FAQs

Accessibility & Mobility


Although we hope that everyone who cares to is able to join us at Idyllwild Pines, the camp does not have accessibility for wheelchairs or similar mobility-assistance devices. By registering, you understand that there will be some walking involved throughout the weekend - such as to attend meals in the mess hall across camp and to participate in activities that may be located in different areas throughout the camp.




Cabin Placement & Overflow


Cabins within Creekside Camp where most campers will be staying are assigned by gender on a first-come, first-served basis. At this time, cabins will be filled at 50% capacity (4 campers to a room) to promote health & safety as COVID measures continue to ease. Our overflow cabin is located in Meadow Camp, which is some distance away from Creekside. It will be best to register as early as possible if you prefer to stay in Creekside Camp.




Tent Camping


Campers who are not yet comfortable with shared cabin sleeping may register as a tent camper. Choose this option during online registration or note this along with your check/money order. Tent camping is extremely limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. If tent camping registration fills and you're unsure of your options, please email us at campspiritfire@gmail.com. Tent campers understand that they are responsible for locating and clearning their own tent site since tent camping is being allowed on a temporary basis by Idyllwild Pines Camp to provide flexibilty during COVID re-opening. Tent campers should understand that counselor assistance will be limited to bringing the camper and their belongings to the tent area.




COVID Measures & Physical Distancing


As California and the US continue to ease COVID-related health measures, Camp Spiritfire has implemented several health and safety guidelines. First, in order to promote a safe, stress- and COVID-free weekend, we are requiring all campers to show proof of either vaccination or negative COVID test to attend. Since masks are no longer mandated outside, and since inside spaces will be at a limited capacity, we will not be mandating that masks be worn inside, unless you are unvaccinated. We ask that all campers and counselors be mindful of others, including preferences indicated on badges, verbal requests, and that you ask permission to move within 6 feet of someone wearing a mask. Here are some additional guidelines: 1. We are continuing to monitor CDC and state guidelines and may relax measures as appropriate. We understand this may be frustrating, but our common welfare and safety comes first. We will update this website and any registered attendees as appropriate. 2. We will be providing either wristbands or flags for name badges so each camper can indicate their level of comfort with physical distancing. 3. At this time, meals will be provided on disposable plates to protect camp serving staff; please bring your own camping fork/spoon/knife set to cut down on plastic utensil waste, and your own reusable coffee mugs as we will only have a small supply of disposable coffee cups.




Refunds


Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds, unless camp is cancelled by Idyllwild Pines or Camp Spiritfire. However, transfers are permissable. If you have registered and found you are unable to attend, you may facilitate a transfer of your registration to someone else by having them pay you directly. Please notify us if you intend to do this as we will need to secure their information and send them an information packet & forms prior to camp.




May I bring my family/kids?


Camp Spiritfire is open to all who identify as a person in A.A. recovery and who is at least 18 years of age.




May I bring my pet/ESA/Service Dog?


Service dogs who have been trained to perform tasks related to a camper's ADA-qualifying disabilty are permitted at camp. Unfortunately, due to liability issues, pets and emotional support animals are not permitted at camp.




Late Arrivals


As we've said before, we strongly discourage late arrivals. Idyllwild Pines Camp is located in the mountains and is very difficult to locate in the dark. This, and our limited ability to assist anyone with arrivals or check-in after registration ends at 6 p.m. since all counselors will be participating in the programming under way at that time is the reason we have registration scheduled from 2-6 p.m. If you absolutely must arrive after check-in, email campspiritfire@gmail.com to coordinate.




What about Early Arrivals?


If you’d like to arrive early, no problem – just email us so we can coordinate your arrival to keep us from incurring a cost for early arrivals.




What to Bring / Packing List


  • Flashlight
  • Sheets, blankets, and/or sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Shower shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Camping chair for field games and campfire meetings
  • Refillable water bottle, coffee mug, & reusable camp utensils
  • Your favorite snacks
  • Bathing suit (pool, Zoom Flume)
  • Close-toed shoes
  • Casual active-wear for field-games (capture the flag, relay races, tug-of-war in mud pit, etc.)
  • Warm clothing for the evening as temperatures get cooler
  • Team spirit in your team color (this will be emailed closer to event) - e.g. socks, hat, tutu, costume, etc.
  • Yoga mat
  • A.A. books if you'd like, and journal and pen
  • Vaccination card (or picture of card on your phone) or negative COVID test.

Consider bringing: musical instruments, earplugs, costumes and props for the talent/no talent show, money for activities requiring extra fee (archery, paintball), a small meaningful token to place in the intention-setting circle (you can take it back after : ).




Weekend Activity Schedule


Camp Spiritfie activities are subject to change as we continue the planning process. Activities with an (*) indicate activities where all campers are expected to participate. FRIDAY 3-6 p.m. Check-In 3-6 p.m. Swimming Pool open 5-6 p.m. Kickoff A.A. meeting 6-8 p.m. Welcome Festival & Orientation* 8-10 p.m. S'Mores 9-11 p.m. Movie TBD SATURDAY 7-8 a.m. Morning Meditation Meeting | Mindfulness Walk 8-9 a.m. Breakfast 9-10 a.m. Intention-Setting Ceremony* 10a.m.-12p.m. Swimming Pool open 10-11 a.m. Kickball | Arts & Crafts workshop 1 | A.A. meeting - topic TBD 11a.m.-12p.m. Breathwork 12-1 p.m. Lunch 1-4 p.m. Swimming Pool open 1-2 p.m. Miracles Showcase | Arts & Crafts workshop 2 | A.A. meeting - topic TBD 1:30 p.m. Family Feud 2-3 p.m. Capture the Flag | Yoga Movement 3-4 p.m. Motion Potion | A.A. meeting - topic TBD 4-5 p.m. Color Wars* 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner 7-8:30 p..m. Spiritfire* 8:30-10 p.m. S'mores 9-11 p.m. Talent/No-Talent Show 11-11:30 p.m. Sleepytime Stargazing Sound Bath SUNDAY 7-8 a.m. Morning Meditation meeting | Sunrise Yoga 8-9 a.m. Breakfast 9-10 a.m. Closing Gratitude Meeting & Ceremony* 10a.m.-12p.m. Swimming Pool open 10a.m.-12p.m. Whisper Walk All A.A. meetings will take place outside at the firecircle in Creekside Camp, except for Sat night Spiritfire & Sun morning Gratitude Ceremony.




