Children greet the sunrise during a 2018 outdoor overnight at Camp Stevens. File photo

Valarie Kaur

[The Episcopal News] To celebrate its 70th anniversary, Camp Stevens invites alumni, former staff, friends and the diocesan community to a Restorative Justice Retreat Oct. 28 – 30. The weekend will celebrate the camp’s history of impact and growth while looking to the future.

“Together we will learn, listen, love, and start the process of healing across faiths, generations, identities, cultures, and more,” says the event announcement. “Participants of all ages can choose from a variety of experiences from workshops and small group conversations to creative activities and personal reflection.”

Valarie Kaur – renowned civil rights leader, lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator, innovator, best-selling author of See No Stranger, and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice – will deliver a keynote address at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. More about Kaur is here.

For more information and to register for the retreat, click here. More about the retreat schedule is here. A video invitation is here.

70 Years of Stories project

Camp Stevens also invites past campers, staff members and friends to reflect on the 70th anniversary through the power of storytelling. “Your stories, experiences, and transformations are the best way to capture the power and impact of our work,” says the announcement. “We hope you’ll take a minute to share a meaningful story about your connection with camp.

To share a camp story through video, audio, writing, photos and works of art, click here.  Click here for tips, tricks and creative ideas for telling a story.

Beyond the Mine podcast

Kathy Wilder, executive director of Camp Stevens, has launched “Beyond the Mine,” a podcast that “excavates stories, life lessons, and transformations from the lived experiences of our alumni. We dig deep to explore connections with camp, the successes and struggles of life paths, and how Camp Stevens shows up in daily living.” The podcast is available on Apple, Spotify and Google. To share a story on Beyond the Mine, contact Wilder at

Camp Stevens serves the Episcopal dioceses of Los Angeles and San Diego with summer camps for children ages 8 to 15, wilderness adventures for teens, travel programs for adults, and weekend family camps. It also welcomes retreat groups throughout the year. To learn more about the camp and its offerings, visit its website.