CAMPOUT WITH CHICAGO PUPPY PATROL

You read that right―we’re doing a camping excursion! A couple of years prior to our incorporation, the Chicago Puppy Patrol would venture outside the city for a weekend  of camping. We haven’t had a chance to plan this kind of event in several years, but our club Officers have been working to bring back this summertime activity!

It’s the event coordinators’ goal to make this weekend event as convenient, accessible, inclusive, and fun as possible! Since we’ll be away from our home turf, the event coordinators will handle food logistics (for a low supply fee) and assist with travel planning. Keep in mind that we’re not promising the next ‘Camp K9’ or ‘Puppies in the Mountains’, but this is a step towards structuring our own annual (or even one-off) camping weekend.

LOCATION & DATES

For 2019, we’ll be heading to Sir Justin’s―our Director of Community Relations and the previous host of Chicago Puppy Patrol’s camping trips. A little over 2 hours outside of Chicago, Sir Justin’s home (in Leaf River, IL) has an enormous backyard with enough room to accommodate a large number of tents, a hose for freshening up and wet t-shirt contests, an inside restroom for…well ya know…your ‘resting’ needs, and electricity for anyone that requires a powered medical device.

The camping trip will be from Fri 6/7-Sun 6/9.

EVENT Q&A

HOW DO I ATTEND?
First off, we need to know you’re interested. As it currently stands, we don’t have an all-in-one ‘registration portal’ for this event. Please use the SurveyMonkey form below to provide us with your information so that we can communicate directly with you. After you submit the form, we’ll be in touch with details about food, travel, special needs/accommodations, the camp supply fee (if applicable), and general communication between all interested parties. 

WHAT IS THE CAMP SUPPLY FEE?
This covers food, drinks, firewood, sunblock, bug spray, etc. We anticipate it to be about $15-20 per person for the entire weekend. The fee will be lower if more people are willing to commit to the trip AND the convenience of the all-necessities-included package. The fee can be paid via our website about 2 weeks prior to the trip, with your fee being due no later than Tues 6/4.

DO I NEED TO PAY THE CAMP SUPPLY FEE?
No. The fee is only for people that  prefer the convenience of the all-necessities-included fee. (e.g. food, drinks, firewood, etc.) If you do not pay the fee, please plan to bring your own supplies.

AM I EXEMPT FROM THE CAMP SUPPLY FEE IF I’M A MEMBER?
No. Technically, the camp supply fee is completely optional, but neither your dues nor the general club funds can be used toward this trip. 

WILL I NEED TO BRING ANY FOOD? 
No. Unless you need something very specific, Chicago Puppy Patrol will supply common summer cookout meals and snacks for anyone that has paid the camp supply fee.

WHAT SPECIFIC MEALS ARE INCLUDED? 
Friday dinner and bedtime snacks. Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime snacks. Sunday breakfast. Snacks will be available throughout the entire weekend.

WHAT IF I HAVE DIETARY RESTRICTIONS? 
After you submit your basic information to the SurveyMonkey form on this page, an event coordinator will get in contact with you to discuss any accommodations that need to be made. Please inform them of your restrictions.

DO I NEED TO BRING A TENT?
If you have one, you’re welcome to bring it. In some cases, we might need you to. Keep in mind that while Sir Justin’s has a lot of space for tents, it’s considerably wise to tent with someone. If you don’t have a tent and/or tent-mate, an event coordinator will get in contact with you to discuss any accommodations that need to be made.

WHAT IF I NEED A RIDE? 
We already plan to have a few vehicles for carpooling. If you are able to be in the city at the time of the carpool departure, we don’t want lack of transportation to prevent you from attending the weekend. After you submit your basic information to the SurveyMonkey form on this page, an event coordinator will get in contact with you to discuss any accommodations that need to be made.

CAN I STILL ATTEND OR STOP BY IF I’M NOT PLANNING TO ATTEND THE ENTIRE WEEKEND? 
Yes. Keep in mind that the event coordinators are only able to provide carpooling options on Fri 6/7. Since Rockford, IL is relatively close by, we can possibly coordinate another attendee to taxi you from that area on Fri 6/7 or Sat 6/8. If you have a vehicle, you are welcome to come and go as you please throughout the weekend. 

SIGN UP FOR MORE INFO

Keep in mind that signing up for information is so that we can keep you up-to-date and make you a part of any necessary logistics conversation―it is NOT a hard commitment for the event. The earlier you indicate your interest, the sooner we can provide more event information. (Don’t forget to hit ‘DONE’ after you answer the three questions below!)

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