The Camping Trip - The Origins
a word from the founders...
To understand how the trip got started, we need to say a brief word about Veritas Villa.  The Villa is a drug and alcohol rehad in Kerhonkson, NY that was founded by Jim Cusack and his wife Sue in 1973.  Father Jerry McBride (A.K.A. The Monsingor) introduced us all to the Villa through his friends who got sober back in the old neighborhood in Brooklyn, NYC.



Back in the 80's, many of the original camping trip crew attended weekend retreats at the Villa and participated in many of the Villa's extracarricular fundraising activities (e.g., party boat fishing, Mets games, St. Patrick's dances, golf outings, Horse track trips, etc.).

So, one fateful Spring day in 1986, we wnt to Brooklyn to participate in a quarterly Villa fundraising events committee planning meeting.  Sitting between Bicycle Bob and Elevator Ray, minding his own business was John "The Goose" K.  Suddenly, the chairman announced with regret that the proposed canoe and camping trip on the Delaware would have to be cancelled because there was no leader to run it.

Being the young, newly sober, full of piss and vinegar guys that they were, Bob and Ray decided Goose was going to run this trip whether he wanted to or not.  So, they nudged him to volunteer.  "No way man," Goose said.  "I don't know anything about running a camping trip."  Bob and Ray promised they would help and continued to nudge.

With fear and trepidation, Goose popped his hand up and volunteered to run the trip.  Before his hand came back down to his side, Bicycle Bob and Elevator Ray abandoned him, laughing and saying 'sucker'.

The rest is history.  Goose organized the first trip which was held Memorial Day, 1986 (and other trips through 1988) at the River Beach site of Kittatinny Campgrounds.

Since then, TheCampingTrip has had many organizers, and has moved several times.  But it keeps going.  The fellowship has been the pillar to its longevity.  Without it, many people would not be sober today.
We are all very gratefult for those who gave of themselves and continue to keep the trip going:
B-Squared
Bruce C.
Chachi
Dennis
Flounder
Go-Go
Goose
Rich Kid
Westy


The first flyer...  

Memorial Day, 1991


Courtesy of the mind of B-Squared...
see the original document

1986
July - Cheap Thrills I
Leaders: Goose
36 people attend
River Beach, PA.

August - Cheap Thrills II
Leaders: Goose and Elevator Ray
30? people attend
River Beach, PA.


1987
Memorial Day Weekend Camping Trip
Leader: Rich Kid
50 people attend
Lukes Landing - Barryville, NY

July 4th Weekend
Leader: Rich Kid
50 people attend
Mountainside - Barryville, NY

Labor Day Weekend Camping Trip
Leader: Rich Kid
50 + attend
Chads Bluff - Barryville, NY


1988
Memorial Day Weekend
Leader: Chachi
60 people attend
Mountainside - Barryville, NY

July 4th Weekend
Leader: Rich Kid
50 people attend
Pine Grove - Barryville, NY

Labor Day Weekend Camping Trip
Leader: Rich Kid retires
65 - 70 attend
Mountainside - Barryville, NY


1989
Memorial Day
TheCampingTrip appears on a flyer for the first time.  After a near death experience, B-Squared and Bruce (Brawny Man) lead.
137 people attend
Trout Terrace - Barryville, NY

July 4th
Leaders: B-Squared and Teddy V
41 people attend

Labor Day
Leader: B-Squared and Bruce (Brawny Man)*
136 attend
Mountainside - Barryville, NY
*In 1989, although retired Rich Kid provided valuable aid in the smooth operation of the trip.  At the close of the Labor Day trip, he was paramount in striking a valuable discount with Kittatinny owner Ruth Jones.  The deal has stuck ever since.  At the end of the 1991 season, Rich Kid retired for good and went in to seclusion ever since.  He has never attended since.


1990
Memorial Day
Leader: B-Squared and Bruce (Brawny Man)*
100+ people attend
*Bruce C retires.

Labor Day
Leader: B-Squared, Ann B, 2 Rick O
90+ attend
Mountainside - Barryville, NY


1991
Memorial Day
Leader: B-Squared and Don Morris (Bruce C lends aid)
115 people attend
*Bruce C retires.

Labor Day
Leader: B-Squared and Don Morris aids
100+ people attend

Columbus Day
Leader: B-Squared
only 12 people attend
Columbus Day was a failed adventure.  It was planned for 40 people.  But, none the less, it was still a good trip and it was held on trout terrace.


