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.

The Journal #7


Saturday Morning Speaker
Saturday morning’s featured speaker at BRANA 29

Teresa C., Southside Area of Virginia (21 months clean at BRANA 29)

First year camping at BRANA. Woke up Saturday morning sore and stiff and in a shitty mood. Went outside and looked around and immediately thanked HP for his daily mercy and grace. I am truly God’s child for Him to let me find myself in the midst of such natural beauty and open, loving arms! BRANA is awesome! I can’t wait ’til 2011. Thanks for all the hard work. Much Love!

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.