I just got back last night from a week at Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp. I've always struggled to explain to people exactly what "family camp" is but I've settled on "It's like M*A*S*H*....but with way more kids and way less Korean War". It's got cabins that are sort of 'tent-like', a dining hall, plus bathrooms and other such ameneties, and it's just seven miles from the entrance to Yosemite. For some reason I get the same reaction out of everyone when I describe family camp and that's "oh......so it's not real camping" Yeah it's fake camping asshole! Whatever!! This shit is ROUGH! The cell coverage is dodgy, power outlets are limited, and the nori they used on sushi night was grocery-store-grade AT BEST.
My family has been going there forever. My grandparents took my mother there when she was a kid, my mother and all her college friends took all of their kids, and now all of us third generation kids are taking our kids. By the next generation they'll pretty much have to shut the place down for us. What's the appeal? Particularly for someone like me whose out-door activities don't go beyond drinking in the backyard? The place is basically a means to have a week-long bender while other people look after your kids.....bliss.