Word Around the Campfire #3

BRANA 28
Early Morning Along the A-Loop

We received word this week that Natural Chimneys Campground is expecting the BRANA Campout to return on the third weekend of July next year.

So mark this date on your calendar: July 15 – 17, 2011, for BRANA 30, “The Journey Continues.”

The campground’s owner, the Augusta County Department of Parks & Recreation, plans to add a few new campsites; however, that work has yet to be scheduled and no funds have been budgeted for the work. We will plan to use the campground as it has been in recent years.

We should complete our contract with Natural Chimneys sometime in January and we plan to begin online registration in February.

Fall is a New Beginning

Djembe
The Call of the Djembe

September brings the start of a new fiscal year and the focus shifts to BRANA 30.

The priority is deciding on a theme and getting artwork completed. We hope to have flyers at AVCNA in January.

We will sign our contract with Natural Chimneys this fall; this is the first step in our budget process.

We also want to revamp the online registration. BRANA 29 was the first time we offered online registration and it was a little clunky. We’ve been exploring some solutions that should make it simpler and more user-friendly.

The planning committee meets in October and we’ll be on our way to the 30th annual BRANA Campout.

BRANA 30 Theme Suggestions

BRANA 29 Sketch
BRANA 29 Sketch by Ashley M.

In August, the BRANA Campout Committee sent out emails asking for ideas, suggestions and input on a theme for BRANA 30.  We hope to select a theme this month. Here are your suggestions:

  • One day at a time
  • We are All Miracles
  • Willing Hands and Minds
  • Gratitude Speaks
  • With Freedom Life is Meaningful
  • When at the End of the Road
  • A Message of Hope, A Promise of Freedom
  • Spiritual Awakenings
  • Work the Steps or Die
  • It Works
  • There is Strength in Surrender
  • 30 Years and Still Standing
  • The Ties that Bind
  • Recovery in the Middle of Nowhere
  • Together We Can
  • Recovery First No Matter What
  • 30 Years A Gathering of WE
  • Three Decades of Hope, Freedom and Fellowship
  • Grafting New Ideas, A Dream Life Becomes
  • In the Solution
  • What Happens at BRANA Stays at BRANA
  • Mountains of Recovery
  • Keep Coming Back It Works if You Work It
  • Never Alone Never Again
  • It’s Principles Not Personalities
  • Recovery It’s in the Literature
  • Once a Dream Now a Reality
  • Thirty Years One Day at a Time
  • Three Decades A Life Far Greater Than Ever Imagined
  • The Journey Continues
  • The Broader the Base, the Higher the Point of Freedom
  • Simplicity is the Key to Serenity

Alive and Free!

 

Alive & Free
We Do Recover!

Thanks to Jim C., of Gainesville, FL, for sending photos that he took at BRANA 29 – including the one at the left. 

We welcome photos from past campouts, especially the early years. Anyone have a photo from BRANA 1? That would be the pre-digital camera era. But if you have something, send it to us at campout@brana.org

Also, the BRANA Campout includes the World Wide Web under that broad category of “press, radio and films.” So we won’t post photos that compromise an individual’s personal anonymity. That eliminates some pretty cool pics, but Tradition 11 is “the cornerstone of NA’s public relations policy.”

The Journal #10

Cleantime Countdown
Saturday Evening Cleantime Countdown

Greigh, Harrisonburg, VA…First campout ever!! Amazing experience. I’m so glad that there’s something else out there for me.

Kelli W., Broadway, VA…My 2nd year here. I celebrated my 1st year clean and now my 2nd year clean at BRANA. Thanks for the support. I’m grateful to be part of NA.

Leni A., New Jersey…Such an easy place to meditate!! Nothing like the mountains since we live in the flatlands of Salem-Cumberland County in New Jersey. Love you lots.

The Journal #9

Friday Evening
Friday evening after the speaker meeting

Tracy J…I love that we have the whole campground for BRANA and love that there are two dances. So grateful for early morning and late night meetings. What a blessing to be in the park with such natural beauty.

Katie…I’m 22 and I got clean three months ago and everyday is a blessing. This is my first BRANA Campout and nature is so beautiful. I love this place.

Jennifer B., the Blonde One…BRANA, thank you for providing the platform that we can all gather where we all speak the same language. Life can be a real beach without a relationahip with God.

The Journal #8

Welcome Banner
The welcome banner at the stage

Marvin W., Roanoke, VA

Love incorporates all spiritual principles and all people. Let love be your guide and you shall recover. Let hate breed and we shall die. Recovery is a place that life took us and a place where God changes us. When we learn to love then we will know God and each other. I loved the campout weekend.