AMC Fall Gathering

The 2018 Fall Gathering is taking place on October 12-14 in Woodstock Valley, CT. Info about the the event can be found on the four tabs below.

The Fall Gathering is full! To get on the wait list, email shatch@outdoors.org with “FG Wait List” in the subject line.

Registration is still available for Saturday Dinner and the CT Chapter Annual Meeting – register below!

Fall Gathering 2018

Come to Fall Gathering 2018 in northeast Connecticut, better known as the “Quiet Corner”, for a weekend of laid back fun, friendship, and adventure in a forested autumn setting.

Camp Woodstock, located on the shores of Black Pond, offers heated cabins, unheated yurts, and a high and dry campsite with parking close by.

Gather with new and old friends at the Lakeside Dining Hall or around a fire pit to add to the weekend’s feeling of a slower, gentler pace. The surrounding hills and dales offer hiking, biking, and paddling options led by experienced local leaders. Onsite, there will be informative talks and activities for all, including; archery, arts and crafts, a rock climbing wall, and bouldering. Basketball and wiffle ball equipment is also available. Tours of nearby wineries, antique shops, and historic landmarks are leisurely daytime alternatives. A live band performance of the Truck Stop Troubadours will round out the day on Saturday.

AMC has exclusive use of the camp – come and enjoy this beautiful autumn getaway with members and non-members from across the northeast and mid-Atlantic region. You’ll be glad you did!

Keep in mind…

The Connecticut Chapter is hosting the 2018 Fall Gathering at Camp Woodstock in Woodstock, CT on the weekend of October 12-14, 2018.

Plan ahead so you can enjoy a relaxing, fun-filled autumn weekend at this annual clubwide event.

Join with fellow outdoor enthusiasts from Maine to Virginia:

  • Hike a trail with autumn vistas, bike a country road with a stop at a country store;
  • Linger at camp on the shores of Black Pond and try your steady hand at archery, get up a basketball challenge, wiffle ball game, try a climbing wall;
  • Local leaders will be there to guide you on outdoor excursions;
  • Strike off on your own to explore a nearby winery, historic site, or choose to explore a series of country antique shops;
  • Take a quiet paddle form a boat launch down the road.

However you choose to spend your day, you’ll be ready to sit by a glowing fire with new friends, settle into your choice of accommodations, a cabin, yurt, or your own personal tent, for a good night’s sleep and recall a day of outdoor activities and a hearty dinner capped off with a live, classic country band of renown.

Mark your calendars with the 2018 Fall Gathering dates, and be prepared to register on this page starting on July 1, 2018!

Fall Gathering Schedule 2018

Please scroll down for an overview schedule of the weekend.

Click here for a printable schedule for the weekend. For detailed descriptions of the activities, click here.

Activities

Off-Site Activities
A variety of hikes at all levels will be offered daily by trained leaders. Local leaders will also offer bike and paddle excursions in the nearby countryside.

In the surrounding area, you will find Taylor Brooke Winery, historic Roseland Cottage and Park, the Scranton Shops, and the Christmas Barn. Also, along the area’s scenic roads you will discover quaint antique and collectible shops, an old-fashioned ice cream shoppe, and sheep farms.

On-Site Camp Activities (Friday afternoon and Saturday)
At any time – equipment is available on-site for basketball, volleyball, wiffle ball, and other lawn games on open field spaces.

At scheduled times – archery, rockwall climbing, bouldering, high ropes/zip line, and arts and crafts (including tie-dyeing t-shirts).

Friday

1:30 PM – 3:00 PMHike: Bigelow Pond Loop (Easy, about 2 miles)
3:00 PM – 10:00 PMCheck-in & sign up for activities (full schedule; activity descriptions)
3:00 PM – 5:00 PMPick-Up Games – Volleyball, Wiffle Ball
3:00 PM – 4:00 PMArchery
4:00 PM – 5:00 PMHigh-Ropes
5:00 PM – 6:00 PMSocial hour (BYOB)
6:00 PM – 7:30 PMDinner
8:00 PM – 9:00 PMPolar Journeys – To the North Pole” presentation by David Roberts, world traveler
8:00 PM – 11:00 PMCampfire
11:00 PM – 6:00 AMQuiet Hours

Saturday

ALL DAYCoffee available
6:30 AM – 10:00 AMCheck in & sign up for activities  (full schedule; activity descriptions)
7:00 AM – 8:30 AMBreakfast (Full Breakfast until 8:00; Continental (cold) Breakfast 8:00-8:30)
8:00 AM – 12:00 PMChapters Committee Meeting
7:30 AM – 4:30 PMOutdoor activities (Full Schedule; activity descriptions)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMLunch
1:30 PM – 3:30 PMOutdoor Leadership Development Committee Meeting
3:00 PM – 5:00 PMPick-Up Games – Volleyball, Wiffle Ball
3:00 PM – 4:00 PMArts & Crafts: Tie Dye! (Bring an item to tie dye!)
4:00 PM – 5:00 PMRock Wall Climbing & Bouldering
5:00 PM – 6:00 PMSocial Hour (BYOB)
6:00 PM – 7:30 PMDinner & Open Forum with AMC President John Judge
7:30 PM – 8:15 PMConnecticut Chapter Annual Business Meeting
8:30 PM – 10:30 PMTruck Stop Troubadours (classic country band)
9:00 PM – 11:00 PMCampfire
11:00 PM – 6:00 AMQuiet hours

Sunday

ALL DAYCoffee available
7:00 AM – 8:30 AMBreakfast (assemble bagged lunch)
8:30 AM – 11:00 AMPresentation & Walk: Old Connecticut Path (Easy, about 2 miles)
8:00 AM – 11:00 AMOutdoor activities (Full Schedule; activity descriptions)
10:00 AM – 2:00 PMCheck Out
October 18-20, 2019See you on Cape Cod for the 2019 Fall Gathering, hosted by the SE Mass. Chapter!

