for a Google map to various reunion
locations. Yes, it’s Randy’s map from the 25th
But this stuff doesn’t move around much…
Camps 30th –Year
To all Carbide campers and staff,
It’s the BIG 30th!
The reunion commemorates the 30th year since the Blue Creek camps
Events will take place during the three-day weekend of
Yes, 30 years ago, some of us would be starting to think about packing up for two weeks on the Creek and all the activities and friends that made Summer so special. Just a few years before that, some would have been headed for Coal River, the twin swinging bridges, Cabin Row and the magical self-lighting campfire.
Now, we return not only to our memories of the camps, but also to the very present friendships and sharing that make camping, and Carbide, and West Virginia unforgettable – make it essential to explaining why we are who we are, and who we are yet to be.
Our past meetings -- even the small annual mini-reunions -- have served to “tend the flame”. We’ve preserved the Camps’ themes of Native American and Arthurian values of interdependency and teamwork, of rules and reason, of work and play. We’ve recognized their importance as part and parcel of that thin veneer of civilization we stretch over the chaos. These heavy concepts were transferred to us relatively painlessly, in a couple of weeks each Summer. Every camper we encounter expresses the belief that those positive lessons persist in us today and in our children for the future.
Join your reunion committee and fellow campers in
and on the Creek to remember and refresh the Carbide Camping spirit!
Remember the wings, castles, hootenannies, sign raids,
Early-morning wake up raids and dances … and exploding beans!
Surprise souvenirs – mementos – ceremonies!
Friday Evening, July 13
to ? Icebreaker reception and T-Shirt pick-up at Charleston Fraternal Order of Police Hall. A keg of beer will be on hand, with food and soft drinks, and an open cash bar. Karaoke! Pool! Dancing! Scrapbooks sharing! Memories!
Yes, we have 30th-year commemorative T-shirts available for pre-order. There are shirts for all three camps! You need to order shirts, either for shipment or for pick-up at the reunion, by June 20.
For directions to the Lodge, visit: http://www.wvfop74.org/contact.htm
and turn right onto Woodrum's Lane. Go 1/4 mile to FOP on the right. There should be signs posted.
can also take WV 62 at the intersection in
Saturday, July 14
Please note: The route to the Hunting / Fishing Club and the camp sites requires travel on dirt roads with multiple stream crossings. The camp sites are more than 1/2 hour from the nearest help. Some Saturday events are held in undeveloped areas where cell-phone and emergency services are not immediately available. Guests should plan to bring appropriate vehicles, optional overnight camping and hiking gear, and any medications or other immediate needs. Overnight Camping is at your own risk. Everyone should always be alert to avoid accidents and to help others."
To Blue Creek: Meet at the Carbide Hunting and Fishing Lodge
around , for trips to
the Camelot and
Camps crafts revival - Lanyards!
Placement / Unveiling of Camps Memorial Plaques
Ceremonial ringing of the Camelot Bell.
“Exploding Beans”, probably. Ghost stories certainly!
Sunday, July 15 (New Location due to storm damage at
For a map, see http://www.recreationparks.net/WV/kanawha/little-creek-park-south-charleston