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-- ARRRRGH MATEYS! --
A pirate weekend on Catalina Island?! Sounds like a parrr-ty!
Join us for Buccaneer Days, the 32nd annual pirate-themed weekend that takes over Catalina’s rustic Two Harbors village for a legendary 3-day party. And for the first time ever, Great Outdoors LA plans to gay up this typically straight pirate-and-wench-fest!! We have planned a relaxing and raucous weekend!
See: Buccaneer Days Promo Video (2018).
Weekend festivities include:
Ahoy, me butt pirates — COSTUMERY AND CAROUSING EXPECTED!
Come in your finery or walk the plank!
Me hearties, get yarrgh outfits ready! Unleash your inner wench or Captain Hook drag. But come on ye gays, let’s get creative! – what about Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Wendy? Let’s show these straighties what a real costume parrghty looks like… Be a pirate ship! A skeleton! A lobster? Little Marrghrmaid? Skull & crossbones on rainbow flags? Get to werk! Treasure chests, gold doubloons, riches and finery, this is arrrrrrrrrrgh time to shine, mateys!
-- ADVENTURE AWAITS --
Your Captain, Bryan “Booty Plunderer” Matsumoto has charted this island expedition, and invite ye to set sail for Two Harbors, the rustic port of Catalina Island. It takes some effort, but she be worth it!
Island wenches from our previous Catalina campout!
Two Harbors Campground - Tent cabins
Avast ye seamen! Our campground is on a bluff with an ocean view. We have booked 4 tent cabins for 24 pirate campers. Each site has:
This allows us to enjoy our own group campground, away from the event area in the village. So you can relax whenever you want, and check out the entertainment as you like. (If we had opted to tent camp, then we would have to bring all our camping gear, and be surrounded by tons of other people).
Two Harbors village (10 min walk) has a few amenities:
Outdoor Activities: There will be plenty of time to enjoy the island's nature. We will have some optional organized activities, but you are also free to spend your time as you wish on this trip.
Beach time: Swimming, snorkeling, lounging, just below our campground
Short hiking trails: Explore the isthmus trail to see the other side of the island.
Long hiking trails: 12 miles RT to Little Harbor on the other side of the island, secluded beach
Kayaking: Rentals available
Snorkeling: Bring your own gear or rental
Buccaneer Days event entertainment: Thar be a full schedule of DJs, bands, treasure hunt and costume contest. Feel free to parrrghty, or just relax back at camp!
Pics from our previous Catalina campout
-- SCHEDULE OF EVENTS --
Thursday, October 6
Depart: San Pedro, via Catalina Express ferry (at your booked time, see below) (1 to 1-1/2 hours at sea) Arrive: Catalina Island, Two Harbors Village.
Friday, October 7
Saturday, October 8
Sunday, October 9
HEAVE HO... HERE BE THE DETAILS
Baggage tip! Allen here brought his backpacking pack, a duffle, and a rolling cooler to bring the max amount of stuff comfortably. You can see this is the 10 minute walk down to the village and ferry pier. It is uphill coming to the campground. (You can opt to pay for gear haul if you want)
What to bring:
Sleeping bag, swim suit, towel, costumes/outfits! Clothes for warm days and cool or warm nights. 10 essentials including hat, sunscreen. Toiletries, shampoo/soap, earplugs, head lamp.
Optional: Rolling cooler with food & drink, wine & cheese, etc. BYO alcohol (drink responsibly please). Plate, utensils, cup. Tip: Pre-meal-plan with your friends or cabin: who will bring cooler, ingredients, what to cook as a group.
Optional: Camp chair, book, games, power bank to charge electronics, decor.
Optional: Gear haul is available for $6 per item, round trip. You can arrange this at Visitor Services at the pier. A truck will bring your baggage from the pier to the campground, and on departure day, back to the pier. But don’t bring the kitchen sink… you still have to carry your gear from the ferry to the end of the pier!
We have ordered some firewood and propane gas, and can order more as needed.
Please read the extensive ferry travel policies, baggage restrictions and travel restrictions, including Tips for Campers.
Buy your ferry ticket:
Select departure from SAN PEDRO, arrival to TWO HARBORS.
Most of us will want to depart 10/6 on the earliest ferry, and return 10/9 on the late afternoon ferry. (You are free to reserve what works for your schedule, for example if you need to arrive Friday)
Masks are required while aboard the boat.
Directions: Catalina Express 95 Berth, San Pedro, CA 90731
The ferry terminal parking lot charges $20/day. That adds up. Try our group carpool website to coordinate a carpool so you can split the fee.
