Everyone had a wonderful time last year. So let's return to Raccoon Ridge and enjoy the fellowship. Raccoon Ridge is a mix of electric and non-electric sites. This weekend is not one to be missed as this weekend is the opportunity to camp out or camp in. Brown County State Park offers year around camping plus cabins and the beautiful lodge, the Abe Martin Inn.
Camp Reservations link, http://indianastateparks.reserveamerica.com/
For those wanting to stay at the lodge, please be aware the lodge has an indoor aquatic facility and may be sold out for the weekend. Please think about reservations as early as possible.
Be sure to post your site number with your RSVP and let us know if you are looking for anyone to share your site. Each site can have up two sleeping tents or one tent and one camper and can have as many as six occupants.
Kids are welcome to attend all Happy Camper events unless otherwise stated in the event description. Dogs are also welcome but please be considerate of other campers when deciding if your dog is a good camper (not too noisy, not a biter, etc.) and follow all rules pertaining to pets. Alcohol is consumed at your own discretion but please remember to be respectful where children are concerned and follow appropriate quiet time protocols.
For those who are new to the Happy Campers, here's a brief layout of what you can generally expect on a camping weekend. People begin to arrive at the campground as early as 2:00 pm (first check in time), some not arriving until later in the evening or even until Saturday morning. After folks get their campsites set up, we tend to congregate together around a central fire, where old friends catch up and new friends introduce themselves.
On Saturday's people come and go as they wish, sometimes as a group, sometimes as individuals. Nearby is the town of Nashville and many people flock to this town for sight-seeing and shopping. If you are into hiking, chances are you'll find someone who's up for a hike. Same goes for fishing, geocaching, horse-back riding, biking, whatever. And some folks just want to hang around the campground and rest or play games.
We will have a Saturday evening pitch-in dinner for anyone who wants to participate. Show off your campfire cooking skills or just bring a salad, dessert, etc. If you are not contributing a main course item, please bring at least two side/dessert items. (Be creative! You can do better than a bag of chips and some dip!) After dinner we'll again gather around the fire to laugh, tell stories, etc.
On Sunday, people will pack up at their leisure and either head home early or enjoy the afternoon in the park. Check-out in state parks is 5:00 pm on Sundays.
Many campers choose to share sites with others. Typically a camper will book a site and then post with their RSVP what site they have and if they have room for another tent. New campers should rest assured that we are a friendly and very welcoming group. If you need help setting up a tent, you'll get it. If you need to borrow any equipment, let us know, someone will have what you need. Whether you are shy or outgoing, young or old, experienced or a first time camper, I am certain you will not find yourself out of place with the Happy Campers!