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Especially for New Campers

Welcome to August Camp!

Weíre glad youíll be joining us.

First, about camp...

August Camp is a 4-week long hiking camp sponsored by AMC that moves locations from year to year. Itís rustic. We provide large floorless tents with two cots (we pair you with a same gender tent mate if you are traveling alone) and handle all food. Itís a step up from backpacking, but not as luxurious as sleeping in a hotel each night. Individuals sign up to attend one or two weeks of camp, Saturday to Saturday. Each week accommodates 64 campers ranging in age from mid-30's to 80ís (or thereabouts). No matter which week you attend, you will meet a congenial group of fellow hikers who will be glad to help you learn your way around camp.

So what do you do at camp?

You eat, hike, sleep, repeat. Every day, about five hikes of varying levels are offered. We label them A, B, and C hikes plus walks (W), with A being the most challenging.

To give you a sense for an A hike, some recent A hikes were: 11.4 miles and 2930 feet of elevation gain, 3.3 miles (one way) and 3800 feet of elevation gain, 18 miles and 4000 feet elevation gain. Challenging but good hikes!

On the other end of the spectrum, C hikes might be 3-4 miles with 500 feet of elevation gain. And walks are even easier. So there are lots of options! And if you don't feel like hiking, some days we offer alternative activities. Examples from past years include whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, flat water kayaking or canoeing, mountain biking, shopping in the village, etc.

And what is a typical day like?

  • An odd sounding bugle wakes you at 6:15 each morning (it depends on who plays it). At that point, the coffee/tea tent is open so you can go get the beverage of your choosing. People amble over and ignore one anotherís bed head.
  • At 6:30, the lunch tent opens and you go make your lunch for the day with the food provided (vegetarian options, too)
  • At 7:00 a.m. the meal gong rings and itís time for breakfast. A typical breakfast includes hot and cold cereal options, fruit, a meat product, and either pancakes or eggs.
  • 8:00 a.m., or about then, you meet up with the people you are hiking with, load up in minivans and head for your trailhead. Distances to the hikes vary. Then you hike. When you are done, you return to camp (sometimes via a lake if it is hot and swimming is an option).
  • Depending on the hike you've done, you get back anywhere between 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. At that point, you might take a sun shower (Camp provides the stalls; you provide your own solar-heated shower bag) or you might just enjoy happy hour (BYOB) with friends around camp.
  • The dinner gong rings at 6:30 and it is time to reconnect with all of your friends--those you've hiked with all day or others that have been on different adventures. Dinners are similar to those provided by the Croo in the huts, often better. They always start with soup, salad and homemade bread and end with dessert.
  • Somewhere around 8 p.m., we have campfire. Campfire starts off with one hiker from each hike giving a brief verbal report on the hike they did that day (hopefully, the person is a creative storyteller ). Then, the hike leaders announce the hikes for the next day and pass around clipboards so you can sign up.
  • After the business of the evening is done, people either retire to their tent to read, or hang out at the campfire and sing. Sometimes thereís organized singing, and sometimes itís impromptu. We have a lot of Rise Up Singing! Songbooks. People stay as long as they like.
  • Quiet hours begin at 10pm.

Take that day and multiply times six and you've got August Camp!

Why is August Camp so wonderful?

  • You meet great people and get to reconnect with them each summer.
  • You get to go to beautiful places.
  • You don't have to do any work.
  • The cost of attending camp includes everything but airfare (plus optional activities like kayaking or rafting should you choose to partake, adult beverages, and tipping the croo at the end). This means you get transportation from/to the airport, transportation to your hikes each day, tent with cot, 21 meals over the seven days, led hikes (it is nice not to be the leader for once) and a great experience.

Where does August Camp go?

Check Our History tab on our website Ė it shows a list of past camps.

When do I sign up?

Registration opens January 1st each year and people start registering immediately. Application info may be found here.

For more detailed info, check out the About August Camp page and read our FAQs.

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