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Welcome to the Northern California Starcraft Camping Club website. This club has a campout most every month and we welcome your interest and participation. This is a family oriented club with its roots in the pop-up campers that can be afforded by new families and towed by modest vehicles. Today some members have moved up to hardsided trailers but many still enjoy the lightweight thrifty popups. Enjoy the website and hope to see you soon!

2017 Camping Season

posted Nov 14, 2017, 6:27 PM by Alan Biocca

Our scheduled camping season has ended with the great Turkey campout, which is always one of our best attended outings. We served about 60 people to barbecued turkey with all the fixings and supplied a big donation to the Lodi Fire Department's Toy's for Tots program.

Next year's camping season is shaping up (see the Club Activities page). We have a new President and some new members and will continue to provide many outings in 2018!

2016 Update

posted Aug 8, 2016, 10:31 AM by Alan Biocca

We had a request to "update the website". We are keeping the Activity calendar up to date. We don't publish newsletters and campout reports online at member request due to privacy concerns, so we don't have a lot of new material to post here. We are still active as you can see from the Club Activities page. We just came back from the campout at Half Moon Bay, and are preparing for the President's campout in September.

The club newsletters are emailed each month to members.

The dealers are not allowed to give us information about new Starcraft owners anymore, so we depend on people to contact us if they want information.

The club is not limited to Starcraft RVs anymore either, as is described on the Club Membership page. Explore this site and see what we are up to - family camping most every month.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Welcome to 2015

posted Feb 7, 2015, 5:03 PM by Alan Biocca   [ updated Feb 7, 2015, 7:00 PM ]

The camping season here in California is starting early this year with very little rainfall and above average temperatures, up to 75 degrees already this year. We are having a tropical storm series blowing through, however at the moment we seem to be in the calm eye as rain and tree-breaking winds occurred yesterday and are predicted for tomorrow. In any case we need the rain, but later this week we return to warm temperatures for this time of year.

2013 West Coast Rally

posted Jun 11, 2013, 10:29 AM by Alan Biocca

Almost time for the 2013 West Coast Rally! We'll be enjoying the wonderful Lake Tahoe area this year. Hope to see you there!

Campout Report: West Coast Campout

posted Aug 11, 2012, 8:32 PM by Dawn Biocca

On the afternoon of  July 20,2012, the first members of the Northern California  Starcraft Club, Rob T. and Dave and Myra A. arrived in Fort Langley B.C., Canada  in preparation for the start of the West Coast Campout.

Bob and Jill W. set up camp on Saturday and on Sunday the rest of the campers, RaeAnn D. and Gary C. and the Tony & Robin G & family, arrived.

Just a quick word about Deet and Citronella.  They were required for the week as the mosquitoes were super sized in quantity and everywhere. The mysterious abandoned barbeque?,outboard motor??  at the back of the wagonmaster's campsite turned out to be a "mosquito attracting device " designed to attract and trap mosquitoes.  Seriously!

Starcrafters do not let a little adversity get in the way of having a good time though, and we got down to business on Sunday night, with a welcome pasta dinner hosted by the Bob & Jill W.  After coffee and dessert we headed  back to our bunks to get ready for the next day's activities.

 Activities enjoyed during the week included a tour of the local Fort Langley Historic Site (birthplace of British Columbia), 3 local wineries and Vancouver's Granville Island Market.  At various times during the week ,we all crossed the bridge to stroll down the quaint streets of the little Fort Langley town. Tony honed his fire making skills and was joined by other Starcrafters at his fire barrel for most of the nights. Robin G. ( in the name of motherhood) conquered her  fear of heights and rode the Gondola up Grouse Mountain to check out the logger on top of the pole . Hannah, Macey and Tony went on even higher up the mountain! All enjoyed seeing the bear cubs safely in their pen. Rob, the Bob & Jill and Dave & Myra visited the Beluga whales and newly-arrived penguins at  the Vancouver aquarium.

   Gary and RaeAnn took a ferry trip over to Victoria - quite a jaunt  for their last day! An after dinner  pot luck dessert had everyone comparing notes about the week's activities and Friday morning saw the first rigs  heading out.   

by Myra

From the Prez.......

posted Aug 11, 2012, 8:28 PM by Dawn Biocca

Hi Fellow Campers – It’s been a busy summer, so you haven’t heard from me for a while.  Hopefully, I will see a few of you at the August campout at Marble Quarry in Columbia, CA.  As for club news, there isn’t much new to bring to your attention other than our Southern California counterparts have made reservations for the 2013 West Coast Rally in Tahoe, June 23 – 28, mark your calendars!  We will have our annual meeting at the President’s campout over Labor Day weekend at Betabel RV Park in San Juan Bautista.  Please plan to attend; we hope to see everyone there.