"Color Wars?" Isn't that competetive? Sounds so "war-like!"


Color Wars brings camp playfulness into lighthearted competition and team games. We value passion and cheerleading in the support of our fellows - and Color Wars is an opportunity to learn how to not take yourself so seriously. The tournament also invites campers to dive deeper than the competition to experiment with what it means to connect with others whether they're "on your side" or not.




Scholarships


NEED A SCHOLARSHIP? We want everyone to join us for this incredible weekend. That might not be possible, but we hope finances won't be the barrier. If you would like to attend but require financial assistance, full or partial scholarship funds may be available. Email us at campspiritfire@gmail.com.

GIVE A SCHOLARSHIP! If you are able to contribute to the scholarship fund, you may do so either by check/money order or via online registration - any amount helps!




Transportation & Carpooling


We encourage carpooling and ridesharing! To assist anyone wanting to carpool, campers will receive an invitation to join our private camper Facebook group after registering to coordinate shared rides with other campers.




Do people come alone?


Absolutely! Many folks might be afraid to attend an event like this without knowing anyone, but we assure you that you will make a ton of friends while you're here. In fact, everyone will participate in get-to-know-you games and even "speed fellowship" to break the ice.




Will you have A.A. or GSR-type workshops or trainings, like on being a treasurer, intensive step studies, or sponsorship?


No - the focus of CSF is on how each individual relates themselves to our three legacies (unity, service, and recovery) and how we can bring these into every area of our lives in a way that inspires and invigorates us.

We might look at how we deal with critics and personalities (ourselves and others : ), how we model service & recovery to those in our lives, what holds us back, how our connection to ourselves impacts our perspective on what's possible in our lives, and the impact of intentions to create change and more fully live all three legacies.




T-Shirts


We are offering t-shirts this year! T-shirts are $15 and are ​sweatshop free and fair trade - both the tees and silk screening are done in in Los Angeles by local vendors.T-shirts are unisex jersey t shirt that fit like a well-loved favorite, crew neck, short sleeves and designed with superior combed and ring-spun cotton that is comfortable - and really good for tie-dying! Both white and heather grey are available in most sizes which you can find during registration check out. You can find the size chart for unisex tees here.




I'm leaving at 5 p.m. after work on Friday - that should be fine, right?


Travel to Idyllwild Pines from Los Angeles usually takes about 2 hours without traffic. However, leaving at 5:00 pm will add 2 or even 3 hours to your travel time. We recommend leaving by 12 p.m. so you can arrive early and without stress.

Registration begins at 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The pool will be open then, too, there's a meeting at 5 p.m., and the Welcome Festival with food, music, fun, and fellowship is from 6-8 p.m. Arrive early - you're worth taking time off work!




Terms & Conditions


1. Registration Cost & Tent Camping Although you have the option of bringing your own tent, you understand that:

  • Tent camping spaces are reserved for those who are not yet comfortable with shared cabin arrangements due to COVID;
  • As such, tent camping registration cost is the same as regular registration since these spaces are offered as a one-time accommodation to those not yet comfortable with staying in a cabin with others due to COVID;
  • Tent camping spots are rustic and you will be responsible for clearing your site and setting up your tent;
  • If you change your mind at any point after registering or upon check in on Friday 9/3, there may not be a cabin bunk available - please email us (campspiritfire@gmail.com) as soon as you know you have changed your mind so we can see if re-assignment is possible.
2. Refunds There are no refunds. Registration transfers are permissible and you will be responsible for facilitating them if you are unable to attend for any reason. 3. Health, Safety & Conduct Camper & counselor health & safety are our number one priority. You understand that our protocols and guidelines related to COVID health measures may be adjusted according to CDC guidelines or best practices. Currently, campers must provide proof of vaccination (card or photo/scan of card) or negative COVID test obtained within 3 days of camp. Please read our safety & conduct guidelines, as well as our COVID and other health-related guidelines. 4. CAMP Idyllwild Pines Camp is in the mountains and has rustic areas both surrounding it and found within it. There will be bugs, weather, uneven trails, etc. While we will do our best to make it comfortable for you, please come prepared for a summer camp-style experience. 5. RULES Adults only No drugs or alcohol No pets Respectfulness toward others 6. ANONYMITY Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions. We ask that you always be considerate when taking photographs around camp or events. Take care that you do not capture images of friends and A.A. members who did not give permission and may not wish to appear in your pictures. Read our full Anonymity guidelines. 7. CSF Policies You will be required complete and sign a liability waiver and a medical history form. These will be emailed to you prior to camp. Although hard copies will be available onsite at check-in, we request you complete them electronically to save time and reduce handling during the check-in process. Attendees will not be allowed to participate if these documents are not completed. Sexual Harassment: CSF events are a safe place and we have a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment. If you are ready to register, click the "REGISTER NOW" button at the top of your screen and you will be redirected to our RegFox page to complete the registration process.