Viewing posts from: November 2010

Would you Move to California to Live in a Cabin in the Woods?

by stanfordsierra

11 19, 2010 | Posted in Employment, Recreation | 0 comments

Brittany Smith did.  After listening to friend and fellow Buckeye Kim Grabo's urgings for two years, Brittany packed up her things in North Olstead, Ohio and headed West!

Arrival day in Lake Tahoe - not bad!

Hired as an "all-purpose staff", Brittany's job duties included the basics you would expect at a conference center; washing dishes, housekeeping, serving meals, plus some unique shifts like boatster cruises.  Boatster is our 22-person pontoon boat.  Groups can rent boatster with a driver for an hour cruise for $100.  Brittany was trained and scheduled for boatster cruises which quickly became her favorite shift.

Captain Brittany

Brittany loved the younger guests on the cruises yelling, "Faster, faster!"  and when fellow staffer, Luna rode along to share the history of Fallen Leaf's formation by glaciers.

A young, unruly boatster rider

When she wasn't working, Brittany spent her time kayaking, disc golfing and taking photos.  You can see a selection of Brittany's photos on our Facebook page. Brittany is staying in Tahoe for the winter and working in the daycare at Heavenly mountain resort, then she plans to return to Fallen Leaf Lake for our spring conference season. Visit our career opportunities page for information on working at our conference center this spring.  Brittany's advice for prospective staff, "Pack warm clothes, especially for evenings.  Yes, it's California, but we're in the mountains!"

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Choose a Beach Bonfire or Disco Bingo for Evening Entertainment

by stanfordsierra

11 04, 2010 | Posted in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Since we operate as a family camp in the summer, we have a couple fun signature  events which your group might want to try in the spring or fall.  For a relaxed, low key gathering, plan a bonfire at Baby Beach.

Daytime photo of Baby Beach

Our staff will get the fire going and keep the flames roaring.  Plan to head down to the beach after dinner, and maybe order up some s'mores and hot chocolate, or a selection of beers and wine from the fountain.  Breathe in the fresh mountain air, as you sit back and take in the expansive view of the stars.  A beach bonfire wouldn't be complete without campfire songs.  We recommend hiring local musician, Carolyn Dolan, with her warm, soulful voice and high energy harmonica playing she will get your entire group singing along.

Enjoying the warmth of the bonfire

For an upbeat, high energy evening, schedule a game of Disco Bingo.  Give your group advance notice, so they can pack their finest brightly colored, wildly patterned polyester.  After dinner and a glass of wine or beer is the best time to play.  Our energetic, costumed staff will be your bingo caller and disco divas for the evening.  Before calling "bingo" you might Conga line around the room, and show your finest moves to Abba's "Dancing Queen" or The Weather Girls' "It's Raining Men".

Sherry and her helper pulling bingo numbers

If a beach bonfire or Disco Bingo sound like a good fit for your group, check our available dates, then email nancylh@stanford.edu or call me at 530-542-5600 for more information.  Now that I've got you thinking about disco, maybe it's a good time to rent 'Saturday Night Fever' and brush up on those dance moves!

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