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"Greater MD Figure Drawing Modeling & Art Appreciation" Pages

DUES? YIKES! Optional but we thank you for considering! See you at the next event!
DUES FOR THIS “PREMIUM” service from us are separate from event admission
We are charging dues so we can:
1) Cover Meetup costs , rental of present facility and secure other locations (another gallery for wine and painting for example!)
2) Provide supplies , equipment , refreshments
3) Fund Our Summer programming and provide assistance and transportation to students from our local Baltimore and DC campuses short on funds!
4) Encourage more engaged members, we prepare accordingly for events, support the running of the meetup, and our newer Meetup appreciation nights with discounts for everyone
5) TO (hopefully) have a reserve fund to cover things such as when we book a group site that doesn't get filled up, or add treats to the trip, such as the all-important pizza, small prizes, s'mores supplies and firewood.
6) To (again, hopefully) have an end-of-season final party that will be either free or reduced in cost.
The more active members we have, the more fun we'll have, so please stay involved with the meetup.
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1.) Why do you charge a yearly dues to be a member of this meetup?
Meetup.com charges an annual fee to organizers to have their meetup group. This fee is $144/year, paid bi-annually. The membership dues help to cover this fee to ensure that our meetup can run for years to come. Additionally, booking group location and day/weekend clubs/ camp sites requires upfront payment - some group campsites can cost $60/night, and for a three night trip that's $180 that an organizer has to front. Funds from these dues will help to book sites without organizers being out their own money, which may discourage them from organizing future trips. There are also some additional costs to group camping, such as having firewood, which not everyone thinks about bringing. Additional funds will help with camp supplies such as this.

2. If you're charging me an annual dues, why do I also have to pay when you set up meetups with group campsites?
The main purpose of the annual dues is to keep the meetup running. The second purpose is to be able to book group campsites in advance so organizers do not have to front their own money. The annual dues can be used to cover additional costs if the group locations are not filled so that the meetup does not have to be canceled.

3. Why do different events have different prices?
Different sites cost different amounts. Organizers multiply the amount of the group campsite by number of nights they are staying then divide that number by their estimate of a reasonable expectation of campers who will join. For example, if a group campsite costs $60/night and we are booking for three nights, that's a cost of $180. The organizer might estimate that 15 campers will attend the meetup, so charges $12.00 per person to attend. The organizer also might decide to add $2.00 per person for firewood, so he or she charges $14.00 to attend.

4. Are you making money off of us?
NO. The number one goal of the annual dues is to pay for the meetup. The second goal is to cover costs of group campsites. Let's take our 3 day trip example - If our organizer books a group site for a total cost of $180.00 and estimates that 15 people will attend, so he charges $12.00 per person. If 15 people RSVP, the meetup has broken even to cover the cost of the campsite. However, if only 10 people RSVP, the organizer might be out the $60.00 difference. That's where the (hopeful) reserves from the annual dues come in. If the annual dues allow us to have a reserve fund, the organizer will not feel like they have to cancel their meetup, or be out money.

5. But what if more people attend than the organizer estimated - aren't you making money then?
Technically yes, then there is a surplus for that particular meetup. The surplus can cover things like a reserve fund for the next meetup

6. Why do I have to pay to RSVP to some events?
Showing your commitment to attending the meetup by paying for it in advance encourages more active participants and it helps you get really excited for the trip - you've already paid, so you're definitely going! In the past, we've had meetups where 60 people RSVP'd, and only 20 people ended up showing up. We want to make sure things like that don't happen.
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CAMPING!! (or any outdoor location where we spend more than a few hours)
1. I've never been camping before, what do I need?
All of our trips thus far have been car camping trips, which makes this pretty easy - heck, you can even sleep in your car if you want! But, if you want to rough it in a tent, you need one! A tent with a footprint, or even just a tarp to put underneath it to protect the floor, a sleeping bag and a sleeping pad are great to start with. Also think about a cooler to bring some food. If you want to get more into it, camp stoves are great to have, or a cast iron pan to cook over the fire with (remember something to grab that cast iron handle with!). A mess kit is also helpful - but you can bring disposable plates and silverware if you want. It's also a good idea to have a first aid kit with you, just in case.

2. Uh, I don't know you people. Is it safe to be sleeping next to you, in a tent, in the woods, in the middle of nowhere?
So no, we don't do background checks on our members, but we haven't had a problem yet! This is an inclusive, friendly and safe group of campers, but just like anywhere else, please make smart decisions. Don't go off alone, and don't do anything you don't feel comfortable doing. Also, please don't be a creeper - if someone tells you you're making them uncomfortable, back off. Aggression or intimidation in any form will not be tolerated, and you will be asked to leave if this occurs.

Group Policies
1) Can we bring our kids to the meetup? WE are a family friendly group! That said the landlord for our signature spa and yoga experience in Maryland mandates NO Kids , so that’s age 18 and over. Our gallery party locations are also 18 and over because there is often wine present

2) ALL Camping locations unless specified are family friendly. WE will put you in touch with the management of each site and you can make your arrangements as needed!

3) Alcohol at the INDOOR SWIM AND YOGA EVENTS : FORBIDDEN! We offer a nice happy hour at 9:30 after each event where you can then partake at your hearts content and pay as you go!

4) Can we bring alcohol camping? Our official stance is if the park says no alcohol, then no alcohol, but if you really need to bring some, please be discrete about it. You are *always* responsible for your own behavior, and please remember that no one wants to be holding your hair back, dealing with drunken fights or getting a visit from the park police. Such behavior may cause you to be asked to leave the campsite and suspended or banned from the group. There will be no refunds on either the campsite or the yearly dues.

5) Can I bring my dog ? Therapy dogs at the indoor events are welcome . HOWEVER Dogs and camping just seem to go together, but some campsites don't think so. Please check the park policy before bringing Fido, and clean up after your pooch I also understand that I may have to pass on group outings where my dog may need to be left in the car for extended periods of time, especially in the heat. If you bring your dog, its welfare comes first.

6) Please feel free to suggest a meetup in the discussion section of the site so an organizer can make it happen and announce it to the whole group. If there's something fun going on, suggest it! We want to camp together, but we also want to make friends, so let us know.

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Baltimore, MD

Founded Dec 19, 2011
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