Lake Fire: Evacuating Camp de Benneville Pines, refuge from LA for 50-plus years

This week the Lake Fire forced the evacuation of nearly 200 campers, most of them kids, from campgrounds in the San Bernardino National Forest.

That includes 120 kids in a theater arts group who were at Camp de Benneville Pines, a retreat and conference center in Barton Flats, 90 miles east of LA and 6,800 up in the mountains. The camp is run by the Unitarian-Universalist Association, and is open to all people.

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talked with Janet James, the camp's executive director, about the fire, the nature-centered philosophy of the camp, and camp dog Daisy Doodle.








(James and Daisy Doodle)

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