1992
Memorial Day
Leader: B-Squared with Jeff LG (Don lends aid)
136 people attend
Mountainside - Barryville, NY

July 4th
Leaders: B-Squared and Jeff LG
Trip turns out to be largely NA
45 people attend

Labor Day
Leaders: B-Squared and Jeff LG retires
105 people attend
Brian C retires at close of 92 Labor Day trip vowing to never run it again.


1993
Memorial Day
Melissa K & Carl & Tom McC run trip
123 people attend

July 4th
B-Squared vows to never say never again and runs the trip.
30 attendψ
ψBrian C and others see need for more structured format to run ther trip.  Under advice from Rip V the camping commottee is born.  LAbor Day 1993 becomes its trial trip.

Labor Day
Committee: B-Squared, Fran W, Teddy V and Mountain Dew Sue
98 people attendϖ
ϖThe committee's 1st trip is a success.  However, Labor Day '93 saw the worst rain falls in camping trip history.  Over 5" of rain fell, surprisingly noone left.


1994
Memorial Day
Jake D is added to committee
125 attend

Labor Day
Committee begins to address issues of meeting times and schedule.
110 people attend


1995
Memorial Day
Committee solidifies itself and agrees to continue indefinitely.  Meeting schedule is drafted.  Schedule works and trip breaks an all-time record with 176 people attending (a full 40% increase).

July 4th
25 attend

Labor Day
Committee expands meeting schedule into a list of activities.  A full blown itinerary is created and operations with it run smooth.  However, the trip is almost jeopardized by the draught of 95 causing the suspension of wood burning fires.  Committee proves itself as being a viable force by uncovering a campground scandle at the managerial level.  The scandal found the campground to be operating in an unfaithful manner by letting a full morning pass by until it decided to ban fires.  Committee members Ted V, Fran W are to be honored for finding out that a state wide ban did not exist even though the campground emphatically claimed it did.  After some lengthy debates, the committee decided to partially cooperate with the campground by allowing it to take our wood and then to buy charcoal from them.  Committee outright disagreed with the fire ban due to its unethical enforcement and its origin.  It's origin was an illegal dumping accident that resulted in a fire.  The campground was fined heavily by the state officials.  As a result, the campground banned fires in fear of further accidents & fines.  This was done in a deceitful manner since it was designed to be implemented at the time campers would swell the grounds to capacity for the holiday weekend.  They told everyone up until Friday afternoon (4 hours after the ban) that fires were indeed allowed.  Many people in the group were deceived as well as the general population.  They were told they could burn so they came.  When they arrived, they were deceived.  As a result, the committee acted in a manner of civil disobedience.  The committee hid half of its wood at the time of seizure.  Since the scandal was blown wide open, security forces became willing to listen to the demands of the committee.  As a result, built up tensions between security and management arose.  The chain of command deteriorates and security became sympathetic toward the campers.  As a result, fires (although technically not allowed) were permitted for our ground.  A splendid non-action stance took place between security & committee.  As a final result, they befriended each other plus a financial break was awarded by management for the troubles the no fire ordinance caused.  During the trip a new record for Labor Day trips was broken..  The chaotic weekend forced the committee to take a hard look at some growing problems.  1 was to possibly seek a new campground.  2 was to create a fund in order to one day become independant of all campgrounds by financing its own someday.  However, the most important immidiate issue which was also blown out.  Independant from the fire issue was the issue of inclusiveness.  Is the committee ready to let go of its AA origins and include elements of NA, ot Al-Anon, or GA? etc.  By the end of the trip the committee decision was unanymous.  TheCampingTrip is to become fully all inclusive to all 12 step programs, the problem of how to identify meetings still exists, and the issue will be resolved in the spring.  Right now, the measures are: 1) To call all meetings recovery meetings with no readings of any fellowship.  2) The readings of AA and NA preambles only.  3) The creation of a special camping trip preamble with its focus on 12 step recovery and a non denominational foundation of groups that include all aspects of 12 step programs such as AA, NA, GA and the like.  Address in spring 1996 new committee members Doug and Katherine of NA origins
140 people attend
Mike W. added as committee member


1996
Memorial Day
New trip record of all time.  Extra space a success.  Least problems ever.  Biggest complaint was a barking dog.  Gate moves to mountain base by Route 97.
203 People.

July 4th
New July 4th record.  Mountainside was full.  Jen Y. is voted as new committee alternate. 96 attend

Labor Day
Jen Y. is voted as full member.  Records the largest Labor Day trip of all time.  New bracelets a success.
136 Turn out.

