Class Reunion Camping
Either Tent or RV or Pop-Up
Try Camping for Your Next Class Reunion
Tired of dinner and dancing for reunion get-togethers? Don't want to go into debt for the event? Want to have something different? Try camping for your next class reunion.
Reunion planning can be simplified and lots of excitement generated with the right campground and the right attitude. Keep reading for tips to make your class reunion a fun, memorable event!
Where to go?
Tips for Camping Site:
Tips for When:
Has large pavillion or hall (in case of rain).
Just after usual camping season.
Near a golf course (or other activity you could incorporate).
Weekend event adds more fun.
Close to a hotel for those who don't camp.
Could just be for the day.
Has cabins available.
Plan ahead 9 months or more.
Choose the camping spot first and speak with the manager about your ideas and expectations. Many places will be happy to work with you if you are expecting several campsites to be used, as well as, a pavillion or hall that they have. You need to give several months' notice (some places may need a year ahead) to reserve enough spots.
You need to decide if you want a place that has only RV hookups or if your classmates will also tent. Then you should also choose a campground that is near to a hotel, so as not to exclude those alumni who would rather not be "roughing it". The manager can also give you insight to what activities are available in the area during the time you plan to have your reunion.
Campground Ideas Anyone?
Please add your favorite campgrounds in the comments to share and give readers some options for planning their reunion.
Path Less Taken
Golfing is a good choice
Decide on Activities
If you are only planning for one day, then you can have a simple potluck dinner or catered meal be the one and only activity.
You could add a late morning/early afternoon activity, too.
For a weekend, the possibilities increase. Golfing, canoeing, visiting an amusement park, sight-seeing, go-carting, go treasure hunting, boating, fishing...Just remember to allow time to set up and take down campsites.
Also, have one site be the obvious "information booth" with the schedule and plans available. Decorate the site with signs and balloons, etc., so that alumni can find it.
Food & Fun
DJ / Band
Grilling Tastes Great!
Favorite Dish to Pass
Delegate the duties for planning and hosting a successful event. Decide who will handle:
- Working with campground or resort manager
- Food: caterer or cook(s)
- Clean up crew
What We Did
We chose a local RV resort that was walking distance from a golf course and hotel for a weekend class reunion event. We sent out invitations via Facebook and a few flyers.
Campers came on Friday night or Saturday morning. Some gathered for a campfire "pre-party" Friday evening.
One alumnus planned a golf scramble that started at 11am on Saturday and he worked with the golf course and got a discount. Then we had a catered pig roast handled by another alumnus at 5:30pm. Food was set up on tables in the small hall/kitchen area. Everyone was invited for $5/person plus bring a dish to pass and their own drinks. We had a ton of wonderful food!
We did a 50/50 drawing to pay for the DJ who played under the pavillion. The weather was perfect for being outside in the parking lot between the small hall and the outdoor pavillion.
As night fell, we set off a couple of Chinese Lanterns (purchased from a local fireworks store). Most attendees came just for the day and left by 11pm.
Campers gathered at a central campsite and enjoyed a little campfire and after party fun.
We had approximately 130 attend with about 30 campers - and it was quite a success! Hope your next reunion is, too!