Monday, December 10, 2012

Camp Wawona Christmas Open House 2012

Camp Wawona held its annual Christmas open house on December 9, 2012.

Lodge - dining table
This well attended event gave Central California Conference employees, Yosemite park rangers, Wawona and Oakhurst community members the chance to see first hand all the many improvements being made and enjoy top notch entertainment.

Tour vehicle
Guided tours were led by Associate Camp Director, Derek Wright. Along the way, guests were treated with the opportunity to experience Camp Wawona's 450 ft zip line featuring an exciting runway of Christmas lights.

Food Service Director, Paulette Bair ensured success at the dining table with a vast array of festive, mouth watering dishes. Needless to say, the dining table was never left unattended.

The evening was topped off by an outstanding music group from the Oakhurst church who set the tone for an overall hugely successful evening of food, fun and new friendships.

Zip line runway

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Work Bee

Many thanks to all the volunteers who donated their time to help with various projects including building sidewalks for the Yurt Village and replacing toilet fill valves.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we seek to do God’s will.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Camp Wawona Responds to Outbreak of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)

The recent Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) outbreaks in Curry Village and High Sierra Camps inside Yosemite National Park have caused questions concerning the HPS risk at Camp Wawona.  

The outbreak of HPS and subsequent closure of some of the National Park Service facilities is due to a mice infestation. Park officials said that a design flaw allowed mice to get inside the walls of the insulated tent cabins. Curry Village and High Sierra Camps suffer from the same diagnosis: their facilities are infested with mice. 

Camp Wawona has found no evidence to suggest an increase in the risk of contracting HPS than there was years ago. 

In respect of the current situation, Camp Wawona has increased routine measures to ensure that its facilities remain free from pests. 

These include:
- Sealing any spaces which may allow entrance of pests into facilities
- Checking facilities routinely for any signs of pests
- Airing facilities
- Use of appropriate disinfectants, as suggested on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website 

Facts about HPS

- HPS is found around the world in places such as Canada, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Panama, Paraguay, and Uruguay
- The earliest known confirmed case of HPS was a 38-year-old Utah man in 1959
- The "First Outbreak” occurred in May 1993, in the southwestern United States

Although HPS is not a new virus there is still much more research to be done. 


HPS is caused by a virus that individuals get through contact with the urine, droppings or saliva of infected rodents. Since 1993, there have been approximately 60 cases in California and 602 cases nationally. 

- Nationwide, approximately 12 percent of deer mice carry hantavirus.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of HPS generally begin from one to five weeks after exposure. 
- Early symptoms include fatigue, fever, chills, and muscle aches. 
- About half of patients will experience headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and abdominal pain. 
- The disease progresses rapidly (4-10 days after initial symptoms) to include coughing, shortness of breath and severe difficulty breathing. 

Early medical attention greatly increases the chance of survival in cases of HPS. 

It is recommended that if a recent visitor to Yosemite National Park has any of the symptoms listed above, that they seek medical attention immediately and advise their health care professional of the potential exposure to hantavirus.

Additional Information

For additional information on preventing HPS, visit the CDC's hantavirus website at

A non-emergency phone line for questions and concerns related to hantavirus in Yosemite has been set up by the National Park Service. Visitors with questions can call (209) 372-0822. The phones will be staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Save the Date

Camp Wawona
Work Bee

September 9-12

Want to Help?

Your continued support through donations and prayer is what makes this all possible.

Athletic Turf Field
Ground prep, turf, installation and lighting

Resurface decking, new filtration system

Yurt Village

Electrical Fixtures
Fan, ceiling lights, porch lights and outlets

Pathways, erosion control and ground level outdoor lighting

Bear Bins
For the safety of our guests and bears Camp Wawona needs bear proof food storage containers
—$600 each

Bear Proof Trash Cans
Camp Wawona would like to keep unwanted guests, like bears, to a minimum
—$1,000 each

CW Launches Facebook Page

Click HERE to visit Camp Wawona's Facebook page. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Decisions for Christ

2012 Summer Camp 

Decisions for Christ

207 Accept Jesus as their personal Savior 
71 Would like Bible studies
81 Want to be baptized

"Camp ministry is evangelism. Effective evangelism is determined by decisions made for Christ. The Lord has blessed our evangelistic efforts this summer by doubling last summer's decisions made for Him. It is an honor being a part of the evangelistic work at Camp Wawona." 
- Derek Wright, Associate Director