AMC Fall Gathering

Mark your calendars! The 2019 Fall Gathering will take place on October 18-20 in Sandwich, MA on Cape Cod.

Registration will open here on July 1.

Fall Gathering 2019

October 18-20, 2019 — Sandwich, MA

Hosted by AMC’s Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter

Discover where the locals hike, bike, and paddle on Cape Cod—join us a weekend of outdoor fun at Camp Burgess, which boasts nearly 300 acres of forests, meadows, trails, and freshwater ponds, and offers activities like zip lining, a climbing wall, volleyball, and more!

The fall is a great time to visit the Cape—the leaves start to change, the air turns crisp, and the summer crowds disappear. At this event, you’ll be able to explore the best “the Cape” has to offer—we’re planning a wide variety of hikes, bike rides, and paddles (weather permitting).

The weekend will also include live music, yoga, and campfires. One-night, two-night, or single-day options are available. Start planning your fall getaway today! Registration opens and will be available on this page on July 1st.


Registration for this event will open on July 1, 2019. Mark your calendars and check back on this page to register after that date! (This event usually sells out, so register early!)

Registration Options:

2 Nights – Heated Cabin | $220
Includes 6 Meals (Friday Dinner-Sunday Lunch) & All Activities/Entertainment

2 Nights – Unheated Cabin | $185
Includes 6 Meals (Friday Dinner-Sunday Lunch) & All Activities/Entertainment

2 Nights – Personal Tent | $155
Includes 6 Meals (Friday Dinner-Sunday Lunch) & All Activities/Entertainment

1 Night – Heated Cabin | $134
Includes 4 Meals (Fri. Dinner-Sat. Dinner OR Sat. Lunch-Sun. Lunch) & Activities/Entertainment

1 Night – Unheated Cabin | $114
Includes 4 Meals (Fri. Dinner-Sat. Dinner OR Sat. Lunch-Sun. Lunch) & Activities/Entertainment

1 Night – Personal Tent | $99
Includes 4 Meals (Fri. Dinner-Sat. Dinner OR Sat. Lunch-Sun. Lunch) & Activities/Entertainment

Saturday Day Incl. Meals (No Lodging) | $74
Includes 2 Meals (Saturday Lunch and Dinner) & Saturday Activities/Entertainment

Saturday Day Use – No Meals or Lodging | $25
Includes Saturday Activities/Entertainment (and Meetings)


Payment and Cancellation Policies:

Registration for this event is on a first come, first served basis. There is limited space in each cabin type—options will be turned off as they fill. Please contact Susannah Hatch ( – 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 27, 2019. Please note that registration may close before September 27th 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 27th. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after September 27th.

Mark your calendars and be prepared to register on this page on July 1st. Space fills quickly, so register early!

Fall Gathering Schedule 2019

Please scroll down for an overview schedule of the weekend. For a list of the outdoor activities, see the Activities tab!


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. For a list of outdoor Fall Gathering activities, see the activities tab and follow the directions in the listing to register (we are encouraging early registration for activities).

Activities at Camp

At any time – Paddling on Triangle Pond is available during your free time (note: boats are not provided, so please bring your own). A large grass field is available for soccer, frisbee, or any other sport.

At scheduled times – climbing wall, zip line, pontoon rides, and yoga! Sign-ups for these activities will take place at check-in when you arrive at camp.

Friday, October 18:

1:00 PM-3:30 PM — Early Bird Hike — Ryder Conservation Area

2:00 PM-4:00 PM — Early Bird Hike — Camp Burgess Loop

3:00 PM-10:00 PM — Check-In & Sign Up for Activities (See Activities Tab for Advance Registration)

5:00 PM-6:00 PM — Social Hour (BYOB) — at Office Pavilion

6:00 PM-7:30 PM — Dinner

7:30 PM-8:30 PM — Speaker — Marine Biologist

8:00 PM-10:00 PM — Campfire

11:00 PM-6:00 AM — Quiet Hours

Saturday, October 19:

