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Summer Camp For Grown-Ups 

Presented by PSWIRL


As in, "A SWIRL of Activities"


Pacific South-West Institute of Religious Liberals  

We meet every August for a week at Camp de Benneville Pines, located in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains near Angelus Oaks, California. Click here for the latest program and flyer. 

Mission Statement: We are an extended family, building community, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and acceptance, dedicated to personal growth, developing a larger social consciousness, and welcoming diverse ideas.

Invitation to California Summer Camp for Grown-Ups 

The UU-oriented nonprofit Pacific SouthWest Institute of Religious Liberals welcomes you to their annual event at beautiful Camp de Benneville Pines in Angelus Oaks, California. Relax, swim, or take part in a wide variety of workshops and activities -- it's up to you!

PSWIRL sponsors a relaxed camp in the mountains for people who enjoy nature and an interesting program of activities. A theme speaker provides challenges, information, and philosophy. The setting is one of warmth and acceptance, where people’s ideas and feelings are valued and validated. Each person is able to set his/her own goals and program for the week. Daytime activities may be active or contemplative. Evening activities may include dancing, discussions, movies, puzzles, cards, astronomy, improvisation, and/or a talent show. At the closing ceremony we review the week’s camp and provide suggestions for the future.

This camp is like an extended family which functions in an atmosphere of mutual respect and acceptance. It is dedicated to personal growth and social development, and it welcomes new and diverse ideas.

Delicious meals are served in Homet Lodge, with vegetarian or vegan entrees offered if requested with registration. Cabins are comfortable if rustic, with shared bathrooms and showers.

Camp de Benneville Pines is owned and operated by the Unitarian Universalist Pacific Southwest District. It is at 6,800 feet altitude in the San Bernardino National Forest among towering pines, oaks and cedars with Barton Creek nearby, and Jenks Lake within walking distance. There are no buildings between Camp de Benneville Pines and Mt. San Gorgonio, the highest mountain in southern California (11,500 feet), so this location is truly a nature gem! It is the perfect location to enjoy the natural beauty of the forest. It has an Olympic-size swimming pool and a large hot tub. A field trip to Big Bear Lake Solar Observatory is offered.

2013, 2014 and 2015 per person costs range from $350 to $485 depending on the type of accommodation you select and when you pay. Prices include all meals and workshops for the week. The rich program includes a long list of workshops, diversity of activities and our guest Theme Speaker, Rev. Tom Owen-Towle. 

Join us in our beautiful mountain camp as we welcome newcomers and greet old friends! Experience for yourself the varied offerings of  PSWIRL week.


The 2015 PSWIRL Camp is from Saturday, August 15 through Wednesday, August 19


2015 Theme Speaker: 

Rev. Tom Owen-Towle (Unitarian Universalist Minister Emeritus, First Universalist Unitarian Church of San Diego

Theme: "The Art of Finishing Life Well"

Click here for representative workshops, as well as a 2015 registration form. 


Click here for general information about PSWIRL week.


Click here to register for PSWIRL 2015 on-line.

Register for PSWIRL at, click on "What’s Happening at Camp", click on "PSWIRL"


For a 2015 PSWIRL Brochure, click here.


For an long article about PSWIRL in the latest Camp de Benneville Pines Connection newsletter, go to and then checkout pages 9 and 15.


Click here for a PSWIRL Workshop and Program Activity Schedule for 2014. 


Click here for a PSWIRL Workshop and Program Activity Schedule and Camper Packet for 2014. 


Click here for a supplementary information list for first time campers for 2015.


This year, there will be a co-located and simultaneous UU Choir Camp, led by Scott Roewe of the Santa Clarita Church. In the past, there were co-located and simultaneous Art Camp and the Gospel in the Pines and Landscape Photography options in 2014, click here and go to pages 5, 9 and 10.


PSWIRL Contact Information

Phone: (909) 794-1252  President: Eugenia Regan

41750 Jenks Lake Road
Angelus Oaks, CA 92305

Registrar: Camp de Benneville Pines
E-mail: Programs Eugenia Regan
UUA District: Pacific Southwest Webmaster: Peter Landecker


Click below on other interesting web places:

  • PSWIRL Week in Facebook
  • PSWIRL in Facebook
  • PSWIRL Sign-up Page
  • Camp de Benneville Pines 
  • Pacific Southwest District (PSWD)
  • Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)
  • PSWIRL Astronomy Program
  • George de Benneville
  • Article about PSWIRL and Entire Connection Newsletter
  • Driving Directions
  • Gospel in the Pines
  • Click on the year for the current or previous PSWIRL Flyer:  

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    For a summary of recent PSWIRL Theme Speakers, click here.

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