About · The YMCA at Camp Arroyo
The YMCA of the East Bay Outdoor School at Camp Arroyo is the Bay Area’s premier environmental education center.
Nestled in the hills surrounding the 138-acre Del Valle Regional Wilderness in Livermore, California, the camp was formally opened in 2001 and serves thousands each year. One of 65 regional parks owned by the East Bay Regional Park District, Camp Arroyo is operated in partnership with The Taylor Family Foundation and the YMCA of the East Bay. Both groups have decades of knowledge and experience managing the camp's life changing experiences.
Camp Arroyo is a beautiful residential camp serving children year-round as a place to explore, learn and grow in an ideal outdoor setting. The YMCA of the East Bay is the operator of the camp year-round, offering programs and weekend group rentals for retreats and events. From September to June the YMCA directs an excellent outdoor educational experience that introduces 4th, 5th and 6th graders to important concepts about science,
Vice President, Camping & Outdoor Enrichment
Bria Cartwright started her career with the YMCA in 1989 as an office manager at the West Contra Costa YMCA. Over the next 10 years, she worked as program director, aquatics director and membership services director. She served as associate executive director at three YMCA of the East Bay branches before becoming executive director at the Hilltop Family YMCA. In 2006, Bria found her true calling, becoming the executive director of Camp Ravencliff and Camp Arroyo. In 2010, the YMCA consolidated its camps into one operation and Bria moved into the role of executive director of Camping Services, which now also included Camp Loma Mar. She was promoted to her current position in November 2016, also providing support to the YMCA of the East Bay Day Camps. She is a faculty instructor for the YMCA of the USA Developing Future Resident Camp Executive and Day Camp Director courses. Bria has a B.A. in English Literature from UC Santa Cruz and a YMCA Organizational Leadership Certification.
"Having been a part of the YMCA since age 5, it had a significant impact in shaping me into the person I am today. It is an incredible privilege to have the opportunity to provide that same experience for others.”
-Bria Cartwright, Vice President, Camping & Outdoor Enrichment
Stephen Soesbe, Senior Program Director
Alex Vandermeys, Program Director- OEE
Daniel Alpers, Program Director
Nicole Lucia, Food Services Director
Wyatt Mann, Program Associate