1997
Memorial Day
New Record set.  Mountainside base area gets a new nickname The Low Lands.  The area was full.   Few problems.  First Camping Trip t-shirts.  Committee assresses idea of adding more members.
216 people attend

July 4th
New 4th of July Record Set.  Gate moves back to Mountainside.  Low Lands given back to Paul.  First ever large scale trip with no rain in any form.  First trip where bears are spotted while area was full of campers.  Problems were numerous.  1) Fire works were out of control.  B-Squared on Biker Club.  2) One female was nearly ejected by security for not wearing her bracelet.  3) Too many motor cycles on foot bridge.  Committee adds Karl D., and new member Tammy O as alternate.  Committee decides to enforce no bikes on bridge policy for future.  Committee adopts a new get tough policy on A*&holes.  One warning then you're out.
116 attend

Labor Day
141 people attend


Begin the ramblings of Mike W...
Much of the 1998 and 1999 seasons were shrouded in mystery.  NO official historical editorials were logged by B-Squared.  Some members of the trip along with some committee members were becoming concerned with the direction the trip was taking as a whole.  The committee was becoming consumed by their own power.  There were beginning to be too many rules.  Committee began acting as a security force, carrying walkie-talkies everywhere and involving themselves in all disputes of disagreements and space issues.  A silent coup began forming, and was preparing a silent takeover from the inside out.  Individuals began meeting in secracy outside the normal "meetings" and discussed bringing the trip back to its roots.  JUST CAMP!!! Also during this time, new member Go-go was added to the committee.

1998
Memorial Day
156 people attend

July 4th
47 attend

Labor Day
101 people attend


At some point during the 1999 season, the committee is reborn adopting an old mentality.  Just Camp.  Members of the committe agree that our primary purpose is to organize the trip, not police it...
1999
Memorial Day

154 people attend

July 4th

64 attend

Labor Day
One of the smaller camping trip which started with quite a bit of controversy.  Two women left on a mid-day excursion only to return drunk.  Several arguements ensued.  The committee had come across a dificult situation.  One of the women was here with two teenage children.  If the committee was to have them removed by security, the children would be confiscated by DYFS.  During much deliberation, one of the the women began going in to an epileptic seizure.  The brisk actions of Go-go and Brillo may have saved the woman.  The camping trip was then quickly engulfed with EMT's, police, rangers, and many seekers of gossip.  This was to be an easy out, she can go to the hospital.  NOt so easy.  She freaked out at the sight of the uniforms thinking they were all cops.  Eventually, they both left and the kids stayed on the committee's site.  Aside from that action, three new committee members were inducted: Roger, "Handlebar Mustache" Frank and Chris "Brillo Head".
166 people attend


2000
Memorial Day
In the end of April 2000, we received notice that The Camping Trip was about to undergo a major change.  Paul (nephew of the owner) was fired, our discount was revoked and the campground wanted to force mandatory river trips on all campers (whether they went or not).  B-Squared, Go-Go and Mike W took a ride up to the campground to straighten things out with the new management.  After a brief meeting, it was evident things were not going to work out.  The new management (in agreement with the owner) had no plans on budging from their new stance.  To avoid disruption to the trip, the committee quickly responded to the meeting with written acknowledgement and advised the campground they were contractually obligated to allow the trip to maintain it's current discounts and adhere to the agreement that was in place when our deposit was left on Labor Day of 1999.  During the trip, the people at Hagemans Sporting Goods in PA turned us on to this little campground called Jerry's.  We took a ride and it looked like we may have found a new home.  We left a deposit and time would tell us what was to come.  At the conclusion of the trip, we sent a letter to Kittatinny, expressing our regret that our relationship with Kittatinny Campgrounds was to come to an end.  To adhere to our statement in the initial letter to Kittatinny that we would correct the flyer in the future to reflect their new policy, we kept to our word and put a new campground name on it...
96 people attend

July 4th
The Camping trip has moved to Jerry's Three River Campground.  It does not have the ammenities that Kittatinny had, but will take some getting used to...
54 people attend

Labor Day
The smallest Labor Day trip since 1988.  It must be because we just moved.  Right?
82 people attend


