Maker's Camping Trip

A couple of other Tennessee makerspaces are planning a camping trip for Aug/Sept time frame. We need your input as to whether we are interested in joining them and what dates would work best for most people.

Here is an email I got from Knox Makers about the trip:

Tracy is putting together a camping trip to Rattler Ford Campground
Rattler Ford Group Campground, National Forests in North Carolina -

This is a tent only camping site (no RV’s or electricity) but it has facilities.
They have some group sites Tracy will reserve.

We’ll be inviting our members to join. We’d love to get some other spaces involved. Any of you and/or your fellow members want to join as well?

The dates we’re looking at are:
Aug 19-21
Aug 26-28
Sep 9-11

Let us know if you want to go and which of those 3 would work for you. Whichever date has the majority of us we’ll pick and go. We’ll give everyone till Friday to respond then pick and reserve.

Because they are wanting to make the decision Friday (May 20), I told them I would give our people a deadline of Thursday night (the 19th) and get back with them on any votes about date selection.

Sept 9. I have staff out of the office the other two weeks and it would be hard to leave early.

Thank you. That is the only weekend that works for me. I’m going to let them know today.

Here is an email I got today concerning the camping trip. This is the first I have heard from them since we started talking about it in May. I’ve not been withholding information, I just didn’t have any to give.

From Tracy at KnoxMakers

A reminder that I have reserved two campsites at Rattler Ford Campground
and would love a multi makerspace campout!

KM has had a lot of interest, and the campsites are limited to 50 people
so I am extending the invitation to you all first before letting our
members take all the spots. If you would like to poll your members and
get back to me with approximately how many people would be interested.

Here are initial logistical thoughts:
Avi asked about kids/families. I don’t think we should prohibit people
from bringing kids but as far as our members, I don’t think anyone will

  • so maybe your own kids will be the only ones.

Food - We had some people who could not camp but did want to picnic.
Maybe we do a huge potluck meal Saturday noon so non-camping friends
could come down and hang out for the day but then go home. Other meals
could be casual and share what you want or do your own thing.

The sites say they are limited to 3 cars each (6 total) but I have heard
there is nearby parking that maybe people could load in/out and then
park further away. I would have to research this.

The sites have no electric and are tent only but there is a bathhouse on
site with toilets and hot showers

Any other thoughts would be appreciated of course.

I’m really excited!

Follow-up from Jondale at KnoxMakers

We’ve got a link to put names down so we can keep track of who is going. If you know you’re going or have members going then please add them to the list.

If people can’t stay the night, we’re inviting people to stop by on Saturday for lunch. Don’t have to sign up but maybe give a heads up about how many you would expect for that so we make sure we have enough food.

Hope to see you all there.