Seven Circles Retreat
This is the location for our Arts Camps. Scroll down to see the accommodations for the Adventure Camp.
The retreat center is on 22 acres and was built as a motel in the early 1950's, and was known as "The Life of Riley Lodge", which would explain the Irish shamrock shaped swimming pool. There are stories that it was a popular getaway spot for some people from Hollywood, and there are still traces of a sign painted on a large rock at the top of the property with Life of Riley on it (we call it "Riley Rock"). It was known as the Badger Inn in later decades. The current group bought it in 2001 and spent months on cleaning and renovation, especially to update the electrical and plumbing systems and modernize the bathrooms.
The center has nine rooms as well as the lodge which has a large kitchen and dining room, and two meeting rooms. Each group of 7 or 8 campers stays with the counselor in a set of two rooms (each with a bathroom), connected by an interior door. Meals are served in the lodge. There is a swimming pool that is deep enough for diving on one end and shallow on the other. Programs take place in the lodge, the yurt, and in various shade structures on the property, and there is plenty to explore on the 22 acres of property. We have a trained and certified lifeguards on duty during camp. Activities always include tie-dyeing our camp shirts, doing various arts activities such as clay, drawing, and weaving, and we make videos during the camp which are presented on the last day to the families when they come to pick up their campers.
This is the location for the Teen Adventure Camps when we have one scheduled. Scroll up to see the accommodations for the Arts Camps.
Sequoia Highlands was built about forty years ago as a Baptist Church Camp, known as Camp Sampson. The mountain it is located on is called Mount Sampson. It is very near the Delilah Fire Lookout, and is also very near a popular hang-gliding launch.
This facility is a classic old-fashioned camp with two large dorms, one that sleeps 40 and the other 60 campers, in army cot bunks. There are group bathroom facilities near the dorms. The exciting features for the Teen Adventure Camp are the huge rec room with pool and pingpong tables, dart board, etc., and the large dining room and kitchen. There are also 9 cabins, fully furnished, which can be rented for an extra fee. Camp Badger will just be renting the dorms, bathrooms, and the rec and dining rooms and another activity building. There is also a small pond if it is a good year for water, and lots of property to explore, as well as a great view of the valley. This facility is four miles from Hwy 180, and is closer to the entrance to Kings Canyon National Park than Seven Circles. There is no swimming pool, but there are several places for activities, and we will be swimming while on our adventures.
Seven Circles Retreat
Driving Directions from the North
The site is about half an hour from Dunlap. To get there, drive up Dunlap Road through Miramonte until you come to Hwy 245 where you take a sharp right. Drive down Hwy 245 for about 5 miles until you come to the Seven Circles Retreat on your left.
Driving directions from the South:
Take Hwy 198 east, left on Rt. 216 at Prince Mart gas station, cross river, right on Dry Creek Road, right on Hwy 245 at Mountain House, 2-3 miles to Badger, turn left.
Sequoia Highlands is very near the Delilah Fire Lookout. The higher marker should be near the Delilah Fire Lookout tower, which is about one mile past Sequoia Highlands. (The address at Sequoia Highlands is the mailbox on Hwy 180, so that doesn't work.). The camp is remote, but only 4 miles from Hwy 180.
Here are written directions to Sequoia Highlands: Driving up on Hwy 180, about a mile after “Snowline Lodge” on the left you will turn a hard left on Millwood Road. . (There will be a sign pointing the way to Sequoia Highlands.) Sequoia Highlands is 4.2 miles from Hwy 180. You will drive past the road to Camp Millwood on the right and the road to the Armenian Camp on the left (1.4 miles in). Bear to the right, and it is at this point the gravel road starts. Stay on this road about 3 more miles to Sequoia Highlands (bear left where there is a fork in the road). Follow the signs to Delilah Fire Lookout and for Seqouia Highlands (Delilah is on the same road beyond the camp) There will also be signs marking the way to Sequoia Highlands.