2001
Feb 1st - TheCampingTrip appears on the internet for the first time.  Modest committee member Mike W develops a the most spectacular website ever created to hurdle the trip in to the next generation.
Memorial Day
Not since 1987 has the trip seen so few show up.  It was a seriously rain filled weekend.  Rainfall amounts may have even surpassed the Labor Day 93 trip...  But alas, the trip must once again move.  Jerry's which initially appeared to be our new home, has reared the ugly head of non-cordial ownership.  On Memorial Day our trip reached the lowest turn-out for a Memorial Day trip we had seen since 1987.
58 people attend

July 4th
After an exhaustive search (1 campground) we found Fern Ridge Campground.  Blakeslee, PA had become an oasis from the run-down property at Jerry's.  At Fern Ridge, we appeared to have found all the positives of Kittatinny (without George the security guy!!!) Changing from the Delaware to the Lehigh River was gladly welcomed.  At the end of the trip, the campers wanted to stay for Labor Day.  The search for wood begins...
70 people attend

Labor Day
We have returned to find a front office happy to see us again.  We tried wood from a sawmill.  We learned what a pain in the arse it could be to burn.  However we did find that B-Squared could make some really cool furniture out of it though!!! Bri and Frank found a local guy with some nice wood.  Could he be the next Charlie the Wood God? Not likely.  There can be only one...
83 people attend
NOTE: 2001 begins a new era.  The camping trip is becoming automated.  Committee member Mike W creates a database for pre-registrations and begins integrating expense tracking on a computer.


2002
Memorial Day
NO major notes kept for the trip.  It can be stated that at some point during this season, The Chat n Chew Cafe was discovered.  This would become a legendary local breakfast spot for campers.  Not since this discovery have campers found a comparable breakfasy nook.
95 people attend

July 4th
49 people attend

Labor Day
56 people attend


2003
Memorial Day
76 people attend

July 4th
48 people attend

Labor Day
45 people attend


2004
March - April 2004.  Much deliberation took place back and forth between the town and Fern Ridge as to whether the campground would be allowed to remain open for the season.  There was a debate between the town and the Campground owners (Big Boulder/Jack Frost) as to whether the campground should be required to install city septic all the way up to the main office and bathrooms.  Since BBJF had their own sewage processing facility they hauled their waste to,m they felt it was an unnecessary expenditure and would not invest the $1 million it would cost to do this.  Instead, they were forced to close their doors.  Our new search for a campground would begin again...
Memorial Day
In order to try to increase pre-registration numbers, a pre-paid flyer coloring contest is initiated.  Fred S won the first ever Camping Trip symbol made of stained glass.  Hand made tie-dye t-shirts are sold.  The campground gave us a Good news / bad news announcement upon our arrival.  Bad News: Because of the heavy winter and the delayed news about the campground's status, maintenance crews were unable to clear out the sites of downed trees that fell over the winter.  The sites were a mess.  Good news: We were given permission to burn WHATEVER WE CLEANED UP! Bad idea to that kind of pyromaniacal power in the hands of alchoholics.  The trip saw the largest (approved) bonfire it had ever seen for a big meeting (courtesy of Frank B).  At the conclusion of the trip, our section of the woods were crystal clean...
102 people attend

