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Class Reunion Camping

Updated on January 2, 2013

Either Tent or RV or Pop-Up

Camping is enjoyable for friends of all kinds! Consider a camping reunion...
Camping is enjoyable for friends of all kinds! Consider a camping reunion... | Source

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?

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Planning Considerations:

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

Having places to walk and talk with old friends might be the best part of the reunion!
Having places to walk and talk with old friends might be the best part of the reunion! | Source

Golfing is a good choice

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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

Food Ideas
Activity Suggestions
Hotdogs
Golf Scramble
Pig roast
Canoeing
Potluck
Visit landmark
Catered Meal
Dance
Brunch
Treasure Hunt
Picnic
Sky Lanterns
Desserts Only
Campfire
Hors d'oeuvres
DJ / Band

Grilling Tastes Great!

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Favorite Dish to Pass

Deviled Eggs - mmm-mmm
Deviled Eggs - mmm-mmm | Source

Delegate

Delegate the duties for planning and hosting a successful event. Decide who will handle:

  1. Working with campground or resort manager
  2. Food: caterer or cook(s)
  3. Activities
  4. Invitations
  5. Decorations
  6. Money
  7. Clean up crew

Campfire

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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!

Sky Lanterns

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    • farmloft profile imageAUTHOR

      farmloft 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      The right venue could still work for that many. Smaller would be better - how do you get to visit with that many people?

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This would be a lot of fun if your class isn't too large. My graduating class was over 600. I think you do have some great ideas that would be a lot of fun for a smaller group.

    • farmloft profile imageAUTHOR

      farmloft 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      I have been to every one of my class reunions because I was the only class officer that stayed in town :) and I keep getting talked into doing "one more". This last one was the easiest to do and may have to be repeated in a few years! Was a great time at HarborTown RV Resort in Michigan.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that sounds like a fun time! I've never been to a class reunion. Not sure if that's good or bad; it just is. :)

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