Local Sierra Club Offering Camp Scholarships

by Sue Leskiw, North Group Sierra Club Treasurer

North Group, Redwood Chapter, Sierra Club is seeking children to attend two overnight camps in Petrolia this summer. 2020 marks the 25th year that the group has provided a camping experience for children through its Lucille Vinyard/Susie Van Kirk Environmental Education Fund.

In 2019 North Group sponsored three campers. Photo Credit: Lost Coast Camp

North Group plans to offer four scholarships (worth $600 each), two to the Ranch & Wild session (for ages 8-11), to be held July 6-13, and two to the River & Adventure session (for ages 9-12), to be held July 26-August 2, at the Lost Coast Camp in Petrolia. Children residing in Humboldt or Del Norte Counties are eligible to apply for one session, unless they are a past recipient of a North Group camp scholarship.


The overnight camps are operated by Lost Coast Camp. The camp’s mission is to provide youth with a dynamic summer camp experience, which promotes building self-esteem and positive friendships, individual expression, and fostering an appreciation for the natural world. Activities include hiking, tide pool exploration, coastal clean-up, and a project with the Mattole Restoration Council to protect salmon. Visit www.lostcoastcamp.org for details.


Camper selections will be based on responses to questions on a 1-page application form. Children receiving scholarships must submit an essay about their experience for the North Group newsletter. Parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from the camp location.


The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, April 13, 2020. The mailing address is Sue Leskiw, 155 Kara Ln, McKinleyville CA 95519. To obtain an application form, e-mail sueleskiw1@gmail.com or call (707) 442-5444.


If you would like to help underwrite the cost of these camp scholarships, send a check payable to “North Group Environmental Education Fund” to North Group Sierra Club, PO Box 238, Arcata CA 95518.