The Journal #5

Friday Morning Set-Up
Friday morning the campout committee gets busy.

Eve (17 months clean at BRANA 29)

2009 was my first experience at BRANA and I had no idea what to expect. When I first came into the rooms, I said “Okay, now that I’m clean what do I do to have fun?” I was then bombarded with “BRANA!” Okay, what the f@#k is a BRANA? Well, then July came around and I found out. The best way I can describe it is UNCONDITIONAL LOVE! This year (2010) I couldn’t wait for BRANA to arrive again. My job was closing the same weekend as the campout and rather than stay and make the few extra bucks that I desperately needed, I decided that nothing was going to stand in the way of going. I have absolutely fallen in love with BRANA. When I’m here all my troubles seem to vanish. That is priceless!

Word Around the Campfire #2

BRANA 29 Logo
The artwork for BRANA 29

The BRANA Campout planning committee met August 21, 2010. BRANA 29 was a great success, but we have some issues to address. There were some glitches in registration, both online and at the event, that need to be smoothed out. Also, we had our share of complaints, including how we handled the merchandise, a shortage of campground maps and announcements and late arrivals setting up on the wrong campsites.

In the coming months, the committee will set the budget, decide on a theme and get the planning process moving for BRANA 30. If you haven’t marked your calendar, it’s the third weekend in July, July 15-17, 2011.

The Journal #4

Stage Prep
Friday morning, the campout committee sets the stage

Steve S., Granite State NA, New Hampshire…BRANA: A really great campout. Thank You. I love you.

Natale S., Dulles Corridor, VA (clean 10/5/09)…I love BRANA. This campout is my second home. I appreciate everyone and all you do. Thank you.

Dave D., Gainesville, FL…Great people, beautiful country. We do recover and grow. There is a power between us and there is definitely a Higher Power.

The Journal #3

The Call of the Djembe
Jesse F. plays the Djembe at the start of the Saturday evening speaker meeting

Aerock P., Tidewater Area

I’m 28 years old and my clean date is 25 March 2008. I’ve been in the Army for 7 years and I’ve never been camping for fun before. This is not only my first BRANA Campout, but my first time spending time in nature for leisure. This is absolutely amazing! Recovery + Nature = Awesome! The main speaker on Saturday was so great to watch and he had/carried a powerful message. Thanks BRANA! Love ya Lots.

The Journal #2

Early Bird Meeting
Sunday morning Early Bird meeting by the chimneys

Leah S., Tidewater Area

It has been nice seeing you at BRANA this year. It’s been fun hanging with my BRANA crew and meeting new people. My great friend Kelli has her clean date during BRANA every year and that makes it even more special. Fellowshipping with my family makes the trip worthwhile. Love.

The Journal #1


Cleantime Countdown
Cleantime Countdown before the Saturday evening speaker meeting

Cindy G., Staunton, VA

My first BRANA was 2003. A female in the program told me to just bring my clothes, something to drink and what time to be ready. All was in the J-Loop then. Another female put me to work peeling potatoes and that was when I started feeling a part of. Now I save up, bring extra food, extra tent and do service while I’m here. And “WE” take over the whole campground. I cry everytime when I leave. The spiritual “high” I get here lasts me just about all year. I will keep coming back.

Word Around the Campfire


A friend from Gainesville, FL, reads Just for Today on Sunday morning.

The 29th annual BRANA Campout was held July 16-18, 2010, at Natural Chimneys. Total attendance was 350 campers, plus 95 children. Cumulative clean-time on the campground topped 2,000 years.

Thanks to everyone who attended BRANA 29. Special thanks to all those who helped us to leave the campground cleaner than we found it.