Or find street parking several blocks away. Arrive early to drop off your things with someone, then park and walk back.
Long Beach Transit drops off at the Ferry terminal. Or Lyft/Uber.
Please send your proof of Covid-19 vaccination & booster to Corrado at Treasurer-LA@GreatOutdoors.org since we’re sleeping in shared quarters (How to get the new booster!)
We also encourage you to get the free Monkeypox vaccine if you are in a risk category - it’s easy. See LA County Public Health’s website for latest information. Protect yourself and the community!
Trip Cancellation and Waitlist Policy:
Please read carefully. If you register, pay and later must cancel, please understand that due to the reservation costs of this trip:
If canceled by September 20, a full refund is possible.
Between September 21-30, a partial $150 refund is possible.
After September 30, no refunds can be issued.
However, a full refund may be issued if you can find another person to take your place, or if the vacancy can be filled from the waitlist.
If you need to cancel, please let us know ASAP, so we can notify the next person on the waitlist. Please email the trip leaders: Bryan Outreach-LA@GreatOutdoors.org , and Corrado Treasurer-LA@GreatOutdoors.org.
Landlubbers: Practice ye pirate lingo!
Shiver me timbers, there’s limited space, so heave ho!
The Wait Is Over!
We’re celebrating Honky Tonk style!
Put on your Western attire as we gather to Camp It Up!
The conference is a campout consisting of all the Great Outdoors chapters.
We anticipate this selling out quickly so make your reservation NOW!
Held annually in October, GO OCLB is proud to host this year’s event!
The campout this year is going to be remarkable!
Delayed the past several years due to the pandemic and wildfires, we’re eager to reunite, reconnect, and celebrate!
O’Neill Regional Park is a major regional park in northeast Orange County, located along Trabuco Creek and Live Oak Canyon. Centrally located for the convenience of all Chapters!
The park encompasses 4,500 acres of canyon and riparian zone habitat. Heavily wooded with coastal live oak and sycamore trees, the hillsides surrounding the park feature cactus, wild buckwheat, sagebrush, and chaparral.
O’Neill Regional Park includes campgrounds and trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
We are camping at the Sycamore Flat Group Site.
Event fee: $75/person for Great Outdoors Members. Non-members must first join Great Outdoors ($25) before registering. For a second person in the same tent registration is $60 and in the same vehicle as the primary person.
RV & Tow Trailer Driver: $90/person. RV & Tow Trailer passenger same vehicle: $60/person
Electronic payment for the event fee is accepted on the GO website. No cash or paper check, please.
The number of vehicles will limit capacity. Carpooling is highly encouraged because there is no overnight overflow parking. There is limited space for RVs and tow trailers.
Cancellations and refunds: No refunds are granted for cancellations received after 9/16/22. There will be a $10 cancellation fee charged if cancelled by 09/16/2022.
What are you waiting for?
Don't just sit there!
Registration is Open!
This three-day, two-night campout begins at 4 pm on Fri. 10/14 at Sycamore Site D. Please avoid arriving early to allow GO OCLB time to set up the event. There will be welcome refreshments, a meet and greet, and a group campfire. Dinner is on your own. Join us for a movie night under the stars featuring a campy gay Western film.
Sycamore Site D is the headquarters for this campout. Gather here for hosted meals, the potluck, the quarterly board meeting and to hear announcements.
Sat. 10/15- 8 am-ish: Hot breakfast hosted by GO OCLB. A vegan option will be available.
After breakfast, many activities include a locally-led hike, area sightseeing, and a quarterly board meeting for chapter reps. Lunch is on your own. Please return by late afternoon (~5 pm) to prepare a country western-inspired dish for the big Saturday dinner potluck (~6 pm). GO OCLB will provide dessert.
Do dress up in Western attire for dinner. Best dressed wins a prize! After dinner, gather around the campfire for the chapter volunteer awards ceremony and raffle drawing.
Sun. 10/16- 8 am-ish: Continental breakfast hosted by GO OCLB. Vegan option will be available. Break camp, saddle up, and safe travels home. The campout ends at noon.
Amenities: Potable water, Showers, Flush toilets, Picnic Tables, and Fire rings.
Features: Nature center and amphitheater.
Parking: GO OCLB event volunteers to help guide tandem parking.
