Camp Beaverbrook documentary tells story of lasting legacy of California camp

Camp Beaverbrook is an hour-long documentary about a defunct summer camp in northern California.

The official description:

Camp Beaverbrook in Lake County, California was the summer home to thousands of campers over the years who enjoyed the good old-fashioned activities of hiking, crafts, fishing, and horseback riding. Through colorful archival footage, filmmaker and former ‘Beaverbod’ Matthew C. Callahan takes the viewer on a joyride through the camp’s history.

Camp Beaverbrook closed its doors in 1985, following a nationwide trend, but its legacy lives on in former campers. Decades later, campers from all walks of life vividly recount the experience of Camp Beaverbrook and its positive effects. For them, it was a crucial part of growing up.

Though ‘Beaverbods’ continue to draw strength from campfire memories and homespun values, family-owned and operated camps like Beaverbrook are now almost extinct. In an age when more and more children are growing up in front of devices and screens, Beaverbrook reminds us of the power of interpersonal relationships, socialization and kids just being kids.

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Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.


  1. There’s plenty of information about the film at this website, especially about how to purchase it. I think it is a great film. I should. I made it.

  2. I was the pregnant cook in 1982. Lucky was the one who took me to Kelseyville when I went into labor. I felt so bad for him because there was road construction on the mountain and he had a woman in labor in his car. Rumor has it he went to a local bar after he made it down the hill with me. After 2 weeks, the baby and I went back to Beaverbrook. Lynn and Ron were the owners at the time. I worked the next year also. I have many fond memories of a lot of the campers and counselors. One of the jobs I loved the most!

  3. Came across a picture of a burned Cobb Mountain Sign from the Lake County fire and remembered Camp Beaverbrook. I was a counselor there in the 78 or 79. Had the oldest girls in my group and also taught waterskiing and life guarded. My camp name was Jobe. I remember the creek walks and taking the girls on an overnight where we snuck back and slept on the mattresses at the rifle range instead of the hard ground. So sorry about the terrible fires in that area. Had no idea a documentary was made to remember this special place.
    Lisa Dellfous Yonekura (Jobe)

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