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Beginners Camp Overnite @ Anthony Chabot Regional Park

We will be doing a beginners camp-out for families and friends at Anthony Chabot Regional Park. 

This is a great opportunity to set-up your tent for the first time and commune with families camping for the first time. Anthony Chabot Regional Park is adjacent to Lake Chabot Regional Park and the Upper San Leandro Reservoir. It houses golfing and marksmanship clubs. There are also trails for hikinghorseback riding, and cycling that connect to other regional parks, as well as an improved campground, equestrian center, and an amphitheaterThe terrain is often steep, consisting of grasslandschaparral, and eucalyptus groves. It is part of the East Bay Regional Park District system.

This is a family friendly and social camping event. Be sure to bring any questions or concerns about camping. Our focus is to dispel any myths and mysteries about camping. Experienced campers are also welcome.

What to bring:

- Provide your own Friday's meal and additional snacks 

- Bring plenty of water

- Good hiking shoes

- Good humor and smiles

- Wear a hat....our hike will be in mostly open sky.

- Sunscreen

Hiking Poles (Optional)

- Tent

- Sleeping bags - (air mattress for more comfort)

- Sleeping bag pad

- Inter-changeable clothing for the weekend 

- Blankets

What are the fees:

Adults....................................$35 ea.

Children.................................$10 ea.

(Be sure to revise your amount accurately in pay-pal to reflect the appropriate amount you need to pay)

What's the schedule:

Camp-out Itinerary 2014

Day One (Friday) May 9th:

2:00pm - 5:00pm     Camper's begin to arrival to setup tents

5:00pm - 7:00pm     Dinner - camper's bring their own food

7:00pm - 10:00pm   Open Entertainment w/ camp fire

Day Two (Saturday) May 10th:

6:30am – noon           Morning Fishing w/  bass fisherman "Erin Coleman"

7:30am - 9:00am       Outdoor Afro Breakfast

9:00am - 11:30am     Birding walk around campsite

11:30am - 1:30pm        Outdoor Afro Lunch

2:00pm  -  5:00pm     Hike Event

5:30pm - 6:30pm        Camp Games (potato race, tug-a-war, etc.)

7:00pm - 8:00pm       Outdoor Afro Dinner

7:30pm - 10:00pm      Story telling over camp fire w/ Tureeda Mikell

Day Three (Sunday) May 11th:

7:30am – 9:00am        Outdoor Afro Continental Breakfast

9:00am - 10:00am      Closing

10:00am –11:30am       Pack-up and Leave campsite

What is the difficulty level of the hike: 

The 3.5+ mi. hike level is rated as moderate - please wear good hiking shoes and bring water bottles. There will be steep inclines and rough surfaces. The hike will run along Lake Anthony Chabot. There will be great opportunities to take pictures.

Lessons Learned:

As good stewards and outdoor practice, we will be practicing "Leave No Trace" on this hike:

Dangers To Be Avoided:

Rattlesnakes: Please be cautious of where you're hiking and stay on the trail. Rattlesnakes are very common on and near the trails, so always watch were your hiking.

Poison Oak: Please be cautious of where you're hiking and stay on the trail. Poison oak can be identified by its leaves—they grow in groups of three and have gently lobed edges. These are commonly found along the trail. They have an oily shine on the leaves, please don't touch.

Ticks: Please be cautious of where you're hiking and stay on the trail. They commonly live in tall grasses, which can be found along the trail. Please check yourself several times along the trial.

Mountain Lions: are rarely sighted in Anthony Chabot Regional Park. Because of their size these animals could become dangerous should they be surprised. Hike with a companion and keep small children near you at all times. Do not run from a lion or crouch down or bend over. Do all you can to appear larger.

*****Please bring a signed copy of the OA waiver to turn in. *******



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  • Cliff S.

    Right on Clay. I want to give a shout out to all the leaders and especially brotha' Otis for a great tasting menu. Teresa, thanks as always with the great photos. And brotha' Clay....magical. This was an awesome event with awesome people. I enjoyed seeing familiar and new faces. Long live Outdoor Afro.

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Clay

    A Big Thank You!!! to all who participated. It was soo positive, I am happy and humbled. The people are who make this work so satisfying and rewarding. And the chili was slammin'!!

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Clay


    1 · May 12, 2014

  • P.A. M.

    It was so much fun and relaxing. So nice to meet everyone.

    1 · May 11, 2014

  • Rory

    Lots of fun!

    2 · May 11, 2014

  • Cliff S.

    Hello outdoor Afro family, the temperature for the camp will be 65 degrees high and 53 degrees low. Be sure to bring your clothing in layers. Also, don't forget to bring flash lights.

    May 9, 2014

  • Clay

    We have a new storyteller stepping in for sister Elva. who had to cancel due to family matters. Her name is sister Tureeda Mikell! Born and Raised in Oakland, elder/sister Tureeda has been honing her skills here for many years. In the African-American tradition, sister Tureeda will be imparting her wisdom through storytelling, so lets welcome her with warmth and respect. And if anyone else has a story or two to share please feel free to bring them.

    May 8, 2014

  • Clay

    A couple more details for people:
    1) we now have a 4) 3-man tents available
    2)we want to encourage people to please bring reusable utensils. We will have paper plates and extra utensils available for those that need them but we want to discourage the use of disposable products, plastic forks, spoons, styrofoam cups, etc., as they just go to the landfill system which contributes to pollution.

    1 · May 7, 2014

  • P.A. M.

    I am really interested in doing this trip. I have my own equipment and two teenagers. Should I reserve my own site or will we all be in one campsite? Are there any other kids/teens going? My teens eat a lot so should I just bring extra food for them or pay the adult rate and still bring food?

    April 29, 2014

    • Clay

      Hello P.A. Moore, we will be in a group campground, so no need to register for a site. There will be a space for you to set up your tent(s). We will be preparing food on Saturday/Sunday, but not on friday. And I know how teenagers can eat! lol! so please feel free to bring extra. If you would like to add something to to community pot that is welcomed also but please don't feel obligated. I believe there is at least one other teenage boy coming.

      April 29, 2014

    • Cliff S.

      We will all camp together at the same camp site. Yes there will be other kids there, at a broad age range. Food will be provided, you can always bring snacks.

      April 29, 2014

  • Clay

    Ok folks, the latest details are: We will have camping equipment for those that need it! Bay Area Wilderness has partnered with us to make tents, pads and sleeping bags available for our use during our campout! NO CHARGE! There are 7 tents available (2-person, and hopefully, shortly some 3-person) and quite a number of sleeping bags. Please put in your request (here in comments) once you have paid the registration.

    Because this is a beginners camp there will also be an orientation/presentation on the basics of camping: what to bring, what are some of the common pitfalls, safety, etc.,. So bring all your questions and concerns.

    Will post shortly about the 3-person tents. And there are also refillable water bottles available.

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • Cliff S.

    Don't be last on the list.

    April 15, 2014

  • Cliff S.

    We will have an adventurous story teller provide and share great stories over a burning camp fire Saturday night. This is totally exciting.

    April 15, 2014

  • Cliff S.

    We are really excited to be able to put together the first beginners camping experience for the Outdoor Afro community. You don't have to be a beginner to attend. We have a full itenerary.

    April 15, 2014

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