Fall Gathering

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AMC's Fall Gathering

Welcome! The 2017 Fall Gathering is being hosted by the New Hampshire Chapter and will take place October 13-15, 2017 in Freedom, NH. We hope to see you there!

Please note registration has closed for this event.

Fall Gathering 2017

Spend a fall weekend with the AMC surrounded by the beautiful wilderness of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. This year’s Fall Gathering will be held on the shores of Lake Ossipee from Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15. Located on the eastern side of the 750,000 acre White Mountain National Forest, Camp Robin Hood boasts close to one mile of waterfront on 180 acres of land and is very near the iconic Mount Chocorua. The camp has plenty of bunk spaces and a great common dining area. At 3,257 acres, the lake hosts both warm and cold water species, and in October – the time of your visit – migratory birds and local loon populations are active, along with the ample land-based wildlife.

The New Hampshire chapter of the AMC has a special guest for this year’s Fall Gathering. Randy Pierce, president of 2020 Vision Quest, will be joining us to share his story. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Randy has always been an active outdoorsman. At the age of 22, Randy unexpectedly lost his vision due to a devastating neurological disease. He found ways to continue to enjoy football, basketball, baseball and even darts. In 2010, Randy set a goal to be the first blind hiker to summit all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-footers during the summer hiking season. He quickly accelerated his pace, completing all 48 peaks in a single winter season (in 2012) and then finished all 48 during the summer seasons by August, 2013 with his guide dog Quinn at his side. His organization, 2020 Vision Quest, leads and inspires students and professionals to reach beyond adversity and achieve their peak potential. 

All AMC members and their friends are invited to enjoy this fun annual event—you do not need to be a member to attend. Activities will include day hikes for the novice or expert hiker; informative courses/hikes that focus on map and compass and bushwhacking skills; paddling; biking; nature photography; yoga; astronomy and more. Evening activities include presentations, dancing and live music from “Small Town Stranded.” Raffles will be ongoing, and prizes include: gear from REI (sleeping bag, tent, pack and more); other camping gear; hostel stays; rental vouchers ;and more!

About White Mountain National Forest

The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) is a federally managed forest contained within the White Mountains, primarily in New Hampshire. Established in 1918, the forest has a total area of 750,852 acres. WMNF is used for hiking, camping, skiing and also for limited commercial purposes. It’s the only National Forest located in either New Hampshire or Maine and (we saved the best for last) it’s also the location of most of the major peaks in those states over 4,000 feet. The Appalachian Trail traverses the WMNF for over 100 miles. You’ll enjoy fall foliage, breathtaking views and more on this special weekend getaway.

About Camp Robin Hood

Camp Robin Hood is an overnight summer camp that has operated since 1927. The staff of the camp is composed almost entirely of young men and women who grew up as campers in the Robin Hood community and understand the enduring positive influence the camp provides. Enjoy the inviting space while you experience the sights and sounds of New Hampshire.

Fall Gathering Schedule 2017

Check back for more updates to the daily schedule & activities.

Friday

3:00 PM - 10:00 PM Check-in & sign up for activities
12:45 PM - 5:00 PM Early afternoon hike
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Lawn games
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Social hour (BYOB)
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Dinner (BBQ by the lake - weather permitting)
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM Presentations - TBD
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM DJ - Karaoke 
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Campfire
11:00 PM - 6:00 AM Quiet Hours

Saturday

6:00 AM - 10:00 AM Coffee available
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM Check in & sign up for activities
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast (pick up trail lunches if ordered)
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Outdoor activities
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Chapters Committee Meeting
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Leave No Trace presentation
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM Coffee available
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Outdoor Leadership Development Committee (OLDC) Meeting
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Membership Chairs Meeting
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Knot Tying class
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Leave No Trace presentation
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Knot Tying class
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ping Pong
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Open forum with AMC President John Judge and social hour (BYOB)
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Dinner
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

Randy Peirce presentation (more info)

8:30 PM - 10:30 PM Band - Small Town Stranded
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Campfire
11:00 PM - 6:00 AM Quiet hours

Sunday

6:00 AM - 10:00 AM Coffee available
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM Yoga class
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast & pick up bag lunch
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (TBD) Young Members (20s & 30s) Committee Meeting (TBD)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Presentations (TBD)
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Outdoor activities

