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Woods to Waves 2024

Saturday, May 11, 2024 at St. Dorothy's Rest

Join us on Saturday, May 11 at 8:30 AM for Woods to Waves, our largest annual fundraising event. Beginning on St. Dorothy’s Rest’s property and ending at the Pacific Ocean, you are invited to challenge yourself physically as you experience the bounty and beauty of creation... all for a great cause! Money raised directly supports our Hospital Camp programs and allows us to offer camp scholarships for underserved and foster youth in the Bay Area.

What is Woods to Waves?

Woods to Waves is a one day "hike-a-thon" event that begins at St Dorothy's Rest in Camp Meeker, CA and ends at the Pacific Ocean! The total distance is just shy of 12 miles, but shuttles are available beginning at the half way mark (you do not have to hike the whole way... but you can!). 

The morning begins with breakfast, lunch packing (ingredients are provided) and a brief 10-15 minute keynote at St. Dorothy's. Our hike will begin promptly at 10 AM, and can last anywhere from 3-5 hours. Packed lunches will be delivered by a staff or volunteer at the halfway point, and refreshment stations are placed every few miles.

What does Woods to Waves Support?

All funds raised during Woods to Waves go to support St. Dorothy's Hospital Camp and our Campership fund for underserved youth and families experiencing financial hardship. Hospital Camp is offered each summer in partnership with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to youth who have undergone transplant surgery. Eligibility and enrollment is determined by our dedicated nursing partners, and hospital campers attend at no cost whatsoever to their families.

In addition to Hospital Camp, funds raised during Woods to Waves benefit St. Dorothy's Camperships. We work alongside organizations such as YES Nature to Neighborhoods and It Takes Guts to make camp accessible for economically disadvantaged youth in the Bay Area. At St. Dorothy's, no child is ever turned away due to an inability to pay. This is made possible only through the support of generous donors, grants, and fundraising events.

Every child deserves to experience the transformation offered by summer camp.

Not a Hiker? Not a problem!

We welcome individuals of all ages, stages, and athletic abilities. If you intend to hike, but do not wish to go all 12 miles, we have pick up spots available as soon as the 3 mile marker, and again at the 8 mile mark. And if you don't care to hike at all, we are always looking for volunteers...

Be a Woods to Waves Volunteer

Woods to Waves is an incredible labor of love, put on by a multitude of St. Dorothy's staff, board members, and volunteers. If you or someone you know is interested in participating as a volunteer, please indicate so on your registration. We could use volunteers in the following areas:

  • Shuttle Vehicles: If you have a 6-10 passenger vehicle you would be willing to drive (or let one of our trusted staff or volunteers drive), we could use it! The more shuttles we have, the faster our tired hikers can get back to snacks. Phew!

  • Shuttle Drivers: This role is for individuals who are good direction-takers and can safely manage curvy roads.

  • Hospitality Purveyors: These individuals provide a spirit of welcome, celebration, and snacks at various hiking check points or on-site at St. Dorothy's.

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