Outdoor Experience Training

    • Fri, October 20, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Sun, October 22, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Lake Perris State Recreation Area
    • 21


           Lake Perris State Recreation Area   This year's theme:


    Our 45th Anniversary! Join us and celebrate our sapphire anniversary with a weekend of entertainment and a variety of activities including, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, museum visit, multimedia presentation - GO past and present, special activities, contests, raffle prizes, and campfire activities. 

    Our camp -"A sparkling jewel and a land of mystery..." Hidden among rock-studded hills, Lake Perris State Recreation Area’s 8,800 acres of broad valley are bounded on three sides by low ridges. The surrounding hills obscure the view of nearby cities. The San Bernardino, San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains stand tall in the distance. We have dedicated tent only sites under large shade trees.  RV sites with hookups with a group gathering area in the middle.

    • Activities:
    • Bike trail circles the lake, 10 miles.
    • Hike Terri Peak - 5.5-mile loop, 958' or out and back 4 miles. Photo right:
    • Additional Hikes:  Click here.
    • Hot breakfast prepared by Chef Robert and sous-chefs.
    • Boat ride:  Check whiteboard
    • Chop! Chop! Each chapter can enter a team of two people to compete in our version of “Chopped.”  A large box of cooking ingredients is supplied, and the teams are instructed to prepare a specific item with a few guidelines.  The final product for each chapter is judged by a panel of 3.  All other conference participants become the audience for this totally entertaining event.  A prize and bragging rights will be bestowed upon the winning team.
    • Arts & Craft: Design and create a stepping stone for your garden or yard.  We will have all the supplies and everything you need to create something very special and personal.
    • ThemeHawaiian Luau -  Prizes to the best dressed participants.
    • Photo/video presentation - Contact your chapter VPO if you have a great photo to submit for the presentation.
    • Ya'i Heki' Regional Indian Museum: Native American history of the area and displays of the flora and fauna of the southern California bio-region

    Registration options include: Tents and RV’s. Tents will be in tent only sites. RV sites are located adjacent to the tent only sites, separated by a grassy area. We will have a group campfire located in a central spot. A few tents may be placed on RV site in an area away from the RVs if needed. Sites will be preassigned with site assignments and updated details in an email one week prior to the event. Registration is available to Great Outdoors members only. If not a member, you may join and purchase a membership - Click Here for Membership 

    Amenities for Tent and RV

    Campers: Every site has a picnic table and a fire ring with a grill. There are shade trees in the tent site areas. Water and restrooms with free hot showers is available. Up to three vehicles may be parked at any one campsite.

    Amenities for RVsThe RV sites have fresh water, electrical hook-ups and gray water drain.  RV dumping is available for $10.  Camping fees do not include using the dump station. RVs must be parked in provided space and may not protrude into roadway. Maximum length 31' but RVs up to 40' may be backed in with tail overhanging campsite. Roadway must be kept open and clear. Quiet hours 10pm - 6am.

    Non-Campers: Lodging can be found in nearby Moreno Valley 

    Pets: welcomed - leashed, controlled, picked up after, allowed on paved trails.

    What to Bring: 

    • Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, name tag.
    • Camp chair, warm/cool weather clothing, bicycle. 
    • Potluck item - main entrée, or side dish. GO will furnish desserts (our anniversary cake).
    • Appetizer to share for meet & greet ‘tea’ along with your favorite beverage.
    • Swim suit, towel, water shoes for swimming, boating or kayaking.
    • Cash for the raffle. If you would like to donate an item for the raffle, contact trip leader.
    • A bundle or two of non-oak firewood. Notice: Due to the threat of the goldspotted oak borer, no oak firewood will be allowed. Firewood may be purchased on site. 
    GOING GREEN!  Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, napkins, paper towels, camp soap, etc.  There are water spigots located in the camp or in the nearby restroom for washing dishes.

    Schedule of Events:

    All members are encouraged and welcome to attend the business meetings.

