In Search of Campout Artwork

campout artwork brana 11
Campout Artwork from BRANA 11

In June of 2013, we located the campout artwork from BRANA 7, held in July 1988. Our archive is still incomplete and we continue to search for artwork from some of the early campouts.

There may or may not have been a flyer for BRANA One in 1982. We have not been able to locate it, but if it’s out there, we’d like to have a copy for our archives.

Also, we have been unable to locate the artwork from the following:

  • BRANA 4, 1985
  • BRANA 13, 1994

If you have artwork (flyer, T-shirt, coffee mug, etc.) from these campouts, please bring it to BRANA 32. We would like to photograph, scan, or somehow make copies of it for our archives. You keep the item.

Or if you know of someone who was around those early BRANA Campouts and might have something, please ask them to contact us. Again, they keep the item. We just want to make a copy of the campout artwork.

Contact us at campout@brana.org

Campers at BRANA 28 Share Their Experience

Campers at the Saturday Morning Early Bird Meeting at BRANA 28
Campers at BRANA 28 Gather for the Saturday Early Bird Meeting

Before Cindy’s Journal came on the scene and before this blog was launched, the BRANA Campout received feedback via email and occasionally by U.S. Post. The following comments are from campers at BRANA 28 in July 2009. It was the first year that the Campout Committee leased the entire campground.

Gina & George A., Glenburnie, MD…I just wanted to drop you a line of appreciation for the hard work and commitment you put into the BRANA campout this year and every year. What a success it has been. It is because of you that addicts like us coming from Baltimore and other places in our great country are able to feel the love and warmth that your area has to offer.  The atmosphere of recovery is ever so present there. I really liked the structure and how the campsites were spread apart. We love how you have the entire park just for the BRANA Group. We brought some people with us this year and they were amazed. I especially enjoyed the fact the each reader before our main meetings announced where they were from and the name of their home group. This is the second time my husband George and I have come to the BRANA campout, and we plan to make it a tradition. We have made lasting friendships with others from all over and we look forward to seeing each of them again. BRANA Campout Rocks! See you next year!

Matthew D., Glen Allen, VA, New Dominion Area…The campout was awesome! This was my first one and I will definitely be returning! I enjoyed the speaker meetings and cried several times –  I just finished my 12th Step and I have some clarity and freedom today ! Woo-hoo! If you reserve the whole campground again I will be willing to go to $35. Thanks for all you do! I will help clean up next year! Unless I have to go away on “Earth People”  business. Have a great year!  Continue reading “Campers at BRANA 28 Share Their Experience”

BRANA Campout History Added to NArchive

The Artwork for BRANA 12
The Artwork for BRANA 12

A history of the BRANA Campout has been added to The NArchive. You can find BRANA Campout History in the Virginia file under Histories – State and Local. The NArchive is an online source for historical documents related to the history of Narcotics Anonymous.

While The NArchive files the document as BRANA Campout History, the 12-page booklet is titled A Gathering of the Tribes: The BRANA Campout. It was printed in 2008 and distributed that year at BRANA 27. The following year, the BRANA Campout Committee leased the entire campground for the first time, relieving the cramped conditions of 200+ campers in the J-Loop and a handful of sites in the F-Loop. So A Gathering of the Tribes provides a general overview and history of the campout in the J-Loop era.

BRANA 7 Artwork Found

Artwork for BRANA 7Thanks to Judith C. for unearthing the artwork for BRANA 7, shown at left.

We’re still searching for the artwork from BRANA 4, the Blue Ridge Area’s 1985 campout. There was no artwork and probably no flyer for the first BRANA Campout in 1982; but they did an excellent job with word of mouth. And Jason B. says there was no artwork for BRANA 13, the 1994 campout when the area was having some issues.

If you have the artwork (flyer, T-shirt, coffee mug, etc.) from BRANA 4, please bring it to this year’s campout, BRANA 31. We’d like to photograph, scan, or somehow make copies of it for our archives.

Search Continues for Early Campout Artwork

Artwork for BRANA II
The Artwork for BRANA Two

The BRANA Campout Committee continues to search for artwork from some of the early campouts.

There may have been a flyer for BRANA One in 1982; however, few people recall seeing it and memories from three decades ago may be a bit fuzzy. But, if it’s out there, we’d like to have a copy for our archives.

Also, we have been unable to locate the artwork from the following:

  • BRANA Four, 1985
  • BRANA Seven, 1988
  • BRANA Thirteen, 1994

If you have artwork (flyer, T-shirt, coffee mug) from any of these campouts, please bring it to BRANA 31. We’d like to photograph, scan, or somehow make copies of it for our archives.

Or if you know of someone who was around those early BRANA Campouts and might have something, please ask them to contact us.

Campout Logo Registered Trademark

BRANA Campout Logo
The BRANA Campout logo was first used in July 2005

The BRANA Campout logo is now a registered trademark.

We received word this week that the review process has been completed and the logo is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Registration with USPTO provides public notice of our claim to ownership of the logo and our exclusive right to use the logo nationwide in the administration of the BRANA Campout.

The registration process began in August 2010. The logo was registered as a trademark on April 19, 2011.

Commemorative T-shirt

The 30th annual BRANA Campout will feature a commemorative T-shirt in tribute to all the campouts in the past and the recovering addicts who attended or served as volunteers at those campouts.
The back of the T-shirt has the artwork from 26 of the 30 campouts since 1982 (we have not been able to find the artwork from BRANA I, BRANA IV, BRANA VII and BRANA XIII).
It’s our way of welcoming the newcomer to an event with a rich heritage and expressing our gratitude to all those who showed us the way. View T-shirt artwork.