Online Registration Update #3

BRANA 31: Without Parallel has registered 108 campers.

Friday Night at BRANA 27
Serenity Circle Following the Friday Night Speaker Meeting at BRANA 27

As of March 31, 2012, BRANA 31: Without Parallel has registered 108 campers. Seventy-seven campsites have been reserved (48% of Natural Chimneys 159 campsites).

Note: An earlier registration update listed the number of campsites at Natural Chimneys at 144; however, that post neglected to count the 15 primitive campsites in the J-Loop.

An Atmosphere of Recovery

BRANA 28 Saturday Speaker Meeting
Saturday Morning Speaker Meeting at BRANA 28

At the BRANA Campout, we seek to maintain an atmosphere of recovery. In order to protect NA members seeking recovery and the welfare of this event, we feel that we should establish some boundaries and guidelines.

“In our respect for other members, we must not allow any individual to prevent a group from creating an atmosphere of recovery,” according to the NA Service Pamphlet Disruptive and Violent Behavior. This pamphlet is directed to NA groups; however, we believe the principles and strategies outlined apply to the BRANA Campout.

The pamphlet includes this word of caution: “Sometimes, NA members who attempt to address a disruptive situation cause just as much of a disturbance as the initial disruption.” With this in mind, we will hold individuals accountable for disruptive behavior, including parents if their children are disruptive.

This is not meant to give the campout committee license to attempt to control other NA members. We simply ask everyone who attends the BRANA Campout to help us establish and maintain an atmosphere of recovery, not only during NA meetings, but throughout the weekend.

Online Registration Update #2

Saturday Morning BRANA 29
Saturday Morning Speaker Meeting at BRANA 29

During February, 30 people registered for BRANA 31 – Without Parallel, to be held July 20-22, 2012, at Natural Chimneys Campground in Mount Solon, VA. That brings the total to 95 people who have registered since online registration was activated in mid-January.

Sixty-seven campsites have been reserved; that’s 42 percent of Natural Chimneys’ 159 sites. The campground has 144 campsites with electrical and water hook-ups and 15 primitive sites.

Online Registration Update; NA Way

65 campers have registered for BRANA 31

Photo of 28th Annual BRANA Campout
Sunrise on the D-Loop at BRANA 28

As of the end of January, 65 campers have registered for BRANA 31 and 45 campsites have been reserved.

Online registration was activated on January 15.

At the risk of repeating what you’re already heard, the BRANA Campout made an appearance in the January 2012 issue of NA Way magazine. Photos from the campout were featured in “Picture This.”

This is the second time the campout has been in NA Way; the first time was the October 2005 issue.

Online Registration Activated for BRANA 31

The Virginia NA CampoutRegistration for BRANA 31 is available online. This gives campers the opportunity to reserve their campsite, register everyone in their camping party and pay by credit card. It also simplifies the process at the event for both campers and the BRANA Campout registration committee.

Click on “Register for BRANA 31” above to begin registration.

We look forward to seeing you at the 31st annual BRANA Campout.

A Review of BRANACAMPOUT.ORG Activity in 2011

This Web site had 6,340 views last year.

With a new year just beginning, you might want to look at activity in 2011.

This Web site had 6,340 views last year, an average of 17 per day. The busiest day was July 14 with 165 page views. July, the month when the campout is held, was busy overall with 1,814 views, an average of 59 per day during July.

Of all the views, 95.2% were in the United States. The remainder were in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany.

This Web site is intended to serve the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous and to spread the word about the BRANA Campout. We look forward to 2012 and the opportunity to continue to be of service.

Word Around the Campfire

The BRANA Campout committee has contacted Natural Chimneys and we have reserved the entire campground for the weekend of July 20-22, 2012.

BRANA 31 Artwork

The theme and artwork for BRANA 31 are complete. Results are at left.

The BRANA Campout committee has contacted Natural Chimneys and we have reserved the entire campground for the weekend of July 20-22, 2012. We anticipate our costs to increase about 8 percent; however, registration fees for campers will remain the same – $30 in advance and $35 at the event. Online registration for BRANA 31 will begin in mid-January.

Look for BRANA 31 magnets at the 30th AVCNA in Virginia Beach, January 13-15, 2012.

See ya at BRANA the third weekend of July.

BRANA 30 Wrap-Up #2

535 attended the 30th annual BRANA Campout

BRANA Campout 8-Year Budget Trend

The 30th annual BRANA Campout had the highest attendance ever – a total of 535 people were at Natural Chimneys Campground in Mount Solon, VA, the weekend of July 15-17, 2011. It breaks down like this:

  • 207 registered online
  • 157 registered at the event
  • 61 day visitors
  • 110 kids

The total clean time was 2,104 years.

Thanks to everyone who attended BRANA 30 – the Journey Continues. We are especially grateful to those who gave of their time in service and to those who helped carry the Narcotics Anonymous message of recovery.

A graph of the campout’s eight-year budget trend is above/left. A link to the BRANA 30 Budget is at right.

Mark your calendar for BRANA 31: July 20-22, 2012.

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.