About · Camp Ravencliff
People have lived on the west banks of the Eel River for at least 4,000 years. Traces of the Sinkyone people, who lived there until in the 1860s, can still be seen around Camp Ravencliff today. The YMCA in Eureka started using the site as a camp in the 1930s. While some of the original buildings were swept away in the Eel River flood of 1964, others are still in use today. When the Richmond YMCA bought Camp Ravencliff in the 1960s, it added 60 acres of surrounding meadow and woodland. The resulting camp offers rustic comfort and a wide array of outdoor activities.
Our Campers & Community
Camp Ravencliff serves people of diverse backgrounds from a broad spectrum of communities in Northern California. The majority of our participants come from both the East Bay area and Sonoma County, in partnership with the Sonoma County Family YMCA. In addition, we serve a significant number of campers from the immediate Humboldt County area. Campers come home from Ravencliff with increased self-esteem and a new-found independence, with memories and friendships to last a lifetime. Some of our most important community partners include Ravencliff alumni, the Sonoma County YMCA and the Greek Orthodox Church of Oakland.
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
"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
Daniel "Shibby" Alpers, Camping Services Program Director
Our Seasonal Staff
- Two assistant directors
- 12-13 cabin leaders
- Support staff, including cooks and a medic
All program staff members:
- Are 18 or older
- Are high school graduates with prior experience working with children
- Have CPR/First Aid certificates
- Have been screened and fingerprinted
- Participate in a week-long training before camp opens
- Many are former Ravencliff campers who have completed our Campers In Leadership Training (CILT) program.