Outdoor Adventures is one of our most popular groups. Its two yearly campouts (October and April) regularly draw singles, couples, and families who share a love of fresh air, Chuckwagon breakfasts, and a relaxed time with congenial folks. Recently, the group has added stargazing parties, guided nature walks, and other activities that get us out of our Lazyboys and give us a break from carpal abuse. North Texas has a wealth of natural resources. Here is an opportunity to participate in that "interconnected web of existence of which we are a part." (From our seventh Unitarian Universalist Principle)
Where do we go?
The campouts are usually held at either Eisenhower State Park or Tyler State Park. This fall's (2015) campout is scheduled for October 2-4 at Cooper Lake State Park (Tyler's shelters are unavailable due to an upgrade project and Lake Whitney is still closed due to this spring's flooding). We have 17 shelters reserved, and they will go fast! Cost of a shelter is $28 per night. Members of other NTUUC congregations are also invited to attend.
What do I/we need to bring?
What to bring is different for each family. Click here for a mostly-comprehensive checklist of items.
How do I/we sign up to attend?
Click here for the reservation form.
Where do we sleep?
Each park has surprisingly comfortable, weatherproof shelters. Shelters are screened in, measuring 12 x 16 and each has a light, electrical receptacle, picnic table, water spigot, grill, and firepit. Some families prefer to sleep in a tent, which they can erect near their shelter.
What about meals?
Breakfasts are varied, delicious, and cooked to order by Dick Hildenbrand and crew on his very own Chuckwagon. Saturday dinner is a "pitch-in" affair with participants fixing their favorite dishes to share with others. Dallas' five-star restaurants can't compete. Coffee, tea, and cocoa are available around the clock.
Are there activities?
Many and varied. We have families who want to explore. Some bring bikes, others boat or fish. It's fun to sit in a comfortable lawn chair, gaze at the watery vista, and read or nap. Not surpringly, there are more than a few discussions, although escape from CNN can also motivate people to join us. If you have a bright idea, put it on our message board and maybe others will be inspired. Or find a quiet spot and meditate. This isn't summer camp. No activity director will be shouting "time for the three-legged race! (although one could come together spontaneously)." It's your time, use it as you wish.
In the evenings?
Traditionally we congregate around the campfire in true Community UU fashion to chat, play instruments, sing songs, roast marshmallows...
Is there a spiritual component to these outings?
We have an informal Sunday Service around 10 a.m. where we reflect and share some of our experiences at the campout.
Participants regularly report that they return to their busy lives refreshed, renewed, and refocused.
For more information, contact Dick Hildenbrand or e-mail Outdoor Adventure.