Fall Gathering Registration

Registration is open until September 28 or until the event is filled! Click on the “Register Now!” button above to register.

Registration Options:

Full Weekend: Cabin, Unheated Yurt, or Tent  |  $185
Includes 6 Meals (Friday Dinner-Sunday Lunch) & All Activities/Entertainment

One Night: Cabin, Unheated Yurt, or Tent  |  $125
Includes 4 Meals (Saturday Lunch-Sunday Lunch) & Saturday and Sunday Activities/Entertainment

Saturday Full Day (No Lodging)  |  $85
Includes 2 Meals (Saturday lunch and dinner) & Saturday activities and entertainment

Saturday Lunch Only (No Lodging)  |  $39
Includes Saturday lunch and activities/meetings

Saturday Dinner & CT Chapter Annual Meeting (No Lodging/Activities)  |  $39

Registration for this event is on a first come, first served basis. There is limited space in each cabin type–we will do our best to accommodate requests for cabin type, but we cannot guarantee everyone will get their first choice. Please contact Susannah Hatch (shatch@outdoors.org – include “FG Registration” in the subject line) with any special requests for lodging (such as lodging near other registrants) or dietary restrictions.

Registration for this event closes at 5:00PM (EST) on Friday, September 28, 2018. Please note that registration may close before September 28th if the event sells out.

Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Cancellations with a full refund are allowed until 5:00PM (EST) on September 28th. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after September 28th.

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 Friday or Saturday night; as well as the option to participate in Saturday’s activities without staying overnight (if you live nearby 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 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 be able to participate in the activities.

Where is Camp Woodstock?

Camp Woodstock is a YMCA nonprofit established in 1844 with recreational programs and services for all ages.

Location: Camp Woodstock, 42 Camp Road, Woodstock Valley, CT 06282. Located in the farthest northeast corner of Connecticut and only 30 miles from Worcester, Massachusetts, the camp is close to highway exits from the Mass Turnpike; I-84 in CT; and I-395 from RI. The camp is 100 miles from Danbury, CT (close to the NY border on I-84).

Here’s a link to the location on Google Maps.

What are the lodging options at the camp?

Lodging options include:

Heated Cabins made of cedar shingles and pine interiors in keeping with the classic New England style

Unheated Cabins – on average, these cabins are smaller than heated cabins. These cabins have wooden shutters over the screen windows.

Unheated Yurts – a cluster of round, peaked roof structures

Camping area – where you can pitch your tent

All cabins and yurts have bunk beds with foam mattresses (see below for items you need to bring). Cabins vary widely in size. Cabins will be randomly assigned during the registration process–we are unable to accommodate specific cabin requests other than what is on the registration form (you may request to be lodged with someone if you desire). We will try our best to fill cabins to their lower-bunk capacity only, but note that if we get more registrations than anticipated for any particular registration category, we may have to fill top bunks as well.

There are three heated bathhouses on-site divided by gender. The woodland walkways are lighted at night. Parking is conveniently located.

**Please note that “cabin type” (i.e. cabin v. yurt) and “lodging option” (i.e. all-female or 20s & 30s) requests are first come, first served. We will try our best to accommodate these registration requests–there are a limited number of cabins, so we cannot guarantee that everyone will get their first choice in terms of these options. (We will reach out to you if we cannot put you in the choice you select upon registration!)

Is there electricity in the cabins?

Yes!

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.

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. (Ear plugs are recommended!) If you choose the tenting option upon registering, make sure to bring all necessary supplies for tenting – tents and camping equipment are not provided!

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

Yes! Bringing your own equipment is your best bet. If you wish to paddle on the pond next to camp, there is a state launch down the road. There will also be options for volunteer-led paddling excursions.

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

There is a wide variety of meals available that cater to the most common dietary restrictions, including gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian. These options are part of the registration form. The camp cannot accommodate all dietary restrictions–please notify Susannah Hatch after you’ve registered if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies (beyond those listed above) and we will check with the camp.

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. Alcohol is allowed for personal consumption in moderation.

Is there ample parking?

Yes. Since AMC is a conservation organization, we encourage participants to carpool to the event. To facilitate this carpooling, we have set up a page on groupcarpooling.com and provide the link in the confirmation email which you’ll receive after you register.

Is there cell phone service or Wi-Fi available?

There is cell service – Verizon Wireless has the best service, and AT&T works well. There is limited wifi available in the lodges, meeting areas, and dining hall.