The Circle of Life – Reflection on 2019 Summer Family Camp

Laura Fahr and her son, Stefan, share a canoe at 2019 Summer Family Camp. All around them, families make tender memories that will last a lifetime.

Laura Fahr slept out under the stars on the deck of Cabin 7 as a young girl and met her lifelong friends in Elementary Camp. She was a Thanksgiving camper, a youth camp counselor, and a dedicated Senior High Camper.

When she had children of her own she returned to Family Camp, where she and her dear friends reunited, year after year. Over the past two decades, they have had the precious opportunity to get to know each other’s kids and watch them grow into adults. 

The role that camp has played in her life is so important, she felt compelled to share it as part of a “Family Camp Memories” service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura this past August.

“Camp has helped shaped me into the person I am,” Laura said. “And I’m certain it has shaped my kids into the compassionate, kind, and loving people they are. It’s been one of my greatest joys in my life to see my children fall in love with camp and to experience my sacred place with them.”

Camp de Benneville Pines is our shared mountain home – a beloved place to learn and play in nature, become better communicators and leaders, worship among the towering pines, fall in love, and spend truly quality time with the people who mean the most to us. 

“Family Camp’s theme this year touched me deeply,” Laura shared. “I’m feeling ‘The Circle of Life.’ My children are in a new phase of their lives; and my father is aging and less likely to join me at camp again. But I’m hopeful that my children’s children will participate, and I look forward to that day. Camp is my second home and I treasure it deeply.”


This week, we launch our year-end fundraising effort to keep Camp de Benneville Pines affordable for all who find respite, joy, and inspiration at our shared mountain home. Find out more and support the camp you love.