About

Mission

The Camp Stevens mission is to inspire, challenge, and empower personal, social, and environmental transformation.

Rooted in the Episcopal Church and our natural world, Camp Stevens’s core values are:

    • Openness: We celebrate diversity and welcome all to our table to listen to and learn from one another.
    • Gratitude: We believe that gratitude toward one another, the natural world, and God is the foundation upon which humans build a healthier, more sustainable, and loving world.
    • Connection: We challenge all who experience this peaceful place apart to reconnect with themselves and connect meaningfully with one another, the natural world, and the Divine.
    • Wonder: We believe that a sense of wonder transforms adults and children alike, renewing joy, excitement, and mystery in the world we live in.

Click here to see Camp Stevens’ Code of Conduct


Staff

Supported and propelled by the mission and magic of this place, the Camp Stevens staff lead programs, wash dishes, plant seeds, raise money, repair waterlines, plan retreats, and everything in between. (Want to join them? Check out our job openings.)

Kathy Wilder
Executive Director

Kathy Wilder, her wife Hannah, son Owen and dog Sadie love spending time on the water kayaking, reading in coffee shops and playing guitar by the fire. Kathy is a lifelong camp and youth development professional who has dedicated her life to advocating for justice and compassion.

kathy@campstevens.org

Gabby Coburn
Program Director

Gabby is a San Diego native with a passion for kids, community, and the outdoors. She joined Stevens in 2018 as the Program Director after spending 15 years in the camp industry in a variety of roles. Her partner Jaimie also lives at camp and spends their days hanging out with baby Luka and hiking trails on and around Camp Stevens. Gabby exists in a constant state of curiosity, so don't hesitate to share the weirdest or most wonderful thing that happened at camp today; she's excited to hear all about it.

gabby@campstevens.org

Laurie Walsh
Food Service & Hospitality Director

The Walsh family loves hiking around the camp property together. When Laurie isn’t preparing meals for guests in the Camp Stevens kitchen, she enjoys doing yoga and traveling to visit friends and family around the country. Keith loves playing disc golf and is teaching himself how to play the guitar. Luka is easily distracted by animals and vacuum cleaners and is hoping to have inherited his parents’ love of chocolate.

laurie@campstevens.org

Chelsea Arcaris
Business and Facilities Director

Chelsea is a San Diego County native and after a decade of living outside of San Diego she is excited to call Camp Stevens her home. She loves spending time outside, whether it be reading in the sun, rock climbing, or backpacking in the Sierras.

chelsea@campstevens.org

Emma Simons-Araya
Farm & Garden Education Manager

Emma Rose first fell in love with Camp Stevens in 2008 and has been coming to camp ever since. As the Farm and Garden Education Manager, Emma spends most of her time asking the bigger questions: how many Manzanita trees are at camp? What do pigs dream about? What are we having for lunch? If you have an answer to any of these question please find her.

farmgarden@campstevens.org

Sam Brasted
Retreats Manager

Born and raised in San Diego, Sam is excited to be a part of the Camp Stevens' team. She loves getting to know people and can't wait to hang out with you during your stay. She also enjoys yoga, watching movies, and eating bean and cheese burritos from any hole-in-the-wall taco shop.

retreats@campstevens.org

Ari Robinson
Program Manager

Ari is originally from Michigan but found her way to California through AmeriCorps NCCC. Ari has been working at Camp Stevens since 2020. She loves birding, knitting, and bone collecting. See a cool bone or bird? Let’s talk about it!

programs@campstevens.org

Aidan Braito
Maintenance Assistant
Some call Aidan a man of many talents, most just say he needs to pick a hobby and stick to it. Give him a rock and he’ll climb it, give him a wave and he’ll surf it, give him a seed and he’ll plant it. Although his hobbies change like the seasons, one thing that never changes is his love for Camp Stevens.
Paul Holbach
Kitchen Assistant
San Diego native, Paul Holbach is excited to be entering the culinary world of Camp Stevens. He enjoys experimenting with food in his free time, watching scary movies, and skateboarding.
Isaac Simons-Araya
Volunteer/Lifeguard

Isaac’s relationship with camp has lasted many years, and like their hair, takes on many shapes. Isaac can often be found lifeguarding, staring off into the sky, and serving food while dancing.

Kathy Goddard
Bookkeeper

Partners

  • The Episcopal Dioceses of Los Angeles & San Diego: Camp Stevens, at its current location, was founded in 1952 by two priests living in the San Diego area of the then Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. Still owned by the Los Angeles diocese, Camp Stevens is now geographically in the Diocese of San Diego (which extends to Yuma, Arizona) and serves both dioceses and the entire region of Southern California and beyond. The Diocese of San Diego was created separately from Los Angeles in 1974. The Bishop Diocesan of Los Angeles is directly responsible for the camp and the Advisory Board by-laws require seats for clergy and laity of both Dioceses, as well as for those outside the church.
  • Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers: Camp Stevens is a member of the nationwide network of 100+ summer camps, retreat centers, and conference centers affiliated with the Episcopal Church.
  • American Camp Association: Camp Stevens is accredited by the American Camp Association, which assures our programs, facilities, and policies meet a national standard for quality, health, and safety.
  • San Diego State University: Camp Stevens operates two challenge courses, built and managed in partnership with SDSU’s Aztec Adventures.
  • Volcan Mountain Foundation: From many spots at Camp Stevens, you can see Volcan Mountain, a 5,000 foot mountain that is one of the last privately-owned and relatively untouched areas of Southern California. Campers and guests have the chance to hike this beautiful piece of land, which offers views extending over the Anza-Borrego Desert and out to the Pacific Ocean sixty miles away.
  • Sage Mountain Farm is partnering with Camp Stevens to bring CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) boxes to Camp Stevens for you to pick up.

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