Fall Gathering Registration

 
Option Price
Full Weekend: Cabin
Includes 6 Meals (Friday Dinner-Sunday bag lunch)
$190
Full Weekend: Tent
Includes 6 Meals (Friday Dinner-Sunday lunch)
$190
Saturday Night Only: Cabin
Includes 4 Meals (Saturday lunch-Sunday lunch) & Saturday and Sunday activities
$140
Saturday Night Only: Tent
Includes 4 Meals (Saturday lunch-Sunday lunch) & Saturday and Sunday activities
$140
Saturday Only - No Lodging
Includes 2 Meals (Saturday lunch and dinner) & Saturday night activities
$85
Saturday Lunch - No Lodging
Includes Saturday lunch & activities/meetings
$35

Registration for this event is on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Susannah Hatch (shatch@outdoors.org) with any special requests for lodging (such as lodging near other registrants) or dietary concerns.

Registration for this event closes at 12:00PM (EST) on Friday, September 15, 2017. Please note that registration may close before September 15th if the event sells out.

Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Cancellations with a refund (minus a $25 processing fee) are allowed until 5:00PM (EST) on September 21st. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after September 21st

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can’t make it for the entire weekend?

There are options to participate on Saturday and Sunday, with an overnight stay on Saturday night; as well as the option to participate in Saturday’s activities without staying overnight (if you live local or just want a taste of what the weekend has to offer). There’s more information about registration options on the registration tab (see above).

Do I have to be registered for the 2017 Fall Gathering to participate in the activities?

Yes – we need to keep track of who’s here! Registration for the weekend (for the full weekend or a partial stay) ensures that you’ll get first dibs on all of the activities.

Where is Camp Robin Hood?

Camp Robin Hood is in Freedom, New Hampshire (we’re serious about our motto). It’s about an hour and a half from Concord via I-93 North and NH-25 East. You can also take NH-28 North if you prefer a more scenic ride. Want to GPS it? Camp Robin Hood’s address is 65 Robin Hood Lane, Freedom, NH 03836. We look forward to seeing you there!

What are the lodging options at the camp?

All bunks have been restored and updated within the past 5 years. They’re designed as open, communal living spaces. The cabins are unheated, with shuttered windows (not open-air, but not heated). All cabins have their own private bathrooms and more than half have their own showers (bunks that don’t have their own showers are located just a few short steps away from a separate shower facility).

Do I need to bring linens or a sleeping bag?

Yes--bring linens or a sleeping bag, as they are not provided. Pillows are also not provided. The cabins are unheated--bring a sleeping bag and if you tend to get particularly cold, you may want to bring some heavier blankets as well.

What kind of personal items should I bring?

Toiletries, a towel, phone/camera chargers, and any other personal items that make an overnight stay comfortable for you.

Should I bring my own equipment (bikes/kayaks, etc)?

Yes! Bringing your own equipment is your best bet. There are limited kayaks and canoes available at the camp.

What’s the waterfront like?

Camp Robin Hood offers nearly one mile of waterfront, with a beach. Keep in mind it’s fairly cold in New Hampshire in October, so swimming isn’t a likely option.

What kind of meals are available? What if I have dietary restrictions?

There is a wide variety of meals available that cater to all dietary restrictions, including gluten free, peanut free, vegan and vegetarian.

What kinds of things/activities are prohibited?

Smoking is prohibited on camp grounds, they’re a non-smoking facility. There is no one allowed in the water unless under camp staff supervision. 

I’d like to extend my stay in NH beyond the Fall Gathering weekend. Do you have suggestions for places to eat or places to visit in the area?

Yes! Extending your stay in NH is always one we would support. Click here for a list of things to discover in the area.

Are pets allowed?

Only certified service animals are allowed at the camp.

What is the alcoholic beverage policy?

You can bring your own alcoholic beverages, but consumption of these is restricted to certain areas during dinner and social hours.

Is there ample parking?

Yes. Since AMC is a conservation organization, we encourage participants to carpool to this event. To facilitate this carpooling, we have set up a page on groupcarpooling.com—please sign up as a driver if you can fit other Fall Gathering participants in your car. Then folks that are looking for a ride can sign up to join you! Here is the link to the carpooling page.

Is there cell phone service or Wi-Fi available?

There is Wi-Fi, but only in the office. As far as cell service, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless signals are quite good, while everything else seems to be spotty.