Fall Family Campout - Bear's Den

Please register by 13 October using this form.

We had over 100 scouts and family members come out to our Spring Family Campout at Camp Snyder. Perfect weather and a beautiful location combined for a fabulous experience.

For our Fall Campout, we are going to Bear's Den, a beautiful camping location on the Appalachian Trail with western vistas just a short hike away. This site is very near the Blue Ridge Camping location we visited last Fall.

The weekend is October 14-16. We’ll arrive Friday evening after work/school and set up camp. You can eat dinner before arriving or once in camp. Saturday, we’ll have a full day of activities for the boys including games (such as capture the flag), rank advancement activities, hiking and more. As always, the highlight of the trip will be the Saturday night campfire. With Saturday to practice, we expect every Den to present a skit or song. And of course, what’s a campout without smors! Sunday morning, we’ll have a short devotional service and pack up.

The Bear's Den driveway gate is locked between 10PM and 7AM. For this reason, arrival MUST be before 10PM and departure is not possible until after 7AM. Additionally, note the drop off and parking instructions. Please plan your visit accordingly.

This is largely a tent camping and camp stove cooking event. However, for those who don't want to sleep on the ground, Bear's Den has a Hiker Lodge beside the camping area. Accommodations are dormitory style bunks. The cost is $15 per person, per night. You'll also be spoiled with an indoor bathroom and shower.  Despite the luxury, you'll be close enough to take full advantage of the campout activities. If you wish to take advantage of the Hiker Lodge option, please make your own reservation directly with the Bear's Den staff at 540-554-8708. Mention Pack 1483 to get this price. I cannot guarantee space if you don't have an advance reservation.

18393 Blueridge Mountain Road
Bluemont, VA 20135
About 45 minutes from Ashburn
October 14-16 (Friday night - Sunday morning)
Pack 1483 Families and Friends
 Coordinator  For questions, contact David Cooper at

david_cooper@nthp.org; 202-588-6330 (daytime), 703-723-3441 (night), 202-341-6675 (cell)

Drop Off and Parking. Parking at the Bear's Den property is limited. Primary parking will be at a Park and Ride lot on Route 7. With the help of volunteers with minivans, we will be setting up a shuttle service for core arrival and departure hours running from the Bear's Den parking lot to the Park and Ride lot. Families can pull into the Bear's Den parking lot, unpack the car, claim a site, then take their car to the lot. The camping areas are just a short walk from the Bear's Den lot.

Come and Go! We understand our scouts are involved in sports and other activities through the weekend, so feel free to come and go as needed. Fortunately, Bear's Den is less than an hour away. Just let a Den Leader or Event Coordinator know of your plans. Keep in mind the parking situation and how you plan to get to and from your vehicle. In a pinch, a brisk walk may be in order.

Compact Camping. The Bear's Den site will require us to camp as closely and compactly as possible. We anticipate another well-attended event, so this will be very important. Therefore, limit sprawling camp setups and upon arrival be creative, very friendly, and considerate of those who may be arriving after you.

Meals. Meals can be done individually or coordinated as a Den. Your Den Leader will discuss this at an upcoming meeting.

Water. Drinking water is available, but is a short walk away. Bring a container (e.g., water bladders or bottles), so you don't have to go back and forth too much.

Bathrooms/Showers. The campground has two outhouses/privies. Showers are $3 at the Hiker Lodge.

Equipment. As a family, you need to come equipped to survive the weekend. This means supplying your own roof, bedding, lights, food, cooking gear, and all-weather clothes. At this time of year, it can be in the 40s at night! Below find a document with a list of useful equipment you might want to bring.

Chair Pack1483,
Oct 5, 2011, 8:32 PM