From LA, SB/VC, Palm Springs, and northern OC- Get on Interstate 5 South, drive to Laguna Hills, and exit 91 at El Toro Road. Turn left at Avenida de la Carlota. Turn left at El Toro Road. Drive 7.7 miles eastbound on El Toro Road past Valley Vista (on your right, see cross light) then Ridgeline (on your left, see cross light). Past Ridgeline, stay on the right lane. You will reach a Y-intersection where El Toro splits left into Santiago Cyn Rd, and right turns into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Veer right into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Cook’s Corner café at the Y-intersection will be on your left. Drive 3.5 miles on Live Oak Cyn Rd to O’Neill Regional Park entrance (address: 30892 Trabuco Cyn Rd. Trabuco Cyn, CA). Follow signs to Sycamore Flat Group Site. RV and tow trailer campers, please proceed to the designated site.
From San Diego and south OC: Get on Interstate 5 North, drive to Laguna Hills, and exit 91 at El Toro Road. Stay in the right lane. Turn right at El Toro Road. Drive 7.7 miles eastbound on El Toro Road past Valley Vista (on your right, see cross light) and Ridgeline (on your left, see cross light). Past Ridgeline, stay on the right lane. You will reach a Y-intersection where El Toro splits left into Santiago Cyn Rd, and right turns into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Veer right into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Cook’s Corner café at the Y-intersection will be on your left. Drive 3.5 miles on Live Oak Cyn Rd to O’Neill Regional Park entrance (address: 30892 Trabuco Cyn Rd. Trabuco Cyn, CA). Follow signs to Sycamore Flat Group Site. RV and tow trailer campers, please proceed to the designated site.
Pets: Dogs permitted on leash. Please clean up after your pet.
Quiet time: 10pm to 7am
RV sites & Tow Trailer sites- Limited pull-through and back-in sites are available. Water is available on-site, but there are no electric hookups. A dump station is accessible. Generator hours are from 8 am to 8 pm.
Alcohol is prohibited at O’Neill Regional Park.
No fires of any kind will be allowed on red flag days or as posted.
What to Bring
Obviously The 10 Essentials.
Recommended Gear: Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, ear plugs, pillow, chair, camp stove with fuel and cooking utensils, lighter or matches, camp kitchen supplies, headlight or flashlight with batteries, cool and warm weather clothing, toiletries kit, hiking shoes, camp shoes, day pack, hat, sunglasses, and sunblock. Bring quarters to use the showers.
Food: Bring enough food for your Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and dinner potluck item.
To reduce waste, bring your reusable plate, cup, and utensils. Single-use plates, cups, and utensils are available if needed.
There are nearby grocery stores for any forgotten items.
October average high temp: 80 F, average low temp: 56 F. October average rainfall: 0.6 inches. No snow.
Show Your Pride Raffle!
Show your pride in the backcountry and support GO OCLB! Buy a raffle ticket to win the Marmot Yolla Bolly 30 sleeping bag!
Details: Light 3-season sleeping bag with plenty of room to roll around*, 650 fill duck down to keep you warm to freezing temperatures, and it features a semi-rectangular shape with a full-length zipper. ISO comfort rating: 32 F, lower limit: 21 F.
The sleeping bag comes with a stuff sack measuring 8 x 16 inches. Claimed weight: 2 lbs. 3.5 oz. Activity: weekend camping and backpacking.
*Hunky model not included to roll around within the sleeping bag.
Special COVID Related Requirements:
These may be updated/amended by the time of the event.
Participants must comply with the following requirements as a condition of registering for this event:
I will follow Federal, State, and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader(s).
I will not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.
I will contact Trip Leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event.
‘I Accept’ and will comply with these requirements as a condition of participating in this event.
Contact: Michael at BoardRep-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org
How to create events on GO WildApricot website.
We will review how to set up an event, including registration categories, registration form options, emails, waitlist settings, tags, and registrant contact management. Get tips for setting up and managing. Bring your questions.
This is for all WildApricot Event Managers with administrative access and any members who plan to have access and would like to learn the process.
Zoom meeting access link will be in confirmation and reminder emails.
Great Outdoors Event Manager Manual: Click Here
WildApricot Help - Tutorials click here
Contact: Scott Connelly, Chair Outdoor Experience: email click here
You may attend either one or both.
Full Weekend Schedule:
Friday Nov 11 1pm - Fun hike at Whitewater Preserve. We will adjust the time if needed to accommodate those arriving on Friday and camping at the Preserve for the training.
5pm Meet and Greet and BBQ dinner (vegetarian options available) at member's residence in Desert Hot Springs. Bring swimwear for pool and your favorite beverage.
Saturday Nov 12 8-5 -Training class at the Preserve Administrative Building.
Sunday Nov 13 9 am - Training hike at the Preserve where participants will be confronted with a variety of situations that one may encounter on the trail.
Note the Friday and Sunday activities are optional. Campers are welcome to stay for the whole weekend.