It has been a quiet year so the business meeting should go quickly.  The entire board is finishing its first term.  After we vote in the board for next year, we should be able to just have fun without any worries!  Of course, we will have the auction of white elephants and baskets, so hopefully you have already begun collecting items.  Please get your reservations in before the deadline – we will start planning this campout immediately following the Marble Quarry campout.

For now…..Happy Trails to You.

Dave

May Camping Report

posted Jun 6, 2012, 9:56 PM by Dawn Biocca

Memorial Day Weekend

We camped at Coloma over Memorial Day.  All 14 rigs were in and parked before dark. I think that is a new Starcraft Record.  Everyone enjoyed the hospitality of Hot dogs and Chili.  Thanks to Robin G. for getting that all organized.  It was Robin and Tony’s first campout as Wagonmasters and they did a great job.  We were able to guide them, but Robin really did most of the work. 

Saturday brought cloudy skies, but the rain didn’t start until dinner time. Luckily we did our potluck under the tent so the rain really wasn’t a nuisance.   During the day on Saturday everyone kind of headed in different directions. Some went wine and beer tasting, some went into Placerville, some ( like me) just hung out and did absolutely nothing all weekend!   I must say, our potluck was amazing with some great food.

On Sunday, we had a beautiful day. Everyone just continued their exploration of the area.  Some went  beer and wine tasting based on the reviews from the day before. , some went over to the state park to explore and just walk.  We had an impromptu potluck on Sunday night.  Myra taught a bunch of teenagers how to play 5 Crowns.  I am still not sure they knew exactly what they were doing, but there was a lot of laughing coming from the table.  The firebarrel was lit and everyone gathered. 

Monday morning brought goodbyes and a really good candidate for the Turkey Award.  Tony G. dropped his trailer off the blocks.  Luckily, no serious damage and Bob happened to have a jack in our trailer to  help him out.  It’s ok Tony, nothing to be embarrassed about..ask Dave A. how many times he has won that award. J

It was such a great weekend with wonderful friends and some new faces as well. Our next journey is to Michigan for International Rally.  We hope you all enjoy your summer and we will see you in August at Marble Quarry!

Sofia 

From the Prez...

posted Jun 6, 2012, 9:54 PM by Dawn Biocca

The Prez is taking a sabbatical this month but will return next month with a wonderful and witty piece of wisdom.

 Dave

Campout Report

posted May 8, 2012, 8:58 AM by Dawn Biocca   [ updated May 8, 2012, 9:05 AM ]

The wagon masters arrived on Friday before 11:00 to set up and soon after the rest of the campers started to arrive. trickling in over the next several hours.   We all went to club house to enjoy a potato bar with all the trimming, thanks to Doreen. We all sat inside the club house and talk about anything that came up.

Saturday bought a lot of sun shine so some went to the Gilroy outlets & other place , someone heard that San Jaun Bautista had a arts and craft fair so they were down there check it out. Ellie, Doreen,  Vivian and I went to work on our sewing skills. I did a Embroidery marathon. I went from noon to five, stopped had dinner started back at seven to ten that night. Dave A and Rob sat next to the fire barrel till about eleven that night. At dinner we had Dave and Nancy came down to join us.

Sunday came we all came to the club house with our pastries and our good byes and when we will see each other again, I hope soon.

Thank to Doreen and everyone that came down

Thank you all.

Steve, Vivian & Doreen

 

From the Prez...

posted May 8, 2012, 8:56 AM by Dawn Biocca

Girl Scouting is one hundred years old this year.

Many of us started our camping experiences in Scouting.  Sleeping under the stars or in pup tents, we learned about plants and animals (well, okay, poison oak and raccoons) and how we are part of a larger Cosmos.  We learned how to build a fire and cook outdoors.  Knot tying and lashing and minimal impact, oh my.  Most of all, we learned how to work together and that we could survive anything – even not having hair dryers and TV. 

The skills and confidences that we amassed have stayed with us.  The leaders taught, sometimes from a book, sometimes from experience.  And we learned; about cooking and camping and leading, and about friendship. 

The first published recipe for Some Mores was in 1927.  It appeared in a Girl Scout publication “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts”.  Girls have been burning marshmallows ever since.  We all have.

The next time you pull out the extendable, rotating, fancy marshmallow fork, remember the first time you roasted them on a stick.  The friends you were with, the campground or backyard, the whole experience that has given you a love of the outdoors, or at least burnt sugar. 

Thank you to Juliette Gordon Low.  She would probably be amazed at how big Girl Scouts has become.  Or maybe not.  Maybe she just knew it would one day be big.  Some of the most famous women in politics, sports, education, business, and entertainment were Girl Scouts.  And probably burned their share of marshmallows too.

Congratulations to the Girl Scouts.  Here’s to the first hundred, and to the next hundred.

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