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Labor Day Weekend Sober Camping Adventure
Labor Day Weekend Sober Camping Adventure

Fri, Sep 02


Camp Charles Campground

Labor Day Weekend Sober Camping Adventure

Join us for 1-3 nights of camping and fellowship with Friend's of Bill in Bangor PA. Now in its 37th year, 100-150 Friends of Bill take over Camp Charles Campground. The event provides communal backwoods tent-sites, firewood, port-o-johns, campfire meetings, and lots of fellowship.

Time & Location

Sep 02, 2022, 10:00 AM – Sep 05, 2022, 11:50 AM

Camp Charles Campground, 1077 Blue Mountain Dr, Bangor, PA 18013, USA

About the event

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About the trip….

Since 1986, the  camping trip has been a way for people in recovery, both young and old,  to have a great time camping in a clean and sober environment. From the  moment you arrive, you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed. Nestled in the  woods for the weekend, you’ll discover the true essence of the  fellowship. Come alone and make friends… bring friends and make more  friends… or bring your family and enjoy quality time together… Come  camping and see where the journey takes you.

Many friendships have  been forged on these trips which have spanned years and continue to  flourish. We have seen many couples meet on TheCampingTrip, with some  going on to get married. Mike W. proposed to his wife during a Saturday  night big meeting. A few others have also proposed to their loved one on  TheCampingTrip. We even had a couple (Fred and Rose) get married on  TheCampingTrip.

Nothing says camping like a campfire meeting… The  campfire meetings bring a whole new level to a meeting as you know it.  With several meetings each day, there are plenty to choose from. Some of  our campers like to organize other activities like hikes to the  clearing, to the waterfall, Mount Tammany or Mount Minsi… or join a trip  to Columcille… visit downtown Stroudsburg… raft the Delaware River…  Without even leaving the campground, they also host many on-site  activities for both the kids and adults (face painting, bingo, live  bands, stocking of the lake, magic shows, fire truck rides, etc). The  trip is one you and your family are sure to never forget. So get away  from all of those earth people and come join the fabled fellowship of  the friends foraging in the forest… Come camp with us folks who love to  enjoy ourselves in a clean and sober environment. We hope to meet you  there!!!

The cost for camping covers the campground fees (site)  and firewood. You will need to bring the rest of the items such as a  tent, sleeping bag, flashlights, lanterns, pots, camping supplies, food,  coffee, tarps, fellowship, etc. Here is a sample Shopping List on  Amazon of ideas of what you might need or want to bring. The space we  are allocated is based upon the number of pre-registrations we receive  and an average of prior trip turnouts. Our area is around 20 to 30 acres  and is fully wooded. The terrain is mostly flat with some small hills  and the ground ranges from rocky to dirt to slight undergrowth. There  are many, many trees to tie tarps to.

 Even though the campground may  mark them as individual campsites, once the trip starts, it is all OUR  area. We have what is considered group camping. Our wooded area is  isolated from the rest of the campground, allowing us to have a truly  clean and sober environment. As you come back in to the wooded camping  area, there is a point where from there back, is our area. The  campground posts signs at the front of our area indicating it is a  private event and there is nothing beyond our area, so this keeps us  clear our any outside influences.

The campground has fire rings  already set up throughout the area and provides us with picnic tables  that have built-in seating. There are a limited number so if you think  you’ll need more table space to spread out and cook, we encourage you to  plan ahead. A majority of the tables are made of heavy duty plastic.  So, we cannot use grills or stoves directly on them. As a convenience,  there are two Porta-Potties right in our area, which the campgrounds  clean daily (at minimum). There are also real bathrooms with showers and  electric up by the camp store, just a short walk away. Within the  campground is also a fishing lake, which they stock 3 times a year. The  stocking occurs during our trips and they encourage the kids to have fun  helping unload the fishery truck. As a bonus, since the campground is  private property, you don’t need a fishing license. 

Words cannot truly  do TheCampingTrip trip justice… It is best to clear your head, open  your mind and come. Step out away from the rat race and enjoy the  serenity that the woods and fellowship emanate. There is a reason that  so many of the originals that started this over 30 years ago still come  today. TheCampingTrip has become an integral part of the sobriety ad  life of so many of its friends that only those who join us can  understand.

  Although we have never turned walk-ons away,  pre-registering helps us make sure we request adequate space from the  campground. If you’re coming, please let us know. We order cords of  firewood to be delivered throughout the weekend, which is also set aside  based on anticipated turnouts."

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Cost: $40 per person for all 3 nights if you register and pre-pay.  Children age 5-15 are only $25 (kids under 5 go free.) Bring the whole family to TheCampingTrip in Bangor, PA at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 3 days of fun, fellowship, campfires, beautiful scenery, and jammin’ meetings. The price includes camping charges, firewood, and use of campground facilities. Pre-payment must be received by the dates on the registration form. Reservations are not required and walk-ons are always welcome. 

A $10 walk-on fee will be charged to adults who do not pre-register in advance of the trip.

*SoberFun is not hosting this event. We are just helping to spread the word about it.*

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Or call Mike at : 609-213-1015

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