July 4th
55 attend

Labor Day
90 people attend

We begin the post-season by bidding adieu to Fern Ridge Campground.  This was a very welcoming home, but circumstances beyond our control forced to search for our new home.  Armed with a very kind letter from the campground, TheCampingTrip books and records (to show our history) and our positive energy.  So, on the weekend of September 18, Go-go and Mike packed their gear and set forth on an amazing adventure to find a new campground.  The road trip itself began with a very scary moment.  As Go-go and Mike were heading South on 95 towards the Scudders Falls Bridge, mike said "take the next exit for 29 NOrth, but be careful it's a sharp turn." The car was not slowing.  Mike repeated, "Dude, slow down!" To that, Go-go responded "I can't, I have no brakes!" Naturally, we continued straight across the bridge and leveraging Go-go's driving talents, used the stick and emergency brakes to maintain braking and (somehow) manage to get us back to Mike's house a few miles away.  Turned out his break line oin his car had rusted out just at that moment.  Well, lets try it again in another car.  They hopped in to Mike's Element and tried the journey again.  Mike and Go-go started at where it all ended.  They set their base of operations at a nearby Boy Scouts of America Campground Camp Atacahela.  The campground was beautiful.  Truly a place of nature's splendor.  It seemed as though it had a great vibe and would make a nice home for us.  There were a couple of downfalls we had to contend with.  There were no nearby bathrooms.  Because of the natural wildlife, our garbage would have to be hung in the trees at night.  After that, we felt we would end up having a camper eaten by a bear within a trip...  The quest starts.  Over the weekend, we visited close to 50 campgrounds.  To say it lightly, we put everything we had in to finding a place that would be a home.  OUr travels resulted in everything from places we referred to as "Jerry's II" to another we called "Jerry's Squared" to "The Honeycomb Hideout" to "The Lord of The Flies Campground." Literally, the last one had zero adults.  I think the manager was only seventeen...  We returned back Saturday to our base camp to find that Hurricane Ivan was on its way towards us.  We hunkered down and began calling more campgrounds throughout the KOA handbook.  Many, many more disappointments kept creaping up.  But as the fierce winds battered at our shelter, we refused to give up hope.  The following morning, we packed our gear and got on the road.  But first, you have to eat at the Chat n Chew...  Our journey continued throughout the Pennsylvania area searching high and low for a campground.  Then it happened.  We spotted a small blue sign that said Camp Charles Campground.  It wasn't in the book.  I've never even heard of it before.  We began following the blue signs, thought we actually got lost and nearly gave up hope.  Far off the beaten path and away from civilization, we turned in to the campground.  At first glimpse, it appeared as though we wasted our time and found another RV park.  Go-go said, "let's go." Mike replied, "we've gone this far.  Lets just see if they have anything." They met one of the owners and they said sure we have some wooded sites.  They sent us back and told us to stop back in when we wer done.  We drove through the RV area and saw a tree line ahead.  As we pulled in trhough the "bat cave" for the first time, an amazing energy came over us.  It felt like home immediately.  On the video (which I hope to upload some day), you can hear Go-go say "it looks like Mountainside before we f$&@ed it up." We parked and walked around only to feel more and more at home.  This was it.  Has oUr journey ended??? Let's see.  Full bars on the cell phone √.  Clean bathrooms √.  Swimming Pool √.  Friendly Management √.  Walmart within 15 miles √.  Home at last...

2005
Memorial Day
The 19th season is starting off great.  Already, campers are finding amazing places around the campground.  Sites like the Appalachian Trail overlook, Columcille, river trips and many hiking places.  The campers love the place and the trip begins to grow again.
97 people attend
NOTE: In an unusual welcome to the campground, we started our very first weekend at the new campground with State Troopers and news photographers scouring the woods asking if anyone saw anything suspicious.  As it turned out, a block away from the campground, two brothers got in to a heated arguement.  The arguement ended quickly via a ballpean hammer.  They found the one brother driving around state game lands disposing of the evidence...

July 4th
A nice surprise for the campers was the fact that the campground holds its own fireworks show.  So long two hours in traffic after a fireworks show...
55 attend

Labor Day
112 people attend


2006
Memorial Day
The 20th Season of TheCampingTrip is upon us starting with the largest trip since 1999 when we left Kittatinny.  T-shirts since are made with an amazing flaming logo.  Also on the 20th anniversary trip a new tradition was started, The Eatin' Meetin'.  On Sunday night (when everyone is trying to get rid of their uneaten food) everyone descends upon one site and brings a little something.  This had been tried for the first time on this trip, and has become a camper favorite ever since.
142 people attend

July 4th
Unfortunately the Fourth of July can't always be on a weekend.  A smaller trip with the holiday midweek.
60 attend

Labor Day
The weekend was forecast to be hit by a hurricane, but positive spirits got the sun to shine through instead.  This may have even been the first of Mark W's "slowly becoming locally famous blueberry pancake breakfast".
87 people attend


2007
Memorial Day
139 people attend

July 4th
51 attend

Labor Day
The flyer coloring contest has continued, but failed to increase pre-registration numbers.  But, as a positive result, the intricately colored flyer received from Peggy H gave birth to the new full color flyer.  The coloring contest has been abandoned...
104 people attend


2008
Memorial Day

121 people attend

July 4th
Campers begun a new tradition of hiking up the Appalachian trail to the clearing and watching not only Camp Charles' fireworks show, but many fireworks shos simultaneously.
100 attend

Labor Day

115 people attend


2009
Memorial Day
A new record strikes the trip.  The previous record set back in 1997 at Kittatinny, the prior record of 227 is shattered.  Also, for the first time, The Camping Trip booked out all of the rustic wooded sites.  It was all us...  Then, on Sunday afternoon, we had the first time ever hail storm on The Camping Trip.  Heavy winds, pounding rain and nickel sized hail made a brief (but unforgettable) presence.  I guess this goes to show that Mother Nature is an avid camper.  She never seems to miss a trip.  At the end of the brief, but intense storm, you could hear the defiant roar of the campers challenging Mother Nature to bring her best.  A new section of our area of the campground is founded.  This new place is called "Yonder Land".  It is tucked away from the road and absolutely peacefully tucked back in the woods.
235 people attend

July 4th
126 attend

Labor Day
128 people attend

At the end of the 2009 season, a new record for a season is set. 489 campers in a season.  The prior record was in 1997 when 473 campers graced Kittatinny in one year.

