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About · The YMCA at Camp Arroyo

Arroyo Entrance

The YMCA of the East Bay Outdoor School at Camp Arroyo is the Bay Area’s premier environmental education center.

Our Location

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.  

Our Programs

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, nature and sustainable living. During the summer months, and several weekends throughout the year, the camp is a haven for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to enjoy together, thanks to The Taylor Family Foundation, which funds camps that provide skilled staff and volunteers to create fun-filled, memorable experiences.  

Our Leadership

Bria Cartwright

Executive Director, YMCA Camping Services

Bria Cartwright started her career with the YMCA in 1989 as an office manager with the West Contra Costa YMCA. Over the next 10 years, she worked as program director, aquatics director, 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. Since 2006, Bria has been the executive director of Camping Services, which includes Camp Arroyo, Camp Loma Mar and Camp Ravencliff. She has a B.A. in English Literature from UC Santa Cruz and a YMCA Senior Director 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, Executive Director

Senior Staff

Stephen Soesbe, Senior Program Director
Alex Vandermeys, Program Director- OEE
Daniel Alpers, Program Director
Nicole Lucia, Food Services Director




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