We will be kicking off the 2021 camping season with a BIG event in Texas – our very first Girl Camper CAMPOREE. I have always loved the idea of going to sleep away camp, just like Hayley Mills in the original Parent Trap movie. I love the whole idea of tents and cabins and canoes and a Mess Hall.
Throw in some craft workshops, physical challenges, girlfriends, and I can almost hear Reveille playing over the loudspeakers now.
I have always wanted to create – a grown up sleep away camp on a lake with cabins and tents and workshops and great food!! An opportunity to be outdoors, frolic by the water, learn to make things, challenge myself physically and be a girl again. I want a camp experience that mirrored those old sleep away camps the 50’s and 60’s.
HERE’S WHAT WE ARE DOING!
We will gather on Wednesday March 24,2021 at Big Chief RV Resort in Burnet, Texas. Be sure to take in all the beautiful bluebonnets Spring in bloom in the area, Spring in Texas Hill Country is the best!
Big Chief is right smack on Lake Buchanan, and we will have our 3 fire pits right on the water and unbelievable sunsets. They offer hull hook ups, a stunning pool and hot tub, a big covered pavilion for our meals and an extra gathering room if we need it.
WEDNESDAY night is arrival time and your guides from Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and South Dakota will be grilling up your burgers with all the toppings and Salads! No set dinner time, we know how travel days go. When you are settled in, we will feed you!!
THURSDAY March 25 – Camp starts! Rise and Shine and grab a coffee or tea at the coffee bar. Head off to your first workshop at 10:00, with Bonnie to decorate your Bonnie Bucket. $20.00 for all material and bucket or $5.00 and bring your own bucket.
Janine’s Bees Wax Food Wraps at 11:00. Cost $10.00,
Sign-ups on the Facebook page 2 weeks before. Please friend “Bonnie Nielsen Shafto” on Facebook to be added to the Secret Facebook page for this event.
Lunch is on your own, check out the Blue Bonnet café in Marble Falls known for their delicious pies. Head to the lake or Inks Lake nearby and Kayak, fish, or canoe. Sit by the lake and enjoy the view.
Before dinner at 5:30 we will have some music and a little line dancing lesson, Girl Camper Vicki McHughes will teach us the Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide and more.
Dinner – 6:00 catered Dutch Oven Dinner – Garlic parmesan Chicken, green beans, and red potatoes with Cherry Clobber for dessert.
Join us by the lake for a campfire and watch the sunset.
FRIDAY – Rise and Shine Coffee bar will be open and then we will have our guides teaching and doing a demo starting at 8:30, Dutch oven breakfast, with various breakfast dishes, serving at 9:00-9:30, please ask questions and come early to watch at 8:30.
Lunch is on your own
Visit a friend at her camp site or bring your chair down to the water or check out the local winery’s and shopping nearby.
3:00 RV Maintenance workshop with PJ Beurger from Princess Craft RV from Round Rock, TX.
Come early to dinner and learn do a little line dancing and 2 steps, while we
Wait and meet n greet.
Dinner 6:00 – Catered Texas BBQ Dinner with all the fixings
More campfire tales, s’mores, and fellowship before bed.
SATURDAY – Rise and Shine Coffee bar is open.
Join us at 9:30 to listen to Melissa Wheeler, our very own Texas Girl Camper, her inspirational story of her determination, strong and amazing attitude that has seen Melissa through her double lung transplant!
Lunch on your own.
On Saturday afternoon at 3:00, in the spirit of camp sportsmanship, we will play a rousing game of Capture the Flag- Girl Camper Style. Everyone will be on a team or be a cheerleader, Awesome prizes to be had! It is sure to be fun!
Dinner at 6:00 – a nice catered Fajitas Mexican night, Chicken, beef, and veggie. Afterwards show off your moves with Cotton Eyed Joe, Cha-Cha Slide and Cupid’s Shuffle, the Electric Slide and awards will be given out!
On SUNDAY morning, we will have to bid you farewell, but you will leave with memories to last a like time.
Please remember this is a green event and bring your Mug for coffee, plates, and utensils and your beverages at Dinner. Water will be available at the comfort station.
The cost of the Camporee is $130 and includes all the evening meals, coffee and comfort stations, camp shirt and kerchief as well as one of our famous Girl Camper Swag Bags! Some workshops will have a small material fee and you can choose which ones you want to take in the weeks before the Camporee when Bonnie and I have that confirmed. Book your own sites through Big Chief and tell them you are coming to the Camporee! Call Big Chief at 512-793-4746.
