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Kenney Grove 2019 – Sally Charette

Here are the dates for our Kenney Grove campouts for 2019. We recommend that you go ahead and make reservations for all the dates you think you might attend.  You can cancel with a full refund up to 45 days in advance. If you make all your reservations for the year at the same time, you pay only one $3.00 reservation fee.

County of Ventura Camping & RV Reservations

April 11-14, 2019 – Spring Break

May 23-27, 2019 – Memorial Day Weekend

July, the 25th-28th, 2019 – Summer Camp

August 29-Sept 2, 2019 – Labor Day Weekend

October 3-6, 2019 – Fall Out

When you make a reservation, if you have a Facebook account, please let us know via the Songmakers Camping News and Discussion group. This link should take you directly there.  Please ask to join by clicking on the appropriate button there. There are Events set up for each KG camp out. Please let us know that you are coming and which site you’ll be in, if you’re comfortable with that. The contents of this Facebook group are not visible to the general public, only to those who are fellow members.

Those of us who continued to camp in 2018 after the County of Ventura took over management found it still a very worthwhile experience. We braved the temporary lack of showers and the changes to our schedule due to park quiet hours requirements. We spoke with rangers and the camp hosts and have been assured that the showers will be ready for use by the time we’re back in April.  They have not made us shut down the music at 9 p.m., and we have continued to play quietly even though others share the campground with us.  So far, so good!

We also learned that Ventura County parks budget is based only on the parks’ and campgrounds’ income. They do not receive county, state or federal funds. So let’s be as happy as possible about sharing our lovely spot with new people…they’ll be helping keep the lights on.  You know, when the lights actually work!

Thanks to everyone who camped in 2018 and to those of you who are making plans for 2019!  Onward!

Sally Charette

Kenny Grove Campground is in the middle of this photo to the right of the pine trees near the base of the mountains

Kenney Grove Update


Here are the reserved and available sites as of 10-8-18:

We hear that campers have signed up for the sites around the old campfire area for Labor Day Weekend  (August 30-Sept 3) and the Fall Out camp-out October 11-14, and there should be plenty more sites available. RV sites 17 to 26 are those on either side of the creek. Tent sites start with #34 and above. 

We are also beginning to reserve for Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-27, 2019) since more people may be aware of our hidden gem by next year.  The fee for cancelling 45 days or more in advance is minimal. 

There is a map and there are instructions for making reservation at the Ventura County Parks reservation site.

When you do reserve, please post on the Kenney Grove Campout Discussion page at Some people have emailed me, that they are coming, but I haven’t been able to keep good track. You may email this address for the discussion page password.

As we did last time, we plan to continue our ice cream social and potluck tradition, and share music in the evenings wherever we can best gather. The coffee pot will be there, too! 

Remember, if you want to arrive a day early or stay a day later to pack up, you can do that. It used to be that the camp was only open to groups and only on certain days of the month.  If you want to take more time to explore the area, you can do that!  The ranger I spoke with let me know that many people reserve the night of the day they want to leave, so they don’t have to pack up by 11 a.m.

Sally Charette

Kenney Grove Memorial Day Campout 2018

Hi all! As most of you are probably aware, Rona LeDoux, who has managed Kenney Grove Park camp ground for 37 years, will retire at the end of June, 2018. She transformed the park into the garden spot it is today while maintaining all the campsites and amenities we so enjoy.

As a token of our appreciation, Sally and Dana Charette will provide a guest book you are encouraged to sign at the Memorial Day camp out. If you would like to donate a cash contribution to Rona’s “retirement fund,” Sally will collect funds in advance and we will present them to Rona on Memorial Day Weekend. Rona will be relocating from the park, so like a lot of us, she’s downsizing!

Lynn Furnis has written a song for Rona called Rona’s Paradise.  It will be sung at the Memorial Day Campout.  The chords and lyrics are available here: Rona’s Paradise – chords and lyrics Here is a recording of the song by Lynn and Bill Johnson:

Inevitably, Rona’s retirement will bring changes to the way the camp is run. Ventura County Parks is still in the process of re-mapping the campground. I am in touch with VCP regarding group reservations for future Songmakers camping weekends and will let you know how to make reservations as soon as I can.  If you’d like to pencil in dates, we are aiming for July 19-22, September 20-24 (Labor Day Weekend), and October 11-15, 2018. 

Camping at Kenney Grove has brought Songmakers together for nearly 20 years. It helped us form friendships from all reaches of Southern California, strengthening our club. We’ve learned about music and public performance through workshops and concerts held at KG. I hope you all will join me in honoring this long and rich tradition.

The Memorial Day Campout at Kenney Grove will be held May 24 – 28, 2018. Reservations must be received by Saturday, May 19, so mail them by Wed. May 16. You will receive confirmation by return email by Monday, May 21.
2018 Memorial Day Registration Form

The schedule is:

Thursday-Friday May 24-25- Informal jamming and evening campfire song circles

Saturday, May 26 – Informal jamming throughout the day

10 a.m. – Songwriting Workshop with Don Truby
11:30 a.m. – Performance Workshop with John McFadgen
1:30 p.m. – Ice Cream Social & Concert Sign-Ups – bring a bowl and spoon
5:30 p.m. – Potluck – Bring a dish to share, a plate, flatware and napkin
7:00 p.m. – Evening concert
Post concert campfire song circle and informal jamming

Sunday, May 27
10-12 noon – Songs of Meaning & Band Scramble assignments
1 p.m.-4 p.m. – Ukulele Jam with Alan Ferentz – drop in and play!
4:00 p.m. – Meet with your Band Scramble group to create magic!
7:00 p.m. – Band Scramble performance followed by campfire song circle and informal jamming

Monday, May 28

12:00 Noon – Check out time

Sally Charette