LVLPWA Camp Out
Can someone who is not HIV+ attend the camp out?
The LVL PWA camp outs are for people living with HIV-AIDS. There is a mix of HIV positive and negative individuals who may be campers, volunteers, or partners of campers living with HIV-AIDS.
How is the camp out funded?
There is no Federal or State tax or grant money for the camp out. The camp out is funded solely by contributions from various sources. Contributions come from individuals attending the camp out and from money raised during fund raisers held in various cities in the State of Texas. Organizations such as PWA Holiday Charities, the Debris Sisters, and the Trinity River Bears also host fund raisers.
Can I help with funding raising for the camp out?
If you are interested in organizing a fund raising event—or helping out with a fund raising event—please contact one of the run coordinators.
What does my $25 contribution to the camp out cover?
Your contribution helps to cover the costs of the camp out, such as food, soft drinks, and bottled water. It also covers the cost of many other items people don't think about in connection with a camp out, such as paper towels for the kitchen and toilet paper for the bathroom.
What if I cannot afford the $25 contribution?
If you cannot afford the $25 contribution [remember, this is not a free camp out], then check the unable to contribute box on your application.
I need a ride to the camp out; when will someone contact me?
Volunteers and other campers provide rides to and from the camp out. We set up rides shortly before the camp out avoid last minute change of plans by riders and drivers; rides are set up after the cutoff date.
Someone will contact you about a week before the camp out about a ride. We do everything we can to line up rides for campers, but we cannot guarantee you a ride.
If you line up your own ride to the camp out or if you find out you cannot attend the camp out, please let us know so we can take your name off the list.
Is there any dress code for the camp out?
Clothing: With the exception of footwear, there is no "dress code," and the camp out is clothing optional for those who enjoy being nude. We request that any nudity be in those areas not readily visible from any roads or neighbor’s property. Please dress when you go near the front gate, on the Property Line Trail, and at Buzzards’ Peak proper.
Footwear: You will be camping in the woods, home to numerous “critters” that could bite or sting your feet as you walk around. We strongly discourage you walking around barefooted. We encourage you to follow these foot wear guidelines:
Recommended Foot Wear
Boots with good ankle support
Discouraged Foot Wear
Shower clogs, commonly called “flip flops”
Open toe sandals
What should I bring with me to the camp out?
One of our campers, Michael, created a check list of camping items you might find useful.
I requested space in the bunkhouse; when will I know if there is room for me?
Assigning space in the bunkhouse is difficult. Preference is given to those with special needs, such as a breathing machine, physical disabilities, etc. The cutoff date for camp out applications is August 27, 2017. Shortly after the cutoff date, we will notify you by e-mail whether or not we have space for you in the bunkhouse. We cannot accept any requests for space in the bunkhouse after the August 27, 2017 deadline.
I asked to borrow camping equipment [tent, sleeping bag, air mattress]. Where do I pick that up?
Camping equipment can be picked up in the camp out registration area.
I missed the application deadline; can I still attend?
It makes it extremely difficult to plan meals and coordinate other aspects of the camp out if we do not have the applications prior to the cut off date. While we will honor last-minute applications as we have in the past, we cannot accept any requests for space in the bunkhouse, for rides to and from the camp out, and for camping equipment after the August 27, 2017 deadline.
Do not send any application package by U. S. Mail after the August 27, 2017 deadline.
What’s involved in “hosting” a cocktail party?
• A cocktail party at the camp out is usually “one cocktail for all,” made in a small trash can or large bowl.
• All you need is your alcohol, mix and cups.
• PWA will help you with ice for your cocktails.
• Decorations — optional, but done by many holding cocktail parties
· Choose a theme
· Include cups, table decorations, or whatever you want
· Lights around the campsite or cocktail area
· Costumes for hosts
· Find a a place to serve your cocktails and snacks.
• You probably will need large spoon to stir and a ladle to serve with; some people use one of the serving cups dip the cocktail.
• PWA can refrigerate or freeze any mixes that you might need.
• To avoid having more than one cocktail party going on at the same time, fill out the cocktail party part of your application to schedule your cocktail party. We will include your cocktail party on the schedule.
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Updated 1 July 2017