DAY HIKE LEADER - SECTION I
8am - 12 pm
Be a Hike Leader! Not just someone who knows the way, but someone who applies safety, best practices, fun, and local knowledge to make a successful outing. In addition to the course outline we will discuss any issues with past hikes and plan for future hikes. We will review basic hike leader procedures and techniques and latest technology and information. Completing this course will provide participants with Day Hike Leader Certification. Also a good refresher for hike leaders.
Hike Leader Syllabus
Prerequisites: Great Outdoors member (click here to join). The course is for anyone interested in becoming a hiker leader, learning more about leading effective hikes, or becoming a more confident and capable hiker.
This Hike Leader Certification course is for hikers who are interested in learning new skills as well as experienced hike leaders who are looking to update or refresh their outdoor leadership skills. It is suitable for all ranges of hiker abilities, from novice up to very experienced hikers.
Objectives: Introduce participants to the skills, knowledge and attitudes of a trained hike leader, including appropriate risk management for day hikes. Present skills for leading a safe, environmentally responsible and enjoyable hike.
Content/Topics Covered: Hike planning, description, screening participants, trail group management, emergency management, medical issues on the trail, map reading and navigation, outdoor techniques, environmental protection, and problem solving techniques and scenarios.
Course Format: The training includes online instruction with group discussion and problem solving applications and trail-based scenarios.
Pre-Course Assignment: Review training manuals and video:
Link to Training Resources: Click Here
How to Lead a Hike: Video: Click Here
Printed manuals will be available at the Oct 14 all chapter conference and at the training location Nov 12 at no cost to participants.
Option to purchase and have manual(s) mailed to you upon registration.
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TRIP LEADERSHIP - OVERNIGHT EVENTS - SECTION II
1pm - 5 pm
One of the premier features of Great Outdoors is overnight trips. As a leader you will propose, research and design overnight trips. You will manage and administer the trip using leadership and group management skills. Completing this course will provide participants with Trip Leadership Certification.
Create a new trip or update a former trip.
Planning, scouting, securing reservations.
Finances and budget.
Create a trip description and promotion.
Secure all logistics including any permits, and support staff as necessary.
Communicate with participants to provide information and answer questions.
Conducting your trip, safety issues, group management issues - preventing and solving.
Location: Whitewater Preserve
Course Length/Hours: 4 hours.
Arrive: 8 am to ensure a parking space. Limited spaces, high demand.
Schedule: Start at 8:15 am and go to 4:30 pm with a lunch break. Coffee, tea, water provided. Bring a mug for hot drinks.
What to bring: Lunch, water bottle, mug for hot drinks. If you are taking the Hike Leader course bring day pack with your 10 essentials. If you are tent camping, bring food, camp gear, warm clothing.
Weather: Be prepared for cooler temperatures. NOAA spot forecast: click here
Facilities: Whitewater Preserve located in a beautiful canyon along the Whitewater river and part of the Sand to Snow National Monument. We will be in the visitor center back room with tables, chairs, TV monitor and restrooms. Trailheads located onsite. No cell service or Wi-Fi.
Carpooling Encouraged: Limited parking spaces available. Expect high visitor use to fill the parking lot. Arrive early! Vehicles line up at the gate to get in.
Camping (free) available on site at Whitewater Preserve. You can reserve a spot for camping when you register here for the training. Tent camping and small RV or trailer allowed if they will fit in the 20' parking spaces in the parking lot (you may take 2 spaces, one for your vehicle and one for you trailer) Restrooms, water, tables available. No fires of any kind. Only gas or propane for cooking. There are no trash containers -pack it out, no hookups and generators are prohibited. Arrive before 4:30 pm since the gates lock at 5 pm. Overnight campers will be provided the combination to the gate lock for after hours access. No alcohol or smoking. Photos of the camp area click here.
Hotel/motel/RV accommodations located in the Palm Springs area which is approximately 30-40 minute drive to Whitewater Preserve training site.
Nearby KOA Desert Hot Springs has both tent and RV sites with hot water springs and nice facilities.
Address: Whitewater Preserve lies at the end of Whitewater Canyon Road, northwest of Palm Springs, off Interstate 10.
9160 Whitewater Canyon Road
GPS: 33.989075, -116.655673 (N33° 59.367' W116° 39.416')
Elevation: 2200' Get Directions
Scott Connelly, Chair Outdoor Experience: email click here
Course Preparation: We will send you a link to the Outdoor Experience Training Manuals. You are encouraged to review the material ahead of time.
Link to Training Resources: Click Here
Above is a just a partial list of past Great Outdoors LA events. We've had many events each year going way back to 1978!
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