6:30 AM-10:00 AM — Coffee Available

6:30 AM-10:00 AM — Check-In & Sign Up for Activities (See Activities Tab for Advance Registration)

7:00 AM-8:30 AM — Breakfast (Pick up trail lunch if ordered)

7:00 AM-4:30 PM — Outdoor Activities (See Activities Tab for Advance Registration)

8:00 AM-12:00 PM — Chapters Committee Meeting

12:00 PM-1:30 PM — Lunch

1:30 PM-3:30 PM — Outdoor Leadership Development Committee (OLDC) Meeting

1:30 PM-3:30 PM — Membership Chairs Meeting

5:00 PM-6:00 PM — Social Hour (BYOB) — at Office Pavilion

6:00 PM-7:30 PM — Dinner & Open Forum with John Judge (AMC President & CEO)

8:30 PM-10:30 PM — Live Band at Sunset Lodge

8:30 PM-10:30 PM — Campfire

11:00 PM-6:00 AM — Quiet Hours

Sunday, October 20:

6:30 AM-10:00 AM — Coffee Available

7:00 AM-8:30 AM — Breakfast (Pick up trail lunch if ordered)

8:30 AM-9:30 AM — Yoga, Workshops, and Presentations (TBD – check back here and on activities tab for details)

8:00 AM-11:00 AM — Outdoor Activities (See Activities Tab for Advance Registration)

9:00 AM-11:00 AM — Meetings (TBD – check back here for schedule)

Fall Gathering – Outdoor Activities

2019 Fall Gathering
Fri, Oct 18 – Sun, Oct 20
Sandwich, MA, MA
The 2019 AMC Fall Gathering will be hosted by AMC's Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter! Discover where the locals hike, bike, and paddle on Cape Cod-join us a weekend of outdoor fun at Camp…

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 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, and make sure we have enough activities available for our guests! 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 Burgess?

Camp Burgess is a YMCA nonprofit with recreational programs and services for all ages.

Location: Camp Burgess, 75 Stowe Road, Sandwich, MA 02563. The camp is located on upper Cape Cod, 15 minutes from the Cape Cod Canal Sagamore Bridge. It is approximately 60 minutes from Boston and also from Providence.

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.

Camping Area – where you can pitch your tent

All cabins have bunk beds with foam mattresses (see below for items you need to bring). Cabins vary in size. Cabins will be randomly assigned during the registration process based on the options chosen by registrants–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).

There are not enough bunks available for all participants to have a bottom bunk–if you are able to access a top bunk, please consider indicating that on your registration form so that we have enough bottom bunks for those that really need them.

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. heated and unheated) and “lodging option” (i.e. all-female or 20s & 30s) requests are first come, first served. Options will be turned off on the form as they fill.

Is there electricity in the cabins?

Yes, in the heated cabins! Some unheated cabins and tent sites do not have electricity, so everyone should plan to bring a headlamp and spare batteries. If you need electricity in your cabin, make sure to choose the heated cabin option when registering.

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 highly 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 Triangle Pond next to camp, there is a launch area across from Stowe Road. There will also be options for volunteer-led paddling excursions, weather permitting.

Are there boats available to use at the camp?

No, the camp does not have boats available for use. If you wish to paddle, you need to bring a boat with you! Paddling from the waterfront on Spectacle Pond is not permitted, but there is a public launch on Triangle Pond which just next to camp!

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, however, if you are staying for the whole weekend, we would ask that you park at Camp Hayward, an affiliated YMCA camp about a mile away. Shuttle vans will be running continuously between Camp Burgess and Camp Hayward. You will be able to unload your vehicle at your cabin and then we ask you to move your vehicle to the long term parking lot. Short term parking for day participants and AMC leaders shuttling people to activities is located at Camp Burgess on Stowe Road.

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 You’ll receive a link to this carpooling site in the confirmation email after you register. Please help us lower our carbon footprint by carpooling to the event!

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 Wi-Fi available in meeting areas and the dining hall.