooms & hot showers nearby. An optional tent area is available.

Meals

There will be nine nutritious, filling meals, prepared in modern kitchen facilities, provided as part of the weekend. A variety of refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

The hike

The historic 19th century camp is only accessible by footpath at the end of a beautiful hike up Big Santa Anita canyon in the Angeles National Forest. It is a fragrant, tree shaded walk alongside a running creek. It is a fun, leisurely hike, with only a 1400 foot gain over the four miles.

We will meet at the trailhead no later than 2:00 PM on Friday to hike in together. We plan on returning to the trailhead by 5:00PM Monday.

Pack train Portage

The pack train of donkeys and mules will be hauling our food, fuel, equipment and supplies. The pack train will haul your personal items round trip. Items must be delivered at a drop off point (3 or 4 throughout the L.A. area) by Wednesday night. Out of town campers can send their gear ahead of time for inclusion in the pack train.