Big Chief has a few cabins to rent as well as tent sites, boon docking spaces and RV’s to rent through Princess Crafter RV in Round Rock, TX. If you are tenting or putting up an awning you must use weights instead of stakes in the ground. The
Water lines are very shallow at Big Chief and they take care to not have an accidental break! NO STAKES PLEASE.
CAMP BUCKETS with Bonnie – A girl has to get her stuff from campsite to campsite and to the Mess Hall and Bonnie does that in style with her galvanized bucket dressed up to carry your dishes, silverware, flashlight and beverages. You can decorate it to use as a trash can, slop bucket or shower caddy. $20 materials cost includes the bucket. Bring your own bucket and pay $5.00.
BEES WAX FOOD WRAPS with Janine – No more plastic!! Breaking the plastic habit is hard buy one of the ways you can down is with this beeswax covered fabric squares that take the place of plastic wrap. They are pretty and practical and earth friendly! $10.00
LINE DANCING with Vicki McHuges – We will be learning all the Dances that they always do at weddings that we never catch on to until the last verse. Get ready for your next wedding by learning all the moves ahead time. No Fee.
OTHER FUN STUFF – We will also have a few kayaks and my own little Scout inflatable boat available for those who might want to try out a water activity. Badminton, lawn croquet, and corn hole will be set up all the time for anyone to. So as much or as little as you want!!
If I do not have a camper, can I still come? Yes!! We hope you do! You can rent an RV through our friends at Princess Craft in Round Rock, Texas or through Outdoorsy. You can rent a cabin at Big Chief but hurry because there are only a few. You can tent camp or car camp. You can also grab a few friends and do a Air and B and drive to the campground for the fun.
CAN I share a site? Yes! The owners of Big Chief will you to share a site if you have a small unit and will fit. You will still pay the full fee because you will be using all the electric and RV Resort facilities that you would use if you were on a site alone. Find a friend and snuggle in.
WHAT ABOUT FOOD? Everyone is on their own for breakfast except for the Dutch Oven Breakfast if you join in the tasting. Lunch is on your own. We will have a Comfort Station (Coffee, tea, and water) as well as a place you can grab a piece of fruit and fill up your water bottle without having to walk back to your site.
We will dine in the pavilion/mess hall each evening.
WHAT ELSE COMES WITH MY TICKET? Glad you asked. We are already at work making our Swag bags and that is always a little like Christmas in March. We will also be including a Camp T-Shirt and kerchief, name tag and other surprises.
IS MY TICKET Refundable? It is transferrable if you had an unforeseen emergency. We never want to see anyone lose their money if something happens and they cannot make it. We usually have a wait list and will do all we can to facilitate a peaceful transfer of tickets!!
If interested in getting on the waitlist please email Bonnie Shafto at [email protected] or text message me at 214-850-9581
Even though the Big Chief website says NO TENTS, they are making an exception for us and ALLOWING TENTS!!
On Sunday morning, we will have to bid you farewell but you will leave with memories to last a life time.
The cost of the Camporee is $130 and includes all the evening meals, coffee and comfort stations, camp shirt and kerchief as well as one of our famous Girl Camper Swag Bags! Some workshops will have a small materials fee and you can choose which ones you want to take in the weeks before the Camporee when the teachers and classes are all confirmed. Book your own sites through Big Chief and tell them you are coming to the Camporee! Call Big Chief at 512- 793-4746.
Big Chief has a few cabins to rent as well as tent sites, boon docking spaces and RV’s to rent through Princess Craft RV in Round Rock, Texas. If you are tenting or putting up an awning you must use wights instead of stakes in the ground. The water lines are very shallow at Big Chief and they take care to not have an accidental break!
Camp Buckets with Bonnie – A girl has to get her stuff from campsite to campsite and to the Mess Hall and Bonnie does that in style with her galvanized bucket dressed up to carry your dishes, silverware, flashlight and beverages. You can decorate it to use as a trash can, slop bucket or shower caddy. $20 materials cost includes the bucket. Bring your own bucket and pay $5.
Bees Wax Food Wraps with Janine – No more plastic!! Breaking the plastic habit is hard but one of the ways you can cut down is with these beeswax covered fabric squares that take the place of plastic wrap. They are pretty and practical and earth friendly! $10 materials cost.