Come to the 2017 NJ PINELANDS CAMPOUT!!! Friday, March 17th - Sunday, March 19th Click here for the Trip Report! I have reserved TWO HUGE GROUP SITES for two nights at BEAUTIFUL Brendan T. Byrne State Forest (formerly Lebanon State Forest). This sites can accommodate up to 60 people and support both Tent and Hammock camping. Parking is very close to the group site and there are facilities within a short walk. Don’t be deceived by the available creature comforts. Brendan T. Byrne Forest occupies 37,242 acres of NJ Pine Barrens that spans two counties and is home to fox, coyote, black bears, and tons of other plants and wild life. It also has over 25 miles of trails, including part of the well-known 50 mile Batona Trail. This beautiful state forest also contains a historic 19th century town called Whitesbog Village which was once one of the largest cranberry and blueberry farms in the state. The campsite will cost you $Freefifty. (that means no money) I’m covering the cost of the sites and hoping people will show up! Burgers and Hot Dogs for Friday dinner are on me too! I will also be holding two FREE Raffle GIVE-AWAYS! A BEN AKIN Knife Give Away, a Bushcraft Goodie Bag, and some other cool items!!! Details about the site: -2 fire rings -We have permission to practice fire building outside the fire rings -The use of dead wood for carving and fires is ENCOURAGED because it helps remove fuel from the area which contributes to forest fires. -There is plenty of FLAT ground for tents and lots of trees for hammocks around the site’s perimeter. -Firewood is also available for $6 per large bag at the ranger station. -Sorry, no dogs allowed at the group sites. What is there to do? -Fellowship: Meet other BCUSA members and like-minded folks -Hikes & Exploration -Carving -Firecraft -Shelter building -Exchange tips, tricks, and skills -Trade Blanket -Can Jam Frisbee game (not bushcraft but hey, it’s a blast) -Friction Fire Challenge Prize for winner -Flint and Steel Challenge Prize for winner I will be cross-posting this in the New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland subforums in hopes of attracting a crowd but this is OPEN TO EVERYONE. The state forest is pretty close to Atlantic City Airport, wink wink. If somebody needed a lift after flying, we could make that happen. Please post if you are going to try to come (and how many people). List of Attendees (and guests) @Pastor Chris (+1) @piney (+2) @NJHeart2Heart (+1?) @FootPathOne @hdlv @tabasco_joe @Ratdog @bobc @designtom (+2) @Backyard (+1) @twyych @george carr (+1) @The Tree Frog @Sbrody @njredneck @silentorpheus @BlueSkyWoman @Anthony Wolfe (+2) @Jmartygraw (+2) @2jka @RVCRifleworks (+1?) Maybe's @GreenFrog - definitely maybe @ANFwoodsman @Klink @NVRDONE @FIELDCRAFTLTC @CGore I forgot to mention that I have a couple extra tents if anyone needs one. Please let me know ahead of time. ETA: I will be arriving at the state forest by 10:00AM to check in with the rangers. Everyone is welcome to get there around that time or any time after. Our sites are "Group B and C". UPDATE: Since it seems like we are going to have such a great turnout, we now have 2 adjacent group sites for plenty of room. UPDATE: Bushcraft Outfitters has donated a MEST and some other great items for one of the give-aways. Special thanks @IA Woodsman UPDATE:@GreenFrog Has donated a really nice bowdrill kit and some field guides for the give-aways. Update: Participate in the following events to win prizes! Prettiest Feather Stick This one was @GreenFrog 's idea. Carve a feather stick out of whatever kind of wood you like. A panel of non-partial judges will select the most beautiful curls. This will take place on Friday. Friction Fire Challenge For this event, we will have teams of up to three people. The specific rules for this challenge will remain a secret until Saturday when we start. Feel free to start conspiring now. All teams must come up with a team name. Percussion Fire Challenge Please bring your flint and steel fire kits! This will be a fast paced, single elimination style, individual event. Participants are free to use whatever steel and stone, charred material, and natural tinder they like. You can bring your tinder from home or gather it at the campout. This event will take place on Saturday. Bush Cook-off Cook up whatever you like with as many ingredients as you want. Your item or dish must be cooked over the evening campfire on Saturday. I'll select a couple judges to help me select the winner of this individual event. Trap Craft For this event, you can craft any kind of trap you want. A panel of judges will select a winner based on craftsmanship, originality, ingenuity, or whatever impresses them most. Your trap must work when the appropriate force is applied on the trigger. This individual event will take place on Saturday. Gag prizes A couple of prizes will be awarded based on silly, secret conditions.