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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.”