About Camp de Benneville Pines


Southern California religious liberals had long been convening in the mountains when the men and women of the PSWIRL* and the Universalists were called to buy a camp in 1961 – one set high in the mountains they knew so well and loved so deeply: a special place where people could gather in the wilderness, explore and share ideas about how to make the world a better place.

They knew: we humans need to get out of the city. We thrive when we can commune in nature. Our spirits are renewed when we can recharge, recreate and reconnect with others, away from the busy-ness of our daily lives.

Today, Camp de Benneville Pines is the destination where thousands of UUs and religious liberals, family and friends from California to Nevada and Arizona celebrate the natural world, and explore the interconnected web of all existence.

Here, we play. We sing. We discover. We grow. We heal ourselves. We heal each other.

Restored to our best selves, we are filled with hope and inspired to heal our earth.

*Pacific Southwest Institute of Religious Liberals

Campers At Camp de Benneville


de Bennevill House
de Benneville canoes

The camp operates as an independent non-profit but is supported by and cherished by the 53 member congregations of the PSWD (Pacific Southwest District of the Unitarian Universalist Association). Generations of Southwest UUs have been nurtured by camp and have, in turn, built up a well-maintained and well-loved resource.

De Benneville Pines welcomes people of all faiths who want to use the facility for programming compatible with the Camp’s philosophy of respect for the interconnected web of life and for the worth and dignity of all human beings.

More than 60 discrete groups retreat at Camp de Benneville Pines each year for retreats that range from two to 7 days. The camp hosts programs that nurture social, emotional, psychological and spiritual growth.

In downtime, the camp also leases its facilities for wedding ceremonies, life celebrations, and other special events.

Firmly rooted in the principles of Unitarian Universalism, a generosity of spirit pervades Camp de Benneville Pines: welcoming and uplifting the individual while renewing the bonds of fellowship.


Camp de Benneville Pines sits at an altitude 6,800 feet on the north slope of Mt. San Gorgonio in the San Bernardino Mountains. The camp is surrounded by wilderness areas.

De Benneville Pines operates year-round as a spiritual retreat and educational conference facility. The camp is “on the grid” but manages its own water supply and waste streams. Kitchens, maintenance, and guest services are staffed year-round.

The lofty pine forest and rustic cabins belie the comfort-camping amenities, including paved trails, beds, hot showers, a pool and spa, plus quality cafeteria-style dining. At group conferences and retreats, individuals recharge and reconnect, exploring common interests and fortifying themselves to be a force for good “down the hill” in the community.

An array of recreational amenities abound: an archery range, frisbee golf course, volleyball and basketball courts, a children’s playground, and more. For spirit, there’s a labyrinth, hiking areas, and a number of spots for individual and group contemplation and worship activities.

Today we look toward ensuring a strong future, with additional meeting space, environmentally sensitive accommodations, and improved accessibility for all.

camp hiker

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