    Check white board at camp for updates and details

    Sunrise 6:58 AM Sunset 6:09 PM

    Friday Oct 20

    • 2:00 pm  Check-in at the gate. Announce you are with Great Outdoors.
    • 2:30 pm Check in at site 282 for your welcome package.
    • 3:30 pm  Bike ride around the lake.
    • 5:00 pm  Meet and Greet. Bring appetizer to share. Bring your favorite beverage. Get your raffle tickets.
    • Dinner on your own.
    • 7:00 pm Multimedia media presentation highlighting the best of Great Outdoor experiences through the years from each chapter. Outdoor Experience program introduction
    • 8:00 pm Campfire

    Saturday Oct 21

    • 6:30 am  Coffee 
    • 8:00 am  Hot breakfasts prepared by Chef Robert and sous-chefs
    • 9:00 am  Hike and/or exploration* (Check whiteboard for updates)
    • 9:00 - 11 am  General Business meeting, Corp Board and elections**
                      Incoming Board Meeting***

    • 11:00 am Outdoor Experience Committee meeting****

    • 1:00 pm  All  VPO's trip planning - calendar meeting***
    • 1:30 pm Outdoor Experience Introduction - Meet trip and hike leaders for Q&A and learn about leadership opportunities. Join the team - acquire new skills, make a difference and feel good about yourself.
    • 3:00 pm Arts and Craft - Stepping Stones
    • 6:00 pm  POTLUCK Dinner - bring a dish to share. GO will provide all desserts. Wear your best Hawaiian outfit
    • 7:00 pm  Award Presentations; announcements
    • 7:30 pm  Chop Chop
    • 8:30 pm  Super Raffle drawing

    Sunday, Oct 22

    • 6:30 am  Coffee and continental breakfast
    • 9:00 am  Check whiteboard   
    • 12:00 pm  Check out

    * Attended by current Corp Board and Committee Chairs.
    ** Attended by outgoing Corp Board, Chapter Delegates, Committee Chairs. We elect a Corp. Chair, Secretary and Financial Officer. The Chair then appoints Committee Chairs.
    *** Attended by the newly elected Corp Board and Committee Chairs.
    **** Attended by VPOs of each Chapter and other interested parties.

    Directions:   The recreation area is located 11 miles south of Riverside via Highway 60 or I-215. Google map

    Climate and Elevation:  Average high/low: 82° / 52° ; Elevation 1595'

    Cancellation/Refund Policy:  Cancellations must be received by Oct. 5 to receive a refund minus a $10 service fee. 

    Payments:  Online payments only using credit cards. 

    Contact Trip Leaders Scott Connelly: Email Click Here or Richard Dachman Email Click Here


    What is the difference between a regular GO campout and a conference campout?

    Conference is held once every year in October (as required in the by-laws) where delegates from each of the five chapters and the Corp board come together to:

    • Nominate and elect a new Corp board for the upcoming year.
    • Vote and amend any by-law changes that may occur.
    • Schedule and coordinate the next year's camping trips.
    • Special awards and recognition will be presented.

    Who puts on the Conference?

    • Hosting conference is by one of the five chapters on a rotational basis.
    • This year is hosted by the Palm Springs Chapter
    • Next year will be hosted by the Los Angeles Chapter and so on.

    Do I need to attend any of these business meetings?

    • Only if you are a chapter delegate, a Corp committee chair or Corp board member; however, all are welcome to attend.

    Can I come to any of these meetings if I am not on the Corp board or a delegate?

    • Yes! We encourage anyone who is interested in how our organizational leadership works to come and observe our meetings!

    What if I am not part of the Corp board or a delegate, can I still attend the conference?

    • Yes! There will be other planned activities and events you can take part in.
    • This is a great opportunity to hang out and get acquainted with other GO members that you would not normally meet outside your chapter designated area!

    Can I attend the day activities without camping?

    • Yes, register for day use only.

    Any other questions? - contact Trip Leaders or Board Members 

    If you would like to know more about the history and founding of GO click here.

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete this event. 

Past Trainings

Fri, June 02, 2023 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Canceled - Hike and Trip Leader Training
Sun, February 26, 2023 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting 12/22
Sun, February 26, 2023 PS - Training: First Aid CPR/AED
Thu, December 22, 2022 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting 12/22
Sat, November 12, 2022 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training
Wed, November 02, 2022 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting
Sat, February 26, 2022 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training
Sat, February 26, 2022 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training
Wed, April 21, 2021 PS - Hike Willow Hole
Tue, April 13, 2021 PS - Hike Leader Update meeting
Wed, April 07, 2021 CORP - Reopening Plan Review
Sat, March 27, 2021 CORP - Training - Trip Leader - Outdoors Experience
Wed, March 10, 2021 CORP - Training - Covid Protocols Event Leader
Tue, March 09, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
Sat, January 30, 2021 CORP - Online Training - Outdoor Experiences
Tue, January 19, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
Thu, November 19, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
Fri, August 21, 2020 CORP - Online Training - Outdoors Experience - Interest Survey
Fri, August 14, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
Fri, July 10, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
Sat, February 22, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike And Trip Leader Training
Sat, June 29, 2019 GO - Hike Leader Training - Outdoor Experience
Sat, April 06, 2019 PS - Camping 101

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