What to expect: To get out of your comfort zone, supporting others & being supported, laughing till it hurts, making new friends, seeking a deeper connection, vulnerability, goofiness.
What you should not expect: Trainings (for example, on Roberts Rules of Order, responsibilities of a group treasurer, how to conduct a group inventory, etc.). Of course, there may be conversations about all these that come up organically, but campers should not expect these as topics for the program. The weekend is about our connection and how this deepens our recovery, service, and community. Workshops and activities will foster this.
Friday, August 14, 2020 | 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Check-in and registration location at camp will be emailed closer to the date. At check-in, participants will get their cabin/dorm assignment, weekend program, name badge and lanyard, and sign a liability waiver. Camp counselors will be available to assist campers with bringing their belongings to cabins. Participants will be required to attend a brief orientation in the evening on the first day of camp regarding camp rules and safety issues. Participants must receive this orientation, so please inform us if you expect to arrive after the opening Welcome Celebration which will begin (tentatively) at 8:00 p.m. Friday night.
WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES
Although we are still developing the weekend program, there will be multiple workshops, sharing sessions, and activities to choose from.
Here are some activities planned for the weekend:
- All Camp Color War! Everyone is divided into teams and assigned a color which you’ll receive prior to arriving at camp – You bring your color (clothing, socks, costumes, whatever – be creative!) and team spirit, and we’ll bring the water balloons! Compete in team relay races & games like 3-legged race, hula hoop pass, and tug-o-war, Family Feud trivia and more. The winning team is announced during the Farewell Meeting on Sunday.
- Arts & Crafts – sober style! Tie Dye, friendship bracelets, “GOD(Good Orderly Direction)’s Eyes.
- Campfires & S’mores: Fellowship around the campfire with stories, music, and s’mores.
- Talent/No-Talent show: Show us your magic tricks, singing, skits, comedy, juggling or lip-syncing skills, or ventriloquism!
- Spirit Fire: Our main meeting on Saturday night is a night of celebration – sobriety countdown, a visit from the Spirit Fire Oracle, and two great speakers. Join us beforehand for hot cocoa, music, and fellowship!
- Camp Amenities: Idyllwild Pines has many activities available, including nature trails, archery, and horseshoes. Here’s a list of additional activities they offer – some, like archery, are available with an additional charge.
Although we hope that everyone who cares to is able to join us at Spiritfire, the camp does not have accessibility for wheelchairs or similar mobility-assistance devices. There will be some walking involved throughout the weekend – such as to attend meals in the mess hall across camp, and workshops, sharing sessions, and meetings are a short walk from our camp (Creekside Camp).
We strive to create events and environments that uphold the values and principles of our program – respect, integrity, accountability, and compassion.
We hope you’ll join us for a weekend of discovery and re-discovery – deepening our understanding of who we are in service through sharing, nature, and play. See you at summer camp!
All Camp Spiritfire participants must be out of their dorms and the camp at lunch by 1:00pm on Monday. This means that “All Camp Cleanup” will begin at 11:00am (before lunch) – you are responsible for packing your belongings; checking your bunk and area is clean and all garbage and debris is removed; taking with you or disposing of food items from dorm, fridge, or kitchen; arranging for assistance from Spiritfire counselors to the parking area, if needed; and completing check-out prior to departure by 1:00pm.
HOW TO REGISTER
We’re sorry – Registration is closed. More Information will be available soon.
TBD Early-Bird/Alumni registration
TBD Regular registration
Mail-In Registration: TBD
Online Registration: TBD
Need a scholarship? We want everyone to join us for this incredible weekend! That might not be possible, but we hope finances won’t be the barrier. If you would like to attend but require financial assistance, full or partial scholarship funds may be available. Email us at CampSpiritfire@gmail, or click here.
Give a scholarship! If you are able to contribute to the scholarship fund, you may do so either by check/money order or via online registration – any amount helps!
WHAT TO BRING
- Sheets, blankets, and/or sleeping bag
- Shower shoes
- Bug repellent
- Camping chair for field games and campfire meeting on Saturday night
- Refillable water bottle & Coffee mug
- Your favorite snacks
- Bathing suit (pool, Zoom Flume)
- Close-toed shoes
- Casual active-wear for field-games (capture the flag, relay races, tug-of-war in mud pit, etc.)
- Warm clothing for the evening as temperatures get cooler
- Team spirit in your team color (this will be emailed closer to event) – e.g. socks, hat, tutu, costume, etc.
- Yoga mat
- A.A. books if you’d like, and journal and pen.
Consider bringing: musical instruments, earplugs, camping chair, costumes and props for the Talent show, money for snack machine or activities requiring extra fee (archery, paintball), a small meaningful token to place in sharing circle (you can take it back after : ).
DO NOT BRING pets, firearms, tents, or camping vehicles. Smoking is permitted only in designated areas with ash containers.