2010
Memorial Day
Now, becoming an annual tradition, the trip begins with yet another hail storm.  Before campers descended upon the campground, early comers are blasted with another hail storm. 185 people attend

July 4th
67 attend

Labor Day
141 people attend


2011
Memorial Day
Bring on the 25th anniversary weekend!!  On Thursday evening, before the trip was set to begin, there were already close to 60 friends in the woods.  An eerie feeling drifted over the campsites like a rolling fog in a 1980's horror film.  As the evening descended upon us, we began to hear rumbles of thunder in the distance.  Quickly, we grabbed our phones and began reviewing radar images, making our own predictions and realizing that we would soon be hit with a major strong rainstorm.  It was time to clean up the site and committee table to make sure nothing got wet.  As we made multiple trips back and forth to get stuff from the committee table under cover, Go-go and Mike W heard a distinct sound in the near distance.  The rumbling growl of what sounded like a locomotive.  Within minutes, the storm descended upon us like a banshee.  A strong wind front approached well ahead of the storm bringing Winds whipping through the woods in excess of 65 mph. Dirt, pebbles, ash and hot embers took flight and pummeled us as we fought to keep the committee site's big tarp from blowing away like a giant sail.  As six of the people on the site fought to save the tarp, mother nature was quickly winning the battle.  Through the loud howls of the wind, the tension was broken by the cries of B-Squared yelling out "Cut the lines!!!".  It was reminiscent of a captain yelling out abandon ship.  With fear and trepidation, they cut the lines and pulled the tarp to the ground.  After the debris had settled, campers again (as in years past) yelled throughout the woods in defiance of Mother Nature's fury.  Throughout the weekend, you would hear cries of "cut the lines" as the story was told over and over.  On Friday, the trip quickly grew to a record size.  At the end of the weekend, an all new high was set for TheCampingTrip.  244 campers were in attendance.  A tally was made of the total sober time and was announced at the Saturday evening Big Meeting.  Over 1,580 years of sobriety was present (after the trip, it was recalculated with the late comers added in to total out to just over 1,666 years).  With 244 campers, we still did not feel as crowded as the 1997 "Shanty Town" trip.  As the weekend progressed, Sunday brought a new twist to TheCampingTrip.  A local merchant (Little Creek Bar-b-Cue Co) was brough in and added a Pig Roast to our Sunday night Eatin' Meetin'.  The trip had campers from the first trip as well as newcomers with as little as four days.  It was a great start to the 25th Anniversary Season.
244 people attend

July 4th


Labor Day
After 15 years of service for Robert (Go-Go) and 16 years of service for Mike W, both members have decided to step down and retire from running the trip.  A new committee is formed and begins the next chapter in the history of TheCampingTrip.  The new comittee consists of Tommy W, Darlene R and Peggy H.


2012
Memorial Day
The 26th season began with the new committee talking the helm and kicking off a new season and a new era in TheCampingTrip history.
200 people attend

July 4th


Labor Day



2013
Memorial Day
The 27th season began with an insane cold snap that settled in right before the trip began.  On the Wednesday before the trip, temps were in the low 70's with nightime temps in the 50's.  Just as the trip began, daytime temps hovered in the low 50's with nightime temps sinking in to the low 30's.  If that wasn't enough, we were blessed with some amazing downpours.  Fortunately, we were also gifted with a natural blow dryer, with average sustained winds hovering around 25+ mph.  Despite all this inclement weather, it did not stop those who braved the weather from having a fantastic time.  Additionally, everyone was able to brush up on their tarpology skills as the winds and rain continuosly challenge us to keep the tarps up (and down)!!!
244 people attend

July 4th


Labor Day


2016
Memorial Day
The 30th anniversary begins
Labor Day
After 5 years of service for Tommy W, he has decided to step down and retire from running the trip.  Several members of the existing committee decided to remain, as some new members joined. And so begins the next chapter in the history of TheCampingTrip.  The new comittee consists of Cathy D, Heike F, Rich S, Mike W, and Ed Y.